Parenting

Adopting My Son, Gus

My first encounter with adoption was when Korie and Willie adopted Will. Jep and I were married for a little over two months when they brought Will home. I got the privilege of keeping him when they were out of town and I worked at our church’s daycare to take care of him. I loved having little Will-man around. He still holds a special place in my heart, and him joining our family definitely played a huge role in adoption entering my heart.

I always knew I wanted to be a mama. One of the biggest miracles I’ve gotten to experience is seeing life coming into this world. Jep and I were blessed to have four healthy littles ourselves, all by the time I turned 28.  As I was considering adoption and talking to Jep about it, something amazing happened.  Jep wasn’t really at a place where he thought it made sense, mainly because we had been blessed with four amazing kids and that’s a lot of responsibility already.  But then Jep got an opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip to see and work in an orphanage our church had established.  We didn’t get to talk very much, since international calls are expensive and we didn’t want to rack up a crazy phone bill.  When Jep got home, he was truly a changed person.  I could tell his heart and soul had been outstandingly touched by his experience there.  

 

The Robertson men are somewhat known for being tough and not very emotional, although Jep wears his emotions a little more on his sleeve than the rest of the men (probably got that from his Mom).  He opened up to me in tears about how they gave the kids toys and candy, which the orphaned children loved, but it’s what happened next that really got to him.  When they handed out plain white underwear and white t-shirts, the children became overwhelmed, crying and hugging all the folks that were there.  These orphans had never received any new clothes in their whole life and had to share every piece of clothing.  They were so grateful! Jep said he wanted to take the whole orphanage home and give them everything they would ever need.  He apologized for not considering adoption until now and that he knew now that it’s not about us, but about these children.

 

I’m not going to sugarcoat it – the adoption process is hard and expensive.  We had several near misses, and several let downs.  Families or relatives of the children would change their minds.  When our baby Augustus (Gus) was born, everything fell perfectly into place, all thanks to God.  We got to go see him in the hospital, and Jep said, “This is our boy!”  We took him home four days after he was born and have loved every single moment with him.  The crazy thing about adoption is that we wanted to help mold and love this boy and teach him every good thing our parents taught us.  But, in the end, he has and is still teaching us every day about love and what life is truly all about.  We want to love God, and love people, and adoption is the perfect way to put that into practice.  

 

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    Angela LaMotte
    November 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    You certainly received a wonderful gift from God. Gus is absolutely adorable. I can tell how much joy he brings the Robertson’s life. When he gets older, I hope that he is able to see the true blessing he received as well. I was adopted at birth. Well after 2 months of home visits, and going back and forth from foster home to what would eventually be my new family’s home. The adoption was finalized about a year or so later, and in had my family. I won’t say new family, because I didn’t know my biological family at all, which consisted of 8 siblings (3 older siblings who were adopted out like me and 5 whom my birth mother kept). My family is my family. I’ve gotten to know my biological family a little bit and I have to be honest and say I am glad my biological mother did the right thing. My 3 older siblings and I have had the chance to have living families. My younger siblings who stayed with my biological mother had to stay with family friends because my biological mother could not care for them as she wanted to, but as I came to know them better throughout the years, they said they wouldn’t have had it any other way. Adoption is a true blessing and one day I plan to adopt since I can no longer have children. I had a hysterectomy in July of this year because of precancer. I hope that one day I can have a family, house and the love of an adopted child. May God continue to bless young Gus, his siblings, you and Jep and the entire Robertson family. Much love to you all.

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      Moma Louise🌸💛
      December 6, 2017 at 4:16 am

      We have three beautiful girls and a very stable life. We have the means to adopt. I think about it more and more lately. It’s a hard decision. Thanks for sharing your baby Gus with us!!

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    Dawn Pilster
    November 17, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I love your adoption story! We watched you guys go through the adoption process on your show and it brought back memories when we adopted our son. We brought our baby boy home when he was 2 days old. Our life has been so blessed by our son! The process is long and hard and very emotional but so worth it in the end. God has blessed us so much! Loved watching your family grow on the show. Can’t wait to see what other adventures you have waiting for you! God bless you and your precious family!

