A Chai tea with soy milk and a birth mother…

Woman holding a coffee mug at StarbucksYou never know how your life will be changed by what appears at the time to be a chance encounter.
Meg was seven months pregnant when she stood across the counter from me at a Starbucks. There I was, staring at the menu on the wall when she asked about the denim shirt I was wearing with my company logo on it. “Do you work for Lifetime?” she whispered to me. I looked down and glanced from her face to her tummy and back again. “Yes, I do, I am the founder.” She smiled and said as she looked around, “Do you have a minute to talk?” Surprised, I of course nodded my head. I ordered my Chai tea with soy milk and moved to a table near the window. She soon joined me.
She was short with wispy blonde hair and about 23, I guessed. She began telling me she had found an adoption brochure and was planning to call but misplaced the phone number. She shared her pregnancy story with me, asked what adoption was like, and what steps she needed to take to make an adoption plan for her unborn baby.
I could tell from her questions throughout our conversation that she’d taken time to think about this. She was planning to deliver at the local hospital and wanted to be sure that she would not have to take the baby home. I reassured her that she could have the adoptive parents take the baby home from the hospital if that was her choice. We spoke a bit before she had to get back to the register. She thanked me, took my business card, and gave me a quick hug.
Fast-forward two months. Meg delivered a healthy baby boy. The adoptive parents she had chosen were there at the hospital. They had gone through two other failed adoptions before coming to Lifetime and were on the verge of giving up on adopting. Then, they received a phone call that Meg wanted them and only them to adopt her baby.
I often wonder what would have happened if I had not had a craving for a Chai tea with soy milk and stopped by at that Starbucks wearing my Lifetime denim shirt at that exact time? I know God had His hand on this little one and Meg. It’s such a blessing to be part of His team in building families through adoption.

If you are considering adoption, please call or text Lifetime Adoption Center today at 1-800-923-6784.

You can get free, confidential assistance and request a packet of information to be sent to you with adoptive family profiles. Our adoption professionals are on call for you 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We care about you and your baby.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is a nationally-recognized adoption expert and the Founder of Lifetime Adoption Agency. She has been working in adoption since 1986 and is also an award-winning author and speaker.

Mardie knows the sorrow of coping with infertility, and is an adoptive parent who experienced many of the challenges adoptive families might face. In various media appearances worldwide, publications, and her podcast, Mardie important steps that must be taken to complete a safe and secure adoption. Having adopted her son, Mardie knows firsthand the joys of raising an adopted child.

Mardie’s life mission is to help adoptive parents and birth parents find each other. With Lifetime Adoption Agency, she seeks to build happy families and provide precious infants and children with a loving and secure future.