In the Fall of 2016, we were so smitten by a picture of a brother and sister that were part of a hosting program. Hosting is typically a five week period of time in the summer and during Christmas where orphans from different countries come to America to experience life in a family - many of which find their forever homes during their stay. After talking to the hosting organization, we found out that they had two younger brothers. We had to pray about hosting four siblings because of many reasons, but after praying we felt so excited, and peace flooded our hearts. We knew that it would be an adventurous journey!
We spent five weeks during Christmas of 2016 learning their personalities and falling in love with their individuality and their bond with each other. After seeing the kids off at the airport as they headed back to Eastern Europe, we instantly noticed how quiet our lives were once again. We found ourselves missing the sounds of giggling, broken English, and remote control cars racing through the house. These sounds filled our home with so much life for those few weeks.
The following weeks were filled with tears and the following months with prayers. We missed them so deeply, but the thought of adopting four children is nothing to be taken lightly. We needed to know that it was a calling from the Lord and not an emotional response. After months of prayer, and seeking God's will and wisdom, we knew that these precious ones belonged with us. We CHOOSE them! God has entrusted us with this great joy.
International adoption takes a lot of time, tons of paperwork, two trips overseas, and a large amount of money. Many of our friends who have adopted one child raise about $35,000, and we are in the process of adopting four. We only need $45,000 to change the lives of FOUR amazing kids. All the funds will go to cover our home study, agency fee’s, international travel, and added cost for multiple children (agency fees, visa's, travel, etc.).
If we are honest $45,000 sounds so daunting, but there is no fear in love. We love these children with a love that is fearless, and we will are asking you to join us in bringing our kids home.