February 2, 2015 by CassieCravings
For nearly 3 years I have poured out my heart about our journey in wanting to grow our family. You have shown unimaginable support. You have given me strength when I didn’t have it for myself. You have grieved losses with me. You have celebrated the hope of fertility treatments and have prayed over me when they failed. You cried with me at my diagnosis of “infertile”. It has been a long, long journey. There was always hope. You reminded me when I forgot. I carried that hope, fragile as it was, so carefully.
Today I am pouring out my heart again. I have been giddy with anticipation of announcing what is next for our family! It is with great celebration that we are shouting form the mountain tops: We are adopting!
The path of adoption is a new one. It will hold its own trials and its own joys. We are stepping into the new journey with great hope and with great faith. We aren’t sure about how the details will work out, but we know that they will.
Personally, I have never been good at asking for help. I am proud to be the one my family and friends come to for help, the dependable friend, the reliable family member. But with adoption, I know that we can’t do this on our own. Today I lay down that pride and humbly ask for your help to complete our family through adoption.
Hopeful Piggy-Bank: Ortiz Adoption at gofundme :
“Nearly eight years ago, the Ortiz family began a journey. There has been grieving. There has been rejoicing. There has been waiting. Today, with great humility, we ask for you to join us on this journey and we ask for your prayers throughout this process.
Seven years ago, I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Several weeks later, I miscarried that baby. We were devastated. Unsure and broken hearted, we continued to hope for a child.
Six years ago, we lost our second child. In that moment, I wasn’t sure how my physical heart still had the will to beat. Yet it continued, one palpitation at a time, and within months we were pregnant again.
Four years ago, I gave birth to a son. He is curious and wise. He is joyful and adventurous. He is miraculous in so many ways.
Three years ago, there was another miscarriage. Then another. And another after that. And still another. Within five years, I had carried seven children. I moved from doctor to doctor, but no one knew how to help me. There were countless specialists, countless tests, and countless unanswered questions. I was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder and began to suffer from cysts that left me infertile. I carried seven children, but I will never carry again.
Two years ago, Juan and I began to prayerfully consider adoption. We studied different types of adoptions, researched our options, and began meeting with agencies. There has been prayer without ceasing, confirming to us again and again that our family is meant to grow through adoption.
One year ago, our son, Elijah, began to pray for a sibling, faithful and thoughtful prayers filled with hope. He continues to pray with expectancy every day. His faith was unwavering. When I mentioned finances, our four-year-old’s answer was simple: “God knows we need money. God knows the desire of our heart. He sees us. He hears us.”
Encouraged by Eli’s faith, we ask for your support to make our family complete.
The Ortiz Family
Juan, Casi, and Elijah”
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