Two years ago, 17-year old Micayla Patterson kissed her parents goodbye before jetting off to Tulsa to see a concert.
"It was on her bucket list of things she wanted to do. She loved John Mayer. That was her first big trip out of town."
She never made it home.
Shortly after the show, Micayla lost her life in a car accident. Micayla’s mother, Becky Patterson, still struggles to talk about that night.
Micayla was the Patterson’s only child. She was a basketball player at Har-Ber High, and a college-bound honor student.
Not long after the crash, Hannah Knoedl, one of Micayla's best friends became pregnant out of wedlock. The birth mother knew she wasn't mature enough to be a parent, or financially able to provide. Micayla’s mom says she’ll never forget when Hannah called to talk with her one night.
‘’We talked and she said it's not my time to be a Mommy. Have you and Chris prayed about adopting and we had. We prayed for a year and said we weren't going to make any major decisions for a year after Micayla went home to heaven. It was exactly a year after we got the telephone call. We knew this was something that we needed to pursue.’’
The Patterson's were close with the birth mother during the pregnancy, and they released their powerful baby announcement together on YouTube.
There were 10,000 views in a single week.
Becky Patterson said the dark days turned into a bright future with the addition of a bouncing baby boy!
"I can remember each night praying and thanking God for getting us through another day. Now we wake up with this baby boy laughing. God has breathed life back into us through this sweet gift."
Christopher Stephen Patterson is now five months old and cute as a button.
Just a few minutes in a bouncy chair is enough to help the Patterson family bounce back.
Micayla's pictures are still everywhere in the Patterson house. Becky Patterson says it’s almost like she's looking down on her new baby brother.
"I don't understand the concept of heaven and all she can see, but I do believe that she can see and understand. She was hilarious. So when I'm changing a diaper, or cleaning up spit up, or up in the middle of the night, I can feel her presence of laughter and joy.’’
The Patterson's are now Christopher's legal parents, but they remain close with the birth mother.
Not everyone can understand giving up a baby, losing a child, or adopting one, but in this rare case, it all makes perfect sense.
The Patterson's believe it's a God thing. It's hard to imagine how anybody else could have written this script.