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Adoption Story: Jared and Stephanie

Jared and Stephanie's adoption journey took some unexpected turns.  But, in the end I know they would both agree that they are so thankful for the road that led to their precious son!  Stephanie shares more below...

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Adoption was always something we talked about, we knew that it would be a part of our story, but we never knew truly how amazing it would be. After trying to get pregnant with no luck, we felt God strongly calling us to stop fertility treatments and instead put our focus on adoption. The immediate peace I felt when we first reached out to Christian Adoption Consultants was like nothing I had ever experienced. After a couple emails back and forth all of my fears, worries, and questions were exchanged for joy, hope, and excitement! We signed up with CAC in December 2016 and quickly started our home study process and were ready to see situations mid-January! We quickly saw several situations and we had a true hope that someday soon we would be blessed with a baby in our arms!


After a few months of seeing situations, praying over them and presenting to a few, we got a call on a Thursday night in the beginning of May that we were MATCHED!! It was an unreal feeling of joy and excitement that someone chose us to be her baby’s parents, which is a surreal and humbling feeling. In the end, that birth mom chose last minute to parent her sweet baby girl. Our world was rocked and I began to question God’s plan in us adopting.


Literally 8 days later, we got a call asking us if we wanted to be parents TONIGHT?! A precious baby boy had been born 6 weeks early across the country. After some time in prayer we said YES and flew out the next morning to meet our baby boy! God’s timing was PERFECT! He knew exactly what we needed even when we were confused and not trusting in His perfect plan. We are SO in love with our son, he is truly the biggest blessing of our lives! Adoption has changed our lives, it has made us parents, helped us to grow closer to God, and trust Him in new ways.


Working with CAC made a world of difference in making our adoption go so smoothly. I cannot imagine adopting without our consultant Leah’s help, guidance, and constant encouragement and prayers!


Congratulations Jared and Stephanie!  What a sweet reminder your story has been that God is faithful and He can be trusted... even in the midst of heartache, He is working out a beautiful plan for our good and His glory!

Considering adoption? I'd love to chat with you more about working with CAC! Email me at Leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Adoption Story: Brandon and Alyse

I love this family's story.  From the way God opened Alyse's heart to adoption to the way they loved their daughter's birthmom so well - it was such an honor to walk alongside of them through their adoption journey.  THREE months after they sent off applications to our recommended agencies, they were matched.  Then just a few short weeks later their baby girl was in their arms.  Alyse shares all the details below... 

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Our adoption journey didn't begin with a lifelong desire to pursue adoption. In fact, I brushed off the idea for several years as we struggled with infertility and the treatments that go along. I so badly wanted to experience pregnancy. Looking back, there were several moments throughout our infertility that pointed to adoption, and I purposely ignored them, praying to experience pregnancy and for our story to play out the way I had planned. It wasn't until October 2016 that I was sitting in church and so clearly understood that God wanted adoption to be a part of our story. In that moment, every part of me immediately released the longing to experience pregnancy, and our story suddenly made sense. God had given me that peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.



We began working with CAC and Leah in February after completing our home study. We were so impressed with how available Leah was for any and every need or question we had, as well as the incredible resources CAC provided us to navigate this unknown world of adoption. After Leah completed our beautiful profile book and we applied to various agencies, we sat and waited. I'd like to say patiently, but it wasn't always easy to be patient. After five years of infertility, this was a new and exciting experience, but the waiting did not get easier. In fact, it was almost more difficult because becoming parents was so much closer than we'd ever been! Leah was so encouraging to us along the way. She put my heart at ease every time she reassured me that God would not let us miss our baby. We waited only three months, but I'll tell you, some days, it felt like a lifetime!


We finally got the call that we were matched just 27 days until Aubree's arrival! That was the most glorious moment as I literally fell to my knees in my kitchen, thanking God. I thanked Him for this incredible gift of our sweet Aubree, but I thanked him even more for giving us the story that HE planned for us. He taught me that He is the greatest author of all time- yesterday, today, and tomorrow. When the waiting gets tough and it's hard to see the end anywhere in sight, He is working and writing your story, and His stories are far better than we could ever imagine. When we say YES to God and His plan for us, our heartache turns into something we never imagined in our wildest dreams. THAT is the God we serve and the God who continues writing each of our stories.


