Katie Page was at a loss during her thirties. Why? She had always wanted a family, but it no longer looked possible after her divorce. When she decided to take on one of the alternatives, she had no idea what she signed up for.
Lost In The World
Katie Page, originally from Alabama, was in her thirties when she went through the ordeal of a divorce. The marriage ended, and she had no idea what step to take next. She had always craved a family of her own, but what was she supposed to do now? Well, there was nothing to do but start a new life chapter.
A New Chapter
If she wanted her dreams to be a reality, she had to start afresh. It was why she decided to move to Denver, Colorado. After some soul-searching in 2015, she accepted a job offer. This was how she started working in the field of commercial construction as an integrated service manager for GE Johnson.
Her New Home
Katie was full of hope with her decision. It was now time for her to make her dreams come true. She bought a ‘fixer-upper’ house with 4 bedrooms. It needed renovations, and she planned to do it all by herself. She said, “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 also told a friend that the place was meant for ‘more,’ but she did not know yet what this meant.
Keeping Herself Busy
Renovating the house meant spending money, but she did not mind. After all, it meant that she could avoid spending unnecessarily by doing the work herself. It would help her stay focused and busy as she worked on other parts of her life. However, she could not help but feel like something was missing when she was living in such a huge place on her own.
Searching For Satisfaction
There were still options for her. She might have felt hesitant, but it was a relief to know that there were other things she could do. The project kept her occupied and motivated, but she still felt unsatisfied.
Infertitlity Issues Of Her Own
She assumed that buying a new place and changing jobs would grant her a new perspective. While this did happen, it did not give her what she was looking for. After her fertility issues, she started thinking of adopting instead!
She Loves Kids
She wanted a new life direction, which was why she began to think of becoming a foster mom. She liked kids, but mother nature was not on board with this desire of hers. Luckily, it was not the end of the road.
Her new church sent her a letter about an upcoming seminar. It was about a fostering program! She liked the idea of helping children in need. Could it be that she has found her calling in life at last?
The Right Path
She attended the meeting, and it only tugged at her heartstrings some more. Katie became convinced that it was the right path for her! She might have felt nervous about it, but she liked the sound of it.
Her Maternal Desire
She sent in a filled-out form on that special day. It went on to change her life forever! If you ask us, there is no better day to do this than Mother’s Day. This ended up giving her the direction she needed.
A Single Mom
She had to think hard about it before she dove into it. Let’s not forget that she was new to the area and single as well. Can she really do this without a partner? At any rate, she knew this was the right choice.
Making It Official
Cases started to come in after she sent in her application form. The foster kids were not only orphans, but they also experienced a lot of trauma at such a young age. It only motivated Katie to do this!
Wanting One Of Her Own
The year after that, she fostered four children. Katie also started to think of adopting one. While being a foster parent worked out for her, she wanted to make parenthood something permanent in her life.
After she made that huge decision, she didn’t have to wait for long. In fact, it only two weeks after speaking to her caseworker about it! A phone call came in to inform her about a baby at a hospital.
Destiny At Work
The child was only four days old. Katie could tell that it was destiny and replied, “I want him!” She also asked that caseworker not to contact anyone else. She prayed that this baby would be the one for her.
A Short 24 Hours Later
A day later, the caseworker called her once more. She was hesitant to answer the phone. She so badly hoped that the kid would be hers! Later that day, she walked out of the hospital with him in her arms!
A Difficult Start
Katie fostered a 14-month-old baby before, but it was a new ballgame to look after a newborn. This kid needed a lot of help right away. It was bad enough that he was an orphan but there was more to it…
Illegal Substance Abuse
Doctors saw that this baby boy got exposed to drugs while his mom was carrying him. It was lucky that he did not show withdrawal symptoms at all. They also found out that he won’t get long-term effects!
This child went through a lot already at only a few days old. It was all behind him now, however. He could move on with the help of Katie, who was determined to look after him as best as she could.
Picking A Name
He was abandoned early on, so he had no name yet. Katie took it upon herself to look for a name for him. It was likely that it would change after adoption but calling him “baby boy” did not sound right.
Baby Boy Grayson
When Katie first brought Grayson home, she just called him baby boy. In the end, she knew he deserved a name of his own. What did she pick? Well, she went with her favorite boy’s name, which is Grayson.
At First Sight
Katie was head over heels with this baby boy from the moment she saw him. There was a connection right away even if she could not explain it. She turned out to be a natural at motherhood as well!
Her True Calling
She began to realize that her calling in life was motherhood. Katie wanted to raise Grayson as her own son. She fostered many kids in need before, but they stayed with her for only a short of period time.
The Next Step
This was how Katie reached the decision to be a proper mother to him. She was aware that it would not be exactly the same as fostering. Even if this was the case, she was ready to make Grayson her legal son!
