Jared and I had discussed adoption for years but never felt like the time was right. Then in December 2007 we attended our Stake Conference when one of the speakers was from LDS Family Services. When we came home we both disclosed to each other that during the meeting we felt that it was time to begin the adoption process, that Heavenly Father had a special baby in mind for us.
We contacted LDS Family Services and were given some paperwork to fill out. Then in February we met with the LDS Family Services social worker over the Indiana and Kentucky area, Dave Pitcher, and were given more paperwork to fill out. Over that spring and summer we had interviews, our home study and filled out paperwork.
In Sept 2008 we were finally in the waiting stage of the adoption process. We still needed to make a second, new profile for the new website. We put this off for a few months then I felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me that if we did not get the new profile completed, we would not have the baby Heavenly Father intended for us placed with us. We finished the second profile and three weeks later an expecting mother contacted us.
We emailed with this mother, who wishes to be called Momma A, for about a month and then agreed to have phone contact with her. We talked on the phone and texted for about a month and then she officially made the decision to place her baby with us. The Spirit was consistently confirming that this was Heavenly Father’s plan to all of us. We have so much love for Momma A and she for us. The baby girl was due in a month. Momma A wanted us there for the birth and even arranged for us to have a room at the hospital.
We were there for the birth of our daughter, Aurora, and it was an incredible experience but also draining and surreal. Everyday I look at my daughter and I am amazed at how much joy and love is in my life. We knew we wanted to have a family but we never realized how wonderful it would be to have our daughter and to have Momma A in our lives. Adoption is by far the best thing that has ever happened to us and we feel so grateful for all that have helped us in many different ways to accomplish the establishing of our family!
Jared and Esther are interested in being mentors to others who are considering adoption or working through the adoption process. If you have questions or just want to know more about how it was like for them or to discuss how it is going for you please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.