They tried for three years before the truth came into focus: John and Tracy Beckham couldn’t have children of their own.
Infertility treatments were ineffective.
Tracy became pregnant several times, but because of a reproductive disorder, none of the pregnancies reached full term.
“We wanted to have kids,” John says. “We wanted to have a big family. That’s part of just who we are, I guess.”
A family friend suggested the couple consider adoption or even becoming licensed for foster care. So they did both. The Beckhams adopted 6-month-old Sarah in 1988, and a few months after that, they brought home baby Rick.
Tracy estimates that about 20 youngsters, many of whom are now in their 20s, have lived in the Beckhams’ four-bedroom home for at least three years. More have spent weeks or months there.
At age 43, she again became pregnant. The months passed, and there was no bad news.
Seventeen years after the couple had stopped trying to have a baby of their own, Tracy was pregnant with a daughter the couple would name Eliza.
“The way it all turned out,” Tracy says, “you could’ve never imagined.”
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on KansasCity.com
Unfortunately the link is now broken.
Originally posted in October 7, 2011.
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