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by on ‎08-08-2016 08:10 PM

Do you remember a few weeks back when I told you about our trip to a friend’s beach house? Well, the last night of that trip we got a call from a courageous, beautiful woman who told us she was in labor and our son was about to be born. We woke our sleepy girls at 1:30 am and loaded Gourdie in the car and drove straight to Philly, arriving an hour after the infant she carried for nine months, took his first breath. 

 

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We met his birth mother three weeks earlier, but because of so many miscarriages and a devastating failed adoption that left us nearly destroyed, over the last four years, we were cautious about this adoption. We weren't convinced we would give Grace and Georgia a sibling until he or she was home. 

 

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We spent that night after he was born in the hospital sleeping a couple hours at a time in a storage room off the nursery, never letting Ben's little body feel the absence of loving arms.  We began to bond with this baby, the most important part of adoption being that first year. The hospital was quite surprised we wanted to stay and because we were adoptive parents we didn’t get a room or many rights. But we weren't leaving him. 

 

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He was our baby.

 

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The next day, I held on to his birth mother and cried with her one more time as she said goodbye and Ben came home with us. Two days later while I was back on the air at work, his birth mother signed all the paper work and made me legally, Ben’s mom. Dan and I held Ben and our girls and wept for what Ben had lost, what his birth mother gave up and for the joy that was overflowing in our family at that moment.  

 

 

So happy, and so sad at the same time.

 

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In Pennsylvania there is a 30 day waiting period after an adoption, which is why I haven't been able to share my son with you.  Those 30 days has been brutal. I’ve been a sleepless new mom, in love, in chaos, in awe, and all the time not able to share with my friends or with you while I've been on the air.  

 

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And, oh, how you know I love to share my biggest passion, my family, with all of you.  But, I knew if I told you all Ben had arrived and then something happened and we lost him, I wouldn't be able to face you all again. I couldn't morn that loss on live TV.  I've mourned a lot on TV in my career, but this I couldn't do.  So I came to work for a few days, and held those last thirty sweet rotations of the earth with my three children and my glowing husband in my heart, just waiting for it to overflow onto you all the moment that waiting period was over.  

 

And praise God, it’s over!

 

Please say a prayer for this child of mine, and join me in celebrating the goodness of our God. 

 

Our family is now complete.

 

Welcome

 

Ben Diego, 7lbs 11oz 

 

The absolute joy of his sisters and his mom and dad’s lives

 

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I will be taking some time off but I promise to post pictures of Ben and his family on my Facebook page as often as possible.

 

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There is much more to my journey and the world of adoption and I’m sure many of you have questions. Trust that in time I will do my best to answer you.  It’s a story that should be told.  I’m grateful for your kindness and patience in this time. 

 

God Bless,

Kerstin 

Comments
by Summer21
on ‎08-09-2016 10:18 PM

So wonderful to hear good news! Congratulations! And thank you for sharing the pictures and story of your beautiful family. God bless all of you. 

by SUSIESHOPPER
on ‎08-09-2016 10:19 PM
What a beautiful blessing ‼️❤️❤️❤️So happy for your family. God Bless all of you 🙏🏼🙏🏼
by
on ‎08-09-2016 10:28 PM

This was a wonderful story to read first thing this morning. And now I'm reading it again as I conclude this day. Beautiful.

by roadrunner2211
on ‎08-09-2016 10:57 PM

Congratulations to you & your entire sweet, precious family. I'm so happy for all of you. Blessings:-)

by peachee415
on ‎08-10-2016 12:46 AM
AMAZING! CONGRATS and MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
by Minjoy
on ‎08-10-2016 02:18 AM

What a lovely and touching story.  Congratulations, best wishes and Mazel Tov on your beautiful family.

May you be blessed with much good health, happiness and love always.  Mindy and Shelly Chinkes

by elle225
on ‎08-10-2016 02:33 AM

 Beautifully told.  You can see all the love between the 5 of you already!  Yes - there is some sadness - but perhaps this whole situation is for the highest and best good of all parties involved - for growth, understanding, love and joy - so maybe the small sadness will yield to that. 

