It’s National Infertility Awareness Week so I figured it was a great time to update the blog. I can’t believe it has been 3 months since I’ve posted here! Just in case you didn’t know, 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. We were one of them.
Our friends and family already know (and have known for a while lol), but for everyone else out there, we have a wonderful announcement! We found our forever baby!
This past January we adopted the sweet little boy we have been hoping and praying for, for 3 years. We wanted our baby to have a strong meaningful name so we named him Samuel, which means, “God has heard”. Samuel joined our family at 1 week old. He has been the perfect addition to our family and we have never been happier. But you know that saying that God laughs at our plans? It’s totally true. John and I had a horrible end to 2016 (but that’s a post for another day). So I was just really needing a fresh start for 2017. I ended up taking a new job, and our adoption call literally came on my second day of work! He was going to stay with an interim care nurse until TPR (termination of parental rights) so I knew it would be a few more days until we could get Sam. But I was terrified to tell my brand new job that I was going to need to take parental leave. My new boss was so excited and happy for us though and bent over backwards to make it work. All of my new co workers were so excited and happy for us that it just warmed my heart so much!
John was actually out of town for work the day we were scheduled to pick Sam up. So in a very last minute turn of events, my mom flew down to ride with me to pick up our new precious bundle of joy! We left after work and he was a few hours away so it made for a very very late night.
John was bummed he wasn’t here to pick Samuel up with me, but the next day we drove back to the airport where new daddy met his new son at the airport. It was actually pretty much perfect and I don’t think either of us stopped smiling for hours after.
Looking back on our journey now everything makes more sense than it did in the moment. Samuel made all of our tears, negative tests, failed treatment cycles make sense. Every no we received along the way was because Sam was our “yes”. One of the things I would always tell God when praying, is that if He would answer our prayers for a baby, that I would promise to always give Him the glory. If it wasn’t for His strength in me, I never would have made it through our infertility journey. God heard our cries. And he hears yours too. If you are still struggling with infertility, miscarriages, or infant loss please visit http://www.sarahs-laughter.com . If you ever need someone to talk to my proverbial door is always open.