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Our Lives Forever Changed With That One Phone Call

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How quickly a life can change with one phone call; one very important phone call, I might add.

Hi everyone, my name is Jessica and I am about to tell you about the day and events leading up to when Sawyer, my husband, and I met Liam, our handsome baby boy.  One Saturday evening at a close friends wedding, we received a case through our agency via email about a 2 week-old boy being placed for adoption in Arizona.  We were immediately interested and submitted our names for a chance to be presented to the birth mom.  Well, the following Monday evening, after a long day of work, I received a call from my husband.  He asked, “How’d you like to pick up our son from Arizona?”  He had just been on the phone with the agency to tell us we had been matched and needed to move quickly on the mountain of paperwork that was to come.  The events to follow happened so hastily in anticipation of meeting the birth mom and our soon to be son.  We literally dropped everything and the next day, took an early morning flight to Arizona to meet the birth mom and baby over lunch, later signing the paperwork at the agency and then held so tightly the beautiful baby boy that would soon be ours forever.  While this was the highlight of the day, unfortunately, that evening and several days to follow, our son had to stay in cradle care until everything would go through and the court hearing later in the week.  Him staying overnight in cradle care turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the people we met through that program were selfless individuals, so supportive and caring and befriended my husband and I during the longest week in our life.  Needless to say, that Tuesday – the day we met and fell in love with our son, was an overwhelming, emotional day, but it marked one of the best days in our lives.

Now, our son is almost 5 months old and every day we are even more grateful to call him ours.  His personality is blooming and he fills our heart with happiness on a daily basis.  We cannot thank the Lord enough!

With grateful hearts,

Sawyer & Jessica

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From Devotion Time to Our Loving Family

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Our adoption journey is one that was totally led by the Lord.  We have had family and friends adopt (domestically and internationally) and as we watched them walk their journey the Lord was planting seeds in our hearts for adoption.  We would mention adoption to each other several times a year and agree that it would be great, but the Lord was not opening doors during those times and so, we would place it on a back burner.

We have 3 biological daughters and we have always wanted more children but the Lord had other plans when he closed that door with our 3rd daughter.  In March of 2014 my husband came to me and shared that the Lord had been placing one word on his heart during his devotion time and when I asked what it was he boldly said, “adoption.”  This was a sign and confirmation to me that the Lord was now opening a door we had been waiting to walk through.  We started our journey by researching adoption agencies and options.  We decided based on our family and work situation that domestic adoption would be best for us.  We were blessed to work with an incredible adoption consultant who matched us with Creating Christian Families/Mother Goose Adoptions.

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I will never forget the day we received our phone call that we were matched with a birth mom who was carrying a baby BOY!  We didn’t specify a boy on our paperwork as we were open to a boy or a girl but the Lord knew the desires of our hearts.  We were SO excited, thrilled, and humbled.  We were in the middle of eating lunch at a Firehouse Subs restaurant and I’m sure when I screamed on the phone everyone around us thought I was crazy!  Our son was due mid-May but decided to come a couple of weeks early.  We were actually on our way out to celebrate my birthday when we received the call that our birth mom was in labor and to get our travel plans in place.  Our son ended up being born that night before we could get there – but he was born on my birthday!  What an incredible present!!  We traveled to Arizona and met our beautiful and perfect son – it was love at first sight.  Our agency representative, Melissa from was incredible to work with.  She answered all of our questions and concerns and we felt like we really had someone in our corner.

Our son had to go to Cradle Care while the paperwork was signed, during which time we had a fabulous experience with his caretaker.  We visited with them and spend hours at her house.  Her daughter even took pictures of us while we waited to hear from Melissa that all the paperwork was complete.  When we look back on our journey we can see where God was walking right beside us and also where he was carrying us during those difficult days of waiting and wondering.  He is faithful!  We are so blessed to now have 4 children – each one ordained by the Lord.

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Welcome to Leah – Guest Adoption Blogger

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Hi! My name is Leah and this is my sweet family. After 9 years of marriage, my husband Paul and I decided to grow our family. At that time we knew our hearts were (and are!) called to grow our family through adoption, and we began our journey to our sweet little Vivi. Ironically, we waited almost exactly 9 months for Vivian to join our family, and traveled to Arizona to meet our daughter and complete our adoption. While there, we fell in love not only with our precious girl, but her beautiful birthmom and biological brother too. In that time we had together we experienced to the fullest extent the loss, the love, the sacrifice, and the redemption of adoption. Those are days I will treasure in my heart for the rest of my life. We are planning to adopt again in the next year or so, and although we have been stretched more than I ever thought possible through adoption, we know beyond any doubt this is where we have been called. It’s so hard to accurately describe what adoption means to us, but I am excited to share more of our journey.

 

Leah is a guest blogger – and we look forward to seeing Leah’s posts and messages in the days ahead!

