About to celebrate our 20th Anniversary while changing diapers and wiping up little people messes... and we wouldn't trade one day of it!
Mark and I were married when I was 19, and he wanted to wait a bit to start a family. When that time came, we didn't get pregnant. Year after year went by and finally we decided it was time to adopt. We started by looking into international adoption, but one evening Mark said God had impressed on him that there were children right here in our home state who needed us as much as we needed them. So, we became a foster home.
Our first placement was a four day old girl who likely would need adoption. When she left us just two weeks later for the home of relatives, our hearts broke. Then within days we had two two-year-olds in our home, a boy and a girl. They weren't related then, but God had chosen them to be brother and sister. The following year we learned we would get to adopt those two, legally making them Benjamin and Leah.
Just days after getting that news we took in an 11 month old boy. Months go by and we eventually get the go-ahead to adopt him, our David Michael. Two months later, we bring his baby brother home from the hospital. That was our precious Jacob, whose adoption was finalized the day before his first birthday.
Our hearts were bursting with all God had done, how he had taken our quiet, empty house and filled it with love and life (and messes!). Then six months later, I took a pregnancy test to get my sister off my back. I knew it would be negative, just like they always were. Then two lines showed up. Mark didn't even know I was taking the test; I'd stopped telling him so there weren't two of us getting our hopes up for nothing. So there I was in the bathroom, hand clamped over my mouth as I was laughing and crying at the same time trying not to draw attention. That baby was our Sarah, the little sister Leah had been praying for. When she was 10 months old, we had another surprise--pregnant again! Our Mark Jr. is now 14 months old and a joy to all.
We are getting ready to celebrate our 20th anniversary and are thrilled to do it while changing diapers and wiping up little people messes. God had an amazing plan for our family. It seemed like it took forever for it to get here, but now we understand that things had to happen at certain times for it all to come together just right. I wouldn't trade one day of the struggle and heartache that it cost to get us where we are now. Our family theme song, which is sung at every child's dedication service, is How Great Is Our God. And how very true it is!
The Morell Family
Megan and Mark, what a beautiful testimony to God's goodness! You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your inspiring and encouraging story with all of us!
As with any adoption story, there are no two adoptions that are the same. We would love to hear your adoption story from a Christian perspective. Some families choose international adoption while other families choose domestic adoption (private or foster care). If you have adopted and would like us to feature your adoption story on Adoption Story Wednesday, please go to our Share Your Story page to submit to Adoption Strong.
“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper