Arkansas Couple Adopt Baby Girl, But Dad Realizes He’s Seen The Child Somewhere Before…

From the age of 11, Walt Manis knew he was destined to become a father one day. The small-town country boy had always claimed that he was going to one day have a beautiful daughter of his own, and that she would be named Chloe. So when Walt and his childhood sweetheart, Annie, tried for years to have a baby with no luck, he was left feeling lost and let down.

Why was he so certain he was going to have a little girl, when it clearly was never going to happen for them? With his faith shaken and tormented by the idea that they were destined to have children, Walt and Annie turned to adoption. But it was only then that Walt realized that he’d seen his adopted baby somewhere before…

1. He’d Seen Her Before, But Where?

Annie had only just been born when ten-year-old Walt Manis moved to town. Living in a small town in Arkansas, both came from Christian families and their parents became fast friends. The two grew up together with Annie moving to the pasture across from Walt when she was ten. From a young age, the little girl was also sure she was going to be a mother. She completely and utterly idolized Walt and dreamed of marrying someone like him one day. Little did she know her fantasy would come true…

NEXT: But how did the childhood sweethearts end up having a baby together?

Annie said, “My whole life I was like, I think Walt Manis is amazing and I always thought when I grow up I want to find someone just like him – who was in my age group.”

Old family footage captured on a Panasonic camcorder showing how close the couple were as children...

2. Just A Little Crush?

Being ten years older than Annie, country boy Walt didn’t return the young girl’s feelings at first, seeing her like a little sister. He said, “Her family and my family were friends and so I got to go over to her house frequently and of course she’s a little munchkin so I’m not really paying attention.” But, despite the big age gap, the pair were always destined to end up together…

NEXT: Walt and Annie’s love continues to flourish…

The small-town natives’ relationship blossomed when Annie headed off to college only 30 minutes away from where Walt was living…

3. God Brought Us Together

Knowing how daunting moving away from home could be, kind-hearted Walt set out to help Annie settle in. But it was their shared love of the church that ultimately brought them together. The childhood sweethearts who grew up together were both dedicated Christians, so when Walt introduced Annie to his church there was no stopping their love from flourishing. Annie said, “He helped me settle and introduced me to a church so we just started spending more and more time together.”

NEXT: Have you ever seen a couple so in love?

Soon enough, the couple had fallen madly in love and had began planning their lives together…

4. “Walt Felt Like Home”

Annie, who had loved Walt ever since she could remember, had no doubts about their romance saying, “I think we both knew pretty early on that we were going to get married. The best way that I can describe it is that Walt felt like home to me. From the very beginning I felt like, yeah this is where I belong with this guy.”

NEXT: The adorable couple were always meant to start a family together, but it wasn’t an easy road…

Annie’s childhood dream was fulfilled when she married Walt in a beautiful service, surrounded by all of their friends and family…

Annie bought her wedding dress from Allure Brides.

5. It’s Time To Start A Family

Happier than they’d ever been, the two decided that the next logical step for them was starting a family. Annie said, “When we first got married we decided we wanted to wait a little while to have children, we went travelling doing some work with different missions and agencies. But at a certain point we realized this is the right time, we want to pursue having children.” The pair had always wanted kids as long as they could remember, but would God gift them with the children they wanted so badly?

NEXT: Four years and nothing…

Having always wanted children, it had never struck the couple that they may have difficultly conceiving. Annie admits that they were perhaps a little naive about it saying, “We were excited, we thought it was just going to happen immediately.”

Walt and Annie bought Clearblue pregnancy test after Clearblue pregnancy test, but it was never the result they wanted.

6. Four Years And Nothing

But it soon emerged that having a family might not not in the stars for the loved-up couple. “Months turned into years and pretty soon we were four years into trying and nothing,” Annie’s eyes fill with tears talking about it. “It was really hard, I think I struggled with questioning God’s goodness at that time because I just felt like it was so mean, such a mean thing to do.”

NEXT: “It’s never going to happen”…

The couple’s failure to conceive put a heavy pressure on their marriage and the way they related with God. Annie said, “I would say it was really hard on us individually, on us in our marriage and also the way we were relating with God. Especially for me, I was like, ‘Is God good?’ Especially when he’s doing things I don’t define as good.”

7. Fools

Perhaps the hardest part of the ordeal for Annie was watching her friends become mothers. Despite being happy for them, both her and Walt couldn’t help feeling defeated every time someone else became pregnant. Walt said, “All Annie’s friends were having kids and she had to just wait and put on this cheesy smile and say ‘we’re happy for you’. Every time we would be devastated because we would just think this isn’t going to happen for us. We’re just fools. We’re fools who want kids and it’s just never going to happen.”

