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Embracing the Unexpected

Updated On: November 1, 2023

When Whitney and Ryan embarked on their journey to build a family, they knew it would be filled with love, joy and challenges. What they didn’t anticipate was the series of unexpected twists and turns that would ultimately lead to the beautiful family they have today. Their story, shared in a recent episode of the Family Twist podcast, is a testament to the power of love, commitment and embracing the unexpected.

The Decision to Foster and Adopt

Whitney and Ryan’s journey began with the heart-wrenching news that they might never be able to have biological children. This news, while devastating, solidified their decision to foster and adopt. Their first foster placement brought them three young boys, ages 20 months, three and four and a half. The transition was overwhelming, with the boys arriving with flu, RSV, and a lack of basic communication skills. Despite the challenges, Whitney and Ryan’s love for the boys was immediate and unwavering.

The Bonding Moments

There were significant moments that marked the deepening bond between Whitney, Ryan and the boys. The children, who had never referred to anyone as mom and dad, began calling Whitney and Ryan just that within the first week. This simple yet profound change was a turning point for the family, solidifying their bond and commitment to each other.

The Adoption and a Surprise Addition

The process of adopting the three boys was swift, with the adoption finalized in April of 2021. The very next day, Whitney and Ryan received a call that would add another twist to their story. The boys’ biological sister was now available for adoption. Without hesitation, Whitney and Ryan welcomed her into their family, and her adoption was finalized in January of 2022.

The Miraculous Pregnancy

In September of 2021, Whitney received the shocking news that she was pregnant. This unexpected miracle added another layer to their already incredible story. The pregnancy was smooth, and the family welcomed their biological son, adding another member to their beautiful, blended family.

Whitney and Ryan’s story is a beautiful example of the power of love, commitment, and embracing the unexpected. Their journey through foster care, adoption, and unexpected surprises has resulted in a family filled with love, joy, and a unique bond that is truly special. Their story serves as an inspiration to others considering foster care or adoption and a reminder that sometimes, the most unexpected twists in life can lead to the most beautiful outcomes.


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