Katie Page went through a divorce when she was in her early thirties. After this happened, she did not know what to do next. It seemed like the life she wanted was no longer going to happen for her. However, things changed when she decided to go through a life-changing experience…
Lost In The World
Katie Page is a native of Birmingham. The Alabama woman had been in her mid-thirties when she experienced a very rough patch in her life. She did not feel fulfilled, and she wanted to figure out her future. She did not have a choice but to put her plans of starting a family on the backburner. She was now looking for a fresh new start. It was high time to dive into something new because she could no longer stand to feel this way.
A New Chapter
She had no choice but to completely start over if she still wanted her dreams to come true. This is why she decided to move to another city even though she had many friends and career opportunities at home. In 2015, she went on a soul-searching journey before she decided to make it happen. She relocated to begin a new chapter of her life. Luckily, she got a job offer that coincided with what she wanted to do. She then moved to Denver, Colorado and went into the field of commercial construction. Officially, she was the integrated service manager for the construction company GE Johnson.
Her New Home
Katie was hopeful that she did the right thing. It was now time for her to get back on track and achieve her goals! She bought a 4-bedroom house that was considered to be a ‘fixer-upper’. What is even more amazing is that she wanted to renovate it on her own. “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 explained. She told her friend that it was going to be meant for ‘more’, but what did that mean for her?
Keeping Herself Busy
If you want to renovate your house, you are going to have to spend some money. She worked on the house on her own for this very reason. She hoped that it would keep her occupied and focused while she got her life in order. However, living in such a huge place on her own made her feel like something was missing. The marriage was over, but this did not mean that she was out of options. Upon realizing this, she began to seriously dig into the options that she still had.
Searching For Satisfaction
Katie was considering a number of options already. She still felt hesitant about the entire thing, but she knew there were other things she could do about the situation. Even though the renovation was keeping her busy and motivated, she still did not feel fulfilled for some reason.
Infertitlity Issues Of Her Own
She had been under the impression that getting a new job and house would grant her a new perspective. While she cannot deny that she got this, Katie was looking for something else. She had fertility issues, so she was starting to seriously consider adoption this time around.
She Loves Kids
She wanted to take her life in a new direction, which is how Katie found herself looking into becoming a foster parent. She adored kids and believed they would give her a purpose. She always dreamt of becoming a mother, but it seems like life had different plans for her.
Katie received a letter from the church she joined recently. It mentioned an upcoming seminar for a foster children program! This was perfect, and she liked the idea of such a program a lot. At last, it looks like she finally found her path in life.
The Right Path
She went to the meeting at the local church, and it only made her more eager to do it. She was convinced that she had to do this. Even though she felt nervous about doing this, her heart also felt fuller at the same time.
Her Maternal Desire
We cannot think of a better date to start this journey than on Mother’s Day. On that fateful day in 2015, she answered the application form and changed her life for the better. They say that when a door closes, another opens. This new life change was going to take her to the direction she always wanted.
A Single Mom
She did not do this impulsively as she actually had to weigh the options she had. For one thing, she was a single woman who never had a child before. Was she ready to navigate the world of motherhood all on her own? It might be hard, but she knew she was making the right decision.
Making It Official
She began to receive cases not long after she sent her application. The foster kids she got were not only kids without parents, but they were also kids who underwent a lot of stress at very young ages. With this in mind, Katie felt more eager to do everything she could for these little angels.
Wanting One Of Her Own
In the year that followed, she took four children under her wing. She was starting to warm to the idea of adopting a kid. While she was satisfied with working as a foster parent, she also liked the idea of making parenthood a permanent thing. She has already fostered children, so she now wanted to adopt her own.
After making up her mind, it did not take long before she was presented with the right challenge. Only two weeks after she talked to the caseworker about how she wanted to adopt, she got a phone call. It as about a child who got abandoned by his mother at the nearby hospital.
Destiny At Work
The baby was only four days old! Even so, Katie was not going to give him up because she knew that destiny played a role here. She told the caseworker, “I want him!” and even asked this worker not to contact anyone else about the baby. She prayed that this baby was going to become hers.
