December 19, 2004: Headlines: COS - Lesotho: Adoption: Pioneer Press: Chris Johnstone and Heather Miller met when they were teachers in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small nation near the southern tip of Africa, in the mid-1990s. After marrying, they returned and decided to adopt. They knew that the AIDS epidemic created a generation of orphans needing homes. They visited an orphanage in Maseru, the capital.

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Lesotho: Peace Corps Lesotho : The Peace Corps in Lesotho: December 19, 2004: Headlines: COS - Lesotho: Adoption: Pioneer Press: Chris Johnstone and Heather Miller met when they were teachers in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small nation near the southern tip of Africa, in the mid-1990s. After marrying, they returned and decided to adopt. They knew that the AIDS epidemic created a generation of orphans needing homes. They visited an orphanage in Maseru, the capital.

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Chris Johnstone and Heather Miller met when they were teachers in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small nation near the southern tip of Africa, in the mid-1990s. After marrying, they returned and decided to adopt. They knew that the AIDS epidemic created a generation of orphans needing homes. They visited an orphanage in Maseru, the capital.

Chris Johnstone and Heather Miller met when they were teachers in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small nation near the southern tip of Africa, in the mid-1990s. After marrying, they returned and decided to adopt. They knew that the AIDS epidemic created a generation of orphans needing homes. They visited an orphanage in Maseru, the capital.

Chris Johnstone and Heather Miller met when they were teachers in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small nation near the southern tip of Africa, in the mid-1990s. After marrying, they returned and decided to adopt. They knew that the AIDS epidemic created a generation of orphans needing homes. They visited an orphanage in Maseru, the capital.

Once orphans, now family

Adopted from around the world, children gather with their new parents to celebrate a Minnesota Christmas.

BY JIM RAGSDALE

Pioneer Press

[Excerpt]

Chris Johnstone and Heather Miller do not have to look far to find the meaning of the holiday season.

She sits in front of them, in a scarlet jumper with images of gingerbread men and Christmas trees, her hair tied in ponytails.

Acacia Limpho Johnstone, born a year ago today in the African nation of Lesotho, abandoned in a wrecked car and consigned to an orphanage, now lights up Christmas at the Johnstone-Miller home in Minneapolis.

"I don't know how to put it into words,'' Miller said on Saturday, sitting on a carpeted floor in downtown St. Paul with her daughter at a gathering of families with complicated, around-the-globe adoptions.

"She's brought so much to our life,'' Johnstone said. "She's the best thing that ever happened to us.''

The couple met when they were teachers in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, a small nation near the southern tip of Africa, in the mid-1990s. After marrying, they returned and decided to adopt. They knew that the AIDS epidemic created a generation of orphans needing homes. They visited an orphanage in Maseru, the capital.

"She got put in my lap,'' Miller recalled. "I don't know what happened. I said, 'Chris, that's my daughter.' " The name given her in the orphanage was "Limpho,'' meaning "gifts.'' They chose "Acacia,'' a flowering tree common in Lesotho.

They began the adoption process in February. But before they could bring their flowering gift home, there were complications. "The FBI lost our fingerprints,'' Johnstone said. No prints, no entrance back into the United States.

Enter the office of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.

Fast work by Jayne Jones, senior case worker on the Minnesota Republican's staff, led to the right guy at the FBI, who had the parents make a new set of prints and send them to him by e-mail. The new family arrived home in May.





When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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