I was on the phone with my cousin Cassie back in July as my Aunt Cheryl was lying in a hospital bed dying.

The last thing Cassie told Cheryl while I was on the phone was “When you get up there, can you see about getting Casey and me our babies? Casey wants a boy.

I of course shouted through the phone from Indiana, “GIRL! SEND GIRL BABIES!

Cassie corrected herself and Cheryl laughed. She was gone an hour later.

I know whoever comes to our family this spring will have been picked, primed and prepared up in heaven by my Aunt Cheryl.

Aunt Cheryl before her accident.

I miss her so much.


  1. This made me smile and cry at the same time. I am so happy for you and feel lucky that you are letting us all in on your journey.

    Bridget Reply:

    @Mim, Yes. yes. yes!

    Jen L. Reply:

    @Bridget, Yes, what she said!!
    I’ve always thought my grandpas must have been up there priming my son to send down to us. He’s so much like both of them.

  2. Ooooo…chills.

  3. Somehow I just know that you are right. I love being LDS…

  4. This gives me goosebumps (and a few tears). Thanks for sharing.

  5. Then this will be one fantastic baby! Of course, Moosh already is, so your odds of getting a lovely one are quite high. 🙂

  6. OK, that’s pretty cool.

  7. I cannot WAIT to watch you go through this whole journey as you share this with us. I can only hope someday I get to share a journey like this as well. Maybe someday.

    I can’t wait to see who your lovely Aunt Cheryl picked for you!


  8. Isn’t it nice to have someone up there working for you! I am sure your aunt did a great job picking this little one out!

  9. Mom from Vernal says:

    So very true!!

  10. URGH. My eyes keep leaking every time I come to your site. WTH?


  11. This gave me the chills.

  12. So I know this is kinda a sad post, but it still makes me smile immensely.

  13. What a neat story. I am totally tearing up.

  14. Sweet, sweet memory.

  15. If Aunt Cheryl could send me a baby girl, too, that would be great.

    Also – congrats!

  16. Yes. I love this. My dad passed away before I had my kids. When the time came I really wanted a little boy (I already had stepdaughters). I got a little boy (and a bonus adorable little girl – yay twins!) that looks so much like my Dad it’s not even funny.

  17. Perfect hon. xoxo

  18. This made me cry. Smile too. Looks like your aunt was paying attention. Hugs Casey.

  19. Your Aunt was definitely paying attention and had a hand in your baby.
    My father unexpectedly passed away and I am now pregnant with twins. I know he chose these babies for our family.

  20. I believe it.

  21. Casey – you just gave me the chills. That is awesome and I totally believe she is sending you this baby 🙂

  22. we always say that my papaw put in a good word for us, and we got Brennen, after 2 years
    I got pregnant right after he passed away..

  23. I know my grandfather prepped my son for me. It’s wonderful how family takes care of us like that, isn’t it?

  24. But can I help pick out a name?

  25. Dude, you totally just gave me goosebumps! And I bet you get a boy… just because it sounds like your Aunt might have had a slight bit of an ornery side like that! 😉

  26. When we received the photo of our son from our adoption agency one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me was “your mom (who died 9 months before he was born) was looking out for you.” It took some of the sting out of the fact that she never met him on this earth.

  27. Handpicked and Heaven sent. You don’t get any better than that!

  28. hey now. stop with the making of the tears. am crying, again:)Seriously though, that is just….awesome.

  29. Wow, what a beautiful gift that is…

  30. Is that baby your Aunt Cheryl? The Moosh looks so much like her!

    Casey Reply:

    @April G., It’s my Aunt holding someone I’m somehow related to…my other aunt maybe? Anyway, it’s just before her accident.

  31. Oh Casey, this made me tear up. We know my grandfather had his hands all over the sons that we’re adopting. It’s amazing how the pieces add up and you can see the hands of loved ones from heaven guiding your path.

    I can’t wait to see who your Aunt sends to your family.

  32. That gave me goosebumps. WOW.

  33. Oh my, this is BEAUTIFUL.

  34. I feel that Eddie was chosen by his Papa. He looks just like him. And I just get the feeling he KNOWS his Papa.

    I love this feeling. I am sure Aunt Cheryl has picked you the perfect fit for your family. And since it seems she has a sense of humor? I am guessing it’s a boy.

  35. Sherry Lane says:

    Way to go Aunt Cheryl!! She rocks, just like you said!

  36. I love this post. so very very much.

  37. O.M.G. chills and happiness!

  38. this makes me teary…with a smile.

  39. I got goosebumps when you told me this story! So neat and unique! I love it!! Thanks Aunt Cheryl!