We decided to look into adoption. I didn't really know anyone that had adopted. Where/How do you start? I started looking at agencies and was soon overwhelmed--by the burden of choosing the right one and by the cost. How could we afford it? Jason is an evangelist/church planter. We don't have $20,000 to $40,000 just hanging out in the bank. We didn't even have a tiny fraction of that! We pretty much had NO money. But I knew in my heart that God had called us to do this. To adopt a precious child. HE would make a way (not me). After doing lots of research and getting pretty much nowhere, I was discouraged. Then, at a wedding, a friend told me that her sister-in-law was adopting from a mission group in Taiwan. Since it was a mission group, there were no agencies--so no agency fees. I must admit that's the main thing that made us see about adopting from His Hands. Less money (since we had no money to adopt). I didn't know then what I know now--that if God gives you a heart to adopt, He WILL make a way. So, we applied to adopt through His Hands Taiwan. After nine long months of waiting, we saw our daughter's face.
we traveled to Taiwan to get her.
We knew even before we brought her home that we wanted to adopt again. The amazing experiences we had in Taiwan and with the wonderful people at His Hands only affirmed what we already knew. If they would allow us to, we would adopt from His Hands again. They said we could, so we submitted our application in January 2011--before Mia was even a year old. We knew that the adoption process is a long one, so we applied before we were really ready. And now, we've been waiting a little over a year this second time. Mia is 2 now. I am ready to see our next son or daughter's face!! Thanks for traveling along on this long, twisty, amazing journey with us!!