God Whispers: Audrey's Adoption Story

Posted by Haley Padgham on 03/02/2017

 

On September 29, 2010 my husband and I had no idea a tiny 4 lb. baby girl was born to a young teen mom. Also on September 29, 2010, I heard a whisper from the Holy Spirit to pray about taking another child. I felt the urgency in my heart, and I told my husband that God was telling me we should take another foster baby. Our youngest foster baby was only 8 1/2 months old, and we had two biological sons that were almost 2 and 4. My husband gave me that "your nuts" look, but was gracious to listen to my request. He wasn't feeling the urgency. I asked him to pray about it and I would ask him one week later what he thought. I continued to hear the tiny whisper in my heart to love on another baby.

One week later I asked my husband, Brian, what he thought. He said "This sounds crazy, but I think God is saying yes!" I was shocked. I'm sure he was shocked those words came out of his mouth. But it confirmed that I was hearing the Lord’s call. I immediately called our DHS caseworker and let her know we were open for another baby. She for sure thought we were crazy, but sent in our request to the placement workers. Only a couple of hours later, I received a phone call from a hospital social worker. She said they had just placed a ONE week old baby girl on the list to find a foster home that morning. I said "Yes!!” immediately, and the worker on the phone was silent. She then said, "But don't you want to know more about the baby before you agree to take her?" "Nope. I know we are supposed to take her!" Obligated to fill me in, the worker then read me the list of drugs the baby tested positive for, the fact that mom drank during her pregnancy, and that the tiny baby girl wasn't moving her legs and they were thinking she had cerebral palsy. I didn't care. I was in love and I hadn't even met her.

I scrambled to find someone to watch our three boys so my husband and I could go meet our new little girl. When we walked into the NICU that evening, we gasped at how tiny this little baby was. She had a feeding tube and tubes coming from her tiny body. Brian and I nervously laughed at each other and asked the nurses if we could hold her. Holding her tiny body was amazing. I couldn't believe she was so perfectly formed. God is so good! Over the next 3 1/2 weeks, I went to hold this tiny baby girl and love on her daily. I would get up early in the morning to get there for her 5am feeding, so I could spend time with her before my husband had to leave for work around 8 am. I begged friends often to watch my other kids, so I could go hold her, and pray over her in the afternoons. I was her ONLY visitor. No one else was there to hold her all day long if I didn't go.

At each visit I learned more about her history. She had been born about (the doctors had to guess) 7 weeks early and was blue and not breathing. The nurses resuscitated her at birth. She is a miracle! There are so many reasons she shouldn't be alive, but God held her in his hands the whole pregnancy and birth. This tiny drug addicted baby is so precious to our Lord. He loved her and had amazing plans for her life. We finally brought her home on a heart monitor, at a little over a month old.

Two weeks after she came home, the caseworker let us know that the mom decided to not come back. Our hearts were so burdened for this young mom. We wanted to meet her and love on her, but she couldn't be found. At 11-months-old, this tiny baby girl, whom we named Audrey Ryann, became our daughter!

Our God is so wonderful! He took a broken situation and turned it into good. Our sweet Audrey was thriving and eventually gained muscle control in her legs. What a blessing she was! We still longed to know who her young birthmother was.  We wanted her to know that we loved her and that her tiny baby was ok and very much loved. I had a name for the birthmother from our case worker, so I turned to social media to find her....and I did! I sent her a message, but didn't hear back for several months. She was so glad to hear from us and to know her baby was okay. We began a relationship with her through messages on Facebook. After a 6 month time of not hearing from her, I decided to send her my phone number in one last message. I told her to call anytime, that we'd love to hear from her and for Audrey to know her.

When Audrey was 21 months old, I received a call from her birth mom! I was so excited to finally hear her voice and fill her in on Audrey's life! A few minutes into the call, she told me she was pregnant again and wanted to know if we would take this baby too. YES! YES! A thousand times yes!! She said she was due right around Audrey's 2nd birthday. We anxiously waited for this new sweet baby, and on September 11, 2012 we were notified that the baby was born. Another sweet baby girl! We went the next day to the hospital to see our new baby girl and to meet the girls birth mom for the first time. What an emotional yet lovely time it was. We talked for several hours and loved on her as much as we could. I came back the next day to bring our new baby girl home. I sat on the hospital bed with her young birth mom and we talked and cried together. It was so bittersweet. What a sacrifice she was making. Over the next few months, we developed a wonderful relationship with this young girl, and she eventually gave her life to Christ. So much rejoicing!! She still has ups and downs, but is continually trying to get her life in place. 

  • What if I had just ignored the Holy Spirit telling me to take another baby? 
  • What if I had just decided that I couldn't do it? 
  • What if my husband had just laughed off my "crazy" request? 

I urge you to always listen to that still calm voice. It is the Lord speaking to you. He uses us to be His hands and feet. Be willing! He took our simple "yes" and made it into a beautiful story of ashes to beauty. We firmly believe that changing the life of ONE person, will change a whole generation of people. Think of the eternal impact you can make by just saying "Yes Lord". 

As the Bible says in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only”. And also, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord you God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” 

He certainly sent me blessings for listening to His still small voice.

In God’s Love,

Haley Padgham

About Haley: My husband Brian and I have been married for 13 1/2 years. We've been blessed with 6 beautiful children. Three born from me and three born from our hearts. 😊 Jordan 11, Grant 8, Zeke 7, Audrey 6, Josephine 4 and Evelyn 10 months. If I have spare time, I love to read and/or sew. I'm very passionate about raising my children to love the Lord and to be confident in their beliefs.

 

 

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