The Boling Family brought their son, Ki, home from Uganda with the help of a Show Hope grant! In their adoption testimony below, they share about their journey and how they relied on God through it all.
My husband and I have always desired to have a large family and knew that adoption would play a part in that. We began the process of adopting from Uganda in September of 2013 and were quickly matched with our son in December of 2013. I remember just staring at his picture as tears poured down my face, as I desperately wanted to hop on a plane and go get him immediately!
We traveled to Uganda in late June of 2014 with our entire family (my husband, myself, my mom and our two biological children). When we went to the orphanage to meet Ki for the first time, he ran into my husband’s arms and wouldn’t let go. This image is forever ingrained in my memory and one that I cling to on hard days. We continued to visit Ki every day in the orphanage until we received guardianship of him on July 8th, and then he was able to stay with us as we finished up paperwork and appointments.
We spent six weeks as a family in Uganda, experiencing and learning about Ki’s culture. Then, I returned with my mom and biological children to Colorado while my husband stayed with Ki in Uganda for an additional six weeks to finalize everything. This was the hardest and longest six weeks of my life. God was so faithful in providing for our family emotionally, spiritually, and financially during this time. It was a great opportunity for Justin to bond with Ki as they were alone living in Uganda, but my heart ached everyday for my husband and son. The time difference made if difficult to talk or Skype on a regular basis, and we felt like we were living our lives on email and Facebook, watching our children change through pictures.
We were finally reunited as a family on September 11th when Justin and Ki returned home to Colorado. I took our other two boys to the airport to pick them up and we made a big sign to welcome them home. The boys were so excited to see their dad, but Ki was a little apprehensive and overwhelmed with all of the commotion. I held his hand the entire drive home and couldn’t stop staring at him. He was more beautiful than I remembered and my heart was overflowing with emotions.
We settled into our new life with three boys. Justin and I both went back to work, within the next seven days, and the boys began staying with my mom during the day (she lives with us). Hazen (our oldest) and Ki started preschool together at a local church and have just thrived. He is picking up English faster than we ever could have imagined and is just a sponge when it comes to learning. Hazen has definitely taken on the big brother role and is so protective of Ki and Gavin (our youngest). When everyone is home, they are just three brothers fighting, yelling, laughing, crying, and hugging. The fact that we can see their brotherly bond grow before our eyes is a blessing, and we could not have asked for a better transition!
Thank you to Show Hope sponsors and donors for helping bring Ki home! We are so grateful.