Thursday, May 08, 2008

Introducing Isaac John

This is Wendi, taking back over for Gabbi who did a great job holding the fort while we were on the road yesterday. Here are just a few photos of our son who arrived into the world on his due date, May 7, 2008 at 8:20pm weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and 20" long. All of these photos are courtesy of Joan! She has done a fantastic job helping Bri and us during this journey. I can't say enough about her.

It would be wonderful if everyone who views this could take the time to leave a comment. We would love to have a record for Isaac of all the people who were praying and waiting for his arrival. Even if we don't know you personally, we'd love to know you were here.

To quickly recap, I had just finished having lunch with the wifia and decided to lay down. Around 2pm, JB came into the room. Scrubs jumped up on the edge of the bed, as he often does, and JB proudly told me that Scrubs had decided he wanted a brother! (This was quite cute as JB has told me 100 times that dogs are not siblings, they are dogs.) Anyways, I was half asleep and it took me quite awhile to believe that everything he was saying was truth.

We were blessed to be able to borrow Clay & Brittney's van, and were on the road by 3:30pm. We'd later get a call that Isaac had arrived while we were still about 5 or 6 hours from the hospital! Bri's labor had been very tough but was very fast, especially for a first time baby. We got the to hospital around 2am and went straight to see Bri and meet Chris (who was wonderful by the way!) We talked for a few minutes and then headed out to meet Mr. Isaac. Both Bri and Chris were amazing and encouraged us to go "see our son." They are excited to close a chapter in their lives as we are opening another. Bri was very happy that labor is over and behind her!

It was quite an ordeal to get JB and I back to hold Isaac, but once we were there we had the opportunity to spend about an hour with him, feed him, and change him. He is doing great. The only issue (which really isn't an "issue" at all) is that he has a little skin tag on his left ear. Joan likes it as she says it guarantees we leave the hospital with the right baby! It will be very simple to remove, either here or when we get back to base. Otherwise he is very skinny with very long fingers and toes. He looks just like what I'd expect a newborn to look like :) He also looks TONS like Brianna. I'll have to find a baby picture to show you but his nose and lips are Bri all over again. He has a little bit of light brown hair and light eyes (which will probably be blue or green as both Chris and Bri have light eyes.)

Anyways, we managed 3 or 4 hours of sleep. We hope that we will get to the leave the hospital with him on Friday night or Saturday morning and be back on our way to Destin by Sunday morning.

Thank you for all your love, prayers, encouragement, and thoughts! He has arrived. Right on time! To say that God answered our prayers is quite an understatement. We serve a faithful God who carried us during years of incredible pain to a place of incredible happiness. Praise the Lord.

P.S. I believe AD won the contest (you can click on it to see results!) I think I am reading it right? Gabbi? Can you confirm?


crazystegmamaof4 said...

He is as handsome as can be and the picture of the three of you was meant to me...a perfect little family! What an amazing story all around and the outcome is this beautiful little blessing. I couldn't be happier for you guys. Congrats again and enjoy that sweet boy! Love and Hugs and Prayers Always, Kel & Fam :)

Shelly said...

JB and Wendi!

I am just one of your blog readers, but I am so happy for you both!

Isaac is precious!

Shelly from TN

Carrie said...

Adorable! I'm so happy for you guys!


June said...

Wendi, I cried tears of joy when I saw the picture of JB, you, and Isaac. JB's expression alone speaks worlds of emotion. After all this time and all that you have gone through... What a precious gift you have in your arms there!

I'm glad to hear that Bri is doing all right, too. I hope that her postnatal recovery goes quickly and smoothly.

Mazel tov! Welcome to parenthood!!!

Kendra said...

Yeah! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) He is beautiful... handsome maybe... amazing. I love the family picture! Can't wait to meet him when you guys get home!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pics, Wendi! He is BEAUTIFUL! I cannot wait to meet him in June. Congratulations, Mom (and Dad!). What a special mother's day this will be for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I can't stop crying! God is so good! And thank you again, Bri and Chris for this precious gift. I know that you will be blessed beyond measure.
love, Mary

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your God-chosen child! Isaac is beautiful!

I have been following your blog for awhile and it has been an encouragement to me while our family has gone through similar experiences/challenges.

God bless and congrats again from a fellow adoptive mom!


Anonymous said...

I can't get any work done I am so excited. I can't wait to see you guys in 11 days.


We Love You!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Isaac!!! Congratulations to all of you most wonderful people. I have been following your story for the past few years and it is truly remarkable. Bri, Chris, Isaac, Wendi, John, and your many incredible friends and family, you all deserve all the best that this amazing world has to offer.

Gotta go dry my eyes now! Virtual hugs to you all.
- Jess in Canada (waayyy north)

Anonymous said...

Welcome our grandson! We are so happy to have you join our family.
You truly are a gift from God and you have brought laughter already!
We love you! Yea Wendi and John!
God is so good. We are overwhelmed with His love!!
Grandpa Coach and Grandma Di

Marlene said...

