After enduring more than a decade of struggle and heartache, a Nebraska couple’s prayers have been answered and their dream of starting a family has become a reality. On October 15, Omaha residents Lindsay and Brian Vargas welcomed their adopted daughter Henley into the world, and her arrival was nothing short of a miracle for the pair who had experienced so much tragedy in their quest to have children.
Over the course of the last 13 years, the Vargas have had 15 miscarriages, one ectopic pregnancy, three failed adoptions, and two failed surrogacy attempts. In an interview with WOWT-TV last year, Lindsay maintained that, despite all the misfortune she and her husband had gone through, she knew she would one day be a mother.
“I know in my heart at one point I would love to be a mom,” she said. “I don’t care how it happens.”
The couple started a GoFundMe page in 2016 to help offset some of the costs associated with starting their family. They explained that they had spent some $150,000 over the years on in-vitro fertilization and adoption, and they were hoping to raise $20,000 for a surrogate.
Calling surrogacy their “last option,” Lindsay detailed their quest in a YouTube video posted on the fundraising page:
While the campaign did not reach the $20,000 goal, it did ultimately bring them the child they prayed for. The couple told WOWT-TV that they received a message one day from a pregnant woman saying she felt God had led her to them.
“A birth mother who was pregnant and saw our story and she felt that God led her to us asked if we were interested in possibly parenting her child,” Lindsay explained.
The Vargas were understandably cautious, but after connecting with another family who had adopted from the woman, they knew they had finally found a match. Earlier this month, the couple was in the California delivery room as their daughter was born.
“I cried like an absolute baby,” the new mom recalled. “Absolutely sobbing.”
Even more incredible, the Vargas brood will soon be expanding again. The couple shared that Lindsay’s sister, Kelly, is currently carrying twins—a boy and a girl—for them.
“I can’t wait for them to have this complete family,” Kelly told WOWT-TV through tears. “It makes me so happy.”