From the very beginning of our marriage, we were believing in God to form and complete our family...
David and Lisa started with Christian Adoption Consultants last June. By the end of August their home study was complete and in January they were matched with an expectant mom. The next few weeks were full of expectation, unknowns, and even heartbreak when they realized their adoption might not happen. But their belief that God had good plans for their family proved true.
As the years passed with various health issues it seemed harder to trust that there even was a plan for our family to expand, maybe we had misunderstood the desire God had placed in our hearts. Now obvious to us, our hearts and eyes were opened to the idea of adoption, the most obvious to us was that God had provided support to help us pursue this avenue for our family. Moving forward we completed our home study and were ready to put our hearts in a vulnerable place again as we knew if we were able to expand our family, it would be worth it all.
After applying to multiple agencies, we felt led to apply to another one that we hadn’t considered initially. We appreciated the phone consultation they required, it felt like they were interested in who we are instead of just what our profile book said. Months later after being presented and not chosen several times, we were contacted by this agency informing us on an opportunity. The expectant mom had not received any prenatal care, so we were unaware of the condition of health and gender when requesting to be presented. Like any pregnancy or adoption we were believing that God had his hand upon this little baby and if there was a concern that he would provide the resources for us to provide the best care possible. We received word that the expectant mom had accepted us to be the baby’s parents. We were so excited, but to be honest we were still cautious with our hearts, there was so much unknown, even the due date was a speculated date. About two weeks later, the agency let us know they had tried every means possible to reach the birth mother and were unsuccessful. Our hearts dropped as we didn’t know how things were going to turn out.
Just after the weekend we were losing hope on Monday morning as I was headed out the door to work, my husband received a phone call. He proceeded to frantically wave for me to come back in the house. When he hung up the phone, he told me it was the agency calling to say, “it’s a boy,” the baby was born last night and the birth mother is going through with her adoption plan. We frantically made all of our arrangements to get to the hospital to see him as soon as we could. All of the months of planning for any adoption situation and travel check lists at this point couldn’t prepare me enough for this surreal moment. We arrived to meet our son at the hospital and we were instantly in love. All the different names we had come up with, when we looked at him, he was definitely our Franklin Michael. All of the background checks, references, etc. all made sense for this moment alone, because with no hesitation they handed him to us and the rest is history.
We are so honored that God would allow us to love and care for Franklin. He has brought so much joy to our lives already, it’s hard to even describe. His arrival also restored hope to some of our friends on the same journey trying to grow their families. When we arrived home there was almost an entire room filled with boxes of gifts for baby Franklin. We were overwhelmed by the love and support of our family and friends. Franklin is the first grandchild on one side of the family and the first grandson on the other. We love the different expressions Franklin randomly gives on his face, we are looking forward to seeing his little personality form. We are going to have so much fun living life with this little one God has blessed us with.
God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working with us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20-21, The Message)
Special thanks to Meg White Photography for some of the beautiful pictures.