• Five Year Adoption Anniversary
    ADOPTION,  LIVING

    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
    ADOPTION

    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…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  FOSTER CARE,  LIVING,  SCRIPTURE WRITING

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Orphan Care

    With November being Adoption Awareness Month and Ephraim’s adoption anniversary it seems like the perfect month for an orphan care Scripture writing challenge. I don’t think that every Christian needs to adopt or foster (but I’m not opposed to the idea either!) but we are all called to help the fatherless and needy. You’ll notice that the verses for this challenge are not all orphan specific, there are a lot of verses about doing good that don’t specifically point out orphan care. It plainly says in the Bible that people will know we are Christians by the way we treat those around us and one of the ways we can do…

  • Why We are Choosing to Foster Instead of Adopting Again
    ADOPTION,  FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    Why We Are Choosing to Foster (Instead of Adopting Again)

    We’ve had a number of people ask us in the last couple of months why we made the decision to start the process to become foster parents and specifically why foster care over another adoption, so, let’s chat about that! Next month marks five years since we adopted Ephraim! And while the journey to him was long and at times painful, we cannot imagine our lives without him, he has brought so much good into our lives, God really knew what he was doing by putting him in our family. So, obviously we are pretty pro-international adoption. And to be honest, we did look into international adoption again.   I mean,…