I remember the exact spot where I was when God made it clear that it was time for us to adopt. I was exiting I10W and turning left on to Bluebonnet Blvd, and it hit deep in my soul. All I could do was cry because it was a desire in my heart. My husband, Mark, always knew he was going to adopt, and I wanted to after going on a couple mission trips. We didn’t know when - before birthing one or two or after. We knew that we didn’t want this child to ever think he or she was ever a second option, so the thought of adopting first made my heart so happy!
Nervously, I told Mark that night, and his response was, “Ok, let’s do it.” WHAT?!! In April 2013, we decided on an international adoption, but every time we selected a country they closed their doors. Mark then said he thought we should proceed with a domestic adoption. I hesitantly submitted and my soul grieved because I didn’t want a lil white kiddo – just being honest here! We quietly started the process - quietly, only because we didn’t want others opinions or questions. We wanted God to do everything – and He did exceedingly and above what we could have ever imagined.
At the end of October we were matched with a precious birth mom through an agency in our state. Here is the BEST part – it was a beautiful Hispanic boy who was conceived in Mexico. I got my international baby!!! God knew the desire of my heart, and He gives us those desires in His own way and timing.
We would drive two hours almost every weekend to spend time with her. We pulled from the little Spanish we remembered from high school and college to communicate with her. On December 12, 2013, Gabriel Aaron Brinson entered this world, and twenty-four hours later we were all home.
The entire process was less than a normal pregnancy, and it was so easy I was ready to adopt again. I also secretly wanted to adopt siblings or for us to adopt twice since our paperwork was active. God once again had different plans. I became pregnant a couple months after, and we had a second boy. This one was white (Hahaha!), and I love him just the same!
Adoption is still in our hearts, but right now we are in a season of catching our breaths before starting the process again. We are planning to go through the foster system, but I laugh because that’s “our plan.” I can’t wait to see what HIS plan is for our family.
The Brinson Family
Kristin, I love how God meets our deepest desires for children different than how we planned it would happen :) What a beautiful family God has knit together. Thank you for sharing.
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“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper