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 3:20)