We welcome you to our Journey and to hear how we got to this point:
We were so excited to announce our adoption. Like a pregnancy it was very hard to keep it quiet. We have been praying together, as a family, for approximately 2 years prior to starting the process in
Samantha had to desire to adopt when at 7 months, the little girl we thought we were having was actually a little boy. Our Myles! After a traumatic labor and delivery we knew Samantha wouldn’t be carrying any other children and that opened the door to a discussion of adoption. The discussion was made between Patrick and Samantha, but it didn’t go further than that.
Samantha tried to keep the desire hidden, asking God to take the desire for a daughter away. Days, months and years kept passing and the desire grew stronger. Ben and Myles have been asking for a sister for years and asking if we could adopt a sister. Patrick wasn’t 100% on board having a new born baby in the house again. He enjoys the boys’ independence. Samantha’s prayers turned to asking God if he wouldn’t take the desire away to change Patrick’s heart to the whole idea. One day, Patrick started texting Samantha with links about the cost of adoption and then links to articles on fostering to adopt. Samantha brushed it off and chose not to really respond to the texts. She didn’t know what they meant and didn’t need her desire to ignite more then what it was to then have to go back and stifle it. There would be days she would think, “I can live with this emptiness” “I can handle not having a daughter”, but then the boys would bring it up in an encouraging way. Samantha found herself confused because she wouldn’t speak out loud of her desire and, at times, found herself getting frustrated at the boys for bringing it up so much because once she was able to push it down and ignore the emotions around the desire, it was hard to hear and face. Patrick’s texts and info kept coming on a daily basis and eventually he asked Samantha to set up meetings with people who have fostered to adopt. She didn’t do it right away, but he kept reminding her and she set some up. We quickly realized fostering to adopt just is not for us. In that time Patrick’s heart was set ablaze even more for a daughter. He started to dream about having a daughter even. Early on in our mutual decision to move forward with adoption we included the boys into praying about it. We told them that if they heard from God, had dreams or felt the need to tell us things about the adoption we wanted them to feel comfortable doing so. They are over the moon. Benjamin understands time a lot more than Myles and understands that it could be a long journey until we bring our little girl home, but Myles doesn’t quite understand. He is always asking when we get to bring her home. We try to explain that we get to when a birth mommy picks our family. We need loads of prayer.
We will be working hard to build up our adoption fund so that when we are chosen we can say yes. We have been awarded a $3000 matching grant from Christ Community Church of Gridley Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Will you help us be able to say yes when we get that call ?
Thank you for your support and time!
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