Growing up in a house with six younger siblings forces you to learn a lot of responsibility. At just 12-years-old, Kristin was rocking a colicky baby back to sleep, wiping runny noses and jumping into a convertible-shaped toddler bed with her brother to comfort him after the house rumbled at 6:30am. So, she learned some handy “mom-tricks” before even hitting puberty. Needless to say, she felt that being a mom was in her blood and she yearned for the day that she would be a mother to her own kids.
Fast-forward to Halloween 13 years later, when she met the-one-she’d-been-waiting-for, Bill. When she walked into that Saddleback Church singles Bible study for the first time, and saw him across the room dressed in his military blues, she couldn’t be sure if she was dreaming or if he was a cardboard cut-out. (Backstory: there had been a similar cardboard cut-out of her cousin in his military attire made for her grandfather’s 80th birthday party, since he was off at military training somewhere, so it was not totally cuckoo to think that Bill was a cardboard cut-out.) When he came over and introduced himself as the leader of the study, her heart jumped. He shared his testimony that night, and she got a peek at the character and passion that this man had, in spite of hardships. She was smitten. They were married seven months later on May 20, 2006.
A few years after having their own biological children, they began to look into adoption. Kristin had been aware of the millions of orphans and foster kids who are looking for forever families, so she would frequently check out sites like http://reecesrainbow.org/. In the process, she would occasionally bring kids or stories from Reece’s Rainbow to Bill, but he was not yet ready to begin the adoption process.
In the past year, though, God started working on Bill’s heart with respect to the adoption idea. He began reading sites like http://ellerslie.com/, which explain God’s heart for adoption. Then, one day, he sent Kristin a link to the “Depraved Indifference” video, and said that he knew that God wanted them to adopt some day soon.
Fast-forward to November 9th, 2014, when Kristin came across a blog post called “The Short List.” This powerful post mentioned a sweet boy named Whitaker, who was on the Reeces’ Rainbow website. The boy caught her attention because he looks so much like their son, William, but the post was devastating! It explained that, if not adopted soon, Whitaker would be transferred to a mental institution. The Crunchy Lutheran Mommy wrote that “Between neglect, abuse and starvation, well over 90% of these precious ones die within a year of transfer.” She had never heard of such a thing!
Kristin shared the story with Bill and his heart immediately began to soften. He asked her, “Does this little guy have a picture?” She ran for her laptop and opened up to the post- never thinking that they would actually consider adopting Whitaker at that time. Bill began to seriously think through the possibility of adopting right away, and, that evening, they prayed and researched together.
The next day, she contacted Reece’s Rainbow to ask about Whitaker and learned that a family had stepped up to adopt him that weekend. Bill then asked to look at other kids listed on the Reece’s Rainbow site. After a couple of days of searching and praying, they began the process of adopting Payton and Yana. They hope to have both kids home by the end of the summer.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fourtosixfamily.blogspot.com