Two years ago, these sweet faces first appeared in our lives. A dear friend (INSERT FACT: I have never met this friend face-to-face, but I love Janet. God has knit our hearts together on many levels.), Janet Belleme, emailed asking for us to pray for and advocate for the terrific trio.
|The Trio Early 2010|
The adoption of the trio never really crossed our minds. Instead, we believed we were called to pray daily for them and their “family-to-be.” In earnest, Josh accidentally saved their photo to his phone. God used that serendipitous event (as if it were a fluke) to lay the groundwork for the trio to enter our hearts and eventually our lives.
We embarked this adoption journey believing we would adopt a child/children with special medical needs. Often, we laid our hearts at His throne submitting ourselves to whatever HIS desire might be, “Lord, your will, not ours. You lead this path where you would. We are at your disposal.” Never once did we fully consider the implication. (Hear me right, we desperately WANT TO ADOPT OUR TRIO, we simply never considered it. NEVER… 7 children seemed so many.)
The trio has grown over the last 2 years.
|The Trio Summer 2011|
Summer 2011 in Ethiopia, Gladney allowed us to be part of a reading program to the older children in their care. Little did we know the trio set, ears perched, as we read to them. That moment was THE moment
our adoption path God’s path for our adoption commenced to unroll.
A set of 3 siblings, older in age, is amongst the hardest to place. Harder than HIV+. Harder than HEP B. Harder than EEC. HARD. “Your will, not ours” revealed we would be pursing the trio, and the truth is His will has totally become ours. Since then, we’ve moved with reckless abandon, full on fear at moments, hope beyond hopes, and an excitement and trust in His ultimate plan for our future that fuels the motor.
Finally, after a few years of preparing our hearts, some unexpected snags, and innumerable prayers, here they are, the terrific trio, our precious children, the newest Knights.
|Referral Pic Dec. 2011|
|Nigsom (Nuke-some), Hewon (Hey Juan), and Tshaye (Ts-hi-yay)|