Our Adopted “Rainbow” Baby
Rainbow Baby: “A child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. The term has encouraged parents to share their stories of loss – and the babies that followed.”
So yes, it happened. We brought home a baby boy yesterday who is now part of TEAM WARD!
Zion was born Friday night after a long and hard labor by our brave birth mom. On Saturday night she signed the adoption papers and though we were overjoyed, I can’t help but feel her loss in a way too.
Adoption is an incredible gift, but it is a bittersweet one. She loved her son and this was a hard thing to do. The hardest thing to do. All our birth moms have been incredibly brave women who’ve shown us sacrificial love by making this choice. They are women who’ve faced struggles and come to terms with their situations. They’ve had to make a choice no one should have to make.
But we live in a broken world and adoption is one way to bring redemption to a hard situation. I’ve had such a mixture of emotions processing all the feelings from this weekend–from being in the delivery room cheering our birth mom on to sobbing over the news that she signed the papers.
Most days are not like this. Most are ordinary ones. But this weekend was extraordinary, not just because my son was born, but because I was witness to an incredible sacrifice of love. One of these days the events of this weekend will make it to the page, but for now all I can feel is gratitude.
Thank you Jesus.