Fearfully, wonderfully made

It seemed to me like a whirlwind adoption, but in reality, it was the result of years of prayers and tears and waiting on God’s perfect timing.

John and Sarah had been trying to conceive for nearly ten years. They weren’t able to afford adoption or infertility treatments, but they continued to wait on God for a child of their own.

In April 2011, Sarah received a call from a friend of a friend whose 15-year-old daughter was pregnant. Would John and Sarah be interested in adopting? They said yes, but then it was up to the birth mother to make her decision.

The birth mom narrowed her search down to two families, and John and Sarah were invited to fly out to meet her in early October.

The birth mom made an immediate connection with both of them, in part because she and John share the same Irish heritage and intense passion for music.

That afternoon, Sarah and John went to the beach, put their feet in the water, and asked God to send the birth mother a dream that night if they were to be Noah’s parents.

Two days later, back in Colorado, Sarah received a call from the lawyer, telling her the birth mom had selected them as the parents! Oh, and by the way, he said, she’d had a dream on Tuesday night that helped confirm her decision.

Little Noah was due January 6, so Sarah thought she had plenty of time to get ready for a baby. But once again, God’s timing was a bit different from her own.

On December 22, there was a big snowstorm in Denver, and John called in sick to work that day. At 3:00 that afternoon, Sarah received a call from the lawyer saying the birth mother was on her way to the hospital, where she ended up being induced at midnight.

John and Sarah managed to get the last two seats on the red-eye out of Denver. During their layover between flights, they received a text that their baby had been born — a perfectly healthy baby boy!

Five hours later, John and Sarah arrived at the hospital. The birth mom, who had been holding baby Noah when they walked in, immediately handed him to Sarah. Then, to Sarah’s surprise, the birth mom asked her own mother to give Sarah a wrist band, signifying that Sarah had all rights as a parent in the hospital.

Baby Noah, his birth mom, and his new parents spent two days together in the hospital, a joyful time but also bittersweet.  John and Sarah were in awe of Noah’s birth mother’s strength — that this young woman would make the selfless decision not only to carry this precious life to term but then also to give up her firstborn son so that he could have a better life.

On Christmas Eve, Sarah and John were allowed to spend their first night alone with baby Noah in their own hospital room. They awoke together as a family on Christmas morning.

The birth mom signed the paperwork on Christmas day and, through tears, handed Noah to Sarah and John so they could leave the hospital with him. Next to the gift of God’s own Son, it was the most precious gift they have ever been given.

And I don’t think anyone on earth could have planned more perfect timing than that.

Fearfully wonderfully made
With love He created your frame
God saw your days before one came
Fearfully wonderfully made

—From the song John wrote for his son, based on Psalm 139

  • Trudy - October 15, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    Michele! This is an awesome rendition of their story (which I did not know), and brought tears to my eyes. You so need to submit this to some of the parenting magazines and blogs. Just lovely. I really enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

  • admin - October 16, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    Thank you, Trudy!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - August 12, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    My best friend is that mother. I find this whole story beautiful and amazing. I already thought she was beautiful and such a great person, but after reading this, I am looking at her in a whole new light. Being adopted myself, I know her son will grow up one day and understand what she did and he will love her unconditionally for her sacrifice. My friend is such a wonderful human being, always giving and helping others when she can. Her words often bring me up and motivate me to be better and do better. She is strong, courageous and brave. She is an angel sent down from Heaven. She is so kind, sweet and loving. You can tell that giving her son up meant a lot to her. She loves her son very much and I look forward to the day that they get to actually meet again.ReplyCancel

  • admin - August 14, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Sam, thank you so much for posting that. I, too, am a birth mother, so I know the heartache and the incredible blessings of trusting God to take care of the child we give to another family. I am so thankful your friend has you. Please let her know I continue to pray for her, just as I do John and Sarah and Noah. Hugs. Xoxo.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 18, 2015 - 10:07 pm

    So, Sammy just told me about this….
    This is crazy. You got the story head on! It brought me to tears, remembering back to those select moments when giving up my son was, seemingly the only option. The only way to give him the life I’d never had.
    Thank you for writing this, for your photography being as remarkable as it is. Your anointing shines through it!
    My husband is also a photographer and admires the pictures you’ve taken. The quality is great!
    God bless!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 18, 2015 - 10:08 pm

    So, Sammy just told me about this….
    This is crazy. You got the story head on! It brought me to tears, remembering back to those select moments when giving up my son was, seemingly the only option. The only way to give him the life I’d never had.
    Thank you for writing this, for your photography being as remarkable as it is. Your anointing shines through it!
    My bestfriend is also a photographer and admires the pictures you’ve taken. The quality is great!
    God bless!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - August 12, 2016 - 12:49 pm

      Emma, I am so, so sorry I did not reply to your comment sooner! For some reason I didn’t see your post until now, after all this time. I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to read this. As a birth mother myself, I know how you feel, and I have been praying for you from the beginning! I pray your life will continue to be a testimony to the goodness and faithfulness of God; we all make the best decisions we can at the time and trust Him with the end result. :) Yours is such a story of hope for other young birth mothers who have walked where you have been. I so admire your strength, and I am so thankful that we have hope in a God who works all things together for good. Thank you again for your message — it made me tear up to hear your sweet words.ReplyCancel

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