(written and posted by Katie Fenska at Trusting God at Home)
So happy to share about this beautiful family who worked with Katie Fenska and I on their adoption journey.
This post is being shared from Katie’s Blog: Trusting God at Home. Thank you Katie for writing up this beautiful story!
I am just bursting with happiness for this sweet family who just finalized the adoption of their son! Watching them honor God throughout their adoption process was such an encouragement to my heart.
Don and Mel came to Christian Adoption Consultants in August of last year already very familiar with the ups and downs of adoption. They had experienced a heartbreaking international adoption journey that didn’t result in bringing a little one home. They knew all too well the reality that adoption can be a difficult rollercoaster ride of faith. And that is exactly what their domestic adoption journey has been. But oh, how God has shown His faithfulness in giving them peace along every turn!
They began presenting their profile in September 2014 and were quickly chosen that same month by an expectant mama due in January. Almost immediately the obstacles came. Difficultly accessing information, complex potential health issues for the baby, a complete change in some of the expectant parents’ preferences, a change in due date, confusing and foggy uncertainties that just kept coming and coming and coming. Mel and I had countless conversations about all of the unknowns. Again and again we recounted what knew for sure in all of it: that God is trustworthy, that He is mighty, that He knows what He’s doing, that He is good. In the midst of unknowns, He poured out His peace on their hearts.
At one point, Mel called and let me know the latest turn in the story…they had just been informed that (due to some more unforeseen circumstances) someone else would likely now be adopting this child. There were many tears and we all felt shocked and frustrated. But God wasn’t surprised and He was not done with their story. Again they surrendered to Him and again He brought peace in the midst of unknowns. And what appeared to be the impossible suddenly became possible again. The other adoptive family was no longer wanting to move forward and once more, they were back to preparing for this baby’s birth.
When he arrived, they chose to give him a name that means “peace.” This boy’s life is a testimony to God’s love and care…a beautiful reminder that our Father always knows what He is doing, even when chaos swirls around us. God is our peace. I’m so thankful to have watched His peace reign in this family’s story.
ADOPTION STORY: JOHN AND LINNEA by Katie Fenska
At the beginning of October 2013 John and Linnea got started with Tracie at Christian Adoption Consultants. They were so eager and ready to bring home a baby sister for their little ones. They hoped it would be a swift process, but God had other plans in mind.
Their home study wasn’t ready to go until April 2014. Then there were many difficult “no’s” and more waiting that simply did not make sense. Yet, they continued to fight for faith, praying for grace to lay down their own time-line and fighting to surrender to God’s good plans.
Then, after about seven months of presenting and waiting for God’s “yes,” their time finally came. Linnea shares more:
God showed Himself victorious in their surrender, weaving a thousand details perfectly together to bring them their much loved daughter.
John and Linnea, my heart has been so encouraged by watching your faith and desire to live for His plan and not your own. You truly have walked out 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” I’m excited to watch God’s good plans continue to unfold in the story of your precious little girl!
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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.