Every journey through adoption will look wildly different. There are so many unique pieces to every story, different souls blending together from different walks of life and experiences. However, what I find to be a commonality in such a diverse experience is that every person looks back and thinks, “This looks nothing like I thought it would.” With that being said, there is a demand for a level of trust that is hard to relinquish. Trust in perfect strangers, trust in the process, trust in professionals, in each other, and as believers, in the God who puts together the pieces of those unknowns. Robbie & Erin put their trust in all of the above as they walked through the journey that led them to their son. I hope their words leave you feeling encouraged wherever you are today.
We began the process in April of 2022. We thought we would have a quick and easy home study, but it took many months due to government documents and background checks getting backed up. When we were finally approved and ready to begin presenting, it was a relief to check off the “paperwork” box of our to-do list.
The first situation we received was on Erin’s birthday. She had taken the day off of work and spent time setting up the nursery, so it was perfect timing to truly start wrapping our heads around the thought that we would have a new addition soon. On this day, we also realized how much we didn’t know and how incredibly thankful we were to have MacKenzie to walk us through the situation, what to look for, and just be our cheerleader! We presented to a few situations and were not chosen. We started to feel a little discouraged. After a few pep talks from MacKenzie, we decided that we needed to do something for ourselves and took some time for a vacation and to enjoy the holidays.
A month later, we were up late watching a movie one night and got a phone call from a number we didn’t have saved in our phones. It was an agency calling about a baby boy who had been recently born. We told them we wanted to present, and an hour later, we received a call that we were matched! We packed our bags and hit the road a few hours later. We arrived at the hospital late in the morning to meet the most precious, little 3-day-old baby boy.
There were several divine coincidences during the whole process, but one of our favorites was the location he was born. We had seen and presented to situations all over the country. The hospital baby boy was born at just so happened to be 30 minutes from a town we had just moved from a year and a half prior. One of our best friends was able to drive up and see us at the hospital while we waited and helped get us some supplies we had forgotten. We are so thankful to have had the peace that comes with familiarity on a day filled with so much emotion and uncertainty.
God’s biggest teaching moment through this process was that his timing and plan are perfect. No matter how hard you try to control the scenario, God knows better. He had our promise waiting and knew the joy that he would bring our family. The first time we held him in the hospital was a moment that we will never forget. Without a second thought, we knew he was our child and were beyond blessed that his Birth Mom chose us to raise her baby!
***We provide the following adoption services here at Christian Adoption Consultants: Embryo Adoption, Domestic Adoption & International Adoption. If you are interested in working with MacKenzie, you can reach out directly to her here-she would be more than happy to assist you, provide you with our adoption informational packet, and set up a FREE 30-minute consultation with you!***