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November 24, 2015

Open Adoption(s)

This beautiful family has been such an inspiration to me & I'm sure to many, many others. They live LOVE out loud! Just read a little about their adoptions in Kim's own words. 

From early in our marriage Bruce and I knew that we wanted to adopt. We had four biological children and when our youngest was 7 we decided that we didn’t want to grow old and say “why didn’t we adopt?” We adopted Trey in 2012 through Mother Goose Adoptions. Some close friends had used Tracie Loux through Christian Adoption Consultants as their consultant and couldn’t say enough good things about her and the process.  We knew that this was the route we should take. After 20 + presentations to birth moms and one adoption we chose to walk away from midstream, we were matched with Trey’s beautiful birth momma.  She was able to fly to Arizona where she stayed for two months until she delivered. During this time we were able to get to know her very well and she bonded with our family and us with her. Bruce and I were both in the delivery room when he was born. The doctor even let me “catch” Trey! We now continue to have a close relationship with Trey’s birth mom. We talk on the phone at least a couple of times a month and she has been out to visit a couple of times.                                                                                               
We started to feel like Trey needed a sibling that looked like him. So we began the process to adopt again. In November of 2014 I got a call out of the blue from a friend who asked if we were home study ready. The agency they had adopted through was looking for a family that was open to a full African American baby. That was exactly what we were looking for! We presented and were chosen! Sadly, this adoption ended in heartache as it turned out this mom was scamming and was using multiple agencies. Not a month later though, I got a call from the agency I work part time for asking if we would be open to a sibling set. We decided to proceed and meet the birth mom. Long story short, on Valentines Day, 2015 we were flying home with not one but TWO babies….a 14 month old boy and 6 week old baby girl. We now also have a very close relationship with their birth mom.                                                     
We have been so blessed by both of our adoptions. I cringe when people say to me “Those kids are so blessed” because anyone who has adopted knows that the truth is that WE are the blessed ones. Adoption is such a redemption story and has grown and stretched us in ways that we could never have done without walking this road. 


November 16, 2015

Amazing Grace

In the midst of our first adoption journey, we became friends with others families doing the same. We shared our hearts, fears & joys together. This precious family taught us grace in the journey. We love their hearts. Read along as Kristi shares their story & don't miss the latest news here!

Hello, we are the Gullett Family.  We have been on our second adoption journey since July of 2013.  For just a minute I'll step back and tell you how we started into this whole world of adoption.  In 2009 our daughter out of the blue, who was then 10  asked us if we could have more children so she could have more siblings.  It completely took us by surprise and yet it was so endearing to hear her ask.  We explained to her how we could not medically have any more children.  She reluctantly understood, but it got this mama thinking.  I wonder if we could reverse what we had done.  After checking into it for a while,  my husband and I came to the conclusion that there was no way we could reverse the decision we had made in 2001 to stop our family from having any children.  But then, we began to read a GREAT book called, Family Driven Faith.  In it the author, Voddie Baucham describes a similar journey he and his wife had been on and how the Lord showed then in His Word about adoption.  That was intriguing to me.  I had never really known alot about adoption or known anyone that had been adopted. I began to check into it and see what it was all about.  I asked my husband about it and he was not initially for the idea.  He was a great provider for our family and he felt that it just was not feasible to add another child into our lives, plus he knew about how much adoption would cost and he knew there was no way we could get our hands on that kind of money.  The idea really did not go any further until I read my husband that part of the book in Family Driven Faith.  He could really relate to the situation the Baucham family found themselves in.  It was a personal story for him and it began to peak his interest.  Still the whole idea of coming up with the money was not something he felt we could do. 

 I began to start looking online at families that had adopted.  I began to read their stories.  Also through the book that we had been reading, we began to desire to know what God had to say about adoption. What we found out is that He has much to say about it.  When we found out that God's Word was full of adoption, we both knew this was something we really needed to start praying about.  The Lord had given both of us a desire to raise more children, but the idea of adoption completely scared us and we had no idea what it was all about.  In 2010 we signed up with an agency that worked with foster care children.  The cost to the program was minimal so we felt comfortable going in that direction.  We only needed about $5,000 for our homestudy and travel expenses so we thought that was very doable.  But a year later that program closed and we were at square one again.  In 2011 our heart for adoption had grown more so we decided we wanted to try to do an international adoption and adopt a little girl from China.  This program was going to cost about $30,000 and that was quite scary to us. We started a homestudy and started going through the paperwork that China was going to need.  Immediately, I began to feel overwhelmed with all of the different papers and notarizations that I was going to need to get and we realized this was not the direction we were to go for us.   Two months into starting our international homestudy, we stopped, discouraged and not sure what to do next.   In January of 2012 we both came to the conclusion that domestic infant adoption was the direction we wanted to go.  We signed up with a consultant at Christian Adoption Consultants, Tracie Loux and immediately felt more comfortable with this direction we were headed.  

