This is not your average family photo of parents holding their newborn babies, for it would seem love transcends skin color in this family. What is more curious is how this Caucasian woman ended up giving birth to black triplets!
A couple from Mississippi, Aaron and Rachel Halbert, who were having difficulty conceiving naturally, decided to adopt instead, according to a story Aaron wrote for The Washington Post. They decided to take in two African-American children: one boy and one girl. Their reason was that they learned that white children are more likely to be adopted than those of color. They wanted to give these children a chance.
“Knowing that it is often more challenging to find adoptive homes in the United States for non-Caucasian children we informed the agency that we were willing to accept any child except a fully Caucasian child,” Aaron wrote.
This new family of mixed race attracted some attention from outsiders, but the couple did not mind.
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“There will always be the older white woman in Walmart who stared at us with sheer disgust, or the African-American mother who looked at us and just shook her head,” Aaron wrote. “However, there was also the young black girl who wept when we told her this little boy with her skin color was our son, and the older white doctor who lovingly prayed over him and held him so tenderly.”
Later, in 2015, in order to protect more unborn children, the couple decided to “adopt” donated embryos when they learned of the National Embryo Donation Center. Through their program, embryos that would otherwise be either destroyed or donated to science can be donated to Christian centers for couples who wish to support adoption as an alternative to abortion.
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The Halberts had two African-American twin embryos implanted in September 2015, and this way, Rachel could also get to experience pregnancy. What happened next was a total shock for both parents.
Six weeks after the implantation, after an ultrasound scan was taken, their doctor told them that one of the embryos had split into two in the womb—Rachel was pregnant with triplets.
“He asked us a few times if we were sure that we had transferred two embryos. Yes, of course we were sure, we said,” Aaron, who serves as a missionary at the Honduran, wrote.
Aaron further added, “It’s been heartening to see virtually all of our friends and family express overwhelming support for our family and the unusual ways we’ve built it.
“In our minds, we are just living out our dream. A dream that may not look like the average family, but one that we are thankful could come true.”
The precious triplets were born on April 17, 2016, and came home to an African-Ameican brother who was then aged 3 and a biracial sister who was then aged 2.
Aaron was surely thankful to have such a family. “This is not the way we planned it 12 years ago when we were dating and talking about adoption, but oh, how thankful we are for God blessing us with these sweet little ones He has placed in our care.”
He further wrote: “As I look at my growing family, I prefer to take it a step further, daring to hope that our family picture is a little hint of Heaven.”
The three girls, named Ryley, Anne Wavery, and Whitley, are now happy 3-year-olds. The family of seven lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and both the parents are doing church planting with Mission to the World.
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