At 6:15am on 10/15/14 the world and our hearts welcomed Titus Colt Elliott. This tiny, 5lb 15oz bundle of love has stolen our hearts.
Titus entered our lives by way of adoption, and his story is one for the books. There are so many incredible details that we will need to share more in a future post about how his birthmom found and connected with us.
To give you a brief run down…
Not long ago JC received an email from a wonderful man who had heard about our heart for adoption by way of JC’s podcast. He was listening to JC’s sermons and came across the one where JC shared our hearts and about our recent adoption loss. Both him and his wife listened to the podcast, and a short while later during their church service his wife felt led to reach out to us about their daughters need for an adoption plan. They sent a beautiful and bold email.
Upon reading the email we were brought to our knees in prayer. After our plans to adopt internationally by way of Uganda fell through, and then our domestic adoption failing we weren’t sure what our next step in the adoption journey would be. We had begun discussing Haiti, and talked about how our hearts were feeling led there, however, finding out we are pregnant and due in January, we decided to wait on turning in out Haiti paperwork.
After praying and responding to the bold email we soon found out that Titus’ birthmom is fully Hatian. We couldn’t help but smile as we shared with them how we felt the Lord had been laying Haiti on our hearts recently. We also shared with them about our pregnancy, and being due in January. Being a twin herself, Titus’ birthmom was excited about the two being so close in age.
Shortly after our conversation they came to CA and we were able to meet in person. We couldn’t be more in love with Titus’ birthmom and her family. She is beautiful, strong and the most loving woman we have ever know. We are grateful that she will continue to be a part of both our and Titus’ lives.
We are humbled and honored to welcome our son into our lives. Thank you all for your love, financial support, encouragement and prayers which lead us to this place. Our hearts are overflowing.
Leslie and JC
For those wondering… Titus is currently with us and we are soaking in every sweet snuggle. We have been in Wisconsin waiting for papers to clear which will allow us to leave the state with him. Hopefully we will be home soon! The adoption will be finalized in about 3 weeks.
Despite our joy and excitement we are reminded that adoption is hard, so very hard. Alongside our joy comes much pain and deep woulds – so we ask for prayer for all involved.