Katie Page had always wanted a family of her own. It seemed like she was on her way there until she went through a divorce in her thirties. The world crumbled underneath her feet all of a sudden. What was next for her? She had no idea what was about to come her way.
Lost In The World
Katie Page hails from Birmingham, Alabama. Life threw her a curve ball when she was in her mid-30s. She had always wanted a family, but it did not seem viable after she got a divorce from her husband of the time. She felt very lost in life, but we do not blame her at all for this.
A New Chapter
The only thing she could do was to start over. She went on a soul-searching journey in 2015 and decided that it was time for her to make a change. It was a good thing that she found a new job in Denver, Colorado and left her life in Alabama for it. She was an integrated service manager at GE Johnson.
Her New Home
Katie was optimistic about this decision. It was time for her to turn things around and make her dreams come true. She got a 4-bed ‘fixer-upper’ house that required renovations: “The house I bought would require extensive work to transform into my vision and most of which I would have to do myself in order to afford it.” She even told a friend that she felt like it was meant for ‘more’, whatever that means.
Keeping Herself Busy
Of course, renovating the new place would come with a price tag. For her, this was good since it would help curb unnecessary spending. It would help her stay focused as she worked on the other parts of her life. However, it was hard not to feel lonely when you live in a big house all by yourself.
Searching For Satisfaction
There were a number of options for her. She was still hesitant but knew that there were many options out there for her. She was busy with the renovation project but still felt unsatisfied with her life.
Infertitlity Issues Of Her Own
She initially assumed that she would get a new perspective after switching jobs and purchasing a new house. While it did help, this did not give her what she had been after. She started to consider adoption.
She Loves Kids
She wanted to get a direction in life, so she started thinking of fostering children. She liked kids and thought that it might be her opportunity to find her calling in life. Katie always wanted to be a mother.
Her new church sent her a letter about an upcoming seminar on fostering kids. This prospect was one that appealed to her. She thought that this might be the opportunity she has been waiting for.
The Right Path
The foster care meeting at the local church touched her heart. She was convinced that she was meant to take this path. She was nervous about the undertaking but just thinking about it made her heart feel full.
Her Maternal Desire
We think that it is really cool how she started the journey on Mother’s Day in 2015. She completed the application form and changed her life for good. What did this drastic change in life have to offer her?
A Single Mom
She did weigh her options before she went all in. Of course, she had to consider that she was single and new to this area. Could she really handle motherhood on her own on top of all of these challenges?
Making It Official
It was not long after sending in the form that she was contacted about certain cases. The foster kids she got were parentless children who experienced trauma in the past. It only made her want to help more.
Wanting One Of Her Own
During that year, she was able to foster four children. She was eager to adopt one. While Katie was happy with being a foster parent, it was time for her to make this a more permanent aspect of her life.
Soon enough, life would give her what she was waiting for. It was only two weeks after speaking to her caseworker about it that she received a phone call. It was about an abandoned baby boy at the hospital.
Destiny At Work
This baby was no more than four days old. She did not hesitate to say, “I want him!” Katie even asked the case worker to avoid speaking to anyone about it. She hoped that this baby would go to her…
A Short 24 Hours Later
A day after she got that call, she received more news about the baby. Katie picked up the phone with hesitation. Were her dreams going to come true at long last? Yes! She took the little boy home that day.
A Difficult Start
In the past, she experienced taking care of a 14-month-old baby, but this was a new experience for her. The infant needed a lot of help. While this was already sad, it turned out that there was more to it…
Illegal Substance Abuse
Doctors learned that this little boy got exposed to drugs while he was still in the womb. Luckily, he did not show withdrawal symptoms at all. They said that there won’t be long-term effects! What a relief.
While the baby boy had a rough start in life, this was all in the past. It was now time to move on. Katie was dedicated to giving the poor child everything that she possibly could. She did exactly that!
Picking A Name
He was left to his own devices at the tender age of four days. He did not even come with a name! Katie racked her brain for the best name. What kind of mother would refer to her child as only Baby Boy?
Baby Boy Grayson
When she brought this baby with her, she called him Baby Boy until she decided on the right name for him. There was not much time for her to think it over, so she picked her favorite boy’s name: Grayson.
At First Sight
She fell in love with this child in no time at all. When Katie first saw him, she felt a connection that even she could not explain. Who would have thought that this woman would be so good at parenthood?
Her True Calling
She soon realized that motherhood was her real calling. Katie was eager to raise Grayson as her own kid. While she fostered traumatized kids in the past, this was going to be different. He would be her son!
The Next Step
Katie had always wanted to make the big leave into becoming a true mother. She knew that it was going to be different from fostering, but she was prepared to take the next step. Grayson would be her son!
Looking For Answers
He has been in her care ever since he was four days old. It was no wonder he held such a dear spot in her heart. He had been staying with Katie for almost a year while caseworkers looked for his parents.
Searching For His Parents
They searched far and wide for his father and mother. They had no such luck. They placed ads in the papers and on Facebook but did not get any leads. No one even looked for Grayson at the hospital.
