May 30, 2001: Jim and I had been married for just 6 months at this time. We were living in Indiana as Jim was graduating from Grace College with a bachelors in youth ministry, newlyweds just 20 and 21 years old at the time. Little did I know that this date would have upmost significance in my life. On this date in Sevilla, Colombia our first-born son was entering the world. We are so thankful his Colombian mom chose life for him. Sevilla is a town known as the coffee capital of the world, rich in Latino culture, citizens are prideful of their heritage. Our son is extremely proud of his roots and heritage, as we are as well. He even got to experience working in the coffee fields. Having coffee with meals was not out of the norm for kids in this part of Colombia. All of our kids love coffee, even Prospero (age 3), it is in their blood. Jhon enjoys Starbucks Frappuccino’s as one of his favorite drinks. 12 years later, we have the pleasure of celebrating our son’s first birthday with his forever family. What joy he has in his heart and to see his excitement that day was contagious. We celebrated by opening all the presents before school per Jhon’s request and enjoying a delicious Colombian meal at the kids’ favorite restaurant in Minneapolis, Los Andes. Our son has been through more than I can ever imagine, he has come through obstacles and tragedy, and through God’s provision and strength, Jhon is developing a into a young man of God. He has a heart of gold, he is caring for others, he loves his siblings and his parents. He has expressed his desire to be baptized and he will be baptized at the end of July at our annual church service at the lake. I am so thankful for my son and the joy and laughter he brings to our family.
June 5th, 2012: This day marks one of the top 3 most important days of my life. I will always remember meeting Jhon for the first time and calling him mi hijo, my son. We waited through 10 long months of paperwork, homestudy, fingerprints for this day. We all had a nervous excitement as we were embarking on a journey that was new territory for all of us. (Jim and I learning how to parent a preteen and Jhon experiencing so many new things in the last year: a new language-which he learned faster than anyone expected, new foods-he still won’t eat American cheese, airplane rides, elevator rides, escalator rides, living with his siblings again, braces, playing on a traveling soccer team, learning to swim, movie theaters, and meeting new grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles to name a few. Happy One Year Anniversary!!!