How our journey began…

Welcome!  Thanks for visiting our blog.  Our family is currently in the process of adopting a little 4-year-old boy from India.  In May 2009, God began to work in my heart and impress upon me a burden for the fatherless of the world.  The more that I researched orphans and adoption, the more I knew that God was calling our family to get involved.  Then came the question, “How?”

Kevin and I began to pray about what this meant for our family both individually and as a couple.  In August, after much thought and prayer, Kevin and I made the decision to pursue adoption through Holt International.  Initially, we were pursuing an adoption through the Philippines.  We felt the characteristics and requirements of the Philippines program fit our family.

In March 2010, God changed our direction from the Philippines to pursuing a waiting child from India.  From the beginning of our adoption journey through Holt, there was one particular child on the Waiting Child list that captured my attention.  However, at the time, we felt that his needs might be too much for us to handle.  However, in March, I finally broke down and contacted Holt to check on this child’s progress.  To our delight, the developmental needs that this child had that once concerned us had vanished, and he was now developing at the level of his peers in almost all areas. 

In April 2010, we were officially matched as Rahul’s family.  After months of updating our home study and changing country documentation, we had everything in order to begin the adoption process of Rahul.  At the beginning of March 2011, we received written guardianship of Rahul.  We have been waiting for Rahul’s passport to come in, and, finally, on Friday we received his passport and our ICPC (the final documents we needed in order to get travel dates).

Our son, Rahul


Travel Dates

On Friday, Kevin and I officially received our travel dates.  We are now traveling to India on Tuesday, March 29.  We have already purchased our plane tickets and booked our hotel rooms.  While in Pune, we are excited to be staying at a hotel within walking distance from Rahul’s orphanage.  In Delhi, we are staying at ElevenDelhi.  This is a Bed and Breakfast type accommodation, and we are grateful for the owner of Eleven and the invaluable resource that he has already proved to be to us.

We will be visiting Rahul’s orphanage on April 1, where we will meet the staff and get to experience what life is like for Rahul on a daily basis.  We will not only be meeting Rahul for the first time on the 1st, but also taking custody of him that afternoon!!

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