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February 20, 2015

We Chose to Trust God {Family Friday}

In the spring of 2012, Tara and I responded to God’s Word in James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  I had great apprehension about a $45,000 adoption journey. Beyond the expense of much time, energy, and emotion, we chose to also trust God for the financial resources.  Besides, wealth is a value of the world whereas obedience and redemption have everlasting value.  While the journey stretched over two and a half years, a look back at specific occasions reveals God’s provision and blessing. Six months into the process, Tara and I were discussing the $5,000 payment due in order to proceed. We had already applied for many grants, and I became discouraged with the immense costs still ahead of us, so we prayed … Continue reading

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February 13, 2015

For Peter’s Sake {Family Friday}

In Spring 2013, our family was complete.  We had six children, including adopting four children from China in four quick years.  Our house was full and busy!  So I (Shelly) made an effort to help advocate for children in China’s orphanages who still were in need of forever families. Especially older children.   One boy came into our path who was older and had a limb issue.  As an older boy with a limb difference, he had been waiting for a family. We were told very few had inquired about his information.  I began to post information about him to various adoption groups via social networking. We also found a US organization that had visited him in the past on a service trip and we gained more information on his personality, his medical need, and his life in the orphanage.   For six months I kept in communication with the … Continue reading

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February 6, 2015

Growing from 5 to 11! {Family Friday}

In 2009 we started the adoption process for two siblings from Ethiopia and received a matching grant from Lifesong. We brought the kids home January 2011, but knew God also wanted us to adopt an older boy who was alone and about to age out of the system. We didn’t yet know who, but kept praying. Early in 2012 God began to reveal our “other boy” and he was miraculously home that October! Then the next October (2013), while our oldest boy and I were at Shriners Hospital having surgery on his leg, it was revealed to us that now his 3 younger siblings were at the orphanage. Oh boy. But we prayed hard again, along with some close friends, and believed God wanted the kids to be together. So we started the paperwork process again in January 2014, and against all odds (including the our state who rarely says … Continue reading

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January 30, 2015

He clearly led us to this place… {Family Friday}

We began our adoption process in January of 2011, expecting to adopt a child from the country of Haiti. We began working with Lifesong in late spring or early summer of 2011 – by receiving a matching grant from our local church and also fundraising assistance.  In early 2012 God closed the door on that adoption and we spent several months prayerfully considering our options. God used a dear friend of ours, who is a fellow adoptive parent and has been blessed to work with Lifesong, to introduce us to an amazing lady to runs a special needs orphanage in Ghana called Beacon House. In the fall of 2012 we applied to adopt through Beacon House and in April of 2013 we had passed court and were well on our way to bringing our son home. We hit a few paperwork snags, but in February of 2014 his visa was … Continue reading

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January 9, 2015

Beginning to Feel Like a Cohesive Family {Family Friday}

  “We’ve had nine very full weeks at home with our adopted son, Silas. He had shown affection on day one. He did so many normal, son-like things. He called us mom and dad. He called his brother “brother.” He obeyed instructions and let us hold him. He even slept in the same King-sized bed with us in the hotel. They were all beautiful, healthy signs. But they weren’t entirely authentic. After a couple of weeks, we saw more of his personality—and independence—coming out. He was much more like a two year old. He whined and cried and asked for things. He was very attached to his dad and would cry hysterically without him. Again, progress. At four weeks, and at home in Minnesota for the first time, some defensiveness crept up. He was obviously adapting to much, and perhaps realizing for the first time that this was a permanent … Continue reading

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October 31, 2014

“God was preparing our hearts” {Family Friday}

Every adoption story is unique and every orphan has their own story how they were birthed into their forever family; however, we know there is only one author.  We entered into our adoption journey in 2010 when Dwan began to be burdened by the fact that there are millions of children in the world today with no family, no advocate and a very dim future.    She brought this to me and I began to pray about the idea.  I wish that I could say that I jumped feet first into this, but I wasn’t quite there yet.  After all we had four kids already.  I began to pray hard about adoption and asked God to show me whether we were to adopt and as I prayed and studied God’s word I became more and more convinced by the fact that God was calling us to care for the fatherless.  … Continue reading

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October 24, 2014

“God’s timing was perfect!” {Family Friday}

We have always wanted a large family, and in 2009 we began the journey to starting a family. We soon became pregnant, and at 20 weeks our perfectly normal pregnancy turned into anything but normal when we discovered some significant health problems with our baby. Our son, Patrick is a fighter and has had quite a journey. We know that it was God who carried us through those hard times and brought healing to Patrick and to us. When we found out that our genetics would mean a high chance of serious health issues for any future biological children, we knew that God would use adoption to grow our family. The week we received our grant from Lifesong was a roller coaster. On Monday, our son, Patrick had a surgery to close up the final evidence of his medical struggles – the hole where his trach had been. On Tuesday, … Continue reading

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