Phillies' Cole Hamels and wife Heidi adopt Ethiopian baby
PHILADELPHIA - February 7, 2013 (WPVI) -- It was a Christmas morning like no other for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and his family.
On Christmas Eve, they adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia - Reeve Hamels.
"To have her come home like literally as a Christmas present was unbelievable," Heidi Hamels said.
"The sense of joy overcomes anything. [There were] tears, I'm glad they were not sad tears; obviously, the most joyful, exciting tears I think I can ever shed. We're just so happy," Cole said.
But the way Reeve's life started will make you cry.
She was abandoned at birth 6 months ago.
Police in Ethiopia found her all alone in a field and she was placed in a orphanage.
"We are blessed to be the receiving end of what ended up happening to her, although you would never want that for her, we are blessed to have her," Heidi said.
"The emotions are all over the place when we get to see her when she wakes up and the happiness that she has," Cole said.
Action News caught up with Cole and Heidi during a photo shoot for April's edition of Main Line Magazine where they go into depth about the 4-year adoption process.
The Hamels flew to Ethiopia twice before the adoption became official and they could bring Reeve home.
"It's very, very time consuming, obviously worth it in the end; it's not nine months like a biological child, so, I don't know, I feel like I've been waiting on her my whole life," Heidi said.
With Reeve, Caleb and Braxton, the Hamels family is happier than ever.
And so far, all of the Hamel kids are playing nicely with eachother.
"Caleb, the 3-year-old, loves her. Every day he wakes up and says, 'Mom, where's my sister?' So he's in love with her. And Braxton just wants to eat her face off. He's the 1-year-old and he loves kissing her," Heidi said.
philadelphia phillies, cole hamels, sports, jeff skversky
- Water main break cancels Cheyney U. classes 26 min ago
- Frost Advisory Overnight 26 min ago
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- 1 dead, 1 wounded in Crescentville shooting
- Tour bus catches fire in Galloway Twp.
- Stalkers have QVC host living in fear
- McNabb serves 1-day sentence after DUI arrest
- Heist investigation leads to Roxborough apartment 1 min ago
- 13 pound baby born at Delco hospital
- No charges for 8 NJ wrestlers in lynching photo 48 min ago
- Police: NJ mom drives van into river with 3 kids
- WWII vet gets anonymous surprise in Bucks Co.
- Beau Biden to run for governor in Del.
- Frost Advisory Overnight
26 min ago
- Heist investigation leads to Roxborough...
1 min ago