Early this year, April and Eric announced that they had turned in an application to adopt a baby. We were pretty excited about it. The home studies were done and finally they were accepted as prospective parents. The dates are when posted on Facebook and does always reflect the actual time that the event happened. Following are the experiences posted on face book
July 30, 2013 April Johnson: Friends, please keep us in your prayers. Our profile is being presented to a couple of birth mothers. We ask that you pray that the birth mother will make the best decision for her baby and that we are matched with the right baby.
Posted August 2, 2013 by April and Eric.
November 18, 2013 April Johnson: Friends, so many of you have been so supportive during our adoption process that I feel its only appropriate to give you an update. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that a legal problem has surfaced which will prevent the adoption from happening in December. So, we are trying to be matched with a new birth mom. Please keep us in your prayers that we will be matched with the right birth mom and baby. Thank you all for your support in this journey. It's not over yet and we realize that everything happens for a reason. We are trying to stay positive to move forward
A few hours after the above disappointment, They received the following happy message.
November 18, 2013 April Johnson: Friends - everything happens for a reason. We have been matched with another baby. Our daughter was born early this morning. I am going to fly back east tomorrow to get her!!!! Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. God heard our prayers and has unveiled his plan and matched us with the perfect little daughter. We are so blessed!!!
November 20, 2013 April Johnson: We made it to Rhode Island. Our daughter Hannah May is AMAZING!! We are so in love with her sweet soul. We will post pics and more info tomorrow.
Cypress Farmbostons are growers of Boston terriers Eric and April are also growers of Boston terriers. They have had them several years. The following post was by the owners of Farmostons.
November 21, 2013 Cypress Farmbostons: From our news feed we see a lot of people are having really trying times these last couple of days. But did you know that our friends Eric and April were having the worst time of all after hearing the adoption of their baby had fallen through and wasn't going to happen? I cried as I know they did as I've watched via their FB as they've gone through the motions to make their family whole. Well friends, even in the darkest of times God hears our prayers. Eric and April were matched with a new baby and flew to Rhode Island to pick her up yesterday. Friends, Id like to introduce you to the newest member of the Johnson family, Hannah May. Now instead of tears of heartache I cry tears of joy for this wonderful couple. Congratulations guys! She's gorgeous. ️
November 24, 2013 April writes, Hannah May can use some prayers today. She had been in the incubator because of a low body temp. She will be transitioned to a crib today and if she can keep her temps up she can be released in a few days. Please pray that she can stay warm.
Hannah is doing much better today (Morning, Nov 25). April writes, They are planning on releasing her on Wednesday then we just have to wait for the legal clearances so we can head back to UT. Thanks everyone for your prayers and support. And, yes, those are Boston Terriers on her onesie.
HANNAH MAY UPDATE 💕by Cypress Farmbostons, growers of Boston terriers
April shared this wonderful photo of Hannah with a note stating Hannah was doing much better today and the doctors think she will be able to go home as early as Wednesday. And yes, that is a BT baby onesie she has on she's ready to meet her furry siblings! Thanks so much for the continued prayers for this little angel. — withApril Johnson.
25 November late this afternoon: Eric and Hannah May.
Hannah May. 27 November 2013
April writes: Hannah May got released from the hospital!!! She is now at home (at the hotel) with us.
Later she writes" As much as I wanted Hannah to be released from the hospital I am missing all the monitors she was hooked up to. At least then I had a visual and could tell that she was breathing and her heart was beating. She is sleeping so peacefully here that I am obsessed with checking on her!!
28 November afternoon: April's comments on face book today:
Today, as I sit here at look into the eyes of a beautiful baby girl, I am VERY thankful for her birthmom. The selfless sacrifice that this woman made to give a little girl a chance at a better life has completed me and my life. I have loved a lot of people in my life but never a love like this before.
3 December: April's comments on face book today: Well, no legal clearances to go home today hopefully tomorrow.
4 December Wednesday April writes, Going out to lunch! We gotta get out of this hotel!
A little later the same day she writes, WOOOHOOO!!! Clearances just came in!!! Arranging our flight HOME.
5 December, evening. She writes: Now that I have my beautiful baby girl, my husband, AND my dogs all together MY FAMILY IS COMPLETE! P.S. The dogs love her! — with Eric Johnson.
I thought that I was finished with this blog, but no, there is an other chapter.
18 December, April Johnson posted this: Hannah is already a month old, time is going by too fast! However, now that she is going to be a big sister maybe time will slow down a little. Yes, you read that right. Hannah, at 1 month old, is going to be a big sister! We have a Christmas miracle and we now know that EVERYTHING happens for a reason and we should never doubt HIS plan. If you recall, the original birthmom, not Hannah's birthmom, had some legal issues with the birthfather preventing the adoption from proceeding. That is when we got Hannah. Well, now those legal issues have been cleared up and we are able to adopt Paityn! The birthmom is due on 12/24 so we are just waiting for her to go into labor and then we're off again to pick up our 2nd daughter! We feel so blessed. Even though its going to be A LOT of work, we know that both of these babies were meant to be in our family
20 December. This was posted by April: Paityn will be born on Monday via c section! We are off to PA tomorrow. We will be staying at the Ronald McDonald house! We are so thankful that they have room for us. It will be so much better than staying in a hotel.
23 December around 10:30 am, April posted this. Hannah is going to be a big sister within the hour!!! Later she posted "Paityn Ruby was born at 11:22. 7lbs 14oz and 20 inches long. She is pictured below.
26 December April posted this this evening: It's official! The amazing birth mom of this beautiful baby girl lovingly relinquished her parental rights and trusted us to raise her. We love this little girl so much.
29 December April post this this afternoon: Sisters together at last.
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