This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).


I Was Adopted... (Keep Reading, Mom)

A lot of people have asked S and me why we have chosen to grow our family through adoption. We have given a lot of different answers, because there are a lot of different reasons why we think adoption is a wonderful thing.

There are 163 million orphans in the world.

Every child deserves a family and to know he or she is loved.

As Americans, we are among the richest 1% of people in the world.

We wanted more children in our family, and I had a rough pregnancy with our daughter.

God calls his church to care for orphans in their distress.

We love children.

But we have been convicted recently that we weren't really answering the question truthfully a lot of the time. While it is true that we think there are a lot of wonderful reasons to adopt a child who needs a home, there is only ONE reason why we chose to actually do it. And why we're doing it again. And probably will again, if the Lord allows us to. (My mom just fainted.)

So I'm going to be very clear this time (and hopefully every time I share about our adoption plans from now on.) This is the ONLY reason why we chose to enter into this world of caring for orphans.

We know in the core of our being that we are loved by God.

That's it. I know it sounds like that has nothing to do with adoption. But it has everything to do with adoption. 'Cause guess who invented adoption? Check this out-

“In LOVE, (God) predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his
pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
(Ephesians 1:5-6)

Scott and I believe with all our hearts that this scripture is true. That we were once separated from our Creator God. We were 'orphans' in a sense. And that in the greatest act of sacrifice and love imaginable, God sent His Son Jesus to rescue us- to pay the price that we could not pay- in order for us to be a part of God's family. In essence, he adopted us. As you can see from verse 5 above... it was His plan from the beginning.

So that is why we adopt. Because we were adopted by God. We are so absolutely convinced of His love for us that we are compelled to show that love to others. We are so secure in His love for us that we are free to do risky things, like adoption, with the complete peace that He will take care of us and provide everything we need. What Jesus has done for us in securing our adoption as God's children is truly indescribable. We are filled with awe and wonder... and the more we understand and believe these truths, we are filled with LOVE. HIS LOVE.

“We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:19

So that's the truth. The whole truth. Of course, not all who are convinced of Jesus' love for them are called to adopt. (Although we are all called to care for orphans!) But for us, it was out of this place of knowing that we are loved by God that we were able to hear His call to adopt and to move forward with it despite the risks involved. For us, it is His Plan, Our Joy.

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