Officially A Mom
In May 2017, Grayson finally had a legal parent. At 11 months old, he finally got to call Katie his legal mother! They did not know then that this was only the beginning of an incredible journey together.
Grayson called for all of her attention since he struggled both developmentally and physically from the drug exposure. Katie felt like the family was still incomplete but knew she had to wait until he was older.
Holding Her Horses
In the next few weeks after opening her home once more, she got lots of calls and emails about new placements. Many of them were short placements, but she preferred to have something long term.
He Deserved Her Undivided Attention
While she still wanted to expand her family, it was better for her to give Grayson all of her attention. He did not deserve anything short of her undivided attention. Look at him with his first birthday cake! Aww.
Katie wanted to have a bigger family but had to put it off until Grayson was a bit older. There was a lot of space in the house, so she wanted to put all the rooms in it to good use.
A Life-Altering Phone Call
Just a month after she adopted Grayson, she got a phone call. Not once did she expect this. At the time, Katie had no idea that this call was going to change the life of her family forever.
Hannah Is In Need
The person calling her informed her that there was a newborn baby who also got abandoned by the birth mother. She found out that this little angel was called Hannah. What was she going to do next?
Despite Her Reservations
Like Grayson, this little girl also suffered exposure to illegal substances while in the womb. It was interesting to hear that they found her at the same hospital. Could she really look after another infant?
Yes Or No?
She discussed it with the worker and got déjà vu. “During all of the phone calls I made that afternoon, the phrase ‘I know I am crazy, but God is telling me to say YES’ kept coming out of my mouth,” she said.
Katie was both scared and overwhelmed, but her instinct told her to open her doors to this little girl. A few hours later, Hannah was brought to her doorsteps. She met Grayson and Katie for the first time!
Not A Coincidence
After welcoming the baby into the home, Katie noticed something odd. The name of this birth mother was the same one on Grayson’s bracelet. Aside from that, they shared very similar birth dates as well.
What Her Gut Said
This little girl had many similarities with Grayson. Katie even said, “[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson’s.” While they did not look alike, it seemed too big of a coincidence.
Something Seems Fishy
“Grayson is half African American with beautiful darker skin and dark curly hair,” she wrote on her blog. “Baby Girl has a pale white skin tone with straight red-blonde hair.” Still, she couldn’t help her instincts.
She Was Determined
It would not be easy to learn the truth since the birth mothers used different surnames. There was also the fact that their birthdates on the records were one day apart. Katie just wanted to arrive at the truth.
What Are The Odds?
She went up to the caseworker and discussed what she had in mind. However, she was only told that it did not sound likely. Could it be that she was off the mark? Was it nothing more than a coincidence?
Despite getting shot down, she tried to discuss it with the case worker for Grayson. She even asked this person to take on Hannah’s case! Months later, she got the chance to get to the bottom of things at last.
Anxiety And Nerves
Katie felt anxious when it was time to talk to the birth mother of Hannah. When they met up, she knew instantly that this was also the person who delivered Grayson. But how did such a thing even happen?
Figuring It Out
As soon as she saw the birth mother of her foster daughter, Katie “knew instantly” that she was also the mother of Grayson. However, it was not at all a good idea for her to jump to conclusions right away.
A Striking Resemblance
As they talked, the birth mother revealed certain things that made Katie feel like she was on the right track. This woman said she had to give up a baby boy without any records. She looked like Grayson too!
Katie asked more questions and found out that she was already the mom of many kids. There was a baby boy she did not let the authorities know about. Katie later told the case worker what she learned. This caseworker soon confirmed that the birth mom’s last name matched that of Hannah’s relatives.
Putting The Pieces Together
At last, the fog was lifting. The truth was going out at last. Still, it was not advisable for her to go through this without verification. Finally, she verified the theory when the results of a DNA test came back.
Grayson And Hannah
A case worker looked into the matter and confirmed what she had in mind all this time. Yes, Hannah and Grayson were related! Katie could not believe that she got two half-siblings purely by coincidence.
“What if the baby girl had gone to another family?” Katie said in one of her blog posts. “We would have never found her or Grayson’s mother. The connection would have never been made! I could not believe the miracle that had just happened.”
She Acted Quickly
After confirming that the two kids were truly siblings, there was no way she was going to split them up. They had already been separated once, so she was intent on making sure that they would stay together.
The Adoption Process
Apart from this, she already fell in love with the little girl. She also saw how happy Hannah made Grayson. Katie was ready to make everything official, so she decided to go on with the adoption.
Officially Her Mother
With the two kids, Katie attended a courtroom hearing on the 29th of December 2018. It was official at long last. Hannah was finally her legal daughter and would grow up with Grayson. How great is that?!
A Beautiful Family
Together, they made one beautiful family. Katie was so happy that she was able to reunite the two little kids. When she began to foster kids, she did not ever think that something like this would happen.
Like A Glove
Hannah spent almost two years in the foster care system before she was finally adopted. She had no problems joining the family. We are glad to hear that she, Katie, and Grayson all got along very well.
