We are happy to announce that we have turned in our initial paperwork to our agency which starts the process of bringing our baby home from Ethiopia! There is a long and crazy road of paperwork and bureaucratic tape ahead of us, but we feel that it is 110% worth the wonderful gift we receive in the end---a child from God.
So WHY are we adopting if we can have kids on our own?
Libby was adopted domestically at birth and has always wanted to pass on the gift of love and family that adoption brought her down to her children and family one day. Since we met we have talked openly about the idea of growing our family through adoption and began researching the avenues of adoption prior to Mason being born! Adoption and birth are truly the best gifts you can give a child and a family. So if you are able and called to this, why would you even hesitate for a second?
OK, So WHY Ethiopia? There are children here that need forever homes too!
When we started this process we were a clean slate, meaning that we were open to all areas of the world (including USA) for our adoption. We really wanted to learn about the different pathways of adoption and let the Lord guide us to where we needed to go to get our baby. We fell in love with Ethiopia RIGHT AWAY but wanted to research everywhere else to make sure we were going into this with our hearts AND minds. So we did. And after many discussions and T-charts, we knew where we were meant to be--Ethiopia.
Here are some facts about children living in Ethiopia today:
Thank you all for embarking on this journey with our family! We will keep you posted as things progress!