Sep 8, 2008

The Foxhole: The Grand Finale.

Well, if you're looking for an example about how God moves in mysterious ways, then HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU!

In fact, I have been looking forward to writing this post for some time now. It's rather lengthy - but there sure is a good pay-off in the end. Which is kind of like our life in Christ, now that I think about it...canIgetawhatwhatandawhoopwhoop?

It's been almost a month now since the sweet AG and I huddled down together in what I referred to as, The Foxhole (you can catch Part 1, 2 and 3 here, cuz I want you to be caught up.) So many things went through my mind in that foxhole...like, why does it take so dadgum long for me to get pregnant in the first place? Will Remi ever have a sibling that she will be close to - and them not be 14 years apart? Will all of these millions of dollars I spent in bows go to waste? Will my husband ever be able to raise the quarterback of his dreams?

But also there was the, "Why, why, why?" And the, "Lord, I just don't understand."

You know...things like that.

*Note to readers: I would love for there to be a fancy segue here, but sadly there is not.

About ONE WEEK into our Foxhole I received a call that went like this...

"Melissa, this is mom. I just wanted you to know that I met a beautiful, young girl who is looking for an adoptive family for her baby. I told her about y'all, but nothing may ever come of it so don't get your hopes up. Also, did you ever go buy yourself some new underwear?"

Uhh....

And that was it. Honestly. I decided then and there that "getting my hopes up" was an impossibility since being in a Foxhole generally means you pack very little, and, well, hopes are certainly one thing you don't pack for a Foxhole experience.

I mean, who has hopes in a Foxhole? It's a pretty grim existence.

So imagine my surprise when days later my phone rang and that "sweet, young girl" my mom had spoke of was on the other end of the line.

And imagine my surprise when she shared her story with me.

And imagine my surprise when she said she had been looking for a family for nine months.

And imagine my surprise when the family she said she was looking for sure did sound a lot like mine.

And then try to imagine how quickly I crawled out of my Foxhole, found my hopes, packed them up real tight, got in a car and drove to Texas.

Little did I fully realize on the Tuesday morning I went in for surgery, that only one week later I would walk into a restaurant and meet someone face to face who would give me one of life's greatest gifts. I will never forget meeting her for the first time and liking her instantly. I will never forget the way she told me, "It's you. You are the family I have been waiting for this entire time." And I will never forget how she slid every ultrasound picture across the table and told me, "They're yours now. They belong to you. They're of your boy."

Oh my word, I will never forget.

And I will never forget the day he was born and how I got to be a part of every second of it. I got to cut the cord!! ME!

But mostly I will never ever forget how from day one you all, my friends, prayed for me. You prayed for me broken heart and you prayed for my faith. And both have been restored, greatly. And I thank you.

So without further ado...allow me to introduce...



Rocklin "Rocco" Cooper Radke

Born September 2, 2008 at 5:42 PM.

7 lbs. 19 in. long




Remi is doing fine with all of this. So far. She enjoys feeding him his bottle, slapping him silly until he burps, and repeatedly asking if we can take him back and get a baby turtle.

But she does ask that you respect her rank; as if there were ever any question.




Our deliriously happy love to you all,

The Attorney General, Melissa, Remi and Rocco




One final note. This post will be left up for a few days for several reasons.

1. I want anyone who is late checking in to be able to share in our news.


2. Moving 8 truckloads of bottles from Texas to Tennessee takes time. And patience.

3. And I am really having to spend some serious time learning how NOT to get peed on when I change a diaper.


But I will be back very soon, I assure you. So please check back. As I feel certain my posts will be filled with questions that will need answering in a most urgent fashion.

160 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I am SOOOO happy for you, your family, and your great BIG heart!! I woke up this morning, made a cup of coffee, and thought I would check in on my blog reading. I went to your first because its been a while since you posted... I wanted to make sure all was OK... I found all is WONDERFUL.. I am a crying mess.. You are a terrific human being and you deserve to be so blessed. I am just so happy for you all.. What a fairytale ending...

Amy

Perksofbeingme said...

AGH!!!!!!!! OK! OK! OK! OK! You have a very valid reason for not staying on top of e-mails. Melissa- I'm so excited for you. THis is amazing! There aren't even words to describe how awesome this is for you and David, and Remi. Oh how I hoped this day would come- who knew it would be this soon.

I love you so so much!

Karol said...

I don't know you. Yet I'm sitting here, in Ohio, crying my eyes out. I'm so beyond happy for you, AG,and little Remi. I'm so excited that you were blessed with this wonderful little boy, and the angel that lifted you out of your foxhole. God bless you and your new family. *sigh* my heart is happy for you!

Melissa said...

God just cracks me up! I'm so excited for you!

O:)
Melissa

Mommy said...

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Praise God!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!!!! Now, send me that photo so he can officially be a member of the blog world. Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mommy said...

Wait! I'm so excited for all of you. The AG, Mommy and Remi too! I am sitting here crying tears of joy for you all. What an unbelievable blessing!!!!!!!!

