Tuesday, October 8, 2013

American couple open hearts and home as they adopt Haitian twins

In June 2012, Jim Lee, director of spiritual life at Oaks Christian School, and a group of 20 students were visiting an orphanage in Portau Prince, Haiti, when he noticed a tiny girl who reminded him of his daughter.

As Lee knelt down to speak with the child, she gave him a smile and, unexpectedly, introduced him to her twin sister.

Less than a year later, Lee and his wife, Monica, who live in Oak Park, resolved to make the twins part of their family.

“I did not go to Haiti looking to adopt, but something inside me just happened. My wife Monica’s heart soon followed,” said Jim Lee, who has traveled to Haiti four times in the past year and a half to visit the twins.

Lee and his wife have been married for 15 years. They and their three children—Karissa, 11, Micah, 8, and Shane, 5—are preparing their hearts and home for the arrival of the twins.

“It’s a huge step of faith for us. Our kids are excited and so are we, but we are also nervous,” Lee said.

The twins, 7-year-old Merline and Merlande Lundi, survived the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed an estimated 300,000 people.

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