In the end, we have seen God's hand in so many details throughout this journey. That October 2016 day when God so clearly laid adoption on my heart was made even more special when we found out Aubree was conceived in October 2016. When Aubree was born on June 29, 2017, we were blessed with the sweetest nurse who shared with us and Aubree's birth mother that she, too, had adopted a son 21 years ago who was born on June 29th. She was an incredible encourager to both of us mamas. We also formed the most precious relationship with Aubree's birth mother and sister. Upon our return to the hospital one morning, we arrived to find that Aubree's birth mother had dressed her in a onesie we'd had in her diaper bag (but hadn't shown her) that read "Worth the Wait". We continue to have a special relationship with her birth mother and are so thankful for her in our lives. We are thankful to CAC and Leah for guiding us through the unknowns of open adoption.

We never imagined our story would play out the way it has, but we are ever so grateful that God's stories are far more precious than ours and we are so completely in love with our sweet Aubree!


Brandon, Alyse and Aubree were waiting out ICPC just up the road from where I live, and I adored getting to hug their necks and hold their gorgeous baby girl! While we were eating ice cream together they got the call that they were cleared to bring their baby girl home.

Congratulations, Brandon and Alyse!!  What an absolute blessing it was to work with your family!  

Been considering adoption? I'd love to chat with you more about working with CAC! Email me at Leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Adoption Story: Jason and Suzanne

I absolutely adored working with Jason and Suzanne! Suzanne and I hit it off during our first phone call as we eerily had a ton in common. I was thrilled when she and her husband, Jason, decided to move forward with CAC! Suzanne shares more of their story below...

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October 2016 I approached my husband with a very odd vision (the only thing I could call it) that I kept having. I told him I keep seeing our family in a year with a baby that doesn't look like us. We had discussed adoption many times before, always wanting it to be in our future, but we never expected that it would be this early. Jason was very receptive and said let's begin praying and see if this is where God is leading us now. I was shocked to see he didn't shut the idea down because within the last 7 months we had gotten married, changed careers and moved to a new state. So surely God wasn't planning on more changes (I know He's laughing as I write this!).

 

November 2016 we researched adoption and kept coming across Christian Adoption Consultants. Looking at all consultants, I came across Leah. Her husband, like mine, was a youth pastor, and they lived in Florida a few hours north of us. I emailed her and we talked over the phone and immediately hit it off. We began our journey with CAC excited and ready to see what a God had planned. After a few trials that Leah guided us through, we were home study approved in May 2017. A few weeks after our home study was completed, we were contacted by an adoption lawyer. What was meant to be an informational phone call turned in to "the one."  He said he had an expectant mother potentially for us who was due in July, and he wondered if we’d be interested in sending in our profile book. He said he would get back with us within a day or two. We prayed all night long for God’s will to be done and the next morning (May 25th) we received the news she picked us!



With about a month to prepare, we knew God was telling us "I got this, if you follow My plan I will take care of the rest" and He did! We then began communication with our son’s birthmom. Momma "N" as we call her did not speak English but through an interpreter we would FaceTime and text. Momma "N" was kind, loving and had the sweetest smile which always reassured me this was God's plan. We soon found out the baby was due a week early - June 27th!



On June 26th we flew to our son’s birth state and rushed to the hospital the next day. James Beckham "Beck" came at 9:58am! We stayed in his birth state for a total of 10 days after he was born. We will cherish those days forever loving on our baby boy and experiencing his first days of life. Even the ICPC wait was a blessing!



We cannot thank Leah enough for her guidance (with some counseling!), love, and friendship. Her continuous support is what brought us through whatever issues arose and always brought me peace. I know God led us to Leah not only for her help, but for her friendship. We cherish her and her family and are thankful to CAC for a new dear friend!



What an honor it was to watch their story unfold and I am beyond thankful for the friendship that was formed through this process! My personal favorite part of working with their family was when we got to meet in "real" life and I was able to snuggle sweet Beck!!  Congratulations, Jason and Suzanne - God has been faithful!

Have questions about domestic adoption? I'd love to chat with you more about working with CAC! Email me at Leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com 

Adoption Story: Austin and Melissa

Sometimes there are little bumps along the road and at the time they seem devastating. In the end, when you look back, you see God’s hand in all of the details. Austin and Melissa’s home study took a little longer than any of us anticipated. While it was frustrating, now that their baby girl is in their arms, it all makes perfect sense.  Just two months after their home study was completed, Austin and Melissa were on their way to meet their precious baby girl!  Melissa shares more about their journey to Milli below…

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How we Found CAC - I started researching domestic adoption about 2 years ago.  My husband and I were struggling to become pregnant and we started looking into options for growing our family.  I came across a message board online with other momma's talking about the routes they were taking to grow their family through adoption.  One lady had mentioned CAC and how its a "different" way to approach domestic adoption.  I googled CAC and found their website - I immediately was drawn in.  I loved reading the consultants stories about the adoptions they had helped with.  It was inspiring.  For the first time in a long time I felt hope - I felt like adoption was calling me.