Hugs,
Mommy

Big Nanny said...

I never had any doubts when i said: "you+me=worshipcare4ever! Congrats! I'm so excited. You can sign up for the Nov 2 baby dedication at www.thompsonstationchurch.org.

Happy big sistering to Remi!

Colleen said...

I am in tears here! Congratulations and best wishes!

Shelley said...

Melissa,

I'm simply crying tears of joy for you and the AG, Remi too.
We (as bloggers) felt how deep your pain was and we cried out to God on your behalf, and yet, even though we know He answers prayers, we stand amazed at the wonderful works He does.
I am just so happy that you chose to share with us your special bundle. How awesome that you actually got to be there to cut the cord. I pray God will be with you all, but I pray also for the beautiful girl that was wise enough to know that you and your family were the ones to take him.
God bless you all and we'll keep checking back from time to time.

Sissy said...

My gosh, I am reading at work, and you know it isn't good to break down in tears at work. Melissa, what a blessing. What a miracle to come after all that struggle! What a testament that God works in mysterious ways. I can admit that I am sooo happy and so jealous all at the same time.

Does your mom know any other women that need adoptive parents? You know, I gotta ask.

Rhea said...

OMG, Melissa! I'm so happy for you! Congrats!!!!! He's beautiful!

Adelaine said...

Isn't God amazing??? I am just filled with happiness for you!!! This is absoluetly amazing!!!

Congrats :)

Alicia (dna) said...

BUT GOD!!!!!

He had a plan all along. I know you already know this. I am rejoicing with you in more ways than you'll ever know.

A huge congratulations from one adoptive family to another! God truly is good!
Blessings!

Tabi said...

I have to agree with everyone else...OH MY GOODNESS!!! Praise God!! That is incredible and I am so excited for you guys!!

Connie said...

Oh geesh, Melissa...you are a showstopper, for sure. OH.MY.Gosh- What an absolutely beautiful gift from God! You are truly blessed beyond measure. I am speechless. Congratulations to you and your family. Our God is AWESOME, isn't HE?

bigjohnsgirl said...

OMG!! I am so happy for you guys!! What an awesome ending for your journey! What a gift from God!!! He is beautiful! I can't wait to see more pictures of him as he grows!

Sidney said...

I am sitting here crying tears of joy and rejoicing with you! Oh my gosh....he's so perfectly handsome! I knew it wasn't the end of the road for you; just didn't know how long and winding that road would be. God hears the prayers of the faithful....

Oh, and good luck with not getting sprayed....I have four boys and didn't ever master that "art"....consider it a christening....and a great blessing....

Sue said...

"The Power is in the telling."

WOW. Congratulations, I so did not see this coming at all!!! Woot!

Leah said...

I am SHOUTING HALLELUJAH!!! What an AMAZING blessing and who has better timing than God!?!

I think it's safe to say that you can fill in and cover up that foxhole ;o)

God Bless you, your family and that new sweet bundle of joy!

Rhonda said...

Youaregettingawhatwhatandawhootwhoot over here!!! What a handsome young man!

Oh. My. Lord! I'm so glad I read this before I did my makeup! Thank you for the good cry to start my day. I am SOOOO excited for you all!

God is good. I think I'm falling off the fence I've been sitting on for a very long time. God is so good!

Huge cyber hugs!

Mindy said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!

What a blessing to these mothers you have been! They are able to go on knowing their babies are in the greatest of care, will learn about the Lord, and will be so so so loved.

Congratulations!!

(If you and I stay put in the same area - our boys may be in the same class - I am due the 25th!)

Rhonda said...

Oh, and one more thing.

How on earth did you post about Poo-pourri when you knew darned well that you had HUGE NEWS on the home front? And those 7 things? Dontcha think THAT would have been a great time? How about talking about Rocco in place of Gustav! How on earth did you manage to keep that in for almost a WHOLE WEEK? lol

...But I do love how you did it, anyway....

NC said...

Oh Melissa!!!!!! That is so wonderful! What a blessing and a miracle! He is beautiful! Maybe he and Jonas can rule the nursery together! :) God bless all of you!

Sara L said...

Holy cow - you sure know how to make a Monday morning GREAT! Congrats on the new baby!!

Sumer said...

Congratulations!! I am overjoyed for you, and I am excited to meet little Rocco!

Kat said...

Congratulations!!!! Your story and transparency about the foxhole had been a blessing to me and now this- I am rejoicing with you!

Rocco is a handsome little wonder- Blessings and love to you all!

Kat

Cresta said...

I'm in tears this morning! I needed to see a miracle today. Thanks for reminding me that our God STILL does miracles!

Lauren W said...

WHAT?! OH MY GOODNESS!!! I'm so so so happy for you and your whole family! This is such amazing news!
He's perfect, and Remi is going to be such a wonderful big sister. Congratulations!!!
God is so good.

Jill said...

I have tears in my eyes right now! I am so happy for you and your family!! What a perfect story (it's my ideal story, actually) Congrats!!

Heather said...

