Ann and her husband Matt live in Georgia, and they have two precious daughters, the older who was brought to them through the incredible gift of adoption. Ann has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Clemson University and has worked in various forms of ministry for the last 10 years. After working with CAC throughout her family’s adoption journey, she knows this is the place she wants to use her passions and gifts to witness the Lord form forever families through adoption.
From a defining moment in high school, I always knew that adoption was going to play a role in my future family. After much prayer and conversation, Matt and I knew that this was how the Lord was calling us to start our family, and in 2017, four years into marriage, we started the process of domestic adoption in order to be approved for a local adoption agency we were working with at the time. We were approved and a waiting family in January of 2018, but it wasn’t until September of that year that we were introduced to and began working with CAC. A few weeks into our journey with CAC we were matched, and our daughter was born days later. It was a whirlwind, and we truly could not have navigated that time without the support and guidance of our amazing consultant. We are incredibly grateful to have an ongoing relationship with our daughter’s birth mom as we are on a journey of learning the importance of all three sides of the adoption triad and the crucial role we play as parents of a transracial adoptee.
We have since added a second daughter to our family after walking through a year of unexplained infertility. It was a long, lonely and sometimes painful season, but I can look back and see the Lord’s hand at work as He used it to strengthen our marriage, deepen my faith, and stretch me to pray some of my boldest prayers. Walking through that year allowed me to see even further the ways the Lord chooses to answer our prayers in His time and in His way. Our family, no matter how He chooses to continue to grow us in number, is a testament to a song I have been singing since 2016. I can confidently say that all of His promises are yes and amen.
I wish I was sitting across from you at a coffee shop right now sharing with you you all the ways I saw the Lord show up and come through in our daughter’s adoption process. When I think back to that season, I can only string these five words together: “Only God could do this.” I hope I get the opportunity to hear your journey and what brought you to this next step in growing your family. Whatever path you have walked to get to this point in your story, and no matter where it leads you from here, I hope you are able to say: “Only God could do this.”