Thirteen children and seven of them adopted – that's the stop-you-in-your-tracks story of two Christian families who say they are simply following biblical obedience.
After answering God's call to have domestic and international adoptions, friends and One: Impossible Starts Here co-authors, Suzanne Mayernick and Gwen Oatsvall, are prompting others not to let fear hold them back from doing the one thing God is urging them to do with their lives. Although biblical obedience may bring some uncomfortable changes, the Nashville moms assure readers it will also lead to so many unforeseen blessings.
"Four adoptions later, I can tell you now – and Scott would readily admit – he was initially an adamant 'no' every time," described Oatsvall, honestly sharing her husband's initial reaction to the idea. more >>
Two couples have been blessed by one couple's decision to donate their unused embryos and adopt them out to other couples in need.
"We have been blessed with three when we didn't think we'd have one, so, what kind of awesome thing is it to bless another couple and let them experience the same kind of joy we did?" Becky Henderson told USA Today.
Henderson and husband Chris gave birth to twins via in vitro fertilization and then had a "miracle baby" five years later. After the twins were born, the couple still had 11 embryos frozen; they decided to keep them on ice until they could come to a decision about what they wanted to do. They both believe that life begins at conception, so they decided to place the embryos up for adoption. Eventually, they found Kelli and Dan Gassman, who were looking to have a family of their own. more >>
"Teen Mom" stars Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra welcomed a baby girl on Thursday, five years after giving their first daughter up for adoption, which brought up significant memories for the couple.
"IT'S HAPPENING! Here we go, doing this all over again," Baltierra wrote as a caption for a photo of himself holding first daughter Carly. "This is surreal, I'm freakin out a little lol but can't wait to meet my little angel! Thinking a lot about Carly right now. It's bringing me back. Even though I know this time I will actually be taking her home. I love my girls!"
The couple, both Christian, decided to place Carly up for adoption after becoming pregnant as teenagers. They realized they could not adequately provide for Carly and worked with a Christian adoption agency to place her in a good home; Lowell and Baltierra are still in contact with Carly and her adoptive parents. more >>
Over the Christmas holiday, Christian pro-golfer Bubba Watson announced that he and wife Angie Ball are in the process of adopting a daughter.
On Christmas Eve, Watson posted a picture of his son holding a baby girl in his arms on his Instagram account with the message, "Caleb has a brand new baby sister, Dakota. Watson Family is now 4 and we are so blessed! #ABCD."
He published a second picture days later of himself with little Dakota captioned, "Daddy-daughter Selfie!! #ProudDad." more >>
While progress has been made in finalizing some of the adoptions of Guatemalans adopted by American parents before intercountry adoptions were shut down in 2008, 19 children remain in orphanages waiting to join their families. A bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Guatemalan ambassador, urging his government to allow those kids to be raised by their family.
"We believe that all children deserve to grow up in a supportive and loving home, and there are 19 adoption cases still unresolved," the Dec. 1 letter states.
The senators expressed appreciation for the fact that the number of outstanding adoption cases has been reduced from 61 cases over the past year but urged resolution for the remaining 19 cases. (The fact that the number of senators who signed the letter equals the number of unresolved adoption cases is a coincidence.) more >>
Luckily, Charlie was lucky enough to escape death several times in his life. It's a good thing that most cities have a central place for all animals that are abandoned can stay.
It is fortunate enough that they provide a place to stay for these beautiful creatures of God, but not every time can these shelters can receive the funding to keep all the animals alive. Regardless, there are always people out there who care enough to do all they can to save the animals. Dogs like Charlie usually don't last a week in these shelters unless they are adopted.
Charlie got very lucky to be selected. Watch and see how Charlie has a makeover before heading to his new family: more >>