In the summer of 1998 I lost a child. Then, in the summer of 2003 a beautiful baby girl was born. Later, in the summer of 2006 I lost yet another child, but in the summer of 2017 our whole lives would change.
I had always had a desire to go on a missions trip and in the summer of 2017 my husband and I decided that a missions trip would be an amazing way to serve God so I signed up to go to Honduras with 20 ladies to minister and bring joy to others. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of trying to learn a new country‘s culture, worshiping, leading, and honoring God during that trip, I looked up and saw a little girl and immediately knew She’s the One.
My husband and I were married in 2009. It was a little like the Brady Bunch where I had one child, he had 3 and it was an immediate family from the beginning. We spoke a little in the beginning about possibly trying to have another, but my disappointment in losing children and his vasectomy 10 years before we met, really made the chances of us getting pregnant really low. Also, the emotional rollercoaster was too much to handle at that time in our lives. We spoke about possibly fostering and decided to take some classes, but at that time financially we didn’t want to provide second class care for a child that deserves first class everything. We decided to put the thought on the back burner, but it has continued to be a desire. Although we moved on, I found myself the last woman to sign up for this missions trip. We were going to minister to young ladies in a home in a completely different country. These girls had been abused mentally, sexually, emotionally, and physically. I went ready to put all of my love into action.
It was an amazing display of God's love! I fell in love with the culture, the poeple, the food and these beautiful girls. I still can't believe that trip led me to where we are today. We’re putting all of our faith where God is leading us, and are now working on getting our daughter home. She’s beautiful, bright, and kind. Also smart and whitty. I wanted to make sure that i wasn't letting my emotion get the best of me, so I couldn’t let the first encounter be the only encounter. I signed up for the next trip for the summer of 2018. I went and my heart was still full when I saw her. So we (my husband and I) decided that I go again on my own with a small group of friends and this time we decided I’d take our daughter to meet her new sister. We wanted to see how our daughter felt about the possibility of having a new sister, but the moment they became comfortable with one another after the initial “shyness” they immediately bonded. The language barrier didn’t exist; the little Spanish that our daughter knows and a little English that our new daughter knows didn’t mean anything to either one of them. They were just girls doing what girls do, giggling, laughing, taking selfies. It was absolutely God sent. And although my husband has yet to meet her, the stories, the picture, and the love he knows we have to provide confirms that She’s the One. He trusts my judgment, he trusts my love, and he already knows that she’s going to fit in just fine with the rest of this crazy clan we call our family. We can’t wait to have her home soon!
Thank you for reading our hearts. We pray it helps with getting to know us and our love for our families and this little girl we already call our own. God bless you!
Praying for all of you as this will become a manifested reality. Beautiful family, beautiful story! 💕
It is a joy to be a part of this.