Chapter 1. I am a lover of stories. I have been madly in love with books my entire life. The written word has become a way for me to lose myself into a plot with characters that I feel are real and whom I miss when the story ends. My husband and I had no idea that our own story would look so different than what we had outlined on our future storyboard. God does that. He sometimes wrecks us in the most beautiful way. Chris and I met as dance partners at a line dancing place. We fell in love and got married. It was fall, and he was the only one I noticed all day. We danced under the white twinkling lights and basked in our future plans. We immediately wanted children, and knew eventually we would adopt. After a long three year infertility journey, we knew the time to adopt would be sooner rather than later.
Chapter 2. God sometimes takes us into the wilderness in order to find Him. We found Him in the wilderness of infertility and fell in love with His heart for us and for adoption. We are working with Faithful Adoption Consultants out of Atlanta. We are adopting a newborn domestically. We immediately decorated and put together a nursery. The nursery is loaded with my favorite stories, and even a blank adventure book for our baby’s story. Everyone told me I was nuts for putting a nursery together so soon. I think it’s faith. I believe God is bringing our baby home. I believe our baby will arrive in his or her room, in his or her story, when it’s the right time.
Chapter 3. Adoption is beautiful. It is a redemptive emergence of God’s glory. Every day we get to see Turtle (our nickname for our baby), is a day we can see a part of the Gospel in our own living room. God has prepared our hearts for this baby; for this person whom we get to raise and love and cherish, for this story, for this amazing love we get to experience from God and then pour into this child. There isn’t a day that I don’t pray for our baby. There isn’t a day that I don’t long and yearn to put our Turtle in the crib and read them a story. Their story. Our story. God’s story of redemption, or in other words, adoption. My heart grows every day for Turtle. We have raised almost half of our money and need the rest in order to go active. We have been awarded a $2500 matching grant from Old Town Baptist Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We are working on other fundraisers as well. MyStory gives us a way to get our story out there, to get God's story out there, and a way to raise not only financial support, but to also bring awareness to adoption.
Will you help write my baby’s story? Will you prayerfully consider giving in order to help bring our baby home?
Will you pray over our family? Will you pray for Turtle’s story?
Thank you for reading this. Thank you for the genuine heartbeat you have for us and our child by loving us. Thank you for being willing to help us bring our baby home.
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