Chaos Into Order – A Family Relies on Jesus for 6 Reasons

Craig Kosinski (ML 1992) married Carrie Shortsle in 2013. Three years later, they are a family of eight. Those extra six people are three sets of twins, all under the age four. While they had planned on having a large family, how it happened wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.

The first set of twins came to them through a friend who was pregnant, but wasn’t sure if she would be able to raise them. She reached out to the Kosinskis and asked them to raise her two girls who were on the way. They agreed, and picked up the twins, Adalynn and Kenna, from the hospital on February 28, 2014.

Not much longer after, they received another phone call from the mother, asking if they could help take care of her older set of twins, J.J. and CeCe, who were then two years old. Already familiar with each other from when the mother was pregnant before, the new parents decided to bring all the siblings together in their home.

With a house full of the noises and love of four toddlers, the Kosinskis still wanted to build a family of their own. About a year later, they found out that they were expecting! And just to follow suit with their new life style, it would be twins again. Carrie describes her tale as one where “God has a sense of humor.”

The laughter paused for a while, though, when five months into her pregnancy, Carrie experienced what felt like contractions. Going to the hospital resulted in six weeks of bed rest and an emergency T-section (a type of cesarean section) on February 28, 2016. The twins, Clarissa and Karraline, were born premature at 25 weeks old, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces each. They were immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit where they spent months being cared for and fed through tubes, and multiple surgeries.

After months of daily hospital visits while caring for the four oldest, Karraline was released from the hospital in July, and Clarissa remained until August. They are both eating food with their mouth, but Clarissa still gets milk from a tube. They have been doing quite well, and Craig and Carrie are glad to have everyone home and out of the hospital. Laughter is abundant in the house again.

To tie this story with a bow, the Kosinskis are starting the adoption process for their four oldest children. Their goal is to have the hearing on February 28, 2017. That date is special, because all of the twins were born on that day!

Adoption had been on Craig and Carrie’s hearts before they were introduced to their oldest children. Their inspiration to take that first leap was founded in scripture. James 1:27 reads, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” They have followed these words faithfully, for they also know in Ephesians 1:5 that says God has “predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ.”

The song “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham, was another confirmation of their decision to continually expand their family. In this song about Jesus’ saving grace and unfailing love for us, one verse stands out to them when he sings: Who brings our chaos back into order? Who makes the orphan a son and daughter? The King of Glory, the King of Glory.”