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December 1, 2017

How the Christmas Story Is an Adoption Story

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In a few days, families around the world will gather to celebrate Christmas, and many of us will open our Bibles to reflect on the Christmas story. In reading Luke 2 or Matthew 1, we’ll learn with Mary that she has been chosen to give birth to Jesus. We’ll travel with Joseph and Mary to the tiny town of Bethlehem–population: three hundred–and witness the humble birth of Christ in a lowly stable. We will then observe the shepherds and hear the angels. We’ll marvel with Mary as she treasures these things and ponders them in her heart. And if we’re not careful, we’ll miss one of the most extraordinary characters in the Christmas story–a gracious Middle Eastern day laborer named Joseph who learned and accepted with joy that he had been tasked to raise the Son of God as his own child. Joseph of Nazareth is not merely a prop in the manger scene–a plastic or ceramic piece to stick between … 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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November 8, 2017

5 Things to Pray for Your Child’s Birth Parents

Every time I kiss my son’s silky black hair or hold his little hand, I am reminded that somewhere in the world, a set of parents is missing out on the same opportunity. I do not know anything about my son’s birth parents–what prompted them to abandon their baby just days after his birth, or if they are still alive today. That said, I recognize that adoption is complicated. In some cases, the child’s parents have died. In other cases, the child’s biological parents couldn’t or didn’t want to parent and no biological caretakers were able to help. Yet in still other cases, children are placed for adoption because their birth parents felt it was in their best interest or they could not care for them physically, emotionally, or mentally. The number of scenarios is as endless as the number of children in need of family. Regardless, with hope in my heart for their well-being, here are … Continue reading

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November 6, 2017

Adoption 101: Common Questions When Deciding to Adopt

Choosing to adopt is a major decision that should be accompanied by plenty of prayer and conversation. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself (and/or your spouse) when considering whether or not adoption is right for you. 1. Why do we want to adopt? There are as many poor reasons as there are good reasons to adopt. Start by being honest with yourself about why you want to do it. It has been said that we lose our way when we lose our why–and this can be true on the adoption journey especially. 2. Where can we find good counsel? The Bible makes it clear that in a multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11). Do you have parents or church leadership from whom you can get good counsel? Who can/will become your network after you begin the process? Who can you count on to pray for you on the journey? 3. Who can we talk to … Continue reading

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November 3, 2017

When Two Becomes Eight Kids (and counting!) | Family Friday

Our plan when I married my wife was to have one or two children. Lifesong recently helped us add our eighth. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful God allowed us to be part of His plan in this way and to be surrounded by our incredible children. It is amazing He was able to pull us through our own selfishness to the life we now live! God has orchestrated every step in our lives to lead to being a large adoptive family that will continue to grow, giving us abilities and circumstances to make it happen. After I unexpectedly lost my father at age 17, my wife’s parents virtually “adopted” me, taking me into their home and spiritual training. This was the first notion of adoption that entered into our lives. Later on, He brought us face-to-face with other adoptive families, catching and holding our attention … Continue reading

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October 13, 2017

How Facebook Led Us to Our Son | Family Friday

It had been nearly a year since we had started our adoption journey when we received a life-changing call from our pastor’s wife. She told us that a friend of hers on Facebook had just posted that she had an emergency. The emergency involved a woman about to give birth who had made an adoption plan, however, the chosen adoptive family had arrived at the hospital and then backed out due to the possibility that the baby about to be born would have special needs. The friend was looking for a Christian, homestudy-ready family to step up and adopt this baby and help this family in crisis. At first we couldn’t believe the request. Was it a scam? Was this situation–a Facebook post–really how our adoption was going to happen? We had prayed at times for God to simply bring a baby to our doorstep as we had not received … Continue reading

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