By Meredith Ganzman
This is the moment a mom got to meet her adopted baby after traveling 7,000 miles to be by her side.
After giving birth to Maraia, Christine Druava was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometriosis. So the new mom and husband, Joape, weren't able to conceive again.
The family decided to adopt, and after multiple attempts, a family member in Fiji asked them to take in their baby. When Kendall was born, they went to Fiji to bring her home. But the adoption process is a complicated one.
In a blog post on Love What Matters, Christine explains that Kendall is almost 9 months now and their adoption is moving forward. "We will most likely be in Fiji another 12-18 months," she says. "Our Daddy has given the ultimate sacrifice of staying behind and working to provide for our family. Finances are tight, so he has only been able to make trips every few months to visit which is difficult, but it is nothing compared to the years of infertility."
Christine knew she had to be with Kendall. So she and Maraia moved halfway around the world from their home in Utah to Fiji, leaving Joape in the States to work. It could take years for the family to get clearances to bring Kendall home to the US. But the family says they know it will be worth it to finally have everyone together.
"We never know how or when we will get our miracle," says Christine. "But one thing we know is we can never quit hoping for that miracle. To all our friends hoping and wishing for a miracle baby – hold on, they are coming!”
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