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August 19, 2016

It’s All In the Timing | Family Friday

Six years ago we felt God leading us to add to our family through adoption. We have been blessed in the area of family, and we wanted to share God’s blessings with someone else. Eventually, we landed on adopting a child from China. We began the process at that time, but we kept hitting a wall, especially in the area of our finances. We finally decided to put the process on hold. About four years and one more biological child later, we felt it was time to begin the process again. This time, the process flowed smoothly. Each time a financial deadline came, God provided. Sometimes he provided through money that we had saved, and sometimes he provided through others. Lifesong was one of those times when He provided in a huge way through others. We received a matching grant from Lifesong right before many of the big payments through … Continue reading

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August 12, 2016

Why Spend the Money to Adopt? | Family Friday

Ken, a new adoptive dad, sent us a letter that we posted on our Lifesong bulletin board. We’d like to share it with you. Why do families go to such great expense to adopt children? Some would say it’s to avoid an “unfulfilling life.” I know parents for whom adoption has been very enriching. But I know others who have had a very hard road. So is there a greater reason to adopt than a shot at personal fulfillment? Is there a greater reason than simply “building a family”? Yes. That reason is nothing less than the mission of God. The chief reason Christian families adopt is the mission of God, even when we don’t realize it. We may choose adoption for many reasons, but if we belong to Jesus, our adoption plans are placed within His far greater plan. What does this mean? It means that Jesus has chosen to bring a child into your … Continue reading

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August 5, 2016

Never Easy. Always Worth It. | Family Friday

We had already received guardianship of two former foster sisters and thought we had done our part as Christians for orphan care when God brought across our path a picture of an 11-year-old Chinese girl. After looking up her file and seeing how many orphans needed a home, Nick looked at me and said, “We have to do this.” This was not the vision I had for my future. I had been a stay-at-home homeschooling mom for 22 years, my youngest was a freshman in highschool, and I was looking forward to doing something different. But God. He was asking us to surrender our vision of our future to Him and trust Him with it. So we surrendered to the first step of hosting her over Christmas 2014. When we put her back on the plane it was confirmed in our hearts that she was to be a part of … Continue reading

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July 29, 2016

Give the Gift of Family | Family Friday

Help create an adoption match today. As you know, each Friday we like to highlight a family who has recently brought a child home with the help of a matching grant or adoption loan. We’ve introduced dozens of families to you over the years. (You may even be one of them!) We love rejoicing in the goodness of God as seen in completed adoptions. But today we have a request. Instead of introducing you to a family who has adopted, would you help us help one more family adopt? On this, the last day of our #HikeforHome campaign, we would love to raise enough money for one more match … one more family we could feature on an upcoming Family Friday here on the blog. And we have exciting news! All contributions given today will be DOUBLED up to $7500! So every dollar you donate will go twice as far. What would … Continue reading

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July 22, 2016

How a Village Raises Funds: 3 Resources | Family Friday

Our adoption journey to bring Shambo and Kemal home began less than 6 months after we arrived home with our first adopted son, also from Ethiopia. We had absolutely no idea how we were going to fund the adoption costs, but we knew that if God was calling us to it, He would lead us through it. When we were able to travel to Ethiopia less than a year after seeing their photo for the first time, we were amazed by how God weaved everything together. We spent nearly 3 ½ weeks in Ethiopia, as a family of 8, completing the process to bring Shambo and Kemal home. From the first moment we met them at the Care Center, we knew that God had put everything in place for that moment. It was an instant connection. Now, home almost 2 years, we can’t imagine life without them in our family. We are amazed that … Continue reading

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July 15, 2016

Breakdowns, Breakthroughs, and Joy | Family Friday

Adoption is a journey, but the steps and the destination are known by your Heavenly Father Who will sovereignly lead you to the child of His choosing in His time. Joe and Leah tell their story– It was a long, rough road, and when we started we had no idea. Shortly after receiving and accepting the referral for our daughter, we received several email from the Department of Justice (and a bunch of other frantic, hopeful adoptive parents). The head of our agency was indicted and the whole operation was being shut down. What about our little girl?! Who would fight for her if we didn’t? After weeks of praying, emailing, and phone calls, we were blessed to be able to transfer her, and us, to another agency. Our case was handled with extra scrutiny and after 2 years of fighting and waiting … having break-throughs and break-downs, we were able to … Continue reading

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July 8, 2016

A Word to Waiting Families | Family Friday

We have had adoption in our DNA since before we met or married. As singles, Peter and I had the desire in our hearts to, yes, have biological children if the Lord provided in that way, but also to grow our future family through adoption! And when we met and married this was a major confirmation that we were made to find each other! Our biological children, Lily and Liam, have grown up from their earliest memories hearing mom and dad talking about how we would one day add a brother or sister to our family that didn’t come from mom and dad but from somewhere far away. To see this become a reality through God’s grace and sovereignty and care is one of the wildest most incredible answers to prayer we’ve ever received. While adopting isn’t easy, and requires more time and money and headspace than you think you … Continue reading

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