If there was book detailing Whitney and Chelsea’s adoption stories, it’s pages would explode with breathtaking tales of God’s care and faithfulness. It would read of love, need, faith, and provision. It would lead you through vivid displays of God’s heart to knit families together.
Whitney and Chelsea watched God incredibly provide for them to adopt their son from Ethiopia in 2012. They brought home a sick, malnourished little boy and watched God transform him into a happy, healthy, loving, active son right before their very eyes. Whitney and Chelsea saw that God loves to care for children. Soon, they were ready to bring home another little one in need of a family.
In February 2013 they began working with me, this time hoping to adopt domestically. Katie and I loved getting to know this beautiful couple and their amazing faith and love through making their profile, praying for them, and supporting them through each step along their adoption journey!
After just completing an expensive international adoption they were very aware that God was going to have to show up big time financially to make another adoption happen. Under the section on their CAC application asking what their budget for this adoption was, they simply wrote, “Whatever the Lord provides.” They knew that they had a great need and they believed that their great God was able to meet it for the sake of a child.
In June their home-study had been updated and they began to learn about adoption situations. They also saved, applied for grants, held a puzzle fundraiser, and prayed for many expectant mothers along the way. The wait was not easy. (It never is!)
Then in October, they heard about a baby boy whose mother was making the courageous choice of adoption. They believed that God was leading them to present, but they knew they did not yet have all the funds they needs for the adoption fees. Still, they trusted, knowing that if this was the baby for them, then God would provide all that they needed. And sure enough, they were chosen and He was ready to provide!
Now two beautiful brothers, born worlds away from one another, will grow up in this safe, loving Christian family together. They will grow up hearing again and again about the incredible God who powerfully made a way for them to come home.
We are so thankful to have been able to read some of the pages of this story as it’s unfolded.
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to what an expectant mom hopes for in an adoptive family. Many large families don’t pursue it simply because they assume they’ll never get chosen by an expectant mom. I’m so glad that Paul and Michelle didn’t let that potential fear have the last word in their adoption journey!
Paul and Michelle worked with me in 2009 and had a whirlwind adoption. Then, in November 2013 they began with us again for their 2nd adoption. They started presenting their profile to expectant moms in June of 2014; they waited, they prayed, and they believed that God would bring about this adoption in His own perfect timing. Just three months later they were matched!
They spent the next several months building a beautiful relationship with their baby’s birth mom. They flew down to get to know her better, supported her, encouraged her, and prayed for her every step of the way. They invested their very hearts and lives in loving her, believing that God had specifically called them to love and care for her, not just the baby she was carrying. It’s one thing to love your child’s birth mom when the adoption has happened and the baby is in your arms. It’s another thing to love before that without guarantees. And that’s what they did.
Right before Thanksgiving, their beautiful daughter entered the world. As it often goes with adoption, there were some very difficult and uncertain moments. But Paul and Michelle were committed to loving, no matter what, even when it was hard. And now their family of eleven is at home soaking up new baby snuggles, their hearts forever connected to the woman whose sacrificial love gave their daughter a life filled with hope.
Saying “yes” to God when He leads you down the path of adoption usually means saying “yes” to a journey filled with some twists and turns you could never have imagined. Sometimes the twists and turns bring with them beautiful surprises. Sometimes they bring with them unknowns and completely different scenery than you anticipated journeying through. But for Daniel and Mae, saying “yes” to adoption meant saying “yes” to trusting God, whatever twists and turns would come along the way.
Daniel and Mae started with Christian Adoption Consultants way back in July of 2012. Right away they had a happy bend in the road. They put their adoption plans on hold when they found out that Mae was pregnant. Fast forward about two years later. Daniel and Mae renewed their homestudy and were ready to follow wherever God led them.
They applied to agencies with CAC’s assistance in July of 2014 and about a month later, they got the call that they had been praying for. They were matched! A brave woman had chosen them to be the parents of her baby boy, a little guy who was due in the winter.
