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Hello! We are the Gordon Family, party of three that will soon become four. Will and I were college sweethearts and were married almost ten years ago. We were blessed with our sweet, joyful daughter Katelyn in 2013. Over ten years ago Will signed up to serve in the Air Force, since then God has used this as a tool guiding us towards a purposeful path that we would could have never dreamt of ourselves. The path he has laid for us has at times been challenging but with his help we can now see why those things we once saw as challenges were actually stepping stones to a greater purpose.
Will and I always knew that we wanted to have children and from the beginning of our relationship, I had lightheartedly stated that if for whatever reason I was unable to become pregnant that I would love to adopt from China. Years down the road I became pregnant with Katelyn. Although it was a very rough pregnancy, we were blessed with a healthy, happy baby. As Katelyn became older we started the discussion of whether we should risk another pregnancy for a second child. Katelyn also started asking Mommy why we couldn’t go to Target and pick her up a sister!
As the months rolled on Will began traveling more frequently to Asia for work. While there, he became curious to learn more about its culture and people. When he would return from these trips he would tell me, “Katie it is just a different world in these places, we are so blessed to live in America even the places we as Americans might label as not the greatest living conditions are light years away from the conditions some of these people are accustomed to. Don’t get me wrong most of these people are happy, but they just don’t have the opportunities that we as Americans take for granted.” As we continued talking over several months, we began feeling a pull to do something to help…we just weren’t sure what type of impact we might be able to make.
It wasn’t too long after that Will was talking with one of his co-workers and the conversation about family came up. He told Will about his son’s recent adoption from China and how it had so positively changed their lives and enriched their family. We learned that although communist, China has no major social welfare systems. Children in China age out of the adoption system at 14 years old, making them ineligible to become adopted. At 18 years, they are required to leave the system entirely. With no support, little education, no family name, a stigma that labels them as “unlucky,” and no one to ask for help; the majority of these children fall victim to suicide, prostitution, and gang involvement. This was the final piece of the puzzle, we weren’t just feeling a gentle pull towards helping the children of Asia anymore, God was giving us a huge tug towards adopting from China. We decided that even though we are unable to help all of these children, we can help one, we can change one little girl’s life for the better…and that is how we arrived here.
Since our family makes all of our decisions together we wanted to ask Katelyn how she felt about our desire to adopt. Needless to say, she is ecstatic! She now tells people her sister won’t be coming from Target anymore but will be coming from China! Her excitement melts our hearts. She already loves this little girl without any hesitation. Because of this, we felt it was fitting to allow her to hit the submit button on our initial adoption application, you can see her joy radiate through her when she pushed that button (you can see this on our cover page).
We have started the overwhelming process of adoption, we are thrilled, nervous, and quite frankly a times a little overwhelmed, but we know this is the path we are meant to walk and feel honored to do so. Thank you for supporting us in our journey to ensure the world has one less orphan, #153millionminus1 to be exact.