I just about fell out of my chair when I read your blog today. I am so happy for you and your family. CONGRATULATIONS!

Stacia said...

I came to your blog too late to have seen your earlier posts but enjoyed the entire journey to your new son.
What a blessing he is and what wonderful planning went into him joining his perfect family.
Congratulations. Enjoy every moment. A Mother Son relationship is like no other.

Ashley said...

First of Congratulations! which doesn't even seem a big enough word for this blessing! I have only been a "silent reader" of your blog until now, but amidst the tears of joy for you, and how great God is, I just had to jump in to congratulate you and your family...Thank you for the daily reminder of how amazing God is, and of all the ways He works!!

Jenny said...

Well now isn't that just like God??? CONGRATULATIONS GIRL!!!! I have goosebumps all over.

My2Gs said...

Oh my! I don't even know you, but I am seriously tearing up right now! He is sweet and perfect and I am soo soo happy for all of you!
~ Lacie

Kelley said...

That God...I love it when He shows UP and shows OUT!!! I praise Him today...for you, for the AG, for Remi and for that precious Rocco (aka future quarterback).

And, by the way, does it scare you at all that I have wracked my brain since last Friday when you (what-were-you-thinking-scaring-us-like-that?) had no post; trying to figure out what was going on and why you and the AG had suddenly appeared in Texas?

katy said...

I found your blog through a friends blog.
Wow! With tears in my eyes I want to tell you...what an amazing story you shared with us...thank you.
I pray GOD absolutely blesses your family...you, your husband, and your TWO precious children...
congratulations.

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSNGS FLOW!!! AND WOOOP WOOOP I AM DOING THE HAPPY DANCE... REMEMBER THE ONE I DID IN ALABAMA ON THE PIER... WOOP WOOOP DOING IT AGAIN!!! I LOVE YOU ALL AND I'M SO DANG GLAD YOU FINALLY SPILLED THE BEANS... I WAS ABOUT TO DIE!!!
SEE YOU SOON.... WOOP WOOOOP!!!!!
GOD IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!

Kimberly J.

Candice said...

What?! I saw his sweet little face before I read your post and then proceeded to fumble with my mouse through the tears to scroll back up and read! God IS good ALL the time!! Rocco is a precious, beautiful blessing :)

(I'm in choir)

Tara said...

Oh my goodness! What an awesome surprise for us!! You are right, it is a grand finale. Congratulations! God is GREAT! I hope you are all enjoying your new bundle of joy - Rocco is adorable and Remi looks like she is fitting right into those big sister shoes! Congrats again!!

Anonymous said...

"For nothing is impossible with God!" He is beautiful, and I mean that in a tough, quarterback kinda way. ;) Congratulations! We can't wait to meet him! Remi is a beautiful big sister. God is so good! I told you He was just showing off! Thanks for reminding us all that He still performs miracles!

Love,
Tracey

P.S. Bring little Rocco to class, and I'll hold him for you...just so you can concentrate. :)

Melissa W. said...

This is awesome!!!! God is so awesome!!! Congrats to everyone!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

Kendrawolf said...

Isn't God amazing?! And he knew what was going to happen the WHOLE time! That is what is most amazing to me!

Amy said...

OMG! God is so wonderful and good..I am so happy for you and your family...I will never forget the morning you introduced us (TSC) to your precious Remi and how I had tears streaming down my face...I feel the same joy for you right now...I look forward to every tiny post about your new little Rocco and the Adventures in parenting and shepherding yoour little ones! God is so good!

Kori said...

Oh he's beautifully amazing. Congratulations to all of you.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

I am so amazingly happy for your family. Congratulations!!
xoxo

Caroline said...

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! That is sooooo exciting. You were so good at keeping it on the DL! He is certainly beautiful! Oh my word, I bet you are just head over heels in love and just like the Lord to come out of nowhere with a massive chunk o' blessing for you and your family! Have fun...boys are so stinkin' sweet!

Lynda said...

What an amazingly happy event! God IS good - ALL the time. Your selected Bible verse on this blog says it all, doesn't it. And to top it all off, you have yourself a little Texan. Now, life doesn't get much better than that!

Kacey said...

Look at you surprising us all like that! Congratulations on your new bundle of joy...I am absolutely beyond THRILLED for you and your family!

Note: Might I recommend the Pee-pee Teepee for the sprinkling weewee (www.bebabean.com)...they sure came in hand for us!

Daena said...

Melissa,
I have never commented on your blog, I am ,sadly, a lurker. However, extremely exciting news like this deserves a WHOOP-WHOOP!! That is so fantastic! He's beautiful, Remi's beautiful, it's all so beautiful! Thank God for this answer to our prayers! From one Texas girl to another, CONGRATS!!

tina said...

What an amazing thing! I'm beyond words to express my joy for you!!

Tracy P. said...

WUH HOOO!!! Oh I hope I didn't wake him when I screamed!!! I'm just wondering how you might use one of those bows to do something about that squirter...

When my son was born an adoptive mom of twin boys said to me, "Little boys are WONDERFUL!" Boy, was she right! Blessings to the three of you and your new little kick in the pants!

