November is National Adoption Month. As an adopted child, I love hearing stories of how God impacts many lives through adoption! Throughout November, I’ll be sharing some wonderful stories, shared by those who have experienced God’s gift of adoption. Our first testimony is from Cathy and it is a powerful one!
Through loss, life begins
In a way, I can say I was shocked when God put us on our adoption journey. Then again, not really. Being adopted myself, I was eager to embrace this step in our lives.
Our journey started about 9 years ago when we realized that we were unable to have kids without the help of fertility. We had an artificial insemination and became pregnant with our son Conner in 2006. In 2009, we decided to try again and soon were pregnant again. We lost our daughter at 20 weeks in May 2010 and nearly destroyed me if it wasn’t for my little man Conner and the grace of God. Those were some dark days, but looking back now I see that God carried me through them and brought me closer to Him. It was during this time, that I really began to know God and was saved.
After 2 more subsequent pregnancy loses, God placed it on our hearts to adopt. If there is anything I have learned in this life it is, when God puts you on a journey, he will complete it and protect you through it. Behind the scenes, God perfectly orchestrated our adoption and everything went so smoothly. Praise God for his strength and grace upon our family during this time. Without His daily outpouring of both, I most definitely would have fallen apart. It is amazing how the waiting period can be so trying on one’s nerves. We waited a mere 16 months. I couldn’t imagine waiting any longer than that.
The call came in on a Friday afternoon that a mother had given birth to a baby boy and that the agency had chosen us to be his parents. Us!! For 2 days, we were going crazy trying to get everything ready for our little guy.
Sunday, we brought Ezra Caleb home!
Adoption has been a life changing process that so rocked my world! I almost don’t even recognize myself anymore. It has beautifully grown not just our family, but our hearts, our joys, and our dreams. I learned that my hope, peace, and love come from the Lord. His provisions and grace truly is sufficient! It still amazes me how God puts families together, through both physical birth and adoption. From the beginning of time, we were all ordained and thought of. God knew all along that we would add to our family through adoption.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 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 to be adopted as His sons through 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 1:3-6 ESV
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