When she got a divorce in her thirties, Katie Page thought this meant the end of the life she had been planning. What was she going to do now? Little did she know that life was about to throw her into a new direction. However, it was not only her life that was about to go through a dizzying new chapter.
Lost In The World
Katie Page hails from Birmingham, Alabama. When she was in her mid-thirties, she had to live through a very hard challenge. She could not help but feel dissatisfied with her life, this woman wanted to sort everything out. She needed to start anew, so what better way to go about such a thing than by making some big changes in her life?
A New Chapter
If she wanted to make her dreams a reality, she was going to have to start over. Because of this, there was no other way to go about it but to look for opportunities outside of Alabama. In 2015, she embarked on a soul-searching quest before coming home to set her plan in motion. She had to move somewhere else to turn over a new leaf. It was a good thing that she received a job offer that pieced everything together. Katie moved to Denver, Colorado to join a company that dealt in commercial construction. She became the integrated service manager for the construction company, GE Johnson.
Her New Home
Katie could not help but feel good about the choice she made. This was the time for her to fix her life and move towards her goal. She paid for a 4-bedroom ‘fixer-upper’ place that required a little renovation. She wanted to do it on her own, however. “The house I bought would require extensive work to transform into my vision and most of which I would have to do myself in order to afford it,” she said. She also told a friend of hers that this house was meant for ‘more’. What did she mean by that?
Keeping Herself Busy
Of course, she knew that she needed to shell out a lot of money to fix the house. For her, this was not a bad thing at all. She did not want to spend her money carelessly, so she planned to work on the house by herself. It was going to help her stay busy and focused as she fixed other parts of her life. She got to live in this large home by herself, which is why she started to feel a little lonely. While the marriage had already come to an end, there were still other things she could do. When she realized this was true, she started to look into the options that sounded appealing to her.
Searching For Satisfaction
Katie already was already running a couple of options in her head. She still had some hesitations about it, but there was some relief in the fact that she could do something about it. It was true that the renovation kept her occupied, but she did not have the satisfaction she wanted.
Infertility Issues Of Her Own
Katie thought that she would get a new perspective by moving out, getting a new job, and working on the house. While it was true that she got that, there was something else that she wanted. She suffered from fertility problems, so this time she started toying around with the idea of adoption.
She Loves Kids
She had been looking for a new path in life, which is why she did her homework on the process of fostering children. She liked kids and thought this will give her a new purpose in life. She wanted to be a mother, although it seems like this was not going to happen just yet.
Katie then got a message from the church she joined in the area. It talked about a seminar on fostering children! How perfect was that? She liked the idea of the program, so she was eager to look into it. Could this be her calling in life?
The Right Path
For Katie, the meeting on foster care at the church simply tugged at her heartstrings. She became convinced that this was the plan for her. While she could not help but feel nervous, thinking about it also made her heart full!
Her Maternal Desire
We really do not think there is a more fitting date to begin her journey than on this day. During Mother’s Day in 2015, she filled out the application form to begin her journey. When one opportunity ends, a new one comes. Her life was going to change a lot from that moment on.
A Single Mom
This does not mean that she dived into it without any consideration, however. Of course, it is wise to keep in mind that she is a single woman with no prior experience. This meant she would go into motherhood all on her own. While it is hard, she was aware that it was the correct decision.
Making It Official
Katie started to get cases soon after she sent in the application form. The foster children she received were more than just children with no parents, but they were also children who went through a lot when they were little. After learning this, she wanted to help them out even more.
Wanting One Of Her Own
The year after this happened, she ended up fostering four kids. She began to consider if it was time for her to adopt a child. Even though she liked becoming a foster parent, she wanted to make parenthood a permanent fixture in her life. From fostering children, Katie now wanted to adopt a child.
After Katie made up her mind, she would soon get the challenge that she had been waiting for. It had only been two weeks after she discussed her plans with the caseworker when the phone rang. The call was about a baby who was left at the hospital by his biological mother.
Destiny At Work
The baby boy was just four days old. While this made things hard, Katie did not hesitate because she knew life was granting her wish. “I want him!” she said during the call. She also asked the case worker not to get in touch with anyone about it. She kept praying that she would get to call the baby hers.
A Short 24 Hours Later
Katie received another call from the caseworker only a day after she first heard about it. She picked up the phone and hoped that she was going to hear some good news. Later that day, she went to the hospital and then stepped out with the little angel!
A Difficult Start
In the past, she fostered a 14-month-old baby. However, she had never looked after such a young child before. This baby clearly needed help as soon as possible. She was sad to hear that it was abandoned like this, but who would have thought that it was not the worst bit?
