After a Failed Adoption, God Replaced Our Sorrow with Joy When He gave us our beautiful Son, Samuel.
Our adoption story began around a month and a half before we actually were placed with our forever baby. We were signed with a national agency and assumed we would adopt through them. In December of 2016, we actually received a phone call from a private attorney we had never met about a baby boy that was being discharged from the hospital and needed a home. My husband and I left our jobs early that day to travel a few hours to pick him up. He was in our same state so we were granted the Medical Power of Attorney and were able to bring him home the next day. We had this baby boy for 5 days when we our attorney called to say that birth mom had changed her mind and was not going to sign the termination of rights paper. That sweet baby was picked up from our house at 9:30 the same night. To say we were heartbroken would be saying the least. At that time we couldn’t see God’s marvelous plan for our future family, but He was working out all the details so perfectly. We wouldn’t have our sweet Samuel if it weren’t for meeting the private attorney through the failed adoption.
Samuel came to us about a month and a half after the failed match. We were so thrilled to have another baby boy! The attorney called my Husband to let him know there was a 1 day old baby at the same hospital the previous failed match was born in. This time around though, we would be trying to save ourselves from potential heartbreak. After Samuel was discharged from the hospital, he went to stay with an Interim Care Nurse for the five days before birth mom was legally allowed to sign. I’ll be honest; it was really tough knowing our forever baby was staying with someone I didn’t know. But at this point after many failed fertility treatments, and a failed adoption; we had to protect our hearts. As soon as we had gotten word that birth mom had signed, we drove to pick up Samuel and bring him home! My husband wasn’t able to come because he had a work meeting that he couldn’t get out of in Tennessee. But the next day my mom, Samuel, and I drove to let Samuel meet his new dad in the airport parking garage! This was the baby that God had hand picked for our family.
We chose the name Samuel because it means “God has heard”. We wanted to honor God by choosing a name that would be a testament of the 3 year long journey it took us to find Samuel. Through it all we know God heard every prayer, and we wouldn’t change the details of our journey for anything! So if you are waiting for your forever baby, keep your faith alive, God will provide!
The Best Family
Lauren is one of our amazing contributors at Adoption Strong. Thank you, Lauren, for sharing your adoption story with all of us. What a beautiful family God has knit together!
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