It was almost a year ago that I ran an adoption story give-away. I reached out to my audience asking for families to reach out and tell me their adoption story, hoping I would deeply connect with one of them and offer them a free session to feature them. What I found? SO MANY PEOPLE who have opened their hearts to children who were needing homes. What else I found? Many times it was the families who needed them even more. Every story was a story of heartache that ended with true love they had found in their child.
The story that stood out to me most what that of Melissa and Frank. Here is the note Melissa sent:
Our story started 8 years ago when my husband Frank and I got married . We immediately started trying for a family . I had been diagnosed with PCOS when I was 19 so I knew there was a possibility that we may have some issues but honestly never knew our journey would be as difficult as it was . After 6 years of going through multiple inseminations and IVF treatments we had suffered 2 miscarriages and those losses were tremendous in our hearts . We were at a time where we had to think about what life would be like without kids and what the rest of our lives would be like . I went through some dark days as we thought about that idea. At this time we had begun to pray about the idea of adoption. Adoption was something that I kind of always carried In my heart . When I was a little girl I used to tell my mom that I always wanted to adopt . The idea at that time was after I was done having my biological children. My husband and I prayed about it for a little but and we felt very drawn to the fact that God put us on this infertility journey because we were meant to adopt . So sure enough we started researching adoption agencies and found one we like and we started our home study . After we were approved to adopt I still didn’t have our profile books done ( these are the books that the birth mother use to choose a family) I wanted ours to be perfect. It took me two months to get it done. When I finally got it done and turned in we were than officially on the list . When we got on the list I honestly thought it was going to be at least a year before we were matched with a baby . I was very wrong. One Week after being on the list we were notified of a potential birth mother , and the following we found out she chose us . She was 5 months pregnant at this time and 3 months later our son was born . My dream to be a mommy finally came true . My son has been a dream come true . We know in our hearts that our journey was always meant to adopt him . God made that very clear to us by how fast the process went for us .
My son is 15 months old now and it has been an amazing journey. Since adopting him we have became that cliche family that magically got pregnant after we adopted him. We have been blessed to him a baby brother that is now 2 weeks old . This journey has been unbelievable but us getting pregnant after we adopted him again tells us that he was always meant to be ours.
After reading this, I was done, this was it! I had to email her and meet her family. A few phone calls and reschedules later, we finally met for their session this summer. I couldn’t tell where one heart ended and the next began, they were one as a family.
Thank you Melissa and Frank for sharing your story and being such large advocates and supporters of adoption!