Aaron and Rachel Halbert are missionaries and evangelical Christians. When they first started dating, one thing that drew them together was their desire to adopt kids. As Aaron wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post, “While we were fertile, we were both deeply convicted that one of the ways to be pro-life is to involve ourselves in adoption.” And since there are many more non-white kids than white ones up for adoption, their first child was African-American.
The second child they adopted was a biracial little girl. And while they hadn’t yet given up the idea of having their own child, they realized their plates were pretty full. (The Halberts are missionaries in Honduras.) But then another couple told them about embryo adoption. Noting that there are many frozen embryos in the U.S. alone–and many are destroyed or used for science–Aaron wrote: “If Christians–or others–really believe life begins at conception, it follows that we should respond by being willing to support embryo adoption and even take part in it ourselves.”
So two embryos were implanted into Rachel’s body. And because the Halberts wanted the babies to fit into their diverse family, they chose African-American embryos. Once back in Honduras, a doctor informed them that one embryo had split in two, which meant that the couple was having triplets!
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The three girls were born in April.
“This is not the way we planned it 12 years ago when we were dating and talking about adoption, but oh, how thankful we are for God blessing us with these sweet little ones He has placed in our care,” Aaron wrote in the Washington Post, adding that friends and family have been supportive of their family and “the unusual ways we’ve built it.”