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Let’s Celebrate Unsung New Adoption Parents like The Hepworths

 

It’s Friday and while This blog focuses on celebrity parents, who because of their fame, some people consider them heroes, it’s a good day to highlight unsung parents out there.

Today, I would like to highlight Boise, Idaho parents  Zac Hepworth and his wife Ebie who recently welcomed two children they adopted from Liberia, Africa into their lives.

The Christian missionaries, who have fellowshipped with people in the Phillipines, Liberia and other parts of of the developing world, are proud ambassadors of adoption as well.

I can tell from stalking their Instagram accounts that they have abundant love for each other and their brand new new daughter Esther Birdwell (Birdie for short) and son, Asa Kingsman. (Ebie has a very active following of over 12,000 on Instagram). Both kids were born during the height of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The couple had been married for five years before Ebie suffered an ectopic pregnancy and lost her baby, she shares on Instagram. That’s when she says she was called to adopt and that they did, in recent weeks, while sharing their joy and every step of the process with their followers.

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{scroll thru all photos for Birdie CUTENESS} Today for #nationaladoptionawarenessmonth I want to touch on the bonding process of our daughter, Birdie. For 17 months we PRAYED for supernatural bonding, I’m sure like all adoptive families pray for. With Asa it felt INSTANTLY like he loved and needed us. With Birdie it couldn’t have been more opposite… the first few days we spent with her she LOVED us (especially her daddy). She would beg for him to hold her and would fight all the other kids in the baby home for our attention. However, once it came time for her to finally start living with us EVERYTHING changed. The second we would enter a room she would break down and sob. I lost count of the amount of times she would punch me and hit me. I felt DEFEATED. Although i was prepared for the attachment process to be a journey i didn’t expect it to feel so personal… this lasted for about 6 weeks until FINALLY after consistent feedings and creating a consistent schedule, she began to open her little heart to us. I remember looking at Zac saying, “The second i tell you i want to adopt again. PLEASE do not let me convince you.” I’m telling you guys, i was DRAINED and exhausted of trying to make our daughter love us back. The more we learned about our daughter the more we learned how to love her intentionally. That meant we needed to take her on walks, go to the beach (just like her mama), feed her rice and chicken and give her space when she needed space. We often see loving someone as holding them, kissing their face off, and singing over them, and although that’s how a lot of babies receive love, our little Birdie was different and we loved being able to explore and learn how to love her the way she needed to receive it and the second her heart opened towards us, everything changed. She started calling us “Ma” + “Pa”. She started holding us at night and asking for Oatmeal. You may not be able to tell from the photos, but our sweet Esther Birdie is an entirely different baby girl from the first time we met her. We love watching her blossom and grow more than anything ??? I’ve never loved a little girl more in my entire life. #hepworthpartyoffour #adoptionrocks

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As most of you know my lovely wife @ebiehepworth and I are adopting 2 beautiful children, a baby boy and a little girl. We couldn't be more honored to hold them soon and hold the title of Mom and Dad. Maybe not all of you knew this detail but before we said yes to adopting our son we were informed that he was diagnosed with a serious disease. One that would remain with him for life. Our hearts sunk hearing this news but our faith refused to sink. As the adoption agency asked if we still wanted to move forward adopting him, we felt no other option (not out of guilt but out of a fatherly/motherly heart). Our next step was to petition heaven! So we began praying ourselves and asked our active community prayer army to join us. Long story short, soon the doctors ran several tests again only for the results to show the disease came back negative….Thank You Jesus???? Even after this prayer was answered our son wasn't showing much expression. He seemed very fatigued from fighting sickness. But just a couple days ago we received news that he was smiling and laughing!!!! I can't think of better news to fill up our hearts with. We've prayed for these children and prayer is a powerful tool.|Please continue to pray that this does not show back up in his system| • • • ?: @mrsatom5 #teamworkmakesthedreamwork#hepworthpartyof4#adoptionrocks#africanadoption#adopting #adoptinghim #takesavillage #purereligion #momanddad❤️ #increase #fullhearts #takesavillagetoraiseachild #homesoon? #adoption #adoptingher #adoptionislove #missingyoualready #celebration #family #lovemakesafamily #jesus #thankyou #purpose #inspire #lovewins #victory #team #cantlose #goodnews

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With the best of my imagination, I could have never imagined I’d be a father to this sweet little girl. She has the kindest heart, she’s unbelievably smart, her curiosity is so freeing, and when she smiles she truly lights up a room. Happy Birthday Birdie girl, your mom and I are so blessed by you. We love you!!| ? ? ? ?? • • • ?: @callielindsey killed this photo shoot, if you’re looking for a photographer, check out her page!! #happybirthday #love #3yearsold #loveyou #birthdaywishes #mylittlegirl #bestahead #birthdaygirl #birthdaywishes? #birthdaywishescometrue #mylittlegirl❤️ #mylittlegirls #3yearsoldtoday #speaklife #smile #mylove #babygirl #littleandbrave #girl #baby #birthdayprincess #shine #november #princess #myworld #myprincess #withlove #family #celebrate #blowoutthecandle

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As for my daughter, I’ll raise her fearlessly. Never dulling her passion, hushing her thoughts, or asking her to stop dancing. I’ll teach her that love is a person, and it’s that love that drives out all fear. We’ll make sure passion is all she knows, and fearless living is the only option. In honor of my sweet Birdie girl we ( @fearlessgirlco ) want to do a flash sale of our book and course. Today (10/4) thru Friday (10/6) if you input the code BIRDIE you can get $5 off the book and online course! But WAIT, it doesn’t stop there, I want to do a giveaway and send 3 people the book. To enter, follow me + @fearlessgirlco and tag a friend! The more tags the more entries. ?? I’ll DM the winners and mail you the book Monday AM!

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I love my family.| • • • Also big shout out to @adoptionstoryfund, without their heart & mission our adoption journey wouldn’t be the same! They SIGNIFICANTLY helped make all of this possible. If you or anyone you know is adopting/thinking about it, check this awesome organization out! • • ?: @callielindsey #teamworkmakesthedreamwork#hepworthpartyof4#adoptionrocks#africanadoption#adopting #adoptinghim #takesavillage #purereligion #momanddad❤️ #increase #fullhearts #takesavillagetoraiseachild #homesoon? #adoption #adoptingher #adoptionislove #missingyoualready #celebration #family #lovemakesafamily #jesus #thankyou #purpose #inspire #lovewins #victory #team #cantlose #goodnews

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