Sam and I are thrilled to share the news with you that we have a daughter!
Welcome to the world and to the family, Sweet Maka Sam A.Aleem ! Her name means God has heard and God strengthens. She is a blessing beyond words. We believe family is God’s design and reflects His heart, and we are so grateful and excited to welcome Maka into our family!
Maka was born on Monday 10/24 at 5:26 am: 5 pounds 8 ounces, 19 inches long.
We are amazed at all that's happened in the last few days and grateful to God for this incredible gift of being parents again.
More of our story:
We learned about baby and were matched on Monday 10/24, flew to Egypt on Wednesday 10/29, and Thursday10/30 our daughter was officially placed with us! We are truly rejoicing in God's good plan for growing our family.
Our journey to parenthood has been a challenging one. Many of you have walked that road with us, and for that we are deeply grateful. For almost two years, we were parents without our children here with us, a uniquely difficult role to play after our daughter Maka was born still in 2015, and our following two miscarriages. It has been a hard road. Sharing about our decision to grow our family through adoption is part of our effort to live our lives openly so that others can come alongside us. Throughout our lives, and especially in our grief, we experienced incredible support through friends and family willing to be with us in our pain. We learned to ask for help to get through tough times. And we learned that there is community in suffering as well as in joy.
Adoption is beautiful and reminds us vividly of how God has adopted each one of us into His family. We are humbled that God would allow us to be adoptive parents and trust us to raise and love a child. We also recognize that adoption is both a joyful and a grievous event, and that our joy is connected to others’ real loss. We approach all involved in adoption with open hearts and honest compassion, and ask you to pray for us, for Maka, and Maka's brave birth mama and birth family.
Many know that with the joy of adoption comes the reality of agency costs, home study fees, legal fees, etc.Prior to Maka's birth, we were in the middle of fundraising to support our adoption. Things happened quickly, and we were able to get what was needed in a pinch. However, we are still hoping to raise more support. We have worked very hard to gain financial stability to adopt, and we are believing God to provide for this need through saving and the generosity of others partnering with us in the story God is writing for our child and for our family.
Please continue to support us through prayer, encouragement, hugs, and patience as we figure things out with a newborn. Should you feel led to support us financially, we are truly grateful for any amount, big or small, that you might contribute to support us.
We are eager to get to know and bond with our little daughter. We are praying big prayers over him and also for his brave birth mama and family. The wait has been hard but oh-so worth it! We truly hope our story continues to spark authentic conversation about adoption, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, God’s grace, and the uniqueness of family.
Thank you for being part of our network of family and friends and for being with us while we waited for sweet Maka to arrive! We're SO GLAD he's here!!
With much love,
Sam and Naomi