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!

Friday, February 28, 2014

How Did We Get Here?

I, Megan, have always wanted 2 things...to be a wife and a mom. The wife thing is amazing, I love every day of marriage. I knew I wanted to marry Chris after just a few months but not so patiently waited 5 1/2 years until Chris finished school. During that time we had plenty of time to pray and dream about our family.  Sometime early on I told him I desperately wanted to adopt. He was easily convinced but we were planning on adopting after we having biological kids.

Fast forward a few years I have spent 5 months in Uganda, he spent 5 months in Costa Rica, we both desperately love the unloved and marginalized, we are married and we want to start a family. Spring/Summer of 2013 I started researching all things babies and God began to move in my heart.

Without telling Chris I started praying God would clearly show us when and how we were supposed to have kids. I read parenting books and adoption books and God convinced me adoption was first. Late July 2013, I told Chris that I thought we should adopt first. I didn't know how hard it would be for him. He asked me for a few weeks to think, pray and figure everything out. I almost died in the anticipation and geared up for defending adoption. My sweet husband did just as he promised and then came to me with a vulnerable heart. He told me how he had always dreamed of watching my belly grow, and thinking about what our bio kids would look like. Suggesting adopting first changed all of that but God also changed his heart to wanting adoption first. We prayed for months before telling our families and finally let everyone in over the holidays!!

That is the story through our eyes although I am convinced God would have a different story. His story probably says something more like "This was my plan all along I just had to do some work to get them on board." We are so thankful for an omniscient God who knew this plan all along. We are so thankful for a caring God who held us in His hands and who is holding our child/children in his hands. While we already adore him/her even before meeting, we know He loves them far more. In the time we could not be their parents, He was intricately weaving their story for His glory and caring for them as only He can.

That's our journey so far (in a nutshell). We would love to talk with anyone more or if you have questions, leave a comment and we'll do a FAQ post!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We're Adopting!!!

It's true...we have a special someone thousands of miles away, who may or not be born yet, who is being intricately woven deep into our hearts! We have longed for this day for so long and we long even more to hold our child in our arms and call them ours! And, to be truthfully honest, we both are scared even to announce it. This has been our deep desire for years and now that it's here the heavy weight of reality hits. We are going to welcome a precious child into our home who we haven't known and loved since birth. We have the weighty honor of loving a child who comes from loss. My heart has ached for months now to bring him/her home but since we've been accepted by our agency, the ache hurts just a little more, just a little deeper. This is REALLY happening!!

To bring you all up to speed, we have always wanted to adopt and felt called to adopt from Uganda. We have dreamed of this for so long but planned to adopt after having at least one biological child. Silly us to ever try to plan our family, God knew all along this is how our family would form. In July 2013, God began moving in my heart to adopt first, after praying for a few weeks, Chris agreed. A few months later we were talking about our adoption and we both realized God had moved our hearts into jumping fully into His plan.

We were really thinking we would begin the adoption in the fall but God began pushing me early in January to start. I prayed and prayed hoping Chris would feel that same push. God used me to talk to him and he agreed that we should start and so we have! We talked for about an hour and a half with a social worker on the 22nd and got the approval to apply. We applied on the 23rd and were accepted into the Uganda program on January 2014!

We do not have a preference on the gender and are open to adopting a sibling set. We aren't sure of the age but a realistic age is 2 or older. We are trusting that God has the right child or children in mind for us. Our God is so mighty and big, we are trying to rest in that.

We have no idea how we will fund our adoption, we are diligently saving as much as we can every month but we will be fundraising and trusting God to provide. We feel called to adopt without debt even though it seems almost impossible with adoption costs pushing $30,000.  You can help us with our first fundraiser by buying delicious coffee from Just Love Coffee Roasters. That link takes you to our personal store and we get a portion of the proceeds! We have also opened an Etsy Shop: Slowly By Slowly shop where you can buy Ugandan and Colombian jewelry. It is our hope that you wear the jewelry and have opportunities to spread our story.

What we really need is prayer...
Please pray for our hearts to trust God fully in this process, everything is out of our control which is intimidating and exciting.

Please pray for our child/children who are growing or will be growing in a less than desirable situation. Pray they know although they may not have an earthly father, that their Heavenly Father has them in the palm of His hands.

Please pray for our child/children's birth family. All adoption comes from loss and our greatest treasure is someones deepest pain and loss. We already ache for our birth family and for the loss that they and our child will carry.

Please pray for us to have wisdom as we start the process, wisdom as we fill out paper work, get physicals, complete home studies, prepare to be first time parents, wisdom as we prepare to adopt and parent a hurting child.

Please pray for wisdom as we navigate an adoption in a world where people prey on kids, see them as object or as a money making scheme. Pray that we have the wisdom to protect ourselves and our child from corruption that often times accompanies adoption.

Thank you for joining us in this journey, what a sweet world our child/children will join into being in community with all of you!! What an amazing thought that they will go from being an orphan to a child who is deeply loved by not only us but by all of you!