After about 2 months we were homestudy approved and Tracie had finished up our family profile book.  We could not believe we were actually adopting.  We had about $35,000 to raise and at the time we only had $5,000 from different garage sales we had had and things we had sold.  We immediately started applying for adoption grants. Our first grant was through Hand in Hand Adoption Grant organization.  We were so encouraged because we received a $3,000 matching grant.  We sent out letters to many people and raised $10,000 right off of the bat from generous friends and loved ones that were excited to join us on this journey.  We felt so blessed by what God was doing.  From there we applied to a few more grants and did a few more fundraisers.  We had an online auction, another garage sale, lots of little fundraisers that friends did and we sold so many of our own personal items.  All in all when it came time for the Lord to allow a birthmom to pick our family, the Lord had provided ever penny we needed to bring Thaddeus home.  We stood in awe of His work.  We could not believe the mountain He had moved. 

 Thaddeus was born in January of 2013 to a beautiful birthmom.  She chose life for Him and we are forever grateful for her sacrifice of love to Him.  When we finalized his adoption in court, we all desired to adopt one more time if the Lord would allow  us to.  In February of 2014 our homestudy was updated and we were on the road to try to bring another little one home. There  was this huge mountain to climb again.  Trying to save up and raise another $35 to $40,000,  looked so BIG after just coming off our other adoption.  But we immediately began to apply for grants and think of fundraisers we could do.  We knew from our first adoption that fundraising and saving up money was a journey.  Honestly, it was such hard work, but because we had seen God provide before, we trusted that in His ways and His timing He would provide again if He desired that we bring home another little one.  We received a matching grant right away from Hand in Hand.  It was such an encouragement to our family that they wanted to help us a second time. Through that fundraiser we raised $7,000.  We were so humbled that friends and family would desire to help us with this adoption too.  It is so hard to ask again and again, but the Lord kept prompting us to just put it out there and when we did, He brought the money. There are so many people that love adoption, that do not feel called to adopt themselves, but want to help families that are walking that road.  Next, we applied for a local grant.  At first they denied us, but when we reapplied, they decided to give it to us this time.  That was another boost of joy.  We took a bit of a break and decided to put together another online auction.  Our daughter who was 16 at the time, wanted to put it together.  It was so wonderful to have our older children working to help bring their sibling home.  Katie and Timothy worked together in different ways and in November of 2013 our auction when live. The Lord blessed our daughter's work and it brought in a good chunk of money to help with our adoption fund.  We were about 40% on our way to what we would need. After each fundraiser or grant, we took a bit of break to seek the Lord and what He had for us next.   In January 2015, we kept coming back to the Both Hands fundraiser where you help a widow and in turn people donate to help bring home your orphan.  It sounded like a GREAT way to fundraise. We have always enjoyed reaching out and helping widows. This was right up our alley.   In February we applied to Lifesong and we found out we were accepted into the program.  We presented it to our church friends and they were so wonderful and eager to help us jump this fundraiser off of the ground.  It took 2 months to plan, but in May of 2015 we completed our Both Hands project helping a very special widow and her family. We were overwhelmed with the JOY that it brought her family.  We could not have asked for a better way to fundraise for our adoption.  We raised $15,000 through that amazing project. 

