Today I want to welcome a college friend of mine, Tiffany. Truth be told, her and I didn’t see eye-to-eye in the first years of college. But, after a choir tour trip and several nights of being roommates, we quickly realized we had more in common than we thought. We enjoyed talking with each other about deeper, more serious issues. After that week our friendship grew into something I will always treasure. She is a wonderful, godly woman, wife and mother. I admire her greatly and I am so thrilled she is sharing just a small glimpse of God’s grace, mercy and goodness in her life. I know you will be blessed by her story and testimony.
I never intended for adoption to be our family’s story. It was something that my husband and I had talked about early on in our dating relationship but we would only do it “after we had our own biological children”. We wanted to adopt because we wanted to be a part of something bigger….something life changing.
A few weeks before we got married I went to the doctor. At that appointment the doctor told me that I would never be able to carry a baby. Our hearts were broken….but we trusted that God had a plan. Three years into our marriage we began to see God’s plan unfolding. We both longed to be parents so we began to discuss adoption. We briefly discussed domestic adoption and even completed fostering-to-adopt classes but we immediately both felt drawn to international adoption for several different reasons. We began to research countries and one thing after another led us toTaiwan.
As a child I had grown up in a church that supported several missionaries, one of them being Ted and Bev Skiles. I remembered them coming to our church on their furloughs and getting to hear about the ministry and orphanage that they had inTaiwan. So we emailed them about adoption. We received an immediate response. They sent us an application and we both filled it out and sent it back. This was onJune 24, 2006. We received an email about a month later that our application had been approved and they would put us on the “wait list”. (It is funny how I have come to loath those two words!!) Since Richard and I didn’t really know how the whole adoption process worked and we really didn’t know anyone who had adopted we weren’t over anxious about “the process” or “the waiting”. We simply continued to live life and pray that when the timing was right God would bless us with a precious baby.
That November (2006) Richard and I had the chance to attend a conference where we met a few couples who had adopted from our orphanage. They asked us where we were at in the process. We told them we were “waiting”. They asked us if we had done our home study. When we replied no they looked at us like we were crazy. They couldn’t believe that we had not done our home study and sent it over toTaiwan. So when we got back home from that convention we began to discuss doing our home study and researching who could do our home study. We were so blessed to find a Christian attorney who had, had experience doing home studies for our orphanage (so he knew exactly what they wanted). That following January he came to our home and we sat down for our life changing appointment. When he left he told us that he would have it completed and ready to be sent over in 3 weeks. So exactly 3 weeks later (the second week of February) we were able to email our completed home study to our orphanage for translation. This is when the whole adoption process really became real and we realized we were going to be parents!!
Something you need to know about me is that I am pretty laid back. Like I said I was never very anxious over the whole adoption process and I wasn’t one of those people who “stalked” our orphanage. But over the next few weeks I began to get a little anxious, longing for “THE CALL”.
April 11, 2007 at 9:11pm that wonderful call came! Richard and I were watching American Idol and I kept getting a call from a weird number. It had been flooding my phone for the past two days but they never left a message. I was annoyed so I finally decided to answer. I figured it was a telemarketer and I was going to put a stop to their calling. I answered the phone with HUGE annoyance only to hear a long pause on the other end (I seriously almost hung up). Finally I heard a “Tiffany? Tiffany Jett? Is that you? This is Ted Skiles.” I am not sure what I did in that exact moment but when it finally registered with me who I was talking to I ran to the other room where Richard was and said “It is Ted….it’s the phone call!!” I put Richard on speaker phone and Ted asked us if we would like to be the parents of a 3 week old healthy little boy. We both said YES! It was an amazing feeling! That night was a huge blur of excitement and emotions as we made phone calls to friends and family. We relished in our excitement over the next two days and then reality set in…..the paperwork!
Over the next month we pushed through all of the paperwork on the US side and got it sent over to Taiwan for translation. On June 12 we had our first court date and everything went smoothly! We were so blessed! 2 weeks later on June 24, 2007 (one year from the day we sent in our application) we boarded a plane bound for Taiwan to pick up our 3 ½ month old son!!!
Since we first laid eyes on our son, our lives have been changed. We LOVE being his mommy and daddy! He daily brings joy, excitement, and entertainment to our lives. International adoption was not something we had to do….it was something we wanted to do! If you are someone who is currently praying and thinking about adoption let me encourage you to do it…take that step of faith! God will make a way!
We are currently in the process of planning our next adoption. We would love for you to follow us on our journey! www.thejetts.blogspot.com And, please feel free to contact me with any questions [email protected]
Tiffany is married to the love of her life Richard, they have been married for 8 years. Together they have one 5 year old son, Kyler, who they adopted in 2007 from Taiwan. Tiffany is very passionate about two things: teaching and adoption. She is a 6th grade math teacher and has helped over 20 couples bring their babies home to their forever families. In her free time she enjoys, being active at her church, reading, running, shopping, and traveling. Tiffany is fairly new to the blog world but has found that it is a great resource and encouragement. Check out her family blog at www.thejetts.blogspot.com
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