We were married in 2012, and we started talking about adoption right away. Because of Joel’s experience growing up as a missionary kid, we felt like international adoption would be a good fit. He would be able to understand our kids’ feelings, to some degree, as they don’t fully fit into either culture. When we started the adoption process the first time, back in 2013, we knew we wanted to adopt from Africa, and we started in the Ghana program.
We always wanted to adopt siblings, and we chose to move forward with very open parameters, believing that God knew better than we did what kids needed our family.