Nearly eight months after welcoming son Asher, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and husband Kenneth are opening up about their adoption journey.
In a candid interview with People published Wednesday, the gospel singer proudly introduces her bundle of joy to the world.
“Asher means happy. His middle name means chosen by God and he literally lives up to his name,” the vocalist told the outlet about her son’s moniker. “He wakes up laughing. He’s laughing all day unless he’s asleep. He loves to play.”
However, prior to adopting Asher, the couple struggled with infertility and in vitro fertilization — during which their “faith was tested.”
“We were trying to kind of figure out which ways would make it work and throughout [it], all of those ways ended up not working for us. And our faith was tested,” Kenneth, a music producer, said.
“One of the things that I’m really happy for is that at the end of that process, our hearts were still open to God doing this, how he chose to do it. It really strengthened our faith. Looking back, God really kept his promise to us.”
With help from “an amazing agency,” the couple was paired with a birth mother just one month before her due date.
“So to have Asher now, and just the story behind how we got him, it is beyond what we could have imagined or expected,” Tasha said. “He is more than what we could have prayed for. So we are super excited just to watch him every day. Sometimes we look at him and say, ‘This is real?’”
Additionally, Asher has three older siblings — Kenneth’s kids from a previous marriage — who are “so in love with their baby brother.”
In fact, the couple says “everybody was so excited” when they first shared the adoption news via a family Zoom call.
“They were crying. The kids were talking about what they were going to do. Tiffany, our youngest daughter, she was like, ‘I’m going to change diapers.’ And the oldest says, ‘He’s sleeping with me.’ And they have literally been that excited since that day, until now,” Tasha recalls. “It has never been an issue with Asher fitting into the family.”
Overall, Tasha hopes to encourage people to “keep their faith” if they are struggling or unable to conceive.
“If you have faith for something, if you’re believing for something, don’t ever give up on it,” she said. “I know even in the last two or three years, it’s been hard to walk in faith because so many people have gone through so much. But we want our story to show that even in the last two years, God is still working on the promises that he’s given us.”
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