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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: He Said Yes
By Angela Linton
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Jennifer has had her share of physical challenges and one of those was the removal of her right ovary due to a cyst. Nevertheless, her left ovary was healthy and the doctor assured them that medically speaking they could conceive. Yet, as the years passed by there was still no child.
Then, one night as they lay in bed with the rain drops drumming on their housetop, cautiously they asked each other,
“What do you think about us adopting a child?”
You see, for several months the thought of adopting a child has been sailing in and out of their minds. Yet, being afraid of ending each other’s dream of giving each other a child, they pushed the thought out of their minds. Now though, as they share their thoughts with each other, a new hope begun to shine in their hearts. Therefore, with God’s approval, they set their hearts on adopting a child.
As they embarked on the adoption process they heard many troubling stories about adoption, nevertheless they were not discouraged.
A year and a few months past after they begun looking for their son or daughter and the day finally arrived when they were going to hold their child. The nineteen-year-old collage students stated that they were not prepared to be parents. So many papers were signed and the delivery day of the baby finally arrived.
Frank and Jennifer were ecstatic.
Everything had gone well, right up onto the delivery day and there was no doubt in their hearts and minds that God had led them there.
It was agreed upon that Frank and Jennifer would be able to enter the delivery room, but two of the nurses would not allow them to enter the room. The nurses stated that the biological parents had requested it.
Therefore, not wanting to cause the mother any anxiety, they agree to the request.
In the waiting room, this change in the agreement did not signal any warnings because they were convinced that they would be seeing their baby soon.
However, this was not to be, because the baby’s mother and father were no longer willing to part with their child.
Therefore, not desiring to force them to part with their child Frank and Jennifer drove home in a broken hearted silence. Their silence was finally broken as they sat in their living room. With tears running down her cheeks and shaking her head Jennifer said,
“I don’t understand this, I’m so confused, I didn’t see this coming. I though that this is what the Lord wanted us to do.”
Frank drew her closer to him as his tears begun to flow.
Slowly, two months passed after that day and finally they begun to make plans to redecorate the baby’s bedroom. As they stood looking around the room, they smiled at each other because of the happy memories that they had experienced as they had prepared the room.
Unexpectedly the doorbell rang.
“It’s our lawyer.” Frank returned saying, after answering the door.
“Oh, okay,” Jennifer said.
The lawyer who had taken care of the legal aspect of the adoption process for them was sitting in the living room as they entered. When the three of them were seated, the lawyer explained why he was there.
The lawyer was deeply disappointed in the way in which their adoption process had ended, so without saying a word to them he continued to work on their behalf. Then about a month before his visit to them, he came across two grandparents whose son and daughter-in-law had died in a car accident due to a drunk driver. They were now the legal guardians of their two-month year-old grandchild. Unable however to take care of the baby, both physically and emotionally, they were willing to allow Frank and Jennifer to adopt their grandchild.
There was one condition to the adoption though and that was that they were allowed to be grandparents to the child. So now, the only signatures that were missing from the papers were Frank and Jennifer’s.
A few days after that conversation, as the sun shinned above their heads and the breeze gently touched their skin, Frank and Jennifer walked their sleeping baby into their home.
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