Every family who is touched by adoption has a wonderfully unique story that is special to their family. Ours started before we were married as my husband has two beautiful adopted sisters. He started planting a seed in my heart then and continued to talk about it for years. It became apart of our normal family discussion, not if, but when. We decided we wanted to try to have kids biologically first, so we started family planning. After several years, we started tracking everything we could and started the one year count down, if we didn’t get pregnant, then we get tested for fertility. I made it a half year and realized God was tugging on my heart to start the adoption process, which we did in January 2017.
Everything moved quickly. The mounds of paperwork were gathered and homestudy completed. Things slowed for a period with our first agency, who’s main purpose was to help the birthmom, which we loved. They encouraged us to reach out to other agencies and that’s when we found our consultant. We were presented with four other cases prior to our son’s case. We had to say no to one, one said yes then changed their mind, then the other two birthmoms picked different families. The wait for the right yes is hard and seems like forever even when it’s only a short time. We got the call about Ethan on a Monday afternoon after a whirlwind of a morning. We decided to present to his birthmom, and we would know later that afternoon if we were chosen. But there’s a twist, E was already born and doing great! He was waiting for his forever family. At 7pm Monday night we were told we were chosen to be Baby boys parents. We had until noon to get there the next day or he would go into foster care until the following day. My husband and I hoped on the first flight out to Florida and in less than 24 hours we were parents. We had a car seat, stroller, two outfits and a pack of diapers, plus a half painted nursery at home. The emotional roll coaster is hard to explain. We stayed in Florida for 22 days bouncing between hotels and a friend’s apartment until we were finally able to bring him home.
Fast forward 11 months, on a June 18, 2019, I was driving to the airport while thinking about what we were going to do for Ethan’s first birthday party when I got a call from a Florida number. I thought it was going to be a telemarketer, so I was prepared to hang up. BUT, I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG. It was our son’s agency letting us know that Ethan’s birthmom was 29 weeks pregnant, and she wanted to know if we would like to adopt the unborn baby. I think I yelled yes before asking my husband. I immediately was disappointed because I knew the cost of the adoption and realized very quickly we did not have that much money because we were still paying our our son’s agency fees. However my heart was at ease. I knew it was the right decision to have E’s biological sibling growing up with him under our roof. I hoped on a flight, which the whole time I was thinking how can we make this work. When I landed I received a text from the agency stating they just left the doctor, the baby was a girl, and she was measuring big at 3lbs. Wow what a blessing!!
We are over the moon with how are adoption story is being written and the pages continue to fill in. We have fully stepped out in a leap of faith as we know God is calling us to move forward. We have filled out grants, started fundraising, started the process of updating our homestudy, and all the paperwork that goes with it. Thank you for being apart of our story. We can’t wait to bring baby girl home!
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