We just love when people in the public eye decide to share bits and pieces of their personal lives on their own terms. Gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard and her husband, music producer Kenneth, have opened up in an exclusive interview with People about their long journey to parenthood.
After a long journey, the couple decided to take another route in order to expand their family. They quietly welcomed their son Asher into their family eight months ago and they couldn't be more pleased.
"Asher means happy. His middle name means chosen by God and he literally lives up to his name," says Tasha. "He wakes up laughing. He's laughing all day unless he's asleep. He loves to play."
"We were trying to kind of figure out which ways would make it work and throughout going throughout it, all of those ways ended up not working for us. And our faith was tested," Kenneth explains. "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."
"After all of the disappointment, and it was many times that we tried and we were disappointed, but you have to have something internally that saying, I believe that this is what is meant for me," adds the "You Know My Name" singer.
"So to have Asher now, and just the story behind how we got him, it is beyond what we could have imagined or expected," she continues. "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?' "
Tasha says she and Kenneth had a "beautiful" adoption experience and that it was "such a blessing to have an amazing agency" to help them. The couple was placed with a birth mother one month prior to her due date and brought baby Asher home with them after his birth.
"If you desire a child, and you've been struggling, adoption has been beautiful for us," the artist says. "It's literally like Asher is our blood."
Asher joins Kenneth's three older children from his previous marriage who are overjoyed with their little brother.
We love to see families growing and adding new members. For any of you that may be dealing with infertility, take a page from Cobbs Leonard's book and think a little bit outside of the box.
There's more than one road to parenthood and, yes it may not be what you planned, but it just might be the very thing you need.