 

Blessings to you all and I hope you get some rest!  Smiley Happy 

by Lu Blossom
on ‎08-10-2016 06:19 AM

Congratulations!   After 20 years of broken hearts and shattered dreams, my husband and I were also recipients of the magnificient gift of a beautiful newborn.  As you know, the joy is surreal... and the shattered dreams and broken hearts are almost instantly healed. Your son is beautiful, as is your family.  Enjoy ~~ and keep the faith!!  By the way, Melissa (our only child) just turned 24, is engaged to be married, and recently graduated as an honor student.....  we couldn't be more proud!     God bless those brave birth mothers!  

by Chesneygirl
on ‎08-10-2016 07:49 AM

HeartOMGoodness!!!! Congratulations on the new addition to your beautiful family!!! What beautiful tales you weave- I love reading your posts- they make my heart happy! HeartGod Bless you little man- you will be surely loved...

by
on ‎08-10-2016 09:26 AM
Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey. Congratulations to all of you!
by jewelryqueen2000
on ‎08-10-2016 10:16 AM
Trying to type through tears of joy for you and your gorgeous family. Health and happiness to all of you today and always! Blessings.
Sue C
by CooKie
on ‎08-10-2016 01:32 PM
Thank God your hearts are full with your new family member Ben. Your story is very heartfelt & bless you all for being able to make your family's life whole. He is beautiful & will have an Extrodinary Wonderful Full Loving Life.
by NINA THE GREAT
on ‎08-10-2016 02:44 PM

Beautiful Child, Beautiful Family, Beautiful Story!! Brought tears to my eyes! 

 

by MzsRobinson
on ‎08-10-2016 06:20 PM

What a beautiful family and God's blessing to the mother who gave such a wonderful gift.

by abuelita
on ‎08-10-2016 08:37 PM

I absolutely am so very happy for you, your hubby and the girls. God has bought you joy, peace and happiness. Your picture story is so joyous I could feel your happiness. Peace to you all!!

by Jenpoodee
on ‎08-10-2016 08:46 PM

Congratulations and God Bless!

by
on ‎08-10-2016 10:36 PM

What a beautiful blessing - "hot out of the oven". So sweet. Congratulations to u and ur family and enjoy ur "little" BOY!!!!! Sandy in Calif.

by LinNova
on ‎08-10-2016 10:36 PM

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family.  Lots of love to you all and enjoy every minute of every day.  YOU are a great mom and now your family is truly complete with love.

by momstuff
on ‎08-10-2016 11:13 PM
Oh my! A boy for your girls and you & your hubby! He's beautiful! You are all blessed!! Hang on for this awesome, hilarious, scarey ride!! Don't let anybody kid you! They are a different creation! He will steal and break and warm and swell your hearts over and over!! ENJOY! It's a love like no other...brother and son!! Congratulations to all & prayers for all including the generous woman who has blessed you with the greatest gift! XO♡
by Guggenheim
on ‎08-11-2016 12:27 AM

Yay Ben!! Congratulations!!💙💙

by Angelgirl64
on ‎08-11-2016 04:42 AM
CONGRATS!! Truly a blessing!! So happy for you & your entire family. Baby Ben is so precious!! Can't wait to see more pictures👶
by loves2bake
on ‎08-11-2016 06:47 AM
Congratulations on your new angel! You have been thrice blessed. Ben, you are one lucky little guy to have a family that wanted you so very much. To the birth mother, putting your sons needs first showed your brave and loving heart. I hope that one day you find the joy and happiness your selfless act gave Kerstin and her family
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by
on ‎08-11-2016 08:59 AM

Congratulations!   Ben is a lucky little baby to be in such a loving enviornment!

Wishing you all the best in life.

Linda

by
on ‎08-11-2016 02:37 PM

Blessed so very blessed.  Have a ball and keep the love and smiles every day of your long lives together as a family.

by
on ‎08-11-2016 07:50 PM

Congratulations to you and your family on the addition of little Ben...I wish you all a lifetime of happiness as you welcome this new little soul into your sweet family!  Many blessings in your life ahead!

by djaz
on ‎08-12-2016 05:08 PM

Such a beautiful family.  I totally understand your overwhelming joy! Congratulations.

by LeanneP
on ‎08-12-2016 05:22 PM

So happy for you and your family.  Ben's a treasure!!

by Tad
on ‎08-12-2016 10:40 PM

 

God Bless you and your husband and your entire family.  You are an amazing person and mother and no doubt will raise 3 beautiful children. Congratulations and God Bless Ben. 

by Mickifw
on ‎08-13-2016 09:13 AM
What a beautiful experience. Thank you for sharing this with us. You have such a beautiful family and just wanted to leave you a comment on how much your story touched me.
by Burr53
on ‎08-13-2016 11:24 AM

Congrats on your beautiful son! You have a very lovely family and I have read enough about you to know that it didn't come easily. But your pursuit of having children shows your strength, and your husband's. I wasn't blessed with children and it has been the biggest disappointment of my life.

