After her divorce, Katie Page felt like her life had no meaning. She was a young woman in her early thirties and it appeared as if having a family was not even an option. While she couldn’t decide what to do with her life she finally came across an experience that would alter her life and the lives of others.
Lost In The World
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Katie Page was in her mid-thirties when she started experiencing what most would call a “mid-life crisis,” yet she was far from the middle of her life. However, she was going through a divorce and her life seemed meaningless.
Needs A New Beginning
She was facing challenges in her life and her dreams of having the perfect family was not possible at that time. However, she was eager to find something new and exciting, and get a fresh start.
Taking The Leap
After sitting and waiting, dreading this period in her life, she decided it was time to take action. She could not deal with the feeling of helplessness and isolation and she needed to do something to excite her life.
A New Chapter
It was clear she needed a fresh start and that wasn’t going to happen in Alabama. She was hesitant to leave her friends and family in Alabama, but she knew that new opportunities for her were somewhere else.
Her New Chapter
Katie was trying to begin her new life in 2015 and was desperate to find herself. She decided to make a big change, which meant relocating to begin a new chapter in her life. Luckily she received a job offer that would fix all of her problems.
After many discussions and extensive thinking, Katie decided to move to Denver, Colorado. She began to work in commercial construction, there was an integrated service manager for a construction company called GE Johnson.
Her New Home
Katie was hopeful about her decision and she thought she was finally going to transform her life and reach her goals. She decided to buy a 4-bedroom “fixer-upper’ house, that required several renovations that she would handle on her own. She knew it would take hard work to achieve her vision. The home could fit way more than she was, so she needed to figure out what it was actually for.
Keeping Herself Busy
This process wasn’t going to come cheap but she felt positive about it. She wasn’t interested in unnecessary spending and felt like she could handle the renovations on her own. It was a perfect opportunity to figure out her life. However, such a big home did make her feel rather lonely, so she decided to think about some other options.
Searching For Satisfaction
While so many thoughts were running through her head, she was nervous. She was sure something would come along to make her feel better and in the meantime, the renovations were occupying her mind. However, something was missing.
Infertility Issues Of Her Own
While she was hoping that a new job and home would change her perspective, this didn’t satisfy her the way she was hoping for. She also had problems with fertility, so now she was thinking about maybe adopting.
She Loves Kids
She wanted a new path so she looked into fostering. She was such a fan of children and felt like they provided her with a meaningful life. While she always wanted to be a mother, it seemed like it wasn’t possible for her.
Katie recently joined a church and she received a letter introducing a seminar about a program for fostering children. She was in awe of the idea and felt like this was exactly what she had been looking for.
The Right Path
She couldn’t stop thinking about the seminar and she knew it was the perfect path for her. She was anxious about this new role but even the option made her heart warm. She was so excited that she had options.
Her Maternal Desire
Nothing felt more right than starting this journey on Mother’s Day. She completed the application form and this transformed her life completely. This new opportunity could be the chance to take her life in a new way.
A Single Mom
Although she was excited, she knew she needed to think clearly about it before and weigh all her options. Remember, she was a single woman and all of this was new. Although it was gonna be a huge challenge, she knew it was the right decision.
Making It Official
She finished her applications and she started to search through cases. The foster children were special because they were not ordinary foster children, but actually, children who had gone through trauma at a young age. This made it seem even more appealing.
Wanting One Of Her Own
The next year was a big one for Katie because she decided to foster four children. After this, she decided to adopt a child of her own, because she wanted to be a parent forever. She was so inspired by this process.
It wasn’t long before she decided it was the right thing to do. She spent two weeks in contact with a caseworker and then received a phone call about a child who was abandoned by his birth mother nearby.
Destiny At Work
The baby who was abandoned was only four years old. Without giving it a second thought, Katie accepted this and told the caseworker that she wanted him. She spent the whole night praying that the baby would one day be hers.
A Short 24 Hours Later
One day later she heard from the caseworker. Katie was so nervous about what she would say and hoped so much to become his mother. Later that day she left the hospital with a new four-day-old baby boy
A Difficult Start
While Katie knew what it was like to foster a 14- month old, she had no experience with newborns. This baby boy needed help immediately and she was devastated at how he was left like that. But then she learned more that shocked her.
Illegal Substance Abuse
The doctors revealed to her that the newborn had been exposed to illegal substances before he was born. Thankfully, he wasn’t showing withdrawal symptoms and after extensive tests that found he would have no long term effects.
While the baby boy had a rough start early on, he could no move on. Katie knew she was going to have to put in double the effort if she was going to mother this newborn boy, and she was determined to do so.
Picking A Name
This boy was left on his own only four days after he was born and he hadn’t even been named. Katie spent time thinking of the right name and went online to help with her search. She couldn’t spend one more minute calling him a baby boy.
