Why Adoption?

Growing up, I always loved the idea of adoption, and have had a desire to adopt and give birth. I have always had a love for children in my heart. I often would babysit for families around my home town and for relatives. I always wanted to be called to be in primary so I could be near children to teach, learn from, and help them.

When my older sister Bethanie had her little girl Brooklyn, I loved to go over and play with and babysit her. When Justin and I met in 2003, he met my WHOLE family at once!  They loved him (as did I, just don’t tell him that…haha).  Brooklyn loved being around him because he would always talk in his Donald Duck voice (well, any kid loves being around him for that). When I came up to have Christmas with his family, I also met his family all at once. His young cousins would come up to him and tackle him. I could tell by how he treated them and my niece that he also had a deep love for children.

We got married in 2004, and our love grows deeper every day. We knew that having children would be hard because it took my mother many years to have my older sister, and it took my older sister a few years to have Brooklyn. All of my siblings have had a very hard time getting pregnant, and with the 1 niece and 3 nephews that I have (with 2 on the way) it has been a long hard road. We’ve never given up on the hope to have children.

In November 2005 we were sealed in the Billings, Montana Temple, and it’s been nearly 8 years since we were first married in Thatcher, AZ. I’ve received countless blessings saying that “the desire in my heart to be a mother has been heard and the Lord knows my heart. You will be a mother in the Lord’s time.”  I know that the Lord has a plan for us and we will not give up!

We have had several family members from both sides adopt children, and I have always felt that some or all of our children would come through adoption. When we went down for my Grandpa Robinson’s funeral I had received a blessing saying “Your sacrifices to come down and be with family have been seen. The doors are opening to what your heart has been wanting.”  I know that the Lord has a plan for all of us, I’m so grateful for it.

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