Mom!" The urgency in the young man's voice awakened Bette from a deep sleep. The dream was so vivid that it prompted Bette to pray, "Lord, help my son, please help my son," not knowing which of her sons was in need of prayer. This cry for help ushered in the most dramatic season of Bette's life, as the Lord orchestrated a reunion with the son she had placed for adoption at birth.
Forty years earlier, Bette was a single graduate student with a crisis pregnancy. Her desperation led her to two abortion attempts and an emergency delivery at six months. With no way to care for a baby, Bette placed him for adoption. She returned to her studies and went on with her life, eventually marrying and having two sons. Yet, she always wondered what had happened to that tiny baby.
Four days after her dream and call to prayer, Bette received a life-changing phone call. "Hello, my name is Michael Moore. I have a personal matter I would like to discuss with you dating all the way back to 1970. I've been trying to find my birth mother, and your name turned up in my search."
With her world up-ended, Bette consulted with her husband and a friend who had recently experienced a similar reunion with the granddaughter she had never met. Through their advice and much prayer, Bette summoned the courage to talk with Michael about his birth and discovered that indeed, this was her son.
Michael had been born three months premature and was adopted at three months of age. Amazingly, he had survived his mother's early first abortion attempt in which a possible twin was lost, the less than adequate nutrition his young mother had provided, along with her drastic weight loss. The second abortion attempt had prompted his early delivery. Bette's past experience in development disabilities testing had led her to fear severe mental and physical problems for the child. It was a miracle he had simply survived--much more amazing with his health, mental, and physical abilities all intact.
When Bette and her husband agreed to meet with Michael and his family, she discovered that she had not only a son, but a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. The children were eight-year-old twins - a boy and a girl - and a younger four-year-old son.
With her family now reunited, Bette and her husband have been able to experience birthday parties for the children as well as attend school, church, and sporting events and other performances. Most remarkable of all have been the acceptance and developing relationship of Bette's two sons with their unexpected older half-brother. They see Michael as someone they can trust with questions about relationships and spiritual matters as well as enjoy his companionship. This close relationship led her older son to invite Michael to be a groomsman in his wedding and for the children to be a part of the ceremony.
Unexpected Family is the story of a life saved and a life redeemed. You will be amazed by the many miracles that God performed during this remarkable journey of reconciliation and redemption, as He has indeed made beauty out of the ashes of the past.
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About the Author
For many years she served as a research and development coordinator for career, personality, and financial assessments and a technical writer of business and economic updates for Crown Financial Ministries. She continues with Crown as an assessment and research consultant. She is also an independent career management and job search consultant.
Bette now concentrates on speaking and writing on pro-life and adoption topics based on her experience as a birth-mother and birth-grandmother. She and her husband have served their church as both deacons and elders. They live in Northeast Georgia and have two adult sons and one daughter-in-law. Unexpected Family is Bette's first non-technical publication.
Table of Contents
1 The Voice, the Prayer, the Call 17
2 Connecting 23
3 Reunion 29
4 Obedience 39
5 White Dogwoods 45
6 Changing Directions 53
7 New Birth 61
8 Postpartum 69
9 Counsel, Conversations, And Revelations 75
10 Connecting the Brothers 85
11 Redemption 99
12 Go and Tell 107
13 The Power of Prayer, Love, and Forgiveness 115
14 Pink Dogwoods 133
15 Epilogue: In Their Own Words 139
About the Author 153