I hope everyone is well and in good health. I wanted to share some exciting news with all of you. This past year my wife and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary! You may or may not have been aware but we have been trying to conceive for 5 years. After two years of being unsuccessful, we proceeded with going to the doctor’s office to see what might be the cause of our unsuccessful efforts. It was determined that my wife had endometriosis and both of her fallopian tubes were blocked. This was devastating news because this meant that we couldn’t get pregnant on our own. We were referred to a fertility specialist and proceeded with in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Thousands of dollars and sixty injections of various medication later, we transferred two embryos and hoped and prayed for the best. My wife was able to get pregnant with twins, however two weeks later we received the news that no couple wants to hear…your pregnancy is no longer viable.
This was devastating and my wife reached a point of depression. Our dream of having a family was again crushed and we were back to “square one”. We decided to take a break from trying to conceive and getting back to our everyday lives. In January 2012, we fasted about what direction God wanted us to move in. In February, we decided to adopt. We began researching agencies and we decided on one that had a great track record. Since Valentines Day was quickly approaching, I decided that it would be a perfect time to surprise her with a check for the down payment of the adoption. I made a reservation for 7:30pm at a steak house for dinner on Valentines Day. We went to dinner and after we ate, I gave her a card. She opened it and immediately began to cry. Once she saw the check written out to the adoption agency, she really began to cry. I was almost embarrassed because people probably thought I was a bad boyfriend breaking up with her or something on Valentines Day LOL.
After we sent in our application and initial payment, we completed a ton of paperwork. There are a lot of legalities and formalities that must be taken care of when preparing for adoption. So we jumped in full force and hoped for the best. Over the past year, we have been chosen by several birth-moms but none of them seemed “right for us”. Well, last month, our agency called us and said that “something rare had happened” and we were chosen by TWO birth-moms in one week! One was for a baby girl and the other was a baby boy…both due in March! WOAH! It was like God saying “Take your pick”. He was truly giving us the desires of our heart. It took our breath away. After looking over all the paperwork for both situations, we decided to move forward with the baby girl due at the end of March. Our adoption caseworker set up the initial phone conversation with the birth mom and on Valentines Day 2013 at 7:30pm (one year later to the day and time) we had our initial conversation with her and said “YES” to moving forward with this adoption!!! God is so faithful.
So to make a long story short, We flew to Nashville, Tennessee right around the due date and had to stay there until the final paperwork was processed after the birth of our daughter (3 weeks). We are beyond excited about our baby girl who was born on 3-13-13. My wife was even able to cut the umbilical cord at the time of birth. We decided to name her…ZARAH AMANA SOTOMAYOR! Zarah means ‘princess’ in Hebrew and Amana means ‘faith’. This is the little princess we had so much faith for and knew God would send us one day. Thank you Lord!!!!!! 1st Samuel 1:27 “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him”.
Isaiah 25:1 “Lord, You are my God: I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago”.
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