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June 13, 2018

Who Loves? A Book (Series) Review + Giveaway!

Children in foster care typically have many people moving in and out of their lives. This revolving door can lead children to believe that nobody loves them. … And if we’re honest, it’s hard to blame them. Introducing the Who Loves? series. The Forgotten Initiative, a foster care ministry of Lifesong, is committed to showing Jesus to the one who feels forgotten. Having worked alongside thousands of foster children, foster care advocates, churches, and families–they sensed a gap in communication and chose to fill it with a delightful set of books for children. But behind the books’ simplicity is a critical and strategic message. Foster-turned-adoptive mom Jami Kaeb recently created a series of picture books designed specifically to give children a hope-saturated perspective on the people they interact with while they are in foster care. Each of the 3 books in the series has this message: You are worthy. You are loved. And we … Continue reading

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June 8, 2018

When In Doubt | Family Friday

We started the adoption process 22 months before we were able to bring Maximus Taeyang home to us. In the beginning we had some support, but more people than we expected had more questions for us, which in turn made us doubt that this was something God was directly us towards. Throughout the process as we had to start paying many fees and we wondered how this was going to get done … those were the times that we KNEW God called us to adoption. Somehow, whether fundraisers or grants like Lifesong’s, the right amount of money always came in! It was never much more than we needed, but it was always enough. We would get very overwhelmed with paperwork and appointments we had to do for our home study, and somehow we’d start working on them and it just didn’t seem like a big deal at all. We know … Continue reading

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May 11, 2018

Never Say Goodbye – A Tale of Two Mothers

My children have two mothers. Both of us are real mothers. Both have flesh and blood and love and pain. Both have pieces of our hearts that have been broken by goodbyes. Both of us have spent too many days apart from our children. In our home we don’t classify the mothers. There is no bio mom or adoptive mom. No first mom or second mom. No tummy mom or heart mom. Both of us are simply mom. We need no other label. We are cut from the same cloth. We are both women who walk through life making a lot of mistakes. We try our best. We make wrong decisions. We need extra helpings of grace. We are both living a life that turned out differently than we expected. We are two women who fiercely love their children but don’t always know how to show this love in practical … Continue reading

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April 11, 2018

An Adoption Story from Ukraine | Mission Moment

Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Yarik’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET YARIK 9-year-old Yarik is one of 18 siblings in the Vyshnykov family in Ukraine–7 boys and 11 girls. 12 of these 18 children were adopted, including Yarik. Born in Ukraine, Yarik was adopted in Ukraine when he was 5, and in his home, he knows he is loved. My parents are kind and cheerful, and they love us all. They take care of me, keep us warm, and feed us … I’m just happy in this family! –Yarik Vyshnykov His parents are happy, too. In the words of his mom, “We decided our home belongs to God.” And the Vyshnykovs live like they mean it. Never without a smile, Yarik contributes to the noise and joy of the household–and Yarik’s parents wouldn’t have it any … Continue reading

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April 6, 2018

When We See Our Ugly | Family Friday

I’ve never felt uglier than during Ruth’s adoption. Most people won’t understand that. I’ve heard it all, the exclamations of sainthood, “You are doing such a wonderful thing!” and, “There is a special place in Heaven for people like you!” or the even more common, “This is going to be another jewel in your crown someday.” I understand and even appreciate the sentiment behind these statements. On the surface, adopting Ruth does seem like a very nice thing. She was abandoned, but now has a forever family, and all because we chose to do that for her. But, as always, there’s more to it than meets the eye. First of all, by choosing Ruth, we denied a lot of other kids. Obviously my husband, Shane, and I can’t adopt all the orphans in the world. But still, it’s one fact that escapes most people even though it’s quite in-your-face when you really … Continue reading

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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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