Robert & Gail's
Adoption Story continued...
We began to search the web for adoption agencies, and after going through many sites, we found Lifetime. We looked through the website and were impressed by the Christian way LIfetime handles their adoptions. We then applied.
Not many days later, we heard back that we were accepted! Believing God was opening a door for us, we stepped through on faith. There were many obstacles for us to overcome: we were older, we had no money saved for this, and we sounded so plain and ordinary. As we were working on our profiles, we thought "God will have to send us a child, because we can't make ourselves sound impressive." We were a couple who loved God, and loved each other, and we had plenty of love to offer a child that God saw fit to place in our family.
After completing our profiles, the wait was on. Our profiles were being sent to many birthmothers, but we weren't getting selected by anyone. We always kept our cell phones on, no matter where we went, just in case we got a call that a birthmother was interested in us. We went to bed at night thinking "this might be the night we get the call!" We lived in anticipation that any minute, we could become parents.
A year passed and nothing happened. We had not turned down any birthmother situation that had been presented. At many times, discouragement set in. We were constantly reminded in our thoughts of all the things that were against us. There were so many other good Christian couples who would make great parents. Where were we in all of this? We were right where God wanted us to be; waiting for Him to work just the right situation for us.
In November of last year, we got an e-mail from Diane. A little baby boy was going to be born in about four weeks. From his ultrasound, He was diagnosed with many health issues. The first couple chosen had decided not to go through with it. The birthmother had now chosen us, if we could deal with the health issues. Knowing God was at work, and believing He never brings anything our way that He doesn't provide a way for, we said yes. We started praying for this baby night and day, that we would overcome all of the things the doctors said could be wrong with him.
Little Robert David was born in the children's hospital in Pennsylvania, and we were able to be there when he was born. From the moment he was born, miracle upon miracle happened! He stayed in the NICU for three weeks, where we stayed by his bedside day and night. David was progressing every day and surprising doctors by his improvements.
During this time, we developed a great relationship with his birth family, and we all got to know each other and became great friends. In about four weeks from the time David was born, we got to leave the hospital and come home! We were coming home, and this time we had our precious baby with us.
We wish we could tell of all the miracles that happened to us along this journey. We were very discouraged at times, and were constantly tempted to give up. The best advice I could give someone else who is now in their waiting period is this: if you know God has brought you to adoption, then you stay in it no matter what happens. Don't let people or circumstances stand in your way. Believe God and be willing to wait, and while you are waiting, prepare for your child. Live in anticipation; you could get the call today.
David is now nine weeks old. He is our everlasting gift from God! After many years of sorrow and emptiness, he now fills our home and hearts with joy and laughter. He is a true testimony of waiting on God. To all of you who are waiting: keep believing, keep praying, and open your hearts to situations because God can do miracles for you!
Our love and prayers are with you all,
Robert & Gail