Jared and I have always desired to have a large family. Before I was even married I always said I wanted to have 4 children and adopt 2. I am glad Jared was open to that plan! After 8 years of marriage we were well on our way to fulfilling our dream, we had 4 beautiful children Everett, Beckett, and Francie, and Lyla.
In 2009 our family moved to Nashville, Tennessee for a year. While we were there we met a family that had done a lot of work in Haiti and who was in the process of adopting a Haitian child. The lady that babysat for us moved to Haiti to do missions work and just a few days after she started her work in the country the earthquake happened. There was such a personal connection to the country of Haiti as we prayed for our friend and watched our neighbors bring home not one but two beautiful, vibrant little girls from a country that was devastated by the earthquake.
With the presence of two little Haitian girls now living in our small Nashville community, Jared, the kids and I learned Creole, watched as the girls experienced many firsts with their new life in America, and had our hearts pricked in a way that would change us forever.
We left Nashville and ventured back to Colorado Springs in the Spring of 2010. We were so sad to leave behind so many of the great friends we had met while there. That summer we were at the Desperation Conference and the speaker asked everyone to pray and ask God to put a dream in there heart. Our four children lined the back row of the church. After the prayer, I asked Everett, our then six year old, about the dream that God placed in his heart. He looked at me and said, “mom we are supposed to adopt some kids from Haiti.” My heart leapt when I heard this, but I wasn’t sure how that would ever unfold.
In the fall of 2011, after two very difficult miscarriages, Jared and I began to visit this idea of adoption. As we prayed, we felt lead to explore Haiti. In January of 2012 we were off to a country that we already loved, but had never experienced. We had spent so much time praying for the people of this land. Our hearts were moved beyond words and we left Haiti after five days knowing that the “conception of our next children” had begun.
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