When Rachel and Philip share their story about their twins, Lydia and Timothy, it often leads to confusion…
Because Rachel, mum, is technically just three years older than her children, who were born in October 2022.
Rachel and Philip from Oregon already had four biological children, ranging in age from three to nine years old, but they knew their journey as parents was not yet complete.
In their quest to expand their family, Philip and Rachel made the decision to adopt embryos that had been frozen for an astonishing 30 years.
They turned to the National Embryo Donation Centre (NEDC) in Texas, redirecting the funds they had previously allocated to IVF.
Opting for the “special consideration” category, which was rarely chosen by other adopting families, Philip and Rachel embraced the opportunity to give these embryos a chance at life.
These particular embryos were often overlooked due to their donation by parents with a known history of certain genetic disorders.
To Philip and Rachel, however, the perceived imperfections of the embryos did not matter. They were determined to choose the embryos that had been waiting the longest for a loving family.
The embryos had been donated by an anonymous couple who had conceived the babies via IVF in 1992.
The remaining embryos were carefully preserved in a chamber of liquid nitrogen at an incredibly low temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
Despite the significant age difference between Rachel and their twins, Lydia and Timothy, the couple embraces their unique family dynamic with love and joy.
As Philip puts it, “In a sense, they’re our oldest children, even though they’re our smallest children.”
Their story serves as a reminder that unconventional paths to parenthood can bring immeasurable happiness and fulfillment.