Hi Jenna, We’re all thrilled for the new addition to your family! So first of all congrats! Today I have a few questions for you and your husband so that our followers & contributors can get to know you better. Let’s get started!
People are brought to adoption for various different reasons, what led you and your husband to adopt?
“We have suffered nearly a decade of trying to grow our family including 6 miscarriages. However our desire to adopt happened long before we struggled with pregnancy loss, long before we had our most precious daughter, Ainsley. It was something we always wanted to do when we were older and had several biological children. But it appears God may have other plans for us. Adoption isn’t just about expanding our family and allowing Ainsley to become a big sister. As Christians, we are adopted children of God. Adoption to us, is about raising a child who wouldn’t have necessarily had the opportunity to be raised in a strong Christian household. It’s about bringing another soul to Christ and expanding our Christian family.”
Just like every birth story is different every adoption story is unique as well. Can you share a little bit about your journey with us & of course we all want to hear about your sweet new bundle!
“We first heard about our sweet girl on August 2nd. She was 2 weeks old and needed a family as soon as possible as she was being discharged from the hospital the next day. After seeing her beautiful picture and talking with the birth mom on the phone, we knew was wanted this sweet girl in our family. As soon as we got word we had been matched we booked a flight to California. On the evening of August 3rd we got to meet the soon to be newest member of our family. We had to pick her up from the birth mother's home as the hospital had already discharged her from the hospital. They didn't want to wait on our 4 hour delayed flight to come in. Even though we were nervous and uneasy about interacting that closely with the birth mother, we decided it was the best option. As we entered the home, the first thing the birth mother said to Jenna was "Here, come meet your daughter." As we continued to talk with the birth family, it was clear this was a perfect match.
Adding a new member to the family always shifts the dynamics of the home. How’s your biological daughter received her little sister?
“Ainsley loves being a big sister. Her face lights up whenever Annaleigh does anything cute, which is almost all the time. We love getting to see Ainsley grow and shine in her new role.”
I know for me personally adoption has opened my eyes to a whole new world. How about you?
“Has adoption changed your perseption of the world or the dynamics of your faith? We see God's love, mercy, patience, and timing when we look at our sweet Annaleigh. We have prayed and prayed for our family to grow in His timing and in His way so it's very humbling knowing He chose this sweet, very happy baby to be ours.”
How’s fundraising going? What else is needed to have all of the costs incurred covered? And what is the timeline for receiving the needed funds.
“We have made some progress with our fundraising efforts. We were approved for an interest free loan, did a t-shirt fundraiser, and a go-fund-me fundraiser. We have gotten the balance from $19,000 to $6,000.”
What’s the one thing you would tell people who have a desire to adopt?
“I would tell those who desire to adopt to be patient. God's timing is perfect.”
What are two words that you think best describe this whole experience?
“Blessing & Humbling.”
What is something you want the whole world but especially the Lord’s church to know about adoption?
“Adoption is a blessing and a wonderful way to grow your family and the Church.”
Thanks so much for chatting with me today Jenna & sharing your family’s special journey.
~ Shelby Doss
AHFJ Board Member