Country singer Kimberly Schlapman of the group Little Big Town has turned her story of infertility and adoption into a newly released children’s book called, “A Dolly For Christmas.” Schlapman — who lost her first husband to a heart attack in 2005 — and her second husband Stephen have two girls, 13-year-old Daisy and nearly four-year-old Dolly, who is adopted.
As much as she and her husband wanted another baby after their older daughter Daisy was born, the couple struggled with infertility. As the years went by and Daisy grew up, she began to ask for a sibling, so the couple looked into adoption. But the wait for a baby can sometimes be a year or longer.
“Daisy had prayed for a baby literally every night. For five years that little girl prayed and prayed and then one year, she told Schlap, my husband, and I, ‘I’m gonna ask Santa for a baby’ and we were like, ‘Oh. Okay, okay, well okay,'” Schlapman told Today Show hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. “So she sat on Santa’s lap and she asked Santa for a baby and everyone in the room — that happened actually at the adoption agency… [when] they had a Christmas party. So she asked Santa for a baby and everyone in the room was like, ‘Oh that poor precious child’ and then not too long later, we got a call that a baby girl needed a family and that was our Dolly.”
The couple was thrilled and couldn’t wait to bring the baby girl home to join them. When they told Daisy the good news, she couldn’t contain her joy.
“And oh my goodness, when we told Daisy about it, she jumped up and she was just jumping up and down crying saying, ‘This is our baby! This is our baby! I believe! I believe! I believe!”
Dolly was officially adopted in January 2017 and the sisters have been best friends ever since.
“I wanna tell you,” said Schlapman, “One day Daisy and Dolly fell asleep on the bed together, and Dolly fell asleep in Daisy’s arms and the next day Daisy said to me, ‘Mommy, I think Dolly’s my first love. I’ve never had a feeling like that in my life.’ They’re truly in love with each other. They adore each other.”
The new children’s book about Dolly is based on letters that Daisy would write to Santa asking for a sibling. It carries the themes of hope, love, and family, with a foreword written by Daisy. Schlapman’s wish is for the book to bring hope to everyone who reads it, no matter what their situation is, especially in 2020, a year of uncertainty.
She wants parents waiting to adopt to “never ever ever give up, because you never know what’s around the corner.” She explained that they were completely surprised by the call they received about Dolly and were not expecting it.
“I just want people to be hopeful and to know that if they’re in the middle of a struggle, they are not alone,” she told People in March. “We walked those same roads, and they are very, very difficult. But, in the end, there is restoration and there are children who are waiting for them.”
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