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March 18, 2016

A Reason Not to Adopt? | Family Friday

I lost my job of 9 years in the middle of our process right as we were getting matched with the child we were pursuing. If it weren’t for the AMAZING Both Hands project and the matching grant we wouldn’t have this sweet boy in our arms today! God truly provided in EVERY way and HIS hand is SO clearly seen in our adoption process. I know without a doubt this was His will for our family! So grateful for everyone who contributed to make this dream come true! Yes, every time we started to doubt because we were so financially strapped God came through. I was sweating the legal fees and upcoming travel costs when we found out that people had donated enough in our Lifesong account that was matched and we could get it sent to our agency! Even in the small things (for instance, we would have … Continue reading

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March 11, 2016

When God Made the Seating Arrangement | Family Friday

all photos in this post courtesy of hH Photography We started Elsie’s adoption process broke, we were broke the whole time, and we came home broke. However, God provided the finances in truly miraculous ways! God used Lifesong, Show Hope, our local church’s love offering, and a handful of fundraisers, to provide about 70% of the expense involved in getting Elsie home. That is a miracle! Lack of funds is a huge fear to families considering adoption. God controls the money and HE works in mighty ways to provide! God worked in non-money-related ways as well. While in China and on our flight home, Elsie would only allow me to hold her. The flight home was incredibly long and painful. I had done the long flight home while bringing home our son from Ethiopia, but Elsie’s plane ride home was long and painful. She was completely stressed out, exhausted, wanted … Continue reading

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March 4, 2016

And Yes, ALL These Kids Are Mine | Family Friday

Lifesong has been by our side through two adoption processes/four adoptions! In 2013, we embarked on our journey to bring home two children with special needs from China, and Lifesong provided us with an interest-free loan. Several months after those children were home in 2014, we began the process to adopt two 9-year-old girls, also from China. Lifesong was a “life-line” as they partnered with Orphan Care Alliance to give us a matching grant. We were also thrilled to participate in our first Both Hands project! What an amazing provision by God! Physically and emotionally, He has sustained us through difficult times. We have one child who doesn’t yet comprehend genuine attachment. He was moved four times during his first four years of life, and had many caretakers come and go. God gives us strength to work through the hardest of times. One of our daughters who came home at age … Continue reading

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February 26, 2016

Adoption: Amazing and Messy | Family Friday

Our church, The Church at Brook Hills, has played a huge role in our lives in displaying the biblical truths about adoption and the fatherless, and opening our eyes to the Lord’s command in regards to this. The Lord placed adoption on our hearts throughout our engagement, but after two years of an infertility journey, we felt the Lord strongly leading us to close that door and to begin praying about adding to our family through adoption. We eagerly began the adoption process in the summer of 2010, feeling led to the country of China. Our first precious little girl, Karlye, was placed in our arms in June of 2011. Karlye has been such a blessing to our family and has taught us so much more than we could have ever imagined. She is a beautiful, smart, funny, kind-hearted and determined little girl. She was an amazingly brave little girl … Continue reading

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February 18, 2016

A Strange and Beautiful Path | Family Friday

When we began our adoption journey, we were told that everyone’s story is completely different, but in some ways, similar. We were told that the journey may be a long one, but … can happen in an instant. We were told to be prepared for the constant ups and downs of adoption, and the wide variety of emotions that come with the process.  We were warned that adoption isn’t final until it’s final and that birth parents can decide to parent when it’s all said and done.  In addition to all of this, we were told that this would be the most exciting and wonderful journey that we would ever take, that God had the most perfect little angel waiting for us, and that our lives would never be the same. We found that ALL of this is true, and then some! God is great! Actually, God is amazing!  On … Continue reading

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February 12, 2016

God Is in the Details | Family Friday

One of our great joys as a Lifesong staff is receiving letters and stories from families who have completed their adoption process and are basking in the goodness of God. These testimonies serve as a perpetual reminder that God ALWAYS guides His people as we humbly seek to do His will. The following letter was hand-written by one such family– Having four biological children and one adopted child already, we were not looking to adopt another child, and financially it seemed impossible. But when God made us aware of Kavita’s need for a family, we quickly knew that God was calling us to make her part of our family. Since we already had 5 children and there was a need for Amy to quit outside employment to be a full-time mom for Kavita, Lifesong’s matching grant was a miraculous blessing financially. We saw God’s hand of provision and guidance over … Continue reading

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February 10, 2016

It’s Your Heart God Is After

My husband, Adrian Mills, always says that God doesn’t desire for His will for your life to be a big secret. I nod in agreement most of the time, but when things don’t go as expected in our lives, I take a step back and ponder the truth of those words. Three years ago last month, Adrian was preaching on a cold Sunday morning. It was a message about saying yes to God right now, not letting excuses come in the way of obedience. Right in the middle of his preaching, as he describes it, the Holy Spirit arrested his heart and spoke clearly, “I’m speaking to you, Adrian. No more excuses. It’s time to move forward and begin the adoption process.” We’d talked about adopting for nearly a decade at that point, even before we married. But life happened; moves and babies and job changes and ministry and more … Continue reading

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