A story of adoption, answering the call of God, & obedience.
We started dating as seniors in high school in October 1985 and were married in December 1987. We’d always talked about having two children and were blessed when we had Zachary in 1994 and Caleb in 1996. We believed at that time that our family was complete! However, after a few years, Terry was convicted that we’d made a mistake and felt the Lord prodding his heart that we were meant to have more kids. So, we began praying individually and together asking God to show us what we should do. At the same time, God had placed certain people and circumstances in our life to help show us His plan.
In October 2000, Laura’s best friend started doing foster care and took in twins, Cobey and Caroline. Over a year’s period, we grew very close to the twins, to the point where we were known as “Aunt Laura and Uncle Terry”. In January 2002, Cobey and Caroline became available for adoption. We realized that God had been preparing our hearts for this exact moment and it became very clear that we were to adopt these precious twins. They moved in with us on March 1, 2002.
We were aware that the twins had a biological little brother who lived in another town about an hour away. When the three siblings were placed in foster care back in 2000, they were split up, with the twins in one home and Devin in another home. On July 1, 2002, we received a call that Devin needed to be placed. Of course, our answer was “YES.” Laura went to pick up Devin to bring him to his new home and on the hour drive she told Devin (who was 2.5) that he was going to meet his “new daddy”. Upon arriving home, Laura told Devin, “Go meet your new daddy”. Devin literally ran down the long hallway and jumped in to Terry’s arms, yelling “Daddy!” It was a moment none of us will ever forget.
There were so many ways God showed Himself during this time. Even the social workers and adoption agency were amazed. We knew, without a doubt, that it was God’s will that we adopt all three children and become a family of 7. One of the many verses that encouraged us through this time was Ephesians 3:20-21:
We so often want to say, “look at what God did for them.” But really, we’re the one’s that are blessed. Amazing things happen when we give God control. When we truly pray for God’s will, He will make it clear. It’s just up to us to listen. Don’t have an agenda, just be putty His hands, because the finished product is better than we can even imagine when God is in control!
CHRIS SHEPHERD, PETRO STUDIOS