January 10, 2017 our daughter, Ella-Kate, passed away due to a genetic disorder. The Lord was gracious in preparing us during my pregnancy as we found out that she would not be compatible with life. Our hearts were broken. We had experienced a previous miscarriage before and we had hopes for Ella-Kate to be our rainbow baby. But, we learned later that she would also be called home and would not survive. I learned quickly that my dependency on Jesus would be the only thing that would help me cope with losing her.
Before Mike and I got married, we talked about having children. We both knew we wanted a large family and jokingly set our number at 6. Although we laughed often about having six (because only crazy people nowadays have that many kids right?), we knew deep down that we both actually meant it. After Ella-Kate passed away, we had another daughter who was born almost a year later to the day. We thought that our family was complete and we settled into our norm of being a family of 7. We missed Ella-Kate often and continued having conversations about growing our family. After our daugher was born, we decided that it would be best for me not to birth anymore children due to her pregnancy being so difficult. Months passed and our desire for having “6” children never went away. So about 2 years ago, we started praying into that desire to seek what the Lord had for us.
We learned through seeking Gods face in the midst of our desire for more children and our grief over losing our daughter, that he was calling us to adopt. It was through her death that the desire to adopt was birthed. We now have a chance to pour into another childs life that God is calling us to because of the loss of our other child. We know Ella-Kate sits with Jesus and now God is giving us a chance to teach another child the love of Jesus and participate with Him in building his Kingdom.
We have been awarded a $4000 matching grant from Two Rivers Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.Thank you for reading our story and praying about donating and helping us bring the next Carter girl home!
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