Baby Boy Grayson
She spent the first few days after the hospital calling him Baby Boy. She did not have so much time to choose a name so she landed on her favorite name for a boy, which was Grayson. He looks like a Grayson!
At First Sight
As soon as she laid eyes on Grayson, she fell in love. She could not put the connection she felt into words but it was a beautiful experience. She had no idea that motherhood would be so natural for her.
Her True Calling
At this point, she knew motherhood was for her and she was determined to raise this boy as her child. She had experience with fostering parenting, but nothing long term and this is exactly what she was searching for.
The Next Step
All of her experiences with abused children made Katie decide to be a real mother. She aware of how different it would be to fostering but she was ready for the challenge. This is what led her to adopt Grayson as her own.
Looking For Answers
Grayson was just four days old when she adopted him and he had a special place in her heart. He was living with Katie for one year, while his caseworker tried to find his birth parents. This made her so fulfilled.
Searching For His Parents
As hard as they tried the search was not successful and they couldn’t find his parents. They posted ads everyone but there were no answers. Nobody even showed up at the hospital to look for the boy either.
Officially A Mom
May 2017 was a pivotal moment in Grayson’s life as he finally got the chance to live in a warm and loving home. He was 11 months old when Katie officially adopted him and neither of them could have known how their life was going to turn out.
Due to the drug exposure that he endured while he was a fetus, he was starting to have physical and developmental problems. This demanded all of Katie’s attention and kept her busy at all times. Although Katie knew that her family was not fully complete, she had to wait until he was nearly eighteen months before taking on another foster child.
Holding Her Horses
Now that she reopened her home, she was receiving many phone calls and emails about new placements for her. They were mostly short term offers, but she hoped for something long term. Nonetheless, she didn’t think it was correct timing.
He Deserved Her Undivided Attention
She so desperately wanted to expand their family but she was also preoccupied with her baby boy. He needed her complete and undivided attention and that’s why she provided him with. Look how cute he is with his delicious birthday cake!
Adoption wasn’t an option until her son was a bit older. Even though she had space in her home, she knew her family wasn’t ready for it. However, one day she would, I mean come on the house was huge!
A Life-Altering Phone Call
A month after Katie adopted Grayson she got a random phone. At the time she had no idea that this phone call would alter and Grayon’s lives completely. But she would find out…
Hannah Is In Need
The phone call was about a second newborn who was abandoned by her mother and in need of a caring home. The hospital informed her that the baby girl was named Hannah, and Katie felt like she owed it to her to help.
Despite Her Reservations
Similarly to Grayson, Hannah also had exposure to drugs in the womb and was found at the same hospital as Grayson. Katie was determined to help the newborn girl while still giving attention to Grayson.
Yes Or No?
Katie felt like she was having the same conversation that she had with the worker about Grayson. She felt like God was sending her a message and she could not turn this opportunity down. What happened next was crazy!
Katie was completely overwhelmed and nervous but she felt like taking in a newborn girl from the hospital was the best decision for her. A few hours later they picked Hannah up from the Hospital and she met Katie and Grayson.
Not A Coincidence
Katie brought her home and looked at her baby bracelet. She noticed that the name was written was the same as Grayson and the birth date of the biological mother was also the same. She wasn’t sure if this was a coincidence or if she had lost it.
What Her Gut Said
Not only this, but the baby girl also had similar medical conditions like Grayson and a similar backstory. They didn’t look so much alike, but they speculated that they were somehow related to one another.
Something Seems Fishy
Katie went to her blog to comment on this. She said that Grayson had darker skin and curly hair but the girl has pale white skin and straight blonde hair. The children did not look even slightly alike but she still felt like something was going on.
She Was Determined
Finding out the truth was going to be difficult since Grayson’s mom had a different last name and her birth date was different by one day. regardless, Katie wanted to see what was going on and she made it her mission to find the birth mom.
What Are The Odds?
Katie consulted with her caseworker and explained that she had speculations that Hannah and Grayson had the same biological mother. The caseworker wasn’t too hopeful and thought it was probably just a coincidence.
She decided to try her luck and speak to Grayson’s caseworker instead. She asked her to take over Hannah’s case. She spent months trying to get to the bottom of it and finally she found her birth mother.
Anxiety And Nerves
Katie was so nervous before she paid a visit to Hannah’s biological mother. However, once they met, she was certain that she was Grayson’s mom also. Was this happening or was she imagining it?
Figuring It Out
Katie knew right away that Hannah’s biological mother was also Grayson’s. Although she was freaking out inside she decided to remain calm and not freak out. She knew it was wrong to jump to conclusions before actually knowing the truth.
A Striking Resemblance
Through the conversation, the biological mother provided information that confirmed her speculations. She explained that she gave up a boy first, who had no records. Katie put two and two together and understood that that boy was her son Grayson.