From Stranger to Daughter in 13 Hours

Like many things in life, adoption rarely happens “according to plan.”

Josh & Kelsey planned to adopt a newborn, but God had a different idea in mind. Not only would they adopt a 19-month-old, but they would bring her home less than 24 hours after learning about her. The following is their testimony.

Our adoption experience is best defined as a whirlwind.

We were just going about our day on January 31, 2018 when we got the call at 12:00 p.m. A 19-month-old baby girl in Texas needed a family ASAP. We prayed, said YES, and were matched within ten minutes!

I packed us and our two biological boys (only ages 3 and 1 at the time), and we left for the airport two hours after getting the call. We finally got to the agency at 11:45 p.m., met with Olivia and her birth mom for a bit, and signed paperwork at 1:05 a.m.

She was our daughter a mere 13 hours after finding out about her! Only God can write stories like that.

The way in which we were matched with our daughter was a total “God-thing.” We had presented to 45 birth moms who were pregnant or had just given birth, because we thought that we were supposed to adopt a newborn. But when we received the phone call about Olivia, God spoke to my heart and said, “This is it. She is it!”

Our Lifesong matching grant helped us tremendously in our efforts to fund our adoption. The staff have always been so very kind and helpful, and we are forever grateful for the kindness of this wonderful organization.

Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

– Josh & Kelsey



Josh and Kelsey, thank you for sharing your story! We’re reminded of Proverbs 16:9. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” We’re excited to see how God continues to lead your precious family in the days ahead. 


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