Terri said...

Congrats Radke Family! How exciting! God is so amazing and works in such awesome ways in our lives! We are a blessed people to be loved in such a great way! Congrats and enjoy these beautiful moments with your children! - Terri

Heather said...

I am not one who can keep secrets, so it always amazes me when someone can keep something THIS exciting quiet. I am so thrilled for you and your family!

Enjoy your days (and nights) with those precious babies of yours.

What a perfect gift from God!

Jaci said...

Oh wow! I never expected you'd end it by saying you now have a son! Amazing!

Get some sleep, huh? :) You're back in the trenches with a newborn.

KO said...

OK, I am with Rhonda: how in the world you go from "Poo-Pourri" to this amazing news I do not know! My senses and emotions have collided in quite an unexpected way :)

But, he is beautiful! I have two boys...get ready. Getting peed on is just the beginning. It is glorious though!

God is just plain showing off... :)

carsholtz said...

WWWWOOOOHHHOOOOO!!!!!! God is SO GOOD!

You DO realize that now EVERY TIME you head off to Texas without an explanation you're gonna have us all expecting you to bring back a baby, right??

I am SO HAPPY for your sweet family! Can't wait to meet Rocco.

And can I say again, God is GOOD!!!! ALLLLLL the time!

Carol

Sheri said...

Oh, whoa, wow! I can't even tell you how excited I am for you! Have I told you I'm adopted?? And how special it is to me to know how desperately I was wanted? What an amazing, special, experiance. Have you heard the song by Micheal McLean, "From God's Arms"? I still can't listen to it without crying. Doesn't God do wonderful things for us?

Michelle said...

Praise God!! Hallelujah!! He works in mysterious ways, but He is always working!!

I am so happy for you and your family, Melissa. Your new son is beautiful, as is Princess Remi.

Mamasphere said...

What amazingly joyful news! God is good, so so good. And I'm so so happy for you and your family. You're larger family!

You sure do know how to keep a secret!

Strawberry Blonde said...

Melissa, your son is simply beautiful. And Big Sis looks like a royal princess holding him. Oh, I am so excited for you and your family. God is more faithful than we can imagine.

Ignore bloggy world for awhile and enjoy your son. Try to adjust to having two and spend as much time as you can cuddling your two children. I am just grinning from ear to ear for you.

-- Brandi

Anonymous said...

Oh, Melissa. Like everyone else, I'm sure, I am overwhelmed with emotion (the best kind), so deliriously happy for all of you, so deeply reminded of God's faithfulness and love for us, and so absolutely taken with how beautiful Rocco is already. He and Remi will get into lots of trouble together, but you wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you for sharing your world with us. You are so greatly loved!

Jenni

P.S. I am assuming he was born in Texas, which my husband says is the icing on the cake! (smile)

Sarah said...

Congratulations!!! I've only been reading your blog for the last month or so but your story gives me such hope. Your children are absolutely beautiful. Best wishes to your entire family!

KJ Schiffman said...

I could faint with joy for you! My goodness!!!!

I've been praying for you each day - for some type of miracle.

Our God knows and He sees. And not only that but He does! He does!

Your baby boy is beautiful and his name is awesome! : )

Amy said...

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe you are just now telling us!! I could not be happier for you !! YAY!!!!! WOO-HOO! You go Radke family!!!!!!!!! Amazing beyond belief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Z's Mom said...

Oh....you're a stinker for keeping all of this hush hush!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm SOOO happy for all of you!!!

He is BEAUTIFUL!!!! But, yes, not as beautiful as Princess Remi..I will remember her place!!!

Congratulations! Hope you all get settled in really soon!!!!

How funny is that that your mom found your little guy!!!!

Erin said...

I have to say what you said to me: "Oh. My. Lord!"
I could not be more excited for you and have been thinking about you all this time. It's so amazing how God can dig you out of that foxhole SO quickly and in such a dramatic way. Such another amazing testimony and beautiful baby.

Ronnica said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa...and to think I might have skipped this post as I'm kinda behind in the reader!

Congratulations AG, Melissa, and Remi! What a wonderful blessing!

I can't wait to hear more of the story, but for now, go and enjoy that little baby boy!

Miss Jenn said...

God bless YOU, Melissa & your beautiful, growing family! I've been following your story & can't be happier for you! What a wonderful journey Christ has put you on!

Anita J. said...

Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit (or foxhole) and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Ps. 103:1-5

Melissa I am sorry for the grief of the foxhole, but I am so thankful for the way God lifted you out. What an amazing victory for all of you. Congratulations!

Trish said...

Of course this happened........I know you're not really suprised either, seeings as how we know our God works in mystrious ways!!

Congratulations!! I am soooooo excited for you all.

God is good. ALL THE TIME.

(did the brownies help at all??)

PS......that little squirter is WAYYYYYY HOTTER than the AG!

Robin said...

How absolutely fabulous for you and your famiy!!! My heart is filled with the joy and love of Christ for y'all. Take care and be prepared. You will be peed on lots and many sheets will need changing. Little boys have trouble with that aim from an early age!! LOL

Britt said...

