God is so good. Many years ago, Jody began longing for a baby, but their oldest was already an adult, and Tony just didn’t think another baby was right for their family. The longing subsided, but it didn’t go away. Over the years, she wondered if maybe they were supposed to adopt. She cried out to God, asking Him to transform Tony’s heart and send them a baby. She just knew their family was not complete.
In 2016, news of their daughter’s pregnancy didn’t come as they had hoped it would. It was a tumultuous time in their family, full of trials and brokenheartedness. But God, in His infinite mercy, gently reminded Jody of her prayers for a baby. He truly does work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).
Ariana Rose (Ari) was born at the very end of 2016, and since then, she has captivated the hearts of everyone in the Hagaman Tribe, especially Jody and Tony (or Mimi and Pappy). God has performed a tremendous healing in their family through the life of this amazing little girl.
Ari is Jody and Tony's first grandchild, and she brings immense joy to all the big people in her life. She is precocious, fiery, strong-willed, and TWO-years-old. Enough said! She and Rhema Joy (Jenni's youngest) are besties, and J & J are deeply grateful that God has allowed them to homeschool another round of girls. Ari is a daily reminder that God hears our prayers, and although His ways are not our ways, He is always faithful. He gives us the desires of our heart, and all of His promises are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.