Everyone, meet Oliver.

On Christmas Day 2014, Nadine and I made plans about the family that we would have together one day. I still remember how excited we both were when we decided we wanted to be parents.

Just over two years later, Nadine and I were told that our plans were not possible. I still remember how devastated we were. It was soul crushing pain.

Over the summer of 2017, we told our family and dear friends that we had decided to build our family through adoption. It took a lot of tears, and a lot prayer, to get to that point, but we were taught something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

We make plans. God’s plans are better.

They are truly better than we could have ever imagined. It is through those plans, that I can say that we have a son.

Nadine and I are so privileged and blessed to introduce our little miracle to all of you.

Everyone, meet Oliver.

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I can’t wait to tell you all about him! Oliver was born here in Uganda on September 10th, 2016. He just turned two years old! He is brave and adventurous, and he already loves climbing, swimming and camping. He is a little goofball who loves to dance, laugh, and sing. He listens to music constantly, and he’s probably at his happiest when he has a face full of porridge with music blasting on the speakers nearby.

Oliver’s story — where he was born, to whom, and where he was raised — it is all something that is and will be a part of his story for the rest of his life. It represents a deep loss and pain that he will feel forever, and it is something we have chosen as his adoptive parents to keep precious for him, so that one day, if he chooses to, he can determine how he wants to share that part of him with the world.

For our family’s story, (which we are SO HAPPY to share) it began on July 20th, 2018, the day we were able to bring him home.

Every day since that Christmas morning in 2014, Nadine and I prayed for a child to call our own. It took 1,302 days of praying, but God answered us. He gave us Ollie.

Every day since we brought him home, I’ve had the privilege of being a father, and Nadine a mother. It is one we waited for, and it is such a precious feeling for both of us. I’m struggling now to put our love for Ollie into words. He is truly, of such value and worth to us. I know that God gave us a deep calling to move to East Africa to do our work here, and once again, I’m reminded of my favourite passage of scripture, my favourite teaching of Jesus.

Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

Yes, God called us here to fulfill a purpose, to engage in our calling with him. I know that. But do you know what is crazy? God brought us to Uganda to find our SON.

Oliver’s middle name is Muwendo, which means value or worth. He is our treasure, and he was hidden from us. We found him. Thank you, God.

I want to say thank you, all. Those two words are not enough to describe the gratitude that we feel, but we know that countless people have been praying for us in this journey, and praying for Oliver, before we ever knew who he was, or where we needed to find him. Thank you all for  your love, support, compassion, and prayers. They have not been left unanswered!

So, we will continue to share our story with you all, the story of our family and the adventures we will share together. Adventures that will be incredible, amazing, and difficult. We forge ahead knowing that the path is uncertain and complicated, but we are assured in this moment of one irrefutable truth.

We make plans. God’s plans are better.

With love,

Josh (Daddy).

15 thoughts on “Everyone, meet Oliver.

  1. Awesome!!! Congratulations to all 4 of you (Belle of course!)!!!!!

    This puts such a huge smile on my face this morning…….

    Well done – look forward to hearing more from you.

    Take care-

    Mark & the girls

  2. God bless you both and that precious, precious boy! Our family has been praying for yours from afar, and are so thankful for your transparency in sharing your joy and pain with the watching world – you point others to Christ in all things! What a beautiful family you have!

  3. I’m literally in tears after reading this and looking at these pictures! God is so good, and His timing is always perfect! Ollie is indeed an answer to many prayers being sent up for you.

    Josh, I love emailing back and forth with your mom. She is such a godly support for me! I would love to meet her one day!

    Thanks for this update.

    And yes, His plans are always better. Debra Dixon

  4. Thrilled for you beauties. Has Oliver taken to you more now, Josh? Lovely to see pictures of you together. big love from Slovakia, Sg

  5. Woo hoo! What a wonderful post! You are right- God’s plans are better! Can’t wait to meet Oliver one day! What a blessing!
    Love you all,
    The Dickau’s

  6. OMG this is SOOOOO awesome. So thankful and excited for this is a major answer to so many prayers. Oliver is a cutie pie! Praying for continual blessings for your family. Oliver is sure lucky to have parents like you!

    God bless, Sari

    Sent from my iPhone

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Can’t wait to meet Oliver after we get back to Uganda in the new year.

    love and blessings.

    Peter and Lynda

  8. Thanks for sharing your open hearts and beautiful story of God’ wonderful plan of redemption.

    We’ll be back in January and hope to meet you again AND Oliver. We will be teaching English at YWAM-Kampala. We also had to go to East Africa to become parents but ours was with reluctance. We now have 3 “adopted” young men that we help!
    Again, thank you for sharing your story. We want to hear more,
    Blessings, Lynda and Peter Taylor

  9. Wow you guys. I might be tearing up just a little bit as I read! So amazing to hear of the faithfulness of God. I’m so grateful and I can’t WAIT to meet the little guy one day and to hear more stories about being parents when we see you in person next time! Praise the Lord!

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