Even before my husband and I got married we knew that we wanted to adopt. We got married in 1995. We were busy enjoying our life together and were in no rush to start a family. When we did decide to start a family, we thought that we would start our family the “easy way” first. We soon discovered that I could not get pregnant.
Looking back, I feel like the desire that both of us shared to adopt was God’s way of leading us to his ultimate gift of our JJ (John Junior).
Initially, we looked into foster care with hopes of adopting locally. It became clear quickly that foster care was not a good fit for us. Although we were understood that adoption is a slow process, we are not willing to take on the uncertainty that foster care to adoption presented. After much prayer and research, we choose to adoption internationally.
We chose Holt International as our adoption agency. Holt is an Oregon based agency that has offices around the world. Their goal is not only to match families but also to provide support for waiting children and their caregivers. Holt’s staff was amazing. They patiently walked us through all of the paperwork and didn’t mind that I had them on speed dial. We were initially enrolled in the China program, but due to a slowdown in referrals for waiting families, we switched to the Korea program.
The process was long and at time frustrating but I would not change one thing. All of the hurdles and paperwork lead us to our boy.
Our adoption timeline
- 5/14/07 Mailed application to Holt for the China program
- 5/2/08 Switched to the Korea program
- 6/10/08 Logged into the Korea program (we are officially in line now)
- 4/27/09 Received our referral
- 9/12/09 Traveled to Korea
- 9/14/09 Met our JJ and his foster family
- 9/19/09 JJ forever ours
On September 20, 2009, we had the pleasure of introducing our little man to his Grandpa and Grandmas and a few of our close friends. Coming down the escalator at the airport my husband looked like Rafiki presenting Simba on Pride Rock in the Lion King.
Our family has changed forever with our journey to JJ and we feel so blessed for God’s amazing gift. Nowadays our house is filled with laughter and lots of conversations about super heroes and Pokémon and I wouldn’t want it any other way.