Our adoption journey began just one year ago but has been in our hearts for quite some time. Even as children, both Jeremy and I hoped that our future family would include adopted children in addition to biological children. Soon after we decided to start a family, I found out that I needed to take a temporary medication that would have harmed an unborn child. Unable to carry a child for the 9 month duration of the medication, we started looking into adoption. After much prayer and research, we started the paperwork last August.
On Saturday, March 6, 2010, a miracle happened, but we did not know it yet. We were going about our normal lives, helping some friends move into their new home, doing yard work, and cleaning the house. We prayed that night, as we always did, that God would protect and comfort the birthmother of our child, that our baby would be safe, and that we would soon be united as a family.
In most domestic infant adoptions, the adoptive parents are matched with the birthparents a few months before the child’s due date. We heard stories about couples that were surprised and got a "doorstep" baby, but it is uncommon so we did not expect it for ourselves. We assumed that we would have a month or two to become emotionally and physically prepared to have a child.
On Monday, March 8th, we received a call from an adoption agency in Florida. They told us that there was a baby girl born two days earlier who needed a family, and asked if we would be interested. They sent us some paperwork, mostly family history questions answered by the birthmother and hospital records, to look over before giving them an answer. We met over our lunch hour to pray, go over information, and to call the agency with more questions.
That afternoon we told the agency that yes, we did want this baby girl and yes, we would get there as soon as we could! At this point, all we knew was that we had a healthy baby girl with a Jamaican heritage waiting for us in Florida, and we had no baby items! After a quick email to the Gateway Woods staff, we had a car full of baby clothes, bottles, blankets, a car seat, baby carriers, a diaper bag, bibs, burp cloths, and much more! What a blessing the Gateway Woods family is!
Soon after arriving at the agency on Wednesday, March 10th, we signed the adoption paperwork and then we met our daughter, Adilynn Grey, for the first time. We spent many hours just looking at her, touching her, praying for her, and thanking and praising God for our precious "doorstep" baby. In fact, we still do those things with awe and wonder. Our Father has blessed our family so much with this little girl. She is fearfully and wonderfully made and it is our privilege to raise her and introduce her to Jesus. We pray that she will be used mightily for God’s kingdom and that her life will bless many others for God’s glory.
- Jeremy & Kristi Reinhard, Adoptive Parents