We are excited beyond measure to share with you, our family and friends, our good news!  God has called us forward on our next journey together, and we are currently in the process of adopting a little one from Ethiopia. 

We realize that for a variety of reasons, not everyone is able to or has the desire to adopt, and we do not believe that God calls every family to adopt.  We hope that you’ll see our journey as an opportunity to come alongside us, our little one, and the orphans of Ethiopia.  We ask that you consider supporting us in your prayers as we continue throughout this process, and that you would keep our little one in your prayers as well, until we are able to physically be together as a family.  We further ask you to prayerfully consider whether you may be able to come alongside us in whatever way you feel called as we embark on this journey to bring home one sweet child.

Q:  Is it true that there are concerns related to scams occurring with international adoption, and particularly Ethiopia?

A:  We’ll be working with a small, non-profit adoption agency that’s state licenses and accredited by the U.S. government.  They are caring and committed to what they do, and they come recommended by others who have been through the process successfully.  We have also chosen to adopt out of a reputable orphanage that cares well for their children.

Q:  Why have we decided to adopt rather than have biological children?

A:  We don’t know why God chose to grow our first child in someone else’s belly, 7500 miles away, or why He chose us to parent that child.  We hope that in the future we will continue to add to our family both biologically and through adoption.

Q:  Will we get to choose our child?

A:  We can be as specific as we want.  We have chosen to specify a child 2 or younger, boy or girl, and we are willing to take a sibling set, which means we just might bring home two instead of one!  Our agency and the orphanage then take this information and they work together to match us with our child or children.

Q:  How long will this process take?

A:  All together, the adoption process will take a year or possibly more; every single case is different.  The process includes time for paperwork, matching us with a child, and lots of government processing.

Terry - Katie and I have always entertained the idea of adoption (“someday”) but it wasn’t until I started leading a junior high small group where I met Tamirat and I started to seriously consider the idea of an international adoption.  Then this past summer, Katie and I co-lead a student mission trip to San Francisco and I had the privilege of getting to know Mulugeta, Nati and Obsi and after hearing their stories, God planted a seed in my heart ~ a seed that would eventually grow to be where our heart’s true desire now is for an Ethiopian adoption.
Katie - As early as I can remember, I’ve always had the desire in me to adopt, and adopt internationally.  Thankfully, Terry was always on-board (or maybe I just talked about it so much that he finally got on-board!).  I always thought that we would have biological kids first, and then adopt, and when Terry asked me in recent months whether we maybe should consider adopting first, I thought he was just a little crazy, and that my plan was fine the way it was!  But, God knew better, and after stirring up that desire in Terry, He also let me know in no uncertain times that He’s ready for us to go get our child.  I’m overwhelmingly happy, excited and hopeful.

“Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the corners of the earth.”

Isaiah 43:6

“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.”

James 1:27


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Our recent journey to Ethiopia