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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 17, 2018

Announcing Empowered to Connect 2018!

Announcing the Empowered to Connect Conference! The Empowered To Connect Conference is a two-day event presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. –Empowered to Connect page Here at Lifesong we’ve seen hundreds of individuals and families benefit first-hand from this incredible resource. We praise the Lord for a conference with a strong desire to bring attachment and connection to families. We hope you will consider taking advantage of this additional training, support, and encouragement! The conference will run from 9 to 5 Central on both days with light refreshments provided during breaks and “on your own” lunch breaks scheduled each afternoon. Dates and Location: Oswego, IL (Chicago Metro) – April 13-14, 2018 To register for the LIVE … 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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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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