Praise the Lord, and Amen!

Stay away as long as you need and love him up! Like I have to tell you :o)

happymcfamily said...

yay yay yay! I'm so excited for you guys!

Hairline Fracture said...

Oh, God is so good! I love it when He pulls one of these "never would have guessed it would happen like this" events. A million congratulations. He is beautiful, perfect, and yours.

happymcfamily said...

P.S.- Remi looks like Gracie W. used to look in these pics!

Heather W said...

CONGRATS TO YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!!!!!!

I am so happy for you. What a surprise when I went to get caught up on my favorite blogs. I can't believe it. Keep us posted!!!!

CEU said...

Psalms 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Sweet Melissa, David and Remi, WOW!!! I am excited for your precious family. Congratulations, can't wait to meet Rocco.
Love, Christine

Britt said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Melissa, I am so incredibly excited for you that your dreams are coming true. The very first post of yours I ever read was the Foxhole part 3...I left you a comment because you touched my heart so deeply as I had many of the same feelings. You wrote "Give me just five minutes to plead my case"...Melissa, HE heard you!!! God Bless, Britt

Finding Normal said...

Holy crapoly! (and I mean that in the most reverant way possible!) I am in shock and awe, mostly over how you kept that a secret for an entire week. I can't wait to hear all about Mr. Rocco, and I hope your foxhole has officially caved in. God is good!

Tracy said...

OMFG! (Sorry for my French) I am SO SO SO excited for you! That's the best news I've heard all day! He's adorable and enjoy him Melissa! Eeek! Congratulations!

Mark Lunsford said...

I'm so happy for you guys! Congratulations!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I was in front of my computer screaming and crying and my husband came running to see what world wide catastrophic event had happened. :0 Tears of joy and prayers of thanksgiving are going on here! God has truly reached down and touched your family with His loving hands. blessings, marlene

Leighann said...

Well now, that didn't take long to "pray through!!!" YES, LORD!!! We love you! Leighann

Becky said...

Oh Melissa,

I sobbed when I read your first story, my heart ached for you and the AG. Tears of joy have streamed down my face as I read your joyous news! Congratulations!!! What a wonderful present from God! God Bless your wonderful perfect family!

Tonya said...

Amazing! Congratulations!

I found your blog a few months ago and really enjoy it. Thanks for keepin' it real!

Bobbie said...

PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!

Frizzy and Bird said...

I'm the 87th comment and am just as thrilled as the person who wrote your first comment. PRAISE GOD!!! I too am an adoptive mother who has endured the same questions you have as I have PCOS and have been unable to have a child of my own. However, through God's Grace I am a mother to a beautiful toddler. Aren't we lucky to have these wonderful ladies trust us to raise their children? Today, we're celebrating our birth mother's birthday. None of this would have been possible without her gift and God. I know you understand where I'm coming from. I also know you are enjoying every single second with your new addition. Including the wet ones.;)
Congratulations again. I'm so thankful my name twin, Nichole shared your blog with me.

Karen said...

Congratulations!!!! This is such wonderful news.

Okay...how to stop getting peed on. Open the diaper, then quickly place it back over the thing(insert your word of chice here) he uses to pee with. It worked for me, with all three of my boys. :-)

Oh, this is just wonderful!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just read about this amazing turn of events - and it didn't even take 9 months to produce. My kids and I were oohing and awing over the photos of your sweet, sweet children. Isn't God wonderful!!

cheers,
Blueberry

Hunny Bee said...

OMG!!! I am so happy for you. And....put a wipe over the hose when you're changing him. And practice, practice, practice!!!
Congratulations!

Julie said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKK!!! (Read girlie scream mixed with tears for a girl and her family that I don't even know but feel like she is/would be my friend)!!!!!!!!!

He is adorable and of course Remi is still the princess! She doesn't have to share the throne (that much).

So excited for answers to prayers.

Julie

Rose said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! We are so happy for your sweet family!! Praise the Lord for this Marvelous and Magnificent Gift that God has given you!! The pictures are so beautiful! He looks like an Angel!!

Does Anybody Hear Me said...

How truly blessed you are!! Life doesn't get much better than this, does it?
A big congratulations to you all!!

Karen said...

I have never met you,I probably never will. But you are absolutely inspiring. On a daily basis, I check in just to see what has been tapped onto the page, because no matter what, I know that whatever you say will be inspiring. Your faith is so strong, your love for your family so great.
When I read "the foxhole" posts, I sat here and cried for you, with you, but I also learned from your words.
I dont know you but I do know this.... you deserve this incredible blessing that has come to you. And that little man of yours doesnt know it now, but he hit the jackpot
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!

Amy said...

God is good all the time. All the time, God is good! Congratulations and what a beautiful story. You have a beautiful family!

The Rivers Family said...

God is good all the time! Can your mother hook me up too! I am so excited for all of the Radkes tonight.
Praise God!

wy-not said...