The Ideal Addition
“I was happy to just give Grayson a life, and I thought that that was big, but I didn’t feel like that was enough,” said the hardworking mother, “So to give him a sister, I couldn’t imagine anything better.”
A Family By Fate
“They were meant to find each other, that’s pretty clear. I think God intended that from the beginning. If they weren’t related, Hannah would not have stayed with our family. She would have been placed with other relatives,” she told People Magazine.
A Born Natural
When she embarked on this new part of life, she did not know she would be the mother of two kids this quickly. Despite this, she is doing a great job at it. Truly, she was a born natural for this role!
We are sure you have a lot of feelings about this already but wait until you hear what came next. “What do you mean?” you probably wonder. Thirteen months after Hannah was born, another call came in.
Their Birth Mother
This phone call was from the adoption agency yet again. They had some news for Katie and the rest of the family. It turned out that they had to tell her something about the birth mother of her children.
A Million Thoughts
Now, what could possibly be the matter with the birth mother? Maybe she was not feeling well. Perhaps she wanted to take Grayson and Hannah back. There was nothing Katie could do but to listen carefully.
Their Baby Brother
After getting the call from the adoption agency, she learned that their biological mom delivered a baby boy again. While Katie did not plan to have one more kid so soon, she felt very sad for the newborn.
Some Deep Thinking
The revelation meant that her kids had another sibling in need of a home. Katie could not believe it. However, it would not be easy to take in yet another kid. Three kids meant even more responsibility.
A New Edition
After thinking long and hard about it, Katie decided that she was going to reunite this boy with his siblings. Katie agreed and even dove into the adoption process for this new member of the family!
Welcome To The Family
She took a leap of faith by doing this. Katie called the youngest kid Jackson. Just like Hannah, he had no problems fitting into the family. He managed to capture all of their hearts without any difficulty at all!
The Adoption Process Was Under Way
Katie posted this on Instagram on the 9th of June 2019. She talked about the court date for his adoption. Prior to that, she only felt relieved that Jackson was in their house. She only wanted to look after him!
Protecting His Privacy
When the adoption process was ongoing, Katie had to be careful about the privacy and safety of the kids. After the story got out, she got a lot of media attention. She wanted to ensure that the adoption process will go on without a hitch, so she made sure to edit the photos to hide Jackson’s face!
A Happy Family
While waiting for the adoption approval, they all lived together in harmony at the house. Hannah was two years old already by then. She is an energetic girl who likes fashion, looks after her brothers, and wants to be just like Katie when she grows up.
A Social Butterfly
Grayson is now three years old. He is due to attend preschool and is quite a social butterfly. He wears glasses for his lazy eye, which is likely a side effect of the drug exposure. He sure looks good in them!
No Longer A Single Mom
Katie revealed that there was yet another addition to her life. She said, “While I can’t share his face as I vowed never to post him on social media so I could get him to take a photo with me, I can share how grateful I am for him.” They had actually been going out for a year after a pastor introduced them. He has always been there to get her through this “craziness of foster care.” It’s a good thing she has him!
Responsibility After Responsibility
Katie has never been without a lot of support and help. In fact, she is grateful for the help of her mother, sister, and roomie. She might have three kids, but she continues to work at the construction company.
Apart from looking after the children and working her full-time job, Katie is also working on the house. Can you believe that she also started her own business, runs woodandgrace.net, and works as an independent consultant for the skincare line Rodan and Fields?
A Flexible Arrangement
Rodan and Fields is a beauty company that sells skincare and makeup. It lets Katie work remotely, so she can earn more income to support the family. Does she even have any time to spend with her 3 kids?
“I am hopeful that one day this opportunity will give me the chance at the freedom to spend more time with my children and one day expand our family even more. My current traditional career path doesn’t make my dreams seem possible…so I began to consider ways to supplement that complimented my lifestyle and was flexible,” the hardworking mother has explained.
Sharing Her Life
She has been using social media in the promotion of the independent businesses she has. Facebook and Instagram aside, she also writes on a website called woodandgrace.net. She has written posts about home renovation and interior design.
They’ve Changed My Life
“The last 35 years has been far from easy or the ‘perfect’ life, but it has been mine and has always been driven by my ‘CRAZY’ dreams,” she talked about her personal journey on the blog. “If people only knew how my children have changed mine far more than I could ever have imagined.”
Some Extra Help
Thanks to her business decisions, she has the funds to provide for the kids. She wants to find a live-in nanny to ensure that the kids get even more TLC. Katie has said that it is important for foster moms to accept a lack of communication and frustrating circumstances. Luckily, her faith helps keep her strong.
She is outspoken about her foster care advocacy. She has written many posts about it. “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now,” she said on Good Morning America.
Still In Process
She is still working on Jackson’s adoption process. She said, “It takes patience beyond what I feel I have sometimes. It makes me and those who support me angry some days. But encounters/relationships with the children make it worth the hard times.”
A Life-Changing Experience
It is hard to believe that her journey began with a little boy called Grayson. If she did not adopt him, there was no way the 3 kids would have been reunited Katie said, “It is my greatest adventure and I can’t imagine my life without this experience”.