I don’t quite know how to start this post, other than by diving right in…we are adopting!
If you know me well, you probably already know that as we have been in the process for over two years, however I’ve never officially announced it here. With the nearing arrival of our kids (yes, TWO!), I wanted to share a little of our story with you!
Josue and I have always talked about adoption…even before we were married. It has been something near to my heart for many years, and I always knew I would someday adopt. I’m not sure exactly why I’ve always carried that with me; it is likely due to a combination of factors. I’ve watched close friends and family walk through the adoption process, spent time volunteering overseas in broken communities, and even had the opportunity to teach ESL to an 11 year old boy from Ethiopia for the first year he was at his new home in the States.
But more than all of that, it has been a personal conviction. Josue and I often talk about how thankful we are for all we have been given…tangible and intangible. We have been blessed with wonderful, loving and supportive families, good jobs, and amazing church communities every place we have lived.
When Jesus tells the parable of the faithful servant in Luke 12, he ends the story saying that to him whom much has been given, much will be required. We have been given so much. And we want to give out of the overflow of blessings we have been given. In our case, that is a home and a family.
The decision to adopt from El Salvador was easy as that is Josue’s home country. We visit his family there yearly and carry a special place in our hearts for the many children there in need of a loving family and safe place to call home. El Salvador is among the more difficult countries to adopt from, and the process has been long. There have been stacks of paperwork, hours of reading, signing, notarizing, certifying and double-checking documents. There have been heartfelt prayers for provision, and gratitude every step of the way.
We are now in the last part of the adoption process in which we await approval from El Salvador, then a match with our children. This part could happen as quickly as this fall, but it could also take another 1 or 2 years.
I am so thankful for you guys, the amazing people who have been part of my business and thus part of my life helping make this dream possible! If you want to continue to follow our adoption story, you can read more details and updates over on our adoption blog!
photos by the amazing Sweet Root Village