It’s been 5 years now since we first became parents through adoption, and we have learned and experienced a lot over the years. Our journey to become a family is drastically different than most, and God has provided strength, wisdom, and increased faith in unique ways. A big component of adoption is brokenness – that a new family is formed out of the ashes of loss. We adopted our 2 sons from foster care in 2018, the same weekend that our biological baby was born = officially 3 boys in 14 hours!
While we have seen the hard and bittersweet aspects of adoption, we cherish the beauty of how it pictures God bringing us into His own family. Although we didn’t foresee how it would specifically plan out for us, we have always felt called to adopt and talked about this even while we were dating. One of our pastors has a friend who affirmed that adoption can completely change the trajectory of someone’s life. A good friend of ours encouraged us by saying that God has hand picked our family.
Now after 10 years of marriage and 5 years as a family, we still feel led to adoption and that its door is open again for us. We feel strongly that our family is not yet complete, and the doors with Snowflake Embryo Adoption have opened surprisingly wide; we even found out that a partner clinic is literally down the street from our house! We would love to have one more child to complete our family (although Rachel would love twins since she’s a twin herself!) Having a girl would help to round out our family, but we will be happy however God chooses to bless us. We firmly believe that life begins at conception, that God knows and loves everyone from their first moment of existence, and that all children deserve a safe, loving home with a family who truly cares about them.
We can’t wait to see what God has in store for our family!
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