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Benji – Kidney Transplant Update Benji’s kidney transplant coordinator recently called to inform us that Benji is once again active on the deceased donor list.  This part of the process has been frustrating.  He was tentatively approved last Fall, but then was pretty quickly made inactive when two specialties decided they wanted further testing and information.  We hadn’t much more than gotten that done before we were … Read More

Kidney Wanted: Apply Within

Dear friends and family, This is the blogpost I never wanted to write; the destination on our family’s journey in which I hoped never to arrive.  Our sweet nine year old son, Benji, has reached the point where we *must* begin to advocate for a living kidney donor.   We have known this day would come eventually, but we have done everything within our … Read More Kidney Wanted: Apply Within

Unfinished Business

A little more than two and a half *decades* ago, I began my college career at the University of Louisville. I was a young single mother of a two month old; also working a full-time, early-morning shift at a local bakery, attending school full-time in the afternoons and evenings, and relying heavily on the availability and generosity of my aged grandparents (and sometimes parents-both … Read More Unfinished Business

Adoption Update (We’re home!)

Dear Friends, I wasn’t able to keep the blog updated while in China. As you read, you’ll understand why. I am going to copy the Facebook posts that April and I posted while in China along with the dates. I’ll add very little commentary from this side, I believe the posts will clearly communicate all that we went through to bring these boys home. … Read More Adoption Update (We’re home!)

First Full Day in Beijing

  Please note – Facebook will have more updates and pictures so if you’re interested, feel free to friend me and April. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to update the blog once we get the boys. The process on the blog is a pain and time consuming – especially adding pictures. Thanks. Ryle and I had a good day. After breakfast, … Read More First Full Day in Beijing

Adoption Update

Ryle and I are inflight. Here a couple of Facebook posts from April yesterday and today. It will quickly bring you up-to-speed. Posted 12/14/15 evening Many of you know that our Son, Jake, was involved in a head-on collision this morning. First responders said that his seat belt saved his life. The ER doc added that he’s lucky to be alive. We are so … Read More Adoption Update

Taking the Long Way HOME

April writes: It has been a while since we have updated our blog.  And so much has changed. Come along with me as I tell you one of the greatest stories that God has allowed our family to be a part of in a long, long time. Our intention throughout this adoption had been to bring one child home from China.  We found that … Read More Taking the Long Way HOME

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad!”

Last December, when we received Preapproval to adopt Silas James from China, we immediately began to consider how we would come up with the funds needed to pay all the adoption expenses.  Our first expense was our homestudy update, and it was going to cost $800.  I remembered that in the past my parents would have yard sales from time to time.  And that … Read More “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad!”

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

We have an Orphan Care jar that sits atop our microwave. We deposit our leftover change in it all year long, and in years past, we have donated that money to the designated orphan initiative at Ninth and O Baptist’s VBS.  Our kids are always super excited to see how much we’ve accumulated over the year, and are so proud to carry that jar … Read More “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Nine months ago

Hard to believe that its been nine months since ‘Gotcha Day’. Here’s a little video.

Wedding Pics!

Christian and Kaylynn were married Saturday! Attached are a couple of pics.  

Last night as a family of nine!

We arrived in Zhengzhou, tired and worn but excited about what the Lord has in store for us in the next 15 hours. We received updated reports on our girls on the bus ride from the airport to our hotel. I have included pictures of the reports if you would like to read and use them to inform your prayers. A few of the … Read More Last night as a family of nine!