On October 2, 2016, at 9:22pm, Hazel Angeli came into this world. I really cannot believe that we are celebrating our sweet Hazel's 1st birthday. (Scroll to see her brand new and oh so tiny!) I don’t even know where to begin; it all feels surreal that this incredibly special girl has been in our lives for the past 365 days. Our daughter, prayed for and longed for. One year ago today, we were waiting in the hospital for this little one to be born. It was such a special time and it was much more than Hazel coming into this world—it was about two families coming together, it was about trust, in each other, and in God. Hazel’s birth mother is one of the most amazing people we know and we love her so dearly. Her strength, courage, bravery, sweetness, kindness, and that joy that just radiates from the inside out… we see it in Hazel every day. We also met Hazel’s birth family that day and it was one of the biggest blessings of our lives. I have never experienced so much love all around, such a deep, strong, true love for Z and this child. The nurses were absolute angels. God was all around us that day and our entire stay. I wish I could put it into words, but His presence ran so very deep.
To know Hazel is to know absolute joy. I know I’m her mama (a title that still brings me to my knees in gratitude), but she’s truly the best baby! She’s an old soul full of humor, mischief, love, kindness, joy, and has the biggest heart. She cracks us up every day and she always tries to make everyone laugh and does so successfully. Hazel Angeli, you are my everything and I love you with a love that I didn’t know existed. You are the light of my life and I do not know what I ever did without you. I am so blessed to be your mama!
P.S. I know I’ve said this countless times, but I do hope to share the rest of Hazel’s adoption story because to tell it is to testify of His greatness and glory. I look at Hazel and I'm in awe at His faithfulness and His immense love for us. She is our answered prayer.