NEXT: Annie experiences a life-changing moment…

The young woman was crushed by her failure to have a baby, but somewhere along the way, she came to terms with the devastating blow…

8. Could Annie Be Happy Without Children?

She said, “There was a point where I started to realize I can live a really full and really happy life and experience so much with God and know him so deeply and be satisfied in the deepest way a human can be satisfied, even without having a child. It sounds like a simple concept, but for me that was a big change, a big shift in my perspective.” Despite her earth-shattering realization, Annie admits that the desire to have children was just getting stronger with every day. But did God have bigger plans for the wannabe mom?

NEXT: To truly understand the couple’s struggles, you must go back to an astounding event in their past…

The struggle to have a child was particularly tough for her husband Walt, who claims that God had already told him about his future daughter…

9. Conversations With God

Being an incredibly active young boy, Walt had always loved nature and was rarely found inside. Having been religious from an early age, he claims that he would go outside and talk to God. “I would go outside and talk to God and we would have this conversation and I didn’t know that that was strange or unusual, I would just pray to him and then sometimes he would say something to me, he would speak to me.”

NEXT: Walt was blessed with an astounding vision from God when he was around 11-years-old…

The young boy’s relationship with religion hit a crucial moment when God blessed him with a vision of his future child…

The child's clothes in the photo were purchased from Walmart.

10. Her Name Will Be Chloe

Walt remembers the moment God told him he would have a daughter perfectly saying, “I was about 10 or 12-years-old, middle of the day and God gives me a very vivid picture of a little kid and I’m holding her and swinging her around in my parent’s yard and she’s just laughing like crazy. In the picture I had in my mind she had dark skin and dark eyes and God said this is going to be your daughter and her name is going to be Chloe.”

NEXT: So how did Annie react when Walt told her about his vision?

Walt had told his future wife about his vision before the couple even started dating, and her response was incredible…

11. “I’ve Chosen A Name Too”

Annie describes the moment that Walt told her about Chloe saying, “We had this conversation about what our dreams and hopes were for the future and I said that I just felt like God had just made me to be a mom. I said that I had actually a name picked out already that I wanted to name my daughter and he said ‘I do too’. I thought that was weird cos, you know, I didn’t think guys did that.”

NEXT: What did the vision mean if Annie and Walt couldn’t have kids?

When Walt turned to Annie and asked her what she planned to call her future daughter, he was completely and utterly gobsmacked by her response…

12. “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me”

“I said, well what’s the name? And she said Chloe. She was in the same place that I was, we couldn’t believe it, you know,” said Walt. Was it just a coincidence that the couple had the same name in mind, or did it mean something more? And now they were having trouble conceiving, would the couple ever meet their little girl Chloe? Walt said, “I clung to this promise that God had given me about the daughter so I didn’t know when it was going to happen but it was starting to get hard to wait.”

NEXT: Annie wanted kids so much, she was willing to do this…

After four and a half years, Annie decided they would have to look elsewhere in their mission to have a family. The only problem? Walt didn’t want to…

13. A “Band-Aid Baby”?

Her husband was obstinately against adoption stating, “I was adamantly against adoption. I didn’t want just some fix, I didn’t want any kid, I wanted the kid we were supposed to have.” The small-town man insisted that any baby him and his wife got through the adoption process would be a “band-aid baby”, a child that they would love, but ultimately wouldn’t heal the pain they felt at not being able to conceive.

NEXT: Was Chloe finally coming?

Despite Walt’s reluctance, he was swayed into adoption by his wife’s enthusiasm and the thought that God would give him the child he wanted to give him. On the other hand, Annie was beyond excited to finally have a child of her own, no matter if it was biological or not.

The couple purchased a Sony video recorder from Amazon.com in order to document their story...

14. Waiting

Before they could adopt a baby, the couple had to be chosen by a birth mother. In the couple’s video diary, Annie is seen excitedly preparing for the baby’s arrival telling the camera that she is “Very excited to adopt but waiting will be hard.” So would anyone choose Walt and Annie?

NEXT: The email that would change both of their lives forever…

Surely enough, it wasn’t long before a prospective mother chose the pair to be the parents of her baby. Annie was at Walt’s sister’s house when she got the email on her Apple Mac that would change both of their lives forever.

Annie's hotmail account shows the incredibly exciting email from the adoption agency!

15. It’s A Girl!!

The email topic? “It’s a girl!!” The soon-to-be-mother described her excitement in that moment the hotmail email came through saying, “I just sat there looking at the email like, I can’t believe this!” However Walt wasn’t as thrilled. He said, “Annie gets this email, she’s super excited and I’m just like I going to wait and see cos I don’t know.” The couple waited in anticipation of their newborn daughter, buying as many Walmart toys, Littleme clothes and Pampers nappies as they could get their hands on. But the question on everyone’s lips was, would they name her Chloe?

