This is the story of our family. We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family, so we have chosen to build our family through adoption. Zinashi came to our family at age three in Autumn 2010, and Elvie arrived in our arms at the age of five months in Summer 2012. This blog is the story of our family, of the joys and struggles inherent in adoption. While we believe strongly in finding families for children who need them, we believe just as strongly in preserving families so that adoption is not necessary. Adoption can be a beautiful thing, but it is born out of loss, and we hope that those who read our story will be both encouraged and cautioned. If you would like to adopt, tread carefully. Do your research. Go all in both for the children who need you to be their family and for the children who need you to help them stay in their present homes.