Anna + Brian's Adoption Announcement Photos // part one
From Anna:: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby carriage.." You know the song. You've heard it since you were young. But what if that baby carriage doesn't come? What if years go by and still no baby? MY plan consisted of marrying Brian, waiting a couple of years, and then having several children. However, that was not God's plan. Instead, we endured heartbreaking years of infertility treatments, finally a pregnancy, and then a devastating miscarriage. Today was the due date of that precious baby. Battling infertility and then losing a pregnancy is the hardest thing I have ever been through. I wish I could say that I handled it all with peace and faith, but I didn't. I was filled with confusion and doubt. There is a song that I constantly heard but couldn't sing - "I will praise you in this storm, and I will lift my hands. For you are for you are, no matter where I am.." I couldn't feel God at the time. But He was always with me. I needed to grow and mature to be able to say this, but now I say with my whole heart, praise God for the hard times I have been through.After the miscarriage and many hours of prayer, Brian and I decided to continue pursuing parenthood, but down a different path. We were then led to domestic adoption, and we are THRILLED about what God has in store for our future. No, we have not been placed with a birth mother yet. Some might say it is unwise to make such an announcement when adoption is a long and uncertain process. But it has been on my heart to share this for three main reasons. 1. To glorify God- We praise Him in the good times and bad; 2. To let you know that if you or someone you know is going through infertility, I would love to be someone you can talk to- Please reach out to me. I know how lonely it is, and I want to help; 3. To ask for prayers- Please pray for our future baby and his or her birth mother. Please pray for a smooth adoption process. We are so excited about this new adventure! "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him," Psalm 28:7.