Wendi, This is Jakesmom from the online Dal board. I have been visiting your blog every day waiting for the arrival of your son. Got to work this morning to find little Isaac has arrived!

Congratulations on a beautiful son! Life as you knew it is forever in the past. Enjoy parenthood and savor every moment. You and JB will blink and he'll be off to college!

Marlene aka JakesMom

Meridith said...

He is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! And just in time for Mother's day!! What a truly fantastic gift!!!

~ MerMay from HP

Kristina said...

Congratulations, JB & Wendi!

Isaac is a beautiful baby, with two beautiful parents. I am over-the-moon happy for you two. Way to go, Bri, and thank you for choosing life! (Insert happy tears.)

Love in Christ,
Kristina in GA

Anonymous said...

Wendi, John and Isaac -

How wonderful is this. We have been keeping up through your blog and Ebby. We wish you the very best and are so happy that this part of your journey is over. Make sure Ebby doesn't kidnap little Isaac when she comes back from her visit.

Bethmom and Walt

huisofamily said...

Congratulations John and Wendi!!!!
We are so excited for you both and know that you will be amazing parents:-) Isaac is beautiful,
We have been praying and believing God for this moment and now it's here, He's here!!! Can't wait to Have your family stay with us in August! Love you ALL
Kathleen, and Jason

The Woodfords said...

Congratulations!!! We have been prayerfully awaiting this special day, and are so happy for you! These verses have been on my mind the last few days, and I thought I would leave them here for you!

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Isaiah 55:8&9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Love in Christ,
Steph & Tim
Ontario, Canada

Unknown said...


I have been following your blog and your posts on HP. I am so excited for you guys. May God continue to bless you all....

Anonymous said...

Wendi & JB, congratulations and WELCOME to Isaac! I bet that Scrubs will be very excited with the new arrival. He's a fine looking little man...... Hugs to all of you! Teri from VA

Anonymous said...

Wendi and John, what a beautiful little blessing - Isaac. Your faces show your 'happiness and excitement' over the little guy. And his little face shows 'contentment'. Congratulations and blessings to all three of you. Lois

Anonymous said...

Dear Isaac,

I am so overjoyed that you are here. We have been praying for you since forever. I am your aunt AD, I like to exaggerate to keep things interesting. You have the best parents, remeber this in middle school, ok. Never forget that you are an answer to prayer, a miracle of God and His super duper loved child. I haven't met you yet, but I already love you. See you soon. Love, Aunt AD

TMac said...

PRAISE THE LORD ALMIGHTY!!! This precious gift has arrived! i am SO EXCITED for you guys!!! Congratulations!!!

Love Talley (TalleyMac)

Anonymous said...

JB and Wendi,

I'm so exciting about your gift from God; little Isaac. Congrats!!! I have been reading your upates on HP and your blog for a few months. ENJOY you little one.


Anonymous said...

Can't even put into words how precious it is to see the three of you together... I really did lay awake for hours last night, trying to comprehend what those first few minutes with him must have been like for you guys. Love you!

Amy T. S. said...

Hi, Isaac! Didn't you hate that scale and all the gunk they did to you? Tell them, "No more of that, please!"

You're looking good, fella, and how about those parents!?!

Anonymous said...

Issac, words cannot express the joy that I feel that you are now apart of our lives. We have waited for you for so very long and I'm so glad the time to meet you and hold you is finally here.

John and Wendi, I love you and I'm beyond thrilled for you guys, more than I can even say. You guys are truly blessed beyond measure.

Brianna and Chris, thank you again for the wonderful and precious gift of life that you have given. May God bless your lives the way you have blessed others. You are such strong people and you deserve the world!

<3 Gabbi

Tara said...

Oh, I have chills and tears. I am so happy for you!!! Congratulations. Isaac is just beautiful!!! Congrats to all the aunts, uncles and grandparents as well!!!

Tara from PA
(Online-bloggy-IF friend)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the arrival of Isaac! What a wonderful story!! It brings tears to my eyes.

You don't know me. But I stumbled upon your blog and haven't left. It has been a tremendous encouragement to me as we struggle with infertility.

God's Blessings to all of you!

AW said...

Oh. I don't even know what to think. He's beautiful Wen. In tears here. Lots of tears and joy.

God, I praise you, praise you, praise you, for giving Bri such fortitude and grace through this process. I praise you for such a wonderful experience all around for both sets of parents. I praise you for the beautiful child Isaac is and I thank you for bringing him safely into this world. Thank you for John and Wendi and the wonderful friends they are to me. Thank you for blessing them with this miracle. I pray that you please continue keeping both of these families in the palm of your hands...please protect them. Safeguard their hearts, keep them safe physically from harm, and allow us to be blessed by watching Isaac grow.

You are so very good!!!

Angie Talley said...

Wow, that is one handsome boy! Congrats! I couldn't be happier for you.

Angelina (from HP)
Bangkok, Thailand

Anonymous said...

Wendi & JB,

"Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous." Isaac is lucky to have such caring & positive parents! Love from RLSF :)


Anonymous said...

