Ireka and I both grew up in Christian families. We were very active in church and various ministries therein. We are both musically inclined and have travelled the world singing. We both believe that being raised in the church with a strong emphasis on giving and service has shaped us into the people we are today. We believe that the Bible is God breathed and inspired. It is the irrevocable truth and foundation of our faith. We firmly believe Jesus when he stated in John 14 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We are a fun loving family and enjoy sharing laughs. We enjoy spending time with one another talking, driving around the city, watching movies and playing board games. Ireka and I knew we desired a family, and for the last seven years, we have tried to conceive, to no avail. We were blessed to adopt twin boys, Julius and Elijah, through foster care. While fostering, we had ten placements. Having so many children flow in and out of our home was not only hard for Ireka and me, but also Julius and Elijah. They were our second placement, so they were there to see it all. After over a year of failed fertility treatments, we have come to grips with the fact that we may never conceive a child naturally. The foster-to-adopt process was equally challenging and rewarding, but we felt private adoption was more suitable for us this time around.
We have a strong passion for marriages and families. We understand that biological ties are not the only thing that builds families. Love is what makes that difference. God has given us a desire to raise a family, not to look picture perfect but to pour into the next generation of believers.
We are requesting adoption assistance because the process moved much faster than we expected. We were matched within two weeks and our daughter was born within three months of our initial meeting with Adoptions of Indiana. This accelerated timeline did not allow us time to prepare and save for the adoption of our daughter Mallorie.