God works in the most wonderful ways! On January 1, 2019, He placed something big on our hearts. We have known since we were dating that we would like to adopt a child one day; we just weren’t expecting it to be so soon. After having three beautiful girls, we are so excited to announce that we are starting the International Adoption process to grow our family once again. We are going to adopt a little boy from Western Samoa, and his name will be Nakoa Lewis Craig!
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you" — John 14:18
We realize that the road we’re facing is a long, difficult, and complicated one, but, with our vast support system of family and friends, we are ready to meet this task head-on. This surprisingly long process begins with an application to the adoption agency. After that seemingly simple step, we will then undergo a 6-month-long international home study in addition to taking several online courses. Once approved, we begin our anxiously long wait for the referral of a child, which can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. Upon referral, the “Waiting Game” resumes as we complete all of the necessary legal paperwork to bring our child home. This can take an additional 9 - 15 months! So, start to finish, we’re looking at our adoption journey taking roughly 3 - 5 years to complete. Although daunting, the task we face pales in comparison to the hardships that Nakoa will surely endure without our family’s intervention. We believe every person deserves a loving family, and we are ready to be that for him. We are looking forward to building a lifetime of happiness as a family of 6.
We’re asking you to stand along side us during this adoption journey. Your much-needed love, prayers, and support are what will get us through this process. Thank you so much, and we look forward to updating you soon!
Wilson & Denise