Jeremy and Allie have big hearts for the Lord and a passion for adoption. They have four beautiful children; their third child came to them through the gift of international adoption and their youngest, with the assistance of Christian Adoption Consultants. Allie beautifully shares some of their adoption story in her own words:
Jeremy and I discussed adoption before we were married. It was always something we knew we would do. We had theadoption gene,? the desire to grow our family by asking God to place the lonely into it. When our sons were three and one, we decided to begin the process. We started off with a lot of prayer; we were pretty confident in wanting to adopt from Asia, but every door we knocked on closed. We were too young for some countries, others were more money than we thought we could raise (Rookie mistake. God provides!), some countries seemed very unstable. Finally, we opened our hands to the Lord and asked Him where on earth our child was. And then we knew the answer: our daughter was in Africa. Rwanda, to be specific.
Thrilled and full of anticipation, we announced our good news to our friends and family. We started in on the massive piles of paperwork, errand running, home study visits, medical check-ups, fingerprinting. We fundraised like mad: garage sales, babysitting, grant and loan applications, letter writing, a worship night with the offering benefitting our adoption, and on and on. Thanks to the goodness of Jesus and the generosity of our friends, we raised and saved the entire amount we needed. The adoption was supposed to be short, with an estimated ten month wait start to finish. If you?ve ever adopted, you?re chuckling at our believing the timelines, which always seem to lengthen. Two very, very long years later, we finally got the email and saw our nine-month-old daughter’s face for the first time. It was an awesome moment.
We boarded a plane, spent three long weeks in Rwanda away from our boys, and brought our girl home. Our daughter, Laina Kate. Happy, exhausted, a bit overwhelmed, and full of love, we settled in to being a family of five. It was not without its bumps, but eventually, we found our groove. And before we could get too comfortable, we felt the nudge of the Lord again. After bringing Laina home in May of 2011, we began planning adoption number two in August. It was a long and twisty path to try to follow Jesus’s leading to our next family member, and after a few false starts, we decided to adopt domestically. We signed up with Christian Adoption Consultants in March, 2012.
And then the process began again: paperwork. Fundraising. Praying. Waiting. It was such a different experience adopting domestically than adopting internationally that it’s hard to compare the two. Domestic was a shorter process for us, but that is certainly not true for everyone. The costs were about the same for both, but again, that depends on where you adopt from internationally, and what agency you use domestically. Emotionally, domestic was a bit more like a roller coaster to international’s long silences and lack of information (One thing that was very nice about domestic was being able to call our consultant, Karalee, from CAC ?and ask questions. The fact that she was there for us was very reassuring.). In the end, no matter how it happens, adoption is hard, absolutely worth it, and always miraculous.
Finally, in October of 2012, we were matched. A few weeks later, we got the call that the baby was on his way. We met our son Mason the morning after his birth. We spent a good bit of time with his birth mother, something we had been hoping and praying for, and something for which we are very grateful. She is an amazing woman and we are blessed to know her. We still keep in touch with her, and it has been nothing but great. We are very glad to have her in our, and Mason’s, lives.
So now we are a family of six. Adoption has molded our family, shaped and changed us, making all of us who we are today. It has taught us more about the Father heart of God than perhaps anything else in our lives. We have seen Him move, have felt His love, have glimpsed His heart. I know that just as God rejoices over a child placed into their forever home, He also weeps over the brokenness that led to that moment. We love adoption, and yet we see that brokenness, the loss. It is beautiful and hard, painful and redemptive. We have seen the hurt, the injustice, the poverty, the suffering. And we have also seen God at work. We are forever blessed to be a part of what He is doing.
Thank you, Jeremy and Allie, for giving CAC the opportunity to be a part of your beautiful adoption journey!
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