Festa Adoption Fund

Hi There! We have teamed up with Gobena Coffee to raise funds for our Adoption. 50% of everything you purchase will go towards our adoption fund. Thanks for your support and enjoy the fresh roasted coffee! Also if you spend over $50, you get free shipping!

Have you heard our testimony?

On May 29th, 2014 our first child Sawyer was born via emergency C-section at Brandon Hospital at 36 weeks gestation weighing 4 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 19 inches long. Throughout our 8 months of pregnancy with Sawyer we knew our daughter wasn’t moving within the womb and we were told by the perinatal specialist that she was going to be born with some type of physical disability. The specialist told us to go ahead and have our baby shower and not to worry about our daughter’s condition being fatal. However, after she was born we learned that her lungs had never fully developed and that she had no muscle tone. She was transferred to Tampa General’s NICU where she survived three days on life support. On June 1st, 2014 we had to say goodbye. We had an autopsy done after she passed, which revealed that Sawyer may have had SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). However, we were tested to see if we are carriers of the SMA gene. We discovered that neither of us are carriers therefore, Sawyer could not have had SMA. We had a chromosomal array done on Sawyer’s frozen cells and we were still left with no answers for why Sawyer was born with so many problems. We decided to start trying for another child six months after losing Sawyer.

We succeeded and became pregnant with our second daughter Adelyse Sawyer. We had many appointments with the second pregnancy and had great support and care from friends, family, coworkers, and the staff at our doctor’s office. We were nervous throughout the 9 months of pregnancy; however, on October 6th, 2015 Adelyse was born via C-section perfectly healthy weighing 8lbs. and measuring 21 inches long. Addy was our rainbow, our miracle baby! She filled our hearts with so much love and joy for three months. We were able to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s with her. Holly was on maternity leave for those three months, returning to work on January 4th, 2016. On the second day after returning to work January 5th, 2016 we received the most horrifying call from the daycare provider informing us that Addy had stopped breathing in her sleep. After rushing to the hospital where she was taken we received the news that she had passed away. We had to say goodbye to our second child. Addy was a perfectly healthy 3-month old baby that was in the 50th percentile and developing normally according to her last checkup with the pediatrician. An autopsy was done and the results revealed that Addy passed away suddenly to S.I.D.S (Sudden Infant Death.) So, here we are again left with no answers why our second child had to leave this world. Our OB-GYN is supporting us trying again for a third biological child, however we pray that both an adopted baby and biological baby are a part of our lives in the near future to love equally.

Our little Addy provided so much joy for us as parents. She taught us what unconditional love is, and how to appreciate every moment together. The love that filled our hearts is still there, and we know that God has a special child for us to share that love with. When a baby is born people have all of these ideas of what they are going to do as the child grows. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience that. We will cherish every moment, and give your child the love and support that they need to grow and be successful. We want to be parents more than anything. We pray that our story has allowed you to understand how deeply we would appreciate the greatest gift you could ever give.