"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

To Tell of His Grace

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Little Over 2 Years Ago............

Brodie and Kennady went to Haiti ~ just to visit ;)  Kaylee Grace had been home for only 8 months and, bless her heart, was still struggling so intensely.......Brodie had made it clear to all of us not to even mention the word "adoption" again ;). Well, you can guess what happened when the two of them spent a week with our church in Haiti on a missions trip!

Within hours of them being at the creche (orphanage) I was getting texts from Kennady about a 3 year-old boy who she just KNEW was ours. I knew she'd fall in love with someone there, after all, all 3 bigs had been praying since the moment Kaylee Grace was placed in our arms that Jesus would "show their dad & mom that we just had to adopt again".

The next day they found out that this sweet boy had a baby sister who was 8 months old.....Brodie texted and even face timed me so I could see these precious faces. He really felt these two were ours ~ I didn't even question it....if his heart was open, I knew it was the Lord.

They inquired about them and found out they were matched. Brodie let the director know if anything fell through we would feel honored to be their family. A week later we received an email that "Kennady's prayers have been answered".....we couldn't have been more excited!

And now, 2 years later.......they are officially JOHANSONS!!!

We would like to introduce........

Jasse & Enna................

We will be adding a "K" name to their name when they get home. We went round and round, back and forth about this. We wanted to keep their birth name and honor their birth parents, however, we had multiple older adopted young adults advise us to DEFINITELY add a "K" name so that they feel like they are "one of us". Our good friend, Belay, (who grew up in Ethiopia and now runs Hope for the Fatherless, caring for orphans in Ethiopia), encouraged us to give them a name we feel the Lord would have for them as they are now under our authority spiritually.

We prayed a lot about this and couldn't be happier to introduce.................

Kaleb Jasse Johanson (5)
We felt led to Kaleb after Caleb in the Bible ~ Kaleb means "Faithful"

"But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it." Numbers 14:24

He is the sweetest soul. He is caring and compassionate and faithful to the core. He gives us his all when we are with him and he absolutely crumbles when we have to leave.

And Khloe Enna Johanson (2 1/2)
Khloe means "Vibrant"; full of energy and life ~ and let me tell you, this girl is FULL of life!!! Everyone who meets her remembers her.....she is spunky and joyful and the giggliest little girl ever!

"I have come that they may have life and life to the full." ~ Jesus.... John 10:10

We cannot even wait to have these two in our arms forever! Even though they are legally ours in Hait, they cannot come home yet ;(  From here the process typically runs about 6 months (more or less) ~ however, the Lord MAY be opening a door for us to be a family sooner :))))).................more to come on that ;)

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