You have read just how unlucky the little boy was from the moment he was born. Luckily, things were going to change for him. Katie reached a decision at last. She planned to give this baby as much love and support as she possibly could.
Picking A Name
The little boy was abandoned at the hospital when he was just four days old. This meant he did not come with a name yet. She spent a long time going through names to find something perfect for him. The time would come when she needed to grant him a name. He couldn’t be baby boy forever, right?
Baby Boy Grayson
When she first brought him home, she only called him Baby Boy. This changed when she finally decided on a name to call him. She did not have all that much time to think about it anyway. In the end, she gave him her favorite name for a boy: Grayson.
At First Sight
She fell head over heels in love with this little boy the moment she found him at the hospital. They had a connection she could not even explain. Isn’t it amazing that she turned out to be a natural when it comes to parenthood?
Her True Calling
Katie then came to the realization that this was what she wanted all along. She wanted to raise this little boy as her own son. She might have fostered a number of children in the past, but they always had to leave her home eventually. This arrangement was exactly what she wanted this time.
The Next Step
Ultimately, Katie arrived at the decision to become a parent once and for all. She was aware of just how different this was going to be from the fostering process. However, she was determined to do it.
Looking For Answers
When you consider the fact that he had been with her since he was four days old, it was inevitable that she was going to form a special connection with the little angel. Grayson remained with Katie for nearly a year. During that time, the caseworkers looked for his biological parents too.
Searching For His Parents
They tried to track down his mom and dad, to no avail. They did everything from placing ads in the local newspaper to posting about him on Facebook. None of these things met any success. On top of this, no one came into the hospital to look for the baby boy either.
Officially A Mom
At last, the time came for them to be a legal mom and son duo. In May 2017, Grayson officially became the son of Katie Page. He was 11 months old at the time. They did not know it then, but their life together was only about to begin. How exciting!
Taking care of Grayson required a lot of her attention. The little boy suffered physical and developmental issues because of his early drug exposure. Even though Katie knew she wanted more kids, she decided it was better to wait until he was eighteen months old before getting another kid.
Holding Her Horses
In the weeks that followed this, Katie got some calls and emails about potential children since she opened her home again. Most of these offers were short-term arrangements. While she wanted to get a long-term placement, she knew that it would be better to wait for a little while.
He Deserved Her Undivided Attention
Katie knew that she wanted an even bigger family, although she wanted to keep her attention on Grayson for now. After all, her son deserved nothing but the most – she was determined to give him exactly that! In this photo, Grayson was captured enjoying the birthday cake for his first birthday. Aww.
Katie was wise enough to put off her dreams of a big family until Grayson was considerably older than he was at the time. There were many rooms in the house, and she wanted to put them to good use.
A Life-Altering Phone Call
It had only been a month after she adopted her soon that she received a very important call. Katie did not know it yet, but it was about to change both her and her son’s life.
Hannah Is In Need
The person informed Katie that they had another abandoned newborn at the hospital. They wanted to find a loving home for the baby, a girl called Hannah. At that point, she knew that she had to do something to help the newborn baby. She deserved a shot at life as well.
Despite Her Reservations
There were many similarities between Hannah and Grayson. For one thing, she also got drug exposure when she was just in the womb. Katie also noted that she was born in the same hospital where Grayson was found. She wanted to help this newborn, but she still hoped to focus on her son…
Yes Or No?
She discussed the matter some more with the caseworker on the phone. She then felt déjà vu. She once said, “during all of the phone calls I made that afternoon, the phrase ‘I know I am crazy, but God is telling me to say YES’ kept coming out of my mouth.” Was Katie going to take this baby in?
No one can blame Katie for feeling scared and overwhelmed at the same time. However, she felt like she needed to open up and take the baby in. It did not take long before they dropped off the little girl at her house! For the first time, Katie and her son got to meet little Hannah.
Not A Coincidence
Katie was happy to let the little girl stay in her home, but she took note of an odd coincidence. She saw that the name of the mother on Hannah’s baby bracelet was the same as the one she found on Grayson’s. She compared their discharge papers and realized they even had similar birth dates.
What Her Gut Said
On top of that, Hannah and Grayson both had similar medical conditions and drug exposure. “[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson’s,” explained Katie. While the two children did not look similar, she could not help but feel like there was a deeper connection here.
Something Seems Fishy
“Grayson is half African American with beautiful darker skin and dark curly hair,” Katie explained in her blog. She added, “Baby Girl has a pale white skin tone with straight red-blonde hair.” Although the two kids did not have physical resemblances, she could not help but feel like there was something there.
She Was Determined
She knew it was not going to be easy to confirm this since there were minor differences. For one, the mothers on the record did not share the same last name. On top of that, the birth dates had been off by a single day. And yet, Katie was not going to give up on this just yet. She was going to find out the truth.
