NORTHFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — “I’ve been on the edge of tears all day,” says Emily Baxter, as an adoption ceremony over Zoom is about to take place.
It’s a moment the Baxters have been waiting for…the day a little girl officially becomes part of their family.
“Her shirt says, ‘Wanted, chosen, loved, adopted,'” explains Emily.
The journey here has been emotional, mysterious, and special.
“We had a sense we were going to have a daughter, and we had a name all picked out. It was Amaryis Eve,” says Emily, noting that she did, in fact, get pregnant with a girl in 2017.
But tragedy followed.
“We found out about halfway through the pregnancy she had Anencephaly and was growing with her head open and wasn’t going to make it,” explains Emily.
“This is a teddy bear that’s holding my baby sister’s ashes,” says brother Caleb.
Little Amary lived 5 days. After her passing, the family decided they had room in their homes and hearts to foster a child.
One night, a year ago, they got a call from a Department of Children and Families employee.
“He goes, ‘Emily, Emily, I’ve got your baby, I’ve got a baby girl for you. She’s been abandoned, and this one really looks like it’s going to be adoption,'” remembers Emily.
The baby’s name is Amari.
“And she was 5 days old! So, not only did she have almost the same name, but she was 5 days old,” says Emily, knowing that the coincidence was a sign.
“It was very powerful,” says Caleb.
Amari is now a beloved daughter, surrounded by brothers.
“I finally have my mama’s girl, and she loves to do stickers and sparkles,” says Emily, through smiles and tears.
The girls’ stockings hang side-by-side…as the toddler is officially adopted.
An enormous gift at Christmas time.
“It’s just such a sense of permanency. Here’s this little baby who was in foster care without a family and now she has a permanent family. It’s a beautiful story,” says Emily.
If you have an interest in becoming a foster parent, click here, or call 1-888-KID-HERO.