Welcome to Adoption Story Wednesday! Today we are featuring the Lewis' adoption story. We hope you are inspired and encouraged.
"Set the table and I'll place the child at the table." This was the word my husband Cody and I received over and over from the Lord when pursuing our second adoption. Well, our table was set... I just didn't realize how fast the Lord was about to bless us! His will is PERFECT and His timing is PERFECT.
Easter Sunday, 2014, I received the name and number of a lady in Texas whose cousin was expecting a baby any day. After gaining some insight on the situation, we told them we were interested but would need more information. At the time, we were on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN. Well, some things happened in the birth mother's immediate family and we never heard back from them. I didn't worry at all. I knew if it was meant to be it would be. We continued to pray for our next child. Friday, May 2, 2014, I was in the classroom reading a story to my 3rd graders getting ready to send them to recess. I noticed my phone was blinking non-stop. After the kids left the room and I looked down at my phone, this is what I saw,
"Baby is coming now." "It's a boy." "Here is a picture." "Are you guys still interested?"
Wow! This took quite a few minutes to process. I immediately forwarded the texts to Cody. He was just as shocked as I was. The birth mother's cousin needed to know if we were still interested in adopting this beautiful baby boy. A few minutes later I sent her a text back that we were definitely interested but needed to talk with our lawyer in Louisiana and, of course, we needed to PRAY! I prayed that if this baby wasn't for our family, God would slam the door shut and let it be known quickly. I prayed that red flags would appear everywhere and we would know this was not our baby. I also prayed that if this was indeed our baby God would open every single door and lead the way. Not knowing how this was going to work out being in another state we immediately contacted our lawyer and social worker. Well, God opened another door! Our lawyer in Louisiana works with a lawyer in Texas! He told us not to worry he'd get on the phone with him now and let him know what was going on. Praise Jesus! In the meantime, I'm getting steady texts from the birth mother's cousin.
"What do you want to name the baby?" "When can you guys get here?" "Can you send me pictures of your family?"
Everything was moving SO fast! About 8 hours later and SEVERAL phone calls later Brody (who was almost 2 at the time) and our puppies were being picked up by my parents and we were packing bags to head to Texas. God had opened MANY doors in a few short hours. On the ride to meet our son we decided on his name... Berkley Wilton. We arrived around 3:30am. I was nervous and scared as we approached our son. I had never actually experienced time in a NICU and had only heard stories from my mother-in-law who is a neonatal nurse practitioner. I knew it could be a scary place but, at the same time, the best place for sick babies. Berkley was so tiny but absolutely beautiful! He was doing great and the nurses had already taken him off CPAP when we arrived. That was great news! Berkley's only issue was regulating his body temperature and getting the hang of bottle feeding. We were told he looked to be 2 weeks premature but nothing was exact because the birth mother had absolutely no prenatal care. We also found out at this time that his birth mother was in ICU with possible heart failure. We were praying!That's all we could do.
Berkley ended up being in the hospital for 6 days. After being discharged from the hospital, we had to wait for ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) clearance which took another week. What a glorious day when we were headed back home to Louisiana with our son! Berkley's birth mother ended up staying in the hospital a little longer but was eventually released. She chose not to see Berkley, but in the hospital we did have a chance to meet his birth grandmother and her sister. It was a very beautiful moment we will cherish forever. When Berkley was about 6 months old, his birth mother was ready to start seeing pictures of him. We now send pictures monthly.
We are forever grateful to Berkley's birth mother for giving us the most selfless gift a mother can give... a child. Berkley is now 2.5 years old and is such an amazing blessing to our family.
God's plans are always the BEST and PERFECT plans!
The Lewis Family
The team at Adoption Strong blog would like to thank Whitney and Cody for sharing their 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 open and semi-open adoption like the Lewis' above and some families choose closed adoption. 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
“Adoptive Mom? I am a Mom. I need no other label or prefix.” Joanne Greco
“Time and experience have taught me a priceless lesson: Any child you take for your own becomes your own if you give of yourself to that child. I have born two children and had seven others by adoption, and they are all my children, equally beloved and precious.” Dale Evans
“I didn’t give you the gift of life, But in my heart I know. The love I feel is deep and real, As if it had been so. For us to have each other Is like a dream come true! No, I didn’t give you The gift of life, Life gave me the gift of you.” Unknown
“Not flesh of my flesh. Not bone of my bone. But still miraculously my own. And never forget for a minute. You were not born under my heart. You were born in my heart.” Unknown