We met at our elementary school, but one morning as we waited for the busses to drop us off at
the entrance, Clifton asks me to be his girlfriend. I (Whitney) said yes! We would pass letters in
the hallway and attend the school dances together. Our first “date” was in the fifth grade when
his mom took us to the movies to watch “Muppets in Space.” He also would visit me at my
church for Sunday school. When I (Whitney) went to a different high school, we had broken up
but remained friends. Throughout the years people in the community would always say we
would end up getting married and that we were soul mates. When we both started college, I
(Whitney) took a job working for Clifton’s papaw at a local country store. Clifton began coming
in to see me daily, and the rest is history. We knew we wanted get married within a few weeks of
dating! We both felt that when we were together, we were “home.” We were engaged within two
months of dating, but waited four years to marry so we could finish college. We married in 2010
and our marriage is stronger than ever!
Our story begins with me, (Whitney) because I grew up in a very blended family with 5 siblings.
I absolutely loved our chaotic house because there was always someone to talk to. When we
married 12 years ago, I felt very lonely with just the two of us. It was so quiet. I discussed it with
Clifton and we both agreed to start a family right away. One year had passed and nothing was
happening. Still hopeful, I went to my doctor to see if there was a problem. It was determined
that I had PCOS, but they felt with treatment I had a good chance to become pregnant. Years
passed with multiple treatments and nothing happened. I was then diagnosed with unexplained
infertility. We were heartbroken, but in my heart, I knew God had called me to be a mother.
Adoption stayed on my mind, and after discussing it with Clifton, we both knew this was the
right decision for our family. A Co-Worker adopted through an agency, Adoption Assistance Inc.
We contacted them and decided to move forward. Adoption was in our hearts from the very
beginning. We are so excited to bring home the baby meant for us.