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Update: Puzzle Progress Report & Home Study

A lil update for you: Puzzle Progress Report: 91%! I know this is long overdue… but wanted to do a puzzle progress report. I’m sure people have been waiting to see what it looks like, and so here you go… All in all, we got our puzzle to 86% right before the art auction.  That’s huge. We also decided that we wanted to honor all the artists that gave towards the auction, so we’ve Read more [...]
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Taking a Missions Course

Kim and I signed up for the Perspectives course for next January. The Perspectives course is a missions 101 type class. We've heard great things about it from various people over the years, and always thought "hmm, maybe one day. . ." Well, you know us- we never wait for anything- so we signed up. You might think it rather odd that former missionaries are signing up for a missions class. What's Read more [...]
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Training #2. Adoption is a life long process.

Kim and I just got back from another adoption training. The first one was with LifeLink in Chicago (our placing agency). This one was with our home study agency, Lutheran Social Services, in La Crosse. So what's it like to attend adoption training? I should start by saying it's just really cool to be in a room with a bunch of other people who are like you. We all come into the room as strangers. Read more [...]
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Provision: A Home for our Homestudy, and then some.

I feel like this month has been an absolute whirlwind, but want to write an update. First…God’s Provision. Wow. All I can say is Wow.  We have been so blown away by the Lord’s provision in this adoption.  Can I just say that we took a step of faith Feb. 1 and sent in our adoption application.  To be completely honest, we didn’t have the funds to adopt (like really really didn't have Read more [...]
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Faith and Assurance

I've been doing a personal Bible study on salvation. I've been studying scripture for the better part of a year in an attempt to understand the ideas of lordship salvation vs. free grace or 'easy believism'. If you're not familiar with these terms, it's okay, neither was I. Terms aren't important, but they represent two very different understandings of what salvation is and it's important to know the Read more [...]
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The Value of Community

Taken from Josh's journal, 7.17.2016 Community. I see a pattern running through my life lately, a thread that binds the pieces together, and it all comes down to community. Kim and I just had a good talk where we really examined this core desire in our heart and how it has manifested itself especially over the last couple years. Very interesting. Let me try to explain. I think this idea of community, Read more [...]
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A Message from our Agency

We got this email from our adoption agency yesterday: We received an email from Eastern notifying us that we can work with your family. Lifelink will be your placing agency and LSS your home study and post placement agency. Please proceed with your home study. I will be sending LSS an agency agreement to sign. Did you have any interest in any of our waiting children? The youngest one is very cute Read more [...]
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What is Normal? From Sumatra Villages to Corporate America.

When I look back over my life over the last two years I am just amazed at God's provision. I'm amazed at how quickly Kim and I can jump from one thing to another. How one day we're living full on in another culture, immersed in the heat and language barriers, bugs, weddings, and customs entirely different from what is 'normal'. And then I open my eyes again, and this time God has me working in an Read more [...]
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Puzzle Progress Report! 71%

Hi friends! We thought it was about time for another puzzle progress report! We are about six weeks in, and although things seem to be slowing down a little bit, we are still amazed at the generosity and encouragement we've received from so so many people.  I can't believe how many of you have given towards Jireh's puzzle so far.  Thank you! Here's what you're waiting for: We are now at Read more [...]
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Agency changes, waiting, trusting

July 6 I've been told the adoption process isn't easy.  We're just starting to dive in, and I'm already finding this true.  The last couple weeks have been a little bit wild, as we found out that our adoption agency's branch in Madison is closing down. Although we should still be able to adopt through their Illinois headquarters, this news still has stirred up much grief, confusion, and waiting Read more [...]
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Puzzle Progress Report! 51%

Hi all, If you are following along with us in this puzzle fundraiser, I'm excited to announce that we have reached the halfway point!! Yay! Last night when I went to bed we were literally one piece away, and this morning I woke up to six more. Thank you. So, here we are at 51% The picture doesn't really do it justice- I'll be sure to have Josh take the finished one with his nice camera Read more [...]
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Puzzle Progress Report! 27%

Hi friends, Just a week and a half in, and we've been so encouraged by the gifts, sweet notes, and outpouring of love from this puzzle fundraiser. Honestly, this has been a blessing to our souls. Since returning back from overseas, at times we have struggled with feeling lonely/disconnected, but ever since starting this, it has been so so good to be reminded that we have really incredible friends Read more [...]
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Adoption Fees: The nitty gritty (because you asked for it!)

So, since starting the adoption process, we’ve gotten this question a lot, “Why does it cost so much?!” And, well, I wanted to address this question. A lot of people don’t like talking money. And it is a bit humbling, but we see real value in being transparent. According to AbbaFund, “33% of Americans consider adoption. 79% of those are concerned about the costs, the biggest deterrent. Read more [...]
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Puzzle Fundraiser!

Here it is... This week we are excited to launch our puzzle fundraiser to help raise funds for our adoption from South Korea! In case you haven’t heard, we are in the process of adopting from South Korea! We could really use your prayers and support as we start this new journey.  Here’s one way you can be involved. Adoption can be expensive (~$42,000) and it’s humbling to ask people Read more [...]
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