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That was the beginning of a new journey for us. A journey that God set us on, to know Him in ways that we did not know we could. In His mercy He allowed us to experience deep loss, so that He could make us who He wanted us to be.
When we finally returned home from the hospital, I was so devastated; I didn’t think I could go on.
At that moment, we received a call from the scholarship committee saying that they wanted to give us a second scholarship. God is so kind. He gave us hope again.
One year later we traveled to Las Vegas for another cycle of IVF. This time we rejoiced to find out we were pregnant with one baby boy. What a mixture of joy and fear. God was teaching us to trust in His goodness.
Aiden Jeremiah Smith was born on June 9th, 2008 with many tears and laughter. God had finally answered our prayers, but along the way He had accomplished a deep work in our hearts.
We still had 7 frozen embryos. These are called “snowflake” babies. They were fertilized, and thus alive. Multiple times we traveled back to Las Vegas for IVF transfers to give these children the opportunity to live.
Each time Andrea got pregnant with twins, we would be so excited, and so grateful to God. But each time we lost the babies. They were early miscarriages each time, but each loss was still so deep and painful.
And with each loss, God taught us more about Himself.
We wouldn’t trade those lessons, for anything, because we know that we have treasure in heaven. Ian Mackay, Caleb Joshua, Peace, Rainn, Micah, Mercy, Daniel, Judah, and Icey are all waiting for us. We can’t wait to hold them in heaven!
But for now, God has given us even more blessings.
In August of 2011, Erica, age 6 and Destiny, age 4 came to live with us through foster care. Their adoption was finalized on April 11, 2012. They have enriched our lives and God is using them to teach us how to truly love. Then, in December of 2011 Heather came to live with us. Although at age 22 she was too old to legally adopt, we have claimed her as our own, and love her as our own.
Now, we say with burning hearts, “Lord, we are yours. Use us however you wish.”
While we may be limited in how many children we can bring into our family and raise on our own, our desire is to teach others to do likewise. We believe that every child deserves a loving home, even those who the world sees as worthless.
We are called to rescue and redeem the unwanted and endangered unto the love of God and the fulfillment of their destinies. Lord, help us to walk worthy of your calling! Lord, here we are. Send us!!
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 NLT
Come back next week to hear about what the Smith’s are doing with this burning God has placed inside of them.