About Us

We are Chris and Megan. First and foremost we love our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are daily humbled by His plan for our lives and love seeing what he does when we trust him. We have always wanted to adopt but had planned on having biological kids first. We felt God calling us to adoption first and after lots of prayer are excited to be starting our first adoption! We love the people and culture of Uganda and are excited to bring that culture into our family. We seek to honor God in our adoption and eventually in the way we raise our kids. We covet your prayers as this will be a long but exciting journey to our forever family!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meeting Noeline

Our first meeting was way different than anything I had dreamed about. We had arrived at our guesthouse at about 1AM to just walls and a bed, no water, no food...nothing! We slept for a couple hours but knowing we were meeting our girl in a matter of hours made sleeping difficult.

We were up around 7, ate a Cliff bar and anxiously waited for the orphanage director to be ready to go to the babies home. On the way she stopped at a local grocery store and sent us in to buy food. We got most of what we didn't need, how could I think about what we would eat when we were minutes from meeting our daughter. We did get enough water to get us through a couple days.

When we got back into the car, the orphanage director let us know we would be taking her home with us that day. We had been told we would visit until we had legal custody of her. But, because of an early meeting with our lawyer and court the next day she didn't want to go to the orphanage the next day to pick her up (the orphanage moved about an hour away from where we were staying). We thought it was odd and were sad that Noeline was going to have such a stressful and hard day. We knew this would be one of the hardest days of her life.

We were excited but extremely nervous. What would she want to eat? How does she sleep? We were totally unprepared to bring her home with us. We weren't expecting to do that for weeks! Thankfully, the suitcase with her stuff was the only suitcase that arrived so we had clothes and a few toys for her...but no diapers!

After a long and dusty ride we pulled into the orphanage. The director pointed to a door and said, "she's in there." We walked into an all concrete room with about a dozen or so kids eating. We quickly scanned the room and locked eyes on our girl. She gave us the biggest grin and offered me some of her food. They brought in chairs so we could sit but because they were far from her I just sat on the floor with her. We didn't touch her or hug her because we didn't want to scare her.

About 5 minutes later, they took her away, gave her a quick bath and dressed her in an orange tank top, blue shorts and red Puma shoes. A sweet girl, who was recently adopted by our sweet friends brought her out to us and we were left alone with her in a huge room. The look of terror in her eyes is one I'll never forget. She was so so scared, we tried to distract her with books but nothing helped much.

She eventually was so overwhelmed she fell asleep. We loved the cuddles but hated knowing her body just couldn't take any more. About 15 minutes later the orphanage director came back and said we were leaving. Within 20 minutes she met us and was now leaving everything she'd ever known.

These pictures are so difficult to look at and so precious at the same time. We were meeting our daughter, she was gaining a family but we were also stripping her of all her comfort. It's crazy how different she is today, she was such a baby!

   

   

   

               

   

When we got back to the guest house, she let us cuddle her a little more and let Daddy read to her!
              

She spent the rest of the day pretty sad and overwhelmed. She slept in my arms most of the night which was great because the next day was COURT!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Introducing Our Daughter!!

We are so excited to introduce you to our daughter, Noeline Margaret!!
On September 14th we, finally, brought her home!!

Our  sweet girl is full of spunk and joy!

It took exactly 6 months to bring her home but she is flourishing in her new family!!

Over the next few weeks, I'll try to catch up on why it took 6 months to bring her home

But for now, just enjoy these sweet pictures Mary took of our family along the Nile



Funny story with this picture, half a second later that cow head butted me throwing me into the air. Luckily it was just startling and no one was hurt! We all laughed that a cow could sneak up on us like that. If you ask, Noelien loves to tell the story of "Maama get bonked on the booty!"


Saturday, January 9, 2016

It's a....

Girl!! 
1 sweet, little 2 year old!!

We have named her "N" Margaret Negrete. We aren't sharing her first name privately because we've decided to keep her birth name. Margaret is my paternal grandma's name. She passed away last March. Margaret means "Pearl" and Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa!!

Here is what we already know about her:

She was born only 25 day before we began our adoption process, she's been here all that time!!

She was placed in the orphanage at 2 days old and has spent her entire life in the same orphanage.

She has the chubbiest cheeks and sweet Buddha belly.

She has great expressive eyebrows that may kill us when she's a teenager. (Chris: the first time I get those eyebrows, I'm just going to melt even though she'll be mad at me)

She has awesome hair, you should see her 4 month picture.

We have a newborn, 4month, around 1 year, 18month and recent 2 year old pictures. It's rare to be have so many!

According to her referral she "is a joyous child, who sleeps well and is liked by everyone."

Chris is praying she likes fish (I hate fish), so he can take her on sushi dates!

Friends, she is amazing, we are head over heals in love with her! It was completely love at first sight, we are enamored! We can't share pictures on any sort of social media but we will gladly show her off if you ever see us in person. Just ask, we're more than happy to brag on her!


Friday, December 4, 2015

We Received Another Grant!!

We are praying daily that "the" call comes but so far it's just been quiet. Friday evenings are especially hard as we know the soonest we could get the referral is the next Monday.

But, today's Friday afternoon is a little brighter!! At the end of school, when my kids were packing up to go home (all teachers know how crazy those few minutes are) I got a call from a grant organization.

They have approved us for a $4,000 grant!!

Hallelujah!

We are so grateful and excited for this extra financial help!!

Please pray we get our referral by Christmas, we wait with expectant hope...exactly what this season is all about!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall 2015 Auction

We have over 100 items listed in our auction this year. We are continually blown away and so blessed by each and every item and all the people who have stepped in to help in this way. You can check it out here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1435369746717958/

Bidding starts on Wednesday and goes until Saturday at 9PM PST. Get some Christmas shopping done early!!

Here are just a few of the items: Happy Bidding!!













Friday, September 18, 2015

Both Hands Project

This past weekend we had the amazing opportunity to live out James 1:27 through our Both Hands project. I've wanted to do a Both Hands project long before we began our adoption. It's such an amazing blending of caring for orphans and widows at the same time. JT's (the founder) story is amazing (https://vimeo.com/49870537), he's seen the power of blessing the orphan and the widow first hand. This same care goes into all projects under his organization. They were easy to get a hold of, quickly responded to calls or emails. We had numerous phone calls with JT himself, we felt cared for and supported all along the way.

We got to spend the day blessing sweet Greer. This amazing woman suddenly lost her beloved husband 3 years ago. We remember him as the man around Biola who wore the big straw hat. He cared so well for the students and faculty of Biola but was an even more amazing father and husband. He is so deeply missed!

It's not to late to sponsor our team, visit http://www.bothhands.org/project/negrete-5059 to financially partner with us and support our team!

Our team of 12 braved the hot weather to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Here is the video (for some reason the video doesn't have a picture but it does work!) and some pictures of our day together! Take a look!



Bathroom before painting...


Our mom's took the lead on painting the bathroom



Bathroom with a fresh coat or paint!



Fence before weatherproofing...


Weatherproofing the fence...


Fence after weatherproofing...


 Mowing and edging the lawn...


 Window frames before painting



Painting the window frames...



Windows after painting...




 Hanging the "winter's cottage" Ken wrote a poem for Greer about weathering life's season's together. He nicknamed their house the winter's cottage. Her grandkids helped her assemble to Legos "Winter's Cottage" Chris and Mike hung the shelf above her front door!



 We were so blessed by the opportunity to serve. We are so grateful this project was woven into our adoption story!