I'll very much look forward to more stories and pictures!!!

by Gami1
on ‎08-13-2016 01:07 PM

I am so happy for you, your husband, and your children.  What a blessing!  My best to you

by MellyLuvsAlex
on ‎08-13-2016 10:26 PM
Congratulations and may God bless your whole family. He's so cute 😊
by Stillirise
on ‎08-14-2016 12:34 AM

Congrats!!!

by piperoni
on ‎08-14-2016 05:45 AM

Beautiful Words...Beautiful Photos! Welcome little bundle of joy Ben Smiley Happy May God keep U safe in his arms and bless U! I will keep your Family in my Prayers! god is good! AMEN

by Retro Carol
on ‎08-14-2016 03:17 PM

Kerstin, thank you for sharing little Ben and your family with us! What a beautiful story! Congratulations! I'm so happy for all of you!

by CTglam
on ‎08-14-2016 03:39 PM

Congratulations to you and your family! What a beautiful baby! Saying prayers, and wishing you all the best. 

by Snickers mama
on ‎08-17-2016 04:04 PM

God has blessed you and your beautiful family once again with a beautiful little boy, oh how he will be spoiled with love. Congratulations to you and your family. God's blessings.

by flashrmw
on ‎08-20-2016 10:46 AM
Awe! Ben is adorable. Prayers for Ben absolutely & your family. Plus praying & thanking his birth mom for the strength she had & will continue to have. Nothing is greater than a child. I believe he has a wonderful family. God Bess you all.
by jjcage
on ‎08-20-2016 09:08 PM
Beautiful!! ❤
by
on ‎08-22-2016 01:20 AM

What a beautiful gift from God little Ben is to your family. Bless the mother who did what she knew had to be best for her baby son.  You look like you all belonged together from the beginning. xox

by QueenL
on ‎08-23-2016 09:41 AM

Congratulations, God is good!!!

 

by jumper55
on ‎08-24-2016 03:55 PM

Kerstin what a beautiful experience for you and your family.  A beautiful start to a lovely life with Ben. Congratulations!

by 1022
on ‎08-27-2016 10:38 AM

Congratulations to you and your family.  I am an Aunt of a mother who signed papers for her daughter of 4 years old and son of 8  months to a wonderful family such as yours knowing she was doing the best for her children.  God had this process all planned and we have been able to watch them grow.  Thanks to the love and a christian family these children have only the best future ahead of them.

I am so happy for you and your family because that little boy will be loved and forever blessed to have you and your husband as parents and your girls as big sisters.

I too, have expierced the loss of miscarriages and not having the family I so dreamed of; I do understand you pain.

God bless you Kerstin and your family.

by BonjourHola
on ‎08-27-2016 10:11 PM

Dear K,

Congrats and best wishes!! Ben is just beautiful -- for that matter, your whole family is gorgeous! I echo others' comments: God is so good and He has placed Ben with you all for a reason. Maybe you'll know why later... and maybe not. Peace to his birth mother and joy to you! I enjoy watching you on Saturdays as I decompress from the week while cleaning. Enjoy your time off and cherish every minute!

L in PA

by MamaNett
on ‎08-28-2016 08:56 PM

CONGRATULATIONS for adding another member to your family.  Ben is absolutely adorable and so is the rest of your family.  God Bless y'all!!! 

by Mindy2
on ‎09-01-2016 01:33 PM

I am so very Happy, for the Beautiful News!! Many Blessings to You and Your Beautiful Family!!! I Look forward to more Pictures. Love to You and Your Family!

by ocean 831
on ‎09-03-2016 09:08 AM

Congrats to you and your family! Such a blessing to have this little boy! Happy for you all!

But i had tears in my eyes for the birth mom and his new mom!

May God bless this new baby boy and his beautiful family!Smiley Happy

by shirleyh
on ‎09-03-2016 10:13 AM

So happy for you Kirsten and your husband and the girls.  What a beautiful son.  Its wonderful that such a great family full of love have given your new little boy a great start in life and future.  God bless you all.  Shirley Hatfield

by 2CookIsLuv
on ‎09-03-2016 10:18 AM
what a beautiful bundle of joy for you and your family. Blessings to your beautiful Ben and your entire family for much happiness.