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Successful Families

Our lives are enriched forever...

Barbara S., an adoptive parent in Garland, Texas

My husband and I tried to conceive for about 4 years and we unsuccessfully received fertility treatments. Our last resort was in-vitro fertilization but we put that on the back burner for a couple of years to relieve stress. Some friends of ours adopted a child. We contacted agencies and found ourselves eliminated due to our ages, at least for an infant. I was 42 and my husband was 49.

Then I met a woman who had been a foster parent and one thing led to another. She gave me some people to contact. I contacted Adoption Resource Consultants and they walked us through the steps of a home study, interviews, and writing our biographies. We told everyone we knew what we wanted and prayed constantly. At times I wondered why adoption was such a lengthy process. We never gave up and two years later on a Monday, we got "the call."

What a whirlwind of activity! We went on a shopping spree and arranged for my substitute teacher, finished the baby's room, and picked up our 12 day old daughter on Friday, five days later. Just one look, that's all it took. We were in love! We have been so very happy with her and the whole experience. She brings us joy each and every day. We feel truly blessed by her being in our lives and blessed by the people who supported us throughout our experience. She is a very busy six year old now and we are enjoying all the joys of summer.

We have all the funny stories that all parents have. My favorite one was following a discussion regarding her adoption with her she said one night in her anger. "You are not my mother and this is not my bed and you can't tell me to go to bed!!!" I was quick witted enough to go to the office and whip out our copy of her birth certificate, which lists me as her mother, as I showed her the document. She said, "Oh. OK," and went to bed. Whew, you've got to stay on your toes! She loves her two older brothers and her entire extended family. She is truly ours and we are truly her mommy and daddy. We don't strive hard to make her feel special. She just is special. We get mad and frustrated, then we make up. Our lives are enriched forever. God is good and he answered our fervent prayers.

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