Katie Page was already in her thirties when she went through the devastation of a divorce. At that point, she no longer thought it was possible to have her own family… until she made a life-changing decision. However, it was not possible to predict the roller coaster ride parenthood would be!
Lost In The World
It is always hard to go through a divorce. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Katie felt unfulfilled when it happened to her. The main reason would be the fact that she had no choice but to put her dreams of a family on hold. What was next for her?
A New Chapter
There was nothing else to do but to start over again. It is why she moved to Denver, Colorado. Before this, she went on a soul-searching journey that made her decide to push the figurative restart button. She ended up moving after getting a job offer from GE Johnson. At the construction company, she was going to be an integrated service manager!
Her New Home
She was glad she made this decision. It was time for her to turn things around! She bought a 4-bedroom house that required certain 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 explained. Even though she knew that this place had ‘more’ in store for it, she did not know what it meant just yet.
Keeping Herself Busy
Of course, she had to spend a lot of money on the new home. It was a good thing, she thought. This could curb unnecessary spending since she wanted to do everything by herself. It would also keep her occupied while she tried to fix her life. However, it still felt like her life was not yet complete…
Searching For Satisfaction
There were several options for her. She still felt hesitant about them, but it was comforting to know she had them. Even though the renovation project kept her busy, she was still looking for something else.
Infertitlity Issues Of Her Own
She hoped that changing these aspects of her life would lend her a different perspective. That did happen to a certain extent, but she wanted more out of life. This is why she considered adoption again. Was this going to be the answer to her prayers?
She Loves Kids
She wanted something new in life, so she became interested in fostering children. She liked kids, so she felt like it would give her the purpose she always wanted. She always dreamed of becoming a mom, but it just wasn’t in the books for her.
Katie received a letter from the church she had been attending in the area. They had a seminar about a program for foster parents. She liked the sound of this idea. Could it be that she has finally discovered her calling in life?
The Right Path
The foster care meeting at her local church managed to move this single woman. She made up her mind after going there and listening to what they had to say. Even though she got the nerves about this undertaking, it did tug at her heartstrings as well.
Her Maternal Desire
She picked a very good date to launch her foray into motherhood. She sent out her application form during Mother’s Day 2015! By the end of everything that happened, she found out that this single decision would change her life forever.
A Single Mom
She needed to think it over to see if this was the right choice for her. Do not forget that she was, at the time, a single woman new to that area. Can she really do this on her own? It was going to be hard, but she decided that she could.
Making It Official
She filed the application and soon started getting cases. The kids that she ended up taking in were not only parentless kids but also ones who went through traumas. It only motivated her to do help more!
Wanting One Of Her Own
In the next year, she fostered 4 kids. Soon enough, she was interested in adopting her own kid. She was happy with fostering, but she felt the need to make parenthood an even more permanent part of life.
She made the decision and soon got her chance to make it a reality. It only took two weeks after mentioning it to the caseworker. Katie received a call about a baby who got abandoned at a hospital!
Destiny At Work
This baby was just 4 days old. She did not hesitate to tell the caseworker, “I want him!” She even told the caseworker to avoid reaching out to other prospective parents. She hoped the baby would be hers.
A Short 24 Hours Later
Only a day after getting the call, the caseworker spoke to her once more. Full of hope, Katie picked up the phone. What was the result? Well, she and the baby went home together later that day!
A Difficult Start
In the past, she had a 14-month-old foster child. However, it was by far the youngest kid she ever had to look after. Wasn’t it sad that the boy was abandoned at that age? Even so, that was not the worst part.
Illegal Substance Abuse
She learned that this baby boy got exposed to drugs while his mom was pregnant with him. The good news? There were no withdrawal symptoms. They also said that there would be no long-term effects!
This boy did not have it easy at all. Luckily, he had a brighter future to look forward to. Katie wanted to do everything in her power to look after this baby boy. That was what she ended up doing.
Picking A Name
At the age of 4 days old, he was abandoned by his parents. He did not even carry a name just yet. Katie tried to find the perfect name for him. It would likely change if he got adopted, but he deserved one!
Baby Boy Grayson
Upon first taking him home, Katie only ever called him Baby Boy. There was not a lot of time for her to pick a name. That is why she simply went with Grayson. It was her favorite name for a boy!
At First Sight
Katie loved Grayson from the moment that she saw the infant. She felt a connection with this child right away. We are glad to report that she turned out to be a natural when it comes to motherhood.
Her True Calling
Katie eventually realized that her true calling in life was motherhood. She wanted to raise Grayson as her legal son. None of her previous foster children stayed with her for a long time. He would be the first!
The Next Step
In the end, this was what led her to make a decision that changed both of their lives. Adoption was not going to be the same as fostering, but she was more than ready to go to the next level with Grayson!
