Then, Amelia.

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My heart is so full it's hard to speak. We have adopted a baby girl. We were honored and privileged to be asked by her luminous birthmother and her gentle birthfather to attend her birth. That moment, and the four days we spent in a hospital room with them and their family and friends were the most incredible, and humbling, of my entire life. This baby was born into the most beautiful circle of people I can possibly imagine, and both Andy and I are in continuous awe of their tremendous strength, courage, and incredible love. Our gratitude is boundless. Her birthgrandfather took this picture of Mt. Hood at sunrise on the morning of her birth. It made me cry when I saw it on his camera, and it makes me cry now to look at it again. It is a symbol of an auspicious beginning.


Amelia Jolene Beatrix Paulson
October 14, 2012, at 5:42 p.m.
8 pounds, 3 ounces; 20 inches


Welcome, welcome, welcome dear, sweet, precious, exquisite, wonderful, wonder-full Amelia. I love you more than I can say.


totally awesome. congratulations!

I am so incredibly happy for you. Congratulations!!! Welcome to the World and a wonderful life Amelia!!

Congratulations Mom!!! And Dad!!

Over flowing with love and happiness for all. Congratulations.

And so it begins......many congratulations to you! My heart is lighter now! She is so beautiful, and beautifully named. Love.

I am so very happy for all of you. I almost cried out when I read this post. Heartfelt congratulations to everyone!!

I am so happy for you! I saw the title of the post in my feed reader and thought, "oh I hope this means a baby!" Hooray it is. Miss Amelia shares my birthday, a charmed day to be born, in my experience. Congratulations to you and Andy.

She is beautiful I am so excited for you both. You will be wonderful parents

I am so, so, so happy for you! Sending much love! <3

Congratulations, my eyes welled with tears of happiness for you when I read this.

Christine O'Neil says: October 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM

What a sweet, sweet baby, Congratulations!

oh. my. blessings to all of you!!! so happy....

I cried reading your post :) Amelia is beautiful! Warmest congratulations to all of you!

I am so happy for you both, she is so beautiful! I don't comment often, but have been praying and hoping for you:)

What a beautiful baby! What beautiful parents!

Oh I am so happy for you!! Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

Welcome Amelia.

I have the most wonderful tears in my eyes for all of you right now.

Danielle G says: October 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM

So incredibly happy for you. Just wonderful. Laughing at myself for crying for a stranger right now, but wow, congratulations from a little family homestead right below that magnificent mountain.

Congratulations! Amelia is absolutely beautiful and so lucky to have such wonderful adoptive and birth families. I'm so, so happy for you and Andy! Hurray!

Congratulations!!!! what a blessed little girl to have you as parents.

michele(maryland) says: October 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM

Oh, my, how wonderful. Congratulations Mom and Dad! What fantastic parents you will be, what a special life you will all have together!

Warmest wishes to you! What a precious gift!

So beyond happy for you and your family! Congratulations!

Congratulations to all three of you :) Such wonderful news, such a sweet face and beautiful name. I'm so happy for you!

It's crazy how happy I am for you and Andy - I feel like my best friends just had their dreams come true. All from reading a blog. Congratulations and the best of luck and love to your completed family! She looks beautiful.

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