Originally, this blog was to update our families and friends about our pregnancy with Cora. You can read about her here. It was a deeply troubling time but it also strengthened our faith as a family. After losing Cora, we decided to push forth with our adoption plans. As a couple, we decided to adopt sometime in our future a while back and losing her made us realize time is short and there is a child out there waiting on us. During the time of prayer and decision, we found out that I was pregnancy with Lydia, who was then born on June 16th of this year. Then, after much prayer and deliberation…because, you know, logic…we decided on Ethiopia as our adoptive country. We brought Aben home in January of 2017 and blogged through the 3 1/2 year process. You can read about it here, here, here, here, here and here.
Then in September of 2017 I found myself pregnant with our 4th. In the early first trimester, we found out she also had a condition “incompatible with life” (acrania). You can read about that here. We decided to try to donate her organs to research, but it didn’t work out when she ended up being stillborn at 36 weeks gestation. We did get to donate two Cuddle Cots in Cora and Layla’s names to continue their legacy at a local hospital. Currently, we are putting growing our family on hold while we figure out God’s will for our lives and we are healing from the loss of the two girls and continuing to support their legacies by helping others.