Having experienced several broken-hearted affairs and a failed marriage at the age of 30, a businesswoman, Katie Hudson was looking forward to a new life as an independent, carefree woman, where she would not be burdened by the whims of her partners and could live her life on her own terms.
As a result, after divorcing her partner Adam, Katie moved into a new house and started fresh, just as she had done when she was a college graduate. She bought a new house in a nice Texas neighborhood, and when she settled in, she decided to do something she had wanted to do for a long time: start a family.
Katie loved children and wanted to have a big family with lots of babies and a supportive husband. Fate didn’t give her a loving spouse, so she figured she could do it on her own and began signing up with foster care agencies to experience the joys of motherhood.
Unfortunately, she was infertile and therefore was never able to give birth. However, she was fortunate that several foster agencies accepted her application and contacted her for further procedures. She chose to move forward with the first agency that reached out to her and then welcomed four beautiful girls into her life.
Amaira, Kathy, Chloe and Cassandra are four-year-old quadruplets who had been temporarily taken into the agency’s care after social services discovered their parents could not care for them.
When Katie found out she would be fostering four little girls, she was ecstatic! The agency had recommended that she only take one at a time, but she didn’t want to separate the sisters, so she took them all in. However, it wasn’t so easy for her, because Cassandra didn’t really like her, and that’s why the potential “new mom” had to go through a difficult period.
“You’re not like Mom, and I don’t like you!”, Cassandra yelled at her once when she served her breakfast.
That’s when little Amaira stepped in, saving Katie.
“You shouldn’t say that, Cass, it’s bad manners. Mama says you should always love others.”
“But I don’t. I miss Mommy, and I want to go home.”
“You’re right, Cassandra. I’m not your mother,” Katie patiently explained to her. “But if you behave like a good girl, you’ll be able to see your mom soon. You girls can all see her soon. Don’t worry,” she said as she took the girls in her arms.
“I want to go see mommy too. Do you promise we’ll be able to see Mommy again?”, Chloe and Kathy asked in a depressed tone, and Katie felt really bad for them.
“Of course you will see her again, Kathy and Chloe, don’t worry,” she replied with a smile.
Over time, Katie’s compassion and care for Cassandra has earned her the affection of the little girl and her sisters as well. Needless to say, Katie loves the girls too. It’s worth noting that at one point, she had the urge to adopt them all.
But she knew she couldn’t do that, because the agency had already told her that the girls’ birth parents would only give their children to foster care, not adoption.
So when Katie received a call from the agency two months later telling her that the girls would be reunited with their birth parents because their condition had improved and they had filed for custody, she had no choice but to let the girls go as she had promised them.
However, after they left, she contacted other agencies, this time with the sole purpose of adopting a child and raising it as her own, as she felt she was ready enough to have her own child now.
Fortunately, it didn’t take long, and a social worker immediately contacted her about adopting Alice, a two-year-old girl.
Katie felt like the happiest person in the world when all the paperwork was settled and Alice was legally hers! Alice was beautiful. In fact, she planned everything for the little one, from her nursery to her education to how she would celebrate her birthdays. However, a week later, she received a call that completely changed her life…
“Am I talking to Mrs. Katie Hudson?”, a woman’s voice asked her on the phone.
“Miss Katie Hudson,” Katie corrected, pointing out that she preferred to be called “Miss”.
“My apologies, Miss Hudson. My name is Anna Baker, and I am calling as a result of your request. We have begun processing your application, and as you may have received an email from us this morning, we would like to inform you that, based on your preferences, we have a child that we believe you would be interested in adopting. She requires immediate placement.”
“Oh, my goodness!” Katie felt a little overwhelmed, but the only answer that came out of her mouth was:
“Yes, I’m willing to take her into my home!”. Little did she know that she was in for a surprise…
After making a series of phone calls in the afternoon, little Casey was dropped off at her house a few hours later. But when she picked her up for the first time and looked at her face, Katie was amazed.
“She looks just like me! How is that possible?” Katie was puzzled as she held Casey in her arms, having gotten a clear glimpse of her face.
Suddenly, the little girl looked up at her and smiled, extending her hands closer to touch her face, and that’s when Katie noticed a bracelet on the 11-month-old’s wrist with the same initials as hers. At that moment, Katie was stunned! How could Casey look so much like her? And how could her bracelet have the same initials as hers?
She immediately contacted the adoption agency for more information about Casey’s birth parents and, at the same time, performed a DNA test with the child, which revealed that they were a 24.6% match!
Completely baffled by the situation, Katie asked the adoption agency to expedite Casey’s paperwork – only to find out later that Casey’s mother is her mother Amelia, and the little girl is her biological sister.
It turns out that Amelia, who had abandoned Katie at the age of 10 because she fell in love with a rich man, had given birth to Casey at the age of 53. However, her pregnancy had some complications, which explains why she died shortly after giving birth. In fact, Casey’s biological father did not want to raise her, as he has a new wife in his life. So he gave her up for adoption.
Katie couldn’t believe her ears when she found out about this!
Watching Casey reminded her of how their mother abandoned her when she was young, but she decided not to do the same with her sister. She didn’t want to follow in their mother’s footsteps and chose to raise Casey with love.
“It seems like you and I are meant to be together, baby,” she told Casey that night as she rocked her.
“I’m glad that at least we’re together. I will give you both the love of a mother and sister, and you won’t be alone! That’s a promise… But sometimes I wish Mom would have loved me…” she whispered as she gently placed Casey in her crib.