We are so thankful for the wonderful support and interest from so many people! Here are answers to some of our frequently asked questions. Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll do another installment!

Q: Do you know the children you are adopting?

A: No. Haiti’s adoption authority (IBESR) receives our dossier and then sends us a referral based on our child request. At this point we have requested siblings 0-2 since Reist is 2 1/2. We will update that request if needed as time goes by.

Q: How long will it take? 

A: I have often said that the most consistent thing about the Haiti adoption process is inconsistency. Based on many factors there is not a very exact timeline. We have just finished our dossier and it is in Haiti. It will likely be about 2 years to homecoming.

Q: Will you travel to Haiti?

A: Yes, once we have our referral we will travel for a 2 week bonding trip and then travel again at homecoming.

Q: Are you a really great person to do this?

A: Ok, this actually is usually a statement but I wanted it to fit. 🙂  No, we are ordinary people who are following God’s plan for us. He has adopted us into his family and He has loved us more than we can imagine! He has a plan for each of us and we are not any better than you for following our plan.

Q: Do you get tired of questions about your adoption?

A: Not at all. I love to share what’s going on.

Q: How can I help?

A: The absolute most important thing you can do is pray for Haiti and pray for us. God has this worked out and we want to rest in that. Pray that the adoption workers will work efficiently and for the best of the children. Pray that families that want to stay together will find resources to. Pray that our family will find ways to use the wait to prepare and grow. Grael already prays many nights that we will be able to bring out new kids home soon. I love to see her soft heart but I know the wait will get long.

Also, we have been blessed with a $3,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Ophans funded by Parkview Church! We know people are all called to give in different ways so please, please, please DO NOT feel obligated to give! However, if you wish to contribute here is how you can.

  • Checks should be payable to Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, note Miller/ #4753 to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
  • To pay online go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Miller” and “#4753”. (Note PayPal charges an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.)
  • NOTE: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. Individual donations $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts
    for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

How it all started

Short story version –

Ryan came home one day and said “I think we should adopt”. I said “I think you’re right” and that was it.

Long story version –

That day in 2006 Ryan heard a radio program about orphan care. As he listened, God placed in his heart the desire to adopt. When he came home and talked to me it just fit and I knew too, that adoption would be part of the way we would build our family. Looking back I think it’s a little crazy that we didn’t have more agonizing or wondering if this was the right path but God made it clear and since then He has deepened our desire to adopt and continued to call us forward.

In the same way that we were clearly drawn to adoption we knew that we wanted to choose Haiti as the country of our children’s birth. Ryan’s family has been involved in missions there for much of his life with Water for Life in Haiti. We researched and discovered that we would have to put our plans on hold because Haitian law required that prospective adoptive parents be married for 10 years. So, life continued with our plans on hold but always there.

Fast forward to 2013. We were still a few years away from our 10th anniversary but we found out that Haiti changed their law to require only 5 years of marriage. That is when we started researching in earnest and praying in a new way about details. On December 30th we sent our application in to America World Adoption and started the long and exciting journey of adding two children to our family.

Stay tuned for more of the story…..