Sunday, October 30, 2011

Orphan Sunday

Next Sunday, November 6th, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the fatherless will find echo in our lives as well.  We invite you to share an orphan meal with us, watch a video about caring for orphans and join a live webcast from Kansas City at Jacob's Well Church from 5-7pm.  Childcare is provided.  If you have any questions or to RSVP, contact me or Jamey.

Check out the promo video:

Hope to see you there!!

The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless.  --Psalm 10:14b

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Moment We've Been Waiting For...


Last night in the middle of our bible study, we received a call from Kentucky.  Our adoption coordinator said she had a potential referral so I called Jamey into our bedroom.  She said they had a 4 month old boy with a minor special need, a polydactyly, or extra "little finger" on his left hand, and would we be interested in him?  Are you kidding me!  Of course!  No question.  I really didn't care if he had eight extra fingers.

She sent a picture of his hand, and I cried at the first glimpse of my son.  Our son.  It's surreal to say it even now.  She called us back a bit later with a full profile.  He's gorgeous, and I can't stop looking at him.  His Ethiopian name is Tesfa which means hope.  Perfect.  He is that.  Hope.  He gives me hope for all those, still waiting.  I have renewed hope in the One who brought him to us--that He would give my messy, redeemed self a privilege such as this is humbling.

We celebrated with our sweet, sweet, authentic bible study.  They had gone to get wine & cake & ice cream while we were on the phone. 

Then we went to get the girls who were at my parents'.  Siena was sleeping so we sat down privately with Grace and told her that we had a picture of the brother she'd been praying for for over a year now.  Her excitement was priceless.  She slept last night with his picture on her pillow.  She's still talking about how beautiful he is.

It's overwhelming and we are in awe. 

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.  This little boy is a miracle, and just like our girls, he's always been plan A for our family.  Only He could orchestrate this.  Oh, praise Him!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


At the end of August, we were told that it would be about 4-6 weeks until paperwork was ready for 20 available children, the final step before they were able to be matched with their forever family.  The 4-6 weeks has recently passed without news, but Jamey made contact with our adoption coordinator and she said that she would be very surprised if we didn't receive a referral before November 1st.  That's less than two weeks away! 
We've recently been feeling like this process is never going to end, but there could be a big boost to our resolve if this news about a referral is true.  Either way, God is awesome and we continue to trust that He will bring our child home in His perfect time--even though things haven't been happening as we thought they would.
On another note, we've begun leading an Orphanology small group at church, and are loving discussing with other believers the importance of caring for orphans and the oppressed.  If you're looking for a book that will challenge you, I recommend this one!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quote of the Week

"Adoption is not just about couples who want children--or who want more children.  Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches, a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself."
                                                                                              -- Russel D. Moore, Adopted for Life

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steve Jobs Was Adopted

A brilliant modern day man, adopted.  Makes me reflect on the potential of countless orphans entrapped by their circumstances even now.  Read his adoption story here, and ponder with me.