No matter what background, biological makeup, personality quirks, contagious laugh & warm cuddles - a baby brings so much to a family. I know this because I witness it in my own family.
My Sister Devyn and her husband Ryan set out to adopt a baby. Both co-pastor at Community Covenant Church in Springfield, VA. They met in seminary in Chicago and married January of 2010.
After a period of trying for their own without intended success, they ventured toward giving a home to another. The emotional debt and financial project that comes with becoming parents of an adopted child, is a unique struggle and overwhelming blessing all in one breath. They were given the gift of Rosemary Louise Marie Johnson born on December 5th 2013. They took their new baby home two days later in time for the Christmas season.
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.
Rosie is 2 years old now, she has a fiery presence. She absolutely LOVES to laugh, connect with others and has a physical urge to express herself in every way. She's hard to find without a giant smile on her face. Devyn and Ryan are in love with her and this last September they've announced that Rosie will be a big Sister.
They are enrolling to adopt their second child!
There is nothing that can explain the unpredictability of adopting a child. They could have a baby in 2 weeks or 2 years. The financial mountain can be frustrating, but Devyn has worked creatively to find fundraising tactics to reach their adoption goal. Yard sales, Children's book sales, Trade fair coffee sales etc.
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It's a powerful exchange of love that happens between a parent and their child.
Follow Devyn, Ryan + Rosie on her blog, Bringing Home Baby to hear announcements and progress on their adoption journey.
If you are familiar with the adoption story, please comment below and share with us your unique story of love.