Every year, the Legge family celebrates the life of their daughter Evelyn, who passed away at only ten months old. And on what would have been Evy’s third birthday, the family received a message. It was one, in fact, that they interpreted as a sign from Evy herself.
Beth and Adam Legge, of Ohio, had two young daughters, Ava and Evelyn, and a puppy. However, the happy family suffered a shock in May 2014 when Evelyn, or Evy as her parents called her, suddenly became ill.
On May 15, 2014, at only ten months old, Evy had a high fever and wasn’t acting herself. At first, Beth and Adam thought it was a stomach bug, but they soon learned it was something much more serious.
Worried, the Legge family took Evy to the emergency room. After a routine check, doctors gave her some medicine and, later, her parents permission to take her home. Worried that it was something else, however, Evy’s mom returned the next day and insisted that doctors run more tests.
Indeed, the baby needed more care than anyone suspected. Evy had somehow contracted a rare and devastating illness. A nurse even told Beth something that every parent would dread to hear. “You need to prepare yourself that she might die.” There seemed to be nothing more doctors could do for the little girl. And, tragically, she passed away on May 21, 2014.
Of course, the family was devastated. “I had never thought that would be the final outcome. I had so much hope,” Beth wrote in her blog. But after seeing her daughter suffer in hospital, Beth had come to accept the end. “I knew it was time to let go. It was time to say goodbye and let your little body rest.”
Beth started her blog to remember her daughter who died so young. And she still writes heartfelt messages to Evy; these tell the little girl how much she is loved, even now.
For example, when Beth and Adam had their third child, a year and a half after Evy’s death, Beth wrote, “Welcome little baby sister Alayna Grace! I couldn’t have been more happy during delivery when your daddy said, ‘It’s a Girl!’ Oh I was so so happy. I hoped so much for another little girl.”
Then, on what would have been Evy’s third birthday, life drastically changed in a beautiful way for the Legge family. After a series of serendipitous events, Beth and Adam concluded that Evy had sent them a message.
Innocently enough, it started with cupcakes for breakfast. Ava had requested the family commemorate how old Evy would have been, and so they lit three candles. Then they went to Coney Island. And curiously, on the way home they received a message that changed their lives forever.
“How serious are you about adoption?” the text message read. It was from a friend. And while the question came out of the blue, Beth replied that they were very interested. Indeed, she and Adam had already been looking into fostering.
The friend knew of a contact who had had a baby boy just the day before. The mom, in fact, was planning on giving him up for adoption and was, therefore, looking for the right person. So Beth got in contact with the woman’s grandmother, who was arranging the adoption.
The grandmother seemed to like the Legges, but Beth was still nervous. But the next day, Beth and Adam received the call they had been expecting. For the first time, the Legges got to speak with the birth mother.
The mom asked if they could wait until the next day to see the baby in hospital. And while the Legges were eager to meet the newborn, they knew the mother needed time to recover. It was on the way to hospital the next morning that, amazingly, the couple saw their first “sign” from Evy.
The Legges were driving to meet their new adoptive son and his birth mother when the license plate on the car in front of them caught their attention. Why? Because it said “Evy.” As Beth later recalled, “She was leading the way.”
And the signs did not stop there. Beth and Adam met the birth mom, Naomi, for the first time. “The love I instantly had for Naomi is indescribable,” Beth said. “I couldn’t imagine being in her shoes.” Beth explained that they instantly connected with her. Then, when Beth asked the baby’s birthday, she couldn’t believe the answer.
Naomi had given birth to the boy on July 12, Evy’s birthday. “Three years after she was born, he was born,” said Beth. “Same day. She asked if we wanted to see the baby.” So it was then that the Legges met baby Elijah for the first time.
“With Elijah coming into our lives, it’s amazing that all the signs were obviously there, that it was all him,” Adam told the WLWT5 news. A few months later, the Legges legally adopted Elijah.
“It’s just a very proud moment, obviously,” said Adam. “He’s officially ours, and I’m still smiling from the whole thing.” Beth conceded that although “we’ve felt that he has been ours since day one… it’s just nice to know that his last name is just ours.”
The Legge family, busy now with three children – two under the age of two, as Beth jokes – subsequently moved to a farmhouse in the country. And they took the time to renovate the farm into a family home. Today, they raise chickens and spend time with their children. And they will continue to remember Evy, who may have brought Elijah into their lives.