As they waited for the months to pass, more twists in the road kept coming; some unknowns, including some potential health concerns for the baby and the possibility of a NICU stay, loomed on the horizon. This was not what they had expected to encounter along their way. They prayed, they sought counsel from others, and ultimately they trusted God, knowing He had led them down the bumpy path exactly where they were walking.
Then, a month before their son’s due date, they got another call-a huge exciting turn in the road; their son was about to be born…a month early! They rushed to make arrangements and headed to meet him, praying for him all along the way. All of the unknowns, all of the bumps and twists and uncertain terrain had led them straight to that day. Healthy and happy, this little guy ended up NOT needing a NICU stay at all!
He spent his due date at home with his daddy and mommy and siblings, being loved and adored. And all of those twists and turns along the road to their son? Mae shared with me, “I want people to hear God’s story of purpose, redemption, and healing through our son’s story! Our son ended up in our family from the Lord’s clear leading.”
The road of adoption is rarely straight but there is One who knows where He’s leading. And wherever He leads, we can be sure He will be there with us all along the way!
Right now is a great time to get started with CAC! Any new families who sign up between January 1 and 9 will receive $100 off of our full service consulting packages (does not apply to our self-serve consulting package, returning families, or special needs consulting packages).
For more information about adoption, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help you on your adoption journey!
The beginning of the year is the time to look forward and dream about what could be.
Could this be the year that you take action on your desire to adopt?
Christian Adoption Consultants wants to help you get started by offering a $100 discount. Any new families who sign up between January 1 and 9 will receive $100 off of our full service consulting packages (does not apply to our self serve consulting package, returning families or special needs consulting packages).
If finances are all that is holding you back, maybe this is just the encouragement you need to make the first move towards the baby that God would place in your family.
Contact me via email at email@example.com
(Posted by CAC teammate, Katie Fenska)
Mark and Amber came to Christian Adoption Consultants in May, already very worn from waiting. Nine years of waiting to become parents together and six months of that time spent waiting with a local agency where they were not having their profile shown. Understandably, they were tired and beginning to feel hopeless. But the God of hope was not done with their story.
Using our multi-agency approach, they started presenting their profile to expectant mothers, beginning to feel hope rise. And then, one month after signing on with CAC they got the call that they had been chosen!
For the next four months, Mark and Amber invested their very hearts in the man and woman who had chosen them…spending time with them, building a relationship with them, and praying for them. As is often the case with adoption, it was not without difficulty or tears. Waiting to be matched is a hard thing. But sometimes the unknowns while you wait for that child to be born can be even more challenging.
“As much as I trusted him, at times I was overcome with fear and doubt. “What if’s” crept in and I could barely put one foot in front of the other. It’s so easy to trust when you see the end picture but when adversity comes your way you question things. Thankfully, our God is so much bigger and more faithful than the what if’s and questions because he loves us, provides for us, and works for our good.”
Mark and Amber held on to the God of hope, believing that He was there with them. And then one day in September, their beautiful daughter was born.
“I could write a book about the amazing providential things that occurred throughout our journey to know our daughter. I can still barely wrap my mind around it all. I am finally a Mommy and not just any Mommy, but a Mommy to an amazing child who God predestined and entrusted to us. Oh how I have longed for that title, Praise God!”
Years of waiting. Countless prayers. And hope in a God that did not disappoint. Praise God indeed!
(Photos courtesy of Lizvette Wreath Photography)
Christian Adoption Consultants is offering a 10% discount on all it’s full service domestic consulting packages from Oct. 29-Nov.7. Any new families who sign on during that window will receive 10% off the full service packages. (This discount does not apply to the “Do It Yourself Program” and may not be combined with any other discounts). We only offer discounts like this a few times a year. Don’t miss out!
(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!
For more information on our services, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Adoption Consultants is offering a 10% discount on all it’s full service domestic consulting packages October 29th through November 7th. Any new families who sign on during that window will receive 10% off the full service packages. (This discount does not apply to the “Do It Yourself Program” and may not be combined with any other discounts). We only offer discounts like this a few times a year. Don’t miss out!