We are the Lewis family. Darren and I have been married for six years and we have one birth daughter named Josie who is two. For several years God has prepared our hearts to recieve children through adoption. Through friends who have adopted, our church family, and books like Adopted for Life, we learned that adoption was something we wanted to do as an avenue to share Christ's love, grow our family, care for the orphan, and share the gospel.
In 2010 we began the process of making the plethora of adoption decisions are go into the initial planning. We decided to adopt from Ethiopia and began to compile our dossier. In February of 2011 we mailed our dossier and began the long wait for a referral call. The next month things began to drastically slow down in the Ethiopian program and we were WAY down the wait list. So in November we did something "crazy". We had done some research and spoken with some people who had adopted from Zambia. We got a house lined up and planned to go to Zambia, identify children, foster for up to 3 months and be done. We were hoping to adopt two girls around the ages of 4 and 2.
Leap of faith...that's what that was. At the time I'm writing this, I have been in Zambia since November and it is now mid-February. We have added two precious girls ages 4 and 3 to our family. Their names are Evolet Hope and Keira Jane. They are both a perfect fit and Josie loves them too. Alot of restructuring is happen with the social welfare offices here in Zambia. Because of that I will be here until the end of May now--Seven months! I miss my husband. I miss my friends. I miss my church. I miss Chik-fil-a. This is not what we planned, but we are walking in faith and attempting to learn what God would have us see in this. Our kids our beautiful reflections of God's grace and adoption of us as sons and daughters.