David and I had always talked about adoption as being an option, but it wasn’t until recently that we really began to feel the calling and the timing to now. Our church has many families who have adopted domestically and internationally and we loved hearing their stories. Our church was hosting a children’s choir for an adoption agency fundraiser and Abby wanted to be a part of it, so we went. Little did we know that this would be the event that would awaken our desire and set in motion our adoption journey. Soon after this event our church held an informational meeting talking about foster care, domestic and international adoption. We weren’t going to go, but we changed our minds last minute and decided to go. It was at this meeting that we really began to feel the calling.
We began searching for information online and through local agencies to find out what direction to go. At first we looked into domestic adoption, but it did not feel right for us. I wasn’t at peace and didn’t sleep for many nights. We decided to look into international adoption and we felt that this is where we needed to be. There are so many countries that have such a great need fro children to be adopted, so we needed to figure out what we be the best fit for our family and our needs. We looked at several different countries, but doors kept closing due to restrictions. We had decided to begin our process with Haiti. When we began the process, we were told it would be about a 2-4year wait until we were matched and then 1 year after that we would bring home our child. 2 years into the Haiti program, things were looking difficult in Haiti. Our agency were not seeing referals for children the age that we had discussed and they thought that it could be another 2-4 years before a referral. When we heard this, we began to pray and as we prayed and talked to our agency, there was a shift. At this time, a door that had closed opened up again. Jessica had been looking at waiting children in Colombia and had found a little boy who who fit into the needs that they were willing to accept. This opened the door for Colombia. Quickly we found out that this sweet little boy had a family interested in him and were about to submit their letter of intent. Our hearts were a little sad, but we quickly realized that this was not the little boy for us. We told our agency we were ready to switch and before we had our official meeting, they called us with a sweet little boy. They told us about him and we agreed to learn more. Our hearts began to fall in love with this sweet little boy.
We have been blessed to be offered a matching grant through Lifesong for $3000. This is such a blessing and will help cover our Colombia fees that we will have when we get our referral. The fees that we owe include $13,361.00. The money we receive from this grant will go towards these fees. These fees cover our child’s dossier, attonrey fees, agency fee, dossier preperation fees, translation fees, and more. These fees also do not cover our travel fees.
Thank-you for partnering with us and praying with us to bring home our little blessing from Haiti.
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