Our Adoption Story

You can read the beginning of our story to adoption here.

Keep checking back for updates--and please pray for us.

January 4, 2012 - Contacted Reece's Rainbow inquiring about adoptions to Canadian families, and contacted 
a local adoption agency, right in our town.

January 10, 2012 - learned the local agency is closing its doors, forever. Continued corresponding with Reece's Rainbow. Contacted our friends who adopted a beautiful child with Down syndrome for advice.

January 20, 2012 - Contacted two agencies in the lower mainland. 

January 26, 2012 - Announced it to the world. *trumpets sounding*

February 2, 2012 - were registered for first Information Session when Laura's Grandmother passed away January 30, and we headed home to Saskatchewan for the funeral. Was postponed until March 18, 2012.

February 3, 2012 - received an impromptu very generous donation at my Grandma's funeral from an incredibly lovely woman who pressed it into my hand with tears in her eyes. Oh, my blessed, aching heart.

March 1, 2012 - posted our ChipIn link here on the blog to allow people to donate. 

March 2, 2012 - received a very generous donation from a group of women in Joel's hometown who felt called to do a silent auction fundraiser evening for us.

March 18, 2012 - First Adoption Information Session with one agency in the lower mainland.

March 23, 2012 - We find out a new wee one is growing in my belly. Sadly, adoption must be postponed until this one is a full 12 months old. We are due November 27, 2012. 

November 29, 2012 - Our beautiful baby boy Otto Nathaniel is born. We continue to pray and await God's guidance.

November 29, 2013 - Otto turned ONE! A familiar stirring is renewed in my heart... began asking friends for prayer.

Fall 2013 - Winter 2014 - Learn of children in our children's classes at school who are foster children awaiting families and homes. our hearts and eyes are opened and we feel a calling.

January 2014 - Began seeing adverts in our pediatrician's office, church, and public health clinic for upcoming adoption information session through the local provincial ministry. Pray about it. Hubs says "Let's go." 

January 23, 2014 - attended Adoption Information Session from the Ministry of Children and Family Development for children waiting for families in our own province. Tears flow for both my Mr. and I. God just speaks nearly out loud to both of us. We are being called, of this there is no doubt.

February 2014 - complete application. *goosebumps*. 

February 26, 2014 - They received our application, and we are assigned a social worker! We received next stage of paperwork which includes forms for physician's reports, driver's abstract, questionnaire, and the consent forms for the collection of information to begin our homestudy. 

May - June 2014 - 10 weeks of Adoption Education Program. Heavy topics covered and tears are shed and hearts and eyes are opened. Classes completed!

September 2014 - Home inspection with one of our favorite social workers/guardianship workers from our adoption classes completed.

September - November 2014 - completed our Homestudy with the most amazing social worker ever! (Seriously, God has put together a really exceptional team of people out here. These are big hearted people with a real love for children and families. God bless them all as they do such heartwrenching work.)

November 23, 2014 - Homestudy submitted to Choices Adoption Agency for approval. 

December 31, 2014 - Our family is rocked by the loss of my cousin, Scott. Tears and pain. So young.

January 9, 2015 - While I am at Scott's funeral 1000km away on the prairies, heavily mourning and shaking with sobs and sorrow - back at home (on the same day at the exact same time), Joel's business partners move outside their contract and terminate his position in the business. We are without income as of this date.

January 2015 - I notify our wonderful social worker while choking back sighs, "Joel lost his job". We had been praying for a way to be relieved of the strain of working with these partners, and this is undoubtedly an answer to prayer. Still, we are without income. Our adoption is placed on hold while we don't even know if we will have a home in a month's time (no income, and no employment insurance as an owner). We cry, but are given the gift of perspective in realizing we still have our lives.

February 2015 - Joel seeks work, but there is little to nothing on the island. We have to consider relocation. We make preparations. Children are transferred into homeschool as we have no idea where we will end up. We receive countless donations from our church family, caring for us in most tangible ways. We cry oceans of tears - of sorrow, and of joy in being provided for.

March 2015 - Joel receives multiple employment offers, but none on the island. Joel accepts a wonderful offer at a growing and thriving company where he is a valuable asset, worthy and respected - as he deserves. (Praise God!)

March 31, 2015 - Amidst much turmoil and mourning, (so many tears, gosh), saying goodbye to beloved friends and educational programs, we pack up our home and move our family to the lower mainland of British Columbia. Dear lionhearted friends (Byron, you know who you are) heave and sweat and give their all to help us. We are so loved.

April - June 2015 - Children are all homeschooled as we settle into our little home in the country. Shortly thereafter we are formally informed our adoption is denied (or hopefully placed on hold until a future date - until we have more time of being settled and secure under our belts). We cry and cry and cry. We pray and cry and ask God "what are we to do now?"

July 3, 2015 - Quiet contemplation, and we find out God has placed another wee babe in my belly. God is growing our family, just not in the way we were planning just now. We learn again about relinquishing control...and taking our respected social worker's advice on growing more settled and secure. Regardless, any adoption process must be postponed until this one is a full 12 months old. We are due March 9, 2016

March 15, 2016 - Our beautiful baby boy Ezekiel Oswald Cecil is born. We continue to pray and await God's guidance.

Hoping for an update in March, 2017...

And we wait and continue to storm the heavens with prayer!

Pray for us, pray for me as we continue to seek God's plan and beg Him to help us carry the pain of knowing so many children continue to wait for families to bring them home. Please. Thank you. And thank you. 

And thank you, again.

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