While Chris and Sophia learned about trusting God’s timing and laughing at His sense of humor during their adoption journey, as their Consultant, I also learned to laugh and trust God more deeply while serving their family! After getting to know them for several months and forming a deep relationship as we walked their adoption journey together, they matched with a momma while I was halfway across the world on vacation. All three of us learned to lean into our communities and trust that God’s timing is perfect, even when we didn’t know the full picture. A huge shout-out to my co-worker, Samantha, for stepping in and loving Chris, Sophia, and Luke through their time of match and travel! I hope this story is a great reminder that when you choose to partner with CAC, our entire team is here to support you, pray for you, resource you, and encourage you every step of the way. Chris and Sophia: I am so grateful to have played a small role in your family’s story; God’s faithfulness & sense of humor proved true throughout your journey! Sophia & Chris share their story below…
We’ve always joked that God has a sense of humor. His timing is never when we think we want it, but we have to laugh because it’s always so much better. Our journey to our son is a perfect example of this.
We began our adoption journey in late fall 2021 after a very difficult time trying to get pregnant. We always desired to be parents, and once the idea of adoption was presented, God continually opened doors for us, placing people in our lives who shared their personal adoption experiences with us. After we had our first introductory phone call with our consultant Ann from CAC, we looked at each other with tears in our eyes, and knew right then that this was the path we were supposed to take.
As excited as we were, nothing could have prepared us for the myriad of emotions we would experience. Every night we prayed for patience, but it was difficult to stay positive at times. Our consultant Ann was such a wonderful and steadfast guide along the way, always listening to our struggles and reminding us of God’s plan for our lives. Every time we hung up the phone with her, we had a renewed sense of hope. We could never have walked this journey without her. We heard a number of “not yets” before our son. Each time it was so painful, but we always tried to remind ourselves that a family somewhere in the world that wanted to be parents as much as we did, had just found their child, and this brought us peace.
God’s plan, and His sense of humor, became so apparent in the way He led us to our son. Running a summer camp means that summers are the absolute busiest time of the year for us and definitely not the ideal time to start a family. It was the very first day of camp when we received a text message from one of the match coordinators at an agency. The text stated that a baby boy had been born halfway across the country the previous day, and she wondered if we had any interest. We immediately said yes, we’d like to hear more. Two hours later, a phone call changed our lives forever. The agency told us that mom had told them what she was looking for in a family, and they chose us. If we said yes, we would be his parents, but we needed to decide in the next 20 minutes because things needed to happen fast. We didn’t need 20 minutes. We knew from the moment we heard those words that this was our son.
The next thing we knew, we had a flight booked for the next morning, and we were trying to gather all the necessary items and prepare our home for a baby. It was surreal. We had the unique and amazing experience of working with another CAC consultant during our journey. It just so happened that Ann was on vacation the exact week that we matched, and Samantha was covering her caseload while she was gone – God again, showing His sense of humor! We are so thankful to Samantha for taking our frantic call and walking us through every detail of this match. She was a God-send during this whirlwind 24 hours. From flight delays and almost missing our connecting flight, to getting the very last rental car at the airport, to calling 30 hotels that had no available rooms that week, God was with us every step of the way, helping us find a way through every obstacle.
One of the most beautiful parts of our journey was the time we spent with our son’s Birth Mother in the hospital before we met our son. Despite the nerves, there was such a sense of peace as we talked with her. She was beautiful, and we fell in love with her instantly. We learned about her family, upbringing, and what she liked to do. She asked us about our lives too. When we hugged her goodbye, we told her how much we loved her, and she responded that she loved us too and knew we would love her son. We are forever thankful for the time we got to spend with her.
We truly understood the complexity of emotions associated with adoption in the time we spent with her. We were so grateful and excited to become parents while simultaneously grieving for his Birth Mama and her amazing bravery.
The moment we met our son was the most amazing experience. He was perfect in every way. As we stared at his tiny little face, it didn’t matter that summer camp had just started or that we had nothing set up for a baby at home. We were now a family, and God in His infinite wisdom (and sense of humor) had orchestrated this beautiful story, and it was better than we could have ever imagined.
We are beyond thankful to Ann and everyone at CAC. We cannot imagine having walked through this journey without them!