Natalie: God. My desire to adopt had been there since I was a little girl. Through a series of events He led me back to that desire.
Lowell: It wasn't something I grew up with. I knew my wife had a strong desire for that. Over time God worked in my heart a desire for adoption as well.
How did you feel when you first met your child's birth mom?
Natalie: Terrified. Not because of her because she is amazing. Mainly because the situation was so sudden. We didn't know how to approach her or talk to her. We were so scared. but, she is super sweet. When we met we talked, hugged, and I believe we even cried. It was a special time.
Lowell: She put a lot of trust in us. We have so much thankfulness to her for her decision.
What was it like the day your child was born?
Lowell: Chaotic. For us we didn't know about our child until we got the call he was in the hospital. We started our day as normal. I went to work, I am a farmer and was out in the fields when I got the call.
Natalie: But then meeting him was indescribable. As soon as we held him in our arms he felt like ours. He (Lowell) was worried beforehand if he would be able to love this child but later after everyone left and it was just the three of us he (Lowell) looked at me and said, "this is my child and I love him."
Adoption can oftentimes take a while, how do you get through the wait?
Natalie: We are still working on it. It's tough. There are good days and bad days. Most of it for me is working on not being angry at God for the waiting and trusting that he really does have a plan and that it is good.
Lowell: It's hard when you have people around you having babies and you're waiting.
You've had a successful adoption and a failed adoption plan, what was that like?
Natalie: Really hard. With our first adoption of course we didn't even know about him until he was already born in the hospital. So we weren't really prepared and had to quickly get things. I think if I remember correctly we even left the hospital for a few hours to go buy things to take our son home. Our second adoption we had more time to prepare for the child but the mother decided to parent. It's been a couple of years since that loss and we are still waiting for the chance to adopt again. Some days you wonder about the child and what they are like and who they are now. We pray for the mother and the child often.
Lowell: Honestly, I just try not to think about it.