Adoption was a very daunting thing to my husband and I.  We really don't have a lot of adoption in our family, and we were nervous to step out into a path that was so unknown.  After praying and talking about it for months it seemed like, I reached out to CAC to get some more info.  I was lucky enough to receive a response from Leah who was so very helpful answering those few questions we had at the beginning.  We also reached out to local agencies to see what services they could provide.  The big thing that stood out to us comparing small, local agencies and CAC was the wait time.  We were ready to be parents, if we were going to do this (adoption) we were going all in.  We took the leap of faith and signed with CAC, what an exciting day!  We were actually in the process of adopting!!
We started our home study process in September 2016.  Leah was so helpful along the way, telling us what we could expect from the home study.. etc.  She also started helping us create our profile book.  This was sooo helpful, it really took the pressure off of us, she was an expert and knew was expectant parents were looking for in a profile book.  We had a hiccup with our home study in December of 2016.  The day we thought we would be approved, we found out we had to complete a couple extra steps.  It was devastating to us, but in reality it was only a couple week delay.  In that moment though, you feel like your world as stopped.  Leah was there for us.  She had personally been through similar experiences and really encouraged us to trust in God's timing.  In adoption the one thing we learned was to trust in God's timing.. that statement is so true.  If all the puzzle pieces didn't fall like they did, we wouldn't have our beautiful daughter Milli.  She was meant to be our daughter and in those trying times, it felt good to be able to reach out to Leah to give us encouragement.

We were home study approved in early January 2017, what a relief!!  We were finally "paper pregnant" .. what an exciting time, to have all the hard work from your home study pay off.  Leah started giving us suggestions on what agencies to apply to and also sending us situations.  When you see that first situation come across your email, its like the most exciting thing, everything is so REAL.  If we didn't have Leah's help to guide us through those first situations, we would have been very overwhelmed.  There is so much to think about, yes your home study prepares you for this, but it's different when you see that expectant momma's name and that due date.. which most of the time were very soon!

We presented 3 times before being placed with Milli.  The 3 times we heard "no" hurt more than you think its going to.  But like Leah always said, trust in God's timing. 
Milli's Wild and CraZy Placement - One thing I remember in the early days of researching adoption was reading blog posts of stories where waiting families got the news they were matched with a baby already born and they had to travel ASAP.  I remember thinking wow, how crazy and exciting that would be, never in my dreams did I think that would be us!

We presented to Milli's birth mom in early March 2017.  It took a couple weeks from saying we were going to present to her birth momma to her actually looking at the profiles.  Those 2 weeks were the longest weeks of my life.  I kept thinking over and over what she would think about us, would this be another "no"...  I was getting anxious because her due date was fast approaching and if we where chosen, it didn't leave a lot of time to plan.  On a Wednesday we got word that Milli's birth momma was interested in our profile, we were SOOO excited!!  You wait so long to hear those words.  We were set to have our phone call on Friday and to make our match official.  We were so excited and anxious, her due date was only 3 weeks away.  On Friday morning, I received an email that Milli's birth momma had GIVEN BIRTH... I was shocked!  After more emails and phone calls we were told to make travel plans ASAP.  Instead of being anxious about only have 3 weeks to plan, we had no time!  God sure does have a good sense of humor some times.  We had our daughter in our hands the very next day.
Leah was there for us through it all, educating us at the beginning, our home study, our 3 "no's" and our big 1 YES!

We are so blessed by adoption and by Milli.  Even if you have no experience with adoption or have no idea where to start, adoption can happen for you once you take that leap of faith.  You won't regret it - adoption is worth it!

Have questions about domestic adoption?  I would love to chat with you more about working with CAC!  Email me at leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Adoption Story: Corey and Brittany

I adored working with this sweet family and I'm excited to have Brittany sharing their story today!  Corey and Brittany got started with CAC last September and by mid-October they were sending off applications to our multiple agencies.  ONE month later they were presenting for the second time and would find out a week later that they had been CHOSEN!  Brittany shares more below...