What Are The Odds?
Katie also contacted the case worker and mentioned that she suspected the same woman gave birth to both Grayson and Hannah. However, her theory did not receive any support after she explained her theory. Was she actually wrong about the whole thing?
It was a good thing that Katie did not give up. She contacted the person who worked on Grayson’s case. This person requested to deal with Hannah’s case. They tried to look for an answer for a while. After a couple of months, they finally tracked down the birth mother.
Anxiety And Nerves
Katie could not help but feel anxious when it was time to meet up with Hannah’s birth mother. As soon as she saw her, Katie knew that this was also the person who gave birth to Grayson? How was this even possible?
Figuring It Out
Katie has explained that she “knew instantly” that Hannah’s mom happened to be the same person as Grayson’s mom. Who would have thought that her gut was on the right track? However, Katie knew that she should not act rashly.
A Striking Resemblance
Katie eventually came to the conclusion that she had been right all along. During the conversation, the birth mother gave her some bits of information that aligned with her theory. For one, she mentioned giving birth to a son and then giving him up without records. The woman also looked a lot like Katie’s adopted son! She did not doubt her suspicions anymore.
Katie continued to ask the woman more questions. She learned that the birth mother had a number of kids already. In fact, she just welcomed another boy into the world but did not report his birth to the authorities. Katie let the social worker know about these things after the meeting. They later found out that the last name the birth mother used was the last name of their other relatives.
Putting The Pieces Together
The mystery was getting clearer and clearer with every bit of information they learned. However, there was one more thing they had to do. Eventually, DNA test results showed that Grayson and Hannah truly were siblings through their birth mother!
Grayson And Hannah
Katie could not believe that she somehow got these two without even planning the whole thing. A case worker did some research and confirmed that Hannah and Grayson truly are half-siblings. We bet Katie and everyone else were thrilled to learn about this incredible coincidence.
“What if the baby girl had gone to another family?” she wondered out loud in her blog post. “We would have never found her or Grayson’s mother. The connection would have never been made! I could not believe the miracle that had just happened.”
She Acted Quickly
After Katie learned that the kids were actually siblings, there was no chance that she was letting fate get in the way ever again. She wanted to make sure they stay together, she had to act fast.
The Adoption Process
Aside from that, Katie was already smitten with this little girl. She also adored just how well Hannah and Grayson got along. Katie wanted to make it official, so she needed to go through the adoption process.
Officially Her Mother
On the 29th of December in 2018, Katie went to the courtroom for her hearing with her two children. After this, the family was now official. Katie was now the legal mother of Hannah. The two babies would now get to grow up together.
A Beautiful Family
Don’t you think they all look lovely together? Words cannot describe just how happy it made Katie to reunite Grayson and Hannah. When she decided to start with the foster care program, she didn’t even have an inkling that such a great thing would happen.
Like A Glove
Hannah was in foster care for nearly two years before she finally got a place to call home. We are glad to report that she was the perfect addition to the Page household. We really doubt that this was just a regular coincidence! This must be fate.
The Ideal Addition
“I was happy to just give Grayson a life, and I thought that that was big, but I didn’t feel like that was enough,” Katie recalled, “So to give him a sister, I couldn’t imagine anything better.” Honestly, there is no one else who deserved to be a part of the family!
A Family By Fate
Here was what this proud mother told People: “They were meant to find each other, that’s pretty clear. I think God intended that from the beginning. If they weren’t related, Hannah would not have stayed with our family. She would have been placed with other relatives.”
A Born Natural
As we said earlier, Katie initially wanted to wait a little while. It was not in her plans to have two kids right away! However, this has not stopped her from being a great mom. It was almost like she was made for this. On top of that, she actually liked taking care of the kids as well. However, something came up…
What do you know? Katie’s motherhood journey did not end after she became the parent of Hannah. Do you want to know what we are talking about? Thirteen months after the birth of Hannah, she got a call.
Their Birth Mother
Who was calling her this time? It was the adoption agency, who had news that was going to impact the household. Apparently, they had some news about the birth mother of both Grayson and Hannah.
A Million Thoughts
Katie tried to think of reasons for the call. Was the birth mother sick? Did she want to take Grayson and Hannah back? She came up with this sort of things. In the end, there was no way for her to find out than to ask.
Their Baby Brother
What did the adoption agency tell her? Apparently, Katie learned that the birth mother had just given birth to a baby boy. Although Katie was not thinking of becoming a mother to three kids, she did not like the idea of leaving such a young child on its own. What did she plan to do now?
