Our story begins one Sunday morning last spring, when our church showed a video of waiting children who would be a part of a summer hosting program. Little did I (Laura) know, but that video touched many of us in my family, and later that day, as it came up in conversation, we decided to pursue hosting so that we could advocate for a child.
I grew up in a home that was always welcoming to visitors, and we were part of a program that hosted travelers from all over the world, so I got to meet people from many different cultures from a young age. While my parents never adopted, it was a conversation that was touched on a few times, and it was something I actively asked of them, as I desperately wanted a sister, and had seen a poster of children needing to be adopted. It was clear that God placed that seed in my heart, but I didn't think international adoption was my calling, and I didn't think the summer hosting program would lead to anything more than a cultural experience and a chance to tell others about the possibility of adopting these girls.
And then they arrived: two, sweet, precious girls, who had my heart from the moment I laid eyes on them. We spent a few weeks together, and when it was time for them to return to Colombia, it felt as if I was saying goodbye to my children. I was determined to find them a home--where I could still see them, and hear about all the amazing things they were doing in their lives. I talked to whoever would listen, and for one reason and another, no perfect family was found. Well, everyone around me saw the truth before I admitted it: WE are their family.
And so, the adoption journey began. In little ways and great ways, this journey has been led by a powerful God who has worked everything out in incredible detail. Now, we are in the final steps of paperwork and preparing for travel, and reaching out to our friends and family to get us to the final homecoming. God has already provided so much; will you partner with us in prayer as we make our travel plans and bring our girls home? And if you feel led, we appreciate any financial donations you are able to make.
Thank you for living love with us!
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