MacKenzie: We always knew our children wouldn’t look like us. Early on in our childhoods we dreamed of the possibility and excitement of adoption. Our experiences working in different countries with people from different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures gave us a vision for what our families could look like. When we met, God confirmed all of these deep longings that we had to love a child who needed love.
We feel absolutely privileged to invite a child into our growing family because our heavenly Father invited us into his. Adoption reminds us that when we were lost and orphaned, God himself adopted us. In Romans, God tells us that because we are in Him, and partake in His suffering, that He has adopted us as His sons and daughters and that we get to join in His glory with Him. We are grateful to take this journey with Jesus Christ as our guide and comfort, modeling the way we love this baby after the way he has loved us so well.
Jake: Adoption has such a significant meaning to us. For me, adoption is all about the gospel, and constantly points back to the cross. For Kenz and I to understand what adoption really looked like, we knew that we needed to have such a deep understanding of our adoption into the kingdom of God as His son and His daughter. One of the neat things about this process thus far is that envisioning bringing our baby home has actually made my understanding of my adoption into the family of Christ so much deeper and completely unwavering. God sent His only son to the earth to be ridiculed, scoffed, tormented, and ultimately killed, so that my life could be saved. He died, so that I might have life eternal. His death was all about me. Because of his love and commitment for me, I now have eternal life and have been adopted into the family of God. In my eyes, there is no greater love than this.
Adoption to me is about taking the life of a child and exemplifying this type of love in the life of my son/daughter. I want my child to know that I would do anything for them. I would advocate for them, fight for them, love them more than anyone on this earth could, and ultimately die for them if that need ever came. Adoption to me means love in its deepest and most raw form.