When Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and husband Stephen decided they wanted to add a second child to their family, they may not have initially realized how much their older daughter, Daisy Pearl, wanted that, too. It turns out, Daisy wanted a baby brother or sister so badly, she called in the big guns to make sure that happened — Jesus and Santa. And now their adorable story has been turned into a book — A Dolly for Christmas.
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Kimberly shared much of the story with People, including the difficulty she and her first husband, Steven Roads, had conceiving. After Steven’s untimely passing, she married Stephen Schlapman and says, “When we got pregnant on our honeymoon, it was just the most incredible gift. I believe that my first husband, who was in heaven, I believe he begged God, ‘Let’s give her what she’s always wanted for a wedding gift.’ ”
Nine months later, Daisy Pearl made her debut and at the age of four, she started asking for a sibling. “One time she said to me, ‘Mommy, if I don’t ever have a brother or sister, then my children will never have aunts or uncles or cousins,’” Kimberly recalls. “She so badly wanted a sibling.”
After years of trying and pursuing all of their options, Kimberly and Stephen began the adoption process in December 2016, but were instructed to be patient since it can take years for a couple to get a baby. That’s when Daisy intervened by adding a letter to Santa Claus to her nightly prayers.
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Who can take credit for the arrival of Dolly Grace later that month is unknown. We like to think both parties are responsible.
The sweet story of the Schlapman family’s Christmas miracle can be enjoyed by readers in October when A Dolly for Christmas is available…just in time for Christmas gift-giving.