Congrats you guys. All the prayers have been answered. I wish you guys nothing but the best in your journey through parenthood.
Congrats again,
Tony B (FLA)

Anonymous said...

I just read your blog from the very beginning in the last week and finished just in time to reach the post of the birth of your son on his birthday! Congratulations! What an amazing story!

Heather said...

Congratulations JB & Wendi! May Isaac continue to remind you of God's great love for us.


Ontario, Canada

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendi, John and Isaac,

CONGRATULATIONS! Wendi and John-Welcome to parenthood; Baby Isaac, Welcome to life. Words cannot express the joy you are experiencing or the joy you have shared with others.

Like the ripples from a pebble falling in a pool of water lapping gently and coolingly around its sides.....Your news happens to be a rock flung in a deep mountain pool of tears (from yourselves, all who love you and all who have followed your journey)that you stumbled upon during the worst storm ever.

The storm ended abruptly, the SON came out and blazed in a bright blue sky, spreading his healing warmth over all He touched. You looked up faithfully believing and it was counted unto you for righteousness. As you watched, a rock was dislodged and tumbled past you falling into the deep pool which overflowed its confines and gushed down the mountain.

Isaac is a miracle who changed longing and sorrow into overflowing love and an abundant JOY beyond measure. All Praise to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ....

Dearest Bri,

May our Heavenly Father rain down His abundant blessings on you and your family for your selfless act of love. May you be blessed with children of your own to love and cherish in the future and may you always know you are held in the highest of admiration and love to all who meet you in this blog and in person.

Sincerely with all my love,
Lizann Williams-Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Anonymous said...

Congrats JB and Wendi! Welcome to the world Isaac. What an amazing story you guys have.


Anonymous said...

What a day this is for you all as you meet each other and contemplate spending the rest of your lives together. God is so good and you are so blessed. As parents may you have God's great wisdom in raising Isaac for His honor and glory, may he be a man who will purpose to know, love and honor God with his life. May God bless you all. Judy (Joia's Mom) Norwich, Ontario, Canada

Annie Shaw said...

JB and Wendi---

I am so happy for you! Praising God for his faithfulness. Congrats on a beautiful son.

Praying for Bri and Chris also. For complete healing and a wonderful God given peace.

Congrats again...and welcome Sweet Isaac!

Anonymous said...

JB & Wendi,
I am sooo happy for you guys!!! Congrats and Happy Mother's Day to you. God is Great!


andrea said...

hi wendy this is andrea from hp! i'm so thrilled for you!
oh isaac you are such a cutie!

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting! We can not wait to meet your beautiful baby boy. See all three of you soon,

Julie said...

Dear John and Wendi,

I'm so utterly thrilled for you, your precious Isaac, your folks, Uncle Keith and Aunt AD. God is so faithful. I know this will be the best Mother's Day and Father's Day for you!

Julie Edgar

yuan family said...

Congratulations John and Wendi! When I saw the picture of you two with Isaac, I cried tears of joy. I am so happy for you. Isaac has been blessed with wonderful parents. Praise the Lord!

Abc said...

What a precious little one! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations John & Wendi! We are so happy Isaac is healthy and Bri is doing well. Have a wonderful couple of days in Ft. Lauderdale and a safe trip back home. We can't wait to see you with your adorable baby boy.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the entire Kitsteiner and Huisman families!
Isaac you are joining two of the most wonderful families we know. You will be surrounded with much love and laughter.
God Bless you all...
The Gills

Anonymous said...

Hi John, Wendi and Isaac,
I'm Joia's sister-in-law in Ontario (one of the three) and your blog has been a really big help and encouragement to me over the last year. I am so so so so happy for you!
God is so good!
Rebekah (and Mark) Woodford
Ontario Canada

Anonymous said...

What an amazing gift from God! We are so happy for you guys. I couldn't stop smiling yesterday. It was such a blessing to get the call during Caregroup that the delivery went well and Isaac had safely arrived. Our prayers have been answered. May God continue to bless your growing family. We can not wait to meet Isaac. Madison and Jocelyn send him hugs and kisses. They keep telling me that Baby Isaac needs to use their car to come home to see them. Jodi is going to take them to go play with Scrubs tomorrow. Hopefully they will wear him out. Don't worry Jocelyn will give Scrubs tons of kisses for you guys while you are away.
Clay, Brittney, Madison, and Jocelyn

Tammy said...

Congratulations!!! Your son is so handsome. :-)

I love the name that you've chosen for your son--my dh and I chose that name over 7 years ago, after my dh's 2 grandfathers! :-)

Tammy_S from HP

Robin Hinck said...

I am in tears!! Welcome, baby Isaac!! Congratulations on the birth of your SON!

Robin Hinck

Anonymous said...

Amy S. has sent me to your blog. Congratulations on the new arrival.

I'd love to talk with your privately via e-mail about being a resource for your son's birth mother should she need someone to talk to during this time. (I'm also available for you!) I know you might not have time with a newborn on your hands (trust me, I know this!) so when you get a chance, please drop an e-mail to mrsjennahatfield at gmail dot com.

