I am Canadian, married to a Canadian whom I met in Texas 18 years ago.
We met Darren while doing missions with YWAM, in the inner cities of the USA and in countries abroad. This is where we fell in love with the idea of adoption.
Kylar (2001) was born after 3 hard years of infertility. It’s a miracle he survived to birth because his two siblings conceived after him, didn’t.
That is when adoption became more than an idea. It became a beautiful next stage in the life of our little family. When Kylar was 6 years old, Amara was born in the US (2008). We had come full circle. The dream started there, and it was completed there. I was honoured to watch Amara be birthed into this world, to watch her first moments being held by her lovely birth mother, and to weep for the loss and gains adoption brings.
Then lovely Amara turned one year old. It was evident even at that age, that she is a social person. She would weep when Kylar had a friend over to play. Cry at his bedroom door when he needed some alone time in his room… and I knew she needed a sister.
After some starts and stops, we finally received the referral of Giselle (2010) from Haiti! I travelled to love on this precious little one 3 times in 2011. In 2012 we waited anxiously for those emails encouraging us that the next step had been completed. Finally in early June, we found out that we passed the last step in Giselle’s adoption! Her passport was approved and printed on July 15th, her Canadian visa approved soon after. We travel to receive our daughter on August 1, 2012 – the 21 month labour finally over!! The trip of our dreams – travelling home with her in our arms, finally a reality.
“Pressing In” is a common theme in God’s conversation with me. It’s really about being present and allowing the emotions (be they happy or hard) to be fully developed in me. To allow the pain, the joy, the suffering, the ecstasy – all of it to grow me, to draw me closer to my Jesus. I love Him. I wish I loved Him better than I do, but He truly is my breath, my heart beat… my everything.