This is not actually a “birth story” in the typical sense of the word. It is the “birth” of their family and then ends with the “birth” of their daughter! But of course this is not the end of the Croley’s story… I feel God has even more plans for their wonderful, beautiful, life! They are blessing us today by sharing Their Story. Here goes…
My aunt and uncle adopted twins when I was seventeen years old. The immediate and permanent love I felt for them the night I met them was the first experience I had with adoption love being no different than that of “blood” love.
Tim and I decided to be foster parents about a year into our marriage. We just felt a deep need to help those who Jesus asked us to help. We went to class for over two months, we got our home in order to pass detailed checks, and we jumped in with both feet.
The day we were first called to keep foster children was hectic and wonderful and it ended with two precious babies sleeping in the room across the hall from me.
After just over a year of foster parenting, and caring for a variety of children.. and sadly seeing some that we dearly loved leave.. we met Andrew.
DHR called and asked us to take sweet Andrew home from the hospital the next day. I remember the call clearly.. and the feeling I had of pure excitement. That night we didn’t sleep. We talked about caring for a newborn. Doubted ourselves and our ability to do so. But the next day, ready or not, we met Andrew. My daddy and I brought him home from the hospital and almost our whole family came to meet him that night. He was truly loved from the very first minute I held his little 5lbs in my arms.
Andrew was cared for by my Aunt Tina while I worked. He was too young to go to daycare, and I had obligations to return to work when he was three weeks old. She opened her home and her heart to our sweet boy. She has adopted two children of her own, but made our adoption possible by her desire to love children like Jesus did. She and Andrew have a forever bond, and we are proud that he now carries her maiden name.
Our road to adoption was long. DHR searched for blood family to care for him. When I look back at the 18 months that I deeply loved him, I am surprised at the peace I felt about him being ours. I did worry at times, but every worry was met with a beautiful answer from our Savior about His plan for Andrew to be our son.
On January 5, 2012 Andrew became an official member of our family. Our son. I can honestly say that I cannot imagine my life without him. He is pure joy and has touched the hearts and opened the minds of so many people who have been blessed to know him.
I tell my mom that he should run for Mayor. People just gravitate to him. Anywhere we are people stop to speak to him, and I am certain that in his two years he has made nearly as many friends as I have in my twenty eight.
The idea of families being bound by blood is much outdated. And well, wrong. Families are made by heart. And Andrew certainly has ours.
Andrew was joined by a sweet sister on November 3, 2011. They are dear friends and light up when they see one another. Our family is diverse and wonderful. And adoption has blessed us greatly.
While our adoption story did not begin with infertility, we all have the same desire.. to expand our families and love those who greatly need us. Usually to find, we needed the children and the joy they bring just as much as they need us.
Thank you Croely Family for sharing your beautiful, amazing story with us! May God continue to Bless and Keep you.