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GRBC Family Doubly Blessed with New Arrivals

It was five years ago when Susan Johnson and Liz Tyra were talking as they sat by the pool at Kevin and Polly Shingleton’s home. The discussion turned to the subject of adoption, and Susan said something that surprised Liz.

“I still remember her saying, ‘You would make good adoptive family,’” Liz recalls now. “At the time. We were dealing with two, and I kind of gave her a look to say ‘Do not go there.’

“I had no idea what was coming.”

She really didn’t. Neither did her husband Curt.

First, God led the Tyras to become foster parents, and, after being approved by the state, they almost immediately were introduced to Tyler, their now three-year old son.

Curt and Liz, along with their sons Jordan and Zach, experienced the joy of adding a new family member, the challenge of helping him deal with some physical issues, and the beautiful reminder of the status believers in Jesus Christ have as adopted sons of their heavenly Father.

Tyler has become a part of the Gray Road landscape and a recipient of more love and affection than most children could ever dream of. It would have been a great beginning, middle and ending of a heartwarming story.

But God is writing this story, for His glory.

The Tyras began praying to The Lord for another child to bring into their home. Then a few days after Christmas of last year, a call came to the house. Liz’s brother and sister-in-law had been contacted by Child Services about newborn twins at a north side hospital. The couple had adopted a brother and sister before the Tyras had adopted Tyler, something which had helped get Curt and Liz thinking more seriously about adoption. Now they were being asked about possibly caring for these twins and shared the opportunity with Curt and Liz.

The babies had been born prematurely, to the same birth parents who had Tyler. But nobody was staying with them or visiting them in the hospital. Could the Tyras come and at least hold them? And by the way, could this be a possible placement into their home?

“We will go hold them,” Liz recalls answering. “We’ll pray about the other.”

Truth is, they had no real chance to say no. Once the family went to the hospital, the bonding was immediate. By the next day, everyone was on board with bringing the twins, Aiden and Benjamin, into the family.

As many thoughts raced through his head at the time, Curt recalls one especially strong message going through his brain.

“I just couldn’t imagine someday looking at Tyler and saying ‘We had a chance to take your brothers, but walked away,’” he said.

While various technicalities have to be covered in administrative channels, a relatively fast track appears to be clear for the adoptions to become official, with no challenges pending to the move.