Murfreesboro family’s journey through pain to find God’s plan for them
With one last hug and kiss, the birth mother of Gracelyn Hope Hinson placed the newborn into the arms of adoptive parents Michael and Megan Hinson of Murfreesboro. Then she slowly turned around and walked away.
“There was not a dry eye on the (hospital) floor,” said a tearful Megan Hinson, holding her smiling 8-month-old daughter as she recalled the heartfelt moment. “I thought, ‘This woman is giving us her baby and trusting us.’ “
The journey to adopt Gracelyn Hope began with a Bible verse that offered some comfort after Megan endured four miscarriages. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.” She and Michael have twin boys, 6-year-olds Cooper and Easton. But after hearing a sermon that revolves around that verse, Megan was overwhelmed with the feeling that the family was supposed to adopt.
Hope. That was the word that stuck in Megan’s heart.
“I’d never felt so strongly about something in my life,” Megan said.
The Hinsons started the adoption process through Abby’s One True Gift, an agency that matches birth mothers with families.
The Hinsons knew they wanted a girl, so they went ahead and picked the name Gracelyn Hope. Gracelyn means “God’s…
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