Thursday, July 15, 2010

Revised Sessions' HOPE testimony

The Sessions’ HOPE Testimony

Erick and I met in a church college and career group, and when Erick said that he first saw me he knew that he wasn't going to like me because I was wearing an Ohio State shirt (ironic :)). But actually 3 months after we met we were engaged, and 7 months later we were married! Erick and I have been married for 3 1/2 years, and since day one we have been trying to get pregnant. I actually did not work our first year of marriage because I thought that we would be pregnant right away. We understand that God often times has different plans for our life, and He doesn't always share these plans with us.

Believing that God is in control and that He must have something better for us, we felt it was time that I looked for a job. He opened the door to a great Christian Academy where I became the main science teacher, and I have been doing this for the last 3 years. If it was not for this job I would not have met my friend Sue. Sue and I started a group at our church called "Holding onto HOPE." This is a group for women who are infertile, where they can come together and learn to trust in God during this situation instead of turning from Him. We know how easy it is to feel that God is not there during infertility, and times of discomfort. During the year that we have had this group we have had many ladies come in and give their testimony about how God either opened their womb, or they adopted through Foster care, or just adopted through an agency.

During this time Erick and I had begun our process of going to an infertility doctor and we found out that unless we have an IVF (in-vitro fertilization - baby made in the lab and then placed in my belly) we would never get pregnant on our own. Having trust in God was the only thing that did not send me into a depression after finding out about that news. Knowing that there are children in the world that are already born, or about to be born that need a mom or dad, we started to look into adoption. Our search stopped abruptly because the financial aspect of it would not work for us. We then, seeing the need and understanding that there are millions of children in the foster care system that need a mom or dad to love on them until their parents can amend some of the mistakes that they made, we decided to sign up for our licensees.

In the time that we have been going through the foster drama, as I think of it :) , my friend Sue had been telling some people in the church about our group and how God is working through different scenarios like the hope of adopting through foster care. This is the part that began to rock our world! Sue met this couple, whom she told about Erick and I, wanting to adopt through foster care, and they asked why we were not adopting through an agency. She explained that it was because of finances, and they said that that should not be a hindrance, and they offered to PAY for the entire adoption for us! Wow thank you GOD. So a couple days after Sue talked to this family, Sue told me that I needed to start looking for an agency. I started looking at agencies that had the word Hope in them, and came across Hope for Families. Two days later Lynn and Ken Brown were at our house doing the home-study! The next day we learned about a birth-mom who had already chosen us to be her child’s parents! God's hand has been guiding us to this moment since the beginning of time, and it blows my mind to see how His plan is nothing that we could have orchestrated. So literally with in a week, I found out about this family and their financial contribution, found Hope for families, and then found out about the birth-mom! Isn't God awesome!

So as we waited patiently for our soon to be son to be born we got a call the he was born 5 ½ weeks premature! He wanted to meet his mommy and daddy early! My husband and I drove up to Ohio to meet our son. He was in the NICU for only a week and a half and then we had to wait another 2 weeks until the adoption papers went through. God allowed us to be together, the 3 of us, to get to bond and love on our little miracle.

Our son, Harrison M. Sessions, is now 4 months old. Even though we are still going through infertility, God has met the desires of our hearts. Not in the way that I was planning, but in a better way that only God could do. God has shown His glory and his grace in this once painful situation. Our plan B may actually be God’s plan A.

Thank you for reading our testimony of how God worked in our family. Our prayer from sharing this story is that you would see that God is still working and that God is still in control! Lastly, I wanted to leave you with a verse, actually our Holding onto Hope verse. Psalms 71:14 "But as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise you more and more."


Erin said...

Thanks for sharing this girl! I really enjoyed reading it!

Amanda said...

What a sweet testimony! I especially enjoyed the first two paragraphs because I didn't know all about how you two met and all. So, so sweet. A lot like me and John's story, since I really didn't like him at first. God's plan A is so much better than ours. LOVE it. Harrison is 4 months old! Happy Birthday little man! I remember things getting a lot easier and more fun around 4 and 5 months. Then at 6 months when he starts sitting up it will be really nice!