Gold-medal-winning Olympian Scott Hamilton and his wife, Tracie, recently doubled the number of children in their family. The couple, who already have two biological children, adopted a brother and sister from Haiti, reports The Today Show.
The Hamiltons first learned of Evelyne, 11, and Jean Paul, 13, two years ago in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation through Tracie’s volunteer work. Tracie quickly fell in love with the pair after visiting one particular Hatian orphanage.
Scott himself was adopted as a baby, and it was the couple’s oldest son, Aldan, who brought up adoption. (The Today Show’s reporting doesn’t mention it, but it’s only logical the Hamiltons’ Christian faith – documented in this “I Am Second” video – also played a role in their desire to adopt.)
It took the Hamiltons two years to work through the red tape involved in international adoptions, but the family finally was able to bring Evelyne and Jean Paul home.
November is National Adoption Month. It’s fitting the observance coincides with the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a good reminder to thank the Lord for modeling adoption as a way to knit families together. It is, after all, how God chose to bind you and me into His family.
Last year I shared a series of blog posts highlighting real-life adoption stories. I’ll include the links here if you want to sit back and read through these great accounts of God’s great grace.
- “What I’ve Learned About Adoption Since Adopting,” by Dr. Russell Moore, dad to two boys from a Russian orphanage and three biological sons
- “When It Comes to Adoption, Community Makes All the Difference,” by Kelly Rosati, mom to four children adopted out of the U.S. foster system
- “The Schmitts Adopt Abby,” by Amanda Schmitt, a mom who was united to her daughter through private adoption
- “Adoption is Gritty and Glorious,” by Paul Batura, dad to three boys thanks to the gift of adoption
To learn more about adoption, visit Focus’ http://icareaboutorphans.org/.
I hope you enjoy the remainder of this Thanksgiving weekend.