Sarah and Russ
Sarah and I were married in 2008, after a whirlwind courtship and with hopes of having a large family. It took about three years before we conceived our first child, a boy we named Clarence. Five years of secondary infertility and many prayers followed. Unexpectedly, Sarah discovered she was carrying another child. We rejoiced, telling our family and friends the wonderful news.
At the first ultrasound appointment, we heard the worst words a parent can hear: “There’s no heartbeat.” It was a devastating loss, not only for us, but also for Clarence, who had already begun planning the Big Brother things he would do with his sibling.
Since this loss, Sarah and I have realized that God put the desire for more children in our hearts for a reason. We have witnessed the beauty of adoption through friends and family members and strongly believe that God’s will is for us to grow our family through adoption.