Adoption has been on both of our hearts for a long time. In the first week of Robbie and I getting to know each other, he brought up his desire to adopt. I had never met a guy that had the same passion as me, and obviously we’ve been together ever since.
Fast forward. In January of last year (2018), Robbie and I both felt like the Lord was pushing us forward into the adoption process. Long story short we knew we wanted/needed to be in a house prior to starting the process but we felt like it would be at least a year before that happened. Ya’ll, God is cool. On June 6th we closed on our house and immediately started exploring adoption agencies, countries, processes, etc.
I have been passionate about Haiti for 6+ years, but due to our age and the time we’ve been married it was impossible to adopt from Haiti…along with most international countries. We have multiple close friends that adopted domestically, but we never felt settled. While we were exploring different options, Robbie got a call from Amanda Craft to lead the Fuge international trip to Taiwan. Taiwan seemed extremely random (I had to look up where it was on a map), but the adventure alone was a quick YES. A month later I got the same call to join Robbie and a team of 3 others (including my brother-in-law) in Taiwan.
We weren’t really sure why or how this trip happened but we were simply excited to explore a new country and culture. Within one day of stepping onto Taiwan soil, I had an amazing conversation with Morgan Everett (that has since become a good friend) about the adoption process in Taiwan. The age limit to adopt from Taiwan is 25 (I turned 26 the next month) and be married for two years (we had celebrated our second anniversary the week prior). During that week we fell in love with the culture and the people of Taiwan.
We returned to the States on July 8th. We both spent the next month fasting and praying about what this looked like. There are more little details that confirmed our decision (like a crazy dream our friend Brittany had), but ultimately we just said YES and AMEN.
We have been awarded a $5000 matching grant from ClearView Baptist Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.
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