This is our story of adoption.   I’m Kristen, and this is my husband Cody.  We started this journey two years ago when we brought home our very special daughter, Mae, from China.  Cody and I have been so blessed to have Mae in our lives, and God continues to show his love to our family through the joys that we find in this little Chinese girl who has stolen our hearts.  Mae was 20 months old when we brought her home, and she is now almost four years old (!).  We always knew that we wanted to grow our family.  In fact, that was Cody’s request when we started the adoption process for Mae—he wanted a family where our kids would find companions in their siblings.  Boy is Mae in for companionship! Cody and I started the adoption process again in November 2012, only this time, we are bringing home TWO babies.  Our little boy, Ian, just turned two years old, and Jovie, our sweet baby girl, is 16 months.  Ian and Jovie are still in China, and we are waiting for the day we catch a plane and unite our family (our estimates put our timeline to around October of this year).  Cody and I made the commitment to adopt special needs babies, so all of our kids have different degrees of health needs.  Our baby girl has the most significant special need; she needs open heart surgery as soon as possible for her to sustain life.  We are trying our best to have our adoption expedited for her—it's a hard road of paperwork and waiting and praying on our knees.  We have no choice but to rely on Him fully; these are HIS children. Cody and I are attempting to fund raise to help pay for the costs of the adoption and the surgeries, and we continue to see God provide in all of our situations.  It has been humbling to ask for help, but we have been so blessed to see our friends and community embrace us.  Please join Cody and me as we pray for the health and safety of our babies in China while wait to welcome them safely into our arms.     

 “But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.”

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