This is Brody. Charles Brody Cassius Lotz, to be exact. He was born March 9, 2011, in Kentucky to his birth mom. After being chosen by her to adopt him, we spent his first 5 weeks with him in Kentucky due to some major setbacks in the adoption process. We FINALLY--after months of legal battles, hundreds of hours of lost sleep, and several amazing miracles from God--officially adopted him on April 18, 2012. He is a funny, happy, talkative little boy who has changed our lives in ways that we could never have imagined, and we hope we have changed his life as well. We are ETERNALLY grateful for his birth mom's decision to give him life and hope, and he has sparked something deep within us that will make us continually fight for the lives of the unborn and the orphaned.
His smile brightens any room, and his questions (all of the questions!!) keep people on their toes.
This is Brecken Bybee Lotz. He was born 9 weeks early on July 21, 2012, and he spent his first 5 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. (Are you noticing a trend here with waiting 5 weeks!?) As a tiny baby, he gave big goofy grins to anyone who would look, and as he grew he became a lot more discretionary about sharing smiles. Due to his love of attention as a tiny one, we affectionately referred to him as the "diva," but he has outgrown that title and now remains somewhat of an enigma to us as his parents. We can characterize him as wildly affectionate and passionate about his feelings, yet shy and reserved around strangers. He is getting funnier and funnier as the days go by, and he is becoming his own little man with squinty eyes when he's mad and infectious laughter when he's happy. Brody is a great big brother to him, and I think Brecken loves Brody more than anyone.
These pictures perfectly portray him. (Pics by Ziegler Photography.)
This is our little girl, Sweet Clementine (Sweet C). She was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there are about 5 million orphans, and internal struggles, war and corruption have created an entire nation of hurting people. According to USAID, 148 out of 1,000 DRC children will not reach 5 years of age. The more we learned about this hurting country, the more we felt called to fight to help at least one child. We fought for over 2.5 years before finally bringing her home with a Medical Exit Letter, and although the road hasn't ever been easy, she continues to show us that she has always been worth it.
Here is the very first picture of her that we saw. She is such a cutie!!
And here is a pic from the last round of updates we got before she surprisingly came home December 31, 2015!
And here we are as a UNITED FAMILY on January 2, 2016. (Read the story here and here.)
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