Gotcha Day: Madison’s Story

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Before I even get one word on the paper, I’m crying.

People tell me every day, “Your story is amazing” And I am always dying to tell them if only you knew the full story on how God’s hand was guiding this little baby to me, it would show you how big of a God we serve.”

To start the story I had to call my dad, you see he was a BIG part of this story. God would use his love for people to help my daughter.

In August of 2013 a lady walked into Bridgeway Church, she was homeless, and looking for food and a place to stay. The church feeds people, lots of people in Vallejo so this was not out of the ordinary. My dad met her and she told him she was pregnant, my dad goes how do you know, she lifted up her shirt and said because my belly is already big. My dad having the biggest heart I know, because anyone would have just took one look at this lady and sent her on her way to take care of herself, let her spend a couple nights at the church. My dad personally took her to the Planned Parenthood to get her a pregnancy test, just to confirm that she was pregnant. And yep, she was.

For the next couple months she stayed off and on at the church, when it was raining my dad let her stay inside and sometimes she would sleep out by the trash cans when she had no where else to go. She came into the church drugged up, smoking cigarettes and then sometimes she would come in perfectly normal. My dad kept all her medical records because she would always lose them and then come back to my dad for a copy. I mean he went WAY far out of his way to help this lady and knew nothing about her. He didn’t know her back story, didn’t know where she was headed in the future, NOTHING. He just knew how to love people the way God wants us to love people.

Now this entire time that this lady is staying at the church my husband and I are getting our foster trainings done, getting our house ready, doing interviews preparing for kids of our own. We were so open about the whole process people often joked around and said Watch you’re going to end up with that lady’s baby. And we would joke, no way, out of all the foster parents in the county there is no way we could possible get that baby. The odds of that happening were way too far out there.

In February 2014 we had just gotten through two foster kids and were waiting for a call for our next placement. We were looking through the paper and had seen this article about a homeless lady having her baby in the hospital and when they tried to take it she got so upset that she almost jumped out of the two story window. We thought WOW, I wonder if that was the same lady that was staying at our church. One day later we received a call from our agency saying there was a newborn baby girl born in the hospital and the mom admitted to doing meth and smoking cigarettes while she was pregnant. My jaw dropped and everything the lady on the phone was saying was all blurred as the thought of this being that ladies baby enters my mind!! NO WAY!! COULD THIS REALLY BE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?! I ran to Wesley while the lady is still talking and put the phone on mute as I started screaming it’s THAT LADY’S BABY to him. He started freaking out and as I tuned back into the phone conversation I heard her saying now you need to be fully aware this could possibly be a drug baby, without hesitation I said YES, I want her! We didn’t know for sure if it was that lady’s baby but God definitely put it on my heart to say yes.

The next three days I researched drug babies and thought a thousand times in my head, OH NO, should I have said yes? Did I make the right decision or did I just volunteer a life of sleepless nights and worries. Everyone assured me I could do it.

So when Wesley and I walked through the hospital doors on February 27, 2014 we were fully prepared for the worst. But even though we knew that was an option we still had HUGE smiles on our faces as we drove to the hospital and parked the car and walked through the double doors and into the elevator and into the hospital nursery. Are you Wes and Melissa Enault the assistant said? Yes! That’s us. Alright Baby is right over here.

Both of us peeked our heads over the plastic see-through box and saw this tiny 5 lb baby wrapped in hospital blankets and tears flooded my eyes. SHE IS PERFECT! My first question… Does she have any drugs in her system or withdrawals. He said no drugs in her system and NO signs of withdrawals. IT WAS OUR MIRACLE BABY. We then looked at the name card that was placed on the outside of the box Madison was laying in and printed clearly was “that lady’s name”. Wesley and I both looked at each other and smiled, I knew it!

She has been with us since she was 3 days old. Never any visits with her bio mom or family of the bio mom. Her dad is unknown . She has been our baby girl since day one and every time a social worker would walk through our doors they would say how rare that is and how everything is going so fast! The first month of her life she didn’t have a birth certificate and was called “baby”. So we got to name her from the very beginning! Madison Riley, which is a name we chose WAY back when Wesley and I were dating. Despite what happened in the womb she has hit every single milestone and is continuing to grow and succeed every day!

You see God orchestrated this entire story. He had his hand on Madison while she was in her mother’s womb. He protected her, he protected MY baby, MY daughter. We went through 10 years of infertility for this moment right here. God blessed me with a daughter of our own. Yes, he didn’t do it the way we expected and yes Madison took the long way to my arms, but she made it and only by the hand of God.

There is no doubt in my mind that Madison Riley Enault was born for GREATNESS. God has a huge calling on this baby’s life. A few years back in the midst of my infertility I promised that if he were ever to bless me with a child of my own that I would spend every single day of my life teaching that child about God.

