OKLAHOMA CITY - A local author recently released a children's book for adoptive parents.
"When we first got married we talked about probably adopting. We thought adoption was a cool way to make a family. There are children in the world who need a home and shouldn't we just do that," Tracey Zeeck said.
But something changed for Andy and Tracey Zeeck. People told them they should try to conceive.
After more than a year, they knew that wasn't going to be their story.
Instead, they decided to adopt a brand new baby from a teenager.
"She really wanted to find the right parents for this baby. We met with her. She was so smart. She had a list of notebook questions," Tracey Zeeck said.
The Zeeck's passed the test.
They were going to adopt a little boy.
They were even in the delivery room and cut the umbilical cord.
"We have the family that we kind of imagined we would have. We have the human the child who is exactly the person we envisioned to be our son," Zeeck said.
Now, Tracey is sharing their story of adopting Charlie with the book, "The Not In Here Story," - A children's book tackling adult topics in a way kids can understand.
"I think it tells the part that everyone thinks happens but no one ever talks about that much," Zeeck said.
In the book, Mr. and Mrs. Seek travel all over to try to put a baby in Mrs. Seek's belly, but it doesn't work.
"It tells the story of bad things happen, and you overcome the bad things, and there can be happiness in the end of it even though it's not the happiness you imagined," Tracey said.
Tracey started telling this story more than 8 years ago when Charlie was just six months old.
Since then she's shared it with other adoptive parents who are fighting for the words to tell their child how they were adopted.
"I hope this book helps people who don't know what to say. What words to use about adoption. I think it helps people remember that maybe everyone's going through something."
The Not In Here Story will be officially released November 8.