Annette & Stephen’s Story
We went through three tubal pregnancies and invitro-fertilzation. We prayed to God about what to do next – not have children, continue with fertilization or adopt. After months of praying and talking to our Pastor and his wife, who adopted from St. Mary’s, we decided that adoption was the best option for us.
We had such a wonderful experience with all of the social workers at St. Mary’s. I put together a photo album for the birth mother to look at so she could have a better idea who we were.
On August 11 at 8:30 a.m., I received a phone call from St. Mary’s saying that our son had arrived. We were scheduled to pick up Matthew at 12:30 p.m. I was working at the time, but left at 10 a.m. that day never to go back. My employer knew that could happen at any time and they were very understanding. When we picked up Matthew we felt so much joy.
A few years later, we were ready to adopt our second child. Again, we prayed that this was God’s plan for us. We contacted St. Mary’s and were accepted almost immediately. I completed another photo album for the birth mother. We were thrilled to go through the adoption process again. Matthew could not wait to be a big brother. We went on a cruise in May and when we got home, we had a phone call at 11 a.m. from St. Mary’s that we had another boy.
Micah’s birth grandmother gave us a spiritual necklace that she wanted us to give him one day. We have the necklace hanging on his 6-month-old picture. Matthew was so excited to be a big brother. We met Micah in the same room and in the same basinet that Matthew was in. How special is that!
Every year we celebrate another special day in both of their lives which is called “Gotcha Day”. Matthew’s is on August 11 and Micah’s on May 26. They pick what they want to do that day. We always will continue to celebrate those special days in our lives along with their birthdays.
Both of our birth mothers have chosen not to keep in touch with us. But, we pray for them and hope they pray for their boys. Matthew and Micah are the greatest gifts that God could have given us. We are so thankful that our birth mothers chose to place their children for adoption. Not because I wanted to have children, but because they knew they were not able at the time to take care of a child since they were also so young. I know that as an adoptive parent, I totally understand how hard it was for them to say good-bye to their child not knowing what would happen next. I believe that our birth mothers had parents who helped guide them through prayer and being there for them. I am so thankful to both of them. Matthew and Micah are a blessing in our lives. And their birth mothers are a blessing to us because they chose out of love for their children to trust a couple like us to care and nurture Matthew and Micah. We hope one day we can thank them in person, but for now – we will continue to keep them in our prayers.