Some Deep Thinking
What she learned meant that the kids now had a sibling who needed somewhere to stay. Katie was shocked to hear this. However, she could not make a decision right away because it was going to be a costly endeavor. It was no joke to raise three kids by yourself. She had to think about it.
A New Edition
She had to think about it hard, but she knew that the best thing to do here was to keep the newborn boy and raise him with his siblings. Katie made up her mind and started the adoption process again.
Welcome To The Family
Katie had to take a leap of faith when she took the newborn in. She called him Jackson. Just like Hannah, he also fit in perfectly. After a couple of months together, everyone got used to his presence in the house. Everyone was in love with him! Katie wanted to make everything official as soon as possible.
The Adoption Process Was Under Way
You will find this post on Katie’s Instagram page. Dating back to the 9th of June in 2019, she talked about the court date for the latest adoption process. Right now, she was simply relieved that Jackson was in her house. She was happy to take care of him and see him grow.
Protecting His Privacy
The adoption process was still ongoing, which explains why Katie wanted to ensure the privacy and safety of her children. When people got wind of the unbelievable adoption story, she was given plenty of attention by the media. However, she wanted to be sure that none of these things would interfere with the adoption process. This is the reason she has refrained from showing everyone the face of her youngest child. She always resorted to using blurs and stickers to prevent unwanted public attention.
A Happy Family
They continued to wait for the results of the adoption process. While they did this, the kids lived together in her house. Hannah has since turned two years old. She is now a highly energetic little girl who likes shoes, clothes, and dolls. We think it is adorable that she wants to be just like her mother!
A Social Butterfly
On the other hand, Grayson has grown up to become a fine young boy. The eldest child in the family is now three and all set to attend preschool. He likes meeting new people and wears glasses for his lazy eye. Although it is possible that this is an effect brought about by the drug exposure, it sure looks cute!
No Longer A Single Mom
It was only recently that Katie had a big revelation. She took to Instagram to discuss another addition to her family. The caption read, “While I can’t share his face as I vowed never to post him on social media so I could get him to take a photo with me, I can share how grateful I am for him.” She has admitted that she has been seeing a man she met through her pastor for about a year now. He has served as her rock through all the “craziness of foster care”, which she probably needs! We are glad to find out that she has someone like this in her life.
Responsibility After Responsibility
It is also a relief to hear that she has not been entirely alone on the journey either. When it comes to the kids, she gets extra help from her sister, mother, and roommate. This is because Katie till works in the construction world to make ends meet.
If you think that it is already hard to work a full-time job and raise the kids, she also renovates the house constantly. There is more to the story as well! Apparently, she has taken on more responsibility when she founded her own business. She has a website called woodandgrace.net, so check that out. Lastly, she is also an independent consultant for a skincare line called Rodan and Fields.
A Flexible Arrangement
Rodan and Fields happens to be a beauty company that offers skincare and makeup items. Katie is allowed to work remotely, so this is a great way to earn extra income for the family. Where does she even get the time for her kids on top of everything?
Katie once said, “I am hopeful that one day this opportunity will give me the chance at the freedom to spend more time with my children and one day expand our family even more. My current traditional career path doesn’t make my dreams seem possible…so I began to consider ways to supplement that complimented my lifestyle and was flexible.”
Sharing Her Life
Katie knows how important it is to use social media platforms in order to promote her businesses. Not only does she post on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, but she also talks about her journey on her website: woodandgrace.net. There, you will see her discussing interior decoration and home renovation.
They’ve Changed My Life
On the blog, you will also find her talking about her personal journey with adoption and motherhood. “The last 35 years has been far from easy or the ‘perfect’ life, but it has been mine and has always been driven by my ‘CRAZY’ dreams,” she explained there. “If people only knew how my children have changed mine far more than I could ever have imagined.”
Some Extra Help
Thanks to all her business and career decisions, she gets the funds she needs in order to raise the kids. She wants to get a live-in nanny to make sure that the children do not get neglected. Katie also mentioned that it was important to accept frustrating circumstances as well as a lack of communication. According to her, there was no way she could do this if her faith did not keep her strong.
Of course, it makes sense that Katie is a strong advocate for foster care. This is something you will see if you go to her social media profiles. She particularly likes posting encouraging messages and talking about how much it turned her life around. She once said, “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now.”
Still In Process
Right now, Katie is still in the middle of the adoption process for her younger son. She said, “It takes patience beyond what I feel I have sometimes. It makes me and those who support me angry some days. But encounters/relationships with the children make it worth the hard times.
A Life-Changing Experience
We think it is nothing short of miraculous that she managed to bring together the three siblings. Incredibly, it all began when she adopted the little boy who got abandoned at the hospital. Katie once said, “It is my greatest adventure and I can’t imagine my life without this experience”. Aww