Ryan and Briana were married on May 30, 2009 in Battle Ground, Washington. “We knew we wanted to start our family right away,” Briana recalls. “We were so excited to be finally at that place in our lives where we could become parents!”
Like most couples who deal with infertility, it never occurred to either Ryan or Briana that a baby wouldn’t just happen right away. It wasn’t long before people started to inquire about when they planned to start their family. “We said and believed with our whole hearts that we were simply trusting in God and his timing and that it would happen when it was supposed to.”
But with each passing anniversary, the absence of the child they’d both so strongly desired left them feeling sad and broken. “I felt like I had failed in what I considered to be one of the most important areas of my life. It didn’t seem like my dream to become a mommy and Ryan’s dream to become a daddy was ever going to happen.”
But God knew better. He is able to do exceedingly more than we can ever hope or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
At the end of October 2011, Ryan and Briana made the decision to fully release their dream of becoming parents and to completely give their desire to God. They weren’t giving up. But they had decided that it was time to trust that God would make them parents in His time and nottheir time.
But before they would begin the process of adopting a child, they first decided to adopt a cute little furball named Sophie. “Talk about a crash course in parenting! Sophie really kept us on our toes from the get-go!”
“And then, one week after Sophie came into our lives, we received a life-changing email from Wendi with Because of Isaac. If we were open to adoption, they wanted to sponsor us and help us raise the money to become parents.The amazing thing is that although Wendi knew of our infertility, she didn’t know of our desire to adopt. We hadn’t told anyone that the months of failed treatments and years of disappointment had led to more and more conversations about adoption. It just had never been financially feasible. Needless to say we were overwhelmed by God’s timing and his faithfulness to us. HE knew!”
Just a few minutes spent with Ryan and Briana, it is obvious that they will be fantastic parents. “I see how children are drawn to Ryan and how good he is with them, and I know that he will make a wonderful daddy. And I know that God created in me a mother’s heart, and that I can love a child not born of my body, as my own.”
UPDATE – May 2014: Adoption Goal has been reached!
Ryan and Briana have raised all their funding. They are currently waiting for a child placement!