ROMAN and LYNDA for the Petersen family — WA

 photo fwbutton150.png41122171341 Roman30815195533Ian and Karleigh Petersen met on New Years’ Eve 2011. Although it’s cliché, they met on the internet. They emailed back and forth for a few weeks before Ian finally got the gumption to ask if Karleigh wanted to get together. Although never admitting it, Karleigh was so excited to meet the man on the other side of the screen. After several hiccups in the timeline, they finally met that evening at the local mall and the rest is history. Within a few days they were dating officially, six months later were engaged, and just five short months after that were married.

Less than a year later they found out they were pregnant with their now two year old son, Axel. He was the light of their life and although life wasn’t perfect, it was wonderful. Not long after having their son, Karleigh joined the Reece’s Rainbow community on Facebook. After sitting back and following everyone on their own journey for over a year, the adoption itch was becoming unscratchable. Almost daily Karleigh would show Ian pictures of children and tell him their stories. She would curl up on his lap and cry and beg and plead that finally they could. He would hold her close and say “soon. Not now, but soon.”

Finally, Karleigh was scrolling through the posts on the RR Facebook page and a cute picture of a little boy with chubby cheeks caught her eye. Daily she would go looking for the post just to look at this little one’s face until finally she gave in and saved the picture. The next morning Karleigh showed her husband the picture, expecting the same reaction, but praying this time would be different. And it was.

This time, Ian looked at the picture like it was a child he already knew. He took the phone out of Karleigh’s hand and just stared at it. She told him his story and then fell silent. Axel took the phone away from his dad just so he could kiss the picture of this sweet little boy. Ian looked in Karleigh’s eyes and with tears streaming down his face said, “Baby, I don’t know why. I don’t know how. But we are bringing him home, and we’re not going to stop fighting until we do.”

Soon after they found a little girl with a story all her own. She quickly wrapped herself around Ian’s finger and is already her princess. This story is already filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and bumps and bruises. But they are determined to do whatever it takes to get these kids home where they will be loved, cared for, and cherished.

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Roman has received a $13.50 Waiting Child Grant.
Lynda has received a $5434.75 Waiting Child Grant.