A Short 24 Hours Later
A day after she received the call, the caseworker rang her up again. Katie answered it with some hesitation. She hoped that she was going to be his foster mother… In the same day, she went to the hospital and walked out with the baby!
A Difficult Start
Katie fostered a 14-month-old baby in the past, but this was the very first time she had to take care of such a young child. The baby needed help right away. She felt bad that the baby got abandoned so soon after it was born, but this was not the worst part…
As you can see, the boy did not have it easy in the beginning. However, it was all in the past. Now, it was time to move forward. Katie made up her mind to give it her all. She was going to take good care of him!
Picking A Name
His birth mother left him at the hospital when he was only four days old, so he did not have a name just yet. Katie spent hours looking for the right name to give the baby boy. She knew that she would need to give him a name during the adoption. There was no way she was going to call him baby boy forever.
Baby Boy Grayson
After she took the baby home with her, she only ever used Baby Boy to refer to him. However, this was no longer the case when she chose a name. It was not as if Katie had a lot of time to mull it over. Ultimately, she decided to call him Grayson, which was her favorite boy’s name.
At First Sight
Katie loved him from the very moment that she saw him. It was like they had an instant connection, although she could not explain how that happened. She turned out to be a natural at motherhood, but this was not all that unexpected!
Her True Calling
She eventually realized that her true calling was motherhood. Katie wanted to raise this little boy as her own! It was true that she already fostered a bunch of kids who grew up in terrible environments. However, none of them ended up staying with her for long. This was what she wanted.
The Next Step
In the end, Katie decided it was time to be a proper parent. She knew this was going to be a lot different from fostering. However, she was prepared to go the extra mile and adopt Grayson!
Looking For Answers
She had been caring for him since he was no more than four years old. There was no doubt he was going to have a special place in her heart! He stayed with her for almost a year while the caseworkers worked hard to look for his birth parents.
Searching For His Parents
They did their best to track them down, but their efforts did not bear any fruits. They placed ads in the newspaper and posted about it on Facebook without any luck. It seems like no one had been looking for this baby boy. The hospital did not get any visits either.
Officially A Mom
In May 2017, he finally got to call a loving person his family. At the age of 11 months, Grayson finally became the legal son of Katie Page! Back then, they had no idea that this was just the beginning of the story. At any rate, they were both thrilled about the news.
Grayson needed her full attention since he was having some physical and developmental problems. These were all the result of the drug exposure he had in the womb. She could tell that there was still something missing, although she waited until he was eighteen months old before doing anything else.
Holding Her Horses
In the next few weeks, she got a number of calls and emails. She has opened her home once again, so potential placements were now being offered to her. Most of them were short term placements. While she wanted a long-term one, she did not think this was the right time to do that.
He Deserved Her Undivided Attention
Even though she was determined to expand her family in the future, she wanted to give her baby boy all her love and attention in the meantime. Grayson deserved her undivided attention, after all! The baby seemed to be enjoying his cake during his first birthday in this picture. How cute is that?!
Katie decided to put off her dreams of having a bigger family until her son was older than he was at the moment. She had lots of space in the house, so she wanted to put it to good use.
A Life-Altering Phone Call
Just a month after she decided to adopt him, she got another phone call she did not expect. She did not know it then, but it was going to change life as she and Grayson knew it.
Hannah Is In Need
The caller told Katie that there was a baby girl who also got abandoned by her biological mother. They were looking for a loving home for this baby girl. She also learned that the infant had been given the name Hannah. She wanted to help the little girl like she helped Grayson.
Despite Her Reservations
Like her son, she got exposed to drugs when she was in utero. What was even more interesting was the fact that she was found at the same hospital Grayson was born in. Katie knew that it would be great to help out the baby girl, but she hoped to focus on him some more.
Yes Or No?
She talked it over with the worker during that phone call. All of a sudden, she felt déjà vu. During an interview, Katie explained, “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 she going to do it?