Congratulations again. Motherhood is so amazing.

Unknown said...

Congratulations to all of you. I am Amy's mom and have been following your story. I just logged in from Eskesheir, Turkey where I am attending a conference. I am thrilled with your news!

Anonymous said...

Isaac, Welcome to the world! I'm so excited that you're here and I can't wait to meet you some day.

Wendi and John, I'm so thrilled for you and I'm crying happy tears. Isaac is beautiful! What a blessing he is. Enjoy every moment with you precious son. God is so good!


Anonymous said...

I am soooo happy for you! Even though we've never met, i've been waiting to see these pictures for years. Ohhhh is he ever worth the wait!
I'm praying!

Anonymous said...

Thru tears of joy flowing and a smile that won't go away, as I try to go back to work, i'm singing:

1. Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation; Oh my soul praise Him for He is thy health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to His temple(presence) draw near. Join me in glad adoration.

2. Praise to the Lord who 'oer all things so wondrously reigneth; shelters thee under His wings, yea so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen how thy desires all have been granted in what He ordaineth?

3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee; Ponder anew what the Almighty can do if with His love He befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!! All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him! let the "amen"!!! Sound from His people again; Gladly forever adore Him!

Love Tante Jan 4 Oom Ed 2 -now Great Aunt!:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, JB and Wendi! Welcome, Isaac! What a beautiful boy.

I don't think we met at Mayo, but I am a current 3rd year at MMS who has been following your blog over the last months and thinking often of you and your growing family!

Deanna said...

John & Wendi,

Congratulations!!! He is so beautiful. It brings tears to my eyes to remember how I felt holding our newborns. I know you are truly blessed. The culmination of many prayers now rests in your arms. We look forward to seeing you all.

Mike Wilson

Iturblog said...

CONGRATULATIONS JOHN AND WENDI!! What an amazing blessing God has given you! I am SO happy for you guys! This post gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes! YAY!! God is so good!! Isaac is just precious, so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing pictures! I will be praying for a safe trip home for you THREE! :)

My son Tristen (who is five) saw the pictures and said he wanted to tell you "That's cool that you have a new baby! He's cute and handsome!" :) I agree!

Congratulations again! You are in my prayers.

~Megan Iturburu~ said...

Wendi, I've been waiting for this day ever since you shared your letters on my blog years ago. Praising the Lord with you!!!

Anonymous said...

congrats again! enjoy the journey we've now begun into parent hood!

A Family Affair said...

A huge congratulations! The hairs on the back of my neck are totally standing up. I am excited for you guys and your new journey! Congratulations!

Aimee said...

Congratulations Wendi and JB!
Oh, little Isaac is so handsome!! I am so excited for you guys!
Welcome to the wonderful world of sleepless nights! I know you'll enjoy them after such a long wait. All things in HIS time.
Congrats again!

Anonymous said...

John, Wendi, Isaac, and Scrubs!

When our God does a work......He does it perfect.......We are so happy, thrilled, joyous, tearful, blissful, exultant, jovial, delighted and so cheery around here at FLCS. We even have your picture posted on our teacher's board. We are so proud of you guys and remember we love ya! Miss Rita and Miss Cheryl

Pandamonium said...

I'm so excited for you - the news of your son's arrival and your joy has made my day.

I've been reading your blog for about a year now after following a link from Funky Monkey's blog. Your story and the honesty with which you have shared it have been such a blessing!

With love,
Amanda from TX

Anonymous said...

Wendi and John

Congratulations!! I've been following your blog for a couple of years now. I'm so happy for you both. Enjoy the start of your life with Isaac... he was worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

Oh, WOW! Praise God in a PSALM 150 kind of way! What an awesome lil' fella.

I have tears in my eyes. They are joy filled, hope filled, arms filled kind of tears. I love open adoption!!!! I am praying for you all - birthfamily too! What an awesome gift of blessing!!

Shortly after our son was born, I stumbled upon this verse. For me it summed up our entire experience. It was an awesome reminder that GOD's plans are often so much better than our own:
Isaiah 25:1

O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,things planned long ago.

I pray you enjoy your time together with family and birthfamily alike. May God give everyone grace, peace and joy as Isaac's birthmom entrusts you with this AMAZING miracle.

Enjoy every moment Mom and Dad!! It's HERE!!!

Becky (Qtipper - HP)

The Anderson Family said...

Welcome to the world little Isaac! You are such a little miracle to your parents and so many others! Your story is perfectly written!

JB and Wendi - thanks for sharing your experiences! Welcome to parenthood! May God bless you and give you wisdom as you raise Isaac for Him. Can't wait to watch him grow!

:) Erika (found your blog from the Pleasant's a few months ago)

Lisa Cronk said...

What a beautiful little miracle! I am sitting at work crying as I look at the picture of you holding your son! My patients are going to think I'm nuts. I am so excited for you to experience the amazing love you discover when you become a parent. I had a feeling when I met you two that God must have something special planned for you! And he has arrived! I am so happy for you all and I look forward to hearing about Isaac as he grows up.
- Lisa Cronk

Lisa said...

