Welcome to the Family Cambria

Our family recently grew by one on Friday 9/16/11 at 7:55 am when Cambria Grace Merrell was born. Cambria was added to our family through adoption with the help of AGAPE in Huntsville. We have been working with them for a couple of years on adopting a new sibling for George.

We had a failed adoption back in March 2010 when the birth mother decided at the last-minute to keep her child. All of this sorrow from the previous bad experience of the failed adoption was washed away with the birth and subsequent placement of Cambria with our family.

We received the call from AGAPE on Thursday 9/08/11 but we got the message on Friday. We called AGAPE but our social worker was out. We called back on Monday and were told they had a birth mother who was due soon and if we wanted them to show her our family book. We said yes. LeAnne had been gathering up all the baby things ie changing table, bathing tub, stroller etc and had put them in Kids Closet to sell.

I was getting ready to go to work around 3:00 pm on Tuesday 9/13/11 when LeAnne came into the room in tears, she had the phone in her hand. I thought one of two things had happened, either a death in the family or some adoption news. It was the latter fortunately. Our social worker informed us that the birth parents had chosen us to receive their child to adopt. This was like the first time around with George with it being so quick that it happened. We had to get with Kids Closet and pick up all the stuff we had dropped off since we would be needing those items asap.

We had to meet with the birth parents the next day at AGAPE. It was kinda awkward at first as those initial meetings normally are but we all warmed up to each other quite quickly. The birth mother was a wonderful young woman and the birth father was a very nice young musician. We all talked about our families and kids etc and got to know each other pretty good for the limited amount of time we had. The birth mother gave us the ultrasound and told us that the baby was going to be a little girl. I thought to myself that was wonderful since that complements our son in our family. The baby was set to be delivered by C Section on Monday 9/19/11 at 10:00 so we would have our last free weekend. The birth mother did mention that she had some labor pains the day prior so it might be earlier.

I was at work that night and received a call at 11:00 saying the birth mother was in labor and to come get LeAnne and go to the hospital. We arranged for my mother to come to our house to stay with George. He was unaware of the situation and was asleep when my mother arrived. I took off work and went to the hospital and met with our social worker. The doctors decided that they would deliver in the morning. We were told that they would call us in the morning when she goes into labor so we could come in then.

We received the call at 7:00 am th come in for the delivery. We got our son ready and took him to school (He was still unaware of the situation). We arrived at the hospital around 7:45 but was told that she had already been taken in the delivery room.

We met our baby later that morning around 9:00 or so. She was one beautiful sight to behold. We instantly were smitten by her. It was just like it was when we met George for the first time in the Hospital in NC – Wonderful and Surreal. We were so proud of her right away.

We stayed with her until it was time to go pick up George from school. Our plan was to keep him out of the loop until we were to take her home from the hospital on Sunday to spare him the emotional toll if the birth mother decided to keep her like what happened in Cullman in 2010. George was devastated that last time and we didn’t want it to happen again hence our precautions.

We were set up for an AGAPE family conference workshop on Sat and had already arranged for George to stay with a friend that day so visiting Cambria at the hospital all day Sat worked out well.

However, George was suspicious, because he told our family friend keeping him that we had taken all of the baby stuff to Kids closet and it was back at the house now. He said to our friend that he thought he was getting a brother or sister. We picked him up saturday and told him that AGAPE wanted us to go to the hospital on sunday for a trial run through on what would happen if we were selected for a baby. We told him that we would go to the hospital and be put in a room and a nurse would even bring a baby to the room to show us how the process works.  All this went to plan except the nurse who was to bring the baby to the room was not available and another nurse who was unaware of our situation brought Cambria to the room. 

George immediately went up to the nurse with the baby in the cart and asked what the baby’s name was.  The nurse responded what did we name her? George looked funny and we told him that she was his new sister. He was taken back and was at a loss for words for a second or so. It was a precious moment seeing him look at his new sister that he had wanted for ever so long.

We all had an enjoyable Sunday and were able to take Cambria home on Sunday 9/18/11 around 1:00 pm. 

We are currently enjoying life with two children now: George and Cambria so our family now numbers four.

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Goodbye Ninnie

My Grandmother Lucille Null passed away this past Wednesday. I got the call from my dad around 8:20 am saying that she was gone. We had been expecting her to pass away within 2 weeks or so per hospice. My grandmother was in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s and she had gone to the nursing home in the past year because her care was exceeding my parents abilities.

I will always remember all the time that we spent at my grandparents home in Moulton, AL and at their home at Lake Buchanan in Burnet, TX. There were a lot of good times enjoyed by us all at both of those locations. I remember Chocolate Ice Cream in big plastic tubs and ice cream cones and Coca Cola always being present at my grandparents home. My grandmother was a very good cook and their was always lots of good food to be had there. She was very good in making Chocolate Pies with whipped cream topping that was burnished brown. They were fantastic.

As kids we used to ride big wheels around their wrap around porch but we never went off the rail less porch which was about 4 feet from the ground. We all learned how to ride bicycles on their hill in their front yard. We used our Aunt DeNeise’s green girls bicycle to learn how to ride. We would start a the top of the hill and ride down the grass hill till we fell over. We would do this over and over till we mastered riding the bike.

We had a houseboat that my grandfather had in the yard that was our USS MINNOW that we sailed all over the seas with in our imaginations. It was carpeted inside and you could stand on the roof and walk along its stern. It was a lot of fun. The only thing remotely dangerous about it was avoiding the occasional yellow jacket nests that were built from time to time.

We would roam the countryside behind our grandparents home which was filled with cattle and a creek which meandered through a pine thicket that to us was not unlike NARNIA is to children of my sons generation. We had ponds that we tried to catch fish from and swam in. We had lots of fun in Moulton.

My grandparents moved to TX back around 1976-1977 which put me in 3rd grade and my sister in 1st. We went to Texas quite a few times all the way up until late high school. I would ride DeNeise’s MOPED when she was away at college at UT all over the lake area up the hills and such and down to my Great Grandmothers home in Silver Creek also.

My sister and I also shared one summer with our best friends, mine Craig McCoy and my sisters Melissa Collier when they came with us for a summer vacation there. One thing that would happen was that me and my dad would always help my grandfather with projects when we came down that he couldn’t handle all by himself. That summer with my friend there we got to work on their septic system. My grandfather had gravel delivered and we spread gravel into the septic system drain field. It was a lot of work but we finished it .

My Great Grandmother passed away around 1997 and my grandparents inherited their house. My grandparents rented it out until last year in 2009 or so when they sold it. It was right across from Lake Buchanan.

My grandparents moved up to my parents home later on and my grandfather passed away to complications from cancer. My grandmother made it many more years before she caught the bus to heaven on Wed. We miss you Ninnie and Grandaddy!.. Thanks for all of your love. We love you..Goodbye..

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