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  1. Summer Jesse says:

    I like the leaving a comment here instead of Facebook, that’s a good one. Thanks for the update, I know it’s not easy letting others into your life. When I first met you guys, the only other couple I knew that had trouble having kids was my brother and his wife, it took them 9 yrs to get pregnant. Then when Ryland was 4 we started trying again with not much luck but your stories of HoPE helped me more than you know. It’s took alittle over 2 yrs to get pregnant with Vera.
    I think of you guys often as James is often on my mind, you can’t forget that smile. Prayers that a answer will come to you and your family will grow.

  2. Ashley M. says:

    I LOVE IKEA! And I also love Cons 🙂 I’m looking forward to Dragon*Con this Labor Day weekend! (going as Ash from ‘Evil Dead’/’Army of Darkness’, complete with styrofoam chainsaw for my arm and toy boomstick in my grandpa’s old rifle pouch.)

    Wishing y’all the best of luck for the next step! And as for Valor…..who is this little young adult and what has he done with the baby from not so long ago??

    • John says:

      There was girl in Charlotte with a styrofoam and cardboard chainsaw duct taped to her arm and I was so focused on interest rate swaps that I completely failed to recognize who she was supposed to be. Thanks for jogging my memory!

  3. SalannB says:

    Hi John and Abby:

    Whatever you decide, I know it will be done prayerfully and with much deliberation. There are pros and cons to both options. I know you’re both open to God’s plan.

    Valor is such a handsome boy! I love seeing him grow and explore.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sally in Indianapolis

  4. Deborah says:

    Best last line ever. I know the pride of wanting biological children and the fear of red tape in adoption. I have no doubt that the Lord will show you His plan, and that you’ll follow with open hearts. You guys are awesome.

  5. patty says:

    You’re in good company with Biblical heroines including Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah and Elizabeth..

    When they finally received their offspring, those offspring had unique and special callings in the Kingdom.

    That has encouraged me as God allowed me to experience life threatening pre eclampsia/toxemia with both pregnancies and a miscarriage in between, resulting in only two, (yet wonderful) children. Years ago I longed for more but He has given me contentment, one day at a time…

  6. patty says:

    PS. However I am NOT suggesting your situation or calling from God is anything like mine at all.

    He certainly has unique and wonderful plans for you and your family . Seems to me He designed each human with totally unique fingerprints to remind us that He designs each path of our lives uniquely fit for us and us alone!

    .. I do not want to “compare” especially as Scripture reminds me to compare ourselves with others is not wise…

    just trying to perhaps share some words of maybe a bit of comfort or. whatever…please forgive any insensitivity or etc…not my intention, believe me..

  7. Christy says:

    I am so excited to hear you mention adoption!! During the months following the birth of our second child, I experienced some significant (and unusual) health issues which left me at 29 knowing I would likely never be able to carry another child due to the high risks. We had always wanted 4 or 5 children, and this came as quite a shock. God had different plans for us. It has not been an easy road, and we have had lots of doubts, sorrow, fights for faith, and lots of questions about adoption, but we started pursuing a domestic adoption last July. Our daughter was born in April, and her birth and adoption have been one of the most amazing experiences of our lives! When we began the first step of pursuing adoption, we only had the money for that first step and we only had faith to take that first step. But God met us continually along the way with greater faith for each next step. Our particular adoption proved to be FAR more expensive than we had planned for, but God provided money for us time and again, and the adoption is paid in full, which is truly just a miracle and something we never could have imagined happening.

    I want to encourage you in your example of trusting God. We have two close friends who lost children, one at birth and one at 6 weeks, so we have had a window into the intense grief that brings. And we have walked through adoption this past year with our close friends who have been unable to conceive for 6 years, so we have a window into the grief of infertility. It is remarkable to ‘watch’ you all walk through both while hoping in God. There is much of His grace in your lives!

    If you would like to ask any questions about adoption, please feel free to email me! ( I know you don’t know who I am, but I would be happy to give you our family blog to see.) I have lots of resources I could pass along to you. It was so helpful for us to talk to people who had adopted. God used that to build our faith. We also found Russell Moore’s book ‘Adopted for Life’ to be very encouraging and helpful.

    I will pray that God leads you to the path He has for you, whatever it is.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I found your site ages ago (I believe through CakeWrecks) and have been praying for you guys ever since. I just wanted to mention embryo adoption to you guys. I have no personal experience with it, but I have prayed with a friend of mine through the process. It’s not an easy road, and I daresay I might even be insensitive for mentioning it, but I rarely feel this led to comment on a blogpost, so…
    Praying for you all as you take the next step and the next.
    Under the Mercy,

  9. Melissa says:

    Just another CakeWrecks follower (I’ve commented a few times) and all I can say is whatever God has in store for you child-wise–biological or adopted–those children will be hitting the parent lottery with you two. What a wonderful blessing you will be to them! 🙂 You are in my prayers.

  10. Tonya says:

    First, I want to see Abby design Dr. Divident a superhero costume of his own. 🙂

    Second, adoption can be a scary thing but with two such godly parents as any child would love to have (I wish you had been MY adopted parents) you would bless any child who lived under your roof. Lots of prayer for this one…

    Third, I miss you all. Hugs to all three. 🙂

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