• an unethical agency, closed countries, & brick walls - OUR SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION STORY
    ADOPTION,  LIVING

    an unethical agency, closed countries, & brick walls – OUR SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION STORY

    Today I am finally sharing our international adoption story of how we were led to adoption from South Africa. Our journey included a lot of brick walls, like an unethical agency, countries closing and more but it resulted in the sweetest boy being added to our family and it was worth all the effort, tears and prayers!       You can find our adoption timeline here.

  • International Adoption Q & A - how much does it cost? how long was the process? and more!
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    how much does it cost? fundraising? why international adoption? – INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION Q&A

    I’ve been wanting to do an adoption Q & A for a long time and here it finally is! I have a feeling this will be part one of many but I am excited to answer some of your questions about our international adoption. Some of the questions I’m answer in this Q & A include: why international adoption? how much does it cost? what about fundraising? how do you choose an agency and country? how long was the process?      

  • Five Year Adoption Anniversary
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    Five Years With Ephraim!

    Tomorrow marks five years since a South African judge ruled in favor of Ephraim joining our family. I cannot believe it has been five years already! That chubby eighteen month old has grown into a hilarious six and a half year old. When we first got our referral for him one of the words they used to describe his personality was “lively” and other than the first week of being with us where he was incredibly quiet the liveliness hasn’t stopped. He will do anything to make people laugh.     When I look back on our adoption timeline and the ups and downs, and apparent brick walls, I am…

  • ADOPTION,  LIVING

    How Long Does Adoption Paperwork Take?

    Well, this adoption awareness series is slowly puttering along and I’m back today with another question that I got asked: How long does the paperwork take?   In case you’ve missed it, here’s the series so far: how do you know if you’ve been called to adopt? how to get started how long does the paperwork take? (this post!) what if I don’t instantly love my adopted child? how to talk about adoption with your adoptive child You can also checkout the whole adoption awareness series here.     HOW LONG DOES ADOPTION PAPERWORK TAKE?   Adoption paperwork is no joke, there’s a reason it’s been called “paper pregnancy”, the…

  • Where to Start When You Want to Adopt
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    Where to Start When You Want to Adopt

    I wasn’t planning on having such a break after my previous post in this adoption awareness series but it turns out suddenly doubling the kids in your home can really affect one’s free time! Here’s an outline of what I have/hope to share about this month (more may get added or I may not get to them all, we’ll see what life brings!): how do you know if you’ve been called to adopt? how to get started (this post!) how long does the paperwork take? what if I don’t instantly love my adopted child? how to talk about adoption with your adoptive child     When we knew we wanted…

  • Adoption Awareness Month - How do you know if you are called to adopt (or foster)
    ADOPTION,  FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    How Do You Know if You’ve Been Called to Adopt (or Foster)?

    It’s Adoption Awareness Month and I have a number of ideas of posts to share for this month. I got a few different questions asked and I plan on answering them all over the next few weeks. Here’s a peek into what I hope to share (and I’m sure I’ll come up with more): how do you know if you’ve been called to adopt? (that’s this post!) how to get started how long does the paperwork take? what if I don’t instantly love my adopted child? how to talk about adoption with your adoptive child Let me know if you have other questions you would like answered or topics you…