Krishelle: I was adopted by my father when I was two years old. I remember at a young age developing this complex or identify crises because I was the only biracial child in this Caucasian blended family. My family really taught me that love and family isn’t determined by DNA. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to adopt a child one day so that I can pass along the same love that was shown to me. When I was in high school, I traveled to Mexico on a mission trip. Those two weeks changed my life forever. When you are involved in a trip like that, you think that you are serving them, but you realize that you are being served in such a bigger way. My heart for social justice and the call to love our neighbor grew.
When we found out we couldn’t have children of our own, my heart was broken. There was an unexpected grieving process that took place. God’s mercy is abounding and helped heal our hearts give us strength to put our trust in him to become parents in an unexpected way. Joe and I always wanted to adopt, but we thought we would adopt after having biological children of our own. We now rejoice for the call God has placed in our lives and feel humbled that he chose this path for us.