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Thursday, October 23, 2008

If You Are New to Our Blog

I make a habit of visiting quite a few adoption blogs, especially those related to transracial adoption and adoption from Haiti. However, I don't often take the time to go all the way back to the beginning of those blogs because as we all know, it just takes time!

Supposing that may be the case with many of those who stumble upon our blog as well, I thought I would write a brief summary of our family and adoption journey.

The best place to start is right here ... the story of how God blessed us with our first three children:
Following the adoption of our son in 2005, we almost immediately began researching adoption possibilities again because of our conviction that he should eventually have a similar-race sibling. At the same time we were preparing for a cross-country move to Texas which took place in 2006, and an international move to Chile which occurred in 2007. Though we diligently pursued a domestic transracial adoption during those years, those desires did not come to fruition and God clearly closed that door when we moved overseas for full-time missionary service.

Yet the burden to adopt again did not leave us. We looked into adopting from Chile but were deferred due to already having children and not being permanent residents. We contacted various agencies in the United States in hopes that one might consider working with us internationally and it was then that God led us to our stateside adoption agency and through them, to consider Haiti.

Ironically, we had seriously considered Haiti the year prior to moving overseas and I had actually looked into several orphanages and agencies in Haiti throughout the time we were adopting our first three children, but the cost, distance and time factor never seemed feasible for us. Yet now that we had moved a continent away, were living on a fixed missionary salary, and the obstacles seemed more insurmountable that ever, God saw fit to impress on both my husband's heart and mine that this was the direction we were to take! Not only that, but through a series of circumstances, He led us to commit to the adoption of not one but two children ... and He provided the funds in full to do so.

Glory to God! This has been an amazing, emotional, heartbreaking, breathtaking journey ... and it's not done yet. We continue to pray every day for God to miraculously bring our boys home in record time. He who "has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise" (1 Cor 1:27) is truly able to do "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Eph 3:20) and so we praise Him and trust Him to do so in the days and weeks to come!

(And though this adoption journey feels all-consuming sometimes, it actually is just one part of our lives as we live and serve overseas and enjoy our three children already at home. To read more about that adventure, you can visit our family/ministry blog at

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