Looking For Answers
They had been together since he was only 4 days old. We can see why Grayson was so special to her. He spent almost a whole year with her. The entire time, the caseworkers looked for his birth mom and dad.
Searching For His Parents
They did their best to look for his birth parents, but their efforts did not bear fruit. Among other things, they placed ads in the newspapers as well as on Facebook. The hospital did not receive inquiries either.
Officially A Mom
Finally, he became the legal son of Katie in May 2017. He was 11 months at the time. Who would have thought that it was only the beginning for this mom and son? They were in for an adventure together!
Grayson needed her full attention since the drug exposure led to certain physical and developmental problems. Katie still wanted more kids in the family, but she chose to wait until he was 18 months old.
Holding Her Horses
A few weeks later, Katie received many calls and emails about new placements. Most of the offers she got were for short-term placements. She wanted something long-term, but it was not yet the right time.
He Deserved Her Undivided Attention
Even though she had plans to expand her family, she knew that Grayson required her attention. Of course, he deserved nothing but her full attention! Aww, look at him during his first birthday! How cute!
She still wanted a bigger family, but she decided to put it off until her son was older. Katie had a big house with more rooms, so she wanted to fill the house with more members.
A Life-Altering Phone Call
Something big happened a month after Grayson finally became her son. Katie got a phone call! She had no idea that this would lead to a big change in the family. Can you guess what it was about?
Hannah Is In Need
The caller told Katie that there was a newborn child who also got abandoned at the hospital. This little girl was called Hannah. What would Katie do this time? Keep reading to find out what happened next!
Despite Her Reservations
Like Grayson, this little girl also received drug exposure while she was in utero. It is interesting that she was abandoned in the same hospital where Grayson was born. Was Katie going to do the same thing?
Yes Or No?
She discussed this with the caseworker. Katie had déjà vu. Here was what she had to say about it: “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.”
Katie felt both scared and overwhelmed. However, she knew that the right thing to do was to look after this little girl. In a few hours, they brought Hannah to her home. Katie and Grayson finally met the baby!
Not A Coincidence
Katie welcomed Hannah into her home. She was shocked to see that the name of the mom on the bracelet matched that of Grayson’s mom! They had similar birth dates on the discharge papers too.
What Her Gut Said
“[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was similar to Grayson’s,” Katie later said. While Grayson and Hannah did not look alike, she got an inkling that there was more to this. Was she right?
Something Seems Fishy
“Grayson is half African American with beautiful darker skin and dark curly hair,” Katie explained in a blog post. She went on to say, “Baby Girl has a pale white skin tone with straight red-blonde hair.”
She Was Determined
This was going to be hard to verify since Grayson’s birth mom used another surname. The birth dates of the mothers were also different by one day. Katie knew that it was worth digging deeper into this issue.
What Are The Odds?
Katie went to the caseworker to talk about her theory. She explained that it sounded like Grayson and Hannah had the same biological mom. The caseworker ended up telling her that it did not sound likely.
She knew that her best bet would be to get in touch with the caseworker for Grayson. Katie asked Hannah’s case to be assigned to this person too. Finally, they were able to track down Hannah’s mom.
Anxiety And Nerves
Katie felt anxious about her upcoming meeting with the biological mother of Hannah. However, it only took her one glance to confirm what her gut told her. How did such a thing happen in the first place?
Figuring It Out
At that moment, Katie “knew instantly” that the birth mother of Hannah was the same woman who delivered Grayson as well. However, she could not rush to conclusions just yet. She needed to stay calm.
A Striking Resemblance
The more they talked, the more she felt sure that she was on the right track. The birth mom also said that she had a son that she had to give up. Katie also noticed just how much she looked like Grayson.
Katie asked more questions and found out that this woman already had a few children. This was why she did not claim her son. Katie relayed all of this to the caseworker, who confirmed that the last name the birth mom used matched a relative of Hannah’s.
Putting The Pieces Together
At last, the situation was starting to clear up. However, there was one more thing they had to do. She paid for a DNA test. The results ended up confirming that Grayson and Hannah were half-siblings!
Grayson And Hannah
Katie felt amazed that Grayson and Hannah came under her care purely by coincidence. A caseworker looked into the matter some more and was able to confirm the theory. It truly sounded like a miracle.
“What if the baby girl had gone to another family?” Katie wrote on her blog. “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 she got the confirmation that Hannah and Grayson were birth siblings, it did not seem right to split them up again. She did not want them to get separated, but she had to act fast to keep them together!
The Adoption Process
Apart from this, Hannah already had a special place in her heart. She saw how happy the baby girl made Grayson. Katie felt ready to make everything official. This was why she started the adoption process!