She’s a miracle baby, handcrafted by God himself.

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The Countdown to Adoption

Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.59.11 PM The Countdown to AdoptionThese past 6 months can best be described as a whirlwind. We walked into the hospital almost 6 months ago and saw for the first time our little baby girl. She was just perfect and so tiny I almost didn’t know what to do with her. As we VERY carefully put her in the carseat from the hospital nursery and then walked out the double doors to our car my husband and I had the biggest smiles on our faces. We never thought we’d get the chance to walk our very own baby out of the hospital. Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.55.32 PM The Countdown to Adoption Fast forward 6 months and she is the love of our lives. She is spoiled in every way, but when you wait 9 years for something I think that just naturally happens. She can almost sit up now and LOVES her bumbo. She’s eating her first solids and laughs and smile constantly. From what this little baby had to endure in the womb, she’s a living breathing miracle and so far she has been hitting every milestone. She’s a fighter and ever since I got her I made it so that she doesn’t have to fight anymore. Mommy and daddy will fight for her. All she needs to do is enjoy her precious little life. We treat her like the princess God intended for her to be and nothing less. Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.55.12 PM The Countdown to Adoption She’s been fussy lately because she’s teething and couldn’t get to sleep last night, so I rocked her to sleep in my arms and as she dozed off she was just talking away telling me about her day. It’s moments like those I treasure. My husband and I just stood over her and smiled because the love we have for this baby, our baby girl, is so real and so much more than anything I ever experienced. Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.54.57 PM The Countdown to Adoption We had a very important court date 2 weeks ago and it went in our favor which means that 60 days from that date she is open for adoption. We should be signing papers the first week in October to make her our forever baby. I can’t imagine my life without her, and I thank God that I don’t have to.

Glitter Mason Jar Cake Stand

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Hi y’all! I’m Olivia from DIY Mother. Melissa is letting me check in a couple times a month to show you some DIY projects, and I’m so glad that I’ll be able to have the chance to share them with you.

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with black and gold; I made some black and gold nightstands a few weeks ago and now I can’t get enough. Since my daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up, I’ve been experimenting with different entertaining DIY projects…which led me to this glitter mason jar cake stand. I made it using some leftover tiles I had from a past renovation.

I’ve always loved the way glitter mason jars look, so I made an extra one just in case I want to use it as a vase. OK; less talking, more DIYing.

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Materials:
Piece of tile (I used a piece of 12×12 granite)
Smaller flat material (to stabilize the plate)
Mason jar
Mod Podge (glossy finish)
Glitter

1. Pour some Mod Podge in that mason jar! You don’t need much, about a spoonfull will suffice.

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Throw some glitter in and start rotating the mason jar so that the glitter covers all of the glue. I ended up mixing the glue and Mod Podge together and spreading it evenly using a paintbrush because it wasn’t drying evenly when I just left the glitter on top of the Mod Podge. Commence gratuitous pictures of GLITTER!

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2. While your glittery mason jar is drying, spray paint the base of whatever flat surface you’re using gold. The stabilizer I used was a thick piece of wood (all I had lying around) so I spray painted both.

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3. Use some Liquid Nails to adhere everything together. The package says to let it cure for at least 24 hours, but who ever even does that?!

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I had to run to Kroger to get a cheap cake and unfortunately it doesn’t really match the cake stand….but I still LOVE how it turned out. I might add another tier and make it a cupcake rack. Or maybe I’ll take off the mason jar and just use it as a flower pot!

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Beautiful Camera Straps

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I was recently approached by a company called IMO Camera Fashion to review one of their seriously cute camera straps! I used to make camera strap covers and even sell them on etsy so I was always changing what my strap looked like but lately it’s been the boring old Canon strap. So they got in touch with me at the perfect time because my camera was definitely needing some new bling.

Going on their website to choose a strap was super easy and I spent a good while trying to decide between all the beautiful straps they had. It was tough but I made my choice. They ship from Hong Kong and I was expecting the delivery to be pretty slow but I was quite surprised to find it came in super fast! I opened up the pretty wrapped package to find this beautiful camera strap.

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I LOVE it! The first time I took it out to use it my family noticed how well put together and sturdy it looked. And the leather on the ends makes it even more beautiful. My favorite part has to be the quick release snaps, I’ve never had those before and I’m telling you what when you go to take a picture and you have to turn the camera at a weird angle, those snaps come in handy!

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So all in all I was VERY pleased with what i received and would highly recommend IMO Camera Fashion as the place for you to get your next camera strap!

Visit their website here: http://www.imostrap.com

And their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/imocamerastrap

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