We began planning for how we wanted to build our family while we were still engaged. Both of us come from families with four children, and we both strongly believe that scripture means it when it says that “children are a blessing and inheritance from the Lord”. Because of this, we knew early on that we wanted to have a large family. Elizabeth had dreamed of having children most of her life, but we also knew that we could only have so many children naturally. We agreed that adoption should be a part of our family plan, not only because of our desire to have lots of children, but also because we felt a call to adopt as ministry to those God would bring into our lives. We resolved that we would have a few natural children, while I finished my schooling, then adopt several times when I had established my career and we could afford the cost of adoption.
Three years into our marriage, we welcomed our daughter Abigail as our first-born. We hoped to have another child soon after she arrived. After a year and a half of trying, we lost a child to miscarriage at about 6 weeks. This was obviously a deeply felt loss, but we were resolved to continue trying. A few months later, we conceived again. We were overjoyed, but our joy was short-lived. In early August of 2017, I took Elizabeth to the emergency room for acute abdominal pain. After several hours of waiting and a frantic ultrasound, the doctor informed us that the pregnancy was ectopic, and the baby had ruptured her fallopian tube. Emergency surgery saved Elizabeth’s life, but we lost the baby and the fallopian tube. Even as we mourned that loss, a contrast scan revealed that her remaining fallopian tube was not patent. Barring a miracle, we will not have any more children naturally.
As we recovered from this devastating news, we sought to determine God’s design for our family. We decided that we would begin the process of adoption, moving only as quickly as the Lord provided the means. We sent our application to the agency we had settled on and prayed that the Lord would open doors. We established a bank account that would be only used for adoption expenses and began aggressive fund-raising efforts. Each time a new fee was due, the money was there. In this way, we have seen God’s divine blessing on our desire to adopt a child now. Our profile is currently live with the agency, and with the way God has worked in this process so far we are anxious to raise the money and see if He continues to time everything as perfecly as He has so far. We have been awarded two matching grants. A $3000 matching grant from We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans and a matching grant of $2,500 funded by Kirklin Christian Church, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Personally, I plan to count the days after we reach our fundraising total to see how long He waits after that to bring us the phone call that we’ve been matched!
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