Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Weber Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 3

Meet the Weber Family!: Chris and Kierstin Weber, Luke, Zack, Kaycee and Jenna

Kierstin, what first tugged on your heart about the Fatherless?

Honestly, I wanted more children but did not want to have any biologically since my second born was a preemie (born at 28 weeks) and I am a horrible pregnant person.  When my son Zack was 2, I was aching for another child and we saw Steven Curtis Chapman in concert. I had seen him several times before but after that concert in November 2009 I knew I wanted to add a child (or two or three) to our family through adoption.  I started researching adoption and that is when my heart was tugged ... pulled ... grabbed!  Then after much begging and arm twisting my husband went to an information session at our adoption agency and was completely on board!

Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.
Both of our girls are African American (from different birth families) and open adoptions.  We are a walking billboard for adoption so we get many opportunities to discuss and educate people on it.

What was one challenge either before, during or after your child(ren) came home?
How to best respond to insensitive comment or questions.  I want to educate and be a good example of adoption, but it's not always easy with comments pertaining to open or transracial adoptions. I try my best to be kind in my responses for most people don't really mean things to be mean and if they do I don't need to stoop down to their level with a rude response.

If you could tell a family that was considering adoption one bit of advice what would it be?
PATIENCE and open-mindedness.  We went into adoption thinking we wanted a Caucasian baby girl in a closed or semi-open adoption and God had completely different plans for us. I'm sooooo glad!!!!!

What verse was especially encouraging to you during your adoption journey?

Psalm 27:14  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Share one blessing that has happened because you said YES and followed God on this journey.
Oh soooo many blessings - it's hard to name just one!  My husband and I were able to be in the delivery room when Kaycee was born. I held her Birthmother's hand and Chris got to cut the umbilical cord. It was the most amazing experience ever. We are so blessed to have both Kaycee and Jenna's Birthmothers in our lives today.
If you could share one other thing that is meaningful to you on the topic of adoption/orphan care, what would it be?
We have felt called before to help those in need. We began sponsoring two Compassion International girls years before we even considered adoption. Domestic verses International adoptions are so different, yet they are similar in that we are all on one mission - to be the hands and feet of Christ and bring another incredible human being into our families that most likely would not have the opportunities and love of a family that we can provide. 

Thank you, Weber Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  Be sure to check out their family's blog to learn more about their family.  If you're in the Central Florida area, Kierstin has a FB group {Central Florida Adoptive Families} you'll want to look into.

Be sure not to miss the rest of the "31 Families of HOPE" series:

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