Congratulations!!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!! He is adorable!!

Anonymous said...

We are so excited for you!!! We have been praying for so long and God is so great! We are now praying for a great eater and that your sleep will be restful. Enjoy this time as he will grow so fast. He is so precious!

Roberta Nelson and family

Anonymous said...

Congratulations John and Wendi! The pictures are wonderful. He is a beautiful little boy and so precious. We pray God's greatest blessing on all three (or four if you count Scrubs!!) of you as you start your new life together! We can't wait to meet you Isaac!!!

Lots of love,
Andrea, Erik and Jonathan

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Wendi & JB! You don't know me, but I've been following your adoption journey for awhile. I'm so thankful God has blessed you with baby Isaac! He will be blessed to have you two as his parents.

Rachel from NC

Anonymous said...

Wendi and John, I am so excited for both of you. You are both going to be fantastic parents and little Isaac is going to have more love than he can imagine. Now, don't forget to keep giving Scrubs a lot of attention as well.

A truly answered prayer for both of you!

Kelly Huneke

Jennifer said...

I have been checking numerous times each day and then today I forgot all day to check and I got quite a surprise when I logged on. I am so happy for you too. I have been following your story for a while and can't not believe how cute he is!

Amber said...

Congratulations!!! He is so precious and you are just glowing!!! Wow, he is finally here!!!!

God Bless,

HP Aunty Amber

Heather said...

Oh happy tears. Congratulations Mommy and Daddy. What a beautiful, handsome son you have.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! The picture of the 3 of you brought tears to my eyes, your smiles just beam out of the screen!! Sooo happy for all of you!!
Isaac is adorable.
Bri and Chris,you have done an amazingly unselfish thing. May your lives be always blessed.
You can't beat that for a Mother's Day present, eh?!!
Happiness to all of you.
Cheryl from
Norwich, Ontario, Canada
(Joia's friend)

Rachel and Hans said...

He is way better looking that John.


Anonymous said...

LOL! Ha Ha! That last comment is tooo funny! =)

kjames106 said...

Welcome to the world Isaac! Congratulations JB and Wendi! Surely an angel is dancing in heaven right now. What a glorious gift from God. I pray, Isaac, that you will always know that God is good, all the time. You are quite the miracle and now you are a piece of two people's hearts that can never be taken away. I praise God for this gift that you are to your parents. I pray that you become a mighty warrior for the Kingdom! Thank you Lord for this blessing. I just can't tell you what an amazing God you are. I know that you show us through these tiny babies and Wendi and JB just got a beautiful glimpse of YOUR GLORY!

Anonymous said...

Wendi, JB & Isaac- I'm so excited for all of you. The pictures are so cute of him!

Love- Bert, Jaime & Jenna Richey
Friends in Kentucky

Anonymous said...

Wendi! I am so happy for you and John! I cried reading your blog today! I can only imagine how wonderful it is to hold your baby!

Lauren & Travis

Beth said...

You finally have your blessing!! This is so deserved for the way you have blessed so many lives, including mine. I've been a long time blog-follower, now a first-time commenter. Following your journey has brought me amazing blessings. As a medical student, it has helped me be more understanding with patients dealing with infertility. As a friend, it has helped tread more carefully and compassionately with my dear friends and loved ones struggling with infertility. As a citizen of this world, it has helped me cherish our children and the miracle that they are. As a human being, it has helped me renew my relationship with God. So thank you for blessing so many people in this world in so many different ways - I'm just thrilled that you have been so blessed in return! He's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I am just being obedient and leaving a comment as I have been instructed to do.

Little Isaac has to be one of the cutest babies that I have ever seen.

Bri, you truly did amazing, and Chris too!!

Happy Mother's Day, to you Wen--this one will be the best.

Love to you both,

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all! He's beautiful!

Unknown said...

Congratulations John & Wendi! He is gorgeous! This whole story of selfless love and adoption just bring me to tears. God is SO good. I can't wait to meet Isaac in person and for you guys to come home. We look so forward to getting to know your family better. Happy Mother's Day Wendi! Isn't God awesome? I am so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Wendi and JB, your blog has been such a comfort and encouragment to me.

Praise God for such a beautiful baby boy just in time for Mother's Day!

-RJMB from HP

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, K Family!!! Isaac is absolutely beautiful (we moms of boys can say that...)

Many blessings being sent your way - please keep the pictures and stories coming in the future!

San Antonio, Texas

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, K Family!!! Isaac is absolutely beautiful (we moms of boys can say that...)

Many blessings being sent your way - please keep the pictures and stories coming in the future!

San Antonio, Texas

Anonymous said...

Oh, he is SO beautiful! This is so great!!! Congratulations to you both!! By the way, your son is the EXACT same size (weight and length) as our son was at birth! Crazy! We are so happy for you guys, your families, and Bri and Chris, too! Thinking of you all!

Anonymous said...

