Then it happened, one Wednesday afternoon, July 3, to be exact. “Matthew was born at noon that day and they called us 3:30 p.m.,” said Greta. The next day, Greta and Shawn headed to Indianapolis to meet their new son.
The family had gone from having six to eight weeks to plan for a new addition to the family to having just a few hours. “Some of our friends and family had a ‘sprinkle’ for us instead of a baby shower earlier,” said Shawn. “So we had many of the items we needed already and we were ready to go again.”
“They tell you when you are going through the adoption process to treat it like a pregnancy, you just don’t know when the baby is going to come,” said Greta. “And I think the quick transition would have been more of an adjustment had he been our first child. Having the three others, we knew what to expect and what he could do without for a little while.”
For the Otto family, God has worked in a unique way. Last fall, Shawn and the members of the church were planning a series of sermons about adoption. Ironically, while those sermons were in the works, Matthew was being conceived.
“It’s amazing that around the same time we were planning that series, God put all of this in place for us,” said Shawn. “The first Sunday of the series was the first Sunday that we had Matthew.”
The Ottos said that thanks to social media, members of the congregation new of Matthew’s arrival shortly after Greta and Shawn. “Bringing Matthew home right before we starting talking about the series just made us more enthusiastic to discuss adoption with everyone,” said Shawn.
“We have a heart for children,” said Shawn. “We could have had more of our children, but there are so many kids coming into this world who don’t have a family. The Bible talks about helping and bringing justice to the fatherless and this is a tangible way of helping.”