Let me give you a little bit of a timeline and more information. If you have been reading my previous blog posts, you are aware that Erica told us she was pregnant again and wanted us to adopt a full biological sibling to Levi. However, after having a difficult conversation with her regarding some differences with the second adoption, she stopped communicating with us entirely. We didn't hear from Erica for about two months. We last had a text conversation with her in the middle of October. We had no idea what was going on. Fast forward to December 22 when I received a phone call from a person we met at the hospital when Levi was born. The woman told me that Erica died earlier in the day. My head was spinning, and I didn't know if what I was told was accurate. Jarred made a few phone calls to the police where Erica lived and we received the terrible verification that Erica was in fact dead. We were in shock! While we played phone tag, Levi sat in my recliner happily watching Curious George and rocking himself in the oversized chair that dwarfed him. He would stop and smile at me and laugh at that funny monkey on television. I was feeling so sad for him and also relieved that he had no idea what had just happened and what we were talking about.
The following day and after many phone calls, I was able to speak with Erica's father and get some more information with regards to her passing although details are still a little fuzzy and we have nothing truly confirmed. Apparently Erica was found by her family Sunday morning unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics were called and she was revived. However, she was never stabilized and had to be revived multiple times. Eventually they were unsuccessful, and Erica was pronounced dead at the hospital. We don't know for sure what the cause of death is and are waiting the autopsy results which could take months. We have heard conflicting reports with regards to if she was pregnant; however, we believe that Erica was in fact not pregnant like she had told us.
This all feels like a made for TV movie instead of our real life, and we are still trying to work through what this means for Levi and our family. I do know that even though we didn't have contact over the last few months that we truly loved Erica and what she gave our family. She loved her children and loved Levi. We are sad that she is no longer with us. My heart aches for her three children as they are now living in a world without a mother. Please pray for Erica's family and specifically for her three children that lived with her.
After learning about the news of Erica's death, I find myself hugging Levi a little tighter and praising God that he is in my family. I am so thankful that Levi is our forever son. He was meant to be ours; however we wouldn't have him in our arms without the sacrifice of his birth mother, Erica.