From the time I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to adopt a child one day. I was sitting in church listening to a guest missionary speaker – watching the photo slides and hearing his stories, when I felt that adoption was something I could and should do in the future. God has adopted each of us and calls us to love and care for the orphans and widows. I realize that does not mean every believer must bring a child home to be in their family, but for me, this is the way I feel called to obey those commands in Scripture.
Aaron and I discussed my desire to adopt before we got married and before we knew if we would have biological children or not. We continued to have conversations about the possibility throughout our marriage and decided almost three years ago that it was time to look into agencies and choose where we may adopt from.
Initially, we intended to adopt from another country. As we looked into the details of the overseas trips required and thought of our young children at home currently, we decided that while the need looks different in some sense, there is still incredible need here in the states for Godly families to open their hearts to adoption. We started on the track for domestic infant adoption and have not looked back. It has been so clear to me throughout the last few years that God is in control and has the perfect plan for our family. He knew the right timing for our family of five to become a family of six, and He knew the exact child who will become ours.
As someone who likes to plan, I have been so thankful to God for giving me peace throughout this process and allowing me not to be anxious for a phone call. It has been evident that this is all His work in our lives during our time of waiting.
We initially received a call about the birth mom who is pregnant with our son in January, 2020, though at the time we had no idea if we would be matched together. In February we were informed that she had been drawn to our family’s profile and wanted us to adopt the baby, but we wouldn’t meet until after she had an ultrasound in March. On March 17th, in the midst of everything shutting down due to coronavirus, we drove and met her face to face. We are incredibly grateful for our son’s birth mom and her immediate decision to choose life for him when she learned she was pregnant. We signed paperwork a few days later and are now fighting over baby boy names and counting down until July 21st, the little guy’s due date!
On a serious note, we greatly appreciate prayers for his birth mom as she continues her pregnancy and emotionally processes what it means to place her baby for adoption. We also value your prayers for the baby’s health and for our family’s adjustment to four children. We are so grateful for the ways many of you have supported our family the last few years as we shared about our adoption hopes. Your words of encouragement and financial generosity have both been overwhelming at times!
At this time, we have been awarded a $2,500 matching grant from College Church’s adoption fund, which will be administered by Lifesong for Orphans. With that, we have made our baby’s due date our goal for raising $2,500! Each dollar raised up to that amount will be matched by College Church for our adoption account, so your $5 contribution will turn into $10! Thank you for considering additional financial support for our family as we move closer to the day we will bring our baby home.
With much love,
Aaron and Abbey, Kayley, Emmy, and Jace
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
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