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Photography by Fife Photography
Loading the car, Samantha takes her youngest daughter to go for a treat in the tiny cocoa booth down the road while her two older sisters are at school. There’s only one stoplight in town. Nestled in the steep hilly roads of southern Washington State, Jordan and Samantha raise their little family of daughters. Their days consist of running in the sprinkler in the summers or DIY slip and slides down their massive front yard, reading books and snuggling. They love their chickens and outdoor cats. Sunlight kisses the tops of neighboring barns before it disappears into the golden horizon for the night. Samantha is pregnant with their fourth child, another daughter.
Isn’t this story supposed to be about adoption? This family’s story is quite unusual.
Their fourth daughter will be the biological sister of daughter #3, Ashley, but neither girls are the biological children of Jordan and Samantha. Nor are Michaela or Heidi, their oldest two daughters. While Samantha’s first two daughters were a blessing into their family through typical adoption paths, embryo adoption is new and widely unknown.
This couple’s adoption journey started many years ago. Native Washingtonians Jordan and Samantha began their path into parenthood living in Missouri for a month awaiting the birth of their oldest child Michaela. Michaela’s birth mother chose them because they were both tall and Michaela’s birth mother thought Jordan looked like he was nice to Samantha. Michaela walked down the aisle as a beautiful flower girl at her birth mother’s wedding.
Moving to Iowa for school, Jordan and Samantha mistakenly thought their next adoption would be just as easy. Seven failed adoptions later, Heidi’s birth mother contacted Samantha through Facebook. She was still in high school, 9 weeks pregnant and positive she wanted her daughter to go to Samantha. Samantha encouraged her to research other adoptive parents to make sure they were the one. While the biological family was against adoption in the first place, Samantha made great efforts to accommodate such mixed emotions. Two hour drives every weekend for 6 months after Heidi’s birth to a local restaurant allowed the family to slowly learn to trust Jordan and Samantha and form life-long bonds with their biological granddaughter.
Samantha wasn’t sure how to deal with the heartache of loss and change with two children, but felt she wanted to add more to their family. She stumbled across a new and unique path: Embryo Adoption.