In June we had enough money to sign up with Christian Adoption Consultants.  We signed up with Katie Fenska as we had met her on our first adoption and fell in love with her heart.  We became friends and desired to work with her on this second adoption.  She immediately started on our family profile book.  She captured the heart of our family in such a sweet way. We could not wait to start sharing it with birthmoms.  Because our CAC consultant is connected in with so many lawyers and agencies, we immediately began to receive situations to pray about.  For about 3 months we walked through various situations.   In August we were matched with a birthmom, but a week later, we found out it fell through.  It is always hard to pick yourself up after that, let alone help your whole family pick themselves up. But a week later we found out we were matched again. That made the whole failed match pretty easy.  Two weeks later though, this adoption fell through again and this time we lost a little money.  That was a lot harder to swallow.  We were knocked down pretty good and we began to start to question whether we should proceed forward anymore. We just could not afford to lose any more money. It was not like my husband could recoop that cost.  What should we do?  Our consultant, Katie graciously kept encouraging us and praying for us during this time of mourning and wrestling.  In October our hearts had healed through much prayer and much time just seeking the Lord through His Word.  We decided to profile for "secure" situations only and we signed up with another agency that Katie worked with.  Within a week of signing up a situation came out of the blue from another agency that CAC works with.   We prayed alot of about it and ended up going forward to try to profile. We found out the next day, we were matched!!! We could not believe it!!

Here we are, today,  matched with a birthmom and our little girl is due in less that 20 days.  We are doing one last fundrdaiser to help with the costs of this adoption.  We only have about $1,000 left to raise to bring  her home.  If you would like to help us in a little way bring her home, we would love it if you would read about what we are doing.  It is our last fundraiser and the GREAT thing is that it involves Kids. Children helping children to come home through adoption. 
Here is our latest blog post all about our last fundraiser that we are doing : Kids for Kylee

If you just want to jump  onto Facebook and read about it here is that link: Kids for Kylee
We are collecting pictures on this page of about 50 to 100 children that want to help do odd jobs around their home so that they can donate $10 to help Kylee Joy come home.  All of the pictures we collect through email or on Facebook we are going to put into a photo book for Kylee to look at when she is old enough. She will see all of these wonderful smiling kids that helped her to come home. 

This second adoption journey has been full of lots of ups and downs.  There has been many long nights of prayer and seeking the Lord on how we were supposed to try to raise funds to bring another little one home. So many times, we wanted to "just adopt" and "just have all of the money".  But that was not the journey the Lord had for us.  He had so much to teach us about Himself along the way of bringing Kylee home.
He wanted us how to learn to trust Him, how to just take the next step, how to cheer each other on, how to comfort one another and how to seek  the Lord for His desires and not our own.  God showed us that adoption is all about lovingly yielding to Him, and that His "no's", were really His "not yet's" because He was planning much for us to learn about Him. 

Adoption is really not about us, it is about God and His amazing glory!
He is a loving Father and He cares about the hearts of His children.
The way He brings a child into a family to learn about Him is truly beautiful.
Sometimes the simple question from a 10 year old can spur forth
the work of the Lord within a soul, and 7 years later, He
has us more in awe of Himself than we ever had been before. 

Thank you for cheering us on and thank you for those
 that desire to help us bring Kylee home.
 We are humbled by many beautiful people
and all that God is doing in their hearts and ours. 

"For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?"

Isaiah 14:27


November 11, 2015


I love being able to share adoption stories and this one is extra special! Why? You have to read what Amy shares to find out! 

Our heart for adoption started long before we even met.  I (Amy) grew up around adoption and always felt someday it would be a bigger part of my life.  Before we were married we talked about adoption and said maybe someday down the road we would adopt. A few years after we were married we decided to try to have a biological child and ended up struggling with infertility.  Then we felt strongly that God’s someday and our someday were not in the same time frame.   After lots of prayer we dove into the adoption process.  In April 2012, we were matched with a brave expectant mom.  We are blessed by our relationship with her. I was even able to go to an ultrasound appointment and spend time with her about a month before baby was due!  Then in June, Ella was born and our whole world changed! We fell in love instantly.  At that moment, we knew we wanted to adopt again, but we didn’t know when.  Our passion grew as God’s heart for adoption became vivid to us.  We were shocked to learn there is tremendous need for infant adoptions in the United States.  Not long after Ella was born, we started praying about when to adopt our second child.  God’s plan was different than ours again! We were blessed with our biological son, Emmett the following year!
Two years later God began to nudge us to pursue adoption again! This spring we really felt God saying “now” in a variety of ways throughout our lives.  And once again God’s plan was more than we could have imagined! About a month after we started the waiting for ‘the call’ phase of our journey, we were shocked to find out we were matched…and the expectant momma is carrying twins!  Our twin boys are due the beginning of February 2016.  We are so excited to meet them!

I'm so excited to see this family grow! Follow their story here and you'll also find fundraising links to help bring the twins home! 


November 05, 2015

Little Bits

I can't even begin to express the adoration I have for this precious family! Jessica shares from her heart below, but catch up with their beautiful family over here and I guarantee you'll adore them, too! 

