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April 3, 2015

Carrying on a Legacy {Family Friday}

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Our adoption story started a long time ago. When my mother was growing up, my grandparents opened their home to dozens of children in the foster care system. They modeled selfless love by putting feet to the gospel and giving sacrificially of what little they had.

My husband Josh and I wanted to carry on their legacy in our own family.  Through their example, God placed the desire in our hearts to adopt.  In 2006 and 2009, God blessed us with our two biological sons, Luke and Colby.  In 2011, we began to feel God directing us to begin our adoption process.  This was a daunting thought for us because we didn’t know where to start or how to finance it.  But, as He always does, God continued to guide us and provide for us. 

We were soon matched with a birthmother in Florida who had chosen an adoption plan for her daughter.  We were ecstatic beyond belief! A little girl was coming to our family! The reality was, though, we did not have the money needed and the deadline was coming soon. We applied to the matching grant program and were awarded a matching grant of $3500 from OCA.  Through the generosity of our friends and family, we were able to fully match this grant to be able to put $7000 towards the adoption of our sweet girl.  In March of 2012, our daughter Reece was born.  She was healthy and beautiful and she was coming home with us.  God had provided all of the funds we needed. In October 2012, Reece was officially and forever made a part of our family. 

The funny part is, we thought this was going to be the end of our adoption story. However, as He often does, God had bigger plans in mind for our family. 

In 2013, our 6 year old son, Luke, who was born with a congenital heart defect, became progressively ill. This was an extremely difficult time for our family in many ways.  He eventually received a much-needed heart transplant on September 13, 2013.  By God’s grace, he was given a second chance at life.

We were just getting settled into being home again and returning to work again after our time away when we received an astonishing call from our adoption agency, telling us our daughter Reece’s birth mother was expecting again and would like us to adopt the baby again.  We were overjoyed!  Immediately, our hearts said “Yes!”. But then our heads went to “how?”.  Our life had been upside down for months and we had been just hanging on financially because of it.  How were we going to be able to afford another adoption? We were reminded, though, that God provides.  Everything we have is His and everything comes from Him.

We once again reached out for financial assistance, once again awarded a matching grant of $3500, and once again our amazing church family and friends quickly matched this grant and we had $7000 to put towards our adoption.  This along with other grants and fundraisers allowed us to bring our sweet daughter, Gentry, home on April 30, 2014.  She was born just four months after we received the phone call from the agency.  

I have been asked many times why we have chosen to grow our family through adoption. It is simple. As Christians, we are all adopted.  None of us came into this world as righteous children of God.  We were born orphans because of the curse of sin.  We were born struggling to keep a law we could not keep. We were born under a weight we could never bear. Stunningly, through God’s calling, and Christ’s work on the cross, we have been made clean and have been grafted into the family of God.  We have been brought into the fold. We have been given the privilege of calling God our Abba, Father. What hope there is in that statement!  We have moved from orphan to beloved, from enemy to friend, from slave to heir.  He has made in us a heart that groans for Him rather than for the world.   For that reason, adoption is both our identity and our mission.

To other families in the adoption process or considering adoption, please remember this–Romans 8:15 tells us “You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of Adoption by whom we cry out Abba, Father! “   Adoption is scary.  It is an unknown with unknown circumstances, scenarios, and trials.  However, Praise God, He did not call us out of the darkness of slavery to fall back in fear.  He gave us the ability and the privilege to call out to Him for strength, power, wisdom, and every, single thing we need.  And out of that new strength and spirit of an heir of the most powerful, we are called to change others’ lives. He has given us the mission to live as an adopted child and to help others to be adopted.  James 1:27 says “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world”.  This is it.  This is what He is calling us to do: love the fatherless, have compassion on the broken-hearted, provide for the impoverished, and do so in a manner that reflects the love of the Author of Love– our Father.  He wants us to carry on the family name.   He wants us to charge into battle wearing the family crest of the redeemed so that others may be redeemed to Him. This is why we adopt– because we are adopted.  This is why we love– because we are loved.  This is why we care–because the world desperately needs it! 

“But when the completion of time came, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His son into our hearts, crying Abba, Father! So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then and heir through God.”  Galatians 4:4-7

–Josh & Cassie, adoptive parents & OCA matching grant recipients 

Thank you Josh & Cassie for so beautifully sharing your testimony of God’s faithfulness to your family. Praying the legacy started by your grandparents continues on through the generations! God bless you! 

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4 Responses to “Carrying on a Legacy {Family Friday}”

  1. David bray says:

    So will stated, this was such a blessing. God only knows how our hearts ache for these children. Especially the older ones that nobody wants. We are foster parents, please remember us inyour prayers. We also work as a GAL representing these children in court. Thanks for your positives about adoption, we hear a lot of negatives in some cases with the adoptive parents bring the older children back to DS S, please remember the older children. Thanks for all the stories I read everyone of them. God bless, the Bray’s

    • Leah says:

      David, thanks for your comment. Thankful this post could be an encouragement to you! We appreciate you following along and joining in the conversation!

  2. Brittany Baird says:

    Cassie,

    Thank you so much for sharing your family’s beautiful testimony!!!
    It takes selfless, patient people to take on adoption!! I’m so happy God continues to provide for your family!! Amen!! Glory to God!!!