Prejudice is still an issue in America today. As much as we wish it wasn’t, with the current state of our country, it seems it’s getting worse rather than better. Rachel and Aaron Halbert are Caucasians who have experienced this themselves. The reason why is quite unique – they deal with it because of the color of their children’s skin.
18. Sharing the Same Mission
The couple first met in 2004 when they were out on a blind date. Prior to the time Aaron started traveling the world and preaching the Gospel, he was a native of Honduras. He lived in Honduras for ten years before going on to complete his studies and become a missionary. On the other hand, Rachel comes from Mississippi. According to her, she knew Aaron was he one for her from the moment she met him.
She describes him as her first love. Beyond their modest and similar demeanor, they share the same conviction and passion for the gospel. They believe they can make the world a better place by preaching the word of God
Rachel, on the other hand, was born in Mississippi. When she met Aaron, she knew right away that he was the one for her, he was his first love. Not only did they share the same humble and modest personalities, but they also knew that they can make better changes and challenges in the world through the power of the gospel.
Fusing Their Dreams into One
While on missionary works, Rachel and Aaron grew closer and eventually their relationship became romantic and intimate. Sharing similar dreams and goal they decided to get married and start a family together. The couple longed for a big and joyful family.
Unfortunately, Rachel was having issues getting pregnant. The process of starting a family was more tedious than they first thought. So, they both decided that on an agreeable course of action.
17. Adopting Children
After getting married, Aaron and Rachel decided to make a home in Mississippi. They had a big house and knew within themselves that it should be a home for more than just them. So, naturally they decided to adopt. They put in the necessary work and welcomed two African-American kids into their family.
The Halbert looked beyond just providing help to these children. They focused to providing a family built on love and compassion. At the finalization of the adoption, they named their children Catherine and Ford. .
16. Not a Problem at All
The arrival of Catherine and Ford helped turn the Halbert’s house into a home. Rachel was delighted at the fact that the children were able to get comfortable in their new home. It almost felt like they have always been a family.
Although there were some skeptics who found the move strange and didn’t like it. The way they looked at the couple even without any direct confrontation it was obvious that their neighbors weren’t as welcoming of their children as they were. Thankfully, the Halbert’s are not easy to intimidate. For them, the skin color and tone of their children is no reason to deny them a loving home.
15. The Missing Piece
Although Catherine and Ford brought a lot of joy to Aaron and Rachel, they couldn’t help but feel like they were still missing something. What was missing was a large family. It was a dream of theirs to have family big enough to accommodate more than just two kids.
So, as fortune would have it, Rachel stumbled upon something called embryo adoption. After she spoke with Aaron about it, they decided it was an ideal opportunity to expand their loving family.
14. The Joy of Motherhood
The embryos present the Halbert’s family with an opportunity to expand their family. The notion of having some frozen embryos waiting to grow into a baby excited them.
Also, beyond the fact that they would be growing a family, Aaron understood the lifelong desire of Rachel wanting to experience the process of pregnancy and joy of childbirth. It a dream she has wanted for so long.
13. Perfect Twin Embryos
So, the lovely couple paid a visit to a local embryo center and to their greatest surprise they found twin embryos waiting to be adopted. As if that was not enough good fortune, the embryos were African-American.
It felt like God’s plan has they already had African-American children, they were eager to have more. To them it was a way to ensure that all their children were of the same race despite them having different parents.
12. Firm Decision
Prior to the time they made a decision to have the embryo implantation of the twins, Rachel couldn’t help but notice the glares she got from people who didn’t approve of her having children from a different race.
While she didn’t understand how people could feel or act so indifferently to choices that they morally right, she decided to ignore them and follow through with her beliefs. Thankfully, she had the support of her husband, friends and family. Knowing that, she moved forward with the embryo implantation of the African-American twins. Open next page to read more.
11. A Surprising Revelation
On one of Rachel’s visit to see her doctor in Honduras to ensure that her babies were healthy and maturing nicely. The doctor ran some tests and then proceeded to confirm the number of embryo’s that Aaron and Rachel implanted.