She could not help but feel both overwhelmed and scared. However, her gut told her it was time to open up her heart and take the baby in. It only took a couple of hours before Hannah was brought to her home from the hospital. This was the first time she and Grayson met the little girl.
Not A Coincidence
Katie welcomed the little girl into the house, but she noticed something strange. The name of the mother on her baby bracelet was the same name she saw on Grayson’s. Katie checked the discharge papers and noticed that the birth mothers also had similar birth dates. What did these things mean? Was it all just a coincidence?
What Her Gut Said
Hannah and Grayson also shared similar drug exposure and medical conditions. “[The caseworkers] told me her story, which was really similar to Grayson’s,” said Katie. Even though the two babies did not look the same, she had an inkling that these two children were related, one way or another.
Something Seems Fishy
“Grayson is half African American with beautiful darker skin and dark curly hair,” Katie said in her blog. She went on, “Baby Girl has a pale white skin tone with straight red-blonde hair.” Even though the two children did not have any physical similarities, Katie could not shake off her growing suspicion.
She Was Determined
She was going to have a hard time verifying these things since his birth mother went by a different last name. Her birth date was also one day away from the one on Hannah’s records. Katie wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. She decided she was going to find the birth mother of the baby girl!
What Are The Odds?
Katie also got in touch with the case worker and said that she believed Grayson and Hannah shared the same biological mother. Sadly, she did not get any support when she narrated why she came to that conclusion. Was it possible that this was nothing more than coincidence?
Despite everything, Katie knew she would have better luck if she got in touch with the case worker for her son. The person requested to handle Hannah’s case too. They looked for the answer for months… At last, she finally tracked down the person who gave birth to Hannah.
Anxiety And Nerves
Katie felt anxious about meeting up with the birth mother of Hannah. The moment she saw the woman, Katie figured out that this was also the mother of her son! How did such a thing happen in the first place anyway?
Figuring It Out
Katie said the she “knew instantly” that this was the woman who gave birth to Grayson. There are times when your hunch is right – this was one such moment. However, she also knew she had to behave calmly and avoid rushing into it.
A Striking Resemblance
They talked some more, and the birth mother eventually revealed pieces of information that served as confirmation of what Katie suspected from the beginning. The woman explained that she once gave birth to a little boy, although she gave him up without records. There was also the fact that she looked just like Grayson did! There was no room for doubt now.
Katie asked her a couple more questions and found out that she actually had a few children already. She also gave birth to another boy, although she did not report this to the authorities. After this, Katie informed the social worker about what she found out. Eventually, they confirmed that the last name the biological mother used was linked to the other relatives of Hannah.
Putting The Pieces Together
At long last, they were finally getting somewhere with this mystery. However, they still needed to do one more thing if they wanted to confirm their theory. The results of the DNA test came back and told them what they suspected: Hannah and Grayson were half-siblings!
Grayson And Hannah
Isn’t it amazing that Katie somehow managed to end up with the two kids without planning it? A case worker looked into the matter and found out that Grayson and Hannah happen to be half-siblings. We are sure that Katie was thrilled to finally confirm her theory!
“What if the baby girl had gone to another family?” Katie said in a post on her blog. “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 she verified that her two kids were related by blood, she knew there was no way she could separate them now. She did not want to risk this, so she had to act as soon as she possibly could.
The Adoption Process
Apart from this, she already fell in love with the little girl! She was also glad to see that Grayson was happier with his little sister by her side. It was time for Katie to undergo the adoption process again.
Officially Her Mother
Together with Hannah and Grayson, she went to the courtroom for the hearing on the 29th of December in 2018. After that, it was official. Hannah was now her legal daughter. She and Grayson would also get to stay together!
A Beautiful Family
The three of them all looked beautiful and happy together. Katie was so glad that she managed to reunite the two siblings. When she began to go into foster care, she did not think that anything like this could happen to her.
Like A Glove
Hannah had been in foster care for almost two years before she was finally adopted for good. She certainly fit into the Page house without a hitch! If you ask us, fate was probably at work here. After all, it is way too incredible to be a coincidence.