As I was rocking my son to sleep tonight, your family was all I could think about. Issac is beautiful. Treasure everything, fingers, toes, first coos, smiles...They grow so quickly! You both will never have a journey like parenthood. There aren't enough words to tell you both how happy I am for you and your families. Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!!! Enjoy and love your little boy!
Love, Jenny Gill-Chatham

Edward Charles said...

Wendi and John,
Yeah! Your lives will change forever and that is AWESOME!!! :) You are going to be the best parents. Call anytime of night or day if you need us. We are here. Parenthood gets better and better each day!
Love you,
Michelle, Hershal and Edward

Anonymous said...

John and Wendi, congratulations! We love you guys and are so excited for you! Welcome, Isaac! We look forward to meeting you in just a few short weeks.

Anonymous said...

Wendy and John,

We are overjoyed that at long last Isaac has finally arrived. What a journey it has been, and what an exciting journey lies ahead for you all. Treasure each moment with your little guy because as I have learned, it goes fast!


You are so precious to me, and I am so proud of the woman you have become! Who would have thought the little freckle faced girl I watched 101 Dalmatians with, and swam laps in the pool with, would grow up and be such a blessing to so many. I can't wait to see you in July

Love to you all,


cassi said...

Congratulations!!! What a perfect Mother's Day blessing. We are so happy for your family.

- Cassi and Nick

TAV said...

i can't believe 96 people commented before i even got a chance to catch up! geez!
i call myself a faithful blog-reader!!

wendi- i am speechless at reading each and every one of the comments from your friends and followers. thank you for letting us share in your incredible journey. and thank you, bri, for your selfless miraculous gift. isaac, you're beautiful! you have the BEST PARENTS IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

can you remember just a year ago when this all seemed such a dream.... and now it's here. couldn't be more happy for you.
i know you know what i feel when i say ps 30:5 "weeping may last for a night but joy cometh in the morning."

the morning is here.
love to you always.

Lizzie22 said...

Wendi & John,

I am so happy and excited for you both! Isaac is precious and you are going to be incredible parents. Bri did a beautiful thing, I wish her the best. Congratulations!!!

Our love,
Liz & Alan (AD & Keith's friends from CT)

Anonymous said...

Wendi & JB,

I've been following your blog right along, and am so excited and happy for you both (& Scrubs!).

Welcome to the world little Isaac!

Karen (#30,000)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world, Isaac, and many congratulations to Wendi, JB, & Scrubs!!! You were all meant to be together. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you and your family Wendi. It gives me so much joy to see the wonderful gift from God to a fellow Hearts Like Hannah who wanted a baby so much. Isaac is a beautiful boy and you'll be a fantastic mother. Congratulations!

Dorinda from Minnesota

Anonymous said...


Your story is beautiful and moving. Congratulations to you and JB and Isaac! May your life be full of love and laughter.

Much love,
Liz (Joia's cousin from Victoria BC)

Katie Capps said...

Wendi -- As I hold my new little boy, I can't help but think about the first few hours/days and how excited I was for him to finally be here. I know that you have waited a much longer time for your little man than we had to so I pray that you enjoy every minute with him. It will go by so fast!! The only thing I can tell you is to spoil him and love him as he truly is a gift from above!!

I hope that one day Isaac and Charlie will get to meet (maybe at a Lady Topper reunion) as they will surely be buddies as they are so close in age!!

Katie C. (KANSAS)

Anonymous said...

Welcome, little Isaac!!! We praise God so much for your safe arrival!! Mommy and Daddy have waited long for you and, praise be to God, the Lord has been pleased to bless them with you and you with them!! We can't wait to meet you! Take good care of Mommy and Daddy and bring them home safely and soon, and give them our love and prayers of praise to God for you.
What an awesome God we serve!!!

Much love,

Stan & Adrienne

Anonymous said...

PS. You're going to LOVE your new playmate, especially when you are strong enough to hold a flashlight! :)

Love, S&A

Ryan & Katie Myhre said...

welcome to the world, isaac!!!! happy first mother's day, wendi!!!!!!! kieran, ryan and i send crazy quantities of love your way:)

rachel said...

I had goosebumps reading this!! I've been stalking your blog for about a year now and I've been waiting for this post! We do serve a faithful God! Thanks for letting me share this journey with you.

-Rachel (mother to 3 bio girls and 1 adopted son)

Anonymous said...

Beloved Little Bundle of Joy and Laughter, Isaac John:

Hello! My name is Kelsey. I am writing this at 11:15 PM Mountain Standard Time, which means I am only 15 minutes late writing to your mom and dad and you. For as long as you know me, I will always be this late. BUT I will love you and pray for you with such fierce devotion that perhaps you'll be able to overlook it like they do. =)

Your parents are capable of this fierce love, too, on a much greater scale. They are such beloved people of God that you should ALWAYS know you can turn to them for help, whatever the situation. They once floated me a raft once when I was sinking...

Dear little Isaac, you are such a gift from the Lord to all of us. I cannot imagine at this moment who you will be, but whatever God has in mind for you will be great because of the people he has given to form you and love you and hold you each and every day. Also, few things tell us more about the mission God has for us and the people God knows us to be than our names. Yours is Beloved Laughter. How absolutely beautiful...

