Thank you for stopping by our site to read more about this journey we are on to adopt and to complete our family. So grab a cup of coffee, pull up your chair, and hang out here with us for just a few minutes.
This is Our Story: (updated!)
Jerimiah and I have always had a heart for adoption from the beginning of our relationship. In fact, it was on a mission trip working and staying in an orphanage that began our dating journey . We didn't know what adoption would look like, but we knew God had placed a deep conviction in our hearts, even before we were engaged and working on our family. We had no idea the road we were about to walk to have a family. God knew.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
Building a family for us has been the greatest challenge of our lives. It has pulled our hearts in so many directions and in some ways has felt somewhat unfair at times.
For years we struggled to get pregnant. This stage of life was so dark. The verse that stands out to me during that time is:
" Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy." Psalm 130
On August 13, 2010 and July 8, 2012 we were finally able to have two beautiful children. However, we knew that we were missing someone very special that would complete our family. Through a failed pregnancy we were reminded of the space we had in our hearts for another child. This began our journey to find that sweet child. And this began our journey to adopt.
We both felt a call and a longing to adopt a child from China. We looked, researched, and spoke with a gazillion agencies with a wide range of options (domestic, foster to adopt, international) and felt the most peace and call to China's special needs adoption program.
On Oct 31, 2018 we got the phone call we had been waiting for. A match. THE match. Jerimiah and I both had a peace in our hearts from the first moment we saw him. We don't have a formal name chosen yet, but for now we are calling him "Wu', one of his given names. It means "courage", what a perfect fit for him today.
We ask that you would first of all pray for this journey. Not just for us, but for our little boy Wu. Here are a few ways you can pray for him:
Pray for his joy today.
Pray for those that care for him.
Pray that he is loved today until he can be loved by us in our home.
We also ask that you pray for James and Annabelle. They are excited, but it will come with a lot of change and challenges along the way. Pray that their hearts would be prepared for their little brother.
This is a hard space to live in. No parent wants to miss a moment of their child's life, especially the first few years. Praying for his protection, joy, and love from others is worth more that gold to us. So please consider praying with your family or small group for him.
We would be honored to have you join us in our story of adoption. If you can pray or give towards this story we would be forever grateful.
"He has made everything beautiful in it's time" Ecclesiastes 3:11
He really has.
Praise be to Jesus, may He be glorified in all things.
Blessings to you all,
Jerimiah, Jennifer, James, Annabelle, Wu
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