Josh and Hannah experienced something recently that was heartbreaking! The kind of thing that makes you question where you went wrong or how did you not see this coming? It makes you stop and question if you should continue on the journey to adoption or maybe this isn’t meant to be. Emotionally it’s hard, but also financially it’s hard too.
Josh and Hannah had saved and fundraised for a long time in the hope’s of becoming parents through adoption, just to have that money lost by someone who was scamming them the whole time. Read firsthand here the blog post Hannah wrote during this time on her personal blog Thistle Harvest and join us in helping re-coupe a portion of what was stolen from them here as we continue our March Madness Basketball inspired fundraiser for the Briggs family.
“As many of you may know by now, we heard the heartbreaking news last week
that our adoption match was a scam. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the
email informing us of the FBI investigation, telling us to reach out to some
lawyers that we had never spoken with, to receive more information. We had to
find the hard facts out for ourselves and determine if this birth mom we had
spoken with on the phone was a figment of our imagination.
After some investigation, we were told (and proved it to be true) that our birth
mother and baby were completely fabricated and that a woman was hired to
speak to us on the phone on different occasions to make us feel safe and secure
about the placement. I told this crooked social worker and her accomplice (our
"birth mother") how excited we were to be parents, how I was purchasing things
for our little girl, preparing her nursery, and that I prayed for them every single
day. "Birth mom" even asked me if I was excited to find out that it was a girl and
our gender reveal video was shared with our social worker who seemed
genuinely excited for us.
I know it is difficult for others to understand, but this was the closest we had ever
been to becoming parents. We have been through many fertility treatments but I
haven't ever had the privilege of carrying a baby, even for a short amount of time.
This baby girl was very real to us and had already taken hold of our hearts. We
called her by name and dreamt of what the future held for the three of us.
I will never fully understand why we were chosen to walk this path. Our trust has
been severely broken. There have been times that I have cried so hard that it's
been difficult to breathe. We had to close the nursery door for a few days so that
we would not be reminded of the deep pain we both were feeling.
We have taken some time to grieve our loss and while we are still fighting the
gross injustice, heart-wrenching pain, and breach of trust, we are trying to move
past this nightmare and fulfill our dream of having a family. We won't let this
horrible act discourage us from pursuing our child. God never stopped pursuing
us and we refuse to give up. We want our children to know someday without a
shadow of a doubt that we loved them fiercely and pursued them with everything
we had. Throughout this whole ordeal, I am constantly reminded of the Father's
love for us and how He pursues us and loves us with a perfect love. We are his
children and He will never stop fighting for us.
Our plan now is to fight for justice. To do everything in our power to get our story
out there when we are able to speak out and advocate for adoptive parents, for
birth mothers, and for their unborn babies. No one should ever take advantage of
some of the most vulnerable people in the world and if they do, they should know
that they will pay dearly for their crimes.
We are fighting to try to recover the devastating financial blow that we have been
dealt. We are desperately trying to get our money back so that we can continue to pursue adoption.
We know our baby is out there and at times we have become so discouraged that this circumstance has delayed our journey to find them.
Just the other day, I was speaking with Josh and I was frustrated that we were
going to be delayed in our adoption and didn't know when we would finally be
able to add to our family. I felt like the Lord spoke to both of us in different ways
but revealed the same truth: that His delay wasn't a denial. Nothing catches Him
by surprise. We fully trust in His sovereignty. Everything He places in our lives is
divinely orchestrated by the God of the universe. He makes no mistakes. Even
these unfortunate circumstances and the timing will lead us to the baby that He
has always meant for us to have
We are stepping out by faith and our continuing our adoption journey. Please
pray for us, pray for our baby and birth mother, and pray that God would restore
what evil men have taken. “
Come back for part 2 of this story next week! It’s gonna be a good one!