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 said, “So to give him a sister, I couldn’t imagine anything better.” We cannot think of a better addition to the family than Hannah herself.
A Family By Fate
This was what the proud mother had to say to People Magazine: “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
When Katie embarked on this journey, she did not think she was going to get two kids this soon. Even though this was not what she had in mind, she still made for one kick-ass mom. It truly was her calling. She was a natural at motherhood and liked to care for the kids. However, life had more in store for her.
Her motherhood journey did not come to an end after she adopted Hannah, however. We bet you are wondering what we mean by that! Well, thirteen months after Hannah was born, the phone rang again.
Their Birth Mother
On the other end of the line was the adoption agency. They had important news that was going to change the life of Katie and her children. It turns out that it had something to do with the birth mother.
A Million Thoughts
What could possibly be going on with that woman? Did she fall ill? Did she want to take the children back? Katie could not help but come up with all kinds of terrible scenarios in her hand. She took a deep breath before asking about the news.
Their Baby Brother
After she talked to the person from the agency, Katie learned that the birth mother just gave birth to another baby boy! While Katie did not plan to have three children, she could not bear the idea that a little boy was going to be on his own so soon in life. What was she going to do?
Some Deep Thinking
Of course, this meant that her two kids had another sibling in need of a place to call home. Katie could not help but feel shocked by the piece of news. She did not know if she had the means to take care of another kid, however. Three kids might be a little too much. She needed to think it over first.
A New Edition
After thinking long and hard about it, she knew that it was just right for her two children to reunite with another sibling. Katie chose to take in the newborn boy and began the arduous adoption process again.
Welcome To The Family
She took a leap of faith by taking the newborn child. She gave him the name Jackson. He also fit into their household like a glove! It only took a couple of months for him to completely capture the hearts of Katie, Grayson, and Hannah. The mother wanted to make things official as soon as she possibly could.
The Adoption Process Was Under Way
Katie posted this photo on Instagram on the 9th of June in 2019. The post talked about a court date for Jackson’s adoption process. For now, she was just glad that she was taking care of the little boy. She wanted nothing more than to watch him grow up into a fine person!
Protecting His Privacy
When the adoption process started, Katie wanted to make sure that she would protect the safety and privacy of the children. When the news about her incredible adoption story broke out, she began to receive a lot of media attention. Katie wanted to ensure that the adoption process will not be hindered in any way, so she decided to use stickers to cover up Jackson’s face whenever she makes a post online. This was her way of making sure that the baby did not get any unwanted public attention.
A Happy Family
As they waited for the adoption approval, the kids kept living together in harmony in her huge house. Hannah was two years old by then. She has since become an energetic girl who loves shoes, dolls, and clothes. Aside from this, she also likes to care for her brothers. She wants to grow up to be like Katie!
A Social Butterfly
What about Grayson? Well, he has turned three years old. He is also going to preschool soon! Apparently, the eldest child likes to meet new people. He has a lazy eye and wears glasses to fix this issue. While it might be a side effect of the drug exposure, we have to say that it looks cute on him.
No Longer A Single Mom
Katie recently posted on Instagram about the newest member of her family. Here was what she said in the captions: “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.” Apparently, Katie had been seeing this mystery man for a year. The two of them met through her pastor, and we are glad to hear that he has been there for her through the “craziness of foster care” and the latest piece of news she got. We are happy to hear that she found a man to accompany her on this journey.
Responsibility After Responsibility
Katie has gotten a lot of support and help when it comes to raising her three beautiful children. Her mother, roommate, and sister have always been around to help her. After all, she still had to do her construction job to pay the bills.
Apart from taking care of the kids and working full-time, Katie also works hard to renovate the house. It is also impressive to hear that she has decided to launch a small business of her own on top of everything else! She has a website under the name woodandgrace.net. Not only that, but she also works as an independent consultant for the skincare company Rodan and Fields.
