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May 9, 2016
Tyson Zahner

Zane is 1 year old!

It’s amazing how fast one year can go.  As I write this, it’s hard to believe that exactly 12 months ago we were running around the house trying to get things together for our son’s arrival.  Jan. 19 this year has been a much more calm and relaxed day than it was in 2008.  We […]



Rachel and I have noticed some interesting numeric “coincidences” lately. For example Zane was born at 6:19 PM and he was 6.0 pounds and 19 inches long. Plus, he was born on the 19th day of the month (had it been in June (6/19) that really would have been wierd). But perhaps it was fate […]


Zane’s first Music Video

I apologize for not posting any entries the past two days, but I’ve been working on the video for today’s post (hopefully this will make up for the past few missing entries). (Grandma Charlyn . . . you should probably grab the tissues first.) Click here to download the video file to your computer


Zane gets a letter from his birth mother.

While trying to calm Zane down last night, I caught myself singing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” He’s got the whole world in His hands . . . He’s got the little bitty baby in his hands . . . He’s got you and me brother in his hands . . . […]


Zane Zahner – why the alliteration?

Ok. A little about the choice for Zane’s name. I have always been partial to the double ZZ initials. If we had a girl it was going to be Zoe Lynn Zahner but we hadn’t quite decided on a boy name. We had come up with several choices before deciding upon Zane. There was Zavier, […]


We’re Home!!!

Zane (Hebrew) – God’s gracious gift Alexander (Greek) – Leader of Men Zane Alexander Zahner is home!!! It has been a long emotional ride, but it has been worth every minute. We couldn’t be happier and I doubt that you’ll find two parents more proud than Rachel and I are right now. So I apologize […]


A short but emotional visit

Today was a short but emotional visit. I think it was especially hard because today the baby felt more like he was ours. Yesterday it was like we were just visiting someone else’s baby in the hospital, but today there were some bonds that Rachel and I hadn’t felt before. It was harder to leave […]


We got to see the baby!!!

We got to see the baby!!! We went to St. Louis today and met the birth father for the first time and most importantly, we met our new son (wow, that sounds really strange . . . I guess I’ll get used to it soon). Rachel and I both held him and Rachel fed him […]


Our last hours of freedom.

11:45 AM – Everything is looking really good! Our social worker called and assured us once again that the baby is healthy and that everything is still in place. We are going to St. Louis tomorrow morning to meet the birth father. We will probably spend the afternoon shopping in St. Louis and spend the […]


It’s a BOY!!!

6:19 PM – The baby is born. It’s a BOY!!! Just at 6 lbs and 19 inches long. . . he’s little but he’s healthy. Birth mom had to undergo a c-section. Obviously, she’s tired, but we’ve been assured that both birth mom and baby are fine. As far as where we go from here […]


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