You never know what each new day is going to bring. But God does.
I’ve been onsite this week at Proclaim 19, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Anaheim, Calif., as a guest of our family’s adoption agency — Nightlight Christian Adoptions and its Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program — to raise awareness of embryo adoption and autograph copies of my new guidebook for parents, “Frozen, But Not Forgotten.” (It publishes nationally April 1 — just days away! As a decades-long wannabe author, this is a dream come true and for a cause I couldn’t be more honored to stand behind.)
So when I overheard my dear new friend Kimberly Tyson, Marketing and Program Director of the Snowflakes program, say that she would love to get on the program of radio icon and New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, it got my gears turning. Eric is best known as host of the daily talk radio program, “The Eric Metaxas Show,” and books such as “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” and, most recently, “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.”
I wandered over to the radio area of the show and noticed someone reach over and hand Eric a card as he prepared for his show. He appeared gracious and thoughtful.
I knew what I had to do. I signed a book and walked over to the edge of his broadcasting table and politely thanked him for his work. I handed him the book and he immediately lit up. It turns out his friend’s family adopted embryos, he urged him to write a book — and while the book hasn’t yet been written, Eric shared that the issue resonated with him. He immediately began talking with his producer in the harried atmosphere of broadcast media and in no time flat, they had found a space for me on the program.
What a blessing! A couple of hours later, I came back and we recorded a segment about 10 minutes long. When the audio is available, I’ll be sure to post it here. It was such a treat. Eric’s questions were thoughtful and shed light on the value of embryo adoption alongside other forms of adoption. And he requested his team to zoom in with their cameras on sweet Phoebe’s face on the cover.
This little girl who has brightened our lives — and our wonderful placing family that made it all possible — is bringing the message of embryo adoption to people far and wide this week. Talk show hosts such as Eric are to be commended for recognizing the value of life and encouraging their listeners to join the movement.
I’ve been so privileged to visit with many podcasters, video broadcasters and others during my stay. God is opening hearts and minds to the beauty of adoption. I even handed out copies of my book to 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (a major proponent of embryo adoption), conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder and VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer.
Because you just never know when an issue will strike a chord with someone whose platform can do tremendous good for our world.
Embryo adoption changed my family’s world. And thanks to the voice of people such as Eric, more people know about this form of adoption than ever before.