NEXT: Walt gets the shock of his life…

Unfortunately the couple decided that, given Walt’s vision, Chloe wouldn’t be an appropriate name for their baby girl. Walt said, “The name Chloe is completely off the table, we’ve abandoned it.” But things changed the moment he met the birth mother…

16. Utter Shock

The couple were invited to the birth mother’s house to give them a chance to talk and get to know each other before the birth. But they got a massive shock when Alison, the birth mom, opened the door…

NEXT: Alison looked familiar…

Incredibly, Alison looked identical to the little girl named Chloe in Walt’s vision! In Walt’s own words: “She opens the door and it looks like a grown up version of this little girl I had in my head that was from the past and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what in the world!'”

17. “We Were Floored”

The soon-to-be-father was utterly astonished at meeting the woman who was carrying his child, who coincidentally looked exactly like an older version of the Chloe in his vision! The country boy describes his amazement saying “We were floored. In a second, that name was back on the table.”

NEXT: But did the birth mother agree they should call the baby Chloe?

In an equally as big a shock, Alison revealed that she’d been calling the baby Chloe ever since she got pregnant! Annie said, “She said, ever since I got pregnant, even before I knew it was a girl, I’ve been calling this baby Chloe. Both Walt and I, I don’t even remember what we did exactly, but I know that I was ugly crying.”

Walt is sitting in his Land Rover while filming himself talk about his baby girl.

18. “Before She Was Born, I Was Her Dad”

Meeting Chloe immediately pushed all of the doubt out of Walt’s mind. He said, “All those doubts about having a band-aid baby were completely out the window, I just had full body shivers and it was like the Holy Spirit was right there.” In an emotional video, Walt speaks to his future baby girl. His eyes full with tears, he says, “Before you were even conceived, we knew your name and I think we know what you’re going to look like, I don’t know. We’ll see. I love you. We look forward to seeing you. When the birth mother said the name Chloe, in an instant, I had become a father. Even before she was born, I was her dad.”

NEXT: After over five years of waiting, they were about to get the baby they’d always wanted…

It had been nine months of wistful waiting and the day had finally come. Walt and Annie were about to meet Chloe…

19. In The Delivery Room

Annie is seen in the hospital excitedly awaiting the arrival of her baby girl. She beams at the camera, practically on cloud nine. For her, this is the storybook ending that God had been writing all along. She said, “This surreal presence of god was all around us and I could just feel him saying to me, see how much I love, do you see this? Do you see what I’ve done? I’ve been writing this story, you had no idea, I’ve been writing this story for years. Since Walt was a kid I’ve been writing this story.””

NEXT: Chloe is here!

A few hours later and the daughter who Walt had been waiting to meet since he was just 12-years-old was finally here!

Chloe's baby hat was bought at Mothercare.

20. She’s Here!

The baby girl was tiny and completely beautiful and, after all of their waiting and longing, she was all theirs. Annie recalls the incredible day she was born saying, “I remember just holding her and looking at her face and just being like ‘I’m your mom!’ So weird to say those words.”

NEXT: Walt finally meets the girl who God told him about…

Walt had patiently waited for decades to meet Chloe. So what was it like finally meeting the girl that God had told him about?

Chloe's baby clothes were bought at littleme.

21. Cloud Nine

The emotion of finally getting the daughter he’d always wanted was overwhelming for the new father. While discussing Chloe’s arrival Walt couldn’t stop the tears pouring down his face. He said, “I’ve been waiting for her for so long and she’s finally here. I’m the father of this child, just like God had always planned it to be and I’m completely owning it, on cloud nine, amazed at what God has done. Sit in his sovereignty and when everything is falling apart in your mind, just to wait.”

NEXT: The happy family – plus another surprise…

Since Chloe’s birth and adoption, the Manis’s have added to their family again through adoption. This time they adopted an adorable little girl named Naomi who immediately became part of the family.

The family better get on Zillow.com, because it's time to find a bigger house!

22. Meant To Be

The family’s astonishing story shows us that things don’t always happen in the way we’d expect them to. But that makes the experience even more wonderful when they do finally come about. Just never give up hope. What a beautiful family!

NEXT: New Parents Go To Visit Their Newborn Baby, But Are Stopped At The Hospital Doors…

The birth of your first child will always be the most precious day of your life, but for this couple, it proved to be one of uncontrollable stress and fear. Breanna and Robert were in the early stages of pregnancy with their first ever child, when Breanna was suddenly rushed into hospital four months early. Her baby wasn’t due any time soon, it had only been 24 weeks, and the baby was still very small and developing.

But when Breanna started getting contractions, the doctors told her they would have to surgically remove the baby. It was a heart-breaking ordeal, as their little boy was so premature, and would have to stay at the hospital for the next few months.

1. It Wasn’t Supposed To Happen Like This

The couple were devastated. They wouldn’t get to see their little baby boy, who they had named Carter, in their own home. That meant that they would have to drive to the hospital every day to see their child. But things continued to get worse. Two months later, their car broke down. Breanna and Robert had to rely on friends to give them lifts to the hospital, just so they could see their child.

NEXT: Then one day, they were stopped at the door of the hospital…

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