Preston and Robin
We are Preston and Robin, and we appreciate you taking the time to read our story, and for your consideration. Adoption is a very natural step for us and something we have considered for years. Eleven years ago we met through a Christian dating service and were married just over a year later. In 2004, our daughter Emma was born. She is a great, well rounded child that cannot wait to be a big sister!
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Lashelle & Lilliann
"Adoption is when a child grows in its Mommy's heart instead of her tummy."
Adoption has always been near and dear to my heart. Even if I had married young, I believe that I would have adopted as I believe adoption is near and dear to God's heart, too. A few years ago I felt God leading me to begin the process, and I started looking into foreign adoption. However, just about that time China and other countries started to make it more difficult for single people to adopt. I was heartbroken and devastated. I didn't understand why God had led me to a dead-end.
A couple of years later my parents encouraged me not to give up if adoption was still something I wanted to pursue. They told me that they would help me in any way they could. I decided to fly to Lubbock, Texas to meet with the director and founder of Adoption Covenant. During that meeting, the director of the agency said several things that stuck with me. First she said, "God does not put adoption on everyone's heart. If He's put it on your heart, He is asking you to pursue it." She also told me that it's not about finding a baby. It's about finding my baby. The baby God has chosen for me. She warned me that adoption is not an easy road; however, when God closes a door, He is not saying that you shouldn't adopt. He's simply saying your baby is not there. When God closed the door to China, all He was saying is, "Your baby is not in China."
I went home from that meeting in August of 2011 and immediately started the process - lots and lots of paperwork with a long visit from a social worker to complete the home study. By March of 2012, all was complete, and the waiting began. On August 1, 2012 I received a phone call that I was being considered by a birth mom in Georgia who was due August 17th. On August 9th I received the call that she had chosen me and a few days later I was on my way to Georgia.
My daughter was born on August 18th while I waited in the room next door. The story of those seventeen days is a long and beautiful one full of God's love and faithfulness, best told over a cup of coffee with lots of tissues nearby! I named her Lilliann Elizabeth. Lillie was my precious grandmother's name, and Ann is my amazing mom's middle name. Elizabeth comes from Luke 1 - the mother of John the Baptist who thought she was too old to have a baby. God thought otherwise.
We hear it often, but my life is living proof. God's plans for our lives are far greater than the plans and dreams we have for ourselves. I never dreamed I could love so much or be so happy. Every time I look at my daughter's precious little face, I see God's grace and faithfulness. She truly is a miracle and I am so blessed that God chose me to be her mommy. I cannot thank Adoption Covenant enough for their help and support throughout the process. I am so blessed that God led me to them!
Clark and Melody
Hi! The farm is buzzing with life today! There's a happy little boy cruising around with his dearly loved dog named Fritz (actually just a very ordinary, playful, floppy eared dog), and a smiling girl bouncing up and down and waiting to be taken outside to. The baby calves are frolicking around and enjoying the sunshine and warmth too. We invite you to come along as we share a little about us and our lives.
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Hi! My name is Stacey. First and foremost, I am thankful to you for reading my letter and taking the time to learn more about me. I have wanted to be a mother for a long time, but have not been able to have a child. After many prayers, I have realized that my calling is to adopt a baby. I have been very blessed with parents and grandparents that have shown me great love, and I would be so happy to have the opportunity to share that love with a baby.
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Brian and Marcia
We are Brian and Marcia and we admire the courage and wisdom you have to seek adoption for your baby and thank you for reading about us. We are very happy together, but we are missing one essential component, and that is the opportunity to love and raise a child of our own! We know you are faced with a difficult decision, but know it will all work out in the end. We hope with all our heart that you will be able to feel our love and kindness and know that we would be overjoyed to share our life with a child.
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Ryan and Kate
First things first, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our letter and considering us to receive this gift. We are a young couple that would love to start a family and can't wait to be parents. We have a completed and waiting nursery at our new house that is ready to receive this gift of life.
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I'm blessed beyond words with Sydney and Max and thank God everyday for choosing me!! I can't help but look at them and smile. My heart runneth over!!! Max melts your heart with his precious smile and Sydney is the best big sis with her precocious ways. Her mind is always working in overdrive!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Adoption Covenant for helping me be a mommy. It's the best!
The Barfield Family
“We can't say enough about Adoption Covenant. They are a small agency with a big heart. They were there for us every step of the way and became part of our family. Adoption Covenant helped us bring our two children home from Russia in March of 2008. It was a great experience and we hope to do it again someday. We will be forever grateful.”
The Lee Family
“Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel towards you. I know there are many adoption agencies but there are not many that adopt to single people. In fact, my chances were looking very bleak until I happened across your name in the phone book and made a call. I was so ecstatic that I had found a place in Lubbock that adopted to single people, started by a single adoptive parent. I have heard so many horror stories about adoption, but the process for me was so smooth. As of December 23, 2008 Carley officially became mine. She has brought new life to the entire family. Again I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. I believe she is a gift from God and that she was meant to be mine. I believe in what you are doing for people and am thankful that you saw me fit to be a part of the miracle.”
The Beamer Family
“We decided to pursue adoption after trying for 3 years to have a baby. From the first conversation with Merinda we knew that Adoption Covenant was the agency for us! Our journey to our daughter Delaney was the greatest experience of our lives, and we could never have done it without Adoption Covenant. Merinda was right there for us every step of the way, answering our questions, guiding us, supporting us, and always reminding us that our baby was coming, it was just a matter of time. When our daughter finally arrived in June of 2008 Merinda stopped everything else in her life to be there with us. It was as if nothing else mattered to her but us getting to our baby. We could never thank her or her family and staff enough for what they did for us. Merinda and Adoption Covenant are a part of our family now, and always will be. Our daughter is now 6 months old and we can’t remember life before her. She is a joy every day and a blessing to our entire family.”
The Taylor Family
My husband and I have always had a heart for adoption from the moment we held our first child in our arms. We were able to have two biological children, but it was not without enduring the pain and struggles of miscarriages. The thought of any child living in this world without a family that loves them is hard to fathom. We were looking for a local adoption agency that we could trust and feel at ease to approach with questions and concerns. Adoption Covenant met and exceeded our expectations. We were able to feel a personal connection with Merinda and her staff. She has gone through the adoption process herself - she has lived it. She knows firsthand the frustrations of waiting and the joy of finally being united with your adopted child! Our experience in Russia was wonderful, things went smoothly. From our first meeting to the court date to bringing our sweet new baby girl home! Thanks to all of the hard work and attention to detail that was given by Adoption Covenant. Our daughter has brought such amazing joy to our family! She is fun, loving and full of smiles - our two boys adore their new baby sister and Mom and Dad are pretty smitten with her too. We are very thankful to Adoption Covenant for bringing our dream of adoption to fruition.