Photos capture moment parents meet adopted daughter for first time


TAMPA, Fla. (WATE) – A family’s joy is touching the hearts of millions.

Sarah and David Olson always knew they wanted three children, but after two “brutal” pregnancies and trouble getting pregnant with baby number three, the couple told ABC News they decided to adopt. They asked their good friend, Kristen Prosser, a Minnesota-based photographer, to document the journey.

The call came in on a Tuesday that a baby was ready for adoption. The next morning, the couple made childcare arrangements for their boys and booked an early morning flight to Tampa, Florida to meet their brand new baby girl.

“We named our daughter Tilly Pearl,” David said. “Tilly means ‘Strength through adversity.’ We have a deep connection with that statement. Pearl means “a precious thing, the finest example of something.”‘

Flight and other travel delays made the journey from Minnesota to Tallahassee a 14-hour one.

“We walked into the room expecting to meet our baby, but it was empty. The charge nurse was busy and couldn’t bring her down yet. Another wait. Those 20 minutes may have been hours,” David said. “But the time came and she was rolled in. As soon as we saw her, our hearts felt complete. There are no words to describe it. How to you explain love for a human you just met? That is the power of adoption. We prayed and prayed for this baby to come into our lives, and that time had finally come. Within 30 hours of receiving the call, we were holding our baby girl. Such a surreal moment.”

The Olsons came home and are settling in perfectly with little miss Tilly and their new family of five, according to Prosser. She said she gets plenty of cuddle time too.

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