Our love story begins as lab partners in our junior year at high school. It wasn’t until late in our senior year that we began dating. Dating turned to engagement within a few months and married 2 years later. We have been married 15 years now and have 6 beautiful children. For about the past 7 years, we have discussed fostering. We knew we were done having birth children but also felt the Lord had plans to grow our family in other ways. We met with current foster parents, contacted agencies and learned about the basic laws. Still, it just didn’t seem like this was what we were to do.
Kevin was out of town for a job and Kristina took the kids to the library. She picked herself out some Christian books to read. One was a book by Mary Beth Chapman. Now adoption is not a new concept for our family. Kristina’s youngest sister and her husband adopted from Hong Kong about 4 years ago. But we had never even talked about it or considered it for our family. When Kevin returned home from his trip, Kristina told him over dinner about her ‘great idea.’ Let’s adopt. Of course, Kevin is taken by surprise but recovers from his initial shock by the next day. We began researching that night and calling agencies the next day. HIS plan was right in front of us the whole time but we just couldn’t get out of his way long enough to see.
Obstacles popped up from the very start. Many of the agencies had policies limiting the number of children you can have living in your home to be eligible to adopt. Many countries have the same policy too. We couldn’t adopt from foster care in the State of Indiana for this same reason. We ran across Lifeline Children’s Services in our research and their Hong Kong program looked like a good fit for us. This happens to be the same agency and same program Kristina’s sister adopted through. God couldn’t paint a clearer picture of His plan for us. There were numerous challenges that continued to appear but each time, He answered.
From the beginning our birth children have showed nothing but support and excitement for this new journey. The picture we had in our minds was of bringing home a toddler girl from China as so many other families in our church have done. As we looked through Hong Kong’s waiting child list, we both seemed to be taken by 2 brothers who are 10 and 8 years old. We prayed and kept looking but could not get past those brothers. We told our kids about the boys and they were all thrilled. Again, looks like God’s plan is a bit different from our plan.
Now, we are trying to educate ourselves in the needs of these boys and pray for them. We are preparing our home, our birth children and our extended families for the boys’ homecoming. We are estimating that the cost to complete the adoption will be over $30,000. Luckily, we have been awarded a $2,500 matching grant from Creek Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Our church family has also been amazingly generous. Lord’s presence has been evident throughout the process thus far and we can’t wait to what he does in the 2 young lives that we are hoping and praying can be a part of our family.
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