Dear Family and Friends, We have some exciting news: we are adopting! We have always loved children and even before we started having children, we talked about adopting some day. After our four children were born we started discussing the idea that if we were to add another child to our family, we wanted it to be through adoption. Our goal in adoption is to help a precious child of God find a home and loving family to call their own. The possibility of adopting a child has been something in our hearts and something that we have been praying about for a while now. However, it was not until the summer of 2016, when we decided to host a 10 year old boy from Kyrgyzstan. Our children were excited about this decision, and we spent a few months preparing to bring a child from another culture and different part of the world into our home. We started by finding Kyrgyzstan on a map, studying the culture, learning simple Russian phrases and educating ourselves on how to be a “host” family to this young boy. We are so thankful we made this life changing decision to host this child! This was eye opening for our entire family and helped us all to understand the bigger picture and to see how much we are blessed with and how much we take for granted! We spent a wonderful 6 weeks with this boy and we were able to show him the love of a mom and dad and siblings and what it was like to be part of a family. He had never experienced this. At the end of the summer, it was difficult to say good bye, and we did not feel complete after he left. We knew that we wanted him to be part of our family for good. After much discussion and prayer as a family, we feel that adopting this boy is the right step for our family. He is currently living in an orphanage in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and we want to bring him home to be part of our family. The biggest challenge we currently face is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated total cost for the adoption is $32,000, which is beyond our means, however, we are trusting God to help us achieve this goal. We ask that you would consider helping us in whatever way you are able. Your donations, prayers, and support and encouragement are greatly appreciated. We are so grateful for this opportunity to adopt a child and we thank you for supporting us in our journey. Aaron and Emily
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