First you’ll need to know a little bit about us. Nat is from Haiti and I (Hayley) am from San Diego. We met at a bus stop at BYU Hawaii, fell in love at first sight and got married. We dreamed of having lots of kids and spending our lives helping others. Shortly after graduating we moved to Haiti where we taught and helped people.
One week, for some reason or another we found ourselves vising three different orphanages and seeing the great need there was. After our visits we knew one day, when we were able to afford it, we would for sure adopt.
The very next day we got a call from one of Nat’s sisters. She told us that she could no longer care for her two little boys and she was going to drop them off at an orphanage. We told her not to do that and although unprepared immediately decided to take the boys as our own. When we arrived to pick them up we saw how desperately they lacked care and love. We bonded instantly! Instantly they became as close to us as if they had been born to us. Little did we know that my body would not allow me to get pregnant. We know that Samuel and Joel (our boys) were meant to be our sons!
Unfortunately it has been a long heartbreaking road getting them here. We tried adopting them while in Haiti and some dishonest lawyers ended up taking a lot of our money. We weren’t making it in Haiti and knew that in order to secure a good future we needed to move back to the states. It was the hardest thing to do, but we left our boys in the care of Nat’s family. We didn’t know where to start and any agency we turned to told us they couldn’t help us because we did not meet the requirements of the laws in Haiti. So we visited the boys as often as we could and worked on getting them visas. It was a long discouraging process even getting them birth certificates.
But there is a happy ending! Not long ago the laws in Haiti change. We met the requirements this time and have been working with an awesome agency. We are within reach of bringing our boys home! Our home study is done and we’ve just about completed our dossier. We have been focusing now on fundraising.
It is miraculous how things are coming together! Although the road has been tough we have been so blessed and are looking forward to being with our children soon!