Buck & Beth Webb live with their five kids in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. The Webbs felt a calling to adopt and seven years ago, they began the adoption process. They did not know where or how or what the process would look like, but jumped all in. Eventually, they ended up choosing to adopt from Burundi, a small East African country where 5% of the population is orphaned. In 2020, the Webbs were matched with two unrelated boys. These boys lived together at an orphanage in the jungle mountains of Burundi, about five hours outside the capital city of Bujumbura. While the Webbs awaited their court date, they received a call that the older of the two boys had been reunified with biological family members. Adoption loss can be complicated; the Webbs rejoiced with the boy who would be their son. He was no longer and orphan and no longer needed them. They mourned for themselves as they had imagined their life with this little boy. They mourned for their other son, who would not be coming home with a pseudo sibling from the orphanage.
The Webbs kept their home study updated for 2 children, and six months later they saw the face of their newest son. They were again matched with two boys, but they would not be able to bring both home at the same time. In December 2021, they traveled to Burundi to pick up Oliver, now 8, knowing that a second trip would come sometime in the following year for their newest son.
The Webbs will travel this fall to pick up their son - another 8 year old! And Oliver will have a playmate from his previous life in Burundi. The Webb's newest son is form the same orphanage.