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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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Our Adoption Journey: One Year In

A year ago on Mother’s Day, Josh and I decided to move forward with adoption. We had always talked about it, but both agreed this was the time.  One year in and it’s been quite the journey, and we’ve barely started. We started by emailing everyone we knew who had ever adopted.  We picked their brains, asked where to start, what to do, and how their journey went.  We checked out books, read Read more [...]
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Portraits in the Park Fundraiser: Review

So, we had not just one, but TWO days of taking pictures at the park (due to popular demand), and I have to say that we really enjoyed this fundraiser. Not only did we raise above our goal, but it was nice to have so much encouragement and support. So many people shared our event that we didn’t even know half the people that showed up (which was awesome, btw!) We were able to hear several stories Read more [...]

Go out of your way

One of the strongest statements that you can make against a culture of abortion, or a culture of death, or a culture that uses birth control and says “these kids are just in the way” is to go out of your way to add children to your life. Powerful words from John Piper about adoption. I couldn’t agree more. Listen to the whole message here: Adoption the Heart of the Gospel Read more [...]
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Adoption Training in Chicago

Kim and I attended our first official adoption training in Chicago this weekend. My aunt was gracious enough to let us stay the weekend with her, and my mom came down to help with the kids, so it was really quite convenient. Thanks for all the help! So what is adoption training anyway? Well, I wasn't quite sure either, but we are required to have 8 hours of in-person training and 10 hours of online Read more [...]
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