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Our Adoption Story
Brook and I got married on May 31, 1997 and just like all couples, didn’t give a second thought as to whether we would be able to have children. Of course we were going to have children but we wanted to wait a little while and enjoy each other first, as though we were in control. Well, waiting a little while turned out to be waiting for a couple of years, a couple of years turned out to be several years and it was during this time that we recognized there must be a reason why we didn’t have a child yet.
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Our Adoption Story
Brook and I got married on May 31, 1997 and just like all couples, didn’t give a second thought as to whether we would be able to have children. Of course we were going to have children but we wanted to wait a little while and enjoy each other first, as though we were in control. Well, waiting a little while turned out to be waiting for a couple of years, a couple of years turned out to be several years and it was during this time that we recognized there must be a reason why we didn’t have a child yet. Sure enough, it turned out that if we wanted biological children, we would have to try fertility treatments. We were told that of the couples who try, we had a higher likelihood of having children but we simply did not have a passion or desire to go through that process. Honestly, at that time I was still enjoying myself and though I absolutely wanted children, I had some growing up to do.
It wasn’t until I visited a dear client, friend, and father figure in Mobile, Alabama, Phil Webb, that I had someone speak sense to me. He sat me down, called me out on my attitude and encouraged me to be the man, husband and father I was meant to be. I got home and immediately we began the adoption journey. Nearly two years later, thirteen years total, we were blessed with a son. All couples who adopt know what “the phone call” is. We received ours on a Friday, met with our birth mother that next Monday and she chose us to love our son for the rest of our lives. Two hours later, our son came home with us.
It is important that you understand our first choice was adoption. It is amazing how many people have found this thought process strange. In fact, it has been several years since we brought Ari home and we still have people tell us that Brook could still get pregnant...thinking that is what we want or desire. When we emphatically tell them that is NOT something we want, we are looked at like we are crazy. Somehow it seems to them as though having a biological child will satisfy us in a different way than having a child through adoption.
Not to be too blunt but this mindset is not well thought out. We understand that these people have the best of intentions. The bottom line is that loving a child has nothing to do with shared DNA. For that matter, shared DNA does not mean a deeper, more valuable love or relationship with another person. It is my opinion that people who can’t see past DNA, obviously aren’t choosing to see past the nose on their face. There is so much more to life, we just have to be in a position to realize it.
Ari’s birth mother made the most loving and selfless choice a person could make. She sacrificed a part of herself so that Ari could be safe and have a different opportunity in life. Her love for Ari should never be questioned; because this display of love is the perfect example of love. She loved Ari entirely and wanted the best for him. I believe that it was by God’s grace and divine inspiration that Ari’s birth mother chose Brook and I to be his parents. I thank God every day for him.