We waited and waited and waited. Then we got this e-mail!
Claire Louise had arrived!
In their words, this was why they picked the name:
Claire - About 10 months ago we started praying for clarity regarding our adoption process. We had faced several failed attempts and closed doors and asked God to make it clear if we should change direction (i.e. try international, etc.). A week after we started praying for clarity, God surprised us with a pregnancy! Claire will always remind us that God made His plans for us clear this past year.
Louise - We have 2 grandmothers (Claire's great-grandmothers) named Lois. They are both vibrantly living for the Lord. We chose this version of their name in honor of them.
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We took the girls to see their new baby sister.
Our son, Josh and his family had come for the birth; infact, Staci helped with out as the doula. When we went to the hospital to meet Claire, we also went to the Rehab unit to get Grandpa Pete and we wheeled him to see his newest great-granddaughter.
After the visit, we took Grandpa outside to the courtyard - his first time out in the sun since leaving the hospital in Wichita almost a month ago.