A Few Always and Nevers, Tidbits and Silly Musings:

Never forget when you get older and think you are wiser than your mother and father that they changed diapers of yours with explosive diarrhea and remember this phrase in Latin from one of the early Doctors of the Church: "Amor notitia ipse est." In English it is rendered: "Love itself is a form of knowledge."

Do not seek after things that are too high for you.

Remember to dwell always amongst the poor in spirit for they will teach you to hunger after Heaven.

Above all, remember that the prodigal son is blessed because although he sins greatly, his heart has the capacity to love greatly and in a way unknown to the elder son.

Don't be afraid to cry.

Treat your brothers and sisters nicely. They will always try to do what you do and be like you in every way.

Always try to expand your heart by giving to the poor.

When you get older, open the doors for the ladies. Everyone respects a gentleman.

Bless the Lord always, who gives and who takes away, for his gracious love is never ending.

In the love of gentle Jesus, under whose banner we all pray to lay siege to heaven,
Your GM,

Kelsey Cakes

Anonymous said...

Wendi and John,
What a beautiful little blessing - Isaac. Your faces show your 'happiness
and excitement' over the little guy. And his little face shows
'contentment'. Congratulations and blessings to all three. Lois

Anonymous said...

What a beautfiul baby boy. John, that grin says "Proud Papa", and Wendi, you look at peace with that baby in your arms. Welcome to the Family Isaac John!
Love You Already,
Aunt Linda

Joanna said...

John and Wendi and little Isaac,
The Lord is good and greatly to be praised! I still marvel at the details of your story and how perfectly it all fits together. My husband and I were commenting last night how it seems to have the finger of God all over it! What a blessing to finally, after all the years of crying to have a son! And you may find yourself doing some crying of a different kind in the next few weeks. Oh how refreshing the tears of joy!! :)

Rejoicing with you,

Anonymous said...

Wendi & John,
Congratulations to you and your families. I've talked to Grandma Di a few times and she is over the top happy as I am sure the two of you are. I just hope we can get her back to work!!
This is truely an amazing and wonderful gift. God bless all of you.

Suzanna Catherine said...

Welcome to the world baby Isaac! Always remember that you are much beloved ~ by God who gave you Wendi, John and this amazing extended family ~ and by Bri and Chris who loved you so much they gave you life.

Best wishes to all!

Karrie said...

Congratulations to you all! I am a friend of Andi's and have been following your blog for the past few months. What a wonderful gift God has bestowed! Your new son is beautiful. Much happiness in the days, months and years to come.

God bless,
Karrie from CO

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture of a lovely family! You have added one person to your family, but your love has multiplied. Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

Wendi -

Congratulations on the birth of baby Isaac. He is precious! I am a long-time lurker - I know about your blog through Hannah's Prayer. My husband and I are currently in the process of adopting, too. Isn't it the most amazing thing?!

I have been praying for you guys and for Bri, too. What an amazing young woman she is - It takes unbelievable maturity and sacrifice to do what she has done. Wow!

I hope that these next fews days and weeks bring you great blessing! Congrats!

Allison B.

Anonymous said...

I already wrote yesterday, but after seeing 116 comments on this could I not be included! Let's just say the only thing I DON'T like about you two is that you live so far away. I can speak for all us Huismans up here by saying we've been thinking about and praying for you guys so much that God knows all of us very well! We're so happy for your new blessing and can't wait to make some memories with Isaac!!!


Anonymous said...

You are such a beautiful family! How special to add a third person to the family and multiply the love. We are so happy for you, the joyful tears just keep on flowing. Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

I came over from Joia's blog... just wanted to say how moved I have been reading your whole story. I can only imagine the joy of holding your Issac in your arms after all your longing and hoping and praying. I thought of the verse "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" and know that you are enjoying cuddling that answered desire right now. "It is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes"! Have a wonderful first Mother's Day, Wendi.

Anonymous said...

AH he is so cute I am so happy for you Wendi and JB COngrats.

Miranda(Redfairy200526) from HP

Anonymous said...

John and Wendi

Welcome Issac!! He is very handsome . . . I can not think of two people who deserve this more than the two of you . . . So very happy for you! God Bless you always! Congratulations . . . You are all so loved, as can be seen by the 102 comments already :)

Summer and Billy

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Wendi and John! The three of you look like the perfect happy family. :) It will be amazing to tell every one about his adoption and how he was born on his Birth Mom's birthday! From the first time I heard your story I thought it was wonderful. Baby Addison is looking forward to meeting Baby Isaac! Wishing you all a safe journey home...

Ed said...

Praise the Lord! what a blessing. I really hadn't known all the details, but it all comes together now. Hopefully you'll take some time off from RLSF stuff and enjoy Isaac (the laughing one), and hope he brings a lot of laughter and joy into your home. Ed Murfin

Anonymous said...

