We were married in October of 2011, and we’re one of the happiest couples we know. We feel lucky every day that we found each other. We live in an amazing neighborhood in Kaysville, Utah with our kooky 6 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Axle. Rob works in Salt Lake City for a financial advisory firm as an analyst, and Jess teaches voice lessons out of our home. We love spending time and goofing off together, spending time with our family, going to movies, and trying new restaurants.
The question we get asked most often when people find out we’re adopting is “Why Uganda?” The answer to this question begins with Jess:
“In 2005, I saw a Dateline report on children in the War-torn country of Uganda. The report completely devastated me. It was all I could think about for the days and weeks following. I knew I needed to do something… anything. I researched an organization that would take me to Uganda to help the children in orphanages in the country, and I immediately wanted to join. Needless to say, my father was adamantly against sending his 19 year old daughter to a war torn third world country. That was when I went to my Heavenly Father in prayer. I was immediately filled with the peace and knowledge that there was a reason I was drawn to this cause. In that moment, I knew that Heavenly Father knew there would be a child there that was meant for my future family, and who would need us. Not just for a few days or weeks of help, but for an entire lifetime.
Five years later, I met Rob. When talking about our plans for the future, I brought up my feelings about adopting from Uganda fully expecting a blank stare and puzzled expression. Needless to say I was shocked when he told me that he had felt strongly about adopting for most of his adult life, and it was something that he really wanted to do as well. After the initial conversation, he started researching Uganda and all of the children that are in need of loving homes. He immediately knew that it was something we were meant to do. We’ve been a team on this journey ever since.”
Now… years later… we’ve felt that quiet, gentle nudge to get going on our call to adopt. So, why Uganda? All we can say is: it’s written on our hearts, and it’s there to stay.
We can’t wait to bring our child home! We know there is a beautiful child waiting for us in Uganda that NEEDS to be a part of our family. We are so thankful for everyone’s efforts in helping us along this wonderful journey that is called parenthood.