Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

When She Adopted 3 Black Babies, Her Husband Had The BEST Reaction.

What makes a family? Is it a mommy, a daddy, and two kids? Is it two mommies, two daddies or biological children who carry the same genes as their parents? The definition of a family has evolved over the last couple of years.

It is no longer about being the same culture, sex, and race that bonds people together. You don’t have to carry a child in your womb to know you are their mommy and daddy. It is not necessary for your child to have your eye colour, hair texture for you to feel they are yours to love and care for.

When Aaron Halbert and his wife Rachel began dating 12 years ago they knew they wanted to adopt when the time was right. It was their deep religious belief that made them want to give children an opportunity to be raised in a loving home. They just chose a different route to do it.

Aaron grew up in Honduras where his parents were evangelical missionaries in the Central American country.

"I was the blue-eyed, cotton-topped white kid who stuck out like a sore thumb, but all the while felt deeply connected to the people there, even though we looked very different," explains Aaron.

Aaron grew up in Honduras where his parents were evangelical missionaries in the Central American country.

Rachel Halbert / Facebook

Rachel grew up in Mississippi without knowing much about racial diversity.

After a few trips to Haiti, she began to see the struggles and prejudices people of different colour and race encounter daily.

Rachel grew up in Mississippi without knowing much about racial diversity.

Rachel Halbert / Facebook

The couple felt that if they were to have a biological child, it would happen without them putting much effort into it.

They visited an adoption agency in Mississippi where they told the staff they were, "willing to accept any child except a fully Caucasian child. We did this with the deeply held conviction that if the Lord wanted us to have a fully Caucasian child my wife would conceive naturally."

The couple felt that if they were to have a biological child, it would happen without them putting much effort into it.

Aaron Halbert / Facebook

Aaron adopted a boy and a girl and could not be happier, despite the disapproving looks from strangers.

"We see protection of children not as charity, nor as part of a political agenda, but as something near to the heart of God," explains Aaron about their adoption decision. "Because every human life bears his image, all life –no matter how young or old, no matter the stages of development — has inherent dignity and value."

Aaron adopted a boy and a girl and could not be happier, despite the disapproving looks from strangers.

Rachel Halbert / Facebook

Aaron and Rachel are not oblivious to racial differences.

"It’s not that we think race doesn’t exist, or that we don’t see it. In fact, it’s the opposite – we see it, and we embrace it," says Aaron.

Aaron and Rachel are not oblivious to racial differences.

Rachel Halbert / Facebook

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