I wrote the night Isacc was born, but dont want to miss out on todays congratulations!!! The pictures are like a thousand words! Look at the sheer JOY on those faces!!!My heart just bursts with thankfullness for Bri and Chris and everyone who worked to help make this all happen and go so smoothly! It makes this Mothers Day extra special and I can just imagine the joy in your household now that you have Isacc with you!!I wish I was back in Florida so I could see him!! May God bless your wonderful little family and have a safe trip home!!( love the necklace!!! Its perfect!!! :):)Love, Nancy and Tom

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Wendi and JB!

I didn't realize the struggles you both had been through! God has blessed you richly. I have been unable to bear children as well. Divinely, God blessed me with a stepson and now we are expecting our second granddaughter in September! All three of you have been truly blessed.

What an inspiration!
Sherry Dagnall

Anonymous said...

You are truly a beautiful family! It is easy to see that adding a new member to the family has multiplied the love for all. We are so very happy for you--what an amazing answer to a lot of prayer! Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

You are truly a beautiful family! It is easy to see that adding a new member to the family has multiplied the love for all. We are so very happy for you--what an amazing answer to a lot of prayer! Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

Isaac I love You.


Wendi Kitsteiner said...

Bri, I love you back!

-- Isaac

Anonymous said...

Congrats JB & Wen! Just in time for Mother's Day!! I am soooooooooo happy for you guys. I can't wait to see little Isaac. I love him already!

Hugs and Kisses

Nicole (and Bay)

Anonymous said...

Words cannot express how deeply happy we were when we got your call and read the bog of Isaac's arrival into this world. To see the pictures of your little guy brought tears to my eyes and joy to all of our hearts. We are absolutely THRILLED that you are now holding your son in your

Welcome, Isaac! God has big plans for you. He has given you an amazing mom and dad! May He fashion and form your heart to be after His own heart at an early age. May He fill you with wonder for the world and a hunger for knowledge and a joy of life. May He use you to bring Glory to His name. May you be a reconciler of men to God. May you have a fiesty spirit! May you never be afraid of what people think of you. May you be fearless in the fight for what is right! May you be courageous in the face of adversity. May God allow us the privilege of knowing you as you grow.

Blessings to your entire family. We can't wait to come visit you in June.

The Wilsons

Anonymous said...

"For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my request...." (1 Sam. 1:27)
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful baby boy, and beautiful family.
I'm crying with happiness as I read the news and see the pictures! (I didn't find out until May 11)
God's richest blessings on you all!
With Love,

Erica said...

JB and Wendi,

Congrats on the arrival of little Isaac! He is sooo handsome..which can rarely be said about newborns! ha jk I am so excited for you all, though, and I was so touched reading about this whole experience. I can't wait to see you all this summer and meet Isaac in person!

Erica and Chrs

Sonia said...


Isaac is beautiful!!! I am praising God for his wonderful blessings!


Sonia (CloudCloudC from HP)

Chrys and Mike said...

oh, what a blessing!

happy mother's day!


Anonymous said...

CIAO! from Siena, Italy. Isaac, I hope you will always remember how very much you were wanted by everyone involved in these miraculous events leading up to your birth. You arrive into the world already luckier than most children because of the community of love and anticipation that was just for you. I hope your family will keep up your blog so we can all continue to enjoy watching you grow. Pet Scrubs for me. Lots of Love from Janice Hoffmann

Anonymous said...

CIAO! from Siena, Italy. Isaac, I hope you will always remember how very much you were wanted by everyone involved in these miraculous events leading up to your birth. You arrive into the world already luckier than most children because of the community of love and anticipation that was just for you. I hope your family will keep up your blog so we can all continue to enjoy watching you grow. Pet Scrubs for me. Lots of Love from Janice Hoffmann

Anonymous said...

Wendi, I am so happy for you, John, and your Mom and Dad on your new arrival, Issac John. Issac is such a beautiful baby, and I have enjoyed reading about his arrival and looking at all the sweet pictures. Also love your dog scrubs.God is so good, prayers have been answered, and God's timing is perfect. I pray blessings on your new blessing.Hugs to you and little Issac,LauraPS. In case you don't remember me I am a friend of your Mom's.

Anonymous said...

Sending you congratulations from Rochester, Minnesota!!!! I am thrilled for both of you. He is an adorable little guy and I am sure you are enjoying every minute.

Best wishes to you.
Sharon Preuss (from Mayo Medical Laboratories)

Anonymous said...

Wow! What an adoreable, handsome son you have! Just received the info from your Mom, Wendi.
We just returned home from California where we spent a week spoiling our new Granddaughter, Lulu. My birthday was May 7th, so I am excited to share such a special day with you both.
Congratulations........I bought a couple of baby gifts for little Isaac out in California.
God is incredible!
Love, Wendy & the rest of the Black Family

Anonymous said...

hey guys congratulations, this is an awesome day for everyone you guys inparticular.
to isac my youngest nephew welcome to the family... my wife and i cant wait to met you its been a long time waiting.

john wendi and isac much love.

uncle matt

hey i think im the last person to say congrats! but i have an excuse.