An Adoption Story submitted by Sarah Sampson

“First, let me say that I believe every adoption is a beautiful miracle.

Just like childbirth, no two stories are the same. Our story is not your typical adoption story. For us it began in December 2005 when I was attending a Christmas concert with friends. I was 2 weeks away from delivering my 4th child. During the concert, they showed a spotlight video that highlighted a ministry called Shohannah’s Hope, an organization that raises money to helps families adopt internationally. I was so moved by the video, it hit something deep inside me and I came away with a compelling feeling that I would adopt someday.

I went home and shared my experience with my husband. He chalked it up to pregnancy hormones and pretty much told me I was crazy. We were on the verge of having 4 children under the age of five, including a set of twins. Life got busy when the baby came and I kind of put my experience on the back burner. My baby started kindergarten in 2011, and with my youngest in school, the desire to adopt came back to me. I didn’t have long to entertain it before my kinder daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. That was such a life changing event for her and our family that I put adoption on the back burner yet again.

Fast forward to fall of 2013.

I had gone back to school to get my teaching certification. I was driving across Houston several times a week and my thoughts on my drive would always go to the possibility of adopting. It seemed everywhere I turned, whether I was in church, at my kid’s school, or driving down the road, I would see something or hear something that related to adoption. At this point, I knew God was speaking to me loud and clear. I approached my husband again about the idea and he still wasn’t completely on board. He told me that if God wanted us to adopt he was going to have to put a baby on our doorstep. That way we would know it was from Him.

Well, I knew that wasn’t how things worked so I began to research adoption agencies and options. I became consumed with the idea and I began to share my desire with my friends and family. Through an unlikely series of events, a family friend’s daughter had just found out she was expecting and at that point in her life keeping the baby was not an option. The family knew that we were interested in adoption and asked if we would meet with them. This is not how adoptions typically happen but we knew we had to see where it would lead. By seeking and following legal counsel, we proceeded with the process. Even though a birth mother cannot finalize her decision until after the baby’s birth, we were committed to walking out the journey with her. 

On June 27, 2014, Eli Thomas came into the world.

His birth mother requested our presence at his birth. My husband and I were the first to hold him. It was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. From the moment we held him, we knew he was going to be part of our family. Eli wasn’t legally ours until April 17th, 2015 when our family stood before a judge in a Galveston County Courthouse as we committed ourselves to him and he was officially given our name.  Eli’s adoption was a private adoption but we still had to go through the legal process including interviews and home studies for everything to be finalized.

Eli’s birth mother is an amazing woman. We have a unique relationship with her and she is a part of Eli’s life. I want him to know how much she loves him and how that love affected the decision she made. When I think of adoption my heart is torn. I know that it is a difficult choice for a birth mother. It requires love and so much bravery, but something so beautiful can come from that choice.

Adoption isn’t always easy.

It can be complicated and challenging at times, but when you look into the eyes of your child it’s worth all that is difficult. People often ask us about our decision to adopt. Some say we are crazy since Eli makes five children for us. We often hear the comment: “What a blessed little boy Eli is.” We turn that around and say we are the ones who are blessed. Every time I look at him I think of the miracle that he is. How he was a desire in my heart 9 years before he came to our family.  He brings so much joy to our lives and the lives of those around us! We love him more than words.

I would encourage anyone who has considered adoption to pursue it! There are many wonderful agencies for local and international adoption that can lead you through the process. If it’s a desire in your heart, it can become a reality and lives can be forever changed by your decision!”

 

A note from Trisha:

I met Sarah and her husband at my son’s basketball game. My daughter and I walked into the gym and I had intentions of sitting in a seat close to the door. However, she spotted her step mom and grandma and said “Let’s go sit over there.” I had no idea a divine appointment was about to happen. The Sampsons were sitting next to me and I noticed that Eli had super dark hair compared to them. I started a conversation and found out he was adopted. I told them about The Dream Village and asked if they would be interested in sharing their story. I love when God gives me a reminder that He’s in control here.

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