(Posted by CAC teammate, Katie Fenska)
Matt and Laura’s adoption journey has been a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness. They had some ideas about how they thought their story might unfold, but they were committed to being open to whatever plans God had for them. They wanted His way and not their own. And His ways, as they often are, were surprising and beautiful!
Laura spent many weeks away from home while they loved on their sweet son in the NICU. Adoption is not easy and the raw depth of emotions involved in a NICU stay can be so very difficult. But Matt and Laura clung to God’s faithfulness and knew that their son was worth it. Here are a couple of Laura’s texts to me in the long, hard days in the NICU:
“God is so faithful! God provides, and when we feel discouraged He gives us glimpses of His vast love for us if we are just willing to see them. It is just a long and hard process, but it’s what we have to go through to get this precious gift healthy and home!”
“I pray that through this journey Christ’s grace has shone through. I have surely been weak at times, but ultimately, because of God’s grace I see His beautiful love for me as His adopted child.”
“It has been amazing and beautiful and heart wrenching. I’m so thankful that God brought us on this journey.”
Matt and Laura, it has been such an honor to watch you follow God’s leading in your adoption journey. I am in awe of His perfect plans for your beautiful family!
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They began putting their hearts on the line, presenting to potential situations and eagerly waiting for their “yes” to come. After dreaming for years about a baby, they were so ready for the difficult wait to be over.
And then, a little less than two months after they applied to agencies, they got the call that would change their lives forever. They were chosen and the baby was coming soon! About three weeks after that, the daughter that they had long dreamed of was finally in their arms. And she is truly their dream come true!
In July, Chris and Hannah came back to pursue their second adoption through CAC. (You can read about their first adoption here.) Their beautiful daughter was born last week!
The following is reposted from Hannah’s blog (with permission):
So one minute you’re sweeping the floors and the next you’re finding out you might have a baby.
Well, that was our Thursday night, anyway.
The agency called us about a baby girl that had been born the day before. I mean, normally with adoption, you have at least a few weeks to prepare. But she was already here!
At midnight we got the confirmation that her birth mom had picked us to be her family and we needed to be on a plane to Utah the next day. So that was the end of sleeping.
Do you know how much you can get done on a surge of adrenalin at midnight? I cleaned the bathroom while Chris contacted our friend to see if she could watch the kids. I packed clothes while Chris ran to Wal-Mart to get last minute essentials. I made TO DO lists while Chris booked a flight. I did laundry while Chris did the dishes.
And then we laid in bed, wide awake.
Because we were getting a baby in less than 24 hours. A BABY, people!
Since we were running on about 2 hours of sleep, the next day was crazy. I mean, with 3 kids staying at home, you don’t just pick up and leave. You write letters to the school, and try to have some food in the fridge and list out their schedule and how to make bottles. And you make sure all the school uniforms are clean. But no matter how much you plan, it turns out Enoch has no socks just as the weather turns cold.
Once we got through all that, flying wasn’t much better, because they decided to leave us sit on the Tarmac for an hour, LIKE THEY DIDN’T KNOW WE HAD A BABY TO MEET.
When we finally got to Utah (about 10:30 pm, Louisville time), we headed directly to the hospital. We walked into the nursery with our social worker. And there she was! Just laying in her little hospital crib, so tiny (6lbs, 12oz and 18in), waiting for us.
It was kind of surreal, because everyone was just talking all calm and normal and we were meeting our daughter.
We named her Phoebe Cheyanne Glory Davis. And she is our girl.
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(Posted by Adoption Consultant, Katie Fenska.)
God always is doing more behind the scenes than we know. His ways are often so mysterious but He is always at work. Adam and Audra’s adoption story is another example of His perfect plans unfolding in His perfect timing.
My husband “just happened” to be talking with another pastor in the area and “just happened” to mention Christian Adoption Consultants. That pastor “just happened” to be Adam and Audra’s pastor and he “just happened” to pass along my contact info to them. In October last year, Audra and I got together to talk about life and adoption and in December they started with Tracie, planning to one day adopt a baby boy.
What they hoped would be a relatively quick homestudy process ended up taking more time than planned…it didn’t make sense and it wasn’t easy. But God was working behind the scenes. On July 16 they heard about a situation and that same day their homestudy was ready! They hadn’t originally intended on applying to this specific agency, but they decided to go ahead and apply with them and present. It seemed perfect! But it was not the child God had for them. It didn’t make sense, but God was working behind the scenes.
For the next couple weeks, Adam and Audra spent time really seeking God. He spoke very directly to their hearts about being open to whatever He had for them. And then they heard about another situation from the same agency. A little girl was going to be born soon. God’s ways are often mysterious, but He is always at work. They presented. They were chosen.
Almost a month after they had applied with the agency they never intended to apply with in the first place, their daughter was born!
His perfect plans unfolded in His perfect timing. And now, Adam and Audra look at their two beautiful daughters and see what God was doing behind the scenes all that time!
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Luke and Amy’s journey to their daughter has not been without difficulty. They made an international move in the middle of their adoption process that made things a bit slower and more challenging than usual. But they were committed to adoption and did not give up. They held on to hope knowing that their child would be worth it.
Earlier this spring they were matched and then, three weeks before she was due, their beautiful daughter arrived!
“I was able to spend 2 nights in the hospital with her birth mom–and it was one of the best and most difficult things I have ever done in my life. Luke and I never thought we wanted an open adoption, but God was so clear in telling us to walk through this door. I am so glad we did. Our daughter’s birth parents are so sacrificial and love so extravagantly. We are absolutely in awe of them and are excited to be a part of their lives for a long time. Adoption is bittersweet. And incredibly beautiful.“
Luke and Amy even had the opportunity to go to church together with their daughter’s birthparents as well as her biological siblings! Love is powerfully on display in adoption…so beautiful, so miraculous, every single time.
(Written by Katie Fenska of Tracie’s team)
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Rob and Jolene began working with CAC in November. As the new year came, they were ready to apply to agencies and get the process of “waiting” underway. In May, they were matched with an expectant mom. Just minutes before I contacted them about the match, they had been having a heart-felt, some what emotional conversation, and were having doubts about whether adoption was really for them. Waiting is hard and emotional, and just in that moment of doubt, they received their YES.
This summer, Jolene was able to travel to meet this amazing, expectant mom and was even able to attend a doctors appointment with her.
Their daughter arrived into the world in late July!
A miracle indeed.
Loved by both her first family and her adoptive family.
A treasure indeed!
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