Officially Her Mother
With Hannah and Grayson, Katie attended a hearing for the adoption of the little girl on December 29, 2018. After this, it was official at long last. Hannah would now grow up with her half-sibling.
A Beautiful Family
Katie, Hannah, and Grayson made for a beautiful family. It sounds like a miracle that the two siblings were reunited by fate. Katie did not have any idea that fostering would lead to something like this.
Like A Glove
Hannah was only able to find a place to call home after two years in the foster care system. She was a great addition to the then family of two. If you ask us, this was definitely destiny in action.
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,” Katie narrated, “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,” Katie explained when People magazine interviewed her.
A Born Natural
When Katie embarked on this journey, she did not know that she would have two kids this soon. She still did a good job at motherhood, however. Katie was a natural at it as she loved taking care of the kids.
Hold your horses because this is not the end of the story just yet. Keep reading to find out what came next for this family. Thirteen months after Katie was born, Katie got yet another important phone call.
Their Birth Mother
This phone call was made by the adoption agency yet again. They had something to tell Katie. It would make yet another huge difference to this family of three. The news was about the birth mother.
A Million Thoughts
What did the adoption agency have to tell Katie? Was the birth mother sick? She was also worried that the woman wanted to take Grayson and Hannah back. Katie was worried, but she needed to find out.
Their Baby Brother
When she got that call from the agency, Katie learned that the birth mom gave birth to a baby again. This came as a shock. Katie did not want more kids at the time, but could she let the baby suffer?
Some Deep Thinking
It meant that Grayson and Hannah had another sibling in need of a place to call home. Katie could not believe it. Could she afford another kid? As you can imagine, she needed time to think about it.
A New Edition
After doing some reflection, she arrived at the decision to reunite her kids with their baby brother. Katie agreed to look after the newborn. She soon started the process to adopt this little boy as well!
Welcome To The Family
It was a leap of faith for her. Called Jackson, the newborn boy fits their family perfectly just like Hannah did. He was able to make the entire family fall in love with him! Katie could not wait to be his legal mom.
The Adoption Process Was Under Way
On June 9, 2019, Katie posted on Instagram to inform her followers that they already had a court date for this adoption process. Until then, she was just happy that the baby was in her home with his siblings.
Protecting His Privacy
During the adoption process, Katie knew that she had to protect Jackson’s safety and privacy. This was the reason she added blurs or stickers to cover his face whenever she posted about the boy online.
A Happy Family
They were all waiting for the approval of his adoption. While doing this, the family lived in harmony. At the time, Hannah was an energetic 2-year-old girl who loved shoes, dolls, and clothes. She was good at looking after her brothers and wishes to be just like Katie in the future.
A Social Butterfly
How about Grayson? Due to start school, he is an extrovert who enjoys making friends. He uses glasses for his lazy eye, which is likely a side effect of the drug exposure he suffered. They look great on him!
No Longer A Single Mom
Katie recently revealed that there was one more new family member. 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.” She had been seeing a mystery man after their pastor introduced them. He helped her deal with the “craziness of foster care.” We are glad to hear that she is not alone in this!
Responsibility After Responsibility
Her sister, mom, and roomie are there to give her the support she needs to raise her 3 kids as well. One reason she needs them would be the fact that she still works full-time at the construction company.
Katie already has a lot on her plate with a full-time job and 3 kids. She continues to renovate the house and runs her own business as well. Her website is called woodandgrace.net. Katie also works as an independent consultant for Rodan and Fields, a skincare company.
A Flexible Arrangement
Rodan and Fields is a company that sells skincare and makeup. Katie can work remotely, so she can earn more for the needs of the family. We just hope that she still finds the time to hang out with her 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,” she said.
Sharing Her Life
Katie has many social media accounts that she can use to promote her independent businesses. She uses Facebook and Instagram as well as her blog, woodandgrace.net. She talks about her interior decoration and home renovation project as well!
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 went on in one of her blog posts. “If people only knew how my children have changed mine far more than I could ever have imagined.”
Some Extra Help
She is good at business, so she has no problems making ends meet. She also wants to get a live-in nanny for the children. Katie once said that foster moms often have to deal with communication issues. On top of this, she has admitted that it would be unmanageable if she could not rely on her faith for guidance.
Katie often talks about foster care on social media. She likes posting encouraging messages about how much it has changed her life. When she appeared in Good Morning America, she said, “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now.”
Still In Process
Katie continues to await the results of the adoption process for Jackson. She shared, “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
Looking back at her journey, it sounds unbelievable that this happened with the adoption of Grayson. If this did not happen, the 3 siblings would not have been reunited. “It is my greatest adventure and I can’t imagine my life without this experience,” she said.