White couple gives birth to triplets, but people instantly notice how ‘different’ they look.

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White couple gives birth to triplets, but people instantly notice how ‘different’ they look.

When Aaron and Rachel Halbert got married, they knew right away that they wanted to adopt a child. More than that, they wanted very much to adopt a black child.

They saw that non-white children often were overlooked by couples looking to adopt and felt it was part of their mission in life to give homes to those who might not have a chance to be loved and accepted into a family.

Aaron wrote an article for the
The Washington Post explaining he and Rachel’s decision. As Christians, they wanted to provide a home for children who otherwise may not have the chance for a loving family.

“Grasping diversity will make the world stronger as we marvel at God’s creative genius on display through His people’s varying pigments, personalities and proficiencies,” he wrote. “Our differences are cause for celebration, not scorn.”

The pair of missionaries adopted an African-American boy and girl through an adoption agency in Mississippi, and encountered a variety of reactions to their decision that ranged from racist scorn to openminded acceptance.

After their two adoptions, Rachel and Aaron thought they were done adding to their family, but then they heard about the National Embryo Donation Center, which saves the excess frozen embryos that are created during IVF treatments that couples undergo to conceive children.

Rachel and Aaron decided to have two of these embryos implanted — again, asking for African-American ones to match their children and reflect their convictions.

But then something happened that they didn’t expect. One of the embryos divided, giving the couple triplets instead of the twins they were expecting.

Now the Halberts have five children, and they still encounter a range of reactions to their unique family. Some look at their family in disgust, they say, while others see the beauty and tenderness at the heart of their decision.

“These latter experiences were rays of hope reminding us how far our country had come,” Aaron told The Daily Mail, “while the former experiences reminded us how far we still need to go.”

See the Halberts’ moving story below, and witness the grace and power of watching two people walk their walk…

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