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Our story began our eleventh grade year in high school. We fell in love from day one! We knew then we wanted a family. We got married in college, but we waited until we graduated to start our family. After a year of being married we began trying to conceive. After a year of negative pregnancy tests, I decided to go to the doctor to see what was going on, and found out I have PCOS. She referred me to an infertility specialist where we later found out that surgery and IVF were our only options to conceive. After lots of talk and lots of prayer, we decided that was not the route for us. We felt like God was pushing us towards adoption. I always had this feeling that God had this plan for me, but I never acted on. We always had an open heart to adopting, but it was always in the back of our minds to pursue later in life.  God kept pushing it forward-constantly.


We finally listened in November 2016 then we started with Christian Adoption Consultants and they walked us through every step of the way.  Each new part of adoption was nerve wracking - we went through home study and we had help from CAC, Leah, creating profiles. After we were approved, we began praying on what agencies felt right for us.

We had our first situation presented to us in October, and what felt like forever waiting on one brave expectant mom’s decision. On my birthday, we found out that we were not the match for this baby. I cannot lie and say that was not hard... because it was extremely hard. Prayer on top of more prayer got us through it. It was easy for us to say what is wrong with us? Or why not us? Were we not worthy? However, it wasn't God's plan, and I had to keep praying hard about that. It’s always hard to hear no, but especially hard when it's your dream. God has bigger plans and He was moving those mountains for us that we couldn’t see yet! God had other plans for us. That is something I take from this experience, trusting in God’s perfect plan, and learning I'm not in control He is!


A few weeks later, we were presented with another situation and we felt that we should put our yes on the table again. This time it felt different, there was no worrying- no stress- just peace! On the night, our profile was presented my husband and I saw a shooting star! We took this as a sign from Heaven to have faith. So we waited...

On November 11th, (11/11/16), I got the best call, we were MATCHED! Our beautiful baby boy was on his way.  The one who had been growing in our hearts for years!  We had 106 days to prepare for Cooper to come into our lives and every day was like a roller coaster. There is always that unknown with adoption where anything can happen at any moment. All that got us through that time was prayer and comfort from the friends and family around you. We were able to have all the fun that any other couple that conceived naturally gets to have. We had baby showers, we went crib and changing table shopping, and we were able to buy him clothes, toys, and so much... SO MUCH more!

The days flew by, up until the last three weeks of our son’s birth mother’s pregnancy, and then it went by so slow! We had to be ready to go at any moment. I just prayed hard every day that God would complete His plan in our lives and that He would use His love to cover the birth family and help them make their decision.  



On March 2 at 7:11 AM, I received a message that said, “He is here and he is perfect!”, then a picture of our beautiful boy!  Normally by 7:11, I have already left for work, but that day I was running behind. As soon as I got the message, I ran into the bathroom to my husband and showed him!  We began making phone calls to our jobs and family, and then we started packing up the car! We hit the road on our 7 1/2 hour trip to our son’s birth state. It felt like an eternity. When your baby is sitting in the hospital waiting to feel your love every minute felt like an hour. When we FINALLY arrived we went straight to the hospital.

The first time we met Cooper both families were in the room. I was so nervous that it was going to feel strange and awkward walking into room with people you don't know, never having met them before. But, God took all those emotions away when the doors opened. It didn't feel strange at all. It felt like walking into a room of family and that's what they are -  we are family. Our son’s birth family will forever be in our lives as our family. When I got to see and hold Cooper it felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and all my prayers have been answered.

Our hospital stay was a unique. Cooper stayed with his birth mother for three days after his birth. This also gave me some worries, but I knew God was in control and if He brought us this far, He would take care of it. I also reminded myself that this was her time with him and that we will have a lifetime with him.  The day we were released from the hospital was one of the most emotional days I have ever experienced. There were happy tears, sad tears, tears of relief, and tears of thanks to God. There are no words that can glorify God enough! When we brought Cooper back to our home away from home (our extended stay hotel room), my mom, dad, and my husband’s mom were waiting to see our gift. They were so excited to meet him! Our family was always so supportive of us growing our family through adoption.



Fast-forward three months later and I fall more in love with my boy every day. Each moment of parenthood is full of love and learning. There is so much to take in, and it flies by. I hold him a little bit longer… kiss him a little too much… and stare at him for hours. God has blessed us more than we ever deserve, and we pray that we can raise our son for His Glory!

Considering adoption? I would love to chat with you! Shoot me an email - leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com

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