Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Glimpse at Hope...

I recently saw this article in an adoption newsletter.  I receive email links with the new articles weekly and was so touched by this article.  Please take the time to read this... I promise, you won't regret it!

 A Praise Report from Kip and Cathy Johnson
In November of 2009, I was working at my desk when the phone rang. It was my husband calling to tell me that we had been matched with a baby boy who had already been born! We were overjoyed and couldn't wait to meet this child that we had been praying for. Shortly thereafter, we drove to the hospital and met him for the first time. It was love at first sight! We named him Elijah Daniel, which means, "The Lord is My God." We were so excited to bring home our new bundle of joy.

We were blessed with 2.5 months with our Eli before he became sick. Around New Year's we took him to the hospital and found out that he was in liver failure. After a brave 3 week fight, our little boy went home to be with Jesus. Our time with Eli was too short, but we trust Him and know that one day we will be with our little Eli again. We have hope because Christ died so that those who trust Him will be with Him again someday.

The following months after his passing have been hard, but we haven't had to go through it alone. God has blessed us by revealing Himself to us in new and deeper ways. Through our loss the Lord impressed upon our heart's to help other's in Minnesota and North Dakota who wanted to adopt minority children. In Eli's honor we started a foundation called Elijah's Truth ( to provide financial assistance to families waiting to adopt.

Our desire to have a family has continued, and we decided to put our name back on the waiting list for a second adoption. We knew that having another child wouldn't replace Eli, but we also knew that God had good things for us as well. We have been so blessed and encouraged during this waiting period by friends and family who have prayed for another child for our family.

We recently were moving into a new house, and during the move we received a call from our social worker. She came over, saying she needed to approve the new house for our file, but when she arrived she brought us a baby gift and told us that we had been matched with a baby boy! We rushed to get everything ready and were on our way to meet him in less than 48 hours. Even as we type this letter, we are still getting to know this beautiful addition to our family and know that God has much planned for our future. This has been a hard journey, but God is good and we praise him for blessing us with two beautiful baby boys in less than one year.


Paige said...

What a sweet article! I have never commented on your blog but wanted you to know that I am praying for your family!

Brantley and Richard said...

Aww thank you for your comment Paige! We love getting feedback from our posts, it keeps us encouraged and know that people are actually reading! Take care!