“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonshipthrough Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will — to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.” Ephesians 1:4-6
Our adoption journey has been one initiated by loss, sorrow, surrender, and deep pain, but has produced joy, redemption, healing, and a much deeper sense of thankfulness to our God. We have learned so much through this journey, but more than anything we have seen God carry us through and fulfill His promises showing us over and over His faithfulness, goodness, and love.
We feared a domestic adoption and decided to go another path, but six months later we were holding our newborn daughter in our arms, as we were walking through the domestic program at Nightlight. There are so many unknowns to fear with adoption, and for us, we especially feared the openness with a birthmother. God broke down our fears by building a very special relationship with our daughter’s birth mother. Our relationship allows us to pray for her, call each other, meet together, encourage one another, and care deeply for each other. We had faced a pregnancy not long ago where we knew our son would not live. We chose life for him, despite the outcome and the many suggestions to terminate the pregnancy. Like me, this birth mother was faced with the decision to terminate her pregnancy, and she chose life too. Because of that, we are now experiencing the incredible gift of our daughter. Within 9 months God has blessed us with a son who is now in eternity with Him, and our daughter who He has entrusted into our arms while on this earth. We ourselves have been adopted in God’s family, and we feel honored that He would allow us to be a part of His plan and His purposes for something far greater than ourselves.