Looking For Answers
They had been together ever since he was just four days old. It was only a given that he would hold such a special part in her heart. She looked after him for about a year as they tried to look for his parents.
Searching For His Parents
Despite their best efforts to locate his mom and dad, the caseworkers did not get any leads. They even placed ads in the papers and on Facebook to no avail. No one looked for him at the hospital as well.
Officially A Mom
In May 2017, Grayson and Katie could finally become an official family together. He was 11 months old when this happened. However, this is far from the end of the story as you will soon see…
Katie had to focus her attention on him since he had physical and developmental issues from the drug exposure. She knew that the family was incomplete but waited 18 months before taking in more kids.
Holding Her Horses
In the next couple of weeks, she got emails and calls about more potential placements. The catch was that they were short-term placements. Longer ones worked better for her, but was it the right time?
He Deserved Her Undivided Attention
Katie still hoped to expand their family, but she had to focus on Grayson in the meantime. He deserved her full attention, and she was able to give him that. Look at him with his first birthday cake. Adorable!
Katie might have wanted her family to be bigger, but she knew that it would be best to wait until Grayson was a bit older. The house was huge, and she planned to take advantage of its size!
A Life-Altering Phone Call
Katie received an important phone call just a month after she adopted Grayson. What was it about? Before we tell you, you should know that this phone call changed things for her and Grayson forever.
Hannah Is In Need
The caller told Katie that they found an abandoned newborn child in a hospital yet again. The poor baby girl needed a place to call home. Her name is Hannah. Katie, of course, knew that she had to help!
Despite Her Reservations
Like Grayson, this baby girl also received drug exposure in the womb. They also found her in the same hospital that they found Grayson in. Katie still wanted to focus on her son, so what was she going to do?
Yes Or No?
After Katie talked it over with the caseworker, she got déjà vu. She explained, “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.” What was her plan?
Katie was both overwhelmed and scared, but she knew that she had to open up her home to this baby. A couple of hours later, Hannah was taken to her home. That was how Katie and Grayson first met her.
Not A Coincidence
Katie welcomed the newborn child into her house and saw the name of her mom on the bracelet. She was shocked to see that it was the same one she saw on Grayson’s! After checking the discharge papers, she noticed that her birth mom and Grayson’s had similar birthdates. What was going on?
What Her Gut Said
This baby had similar issues with drug exposure too. “[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson’s,” Katie said. They did not look alike, but she had an inkling they were related!
Something Seems Fishy
“Grayson is half African American with beautiful darker skin and dark curly hair,” she wrote in a blog post, “Baby Girl has a pale white skin tone with straight red-blonde hair.” Was she onto something?
She Was Determined
It would not be easy to confirm her suspicions. For one, Grayson’s birth mom used a different surname. The birth dates were also different by a day. Katie wanted to get to the bottom of this and tracked down the birth mom!
What Are The Odds?
She also approached the caseworker and explained what she had in mind about Grayson and Hannah. She was only told that this did not seem possible. Was it true that Katie was only imagining things?
At any rate, she tried her luck with the caseworker who worked on Grayson’s case. Katie asked this person to take over for Hannah too. Months after that, they managed to find the girl’s birth mom!
Anxiety And Nerves
Katie felt anxious when it was time to meet up with Hannah’s birth mother. Right away, she was able to tell that this woman also gave birth to Grayson. How did this even happen in the first place?
Figuring It Out
When Katie met Hannah’s birth mom, she explained that she “knew instantly” that her suspicions were correct. Even if this was the case, she still had to remain calm and not jump to conclusions right away.
A Striking Resemblance
They started talking, and the birth mom said some revealing things. She told Katie that she gave birth to a baby boy but had to give him up without records. The woman looked a lot like Grayson as well!
Katie had more questions for her and found out that this woman had several kids already. She did not report her son to the authorities. Katie spoke to the caseworker about everything. In the end, the caseworker confirmed that the name used by the birth mother matched that of Hannah’s relative.
Putting The Pieces Together
At last, it was all starting to become clear to her. However, there was something else that they had to do to confirm their hunch. A DNA test soon confirmed that Grayson and Hannah were actually siblings.
Grayson And Hannah
Katie could not believe that these two siblings ended up in her care by pure coincidence. A caseworker looked into it and confirmed her theory. We are sure that Katie was shocked by what she discovered!
“What if the baby girl had gone to another family?” Katie pondered 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 confirming that Grayson and Hannah were related biologically, there was no way she would have split them up. However, Katie had to act soon if she did not want this to happen to the children.
The Adoption Process
It did not take long at all for her to fall in love with the baby girl. Katie saw that Hannah made Grayson happy! This determined woman wanted to make it all official, so she started the adoption process again.