Adoption Miracle – God’s Blessing In The Midst Of Struggle

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Earlier this year, in the Spring, an amazing family got the call that would change their lives, and bring joy to the journey of a family that had almost given up pursuing adoption due to many years of disappointment and “Almosts” that never happened. Find out how Paul & Mari’s family changed overnight when they least expected it. Mari shares their story:

“It has been such a long journey I am not even sure where to start.

Almost 10 years ago, I (Mari) had some health complications. After some time, we learned I had a hernia in my abdominal wall. After two surgeries to repair it, the doctor strongly suggested that I not go through another pregnancy. I had always hoped to have more than the 2 girls we had, so I started thinking about other means to add to our family. Mostly, it was just ideas and options for a while.

Then, 9 years ago, I felt impressed to look into foster care. As a family, we decided to help those kids by bringing them into our home. We knew we were just a temporary place for them to stay. However, if the chance came that they could stay with us forever, we would welcome that opportunity. There were definitely many ups and downs with our experiences as a foster family. After the first 3 or 4 years, we decided we would only do respite (babysit for other foster parents) as having the kids in our home for a long time, then watching them leave was too hard on our family. As of today, we have had over 15 different kids in our home. Some only for a few days, others for almost 2 years.

5 years ago, we decided we wanted to pursue adoption more, as I felt like there was more for our forever family. We did our home study and adoption certification through LDS Family Services (LDS FS). In the last 5 years, we have worked with several expectant mothers. One changed her mind at the hospital, others changed their mind before we got that far. Some were friends of friends, others found us on other adoption websites. We also submitted our profiles for many little ones from different agencies, who work with LDS FS. For the last several years, we have also been working with our foster care licensing agency to try to adopt out of foster care. We have submitted “family interest forms” to be the forever family for over a dozen cases. Nothing was working for us to find “our” little one.

This past April, we were up for our adoption renewal again. I told LDS FS that we were not going to renew. We felt like we had tried everything and maybe adoption wasn’t in the plans for our family after all. Maybe we just needed to enjoy the journey and take what we learned from it and move on. Our two daughters are getting older and it just felt like maybe it was time to move on. A few days later, our worker with LDS FS asked us if we would be interested in having our profile shown to an expectant mom of twins who was currently in Utah. I said sure. How many times has our profile be shown over the past five years – I don’t think I could even count that. Well, I was very surprised when she called us back and told us the expectant mom had chosen us for her little girls.

Now it was a big scramble to get everything put together. We needed to submit all of the paperwork for Mother Goose Adoptions, since this birth mother was with this agency. She was scheduled for an induction the end of the month. There were many things that took place during the month, working with Mother Goose, the birth mother, two trips to Utah (one to meet the birth mother and one at delivery), and juggling all of our daughters end of the school year activities. This opportunity eventually fell through and Paul and I drove home from Utah on a Wednesday very discouraged. I told Mother Goose we were done and we couldn’t put our family through that again. It was completely emotionally draining.
I’m really glad Deb (at Mother Goose) didn’t listen to me.

Deb sent me a message the following Monday asking if we were open to African American. I said something to the effect of “yeah, whatever”. I really didn’t want to deal with anything adoption related at the moment. Tuesday comes around and Deb starts texting me pictures of the sweetest little girl (born just 2 days before), telling me she wants to come to our family. Deb was with her back east and was trying to find a family for her. That night, at midnight, I sent the text to Deb that we wanted her in our family. I was a little nervous. We were emotionally drained and we don’t know many African American people, but everything felt like it totally fell into place for us to be in a place to even find out about her. I was still trying to figure out it if was really going to happen this time. I got up Wednesday morning and ordered her a car seat. That night at dinner, I told the girls I bought something on-line today. Sarah in her very sarcastic voice says, what a baby? I started laughing and told them about Isabelle. I was able to show them the pictures Deb had sent me. They were just a cautious as Paul and I were. Comments like, “Will this one really work out?” and “is it for real?” showed us they were just as hurt as we were by all the “almosts” we have had over the last several years (and they never knew about a lot of the contacts we had). It finally started to feel real when Deb showed up at our house on Saturday and handed the baby over to us. Granted, I only got to hold her for a few minutes before the girls and Paul took her. But we had some great bonding that night while everyone else was asleep.

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Isabelle is now 6 weeks old and we are so grateful for her! She is a huge blessing to us. She has been showered with gifts, hugs, kisses and cuddles. She is starting to smile now, and gives her biggest smiles to Paul whenever she see him. She loves to cuddle and snuggle with whoever will hold her, which all of us love! She has changed our world in an incredible way. She is our miracle.
Side note: her welcoming into our extended family and friends circle has been completely overwhelming. She is so loved by everyone, it has really touched my heart to see the love everyone close to us has for her.”

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