I am wordless with wonderment, speechless with awe, overwhelmed at the goodness of our Lord. Congratulations to the Radke family, to all of you, on this fabulous blessing. And congratulations especially to wee Rocco. He is truly blessed to be safe in the arms of such a beautiful family. God bless you all and best wishes forever!!!

Laurel said...

I've been reading/lurking/stalking you for about a month. I read all your foxhole posts and remembered how I felt when I had some of the same problems. BUT, what I really want to say is ....
CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a miracle. This post was so inspiring to me. God has a plan and it is not always clear to us but it always works out. FAITH, and you have lots. Enjoy that little boy but please don't add too many bows to his hair no matter how much money you spent on them.
Laurel
P.S. I finally linked you to my blog so I can find you better.

Lacey in the Sky said...

AGHH Melissa!! I shook, I cried, I got chills, I laughed, I cried some more! I'm SO happy for you all. You are so deserving. God is amazing, isn't he? That boy of yours is gorgeous! The biggest CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Well, this is just the MOST WONDERFUL THING EVER! God is good, all the time. I am all teared up and weapy. Thank you for sharing this answered prayer with us. I know that so many of us have lifted up and your family, in prayer. How awesome to see how our God works, and how He answers prayers.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Well, this is just the MOST WONDERFUL THING EVER! God is good, all the time. I am all teared up and weapy. Thank you for sharing this answered prayer with us. I know that so many of us have lifted up and your family, in prayer. How awesome to see how our God works, and how He answers prayers.

Lacey said...

Omigosh. Omigosh! Tears, they actually started flowing... I am soooo happy for you. You deserve it, missy.

Kimberly said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you! God really does have a plan and He works in ways we just can't possibly begin to figure out, until He reveals them. You are amazing. I am always so uplifted and edified by your words. You deserve this beautiful gift!

Kelly said...

Oh what a great, fabulous, wonderful story and outcome. Congratulations to all on your new addition...AMAZING!!!

Blissful Nikki said...

MELISSA!!! Oh my Gosh! I am so happy for you! What an incredible blessing this is. God is good, all the time. In our sorrow, in our joy. And he knew that the sorrow would prepare you for the joy that you have now with your Son. I am crying tears of joy, and praying over Rocco, Remi, you and AG. Super congrats!!

cdrinkworth said...

Whaaaaaaaaat?

OMG! OMG! OMG!

I quit blog-land for 2 days to try to focus and get a job, and you go and adopt a BABY! I am SO STOKED! I teared up for you when I saw his picture, and I'm NOT a crier.

He's so beautiful. You have a beautiful family. Congratulations.

Love,
Caren

Gramma 2 Many said...

Melissa, Remi, and AG. What a wonderful gift!!! I am so happy for all of you. I am one of the late readers, so I am happy you left it up for a few days.
Our God is such a wonderful God. Even when we do not know why He always does. How he rewarded your obedience to him is just amazing.
Praise God for this wonderful little Rocco. He will have such a wonderful life with you. You know you were hand picked by God to be his parents. YEAH!!!

ugagirl30 said...

OHMYGOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THAT IS SOOOOOOO AWESOME. I AM UBER-EXCITED FOR YOU. HE IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS, AND REMI LOOKS LIKE SUCH A GREAT BIG SISSY!!!

GOD IS SO AMAZING!!

Jenn said...

He is GORGEOUS.

...and of course I think BOYS are best!!! :)

ENJOY!

Krista said...

How absolutely wonderful for you! I have read your blog for quite awhile now & I know how much this baby means to you. What a blessing for your family & how cute is he?! I love his name too! As I include you in my prayers I will also include the girl who so generously gave up a part of her. It is amazing how God works...Krista

justjuli said...

Crying (joyfully!) here at my desk on a Tuesday morning. :) I LOVE adoption stories. How God plants a child in one woman for another family.

What a beautiful miracle you have in Rocco. So happy for you!!!

Suzy said...

Woooooooooohoooooooooooo!!!!God is so GOOD. I'm so happy for you. Adoption is such a wonderful way to build a family. Ask me how I know...And God bless Rocco's birth mom for her wisdom beyond her years and for being so incredibly gracious.

Mary C said...

What a beautiful boy! COngratulations! I am so happy for yoU!

Lori said...

Melissa,
I have never read your blog before, until today. My friend sent me a link. Then she called. Then she ordered me to Click Part1, go to Friday, then read parts 1-3, then the Finale. She's a great friend and a little nutty, so I went along.
Thankfully, she warned me to have tissues nearby.
Melissa. Oh, Melissa. I have been there and felt the pain and heard the words, "there is no heartbeat".
Thank you for your beautifully sharing your story. I have one child, and wonder if he will ever have a sibling to share his, "Aren't Mom and Dad nuts?" thoughts with.
You reminded me that God can handle my anger, he can fill the void left by pain and disappointment. And he does hear my prayers.
You have ministered to me today.

Sarah B. said...

Ok, once again I still don't know you but I have already told you I loved you in a previous blog...and now I am at my desk crying tears of joy for you and thanking our God that is soooo good! Your family and new baby boy are all in my prayers.

