Seth and Casey are an amazing couple. It has been a pleasure as their adoption consultants with Christian Adoption Consultants to walk alongside them in their adoption journey to their precious baby boy. Their adoption journey wasn’t quite what they expected, but God has a funny way of turning things upside down! Casey shares their family’s story:
Adoption has been our hearts and minds since May of 2010. Seth was in college, we just had our 3rd biological child, and it just wasn’t the right time in that particular season of life. When we decided to pursue adoption in November 2014, we had also just put into action God’s calling to move onto the opposite side of the state, in August.
Our adoption journey was a roller coaster ride! My dad’s favorite quote is If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. I like to have a plan, to be in control, to have a timeline. Obviously patience is NOT a virtue that comes easy to me! Adoption causes all of those feelings to be completely out of whack!
When we started the process we wanted a baby girl. That’s what we wanted and NOTHING was going to change that. When the first case for a boy came along I felt God’s nudging to present our profile, but I didn’t want to??.I was digging my heels in. I knew what I wanted and I acted like a child. I prayed for a long time that day and I shed a few tears over what I thought was giving up on my dream. We presented to the expectant mom, we weren’t chosen, and to my shock, I was disappointed ! ! (Where did those feelings come from???)
We presented our profile 18 times to expectant moms, of those 18, 8 were expecting boys.
God used our adoption journey to not only bring our son home to us, but to stretch and grow Seth and me more than we imagined. We learned to rely on Jesus, to rely on the one who has the whole world in His hands. Our marriage and our family has come through adoption closer than ever. I understood what God wanted from me. He wanted myYes?, He wanted for me to give my worries over to Him, He wanted my full trust, to believe He ONLY wants good things for His children. And yeah, maybe the child he brought into our lives wouldn’t be what I expected, but they were going to be CHOSEN BY GOD to be in our family! Isn’t that the most reassuring statement?? I wasn’t in control, I couldn’t change the outcome, and my child was going to be hand selected by a KING!
When I first saw Momma K’s case she didn’t know if she was having a boy or girl, she was overdue, and had no prenatal care. But I couldn’t deny the feeling of God calling us to step out, trust Him, and present to this potential birth mom. We waited for 4 days and then got a call from Emilie at the agency saying Momma K was in labor and she had chosen us! We waited, what felt like days, but was only 6 hours, and got a phone call that saidYou have a son.
I can’t describe the feelings of joy, relief, and excitement in that phone call. She sent a picture shortly after that and the tears wouldn’t stop flowing. We waited exactly 9 months to the day for K to be born into our lives. Everything with K’s adoption happened so fast, it was 40 hours from the time we were chosen to when we took our baby to the hotel. It felt so surreal after the years of waiting for him.
He is the best baby and is a perfect fit into our family. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. God knew what He was doing all along. He knew who my heart needed before I did. And in the end isn’t that what we all want? A Father who hears us, sees us, who really knows us.
Many thanks to Casey for sharing her amazing story of God’s plan for her family’s lives. He definitely is in the business of changing our hearts and ever drawing us closer to His best for our lives.
We’d love to talk about your own adoption journey any time.
Call Dawn at (813) 360-7368 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org