Tom and Maggie Frazier began their adoption journey after a heartbreaking struggle with infertility. But adoption has always been a desire of their hearts.
Tom and Maggie didn’t realize what a prominent part of their lives adoption would become until they began to struggle with infertility. In 2016, Maggie became pregnant with their son Brantley. But the Fraziers faced terrible heartache when Brantley was called home to be with the Lord on December 24, 2016 after being born prematurely at 23 weeks. Though devastated, Tom and Maggie clung to the Lord and remained hopeful that they would one day be able to raise a child in the service of the Lord.
The following year, the Fraziers were blessed with another baby, their daughter Ella Grace. After a difficult pregnancy, Ella was born on October 7, 2017 at 25 weeks gestation. She remained in NICU under wonderful care, but sadly Ella contracted an infection and joined her brother in Paradise on October 31, 2017.
A consultation with their medical team resulted in the determination that another pregnancy would present too high a risk to Maggie and the baby. However, Tom and Maggie’s longing to raise a child in the Lord never wavered. It became clear that adoption was the right decision. Not only because they so greatly desire to be parents, but because there are thousands of children in need of godly homes. Rather than allowing their struggles to debilitate them, the Fraziers are determined to use their story to glorify God.
“We were given this life to share our story and hopefully help someone along the way.”
The Fraziers completed their home study in August 2018 and are currently waiting to be matched with their baby. Through various fundraisers and pouring their own resources into the adoption, their agency fees have been almost completely funded. What remains is about $5,000 worth of legal fees that are due immediately upon being matched, which could happen at any time. Tom and Maggie have worked diligently to come up with the funds to cover the adoption, but they are in need of assistance to meet this final portion. They reached out to A Home for Jolee and were approved to be the next recipients of the Caelyn Raine Memorial Gant!
When the Board of Directors interviewed Tom and Maggie, what stood out about them was their complete faith in God and love for Him despite the pain they have endured. Though they have been through more as parents than most of us can imagine, they remain wholeheartedly dedicated to God. The Fraziers attend the Godley Church of Christ in Godley, TX where they are actively involved. As employees of the school system, they are also both heavily involved in their community and enthusiastic about helping children succeed. They are workers for the Kingdom, and AHFJ is excited about the opportunity to help a couple that so willingly gives of themselves to serve others.
This is where you come in, our dear supporters! As a small organization, AHFJ does not have funds readily on hand to award grants. Instead, once a family is approved to receive a grant AHFJ begins fundraising on their behalf. We need YOUR help to fill Tom and Maggie’s $5,000 grant before they are matched with their child. Will you consider giving toward Tom and Maggie’s adoption?
Sometimes the journey to adoption is painful. But it is along this journey that we see the beauty of God’s people as the Church surrounds adoptive families with love and support. Without the Church, adoption is a lonely path filled with seemingly insurmountable hurdles. While adoption is difficult no matter the circumstances, it is made a thousand times harder when families do not have the emotional, spiritual, and, yes, financial support of their brothers and sisters in Christ. When we see a Christian family struggling to fund what God calls a “pure and undefiled” undertaking (James 1:27), we should be right there by their sides giving all we can give to help them fulfill His command to care for the fatherless. Tom and Maggie have been blessed with a strong support system within their home congregation, but they need just a little more help to reach their final goal.
Adoption is worthwhile. But it is hard. We should all strive to lift the burden of adoptive families in some way. One way you can do that for Tom and Maggie is to pray for them, their future child, and their child’s birth family. Another way you can support them is to make a tax-deductible donation to their adoption by sending a check marked “Frazier Grant” to:
A Home for Jolee Foundation
Or, you can donate online. May God bless you for loving the fatherless!