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

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 training. So this counted towards our in-person hours. Why all the training? We’re already parents right? Well, I guess there are things specific to adoption that we need to be aware of. Something I didn’t realize but adopted kids are by definition ‘at risk’ because they don’t have parents right away. They don’t have a ‘normal’ childhood. And this can lead to mild to severe developmental problems. Kids need love. Kids need attention. And children in orphanages, or passed between care givers don’t get that. So there are things to be aware of.

We spent the morning hearing from a child psychologist. He talked about the basic needs of children, how to tell when they’re at their limit, and what to do to help them cope. Kids don’t have the same learned coping mechanisms that adults have learned, so they often express their frustrations in erratic often explosive ways. It’s important for a parent to help your child learn appropriate ways to express themselves. And sometimes just giving them a squeeze (or proprioception) can do the trick. I appreciated hearing from him. He gave us several things to think about.

The afternoon was especially helpful as they brought in a family who adopted from South Koren through our same agency. Talk about relevant! It was so sweet to see their two adopted Korean boys sitting right there in front of me. It almost made cry to see the reality of it. It’s not just paperwork or theory or a picture in a book. There they were! Adoption works, and now they have two loving parents. The father kept imploring us “Adoption is worth every second! It’s a long process and there will be difficulties. But it is so worth it. It’s worth every second!” I think we needed to hear those words, to see those kids there in the room with us, and see that this actually works. Families do come together this way. Hearts are blended. Children are loved. What a beautiful picture. And to think that God does this for us just blows me away.

We stayed the weekend with Aunt Peg in Chicago. Mom C. was able to road-trip with us as well! Not only was it nice to spend time at our agency’s headquarters and training, but it was added bonus to have some quality time with family.

They gave us a few goodies! We got a free calendar (filled with sweet pictures of babies from our agency) and an Adoption Parenting toolkit book.

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 you happen to live in Wisconsin, we’d love to see you there. Pauquette is a lovely park, and it’s a great time of year to get some shots for Mother’s Day, as a couple, a single, friends, or whatever. Josh will be taking the photos and I’ll be assisting.

For those who don’t know, Josh and I both have a bit of a background in Photography (He has a minor and has taken pictures all over the world, and I spent much time working at a studio/ was an art major). We’ve recently done a decent amount of photography with our web and design business as well.  So, we thought this would be a fun opportunity to use our skills, give back to those around, and save a little towards our first phase.

Hope to see you there!

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Other News:

Our S. Korea Adoption:

  • >Phase 1: Home Study
  • Phase 2: Referral
  • Phase 3: Wait
  • Phase 4: Meet Up
  • Phase 5: Pick Up

Prayer Point: You can just thank God that we feel excited about having a plan of action and moving forward. We can’t wait to involve others in this opportunity and watch how things unfold. Thanks so much for the outpouring of encouragement, love, and prayers!  You can be praying for our upcoming training next weekend in the Chicago area.


Sneak Peak: Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come.

  • April 15: We are attending an all day adoption training in Elmhurst, IL (our agency‘s headquarters).  Looking forward to meeting the head of the Korean program, learning more about international adoption, and about what lies ahead.
  • May: Super Awesome Puzzle Fundraiser

We also plan on writing a post soon answering specific questions concerning funds and giving.  We’ve had a lot of people ask, “Why so expensive?” and “How can we give? (and yes, any giving can be tax-deductible)”