What is Normal? From Sumatra Villages to Corporate America.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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% […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Adoption Training in Chicago

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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 […]

Portraits in the Park

Guess what? We have our first adoption fundraiser coming up in a couple weeks!  I had fun making these postcards the other day, and thought I’d mostly just post these to get the information out.  We will be doing a brief photo shoot at a nearby park to start raising funds for our Homestudy. If […]

Catching our Breath

Hi friends, It’s been a little bit since perhaps you’ve heard an update from us.  There’s a reason for that. Here’s the story. A few weeks ago, we went in for our second official interview with our adoption agent. We absolutely love her. She’s wonderful & has such an incredible heart for adoption.  She sat […]

Gloriously Ruined

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Gloriously ruined is being different. Gloriously ruined is seeing things differently. Gloriously ruined is about being changed for the better. Kim and I are gloriously ruined, and I’m okay with that. Ever since we came home from the mission field we realize more and more that we’re different, and can’t ever go back to being […]

Mounds of Paperwork!

So, we have started what is termed “the paper chase”…. ie one paper after another, after another! And you know what?! I’m actually kind of enjoying it. Now, you may laugh. I know it’s only the beginning. However, I will say this kind of reminds me of visa application- and we have done loads of […]

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We don’t ever feel content when somebody is morally upright on their way to destruction.

— John Piper