A Flexible Arrangement
Rodan and Fields is a beauty company that sells skincare and makeup products. Katie gets to work remotely with this position, so she gets extra income that helps her pay for the bills. However, does she even get any time to spend with her kids?
She explained, “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 has used various social media platforms when it comes to the promotion of her independent businesses. Apart from Facebook and Instagram, she likes to talk about her journey on the woodandgrace.net website. You will also see her talking about the home renovation project and interior decoration hobby there.
They’ve Changed My Life
Of course, there was no way she was going to keep mum about her adoption journey. “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 on the blog. “If people only knew how my children have changed mine far more than I could ever have imagined.”
Some Extra Help
It is no joke to come up with funds to raise three children, but it was a good thing she was so business savvy. She also wants to hire a live-in nanny to ensure that the kids get the care they need. She also talked about the importance of accepting a lack of communication and frustrating situations. She said that this would all be unmanageable if she could not turn to her faith during these trying times.
Katie is an outspoken advocate for foster care. You will notice this if you visit her social media profiles. She likes to post encouraging messages that talk about how much it has changed her life. When she appeared on Good Morning America, she said, “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now.”
Still In Process
At the moment, she is still going through the adoption process for Jackson. At this point, Katie must know how the process goes down. After all, she has gone through this twice in the past already! She has 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
Isn’t it amazing that she reached this point? Who would have thought that it all began when she took in a young boy that she decided to call Grayson? There was no way the three siblings would be together if she did not work hard to reunite them. We really like the way that Katie put it during one interview: “It is my greatest adventure and I can’t imagine my life without this experience”.
Other than raising her kids and having a full-time job, she has also been working hard to renovate her whole house. What’s even more unbelievable is that she took on another responsibility by starting a small business. She is in charge of her own website called woodandgrace.net and she works as an independent consultant for skincare company Rodan and Fields.
A Flexible Arrangement
Rodan and Fields is a beauty company that sells skincare products. Since she works on her own, she can work remotely from her home and at whatever hours she wants, which is great for earning an income to make ends meet and to be able to be there for her kids. How does she manage to make enough time for all of her kids?
Katie posted saying, “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 has been utilizing all of her social media platforms to promote the products that she is selling. In addition to taking to her Facebook and Instagram pages, she also talks a lot about her personal life on her website, woodandgrace.net. She likes to talk about her home renovations and interior decorating on her personal blog sites.
Big Boy Bed
Right when Grayson decided that he no longer wants to sleep in his crib, it was time for him to upgrade to a big kid bed. Katie wanted to get him a bed that would look and feel nice, so he’d actually want to sleep in it. Even though he still had a hard time adjusting, she still saw it as a win. She wrote on her Instagram: “I think it’s safe to say the toddlers like Grayson‘s new big boy bed… Or at least the bed we are trying to convert Grayson into since he’s decided a crib is no longer an option.”
People who come from a big family can relate to the struggle of trying to get everyone to pose for a photo together; it can be really stressful! When Katie was finally able to do this, she was so proud of it that she couldn’t help but post about it. “And I snagged the second photo of all five of us almost a year after the first… I will take what I can get and always keep my promise not to show my guy’s face (thank goodness he’s SO tall). Grateful for this crazy crew of mine! Note: we even all match for a Sunday service… he’s a keeper for not finding my love of coordinating outfits with my kids annoying. He showed up at the house this morning dressed in camo shorts before any of us were dressed… so not much he could do when I coordinated around his outfit.”
Especially when working with kids, you have to remember that photos don’t always turn out how you want them to! Most of the photos that end up on Katie’s social media make it seem like capturing the moment was a piece of cake, but that usually isn’t the case. As seen in this photo, trying to get all three kids to smile for the camera can be stressful. Though she makes these photos look effortless, she says, “Taking a photo of all three requires lots of patience and lots of outtakes like this one.”
They’ve Changed My Life
Katie also decided to take to social media to share her story about fostering to adopting her kids. “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 wrote on her blog. “If people only knew how my children have changed mine far more than I could ever have imagined.”
