Sunday, June 16, 2013

Introducing Justin

We would like to introduce you to a sweet little boy who is called Justin.  This is a picture of him at around 4 months.  Doesn't he have the most soulful and wise eyes. 

This is a more recent picture of Justin.  As you can see, he has grown up quite a bit.  Justin is in the same country and region as Edik.  And . . . we are happy to announce that we are planning to bring Justin home too (along with Edik)!
You read that sentence correctly.  (No need to go back up and read it again to make sure that you missed or misinterpreted something.)

Our kids are thrilled!  We are a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of two sweet little boys so we are anxiously trying to prepare and organize all that we can in order to help things run as smoothly as possible when we get them home.  (One good friend, when she found out, just said, "You should do your Christmas shopping now."  We are taking her advice.) 

Little Justin has a very serious heart condition and he will almost surely require surgery when he gets here.  We are praying that his health will be sustained until we can get him home and get the medical care that he so desperately needs. 

The story of how we were led to add Justin to our plans and to our family is very personal for us.  We won't share all of the details, but we want you to know that we feel that Heavenly Father led us specifically to this sweet little boy.  We also want you to know that thru the kindness of others who love Justin too, he already has enough money in his adoption grant for us to bring him home.

That doesn't mean that we have not prayed, fasted and wrestled through many concerns.  Specifically, we have asked, "Would Heavenly Father really want us to adopt two little boys at the same time with Down syndrome who are just one year apart in age?  Are we really prepared enough to do this? How will this affect our other children?  Are we strong enough to take on the added responsibility and the major health issues that Justin will have because of his heart conditions?  Over time, we have come to the conclusion that Heavenly Father loves Justin very much and that He has prepared a way for us to bring him into our family.

We have grown so much during this adoption process. We are continuing to learn and our hearts have been opened to new understanding and new experiences. We are so excited to be given the blessing and opportunity to parent these two precious little souls. We cannot doubt the love that God has for all of his children. He knows each of us individually and He will bless us and our families according to the desires of our hearts and our own personal choices. It is a testimony of His love for his children that he would lead our family on a search for two little souls thousands of miles across the world. We are so grateful to have found our boys.  We know that we can’t do this alone. But, we also know that the Lord will bless us with the power and strength that we need to do what he has asked us to do.  So, with deep breaths and small steps of faith, we move on.

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“I have learned a truth that has been repeated so frequently in my life that I have come to know it as an absolute law. It defines the way obedience and service relate to the power of God. When we obey the commandments of the Lord and serve His children unselfishly, the natural consequence is power from God—power to do more than we can do by ourselves. Our insights, our talents, our abilities are expanded because we receive strength and power from the Lord. His power is a fundamental component to establishing a home filled with peace.” ~Richard G. Scott



  1. I have always thought you were amazing-- still do! Hope you get your travel plans soon and have those sweet boys safe and sound in your home.

  2. You guys are SO great!! You and your family will be so blessed by your decision. I have no doubt that if anyone can do it, it is you guys. I had chills the whole time reading about it. AMAZING!!! Good Luck in the coming weeks:) Can't wait to tell Tweeb.

  3. Oh, congratulations!!! Miracles after miracles! That is so exciting!!

  4. You are amazing, Merry and Cody! I am just in awe of the courage and bravery you (and your whole family) have to do such a thing! It must be that Eastern water you've been drinking! Seriously! I'm such a scardy cat!