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Sarah: For years, I have wanted nothing more than to be a mom. I saw children in our future and when I looked at Sean Isaw what an amazing father he would be. We thought about going through in vitro fertilization to have a “biological” child, but in my heart, I knew that we could give a child in need a good home. From the pain and heartache of infertility, I saw that God could make beauty from ashes. I suddenly started realizing that maybe God had another plan for us in building our family and earnestly started looking into adoption. Broken families are far too common and, for me, choosing adoption was a way to change the course of a child’s life and provide them a family that gives unconditional love and support.
Sean: For whatever reason I have always had in the back of my mind and heart that adoption may be part of how I create a family. I’ve always felt that no matter where a child comes from, if you open your heart and home to them, they become a part of you. As we have suspected, adoption is one of the only ways we can have a family which only furthers my beliefs of being called to adopt. Attending the adoption workshop hosted by Hope’s Promise gave us the chance to listen to panels of birth moms, children who have been adopted, and adoptive parents. It was a great opportunity to see the different perspectives and how positive the adoption was for everyone. Although I know there will be struggles, this greatly reinforced my decision to adopt.
What Brought You Together?
Sarah: It all started in a pharmacy . . . eight years ago I was finishing pharmacy school and began my last year of internship at the VA hospital where Sean was also working as a pharmacy student. I was instantly drawn by how he could get everyone around him in tears from laughing so hard! He always made me smile and laugh and we seemed to have this instant connection. One corny pick-up line later, I was going out to dinner with him so he could “ask me questions about pharmacy school.” Two hours later, we still hadn’t talked at all about pharmacy! Knowing that my six weeks at the VA would be coming to a close quickly, I tried to downplay my emotions and then left the VA for my next six week rotation. A couple weeks later, after friending Sean on Facebook, he writes me asking if I would like to go play mini golf. Not thinking this was a date at all, I joined him to play mini-golf and knew instantly that whatever we had, I wanted to keep it going. Eight months later we were engaged.
We said “I do” at a winery in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2011. Sean started pharmacy school that week and I was taking my boards and starting my career as a pharmacist. Over the next several years, we traveled to Hawaii and Europe and cruised the Caribbean. We love life and live it to the fullest. We seek out adventure at every turn and, especially with Sean’s sense of humor, life never gets boring.
Sean: Although we went to high school together, we ran around with different crowds and I would say I needed a little more time to find myself before being ready to find Sarah. I knew that if I just focused on myself and aspirations the relationship would find me. Sure enough, I met Sarah in a pharmacy which is now what we do for work as pharmacists. She was WAY more put together than me and definitely had her stuff together. I thought that she was WAY out of my league, but thought I’d take a chance. Thankfully I had the courage, and the excuse, to get to know her outside of pharmacy. After she left the VA Pharmacy I thought I might have let her slip out of my hands and was sad. But thanks to good ol’ Facebook we were able to reconnect and are now approaching eight years of marriage which is crazy because everyday still feels like the honeymoon.
Why Adopt Now?
Sarah: Adoption really has been a part of our family planning discussion ever since we have been married. Timing never seemed right with Sean going through school and then trying to start his career. We also really enjoyed our married life together and took our time together to experience traveling and seeing the world. I then came to the realization that I never wanted to regret not making the decision to start our family through adoption. I felt in my heart that God has blessed us as a couple and has blessed our marriage abundantly. I had this burning desire to be able to bless a child with what we have been blessed with. I want to be a mom that is present and available and make a child feel chosen, wanted, and loved. I know that I can be that mom and be the option for a birth mom that feels like there is no other way out.
Sean: Like I said previously, I’ve always felt a tug that adoption was meant to be a part of my family story. The now part is more just because we feel we are at that point in our relationship were we are ready to start a family. Our first four years of marriage I was in pharmacy school and we were only living off of one income. Now, we have established careers and are ready to open our hearts and homes to a child or two. We are excited to give a child a great home and life full of lots of love and support. We also want the birth mom to feel comfortable and entrusting of us to do right by her child and to welcome her into our family however she feels comfortable with.
We are excited to give a child a great home and life full of lots of love and support.
At a young age, I had the passion and desire for helping others and new my calling was to go into the medical field. Sevenyears ago, I graduated as a pharmacist and have the joy and pleasure of working at the VA hospital caring for those who served. I’m a Colorado native through and through who loves to hike and experience the outdoors. I met my soul mate eightyears ago and could not be more blessed to experience life with him! Every day for us is an adventure and we strive to live life to its fullest. I have a passion for photography and capturing the beauty God has created for us. There is just something about nature that makes me feel whole and closer to our Creator. Whether it’s a mountain getaway for the weekend or long vacation abroad, I can’t get enough of traveling and can’t wait to introduce another world traveler to our family.
Still living in the same Western Colorado town I was born in, I would call myself the typical Colorado kid who is always looking for fun and adventure outside. I find that I am at my happiest when I’m up in the mountains whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, or any other activity. When I’m not outside playing, I like to cook and spend time with my wife Sarah. I currently work as a pharmacist at an independent pharmacy and love getting to help people while forming connections with many of our regulars. I feel so blessed to have my wife as my travel and adventure partner for life. I’m very carefree, easy going, and always looking to make people laugh and enjoy life. We are so excited to embark upon the biggest adventure anyone can and start our family. We can’t wait to open our home and our hearts to a child and possibly more, in need.
Home Study Approved!!!
Its official! Our agency met today and discussed our case and approved our home study! We are officially in the waiting pool! We are now just waiting for the phone call that will change our lives forever that we have been matched with an expectant birth mom. It is so surreal! Again, we appreciate all your prayers and support during this time! We are so close to bringing a little one into their forever home!
As We Wait . . .
Our excitement and anticipation is building as we are slowly getting further along in our adoption journey! Over the past month, we have officially begun the home study process and are hoping to be on the wait list by the end of August! So what is a home study, you ask? It is a series of three interviews with social workers that work with our adoption agency to ensure that we are fit to be adoptive parents. So far, we have completed two of the three required interviews and will complete our last one next week! It seems so surreal! Since we have started this process almost 5 months ago, it has been an exercise of hurry-up and wait. For me, being a planner, it’s definitely not an easy thing to do!
So what do we do as we patiently wait for God’s timing to reveal to us the perfect plan he has for us on this journey? We pray expectantly that the Lord has the perfect little one to complete our family and pray that He would start preparing our hearts and the hearts of their birth parents for this journey. We pray that our wait would not be long once we are on “the list” and that we will be able to see the fingerprints of God over the whole process. We have also started getting our nursery ready which has been so much fun! Above all, we are enjoying our time together as a married couple before our addition to our family arrives.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued prayers and financial support. We have been blown away by the donations we have received thus far and are so blessed by your generosity! Please stay tuned as I know we will have lots of updates shortly once we are home study approved!