At first, the Halbert couple were shocked as they assumed something must be wrong with their babies. They even thought that maybe they had lost one of the twins. Alas, there was no bad news to be shared by the doctor. The news they were about receive is nothing but astonishing and their twins are now triplets. Open next page to read more.
10. There’s One More
The couple were anticipating twins. Aaron and Rachel even had names picked out for their soon-to-be baby girls. Surprisingly, they now have to think of a third name as the doctor let them know that they are now expecting triplets rather than twins.
Puzzled, they asked the doctor how I was possible to implant two embryos and be expecting three babies. Well, the doctor made them understand that one of the embryos split in two shortly after the implantation. Open next page to read more.
9. The Bonus Blessing
Having Ford and Catherine, Aaron and Rachel felt bless and now it seemed like God is about to triple that blessing with the arrival of the triplets. To them the triplets are God’s answers to their prayer of growing their family into a large one.
Finding out that they were expecting triplets instead of twin, the joy of the Halbert’s knew no bounds. The fact that there was a time Rachel couldn’t conceive and now she can feel a kick in her belly. It is a big deal and something truly worth celebrating. There is no better way to describe what was happening than to call it a BLESSING. Open next page to read more.
8. What it Truly Takes
It comes as no surprise that you can’t satisfy everyone. There are always those people who would never appreciate good news. Some even went as far as to question Rachel’s motive for becoming a mother.
Rachel believes that love is all it takes to be a mother and create a family not the DNA or physical features like Eyes, Ear or even their skin color. For you to create a happy family all you need to do plant love. Open next page to read more.
7. Safe Delivery
Reports from Doctors show that women pregnant with multiple babies rare have a complete pregnancy term. So, you can imagine the level of care and constant monitoring Rachel will have to be on as she is carrying triplets.
Nearing her due date, the safe approach that would guarantee both the life of the babies and the mother was to perform an early C-Section. Open next page to read more.
6. A Bundle of Joy and Beauty
While the adoption of Ford and Catherine made Aaron feel like a father like he always wanted, here is no way to describe how he was feeling waiting outside the operating room. He thought to himself that this must be feeling every soon to be dad must have felt.
As soon as the babies were born and Aaron could hold them in his arms. He felt so much joy and amazement at how beautiful they were. He could hardly believe that the family he longed for is finally here. The couple were glad that they now have the big family that they always wanted.
5. Proud and Happy
Headed back home, the couple decided to throw a celebratory party with friends and family as a way to show their gratitude for all the support and care they received throughout the process. It didn’t matter who agreed or didn’t agree with their choices, they were finally where they always want to be..
Criticism could not stop the Halberts from taking a walk with their five georgous kids with no shame. No form of bias or intolerance that they were bound to face from disapproving neighbors would stop them from openly loving their children.
4. Knowing What Matters
Aaron and Rachel’s bold moved is a testimony that happiness and love has no racial bias, and having African-American children as Caucasians is not a reason to feel shame. All that matters to them is being good parents, citizens, and good parents.
Besides, there were a lot of people who show appreciation for their choice to adopt African-American children. It was indeed a fantastic and selfless act.
3. A Great Deal of Support
The Halbert will not fail to recognize that the people who stood by them, their mission and vision from the very beginning. While it is true that they cannot have it all, what they have makes life truly worth living.
The feeling of gratitude they feel toward those who supported them on their journey was enough encouragement for them to ignore any dirty looks or stares they got.
2. Sending Out their Warmest Appreciation
To show their deep appreciation to friends and family, Aaron expressed his gratitude on Facebook. He stated how heartening it was to receive much needed support from both his family and his friends.
While they know that they are living their dreams, it might not be a dream people come to expect of the average American Family but it is their dream nonetheless. They are grateful that they can live that dream.
1. What Binds Them as a Family
The happiness that the Halbert’s children are feeling and expressing is a testament to the fact that the love and compassion that both Aaron and Rachel possess have passed on to the children as well. Indeed love is the cord that binds them as a Family.
A look at their family portrait reveals that love that can only be found in a family. Nothing else matters as much as that bond.
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