“Be strong and courageous, do not fear. The Lord your God is with you…wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
This verse was chosen for our beloved baby, Joshua Eric. We were very happily surprised to find out we were expecting in the summer of 2017. We have a beautiful blended family, and were thrilled to welcome our first-born son together. In the early Fall of 2017, a routine ultrasound showed our baby had a severe congenital heart defect and likely, Down syndrome. We realized that God had a different plan for our family. Plans were made for our son to undergo open heart surgery around the age of four months. During the remainder of Alycia’s pregnancy, medical plans were made and they learned all they could about Down syndrome and the amazing community they were welcomed into locally and throughout social media. Joshua’s siblings, extended family and friends were so excited and eager to welcome Joshua into our family.
When Joshua was born we knew Down syndrome was nothing to be feared and quite possibly one of our favorite things about him. He was beautiful and perfect in every way. He underwent his first heart surgery at one week old and made a steady recovery. His sweet little soul won the hearts of all who loved him…his nurses, doctors, extended friends and most of all his siblings and parents. However, as the weeks in the hospital progressed, Joshua went into early heart and lung failure. He had to undergo several open heart surgeries to repair his heart…much younger than expected. Very tragically, Joshua passed away from complications post- surgery at the age of 6 weeks and one day old. As painful as it has been to walk this grief journey and loss of their son, they feel they were given the beautiful gift to have their own hearts and minds opened to the beauty of special needs.
Alycia has always considered adoption a very real calling on her heart. However, it always seemed elusive. Too far out of reach to be able to. After Joshua passed, she began bringing the idea of possibly adopting a child with Down syndrome up to Eric. Their family thought and prayed about this, feeling as time went on, the tugging on their hearts and souls was for such a time as this. They talked with their older kids and everyone was wholeheartedly supportive. They experienced true, unconditional selfless love for their special needs infant and their hearts were cracked wide open to the needs of other babies who are orphaned. They realized that Joshua could have been born in any other country, or at any other time in history and not experienced the amount of care and love he received.
Knowing our family has an immense amount of enduring love to give an orphan, we have committed to the adoption of a baby boy who also has Down syndrome. We feel incredibly blessed to be entrusted with this calling. In the midst of much devastation with the loss of our first son, God has been doing something. In His way and in His timing, new hope has begun to grow. We know only God knows the full story and He is doing what only He can do. We believe that God is picking us to personally live out one of His promises… “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18
We ask for your continued prayers as we move forward with paperwork, towards funding our adoption and eagerly awaiting the time we can bring our baby boy home to the safety of our arms. We know God is right here with us. We cling to this hope. Believe this hope. Live out this hope as He creates beauty from ashes. Fully. Completely. Perfectly. With Him.
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