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Hi There! We have teamed up with Gobena Coffee to raise funds for our adoption. Every item you purchase, $4 will go towards our adoption. Enjoy the fresh, small batch roasted coffee while helping bring Joy and (hopefully) Melody home from Vietnam!
Our family was blessed with the birth of our wonderful son in 1989, and his bilateral cleft lip and palate has brought us on an amazing journey ever since. As a result of his birth defect and multiple surgeries by world-renown surgeon Kenneth Salyer, our original plan to adopt after having a child was redirected to adopting a child with a cleft. When Jonathan was twelve, we completed the adoption of our beautiful and talented daughter from China, then five, who also has a cleft lip and palate. Our adoption has greatly enriched our lives, made us more aware of other cultures and their needs, as well as adoption issues, and given us opportunities to share that awareness with others.
We thought our family was complete, but on May 21, 2008, the night that Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman’s daughter, Marie, was killed in a tragic accident, our journey began anew. As we were on their website, ShowHope, praying for their family, we discovered a little girl with a craniofacial anomaly and crippled hand. We immediately recognized that she was supposed to be our daughter, and began trying to find her to bring her home. When we finally found that she lived in Vietnam in 2009, that country had closed to adoption, so we have waited for just over 7 years to bring Joy home! Since Vietnam re-opened its doors to Hague adoptions in September 2014, we have been steadily working on the necessary paperwork to complete this adoption, and are one of the first families to reach this milestone. We have also discovered another little girl in the same orphanage, and are petitioning to adopt both at the same time, despite the fact that they are not legal siblings. We also just received word this week that we are the furthest along in the process and will probably be the first from the United States of America to travel to Vietnam to adopt using their new Hague Convention process.
We are applying for multiple grants because our children’s medical bills have consumed most of Larry’s income for the past 26 years, and Wynne homeschooled them all but a few years. She became a public school teacher in 2013 when Mikaylah began dual credit college courses, and that income has funded most of the adoption costs so far. Wynne plans to stay home to meet the needs of the newly adopted teen and pre-schooler, thus eliminating the teaching salary for at least a few years. Joy will need medical treatment, once again sapping our finances and threatening to put us in debt.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our story and request your most generous help with this endeavor to make a better life for two precious girls!