There was a palpable sense of anticipation in the room as we shared our first meal with the family who would eventually donate their embryos to us. We had met them only weeks before—yet there was a familiarity about them that made them seem like family.
It all started at an artist retreat in Colorado, where I (Caleb) met my wife Bekah. Neither of us lived in Colorado at the time, but we were invited to attend by some mutual friends. You could say we were being set up. It wasn’t long before we began dating long distance.
We like to tell people that we didn’t actually start dating until we got married. It’s because our entire relationship up until that point was long distance. We had spent only six weeks total in person before tying the knot. I know it seems crazy, but somehow it didn’t back then. We shared a sense that we were supposed to meet, and that our collective story was going to be greater and richer than individual ones.
The first couple years of marriage were blissful. No more waving goodbye at the departure gate, no more dropped Facetime calls. We hiked the Colorado Rockies, visited art galleries in Denver, and even had a date in a movie theatre for the first time. We could finally enjoy life together—in person.
It wasn’t long before we began to dream about growing our family. The timing felt right, and we were excited to take this next step together. However, what we thought was going to be easy was excruciating. The repeated disappointment each month was a stark contrast to the ease we had experienced so far. It seemed so strange that God wasn’t helping us make this next big step like he helped us make the first one.
The diagnosis hit us harder than a ton of bricks. It’s never easy to hear “your chances at biological children are slim to none.” The words were almost incoherent. In our minds we knew were always going to have kids. Our broken expectations were a weight we didn’t know how to bear.
Then slowly, the fog of grief began to lift. We began to see beyond our own expectations, towards an even greater story that we were being invited into. We met with friends, and friends of friends to hear their adoption stories. We learned of all the beautiful ways that God weaves families together. One way in particular resonated with us— embryo adoption. So we made plans to visit a local adoption agency to learn more.
However, our breakthrough came when we least expected it. Bekah was working on a home staging and struck up a conversation with the homeowner. They talked about their mutual love for Jesus and their passion for interior design. They also talked about kids, and much to Bekah’s surprise, she found herself sharing about our recent decision to pursue embryo adoption.
Immediately, Bekah felt as if she’d overshared. But before she could change the subject, the woman responded in astonishment saying “I think we were supposed to meet today. We have extra embryos and we’ve been asking God what to do with them.” It turned out that this family had been through their own fertility journey which resulted in a number of perfectly viable embryos that still needed a home. This was an answer to our prayers…and amazingly, our need, hope, and desire was an answer to theirs as well.
Over the next few weeks, we shared several meals with this beautiful family. As we broke bread together, we shared the stories that broke us. We remarked at how unlikely this all was, and laughed at the little confirmations God brought us along the way. And it was just the same as it was when I met Bekah—there was a sense that this story was greater than all of us.
You don’t always get to see the ways God works through your messy set of circumstances. But sometimes you catch a glimpse of the connectivity of it all. It wasn’t until we were brought to a place of open-handedness that we began to see it. We were both a prayer and an answer to prayer. Two families woven together for His Glory.
So, we’d like to humbly invite you into this story. Financially, we could use your help. Even though this wonderful family is donating their embryos to us, there are still significant legal and medical costs associated with this process. Finally, we’d like to ask you for your prayers. Would you join us as we seek God’s future for our growing family?
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. If you’re unsure where that is—imagine a map of North America, then place a pinpoint right in the center of the continent. As with most cities on the Canadian prairie, my hometown is surrounded by endless wheat fields and open skies.
I grew up firmly in the middle of a large family. It was a loving environment that while chaotic at times, taught me to cherish the invaluable nature of familial relationships. The unconditional love I received from my parents is a gift I’ve always wanted to pass onto my own kids one day.
I’ve always been drawn towards craftsmanship—perhaps because of the rich heritage of artists, makers and communicators in my family. I spent a good chunk of my twenties as a professional drummer, and playing music is still a lifelong passion. I also love visual communication, and currently work as a graphic designer at a non-profit called Compassion International.
I moved to the United States a month before I married Bekah, which was also a month before I entered my thirties. Colorado has been the perfect landing spot for me and Bekah. Though we miss our families, we’ve worked hard to build a wonderful community around us that feels like home.
Being married to Bekah has been the greatest joy of my life. I can’t wait to see her become the incredible Mom she was created to be. I also can’t wait to welcome another person into our growing family, and to shower them with all the love that’s been poured into me.
I was born in Cassville, Missouri and when I was six, we moved to Seattle, Washington. We are currently in beautiful Colorado and loving it here, but in my heart, I am still a Pacific Northwest girl with a soft spot for Missouri.
