Monday, July 7, 2014

A chapter closed - a chapter opened

We started a new chapter today.  Our story started in 2007 after our son Jack was born. My son was an infertility baby, born using an IUI procedure (artificial insemination).  Since he was born using assistance we knew having another child would be difficult so we immediately started trying for baby number two...

Five IUI's later...

Five IVF's later...

Three miscarriages later...

Still no baby...

Our hearts were broken and we spent many hours praying, crying, screaming, and bargaining with God.  It has been the most horrible, gut-wrenching, faith-testing, difficult thing my husband and I have ever gone through.  But, like I said, that chapter is done.  We have closed that chapter and started another.  This new chapter is titled "Bringing Sam Home".  

Sam lives in Armenia and is two years old.  He can walk, babble and according to his medical reports loves to dance and eat.  Sam has a full head of beautiful black hair.  Sam is loved by his caregivers (he currently lives in an orphanage) and plays well with the other kids living with him.  The other really cool thing about Sam is that he has Down Syndrome.  

So why adopt a child with down syndrome you ask?  I don't really have a good answer for you.  It was not an easy decision for us - my husband and I had many discussions about this.  What does this mean for our son Jack?  What does this mean for us as we age?  What if Sam can never live on his own and we are caregivers forever?  What if we are not prepared for the challenges of a special needs child?   

Psalm 91:1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust."

My answer to those questions... I trust in the Lord.  I trust Him enough to make this leap of faith for my family and for me.  I trust Him enough to give me the strength to care for this child of God.  I trust Him enough to financially help me cover the cost of adoption.  I trust Him enough to help me raise a special needs child.  

I trust in Christ.

1 comment:

  1. So so happy for you guys and so inspired. It sounds like little Sam is going to be a true blessing on this long journey. I will keep you guys in my prayers as you begin this new chapter. Love you.