A family is not defined by our genes.
It is built and maintained through love.
Since an adoption process is very complicated and long, it is hard for a couple to decide that they want to adopt their children.
But Presbyterian missionaries Aaron and Rachel Halbert didn’t hesitate to adopt their children.
Aaron and Rachel knew that they want to adopt children even before they got married. Aaron wrote an article on The Washington Post and explained that it was for them to have children naturally.
Also, they understood that black children are less likely to be adopted than white children and decided to take black babies to their home.
They felt a calling to be parents of children who may have a hard time finding their family. Until then, they did not know that they would create an unpredictable family.
Aaron and Rachel visited adoption agency in Mississippi. They decided to adopt one boy and one girl, two African-American kids.
Their racially diverse family just had begun.
After their adoption, they did not plan to have any more children.
But they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center. These embryos are usually destroyed or given for the research, but Christian centers accept “donation” of embryos for the couples who have difficulty to conceive naturally.
Aaron and Rachel wanted all of their children to fit in a family and get along with their black siblings, Rachel had two African-American twin embryos implanted.
Then, something amazing happened.
One of the embryos split in two…!
I will let Aaron take a place from here to explain what happened.
“As I have made the stroll from my wife’s hospital room to the NICU these past few days it has been hard to fathom the way that our family has been put together.
This past Sunday, my gorgeous wife – a white evangelical, like me — gave birth to our beautiful African-American triplet daughters whom we adopted as embryos.These sweet girls will hopefully soon be coming home to meet their 3-year-old African-American brother and 2-year-old biracial sister, both of whom we adopted as infants.
The normalcy of this paragraph is something I have come to take for granted.Yet what seems to us to be the logical outcome of being pro-life is still something that to others often needs much explaining. ”