Dear Family and Friends,
We have very exciting news…we have decided to adopt our third child! I have never experienced a “calling” but I am certain that this is mine. Luckily Chase, is 100% supportive, and has taken on the view that if this is what I am meant to do with my life, then it is a part of his journey too. Our greatest joy in our marriage, has been raising Laken & River, and we know we have it in us to do it again. We have always wanted a big, loud, and crazy family, and adoption is how we plan to complete it.
We started looking into adoption about a year ago, knowing that the process is lengthy. After much research and soul searching we have decided to adopt from Ethiopia. Why Ethiopia? Well I won’t go into all of the mushy “calling” stuff of a dream I had, and several light bulb moments in Church where I felt that the sermon was a higher power talking directly to me, but the facts are moving. There are an estimated 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia. One in six children will die before their fifth birthday. 720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone. Half of the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. Ethiopia’s doctor to child ratio is 1 to 24,000. Why adopt from Ethiopia when there are children here? In the U.S. we have foster care and social services to care for the needs of orphans. In Ethiopia there is nothing. If you are a fortunate orphaned child in Ethiopia, you might live in an overcrowded orphanage until you “age out” and are turned to the streets. Why not Ethiopia?
*Special thanks to our family and close friends who received this letter, and raced to help us complete our adoption paperwork with reference letters. We will be forever grateful for the part you played in bringing us closer to our son.