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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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Fundraiser Update!

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“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” Psalm 31:19


The Lord has been so good to us through the outstretch of His body! We had about 75 people gather together for one awesome night resulting in almost $1,300.00 raised for our adoption!!!

And the best part is, we still have a few more pledged gifts coming!

How faithful and gracious is our God?!

A big shout out to our volunteers, band members and tech guys who selflessly gave up HOURS of their time to make this all come together. Jordan and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to accomplish a shadow of what we did without you.

We still have a LONG way to go, but our hearts are encouraged by the generosity of those with pocke...

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Save the Date!

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Alright, you guys! It is time to announce our next fundraiser!!!

Worship Benefit Concert

Friday, September 11th

Brainerd Baptist Crossroads

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Come one and come all!

We will have a “suggested admission” of $5 and various goods for sale.

Our hope is to have an intimate setting where we can share our family story and how the Lord has called us to adoption. We also will take time to share God’s heart for orphans, as we were once orphaned ourselves before He graciously called us His own. The music set will be a contemporary, “unplugged” feel (that means acoustic)… and the other band members are great guys we have done music with for years. 

There will be some formal invitations sent out for those who don’t participate in social media often...

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We made it!

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You guys!!!!

We met and exceeded our $10,000 Kickstarter goal!


I have to admit, there was a point when I thought we shot too high and dreamed far too big… A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped restore my faith in God’s leading!

Not only do we need to recognize our 73 backers, but we also had a few of you send us personal checks in the mail and gifts through paypal. You guys have helped us reach 1/3 of our adoption costs! We could NOT have made it this far without you! You can find your names listed here on our Donor Wall. (This direct link can also be found on the top left hand corner of our blog.) Give me some time to work on all these awesome rewards for yall… I promise they’re coming!

Also, a BIG THANKS to everyone who shared & liked our multiple status updates on Fac...

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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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Our first hurdle.

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When life is already chaotic, unexpected challenges can be temptingly debilitating.  

(And yes- I am insinuating that sometimes we have a choice in whether we will be weakened by our circumstances.)

I’ve been wanting to get off the roller coaster we’ve been on for quite some time now. The constant jolts left and right make me feel so out of sorts, but God has made it clear that this ride is NOT over yet. Sometimes I just want to shut my eyes to fabricate the relief that I long for… but that’s not what The Lord wants for me either. He has just been teaching me so much about endurance lately, and I CANNOT miss out on the lessons God has at hand. And in matters of adoption, for the sake of twenty-six thousand children who will die today of starvation or preventable disease, I MUST recente...

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The things I’ve wanted to say… (Part 2)

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By now you’ve probably seen the mighty hand of God at work my life. Just a few months ago, Jordan and I exited our “desert season” and are now enjoying the shade of The Lord’s love and mercy. Lately we have been walking in a constant awareness of Him. We feel His movements and can hear His whispers. 

Part 1 of this entry was about the little miracle that God breathed into our lives- STILL PRAISING HIM!- but this post is about a curve ball we most certainly did NOT see coming.

Before I go on, I must say that this hasn’t deterred us from enjoying the presence of God.

I think sometimes we get caught up in the red and yellow lights that The Lord issues -instead of- being THANKFUL that we even heard from God in the first place...

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The things I’ve wanted to say… (Part 1)

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Oh my… where to start? If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you probably know by now that WE’RE PREGNANT!

No matter how much I try to put words to this journey, I’ll never be able to describe all that God has done. His love and His miracles continue to astound me into a place of awe and praise. And before you ask, YES! We are STILL adopting. Again… “Oh my… where to start?”

Buckle in. I’ve got a lot of updating to do, and even though I’m dividing all the info into 2 separate posts, this is going to be a long one.

Let’s start with the pregnancy. I know that Jordan and I have lived in 4 states in the last 4 years, and this has caused interrupted lines of communication with the MANY faces we’ve grown to love...

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Let the adventure begin!

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I have a confession to make.

I’ve been so nervous about how we are going to fund this adoption, that I have been fighting the desire to barter for more time to “figure it all out.” My mind looks at the numbers and quivers at the expensive road that lies ahead. Yes, it is true that I’ve been trying to settle after a big move… yes, I’ve been out of town three times this month… yes, I’ve also had two sets of company… but these are all things that normally wouldn’t stop me from completing something that I am determined to do. My confession is that I have WELCOMED my distractions instead of fighting against them. This is not something that God has called me to do. NO! He has called for my faith to be bigger than my fear. I’ve been slipping.

But no more.

Yesterday I was watching a series on a co...

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