From the day that Stephen and Laura first called, I knew that their story was already wrapped with an incredible purpose. While their journey may have begun with unimaginable pain, God didn’t let that go to waste.
Picking up the phone that day, I had no clue that the Lord was going to use CAC as a vessel to heal the broken hearts of a sweet, sweet family. Initially, Laura shared their story with me and the difficulties they had already experienced in adoption. Two days earlier they had just returned home after experiencing a interrupted/failed adoption. They were a bit defeated and scared, but I heard hope in her voices. I could tell they were nervous to be making the step back into adoption, but they weren’t going to let that stop them. And, thank God for that! They didn’t want to give up and knew that God was going to show up.
I was so encouraged by their perseverance and faith in God. We continued working together after that initial call. Throughout our journey together we discussed potential expecting parent situations and I provided adoption education for them every step of the way.
Then, they got the call. On Laura’s Birthday they got the news that they had been chosen to be the parents! They waited with big faith for their sweet little girl to be born. It would have been easy to allow fear to take over, wondering if this would be a similar situation to what happened before, but God’s peace and patience prevailed.
The day Olivia was born was such a special day! Throughout their entire journey, they placed their hope in God. What an honor it was to walk with this sweet couple as they journeyed through the adoption process. I was moved over and over again by their faithfulness and trust in the Lord.
Laura shares a few thoughts on their journey below:
“We, like so many others, turned to adoption after years of fertility struggles. When we made the decision to adopt we thought the best path for us would be to do research on our own and pick an agency or two to work with. We selected an agency and we were matched several months later. We experienced an interrupted/failed adoption. It was so difficult to walk through and we felt very alone in our journey.
Two days after we returned home we were introduced to Jonnilyn and Christian Adoption Consultants. After our first phone call with her, we knew this was the route we needed to take. We realized what we had been missing the whole time in our entire adoption process- an advocate. With Jonnilyn we found someone who cared about us. She listened to our story, and took the time to learn about who we were and our desires for our family.
As we waited to be matched she would continuously check in on us to see how we were doing and discuss potential expecting mother situations that had come our way. In the summer we received a situation for an expecting mother that we decided to present to. We got the call on my birthday that the birth mother picked us! It was the best birthday present we could have imagined. Fast forward to a few months later Olivia made her debut! She is perfect and we couldn’t be happier.
Thank you to Jonnilyn and CAC! Working with you was a wonderful way to grow our family.”