Bringing Baby Bliss Home
Organized by: Miki Odendahl
I have a friend who's an exception human. More than exceptional, really. A brother, a very good, honest man with a good heart, and he and his beloved bride have been through the wringer the past couple of years. Married 15 years, Scott and Quinn Belhorn eventually learned that they could not have children by the ordinary route...children that they dearly wanted and waited for. A few years ago, they decided to open their home to any child, from anywhere, with any background, and any problem. No child would be a burden for them, but a gift to be treasured. So, they did their research, hired a highly recommended adoption agency to help facilitate the welcoming of a new son or daughter, and they waited once more. Several times, hope of a new family addition sprang up, and just as hope began to bloom, it withered. Last Autumn, I got a phone call from Scott during one of the worst times of my life. I thought that he was going to tell me that the newest baby they had been supporting and waiting for had been born. Instead, he comforted me in my own personal hell, and then told me that the woman who had dangled her unborn child like a carrot had committed a cruel fraud; never intending to let her daughter go, she had used Scott and Quinn to pay her living and medical expenses. Hearts sank, tears flowed, and hope waned like a disappearing dream at dawn. Scott works as a public servant; Quinn is a writer. They are not wealthy by any stretch, and they spent their life savings (and more) with the intention of giving an "unwanted" child a loving forever home. They don't ask others for anything, but they give to others with an extraordinary liberality. Just days before their family account listing with the adoption agency was to expire, they were contacted by a woman several states away in a desperate situation. She has several children already, and cannot raise another. Brokenhearted, she asked Scott and Quinn if they would be willing to receive her daughter when she is born this summer? So, maybe this is the miracle baby that family and friends have been praying for. But Scott and Quinn are tapped. Completely. And, in the meanwhile, a huge unforeseen expense to repair the roof of their family home has reared up to block out the sunshine of their days. So, here's what I'm asking: please help Scott and Quinn to bring their "eleventh hour" daughter home. They've already named her: Bliss. Bliss, as a reflection of their marriage, their life together, their love for one another and their family and friends. Bliss, as the fulfillment of parenthood, and all of the hopes and dreams of new life. I know that thirty grand is a lot of money. But think of it this way: 18 years from now, it'll cost more than that to send Bliss Belhorn to college for just one semester. I think any baby is worth that much. And quarters, nickels, dimes and dollars sometimes add up very quickly.