Officially Her Mother
With Hannah and Grayson, she attended a hearing held on December 29, 2018. At the end of it, things were official. She was now the legal mother of not only Grayson but also of Hannah! Isn’t that great?
A Beautiful Family
Together, the three of them made a nice family. Katie was thrilled that she managed to reunite the two children. When she started to foster kids, she did not know that something like this would happen.
Like A Glove
Hannah had been in foster care for nearly two years before she finally became the legal daughter of Katie. There were no problems including her in the family. Truly, it sounded like destiny at work here.
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 said, “So to give him a sister, I couldn’t imagine anything better.” Isn’t that delightful?
A Family By Fate
When Katie spoke to People, she explained, “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.”
A Born Natural
When Katie embarked on this new adventure, she had not been planning to be the mother of two kids right away. Still, she made one awesome mom. There was no doubt that it was her true calling in life!
The story did not end when Katie adopted Hannah either. We are sure that you are intrigued by what we mean by that. Only thirteen months after Hannah was born, Katie received one more call.
Their Birth Mother
The adoption agency was calling her yet again. They had some news for Katie, Grayson, and Hannah. It turned out that they were trying to get hold of Katie because of some news they had about the birth mom.
A Million Thoughts
But what could possibly be the issue now? Was the birth mother sick? Maybe she wanted to take Hannah and Grayson back. Katie was nervous, but the only thing she could do was to find out.
Their Baby Brother
When she got this call from the adoption agency, she found out that the biological mom had a baby boy again! Katie did not plan to have three kids, but how could she possibly leave a newborn on his own?
Some Deep Thinking
The revelation meant that her kids had another sibling in need of a loving home. Katie was speechless when she heard the news. But could she manage to look after three young kids all at the same time?
A New Edition
She had to think about it, but she was of the firm belief that she had to reunite her children with their sibling. Katie agreed to look after the newborn and even began the adoption process for him in no time!
Welcome To The Family
It was yet another leap of faith for her to take in Jackson, the newborn boy. He fit into their family easily just like Hannah did. He soon captured the hearts of this small family. It was time to make it official!
The Adoption Process Was Under Way
Katie made a post on Instagram on June 9, 2019. Via the caption, she informed everyone that they already had a court date for his adoption. Until then, she was just glad that Jackson lived with them!
Protecting His Privacy
Katie was mindful about keeping the safety and privacy of the kids on social media. When the story got out, she got lots of media attention. In the hopes of keeping the adoption process smooth, she hid Jackson’s face in photos with the use of blurs and stickers!
A Happy Family
While waiting for the approval of his adoption, they all lived in harmony in the house. Hannah was two years old by then. She is an energetic little girl who likes shoes, dolls, and clothes. On top of this, she is fond of looking after her brothers and wants to be like Katie in the future.
A Social Butterfly
How about Grayson? He is now three years old and set to go to preschool. A social butterfly, he likes meeting new people. He wears glasses to address his lazy eye issue as well. He is so adorable!
No Longer A Single Mom
There was one more addition to her family. On Instagram, Katie revealed, “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 met a man through her pastor and had been together for a year. Among other things, he helps her deal with the “craziness of foster care.” Good for you, Katie!
Responsibility After Responsibility
Katie has received plenty of support and help in her quest to raise the three kids. It is a relief to hear that her mom, roommate, and sister are there to lend her a hand since she is still working full-time now.
Her life is already hard enough with her job and kids, but she is still renovating the home by herself too. She has a small business as well! She is an independent consultant for Rodan and Fields and runs her website, woodandgrace.net.
A Flexible Arrangement
Rodan and Fields is a company that sells skincare and makeup products. She can work on her own time, so it’s a nice way to earn extra money to provide for the kids. But does she still have time for them?
“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 explained.
Sharing Her Life
Katie promotes her independent business on her social media accounts. Facebook and Instagram aside, she also uses woodandgrace.net to talk about her journey. In her blog posts, she likes to discuss the home renovation project!
They’ve Changed My Life
She also talks about what adoption and foster care have done for her. “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 wrote, “If people only knew how my children have changed mine far more than I could ever have imagined.”
Some Extra Help
With her business savvy, she earns enough to look after the kids. She even wants to get them a live-in nanny for more TLC. Katie knows that foster moms deal with frustrating situations as well as a lack of communication. Luckily, her faith is there to help her stay sane through it all.
Katie is passionate about her advocacy on social media. She likes to post encouraging messages and discussing how fostering changed her life. “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now,” the mother of three said on Good Morning America.
Still In Process
Katie continues to work on making Jackson her legal son. She explained, “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
We think that it is nothing short of amazing that it all started with fostering Grayson. The three siblings would have not even known about each other if she did not take him in! Katie even said, “It is my greatest adventure and I can’t imagine my life without this experience.”