In one of Robert Frost's most famous poems he states, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." This quote sits on the fireplace mantle and I look at it every now and then and wonder what it means in my life. Today, this quote represents you, my husband and I, our little JB and the child waiting to enter into this world. I will never fully understand how you are feeling during this moment, but if it is any comfort, know that we are praying for you.
Let me introduce you to our life. You could kind of say that a perfect storm brought us together. Hurricane Katrina was the reason my husband was searching for a job farther north. We didn't know it at the time but the devastation of this storm had a silver lining. Brandon began searching for jobs and eventually moved to Kentucky in January of 2007. By chance, we met at a restaurant just a few months later. It wasn't long after this introduction, that Brandon had his own introductions. He introduced me to crawfish, king cakes, and beignets, and I tried to introduce him to the UK Wildcats. My introduction wasn't as successful as his. We both loved the outdoors and spent countless hours hunting, fishing and golfing. After a Valentine's Day engagement, we tied the knot in the summer of 2010.
With marriage came happiness and yearning for children. However, we struggled with infertility for four years. We tried many attempts at getting pregnant and inquired the help of multiple fertility doctors. Although each failure was difficult to accept, it seemed we both gained clarity. We realized that God had been guiding us to adoption. We wished He would've sent us a memo, but we knew the heartache we incurred was only a stepping stone to the joy that eventually filled our hearts.
With the help of Nightlight Adoptions, we brought home our little love after his birth in February, 2017. He has made our lives so joyous and meaningful and we can't imagine life without him. We're seeking Nightlight's help again to grow our family.
We're looking forward to the day we can introduce a child to our little JB, our wonderful families and our supportive friends. They have been by our side through this process and are just as excited as we are.
Brandon and I both come from very loving and devoted families. I am one of four siblings and am an aunt to 11 wonderful nieces and nephews. Brandon has a brother with whom he is very close. We're both lucky that we come from parents who have been married for 41 (Brandon's parents) and 46 (Laura's parents) years. Marriage longevity runs on both sides of our family. We're also fortunate that each of us was brought up with a religious background. Brandon was brought up as a Southern Baptist and I was brought up Catholic. After marriage, we practiced both faiths but decided that joining a Christian church would meet the spiritual needs for us both.
I imagine you're curious how our life might change once a newborn enters our family. I was able stay at home with our little JB and I plan on staying home with the new bundle of joy also. The little one will be able to enjoy the positives of farm life including visiting the cows, chickens, and dogs. The little one will also be introduced to his/her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins as well as our friends. The little one will be exponentially loved and we can't wait for that day.
Until then, know that we are praying for you through this difficult time.
Brandon, Laura and JB
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