The Freitas Family
Once at the hospital, we fell in love instantly. He was fast asleep and precious as can be. I remember thinking, “This is our son. We have a son.” It was so wonderful to say that out loud. We spent that entire evening holding him, feeding, and changing him. We were back first thing the next morning and spent the entire day in the nursery with him. We couldn’t get enough of him! We have some great memories of those days in the nursery. The hospital staff was so helpful and answered many of our first-time parent questions.
Parenthood is amazing! It is such an honor to be called our son’s mommy and daddy. Even on the crazy days, it is still such a wonderful gift. As we are approaching his first birthday, we just can’t believe how quickly time flies by. It really feels like it was just yesterday, that we received “the call.” We just love watching him grow and learn. We can’t imagine our lives without him!
On the day we were chosen by a birth mother, our social worker called me, “Mom” on the phone – it was the first time I had ever been called that. She invited us to lunch to meet our new family. When I got off the phone, Jayson and I just held one another and cried for joy. Our quest to become parents was finally coming to an end. When we met up with our new family, the shock and excitement was still all over our faces. We found our new family to be warm, funny, and full of personality. I got to feel my daughter kick and I discovered an amazing bond with a woman I had never met before, but who was answering all my prayers.
On the day she was born, it was about 4 AM when we got to the hospital. Lysandra was less than an hour old, laying on the heating table and she was perfect. It was hard to believe she was real, and that not only was I allowed to hold such a perfect little miracle, but that I was going to take her home and care for her for the rest of my life. All the pain of the past few years melted away in an instant and I was filled with such happiness that I felt like my skin could not hold it all in. We were in the hospital for less than two days, during which time we could not bring ourselves to put her down or even look away from her for more than an instant. It was love at first sight.
The Mariscal Family
The emotions were overwhelming during the moment we met our son. We first saw a picture of him that our social worker sent us during our drive there. He was beautiful. We noticed right away how big his hands were. He seemed big to us from the picture. When we got there we were so nervous. How do you prepare yourself to meet your son? The second we saw him we just cried. Again he was beautiful and so small (he just had, and still has, big hands). We couldn’t sleep that night. We were parents and everything changed in that moment. We were so happy.
The Cuthbertson Family
Our path to parenthood was filled with so many difficulties prior to our decision to turn to adoption as a way to build our family. Now I wake up every day amazed that I am the mother of these wonderful little boys (through adoption), and I almost can’t believe how blessed we are. Parenthood offers a new adventure each day as we reach many new milestones, both small and big, with each of our sons.
The Rountree Family
The adoption of our son Grayson was absolutely perfect to us. It was very fast! We completed the classes, paperwork, homestudy, and album over the course of about six months. My husband Jason teases me about how much time I spent completing our family album (it took longer!). For those of us who have experienced loss and infertility issues, it gave us comfort knowing that it was no longer a question of IF we were going to have another baby. It was now WHEN we were going to have another baby! This made a huge difference for our waiting time.
When we started our journey at IPAS, we were told we would probably get “the call” when we least expected. On another note, we are SO THANKFUL to our birthmother for giving us this beautiful boy! He is such a miracle! We are also SO THANKFUL to IPAS and our social worker for bringing Grayson into our lives. They have an amazing gift for making it all happen. We highly recommend IPAS to any family wanting to adopt.
The Holzer Family
We honestly can’t see a difference between her and our biological children. When we look at her, she’s not “our adopted daughter” but she’s “our daughter.” The love we feel for her is no less than we feel for any of our other children. The kids love her and are really great with her. Our family feels complete now.
The Salwasser Family
Avery is now 10-months-old and a ball of personality. We can hardly imagine a time when there wasn’t four of us. She is crawling, standing with the help of furniture, her brother, or a dog. She says, “Mama” and “Dada” and is the joy of our life, along with her brother, Von. Watching and listening to our children play together is more wonderful than we could have imagined! We really want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to IPAS for helping us build our family and making tiny miracles happen each day!
The Orsburn Family
Hi IPAS family! I just wanted to post a little note of thanks to you. I just got done rocking my sweet baby girl Juliana to sleep. As I did, tears of love, joy, contentment, and most of all appreciation fell down my cheeks. Without you we would not have her or her equally precious big brother Jackson! Thank you so much and I am so glad God has blessed you enough to expand your services to a larger part of California! That will give so many more adoptive families the chance to grow, birth families the opportunity to be nurtured during a very difficult time, and everyone the chance to know such wonderful people! You will always be part of our family and know you are all Jackson and Juliana’s “aunts in Fresno”! Love you!