November's Family of the Month: Meet the LeFeve Family!
Such a darling couple, don't you think? I'm excited to introduce you the LeFeve family. I've enjoyed reading their story and am excited to be partnering up with them for the month of November!
Let's get to know them a bit!
Q: Why did you decide to adopt? Why a domestic adoption?
A: Our story of adoption really begins before we were born. Hannah’s dad was adopted from Korea when he was 6. He was reunited with his birth-mom when he was 25 and Hannah was 6 years old. Adoption and seeing the various sides of it have been an important part of Hannah’s growing up. Hannah also has 2 cousins who were adopted as infants. They are both young adults now, and observing their journey has been helpful to us. Joe also has a heritage of adoption. His father had two older brothers who were adopted. We didn’t have the opportunity to get to know them, but having their legacy in Joe’s family has equipped them to lovingly support our adoption and to be eager grandparents and aunts and uncles of adopted children. When we talked about children during our premarital counseling, we always featured adoption in the equation of our family growth at some point. We decided to try natural family planning and to wait one year before trying to conceive, ideally having a child during our third year of marriage. We wanted to give ourselves time to build a solid foundation for our marriage-working on our communication, reading books together-basically getting established as a couple. So, during our first married year we did just that (and thought it was working!).
After being married for two years, we realized that we were having a difficult time conceiving. So began our journey of infertility. These years were difficult but blessed ones in our marriage, filled with times of grieving and times of joyful peace. After reading books and blogs, trying diets and teas, praying with family and friends and having numerous medical tests, we found out that it would be unlikely that we would ever conceive. We have chosen domestic adoption because we would like to have that infant experience, and there are many children in the U.S. who need families! We are definitely open to international adoption with future children.
Q: What are your favorite things to do as a family?
A: We both have a deep love for the Lord, desire to grow deeper in our relationship with and knowledge of him, love the church and love studying the Bible. We enjoy reading and talking together, playing and listening to music together, and being on our church worship team. We also enjoy biking, hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing, and watching British television dramas. We enjoy almost anything as long as we are together.
Q: What are some of your favorite traditions that you look forward to introducing to your new family member?
A: We are excited to start some birthday traditions as well as Adoption Day celebrations. We are really looking forward to doing some camping (in tents of course!) with our new family member and sharing our love for the outdoors with him or her. We also are excited to pass on our love of reading to our new addition and have been adding to our collection of books so that we're ready. We also are looking forward to developing our own family traditions as this is our first child-things like hunting for a Christmas tree, watching Charlie Brown's Christmas when it first snows, and writing songs together. Joe is making plans to write a book for our child about his or her adoption beginning with the history of adoption in the Bible and in our family.
Q: Anything else you'd like to share?
A: We truly feel blessed to be going through the journey of infertility and adoption-not that it has been easy, but we have felt and seen God's great mercy and graciousness to us each step of the way and know that adopting was always his plan for us-it's not second best.
Want to read more of their story? Check out their blog, www.hannahlafeve.wordpress.com, for more about them!