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Crawford Embryo Adoption
We believe in life! From the moment of conception God has placed all your specific DNA in place to be just who you are! Incredible. "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139
In 1998 we delivered our
firstborn baby. He was diagnosed with Trisomy 13 at our routine
ultrasound. He was not expected to make it to birth or live
afterwards if he did. He did both and came home to live with us for
two months before going Home. What a treasure. We went on to have
five more beautiful, healthy children. Each of our children have
inspired us. Life is a miracle.
After our Joshua, our
first child, we considered adoption. The doctor's advice was to abort
him. Our love for him and for children who could easily be overlooked grew and grew. Over the next several
years we pursued adoption somewhat seriously for three different
little girls and all three were matched with other families,
including one staying with biological relatives. Three little girls
home with families but our hearts were still open and ready for
whoever the Lord had in mind for our family.
We started a foster
ministry and thought that might be where He was leading us to adopt
when we heard of embryo adoption. It kind of blew our minds and we
checked into it. Up to a million frozen embryos in the US after IVF.
Many of them waiting for families. (We still think we could adopt
through foster care in the future...) The doors for EA didn't open
right away but when they did they seemed to open wide! We found a
clinic that had no waiting list and sent us profiles of waiting
babies right away. We adopted eight Cameroonian sibling embryos in
December 2014. We've seen God's hand all over their adoption,
providing amazing ways for us to get them home. Two were transferred
the following February and Esther Faith was born in October. Her
twin didn't implant. We transferred two more and
miscarried them early. They went straight Home instead of coming
home with us. Our third transfer we transformed two more and Caleb was born in December 2018. His twin went Home, too.
More than half of our embryo adoption story
is complete now. Even if they didn't all come home to us they all had
a chance and are no longer frozen. Four in heaven and two home with
us. Now we have two beautiful babies still waiting for their chance
to truly live. Each transfer costs us around $10,000 and now we have one more transfer left to get our last two home.
(So we have five kids in
heaven, seven at home, and two waiting.)
We are excited to see how
God will continue to lead us to give these treasured babies their
chance, hoping they all come home to us and trusting Him no matter
what. There have been so many who have come alongside us to support
their life. We are so thankful for His provision this far and are
hopefully expectant as we complete their adoption
story. Love that we get to be a part of what He's doing for the love
of life! Thank you for being a part of it all with us! He is able to
do above and beyond all we ask or imagine! For His glory. (Eph
Caleb's Home. One transfer left! by Kevin and Jill Crawford
I guess all my posts have been on our Crazy Crawford's fb page or our personal pages but not here! Caleb was born last December! I ended up with a c section because of placenta issues. Turns out he was breech, too, but we didn't know that beforehand. He is healthy and strong and growing fast! 6 months old already and 23 pounds! He's sitting and laughing and drooling. We are in love with this beautiful boy! I'll share a picture if the site will let me!
Our whole family is smitten with Caleb. The younger two have noticed that he's brown like Essie. But Zay also points out he's a boy like him. We are thankful they both get a claim to him! Ha. And glad they will grow up together.
We are currently in the middle of a move but we don't know to where yet! Another season to fix our eyes on the Lord and trust Him! Well keep you posted. 🙂
We are hoping to get back to transfer our last two babies next year sometime. A few of us have been talking about them lately so I joked that Caleb must be growing up fast for us to be thinking of the next two already. They are a long shot or a last resort according to our last embryoligist. So I'm praying they both fight hard and make it! 🙂 They are day 6 and day 7 embryos. Typically embryos are transferred at day 5.
Keep praying for these little loves with us. We are almost to the end of the journey (or just at another new beginning). We are so glad you've come along with us and so honored to be a part of LIFE for these teeny tiny babies. Thankful for our son and daughter to kiss and hold.
He is forever faithful. Eyes on Him!
-This week we are hoping to get a van that fits our family!! It's been over a year! But last fall we were given a truck to sell in order to buy a van! Praise Him! It took a few months to sell but in May someone bought it. So now we're praying we've found the best van for our family! We need one by Friday! Heh. He's our Provider.
20 weeks by Kevin and Jill Crawford
Baby boy! by Kevin and Jill Crawford
Our last update is almost a year old! So let me fill you in!! The end of March we headed back to the west coast to transfer two more of our embryos! One held on and the other we didn't see again after the transfer, just like Esther's story. So we are due to have a healthy little boy on December 15, 2018!! <3 That's a month or so after Essie turns three years old. He's busy and active and we are thrilled. Next week is another ultrasound to see if I still have placenta previa or if it moved up as he grew. Hoping I don't need a c-section and looking forward to seeing his precious face again.
Thanks for being part of our story with your prayers and support! God is forever faithful. Life is good.
-On a side note, our 15 passenger van broke down in Vegas on the way there .God was faithful as always and we were able to rent a van for the rest of the trip... But now we are without a vehicle that fits our family again . Watching to see how He meets that need or what He thinks is best for us .
Esther is two years old! by Kevin and Jill Crawford
This month Esther turns two years old! Celebrating our beautiful queenie! 🙂 She is full of life. Talking, singing, dancing, climbing... She is pure sunshine! With a little sass thrown in for good measure! If you add in her frozen years she would be almost 6, like her big brother, Isaiah!! Fun.
We thought by the time she was two we'd have her siblings home! Then we thought it'd be this December. Now we're hoping before she's three she'll have baby siblings to hold! Praying for our babies as we celebrate her! God is faithful and we are trusting Him every step of this journey. Even though my birthday is also approaching, reminding me more and more of Sarah and Abraham, we trust. Nothing is impossible with the Him. He reminded me this week in 2 Kings that what seems difficult for us is "an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord."
So while we wait... we celebrate! Happy two years to our youngest treasure! And to her big sister who turns 17 the day after Essie! We are so blessed. So thankful!
Will the baby be a boy or girl? by Kevin and Jill Crawford
We'll just have to wait and see...
Isaiah keeps singing this Daniel Tiger song over and over lately. He's excited to get his siblings home. We don't know if they are boys or girls so it's appropriate! He hopes we'll get to meet them by next summer. We do, too! 🙂 We're hoping to transfer on October 20th which would be a July 8th due date! Pray with us! It will only happen by God's grace and favor!
Such a good big brother loving his baby brothers/sisters already!
Thankful for those who helped give Essie's life a chance! <3 by Kevin and Jill Crawford
Our adoption just got updated to Child Identified by Kevin and Jill Crawford
Four frozen embryos waiting