One of the beautiful things about our church in Raleigh was the broad adoptive community. One amazing couple was Catherine & Matt Allison. They began the adoption process for a son from Rwanda at the same time as we started our Ethiopian adoption. If I listed all of the hurdles that they endured over their three year journey to their child (who ended up being a daughter from the Congo!) you wouldn't believe it. They remained faithful in their calling to adopt despite setbacks and set the bar for most you can endure and still want to adopt, ha. Their testimony is humbling and encouraging!
For a more detailed view of their story, check out this post with a summary from one of the pastors at our former church.
A friend of theirs did a video project of their final weeks prior to Elizabeth's arrival. This is such a beautiful tribute to their family and God's grace. Check it out, and keep some tissues handy.
Take Me Home from UNC | Carolina Photojournalism on Vimeo.
If you are in the adoption process and are at all overwhelmed that things don't seem to be in your favor or that ever door isn't opening smoothly- trust in God's faithfulness!
Love you guys, Allison family! Celebrating with you from afar that your daughter is finally home!