Saturday, March 30, 2013


Have you visited our featured family of the week's story?  Pastor Eric and Connie are raising funds to adopt a baby, hopefully very soon!  Bounce over to their post, watch their fun video, and donate a dollar!  

Though I think of Isaac's birth parents often, it always seems that they are on my mind more often around holidays, and this weekend is no different.  I always make sure that we've got a good picture of the event's of that day to send to them, with his shirt pressed, and a smile (or as close as I can get to one!) on his face.  I'm sure they appreciate those photos, but as I was reminded today, that is not every day life.  

In our life, some day's we play in pajamas all day.  Sometimes you'll catch him covered in chalk from drawing on the sidewalks outside.  My recent favorite picture of him, is him in his car seat, with a pointer finger up each side of his nose.  Not glamorous, sorta gross, but totally him.  

I was reminded that since these were my favorite pictures, because it show's the true personality of him, then likely, his birthparents treasure these pictures too.  Of course the perfectly planned, posed, executed pictures are nice, but they are staged.  They aren't our life, and if the purpose of sending pictures to them is to show him, and our life with him, then what better way then to show the candid pictures that I take day to day, most often with my phone.   I've made a deliberate effort  to make sure that I upload those pictures to my computer often, so I can print them and send them in the letters.   Because really, this picture can't help but make you smile!  Boys!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Feature Family of the Week: The Hullstrom Family

I'd like to introduce you to Pastor Eric and Connie.  They are currently in the process of a domestic infant adoption, and are waiting for the child that God had planned for them. 

As you will see in the video, Pastor Eric has a passion for the children in his church, and blogs at Adopted As An Heir.  Connie is a nurse, and spends her days helping pregnant woman and babies. 

First and foremost, they ask for prayers as they are going through this process.  They recently experienced a failed match, but through it have been strong and state that "God is indeed good".  Please pray for them as they continue to travel the path that has been laid out for them as they build their family.

Please take a moment to say a prayer for the Hullstrom family, share their story, and then click below and donate $1.00!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Featured Family of the Week: The Dowdy family

The Dowdy family is growing their family with another brother!

After being married for several years, and strugging with infertility, Keith and Anja adopted Ezekiel, who was 2 1/2.  The love having an open adoption with his birth parents, and are excited to be matched with a little boy due in May.

They have two blogs to share their amazing story, 
you can go check them out over there and see a ton more cute pictures of Ezekiel!

Like I said earlier, they are currently matched with a brother for Ezekiel, who is due in May, so they are doing a huge push right now as that's right around the corner.  

Click the button below to donate to the Dowdy family, every dollar helps!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Featured Family of the Week: The Schoenecke Family

We would like to introduce to you our new featured family of the week, Bryan and Samantha Schoenecke.  

I'll let Samantha tell you a little about their story:

In the fall of 2011 when we had been married for about a year and a half, we both felt like God was speaking to us that it was time to begin having a family.  The timing didn't make complete sense as I had been having some health problems, and we thought that a move might be in our near future, but we trusted God that His timing was/is perfect.  By the summer of 2012, we had had 3 miscarriages and really began to pray about where God would have us go from there.  We saw a specialist wondering if maybe we should do some medical testing, but God made it really evident that we were not to pursue any further testing, at least for right now.  About this same time, a friend of a friend asked us to adopt her beautiful newborn son.  We said, "Yes!" and were so excited to welcome him into our family!  Sadly, after we had loved this sweet boy as our son for 11 days, his mom changed her mind and decided to parent him.  We were heartbroken.  Our time with him did really stir our hearts for domestic adoption though, and after much prayer, we began the home study process officially.  In November 2012, we were matched with a birth mom who was expecting a baby girl.  We spent many long hours getting to know her over the phone and over Skype.  We even made two trips across the country to visit her in person.  After two months, she let us know that she too had changed her mind about her decision.  Now we are waiting to be matched again, and hopeful that our next match will be our precious firstborn baby!  

Even though it has not been an easy journey, God has been so faithful!  This process has really strengthened our marriage and united us as teammates.  We've also both grown so much in our relationships with the Lord and are learning to place our hope in Him rather than in the hope of growing our family.

As the Schoenecke's wait for their match, let's show them love, dollar by dollar.