Before we were married…before we were even engaged, Traci and I talked about adoption as something that both of us knew we would pursue. There has always been a longing in our family to reflect God’s spirit of adoption and bring someone into our family that would not have a family otherwise. After having our third biological child, we felt like it was time. So we started the process. We decided for several reasons to adopt from Ethiopia. With great excitement, we dove into the paperwork, and the whole thing moved forward. We did begin to hear that things we moving slowly on the Ethiopian side but assumed everything will smooth out and we would be matched with a child. It never did. With several more delays and questions, we began to wonder whether this was actually going to happen. In April of 2017 we were notified that Ethiopia had closed the country to international adoptions.
Our agency was great and worked it out so that some of the money that we put into the process would carry over if we moved to one of their other country’s programs. We landed on India for many similar reasons that had led us to Ethiopia. But at this time we went through a mess of transitions; leaving a job, moving a few states over, and living with our parents, while we figured out what was next. This all lasted way longer that any of us thought. We reworked all the dynamics of our family, when Traci got a job and we decided that we would stay in Fort Wayne. So after buying our first home, and starting all that fun paperwork from scratch, we find ourselves matched with a beautiful 9 yr old girl, who we cannot wait to bring into our family. Our three biologicals are over the moon about having a new sister and are prepping for her arrival already.
We had done some significant fundraising at the beginning of all this, but as the time has gone on and as we’ve had to pay some things twice, we find that we are still in need of some more funds, mainly for travel. We are also concerned as the cost of traveling is shooting up at the moment. Many of you have not been called to adopt, but that does not mean that you cannot be involved in the beautiful process and work of adoption. So we invite you to give if you can do so with joy. We hope and pray that you will be blessed to walk this last part of a really long road with us, and at the end, we would be so excited to introduce you to the newest Haberman.
Peace and Love,
Matt, Traci, Annan, Judah, Liam, and N++++ni
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