Our Adoption Story - Jeff and Linda



We had always talked about having a family, but were never in a hurry; just enjoying our time together as a married couple. Excited and ready to plan our family, we quickly found out that it was not going to be easy. After two miscarriages and opinion from two specialists, we were faced with reality - Linda would not able to carry a child to term. From that moment on our journey began to find our forever baby and to give that baby a forever family.



I prayed about it every day, like I did to find Jeff. I knew God had a plan for me; I just had to be patient. One day I heard about the Gladney Center from a coworker. I began to research their site, and once again became disappointed because we did not fit the age limits, Jeff was just a few years older, and I just assumed there was no chance. A few weeks later, our very dear friend asked us to dinner to meet a woman he was dating (she would later become his wife). Our friend was not in the habit of formal introductions for those whom he was dating. We quickly thought she must be something special. I can tell you now that she is! During dinner I asked where she worked and she said, "I work for Gladney." WHAAAT!!? All of these signs were God sharing with me the little parts of his plan.



Linda and I attended our first orientation in October 2011 and after lengthy conversations about all we learned, we decided this would be the plan for us. We made the commitment, pushed forward with paperwork and interviews and on March 15, 2012 (Linda's birthday!) we received our Certificate of Approval in the mail - we were approved to move forward with our adoption plan!



The next year was just another year, working, taking care of our house, our dog, spending time with each other, friends and family. Even celebrating the marriage of our very special friends, yes, the very friends that connected us with Gladney. During this time, we never felt pressured or anxious, because all along we felt this was God's plan, it will happen in HIS time. Finally, on August 8, 2013 we got the call that we had been chosen by a birthmother - she chose US to be the parents for her baby! Wow!! Then the day came, October 11, 2013, we were on our way to work and I got a message from our birthmother... her water broke! A few short hours later our precious Emma Jane was born... A GIRL!! (We had asked our birthmother to keep the gender of the baby a secret, which we know was probably difficult for her, but she did it for us.) We were so excited, we couldn't stand it! The day that we had been waiting for, for such a long time, was finally upon us. Linda, Jeff, Emma Jane and our dog Roscoe ... our little family was now complete!





Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097
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