My husband and I have been married almost 4 years. When we were 1st married we got contacted by and old friend asking if we would think about adopting her twins because she couldn't give them the life she wanted them to have. So when she was 6 months along we drove to Ohio to help her with her 1st set of twins who were 10 months old. We decided that we would take care of them until our girls were born and then we would swap babies. Well on Feb 28th (which is the oldest set of twins birthday) I got the call saying that she was going in for a C-section so I packed up the babies and drove 9 hours to Ohio. The moment I saw the girls I just knew in my heart that they were going to be mine. It was love at 1st sight. 3 months after they were born we finally were able to establish legal guardianship of them. Fast forward 1 year....We got another call asking us to help her with her oldest set of twins now 2 years old. So we again agreed to help her but little did we know we were going to keep them as well. So when she asked us to keep them as well it was an easy yet difficult decision. We had 2 sets of twins with the same birthday, February 28th. We had been trying to have natural children but we're told that we wouldn't be able to get pregnant on our own. So we decided to try to get pregnant with the help of doctors. And low and behold we became pregnant with twins. My girls were due on June 12th, 2016 but at the beginning of January 2016 I started having contractions. I was 19 weeks along and was terrified that we were going to lose our babies. I was put on hospital bed rest for 6 weeks when clarissas' cord prolapsed. On February 28th, 2016 I was rushed in for an emergency C-section. My girls were born at 1lb 6oz each. So tiny.
So now I have 3 sets of twins that all share the same birthday.
Weber, family of 6!
I would like to introduce you to the Weber Family. They are sharing their story to show the power of fostering and adoption. This family has two daughters that were adopted as infants, through private agency adoption, as well as two little boys who were adopted through the foster care system. Their youngest guy’s adoption will be final on 10/18/16. Read on to see their beautiful story.
The Weber Family Story:
My husband and I were married in 2002, and we knew that we wanted to have a family. When anyone ever asked how many kids we wanted, we always said we didn’t have a number. We started working on building a family in 2003 but ran into lots of road blocks. After a couple of years of fertility treatments and doctor’s appointments, that were getting us nowhere, we knew we had to switch gears. We wanted to be parents, and at that point it did not matter to us if the child was ours by birth.
We started the adoption process in 2007 with a private local agency. We were open to a child of any gender and racial makeup. We were matched with a birthmother early on after signing with the agency but 5 months after the match the mother decided that she was going to parent the baby. Our hearts were broken because we were so elated to become parents and had been mapping out our future with this sweet baby.
We pulled up our boot straps, and stayed the course, and in January 2008 we got a phone call about a birthmother wanting to place her baby for adoption. We met with this amazing young women at the end of January. In February our sweet baby girl Marissa Rose was born.
We knew that we wanted to adopt again but thought we would take our time, let friends and family we were looking again and get the word out on our own. We had to get the word out quickly, as we knew it could take some time to be matched again.
Things moved pretty quickly and in April of 2009 we were matched with another wonderful woman who wanted to make an adoption plan for her baby. We had an amazing relationship with her throughout her pregnancy and she allowed us to attend all doctor’s appointments as well as be in the room when our daughter was born. In October our adorable Aliyah Nicole was born.
We knew that our family was not complete but were content at the time. Prior to going down the private adoption road, we talked about foster care and adopting a child through the foster care system. The timing was never right for us but we both had a heart for foster care.
In May of 2012 we became licensed foster parents through our county. We were so super excited & scared to go down this unknown road.
In January 2013 we got a call about a little baby boy who needed a safe and loving home. When I went to pick up this little stranger, I noticed his sweet smile and his big blue eyes!!! We had many ups and downs throughout his case, and I was very fortunate to build a relationship with his birthmother. In July of 2015 we added this sweet little guy to our family as our forever son.
We got the call for our second son in September of 2015. His case was close to wrapping up within the system, and he needed a forever family and home to call his own. He was placed in our home October 1st, 2015 and his adoption will be final on 10/18/2016.
All of our children came to our homes with totally different back stories, and each of their stories are very unique. What they all have in common is that their birthmothers all LOVED & LOVE them...some may have not been able to parent or keep them safe but they all loved them.
We have a very open adoption with our youngest daughters birthmother and an open adoption with our youngest son’s birthmother. Those relationships we will always cherish.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about each one of these ladies and feel so honored that I get to be these sweet little kids mother!
We love adoption!!!