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    Meleah
    November 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    So inspirational! My husband and I have been married around a year and have been told pregnancy may not be an option for us. I truly feel the Lord placed the longing to adopt in my heart years ago! Would love to hear any advice you may have on preparing and going through the adoption process! Blessings!

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    Deana
    November 21, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Loved your story about adoption! Thank you for sharing!

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    Vanessa Flippo
    November 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    This is beautiful! ❤️ God bless you and your family.

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    Traci
    November 22, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I love this story and I love how God’s plan is always so perfect!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Brittani
    November 23, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Beautiful store and a beautiful family!

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    Becky Lanier
    November 23, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Jess

    So I was adopted at 6 weeks and there is no doubt that my parents literally saved my life by choosing me. I was ill and extremely malnourished. It’s a story I love to tell. Adoption has a special place in my heart.

    As I read your story above, it was as if I was reading about my husband and myself. We have one 6 year old son Preston. He’s so kind, loving & extremely affectionate. His sweet little heart long’s for a sibling though. My husband and I both had siblings and the initial agreement was to have two children. I guess God had different plans cause, like Jep, my husband never really got to a place where he wanted to HAVE baby #2. But I never pushed because I believe we both have to be on the same page (like we were for baby #1) and I respected that. I (along with our parents I’m sure) have prayed all these years for God to a) come into his heart more and speak to him. And b) maybe bless us with another child … but still nothing. I know God is listening so I know it wasn’t an “unanswered prayer.” These last 2 years though our son has been requesting a baby and literally telling us the things he’ll do for it; teach and love it, read it books etc. It’s terribly sweet! I had already mentioned adoption a couple of times during these last few years. But a few weeks ago, he was returning from a hunting trip on a flight back to TX from CO. He sat next to a woman who with her husband have adopted something like 3-4 children. She GAVE HIM TIPS on how to go about it, or the route they took and it I intrigued my husband. He called me and mentioned it and then couldn’t wait to get home to talk with me more about it (not like him to get excited about much). He has even gone as far as to SPEAK to my parents about it and he doesn’t have the strongest bond with them. So I see God’s Hand in this right now and I’ll continue to pray. For Him to guide our hearts and provide. We aren’t the most earnest servants but I do pray daily… though I fail Him often. I’m just so Thankful He’s listening.

    I hope that somehow you read this reply and write me back with any further tips, advice or encouragement. I’d love to suggest you and Jep write a book about adoption and how it’s touched you all. Heck you already may have but I’m too busy to get online and look but I’ll certainly do that. Lol! I work 12-hour shifts at our local police department and then Mom and wife so it’s crazy at times to find time for me. You know how it is! My husband and I are big fans of the Robertsons and you all keep me grounded and inspired! I thank you for that and sharing ALL of your Blessings!!

    Becky Lanier
    Big Sandy, TX

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    Carissa Tyson
    November 24, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Such a beautiful story. God works in such amazing ways! Everything works out in his time, you just have to continuously pray. This is something I am having to work on more as a single mommy. I am a young mom with a 10 month old, and I find myself having to pray, and seek guidance from God.

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    November 26, 2017 at 2:01 am

    […] into the family. Jessica explained what inspired her and Jep to bring him into their home in a blog post. Apparently, Jessica used to spend a lot of time with Willie Jr. and she saw how much joy adoption […]

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    Kayla Reeves
    November 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Oh I so love this! I’ve wondered what some of the details were, so glad I know more! I love y’alls little family! And I love adoption!

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    Suzy Taylor
    November 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    ❤️

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    Jessaka Clark
    November 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Wow! I love how adoption came about in your life! Every story is different and every heart has its own journey to go through to get to adoption. His is a beautiful boy! As are all your children. I also had the experience to go to the DR on a mission trip to Score International in Boca Raton. It was life changing for me as well. Not about adoption but just about the call to live a life of giving what God gave us. Then I met my husband and he told me on our first date that he wanted 10 children and he wanted most of them to be adopted. Here we are 6 years later with 9 beautiful children. 8 of whom were adopted. Thank you for showing the world the beauty of adoption and telling your story! I know God will bless your family!

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    Debra Thacker-Holt
    November 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I think your entire family is so precious and that little Gus was made by God just for your family

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