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March 2, 2018

Why Adoption Funding Matters | Family Friday

Adoption funding matters. For many families, it is the difference between adopting and not being able to adopt a child in need. Here at Lifesong, we believe in adoption funding and are grateful to those of YOU who give to make it possible. But every once in a while we receive a letter from a family that proves the point better than we ever could. Consider this letter from a family who recently brought their son home– Dear Lifesong family, God’s timing is God’s timing, and that has never been more evident to us than in our adoption journey. While usually God’s timing means waiting and faith-testing, God’s timing when it came to Lifesong is definitely an example of Him showing up and being a Heavenly Dad that enjoys spoiling his children. We found out that we had been approved for the blessing of an interest-free loan on 5/19/16. We … Continue reading

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February 23, 2018

The Power of Prayer in Adoption | Family Friday

Our adoption journey is marked by so many accounts that can only be explained by God’s hand working in our adoption. The main detail that is such a huge part of the story God is writing through our son, Steele, is that the same day that we emailed our agency to ask if Steele was available for adoption was the same day that China prepared a file for him to become available for adoption. We learned about Steele through our agency’s website as they had a program to support some orphans in China who were unlikely to be adopted and who came from very hard places. Steele was one of those sweet children, and his picture was on our agency’s website. Later, we built a relationship with a young woman who works for our agency. In talking to her, we learned that she had spent several weeks in China caring … Continue reading

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January 26, 2018

The Bumpy, Dark Road of Adoption | Family Friday

  Adoption was in our hearts for a long time. For Georgie the desire has been there since she was a little girl. For Wyley, it came later in our marriage when we were told we wouldn’t be able to have children. The Lord gave us three biological children and called us to the mission field, so our desire to adopt remained there but never seemed to be the “right time.” There were so many reasons that made adoption impossible, barring a miracle. We didn’t make enough money, we were living in very rural areas and were always transitioning … … Until the Lord clearly and graciously told us to adopt as we were on a visa run in Thailand. Our adoption started 2 years ago in what was supposed to be an 8-month process. I wish our testimony was one of extraordinary faith, where we just trusted and steadily … Continue reading

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January 19, 2018

A Remarkable Story | Family Friday

When we began our adoption journey, we never could have anticipated the ways in which God would tell a remarkable story. He did this through His loving kindness, beautiful generosity, caring provision, and faithful care of His people. It took 4.5 years to bring our twin four-year-olds home from Haiti. In that time, He revealed His character in both big and subtle ways. Our wait was filled with many hard moments, times of uncertainty, deep aching in our longing for our children, anxiety about the financial strain … and the list continues. The wait was filled with so many dynamically difficult pieces which we never could have seen entering into the adoption process when we knew excitement and simple hope. We knew the financial component would be a challenge, yet we knew God’s calling was clear and that He would make it happen. We made sacrifices and He laid our adoption … Continue reading

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January 12, 2018

Did God Really Tell You to Adopt? | Family Friday

2 years. So much can happen in that time period, and yet it can also feel excruciatingly, hopelessly slow. 3 fundraisers, dozens of grant applications filed, innumerable nights and days of pleading, agonizing prayers. 2 adoption fall-throughs. These are just a handful of the things we experienced on our journey of domestic adoption. Our family finished our home study and began waiting for that phone call from our agency on June 1, 2015. We were brimming with hope and confident about the calling we had felt from God to pursue domestic adoption. As we began the process of adding to our family, our biggest fear was finances. And so, with our home study complete, I feverishly began filling out grant applications and exploring every possible avenue to save money and raise funds. My husband took a second job, we sold everything we could get our hands on (including many things … Continue reading

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November 17, 2017

25 Kids Books About Adoption

Sometimes reading books with our children allows us to say things in unique or helpful ways. Here are 25 adoption-related books for children. Hint: If you want to preview the book before you buy or borrow it, search for it on YouTube. Often, the book has been read by someone there. 1. A Blessing from Above: Little Golden Book (Patti Henderson) Every night before she goes to sleep, a kangaroo prays under the stars for a baby to love and hold. One day, as she rests under a tree, a baby bird falls out of its crowded nest—plop!—right into her pouch! 2. A Mother for Choco (Keiko Kasza) Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn’t meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn’t even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she’s his mother-but then she … Continue reading

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November 10, 2017

In Memory of the Most Amazing Dad

November is National Adoption Month. I would like to celebrate my father, but it will look a little different this year. I will be honoring his memory rather than thanking him in person. You see, my father, Ronald Jay Kandel, passed away two weeks ago on October 25, 2017, following an farming accident. Dad was hands down the most amazing father to his children. He and my mom saved my life the day they chose to give me a home. I will forever be grateful to them for taking a chance on me. As the oldest of eight children they chose to love, accept and give a home to through adoption, I witnessed how they never gave up on their dream of providing a loving home to kids–biological, adopted, and fostered. At the time of his death, he was father to three biological, eight adopted, and four foster children. Adoption Day I will … Continue reading

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