We are Jeremy and Addie Joslyn. We live in a beautiful rural community with our two boys ages 8 and 5. I (Addie) have always just had a desire to be a part of adoption. Adoption has been woven into my heart through early friendships and family connections including two miracles from China who are my cousins. I have been touched by adoption. The challenge came when I mentioned it to Jeremy. He did not have the same love and desire that I had early on. I felt that if God was leading us in that direction He would have to call Jeremy to the same desire-I could not be the driving force.
After having two boys, I knew that I did not enjoy or feel very compatible with pregnancy and especially postpartum. I did not have any desire to have more children biologically, even though our family still did not feel complete. As our boys grew like weeds, I would casually bring up adoption which seemed to fall on deaf ears. At this time a wave of people from our church and community were fostering, hosting and adopting. I had talked to members of our church and tried to gain as much knowledge as I could about the reality of it all. At the time, Jeremy had a very demanding law enforcement career including 2 k9s which left us rarely seeing each other, and unbeknownst to most, in dark and depressed place as a family.
In the Fall of 2017, Jeremy decided, through prayer and careful consideration, that the career he had built and loved was no longer serving him or our family. We received a miracle that day. As hard as it was to leave the comfort of “the known” of his job, it was clear that it was time to move on.
As our family adjusted to our new normal, Jeremy called me one day and said he felt like God had softened his heart toward adoption and it was time to move forward. It was then I realized how we could have never been able to provide a stable home to a child from hard places in the day to day life we were living. Little did we know, we had been on our adoption journey the whole time. We were being prepared, changed, grown and stretched in order to be the parents we were meant to be to a new child.
Through prayer, education and more miraculous circumstances, we settled on a little girl from India. Her identity is not yet known to us but is known to Him and a part of the plan that HE still has for us. We feel so humbled to be on this journey. Every step of the way has pointed back to the One who created the idea of adoption and kindled it in our hearts.
Thank you for your part, whether praying for us, sharing our story or Giving to our fund. You are making a difference in the life of a child!
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