Much time has passed since our last blog post.
In November 2016 we traveled to the States on furlough. We spent the holidays with family, and got to work in January. I didn’t spend any time blogging, as you may have noticed, and to date our blog posts had already been few and far between.
In February 2017 we were cautiously excited to discover I was pregnant again. In April we discovered I was carrying a healthy baby girl. We named her Adia Grace. After that 20 week mark, we allowed ourselves to get excited. We were going to have another baby! Sadly, Adia was still-born at 36 weeks. She was delivered September 26, 2017. As a family, we have been praying together as God has been walking us through our grief over the loss of Adia. We have also been praying about and moving toward our future.
With that said, we thought it was time to share this with you… In January 2017, a little over a year ago, we clearly heard God calling us to adopt a child in Lesotho. About a month later we discovered Mari was pregnant with Adia. We knew that didn’t change our call to adopt, but it did put a question mark on the timing.
Since Adia’s passing, we have prayed more intently about God’s calling and believe He is calling us to walk forward with the adoption process. In January we began preparing all the paperwork necessary for our application.
The Ministry of Social Development usually has quarterly matching meetings and the next one is tentatively scheduled for the last Friday in March. Our goal was to have our application submitted in order for it to be put forward in that meeting.
We are happy to report that all of the items required for our application are complete, as well as our home assessment, so our application should be put forward in the March matching meeting!
Because we will be pursuing local adoption, as residents of Lesotho, there is a necessary two-year waiting period before our adopted child(ren) may enter the United States. In order for us not to over-stay our time overseas it has been suggested that we take a short furlough in order to reset our furlough schedule.
In order to comply, we will be in Nampa, Idaho for five weeks from March 9 to April 19 for a ‘mini’ furlough to rest and reset our overseas timeline.
There is a potential that we may be matched with a child while we are in the States and if that happens we may take custody of our child as early as May. Even so, we are trusting in the Lord’s perfect timing and look forward to the day when we will bring a Mosotho child into our family.
Our family appreciates your prayers as we walk through this journey. We are incredibly thankful for your continued partnership in our lives and ministry!