When you’re around adoption even just a little bit, you start to notice some similar threads with each unique story. You will start to see God’s fingerprints there each time, declaring that His timing is always perfect and that He is always working for good in all of the details. Check out the wild ways He vibrantly revealed Himself in Brooke and Jesse’s story…
In June of last year, Jesse and Brooke got started with Christian Adoption Consultants. They began their home study process right away and then they waited, and waited, and waited some more for it to be finished. They were so ready to start presenting but summer passed and then fall ticked along, and still they waited for their home study to be ready to go. Jesse and Brooke held tight to truth that God’s timing is always perfect and trusted that He was up to good.
Fast forward to the end of October and Jesse and Brooke were finally home study approved. I forwarded them an adoption situation: twins due in the spring. They read it over but hadn’t thought much about adopting multiples and shrugged it off, deciding not to present. Other families presented but as the expectant mama looked at profiles, she just didn’t quite feel like she found what she was looking for. A couple weeks later, I received word that a family still had not been found for these boys and I sent the situation out again. Brooke says,
“I thought, ‘Ok Lord, are you trying to tell us something?!’ We prayed about it and felt God clearly saying, ‘Yes, present!’ We got to a place of peace knowing that He could open or close the door.”
While they were waiting to hear if they were chosen, I got a text from Brooke about God’s timing. She told me that almost exactly four years earlier they had found out that they had lost the twins Brooke was pregnant with. God is such a redemptive God with His timing, even when it comes to dates that hold great sorrow.
The twins’ birthmom knew that Jesse and Brooke were what she was looking for. They formed a tight, fast bond, joined together with a common love for the boys. (If you want a picture of how beautiful open adoption can be, look no further than Jesse and Brooke’s story. They all consider one another family.) Countless details confirmed to all of them that this was God’s doing. Here’s one pretty incredible example that Brooke highlights:
“Prior to being matched God had laid the verse Jeremiah 29:11 on Jesse’s heart and kept laying it on his heart. He woke up one night and journaled it even! When we had our first visit with our boys’ birth momma we hadn’t heard her whole story. As she began to tell us, she included how she started to claim Jeremiah 29:11 for these boys lives! Jesse teared up and told her to open the small gift and card we brought her. I had no idea! In the card he wrote out the verse! God had so many of these confirmations along the way. It’s just crazy. It was so clear to us and their birthmom.”
He truly is in every detail. And God’s perfect timing? Well, on almost the exact day Jesse and Brooke signed up with CAC and started praying for their birth momma, the twins were conceived. These precious, sweet baby boys were born in March and their story speaks so clearly of God’s hand at work.
Jesse and Brooke, I could look at pictures of your family over and over and never get tired of it. God’s plans really are so perfect, aren’t they?