My life has not turned out as I thought it would. I thought by now, I would be married with 2.5 kids, struggling to balance being a pastor with family life. In January of 2016, I worked with a friend to set up a new personal budget and set aside funds each month to afford an international adoption, looking towards a child from Haiti. With less Target and Starbucks, as well as a friend regularly checking in, my adoption fund...
The adoption journey is one of the most beautiful, difficult, and redeeming processes of which one can be a part. It starts with the question, “Why adoption?” Why would you want to involve yourself with someone else’s trauma? There are so many questions that are hard to understand unless you are called to it.
I was initially very skeptical about adoption because we already had a biological daughter. Eventually, my heart was so...
Not all of us are called to adopt, but we can all do something to support the care of children in need of families.
My husband and I couldn’t have adopted without the love and support that was so generously given to us through our church and biological families. The experience we had was unlike any other we’ve heard of and the outpouring of grace from the body of Christ was exceptional.
Often times, when Christians talk about James 1:27, adoption and foster care are the primary means presented for living "true religion." But the scripture doesn't pinpoint these two options as superior - or the fulfillment of the law. James 1:27 states:
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."...
One way my family likes to spend time together is to go out to the park. After long seasons of cold weather, it’s just refreshing to get out and release some of the endless energy that is bottled up in my kids.
One day, last summer, we were playing on the playground and a mother came up to me and began asking about my family. This would have been unusual in the past, but after becoming a foster family, this is a regular occuran...
Over 140 guests joined us for The Art of Coming Home Gala & Art Auction. It was a beautiful evening! We enjoyed artwork created by orphans and adoptees; listened to dynamic speakers; dined on delicious food; and experienced the generous support of Mid-Atlantic Orphan Care Coalition's donors!
*A special thank you to our speakers, Chris Kraus and Vanessa Russel! Your stories were full of hope and inspiration!*
This time of year, we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Sovereign God, come as a newborn babe - the King of kings, born in a stable. In this beautiful, backwards-from-society story, we see the love of the Father, in the giving of His Son. And we see the love of a father, in the accepting of his son. It held miraculous and messy in tandem.
Jesus, born to Mary, a virgin, had no biological connection to Joseph. But Joseph, whose...
On Monday, March 13, 2017 - we said Yes.
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - we said Yes.
On Monday, August 21, 2017 - we said Yes.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017 - we said Yes.
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - we said Yes.
On Thursday, June 14, 2018 - we said Yes.
On Friday, July 27, 2018 - we said Yes.
On Sunday, August 12, 2018 - we said Yes.
On Friday, September 14, 2018 - we s...
Hope used to be a pretty simple concept to me, but like many things I’ve encountered on this journey, it’s become of the most hard-won battle scars I’ve gained. Honestly, every day this is the thing that confuses and surprises me most: that foster care has stripped away my ability to look at hope as a simple thing.
My first encounter with foster families was through a job right out of colle...