Twice as Nice said...

I love checking your blog because I think you are TOO FUNNY!! You could honestly give up your day job.

What a surprise to see this little guy after all of your heartache. What a miracle. Congratulations to the whole family...and don't forget to thank MOM!!

Breanne said...

He is so beautiful!! I am so happy for yall. How great God is.

kaRa said...

I've just recently found your blog and reading through part 1, part 2, part 3, and this last post gave me the biggest chills with warmth at the same time! good things do happen to good people :) i'm very happy for you and your family and wish you the best!

Lauren and Justin said...

This is my first time reading your blog, and i'm sitting at my desk at work crying and praising God for Rocco. this is truly an amazing story. SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL!

Kimba said...

WhattaWhattaWhoopWhoop!!!!!!!

Praise HIM in the highest, baby!!!!!!!!!!

I am sitting here with tears ROLLING down my face while reading and re-reading your beautiful, amazing, wonderous, fantabulackas story!!!!

And I'm praising God for taking care of this crazy girl, Melissa Lee and her family. A girl that I will probably never meet but who has touched my heart so many times.

Thank you for sharing your life, your love and your faith with us.

If I didn't have so much to say and so many praises to sing, I would be speechless!

Kimba

brody said...

So Awesome... Thanks for sharing. Great post. Congratulations.

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

That is just wonderful! Praise God!

StarWarsFans98 said...

Congratulations! As a adoptive mother myself who struggled with infertility and all that goes with, I know full well the joy of holding your chosen child for the first time and knowing that God Himself hand picked him and placed him in your arms. Anyone who hasn't experienced that just doesn't "get" it! So, again, Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!

stefanie said...

YAY, and Psalm 30:11!

Heather said...

OH, he's BEAUTIFUL!! He's perfect and wonderful and divine. I'm soooo happy for you!!!

Amy said...

Shocked and teary, I soaked up every word of your story! Praise the Lord for your double portion (Isaiah 61:7)!

Ashley said...

Melissa, I have to tell you that I'm fairly new to your blog. I knew you went in for surgery but I didn't know your history. So you have caught me up with this post and links to your past posts. I am sitting here at work with tears streaming down my face - first they were tears of sadness for your loss but now they are tears of joy. I am so happy that your family found this young girl at such a perfect time to bring you out of the foxhole and see the light of a new child in your family. What a blessing. And now I'm overjoyed to hear about all of your new adventures in your family of 4. We are here supporting you!

Kelly Bell said...

A friend shared your blog with me and I am overwhelmed with joy for you and your family! I too was pregnant 4 times with no babies at home (I hated being asked that question as well at the doctor's). My fifth pregnancy produced the most amazing little girl who arrived a little early but is perfect! God is so good even when it's hard to see and believe. Your son is precious!

Mikki said...

OMG I don't normally comment but congrats! Your post made me tear up. Im so very happy for you!

Laura said...

Congratulations. What a beautiful gift you have received. As for not getting peed on--have the replacement diaper ready and place it atop the child as soon as you remove the soiled one. Good luck, and God bless!

Shonya said...

I have never read your blog until today. Talk about sitting here and bawling my eyes out. We have been on the adoption journey twice ourselves. And the song, 'How Great is Our God' is playing in the background right now. What more to say than 'Amen' loudly, emphatically, and with deep reverence and awe. Thank you for sharing, and we are so, SO happy for your family.

Greg and Jen said...

Oh my! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am for you. I found your blog on a friend's blog who was on another person's blog...(well, you know how this blogging world works!) I had not read your foxhole stories but as someone who has a child in heaven, hallelujah sister! Thanks for saying what I never knew how to put words to. Congratulations on your **new son**. God does exceed our expectations doesn't He?!

Trish said...

ugh...he is absolutely perfect in every way! rejoicing in the fact that you have a princess and a new quarterback :)

Petts Allowed said...

I am one of the lucky one's that got to hug and congratulate Melissa and Remi in person this am!Let me tell you, she is RADIATING HAPPINESS!! Can't wait to meet the little guy, and see the AG'S face--probably can't wipe the smile off!!Melissa... come spend Thurs. with me in my class.. I'll show ya how to stay dry!!Congrat's again!! Love, Kathi

Merrie said...

AAAHHHHH!!!!
That's what I get for not reading your blog until just now!! HOLY MOLY!! Congratulations Mom, Dad and BIG SISTER! Rocklin is a FABulous name. I used to know a Rockne - good solid manly names, both.
ENJOY YOUR BOY! So happy and joyful and praise filled for you. :)!!!
Merrie

Mommy Cracked said...

Woman, everytime I come in here to read your blog you just bless my socks off! Wow...I am just speechless! But THRILLED with your update! Congratulations!!!

Raquel, The Glamorous Life said...

wow!!!! i have goosebumps and my mouth is hanging open! what aawesome God we serve he is so faithul to give us just what we ned right when we need it!

many more blessings i am sure will come your way!

Joanne said...

