Our adoption story starting with hearts ready to walk through paperwork, pain, and expense to bring home the child God had chosen for us. God brought Bill and I together by His divine meeting one day at our local church. We dated for a few months and shortly thereafter we were married. We have been married for nearly 12 years. We have two wonderful boys that God blessed me with when I was in my younger twenties. As the years have passed we raised our boys to become fine young men. And while our happy family filled us with the usual challenges and joys of parenting we still longed for more children.
I always knew I had been adopted. I knew that I was loved and chosen. I knew that God would somehow allow me to choose and love a child through adoption, the way I was chosen and loved even though I didn’t know how or when. The heartfelt desire to adopt that had always been a light in my heart had now been instilled in Bill’s heart as well. One day as Bill was listening to the radio he listed and learned about the millions of children around the world that were looking for a forever family. He realized that family could be ours.
And so our adoption story began. We started where we thought we should through our local Department of Human Resources and the more than 300,000 children in our state looking for a home. The process was long and arduous and there were many moments when we felt discouraged. But we never shrank from our firm belief that adoption was how we would grow our family after all these years. DHR lead to one dead end after another. We questioned ourselves. How could we be facing so many obstacles when we were so certain this was the path our family’s journey was destined to take?
We resigned ourselves to obedience and prayer. After more than a year of silence from DHR, we received a call from a friend who asked us to host a child from the Ukraine. Resigned to obey God’s call, we met our beloved Melania last summer. From the moment she joined us as a guest, an unknown person our hearts loved her. She was filled with an innocence that craved for the love of a father and a mother. Through the coming weeks she would confide in us her hope for a family like ours one day. She had always wanted big brothers. She doubted she could be loved enough to be adopted. This girl so full of life, of dreams of love doubted she herself could be loved. Melania was filled with ambition, heart and drive. She was driven to live out a life of hopelessness, not her, not this beautiful girl, our Melania.
We were excited and eager to begin the process of bringing Melania back, but not for a visit, for a life, forever, for our family. And what an added joy to learn that she has a half-brother also waiting for a forever family. Although we’ve never met him, we already know he is to be our son, a brother to Jacob, Daniel, and Melania. We imagined adoption would grow our family but to know that two wonderful children would be joining us is an extra blessing that seems almost too good to be true.
We believe in family. We believe in the messy, real, challenging, tiring, lovely, beautiful, happy moments that make families what they are. And we believe that families do not only come wrapped in pink and blue blankets in a hospital delivery room. They are born in our hearts. Born through connections of our souls that cannot be measured or even fully explained. It is a love for children, all children, beautiful, wonderful children who deserve a chance to know the security, encouragement and leadership of parents who will guide them through life with love and honesty.
Adoption has always been written into our story and we are ready to write the next chapter. Please be in prayer and partner with us to help give these children a loving family with your generous donation.
Three different choices on how you can help:
1. You can copy and paste the link below into your internet browser and it will take you to our go fund me account.
2. If you want your gift to be eligible for a tax deduction, you need to make your check payable to: The Family Connections, Inc., and put in the memo for the Harris Adoption and mail to:
Family Connections, P.O. Box 5555, Cortland, New York 13045.
3. If you want to give directly, make your gift to the Harris Family and you can mail your gift to our PO Box: P.O. Box 220181 Deatsville, Alabama 36022.
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Thank you for helping us save lives and give these wonderful children forever homes.
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