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Oh, My Gosh. We Have A Daughter.

Okay, so you’re strolling along life’s highway, minding your own business when Heavenly Father/Fate/Karma/Evil Dogs Who Live In The Forest slaps you on the back of the head and tells you to PAY ATTENTION.

The Todd and I never planned on extending our family.  Ten days ago we were presented with the choice of adopting a daughter from the most loving, courageous and unselfish young woman.  Since I was out for the first three days of my twin sons’ birth (Editor’s note: see “Making Bargains With God”) it was wonderful to be present at the birth of at least one of my kids.  Our Baby Mama endured two days of labor and almost three hours of pushing to safely deliver beautiful Zoe from her delicate, tiny, teenage body.  This is a gift we can never repay.  We can’t imagine how we ever survived without  this little 5 day old miracle.

However, the last 10 days have been fraught with a wild, careening rollercoaster of emotion, and “That Went Well” and “Deals and Steals” on Utah Mama have suffered.  (As I’m sure you’ve noticed.)  Please forgive me and know that the absence was for the very best of reasons.  I’m back, all the goodies and bargains return, and if you happen to see a boatload of baby deals or I burst into happy tears for no reason, just look away, okay?

And please.  Welcome our beautiful new daughter Zoe Collard.  Isn’t she amazing?

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  1. Erica Fehrman 03/10/2011 at 8:28 am

    Wow, congratulations! What a sweet gift. I hope Baby Mama feels peace with her decision and hope your family feels a new completeness with Zoe. xoxo!

  2. amyallenjohnson 03/10/2011 at 11:01 am

    Wonderful news! Take time to just BE and enjoy the sleeping baby! Thanks for sharing, Erin.

  3. Michelle Powell 03/10/2011 at 5:45 pm

    GOrgeous baby girl! CONGRATS! 🙂

  4. Carrie Finlinson 03/11/2011 at 6:38 am

    Oh that is so sweet. Makes me cry just reading it. She’s lucky to be part of your family. You have so much to give. Someone very close to me gave up her baby to a family that could give her a better life right then. It’s such a beautiful circle of love. Congratulations.

  5. Rachael Herrscher 03/14/2011 at 8:44 am

    I’m still dying that you have a new little one! So amazing!!!!

  6. Amanda 03/14/2011 at 8:54 am


  7. Kimmie 03/14/2011 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations! She is stunning. <3

  8. Rachael Herrscher 03/14/2011 at 9:04 am

    And you post “Making Bargains With God” was amazing btw!

  9. Shanna 03/14/2011 at 9:04 am

    Congratulations, what a wonderful gift 🙂

  10. Sky 03/14/2011 at 9:06 am

    Congrats! She’s so very beautiful!!

  11. sharlyn 03/14/2011 at 9:22 am

    Congrats! What an awesome gift. Thank God she chose to have little Zoe and that she had the ablity to give her to a loving family.

  12. Me 03/14/2011 at 10:32 am

    I got goosebumps and tears simultaniously!!!!!!!! Congrats on your sweet addition!

  13. Mina Frannea 03/14/2011 at 4:40 pm

    Just precious!

  14. Steve Gingiss 07/19/2011 at 11:34 pm

    Wow, total congratulations!!. I haven’t kept up with you guys for a long time. Attempted to help you when you were on KISN with a webpage (ancient history LOL). Very cool to see your daughter, and were able to help out a teenage mom.

    I am in the grandfather phase (wow, at 46, I know. LOL) My grandson JaCorri, calls me Papa.

    Again, congratulations, your old friend,
    Steve Gingiss. from Ogden