Jarred and Abbie have an amazing story of welcoming their son into their family with the help of Christian Adoption Consultants. Today Abbie is graciously sharing excerpts from their journey of God’s faithfulness as they grew their family through adoption.
May 28, 2021, We Are Adopting!
We have been waiting in anticipation to grow our family and it has been more challenging than we expected. After several doctor visits, rounds of lab work, second opinions and lots of prayer, we were told naturally conceiving could continue to be difficult for us.
Instead we will be pursuing domestic infant adoption! Meaning our baby could be born anywhere in the US. Currently, we are in the home study process and creating our profile book. The home study, and the profile book are some of the most important pieces. The home study gives us the OK to go “active” and present to expecting families. The book is how expectant moms will get an idea of who we are.
Adoption is exciting, scary, hard and beautiful. It is a journey that comes from brokenness and we are prepared for a lot of ups and downs. We know that God has led us on this path. Already, He has shown us that he has been intentionally placing people in our lives to prepare us for this journey. We are confident he already knows our baby, and when that baby will be in our arms. Through this whole process the song “Promise Keeper” by Hope Darst has been a wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness.
You are the promise keeper, your word will never fail. My heart can trust you Jesus. I wont be overwhelmed. My eyes are going to see, miracles and victories. You are a promise keeper, your word will never fail.
I see your goodness in the land of the living, I see your goodness right here right now. ‘Cause you know the ending before the beginning, I know that you have worked all things out.
Promise Keeper, By Hope Darst
We are so excited to share our journey. We know that it very well could be a long road. But we trust that there is something for us in each step, in each high and low, and that it will all lead to our precious baby!
With much gratitude,
Jarred and Abbie
July 20, 2021, Adoption Update
It has been just shy of two months since we announced that we were adopting! And a whirlwind at that! It has been full of paperwork, phone calls, lots of prayer, fundraising and overall excitement! We are so thankful for everyone that has shared their excitement with us, and for those that have generously donated already! We wanted to provide an update of what we have been doing since we announced.
As of today we are officially Home Study Ready! This means we are legally ready to adopt when the situation arises!
August 6, 2021, We Are Active, Waiting to Match!
We are so excited to announce that we are an active, waiting family! Our home study is done, our profile book has been printed (it turned out beautifully!) and we are officially in the portion of waiting. We are prepared for this part to take some time (but hope that it won’t).
December 25, 2021, We Are Matched!
We had the most special Christmas this year! Christmas Eve was spent with family going to Christmas service at church, appetizer party at our house after, where the kids made gingerbread houses and opened gifts from Jarred and I. And then we spent the evening playing games and spending time together.
After everyone went home and we were finished cleaning up I checked my phone and saw I had a missed call from our adoption agency along with a voicemail! We had presented to a situation about 3 weeks prior and had assumed we wouldn’t hear back until after Christmas as it had already been a longer wait time than the others we had presented to. My heart began to beat quickly as we had always received an email with an update that we had not been chosen prior… never a phone call!
I listened to the voicemail from our case worker saying “Hi Abbie I am calling on Christmas Eve, and just give me a call back as soon as you can!” I grabbed Jarred and we called her back together. She quickly answered and shared the news that an incredibly brave and selfless woman had chosen us to parent her child! She wanted to make sure that we found out on Christmas Eve or Christmas so that we would get the best present this year! We immediately began to cry out of so much excitement and thankfulness!
We are so excited to share and announce that we are officially matched! Baby boy is due March 2022! We can not wait to meet him and his incredible mother who chose us! We already feel so connected to her and love her and that sweet baby boy so much!
March 25, 2022, Archer’s Birth Story
Saturday morning, March 12th, Jarred and I got in the car and started our ten and a half hour trip. The whole drive there we just kept talking about how excited and nervous we were.
Before our son’s Birth Mother delivered we were able to connect in person over dinner and she said how sure she was of choosing us, and that she was so thankful for us. We discussed her wishes for openness moving forward and our wishes for her to be a part of his life. We left feeling so at peace, so thankful and also so heartbroken for her. Adoption is such a roller coaster of a ride-highest of highs and lowest of lows.
The next morning we were told he was born! We quickly got a text with a couple pictures and he was absolutely perfect! She said they would let us know when Mama J was ready for us to come.
Tuesday, March 15th at 11am, almost 24 hours after Archer had been born, we walked into the nursery to meet our son. I immediately became so overwhelmed my emotions, so much back and forth, so much heartache and longing, -it was finally here. We were taken into a small room and after a couple minutes they wheeled in the tiniest, sweetest boy.I will never forget picking him up for the very first time. He was (and still is) the most perfect, beautiful baby boy. The negative pregnancy tests, and “not yets” from other expecting mamas finally made sense…they all led us to our son.
We are so in awe of how perfectly this entire journey was orchestrated by God. We are so thankful, so in love, and so ready to get home and introduce him to family and friends! We are the luckiest parents and we think it’s pretty cool that Archer has us and his Birth Mom loving him fiercely.