Some Extra Help
Thanks to Katie’s smart business decisions, she has a bit of extra cash to be able to keep her family happy and healthy. She said that she wants to hire a live-in nanny so her kids can always have enough love and attention. She also mentioned that its just part of the process and learning that foster moms need to accept that there will be stressful situations and bad communication throughout the process. Katie said that without her faith to keep her going, she’s not sure where she’d be.
Katie will never be shy about her pro-foster care posts on her social media pages. In fact, she will often post heartwarming messages on her social media talking about how being a foster mom changed her whole life. “I don’t know if I believed in miracles for sure. I have no doubt now,” She said while guest speaking on Good Morning America.
Still In Process
Katie is still working every day on the adoption process in order to make Jackson a legally-official part of their family. “It takes patience beyond what I feel I have sometimes. It makes me and those who support me angry some days. But encounters and relationships with the children make it worth the hard times.”
A Life-Changing Experience
Isn’t it crazy to think that Grayson was the sweet little boy who started Katie’s whole journey here with being a foster mom? After all, if she would have been given a different child instead of Grayson, she never would have had the chance to reunite three separated siblings. Katie said, “It is my greatest adventure and I can’t imagine my life without this experience”.
All at once, it seemed like everything was coming together perfectly for Katie. After she officially adopted Grayson and Hannah, Good Housekeeping Magazine reached out to her to see if she wanted to be featured. She could not say no to this! She wanted to share her story in every way she could: “I never thought we would be in @goodhousekeeping magazine, but life throws you amazing curves. I couldn’t be more grateful to see my children’s story impacting so many people across the world and we hope it’s helping many more children like them find loving forever homes!! Go grab their August edition to find us. Thanks to @laurenwolters for sending us a photo and letting us know it was out!”
Not surprisingly, parenting seemed to just come naturally to Katie. Every moment she was able to spend with her young kids made her so grateful and happy that she felt like she could cry. It was truly unbelievable how much her life had changed and how much she managed to grow in the last few years, and she wanted everyone to hear her story. She wanted to celebrate every moment possible! “I am SO proud of this girl for going by herself to a Sunday school class (versus with her bro)! She went in without hesitation and had a blast.”
Luckily, Grayson and Hannah are basically attached at the hip and love every minute of it! Siblings often don’t get along with one another, especially when they’re so young and still growing up. Katie feels so lucky that her kids have such a strong and unbreakable bond. “I hope they always make each other giggle and smile as they do now,” she posted to Instagram.
Katie said that this holiday season was the first one where Grayson truly understood what was going on and could talk about it, and you know what that means! A new mom duty for Katie was creeping up behind her. She said, “It’s definitely the first year that Grayson is actually starting to realize it’s Christmas and be able to talk about it. I realized I need to explain Santa which I have never done before… any suggestions on how?!” We think she’ll do just fine!
Just like any mom who adores her children’s laughter, the laughter of Katie’s kids is like sweet music to her ears. She loves to tickle them, and they simply can’t get enough of it! Her kids love to sit in her lap and she loves to tickle them until they are giggling uncontrollably!
Growing Each Day
It seems like each time Katie posts a new photo on social media, her kids have gotten so much bigger! Grayson is growing up to be a happy and healthy little boy, and he looks like he is as happy as can be in every photo that Katie posts of him. Their love for each other is quite evident.
The Little Things
Katie loves to take appreciation for everything, even the little things. She posted this photo of her kids at a hardware store with the caption, “These two… two peas in a pod! Hours into shopping to get all our errands run and an hour past nap time they are still smiling and laughing with each other. They chased each other and played hide n seek when we returned home. I don’t think they would be who they are today without each other.” How sweet!
Each day Grayson is showing his fascination for different sports, and Katie thinks it’s absolutely incredible! She isn’t much of a sports fan, but her boyfriend is, and it has been something that has really bonded him to Grayson. Katie wrote, “So grateful for a Grayson to have such a loving guy to look up to… and to watch sports with him because he clearly didn’t learn that from me!”