Hi! Craig and Trinette here. Thanks for taking the time to read about our desire to adopt.
Our hearts for adoption go back to early in my (Trinette’s) life, in my years at Bible College, when I heard about adoption through the testimony of a missionary to Eastern Europe who worked with orphans in that region. Hearing about the neglect and pain those children faced, my heart broke and I decided that if possible, someday I would adopt a child in need of love and a family too.
Fast forward years later, we were dating, and had that all-important “children” talk. We knew that we were facing some potential fertility issues, and adoption was on the table as a possibility. We honestly had no idea what God had in store for us, we just knew we were madly in love and could face whatever it was, as long as we were together.
A few happy years into marriage, those issues were now a reality, and we were dealt some heartbreaking news. If we wanted to have a child biologically, I would need a lot of medical intervention, and even then it wasn’t a sure thing. Craig, being the loving, patient husband he is, held my hand, and reassured me that we would figure it out, together. One thing we knew for sure was that we wanted a child – when we pictured our future together, we could see ourselves as old people, sitting on a front porch, drinking lemonade, and watching our children and grandchildren play. Not being parents was not an option for us – we just have too much love in their hearts to not share it with a child!
So, we began to talk about adoption. The more we considered it, the more the Lord quickly confirmed that this was the right choice for us. He confirmed it through friends’ stories of adoption, prayer, and a sermon preached at our church from the book of Acts, on legacy. We were challenged to think about what our own legacy would be. We knew it would never be a big, flashy one, but we also knew it would include adoption.
Once we began the adoption process, one thing that took us by surprise was the overwhelming support we received from our family, friends, and church community. The people around us have not just been supportive, but sincerely happy for us. Seeing the joy in their faces when we tell them we’re adopting is also confirmation that this is the right choice for us. We began to really see that being a family isn’t about being a unit of three people – the two of us and a child (oh, and Cooper, can’t forget the dog!). It’s about community, and our community is made up of the people around us who will be part of our child’s life forever.
So, just as we learned that being new parents will require a lot of help, we are also learning that getting to that point is also a process where others can help. One of the key facts about adoption that has touched us comes from a letter that pastor John Piper wrote his wife, when they adopted their daughter. In it, he compares their adoption to how God adopted us into His own family, through Jesus Christ. He was clear that adoption does not come without a cost. For Jesus, it cost His life. Our cost is far less, yet the joy and rewards that come from it are no less beautiful. Being adoptive parents is God’s gift to us, and one we’ve come to treasure for all its challenges, blessings, and yes, cost.
That is why we have decided to fundraise to help bring a baby home. Without the help that will come from fundraising, the time it will take for us to adopt on our own would be significant. We are committed to giving our child the best life we can, and we know that we need help to start us off down that path. Additionally, we look forward to someday sharing with our child that it wasn’t just mom and dad who played a part in their adoption story – it was so many other people who cared about them and gave from their hearts.
The estimated cost to complete our adoption is $42,000, which is primarily agency fees, and also includes legal fees and travel expenses. It is our hearts desire to adopt sooner rather than later – waiting years to bring home our child would be heartbreaking. Every day I dream of being a mother, and Craig talks about all the silly things he will do when he’s a dad (most of them include dressing our baby up as MN’s biggest Vikings fan!). Help from our community, through a tax deductible donation, will aid us on that journey, and help our dreams of being parents come true.
Please consider donating through this site, to help our adoption journey. Just click the “Donate Now” button to make a tax-deductible donation. We have been applying for grants, and hope to receive a matching grant that will make the most of any donations given here. Each and every donation gets us that much closer to our dreams of being a mom and dad. We can’t wait to provide updates, and someday share the good news that we’ve brought a baby home.
Till then, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Craig & Trinette Johnston
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