I have always been a “Jill-of-all-trades.” I have taught preschool, worked as an executive and Human Resources assistant, as a personal nanny and a barista. I am currently working for our church as an event planner and volunteer coordinator, as well as staging homes for real estate on the side.
I live to bring beauty to things and to pour my time into people and the relationships I am cultivating. Hospitality is my middle name and curating spaces and experiences, as well as inviting people into that, is at my core, as well as my husband’s.
I have longed to be a mama for many years and am honored to be “Auntie Bekah” to a handful of gems and a godmother to a beautiful 17-year-old sweetheart. To be honest, I am equal parts nervous and excited for this part of our story—I am overwhelmed by the goodness of our Creator God.
When I’m not hosting people or fun events, I love to ride my vintage bicycle, to paint, to thrift store shop, to handwrite letters and cards to friends, to wear high heels and dresses, to bake, to sing, to journal, and to dance with Caleb. My Scandinavian heritage is something I hold close and I look forward to passing that on to our littles. My favorite book is “My Life in France,” about Julia Child.
I love a great cup of coffee, pretty flowers and whenever I have ice cream, I MUST add rainbow sprinkles, because sprinkles are life. I am definitely a city girl but moving to Colorado and being married to my Canadian outdoorsman has moved me out of my comfort zone and into the mountains more!
Ok friends and family. We are excited to tell you about a few major milestones in our adoption journey. Here goes:
We Finished our Legal Agreements
As you are aware, our adoption is unique in that it is a direct embryo donation from a couple we’ve come to know. This means we have not been working with an adoption agency and as a result, all of the legal work associated with our adoption has been our responsibility. This has been a lengthy process, but thankfully we were able to find an amazing lawyer who is well experienced in this field. All of our legal agreements are now signed, delivered, and the embryos are ours!
We’ve Set a Transfer Date
The second big milestone was setting an embryo transfer date. An embryo transfer date is essentially the day that Bekah will (hopefully) become pregnant with our adopted embryo. As you might imagine, planning this date involves the coalescence of a lot of elements legally, medically and practically. We are immensely grateful to say that we’ve set a transfer date towards the end of the year! Please continue to pray as Bekah prepares her body to carry a child.
We’re Close to the Halfway Mark
The third big milestone has been passing $14,000 on our fundraising goal! We are so blown away by the generosity of our friends, family, and even strangers. It’s been an incredibly powerful, humbling experience. We will continue to fundraise here, even past the initial three-month window. Please feel free to continue to share our story with anyone who may be interested in it!
That’s all for now. Thanks for following along!
One of the more common questions we’ve got since sharing our story is “what exactly is embryo adoption?” This is an understandable question of course because it’s a relatively new form of adoption. However, embryo adoption has been around longer than you may think.
The first embryo adopted child, Hannah, was born in 1998 through the pioneering Nightlight Christian Adoptions “Snowflake” Program. Since then, several more agencies now offer embryo adoption programs in the U.S., along with countless direct donations between donor couples and families like ours.
In short, embryo adoption is the adoption of embryos that have been “leftover” from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. Because of the nature of the in-vitro process, it can be common to have additional embryos (an egg fertilized by sperm) remaining. These embryos are frozen until their owners decide to either carry them, discard them or donate them.
There are many amazing ways to adopt, and each family story is unique. We believe that embryo adoption is yet another beautiful way that God weaves families together. We are excited and thankful to be able to provide a loving, life-giving solution for some of these children.
If you’d like to find out more about embryo adoption, there are a lot of amazing organizations online that offer helpful information. We would also be happy to share more about our journey, and what we have learned so far. Feel free to reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for now. Thanks so much for following along!
Thank you so much for reading and sharing our story! We are blown away by the support we have received from all of you this past week and we are excited to be moving forward!
As of now, we are almost finished with the final portion of our legal agreement with the donor couple. Things are moving smoothly with this! Also, I (Bekah) have already passed an initial set of tests (workup day) and have been given the green light for pregnancy! All is well and I look good to carry! We are so grateful for these accomplished steps, but know we have just begun.
Our next steps are for me to start on IVF medications/shots, to prep my body for a soon-to-be set date for embryo transfer!
We’d love to have you continue to pray for us and with us. We are on hold until we have some significant financial breakthrough, for the legal fees, medications, and transfer costs. This amount is the first $18,000, which we have already raised $1840.00 of. We are feeling overwhelmed, but we are trusting that God has a plan for these finances and knows where they will come from.
If it feels right to you, we’d ask you to continue to share our story with your social networks. You are each so valuable to us and we are so grateful for your generosity already!