Ivy sent this story out yesterday to 13auburnfriends in lieu of her boyfriend, Drew's, Birthday.
This story is one of my favorites. Personalities and character shine blindingly bright. I'm so glad Ivy gave me permission to share.
You should know that Tom and Cathy are Drew's Parents.
Sweet is Ivy's mom.
I think thats all the back story you need. Grab a tissue.
I'm just sayin'.
When Tom and Cathy realized they could not have children they began saving the $15,000 it takes to adopt a baby through Buckner. They saved just the amount by January 1984, which was around the same time Richardson First Baptist was campaigning to move buildings. Tom was sitting in church and felt that God wanted him to put the $15,000 towards the new building campaign. He boldly told Cathy, “We need to give the money to the church, and if we are supposed to adopt God will provide us another $15,000.” Cathy hesitantly followed his lead. She probably cared more about a baby than a church building with a taller steeple.
About that time Tom was put on a short assignment in Lubbock, TX with Texas Instruments. Within six months this new assignment provided the Lassiters with an extra $15,000. They were placed on Buckner's adoption waiting list. On July 30, 1984 Drew was born.
Eight days later Tom and Cathy brought their new baby home. In typical baptist church fashion Sweet Hopkins prepared a southern meal (in the kitchen that Tom and Cathy use today) and took it to the happy new parents. Cathy said, 'Sweet, you did not have to bring us any food. I am just fine - I didn't have a baby.' Sweet, with her hands on her hips, matter of factly said, 'Cathy, that is ridiculous. Every other new mother gets a weeks worth of food brought to their house. You should too. ' Cathy still remembers the only meal that was brought to their house in celebration of their new baby boy.
Ten months later Sweet had a baby named Ivy.
Twenty three years later Drew and Ivy started dating.