When we first announced to our family and friends that our household was expanding from two children to five the most common expression uttered was something akin to this- "You have 5 children? Why would you say yes to that?"  Here's why-  Two years ago I had a recurring dream.  For nights upon nights I would dream of a little one crying out for mommy. The voice was unknown to me, and honestly I can still replay it in my head.  The dream rattled me.  The feeling that there was a little child crying out for their parent and hearing no response affected me to the core.  One day 
with tears streaming down my face I said yes.  "Whatever it is Daddy God, whatever children come across our path, my answer is yes." My heart nearly burst as holy approval seemed to rest on those words.  That night at home I relayed to my amazing husband the events of the day and proving that he's just as crazy as me- he said yes, too.

Fast forward a few months to see that David,  Judah and his twin sister Annika have been added to our family.  We've enjoyed glittering family moments as well as a few moments that have prompted less than glittering emotions to be felt.  To be honest, some days have been downright terrible.  But our yes is still (and will always be) a resounding yes.

Family is an adventure. Is it difficult? Sometimes, yes. But every difficulty is overshadowed by the opportunity to shower love upon precious babes who are in need.

Psalm 98:4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music


November 04, 2015

In His Timing

I will never tire of hearing stories of God weaving families together through adoption. Just look at this beautiful family and read in Beth's words the amazing way they became a family of 7. 

My husband, Jim, and I knew from the beginning of our relationship that adoption would be part of our story.  We both felt called to adopt and decided early on in our marriage that Haiti was where we were headed.  After three biological children and eight years of praying and saving, we began the process to adopt from Haiti.  Initially, we decided that a toddler boy would fit best into the dynamics of our family and we were matched with our sweet little guy.  He was malnourished and tiny but began thriving in the orphanage.  I, then, felt that God was calling us to adopt a daughter, as well.  I knew she should be about four years old; around the age of our oldest son.  Circumstances prevented us from adding another child to our adoption process at that time, and I was a bit discouraged, but we moved forward and were finally able to bring our son home after two agonizing years of waiting.

I always felt that there was a daughter missing from our family.  I had originally thought she was in Haiti, but maybe I was wrong?  We looked into adopting out of foster care but the timing just never felt right or lined up.  This past February, at an adoptive moms retreat, a dear friend found out about a little girl who was in need of a forever family.  She had been living in a group home for the past four years and she was originally from… Haiti.  Four months ago, we brought our newest daughter home.  She is the age of our oldest son.  In all of this, we have seen God’s sovereignty and have learned, even more, to trust in His perfect plan and timing. 

Psalm 27:14 

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!


November 03, 2015



That's what I do every, single time I see a photo of this precious family! I loved watching them walk through their adoptions with such grace. Hannah was gracious to share a little about adoption & you can catch up with her over here on her blog. 

Adoption was nagging at me for a couple years. When I read adoption blogs, I’d cry and ask my husband to donate to their cause. I talked about adoption all the time and tried to convince everyone I knew to adopt. Except myself. 

We had two kids keeping me on my toes and I was set in my ways. So I was good at talking myself out of adoption. But it wouldn’t stop nagging at my heart.

One day my husband came to me and said he felt that God wanted us to pursue adoption. And suddenly all of my hesitancy melted away, because I knew this had been a long time coming. I just needed someone else to push me over the edge!

Saying yes was just the beginning of the process. There was paperwork to fill out, phone appointments, meetings, doctor visits, and more paperwork. But we rushed through the early stages as fast as we could! And then came the waiting. And more waiting.

The path that led us to our two babies was bumpier than we expected. It didn’t always look the way we envisioned and definitely wasn’t as smooth as we’d hoped. But it was so worth it.

Because when we started the adoption process, I thought it was something we were supposed to do because babies needed us. But I was so wrong. We were the ones who needed them. The joy they have brought into our family, the laughter, the love: we needed them to complete us.

Chris & Hannah,
Isaiah, Leah, Enoch & Phoebe


November 02, 2015

In honor of National Adoption Month, I'll be sharing many beautiful adoption stories. 

It seems most appropriate to begin this series sharing a dear friend's story who walked hand in hand with us to bring home our sweet little man. Through being an adoption consultant, she has helped 100's of families grow through adoption. 

Tracie, John & their beautiful family are treasured friends. Check out their amazing family here.

Ephesians 1:5

 He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.