I just started reading your blog a few days ago (my husband found it accidentally and after reading some of the funny posts, he shared it with me as we share the same sense of humor). I admit that I almost had the "chocolate milk coming out of my nose laughs" at some of them! Thank you for those!

But what an amazing surprise to read today! WOW!!!!! I don't even know you and I'm so truly thrilled for you and your family. Your son is a lovely lovely boy and he will be so loved! (I have my own two sweeties that we adopted from Korea). Adoption is such an amazing gift and I'm very happy for you all!

Joanne said...

btw, the diaper thing if you haven't figured it out yet-- either immediately cover it with the new diaper, or just press your index finger gently at the top of his winky (yes, it's a medical term ; ) and he won't pee. I've been "baptized" many a time!

Joanne said...

I was just reading some of the other comments re. the foxhole (what a humbling thing to read, and thank you for sharing what many probably have felt). It reminded me of what my friend told me when we adopted (we had struggled through infertility at one time, but always wanted to adopt so it just moved up our plans)-- she said that God knew that this baby needed me to be their Mommy much more than I ever wanted to be pregnant and it was so true.
Rocco was created by God, and you were chosen to be his Mommy. God knows that he needed YOU. I know your pain that you experienced is so very real and never really goes away, but I hope in time and in the midst of this overwhelming joy that you will feel some well deserved healing, peace and joy.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing God is!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

What a beautiful story.

Congratulations to you all.

Caution Flag said...

I think that's about the best baby story ever. God's richest blessings to you and your family!

The Collins Family said...

Praise the Lord! I'm am so happy for you guys and so thankful that God has given you this precious little baby boy! He is beautiful and Remi is perfect as the queen of the house!!!!

The Collins Family said...

Praise the Lord! I'm am so happy for you guys and so thankful that God has given you this precious little baby boy! He is beautiful and Remi is perfect as the queen of the house!!!!

emily said...

Congratulations!!!!! This is amazing! I am rolling around in my tears and goosebumps right now. Sissy from Out on a Limb sent us over to you and I'm so glad she did. Enjoy the world of boy. Can't wait to hear more.

ann said...

I came back to read it again! My grandmother said more than once "The Lawd works in mysterious ways, his wunduhs to puh-fahm." Indeed He does.

Octamom said...

I'm beyond thrilled for you--beyond. You have peppered my prayers over the last few weeks and this is just incredible.

Congrats, congrats.
Blessings!

Katy Lin :) said...

OH MY WORD!!!! I AM SOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU ALL!!!! sorry i'm a little late to jump on the congratulations wagon, but WOW!!!! praise the LORD! thank you so much for sharing this story, it gave me goosebumps :) *hugs*

Bree Shaw said...

if you tickle the bottom of his feet right before you change his diaper then you won't get peed on! i have 3 boys and know from LOTS of experience:) enjoy your new little bundle of joy!

marigold said...

Melissa, I'm thrilled for you and your family. I never expected such a glorious fourth part to the Foxhole series - and so soon! I'm a birthmom and I know the gut feeling you get when you KNOW the people who you want to raise your baby. I'm glad there is another person out there willing to share the wonderful joys of adoption. Blessings to you and your family!

Rae said...

GOD IS FAITHFUL.

-Bridget said...

OMG, what amazing news! What an incredible story. I never thought you would have an ending quite so joyous so soon. You deserve every blessing God has given you.

The Shoup Family said...

i have read your blog for the last hour and for some reason i missed this post!! uh... the most important i imagine! man oh man... after all these pee soaked laughs... i cried like a baby reading about little rocco. girl... ((((HUG)))) congrats and I wish I could send you a SCRAPBOOK hee hee...

Aja

Angela said...

WHOA! Oh my gosh! I am SO happy for you guys - due to a host of intervening "life" issues, my blog reading has been spotty lately (but I'm still praying for you! :-) And then I came in this morning, and found THIS post and OHMYGOSH. I'm so excited for you guys! God truly does work in miraculous ways, and I do often find that just when things seem darkest, he brings the most beautiful rays of sunshine. Praise God for your precious new little man! I can't wait to watch him grow! Love and hugs to you all.

Kris - said...

Melissa. I'm so glad we talked today at church. It's been too long and gotta tell you my eyes have filled with happy tears as I read this post for I truly know your joy and it hit me when rocco's birthmom passed those photos across the table. wow!

by the way, you're a great blogger. I'll be back here soon. love ya, girl

Adrienne and Jim said...

Oh my gosh, Melissa!!!

We are less than 7 weeks away from hopefully adopting a newborn baby girl, and our situation sounds much like yours. I am so happy for you!!!

marykay said...

Wandered over again from sidney's and was thrilled with your news, similiar situation happened with my girlfriend 20 yrs ago. God does work in mysterious ways and her Mother was also the one calling her to say she had met a young girl that was looking for a family. God bless you and your family your children are beautiful!

Mrs4444 said...

Wow, a baby boy AND a really cool way to drag out all the lurkers! NICE. I'm so happy for you!!

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