It started as a morning like any other morning. But not at all. Brian was in Fort Wayne visiting our families for a week. I had just finished a very sweaty P90X workout and was finding my breath again when my iPhone rang. "Christian World Adoption" was on the caller ID. I lost my breath again and answered the phone with hands shaking.

Two years ago today I received a phone call that changed our lives.


"April, I have your referral. A 2 year old boy and 6 month old girl. Would you like to hear more about them?" Of course, YES! Our case manager patiently and thoroughly gave me all the details and next steps while I stifled back tears and attempted to calm my racing heart. 

In my original post 2 years ago, I wrote these words:

"I hung up the phone and LITERALLY started wailing on my knees in what will be the kiddo's bedroom [currently our workout room]. Friends, it was a few steps beyond ugly crying. I was out of control - almost hyperventilating. Dripping sweat. Tears flying out of my eyes nearly horizontally. Mouth contorting between crying and laughing. But I knew I had to call Brian immediately because the emails were being sent to both our accounts."

 And so our journey into an expanded family began.

Then...Those huge eyes captivated me...
Now...2 years after the THE CALL!

Then...When I first laid eyes on you!
Now...Our 2 1/2 year old sweet girl

If you want to take a stroll down memory lane with us, you can read the original three posts about them here: The Call, Lil A and Baby T, and my favorite post - Referral Day.

Who would've guessed that 2 years later we'd have a 3 1/2 month old son, too!?!?! God's funny like that. Celebrating today!!!


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.