|Jessa and Ben serve in Central America, July 2014|
The newlyweds have expressed their hearts for adoption multiple times since their engagement in August 2014 and their wedding in November 2014. What are their thoughts on this subject, now that they are just nine days away from the due date of their first child? Jessa shared the following with us during a recent interview.
Jessa: [Adoption] is definitely something that is very dear to our hearts. As Christians, adoption is a such a beautiful picture and reminder of God’s love for us in adopting us into His family. Over the past months, we have been doing research and studying up on the adoption process. We have been so blessed to be able to talk with other adoptive families, to hear their stories and learn from their personal journeys. Since we are soon to have a baby of our own, things are on hold for a time--but we plan within this next year to take some adoption classes and begin working towards this goal.
One of the things that really sparked the fire of adoption in my heart was through the times me and several of my siblings spent volunteering at our local children’s shelter. Seeing these kids walking through tough times and so hungry for love really opened my eyes to the need. I think that just as my parents did for me, I want to provide opportunities for my children to reach out to people around them and offer hope and comfort to those in need.
|Jessa (Duggar) Seewald in Central America, 2013|
They encouraged us to express gratefulness to public servants, such as the men and women on our local fire and police departments. We would go shopping for the needed ingredients to bake cookies and then deliver them hot and fresh along with a note of gratitude for their service to our community.
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Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com