We are so excited to announce that we are GROWING OUR FAMILY!!
No, we are not pregnant. But we are learning how God can grow families in the most unique and beautiful ways! These past 2 years have been a WHIRLWIND to say the least!! We have gone through seasons of hope and heartbreak, but one thing has remained consistent…that through it all God has been faithful. Through incredible hardship, we have also been showered with some amazing blessings and we are so excited to share more about this process and the crazy story that is continuing to unfold!
If you have been following our story – you know this journey towards growing our family has not been an easy one. If you are just joining in – you can catch up with a post that shares a bit of the backstory here.
In addition to the impacts that pregnancy could have on my body (explained in the previous post), we recently learned a very important piece of information, and that is one of the medications that I have to take could lead to serious birth defects. So with this new information, it only reconfirmed the decision that Agustin and I had already made and my doctors do not recommend that I carry a baby.
This has been a difficult reality to confront, but as Agustin + I know from our shared life experience… God once again has a unexpected yet beautiful plan for us.
As a matter of fact, God’s plan started years ago. When I was growing up, after the car accident, my close friends and family watched my medical journey. They watched me go in and out of the hospital, treatment plans, surgeries and witnessed firsthand the impact my disability and injuries had on my body even at a young age. One night when I was 18 years old, a close childhood friend, shared with me that when the time came for me to have a baby… if I was not able to – that she would gladly carry my baby for me. At the time, even though I was so appreciative of her incredible gesture – I wasn’t sure how to process that information – given the fact that we were both 18 and kids were not on the forefront of my mind. We never spoke of that conversation again and I sorta forgot about it. Fast forward 11 years…to last Fall. My close friends and family had heard through the grapevine that we were starting the process of growing our family and had recently learned that I was advised not to carry a baby.
That dear friend reached out to me to share with me that all these years later, her heart had not changed and that she would love to carry our baby. It still shocks me to write those words!! Shocked, amazed, so many emotions. I cannot even express how amazed I am by this woman and her sweet and selfless heart. I flew out to visit her and her husband to talk, pray, and ask all the questions. And my dear sweet friend shared with me, ” Kelly, I would love to be a part of your journey to becoming a mother.”
What is so amazing…is that God prompted her heart 11 years ago..and since that conversation at the age of 18, she has been praying, talking with her husband and preparing her heart. She has 2 wonderful kids of her own and her body does pregnancy beautifully. This amazing friend and her husband.. they have blown me away. They shared, “Kelly, we really believe this is what community is all about. Being there for each other, loving each other and this is one way we can love you in this incredibly challenging season.”
So we are stepping out in faith…and starting the journey, alongside our dear friends, two families..coming together with faith and hope for the future Baby Vizcaino that we pray will join our family one day.
Photo: Elizabeth Lauren