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I love you to Burundi and back.

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FIRST! Let me start by apologizing for the two month delay in updating you all.

So many of our precious friends rushed to our aid so that we could meet our May deadline of $11,500. Because of the hidden costs associated with adoption, we found ourselves about $2,500 short just weeks before our deadline… And yall, I am just blown away! We had long lost acquaintances sending in GENEROUS checks, we had strangers stepping up and offering to host fundraisers, we had people who had given before jump in and give again… just so many God-sized stories of sacrifice and provision. The Lord’s faithfulness to this journey was testimony to our hearts, and the layers of gratitude will never be fittingly articulated.

So the big question is… did we make our goal!? YES!!! And then some! ...

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Adoption is the new Pregnant

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This will be another quick “rundown post” because so much has happened since our last update. Between numerous details and crazy kiddos I’ll just give you the main points. Please excuse any incomplete thoughts, type-o’s, etc. To be honest, I’m a bit amazed that I’m actually going to attempt writing this update!


To quickly describe what these last few months have been like, I have likened it to the “morning sickness” part of pregnancy. The days are long and sometimes figuratively sickening -BUT- you get through it by remembering the miracle of life waiting for you at the end...

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Beautiful Sanctification: MAJOR CHANGES AHEAD!

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“She will be saved through childbearing.”

1 Timothy 2:15

“Motherhood is sanctifying.”

Just a few weeks into my new normal of parenting two, this phrase offered by a friend stuck with me. It was almost a revelation of sorts. Day in and out I’m confronted with areas of weakness and have to mentally step outside my circumstances to grow. Life is filled with shot-gun prayers asking for guidance, patience, endurance, strength, courage, creativity… and sometimes a third arm (because really, what mom of littles has never once desired one temporarily?). Maybe because my marriage has been mostly easy God is using motherhood to refine the matters of my heart that you guys don’t see. Don’t get me wrong, I am in L.O.V.E...

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We’re back! The Puzzle Campaign.

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“Wait for the Lord; be STRONG and take heart, and wait for the Lord!” 

Psalm 27:14

You guys. I can hardly believe that it’s already been 2 months since our little man arrived on the scene! Just five days after my last post, to be exact. Whew, it’s no joke when they say going from 1 to 2 kids isn’t for the faint of heart. Being “out-numbered” is a character trait that I’m certainly growing into, but I still wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us during this transition. Not only am I getting used to being alone with two littles, but it’s also been a slow road to recovery. I have been so thankful for the tribe that has surrounded me with endless love and acts of service.

With the close of my 2 month “maternity leave,” it’s time for our next fundraiser!...

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The details of our little man

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It is finally beginning to sink in… And I truly didn’t think that I would utter these words again, but:


The due date has been set for May 19, 2016 and we could not be more shocked/excited.

Like with his big sister, it wasn’t some simple occurrence. The Lord has had his fingerprints all over this one yet again, and because of that, we would like to share the story with you.

This goes back to summer 2008. I had been studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and, before returning home, a group of friends and I decided to take a quick trip to Cairo, Egypt.

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While I did check a major item off my bucket list, I ended up coming home with more than a camera full of memories...

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The fierce corner of my heart

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Can I vent a little bit? 

I am just beyond frustrated, discouraged… just all of the above today.

I KNOW that the Lord has called us to walk this adoption journey. And I am beyond assured that this road leads to Africa. And YES, this means that one day I will have children that do not look like me

But that said, I am getting so sick and tired of hearing that the color of my children’s skin is a reason I should be hesitant to adopt at all. I can think of so many other legitimate reasons of why adoption will be challenging. But to quickly answer your question: no, I’m not naive. I know that we will have to tackle the white/black subject. BUT WHY aren’t the other issues seen as a reason of concern over ethnicity? Things like language. Malnutrition. Culture shock...

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We found a house… Maybe…?

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So Jordan and I have officially found a house that we adore. However, this idea of moving forward isn’t an easy one to come by.

This is where we need your prayers. 

The house is move in ready with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, a requirement needed in order to fulfill our homestudy. If we were to adopt only girls, then we could move into a 2 bedroom (in that they would be able to share a room with Halle). But since we want to keep our options open to whatever God has in store, we really wanted that third bedroom. With this house we could provide a home to sons and/or daughters. Sure, there are some minor repairs (a gutter that hangs low, a section of the back gate loose, etc), but for the most part this house is just waiting for our little family. 

What’s the problem you ask? Well for star...

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Fast & Simple: Adoption Bug

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Alright guys, this one is going to be a quickie!

Last week I received the following email:

“Dear Adoption Bug fundraiser families and organizations –
We regret to inform you that after nearly six years of helping families raise money for their adoptions and supporting both domestic and international adoption through fun, adoption-themed apparel, Adoption Bug will be closing this fall. Adoption Bug is a family-owned business run by John and Tammi Ambrose. This past December John took on a new full-time job, and it has been extremely difficult to keep up with the demands of Adoption Bug for the past eight months. So at this time, we feel that we must close in order to maintain a healthy balance for our family...
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Her precious shoes.

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So it’s past 3:00 am and I’m awake. It’s my long awaited night to rest and Jordan is up with the baby. Yet here I am… a sobbing mess.

What’s up, you ask???

Today was a long day. I was excited to jump into my empty queen bed for a night of blissful slumber. While I was brushing my teeth my mind began drifting towards our adoption process, as it often does. And then… God wrecked me. I could hardly finish brushing before the tears began to uncontrollably stream.

In order for me to experience one of the greatest joys in my life, someone is going to have to experience a heart-wrenching loss that most likely includes their life.

While yes, there are some elective adoptions out there — and, no, I am in no way insinuating that giving up their child for adoption is an easy thing– but my future c...

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Up from the trenches for EXCITING NEWS!

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I never really understood it when all my “new-mommy friends” would say things like, “uhhh we’ll get to that when we’re out of the trenches…” I know that there are equal parts of joy and challenge when entering parenthood, but until it actually happens to you, you really don’t understand what a load it truly is. 

First, I must brag: My baby will be 4 months tomorrow and she STILL hasn’t woken me by crying in the night. Now don’t get me wrong… the girl DEFINITELY wakes me up. We just transitioned her to the crib a few days ago, and last night alone I think I was up between 20-30 times (she lost her paci, wanted to move positions, etc). The lack of sleep is definitely the hardest part, but it all melts away as soon as I look at her...

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