• Adoption

    Save International Adoption

    I cried in the dentist chair today.  Not because of anything the hygienist was doing, but because of the International Adoption Crisis that is happening right now.  Our family has worked so hard to raise over $20,000, and now our adoption and many others are in jeopardy.  It’s a heartbreaking and infuriating problem that not many people know about.  Our Department of State is implementing new regulations that will raise already high costs to astronomical levels, and will ultimately close many if not all international adoption programs in the United States.   Our agency has been denied accreditation renewal, though they have done EVERYTHING necessary to renew it.  Now, the…

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    Halfway

    I dreamed last night that we had a baby. It was a long dream, and one of those rare, completely realistic dreams. There were no multi-story buildings missing the stairs, no embarrassing nonsensical “forgot my pants” scenarios, and I wasn’t trying to drive a car from the passenger seat. It was just my family enjoying our new baby. Jason’s parents were there, meeting their new grandbaby. I was watching proudly as my children told the story of how we came to have another child, and Jason held the baby close and kissed her tiny head. The baby was a girl. She was a newborn. She didn’t have a first name.…

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    Garage Sale and Other News

    Here is our long overdue update! I’m sorry it has taken me so long to post, but it has been a bit of a circus here for the past month and a half. When I announced that we were accepting items for our garage sale, things were donated sporadically, and I committed to sorting and pricing them all as they came.  Large items were posted for sale immediately so that they would move out, and I felt like I had good handle on this fundraising machine.  About a week before the sale, I announced a “last call” for donations, and you guys, it got crazy up in here.  For 4 days,…

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    Twenty-five Percent!

    We’ve been asked so many times, “Why does it cost so much to adopt?” I never feel prepared to answer this question.  We have been through this process before, so we were prepared for the costs, and the faith required to commit to it.  I guess I don’t question it anymore. I thought I would include in this post an itemized list, so that the daunting price tag would make more sense to those who haven’t adopted recently.  During my internet research of adoption fundraising, I’ve learned that $45,000 is a typical amount that parents should expect to pay for any adoption currently, whether international or domestic.  So ours is…

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    Answers

    This is one of those days when I wish I had been brave enough to share with you exactly what I had been praying for earlier, so that you could experience the thrill of answered prayer along with me now. Hearing a great story about God’s provision after the fact is always heartwarming, but there’s nothing like the wonder of a specific prayer answered clearly and definitely. Our family has been keeping a record of every person who has helped and supported us in this adoption, every answered prayer, and each milestone as we achieve it. It has been incredible to watch those lists grow. Over and over I question…