I would like to introduce you to Marc and Andrea Smith. I just met Andrea a couple of weeks ago and her story moved me. I asked her if I could share it with all of you and she said yes. I hope you will be blessed by the Smith’s story as I know I have been.
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Not long after, we began to desire children of our own that we could raise to know and love God. We had no idea how God was going to answer this prayer!
For the next 6 years we continued to beg God for a baby.
Every month was a roller coaster of emotion as we would get our hopes up only to be severely disappointed. After many doctors, many tests, and no answers, we decided to look into adoption.
The very same week, God dropped two precious girls into our laps. Megan was nine and Allison was four. We adopted them through the foster care system in California.
Perhaps we should have been content with the beautiful family God had given us, but the overwhelming desire to have a biological child continued to burn within us. We could not escape it.
When we moved to Ohio in 2005, we decided to see another doctor. He told us that we would not conceive without a procedure called In Vitro Fertilization. With a price tag of $20,000, that was not an option. We were devastated.
Incredibly, 3 months before, I had seen a small advertisement in a magazine about an IVF scholarship and had decided to apply, knowing that there was very little chance that we would be chosen.
Eight months later, we checked our voicemail and was SHOCKED to hear that we had been chosen to receive a scholarship!! It was a miracle!
After multiple tests, procedures, and minor surgery, we finally went to Chicago for our first cycle of IVF.
There was never a happier couple than the day we found out that we were pregnant with not just one, but two baby boys. We had waited and prayed for those boys for almost 10 years.
Everything went well until around 17 weeks gestation.
Andrea went into pre-term labor when one of the baby’s sacs broke. We really believed that everything was going to be ok. After all, we had waited so long for those babies; there was no way that God was going to take them away from us.
But His ways are not our ways.
Five days later, Andrea gave birth to two, beautiful, perfectly formed baby boys. We held them in our hospital room for as long as we could. Saying goodbye to them was the hardest thing we ever had to do.
The night after we lost our sons, Ian and Caleb, God gave me a vision of Jesus.
He was standing at the foot of my hospital bed holding my two sons in his arms. Both of the babies were happy and beautiful, each wrapped in a white blanket.
But what captured my attention the most was Jesus’ face. He had the biggest grin on his face because he was so happy to be holding my sons. This vision gave me the grace and strength needed to keep trusting him.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16 NLT