The Salt Lake City airport is often the scene of reunions between parents and children, but the reunions typically come after children have served two-year missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not after a three-year adoption process.
A video uploaded to Facebook shows Jennifer Murrow Grover and her husband James reuniting with their two adopted sons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In 2012 (yes, you read that correctly...2012), we started the adoption process to bring home our two precious sons from the Democratic Republic of Congo. March 1, 2016 11:45pm...
Grover began the process of adopting her two sons, Joseph and Bronson, in 2012. In a documentary by West Sands Adoptions, Grover explains one of the reasons the process took so long is because, while Joseph and Bronson were waiting for their visas, the Democratic Republic of the Congo placed a suspension on adopted children.
On March 1, Joseph and Bronson finally made it to the United States to live with their family.
The Grover family has nine children, five of whom are adopted. Grover shared the adoption stories of their children in the documentary made by the Christian adoption agency.
We were recently asked to share our adoption stories to help others who have been, or would like to be, blessed by...
Lauren was the first child to be adopted into the Grover family.
“I just started feeling very much that there was a little girl that was supposed to be in our family that was not going to come through us biologically and that we needed to go find her,” Grover says in the video.
The family adopted Lauren from Kazakhstan. Following her adoption, the family adopted Jacob from China. When the family traveled to China to pick up Jacob, they met Jacob’s best friend in the orphanage, Michael. The family started the process of adoption for Michael after bringing Jacob home.
Michael and Jacob both have Down syndrome. Jacob was later diagnosed with Moyamoya disease and passed away after having a stroke in 2013.
“He held our family together in ways that no one else could,” Grover says in the video. “He was our sunshine, and to have him gone is very, very difficult.”
Even though the adoption process is not always easy, the Grover family said every challenge has been worth it.
“Our family photo looks so different than I ever envisioned it looking, and I wouldn’t change it a bit,” Grover says in the video. “It’s perfect.”
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Lindsey Williams writes for the the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com