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!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Update and Another Fundraiser

We had a 2 1/2 hour call last week, and an hour call this week with our social worker...Can I just tell you I LOVE our social worker! She is easy to talk to, understands our concerns and is willing to walk the distance with us. She is preparing us for each step of the journey but also helping to prepare our hearts to be parents to our child. I'm so grateful for her expertise, she makes me feel protected in a journey that often feels very uncertain. We are inexperienced at this whole parenting and adoption thing but we've never felt demeaned or like our infinite questions are silly.

We will be starting our home study soon...hopefully this week or next. I've realized I've thrown that term around and it confuses many people. A home study is basically an assessment of us as individuals, us as a couple and our physical home. It is a thorough study to make sure we are ready and capable to adopt. It's a long and often time grueling process but I appreciate that they look closely at who they let adopt. This should take us multiple weeks, and in the middle of it we will have to move out of our tiny one bedroom house to a place with at least 2 bedrooms. You can be praying for us to find a great place and for a smooth transition.

Did you see my post about my new Jubilee's Jewels necklace on Facebook or Instagram? I love it and wear it constantly! It's a great reminder and conversation piece to share our story and God's goodness in our adoption. And...you could have one similar!!

We truly hate asking for money but our next fundraiser benefits not only us but also you!! Jubilee's Jewels is hosting a fundraiser for us. It will start next Sunday (April 6) and end Saturday (April 12). We get $5 of every purchase under $25 and $7 of every purchase over $25. The best part is, most pieces are customizable and they have tons of different styles to choose from. Later this week I'll post the code to use when checking out. So start looking for something for yourself, sisters, moms, friends. They would also make great personalized Mother's Day presents which is just around the corner!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

God Loves Adoption!

I think this post is mostly for us but you may be blessed by it as well. There are two things we quickly became convinced of...1. God LOVES Adoption and Satan HATES Adoption. We constantly are reminded that the struggles we encounter are evidence of a spiritual war we are in the middle of. It's vital I remind myself that the battle is big but God is bigger and He loves and celebrates adoption! What a Mighty God We Serve!! This post is to help me remember God's love and work in our adoption so I can battle the doubt and frustration of Satan's very real involvement in the struggle. 

We've seen God walking this journey with us hand in hand. Some days are discouraging but through His grace, God grants us little bits of hope which encourage us deeply

1. Within 2 days of finding out I was loosing my job, an exciting job prospect popped up. I'm in the middle of interviewing and praying and seeing how God provides.

2. Our puzzle fundraiser went up last week and we have raised $740!!! We're blown away by the support of so many. Puzzle fundraiser will be up until all pieces are sold. 74 down 178 to go!

3. We received an email from our agency last week that said that they are not accepting any more families to the Uganda program, they've even taken down all information on their website. There is a lot of unrest in Uganda and they want to focus on the families in program now. God prompted us in January to start the adoption, our plan was to start in the fall (nothing seemed right about starting so early but we trusted and we jumped). Had we waited, we wouldn't have been able to adopt as almost all agencies have put holds on their Uganda program.

God's greatness far outweighs the struggles of adopting. We truly believe that if He has called us to adopt, He will not only provide, but sustain us in difficult and trying times. While we walk this road we cling to the deep truth found in His Word...

It is God's great pleasure to welcome us into his family through adoption. What a powerful promise that even though I don't look like him, even though I'm woven from a different fabric he sees me fully as his own. We bear his name, we bear his image. 
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, "Abba, Father."For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children.      Romans 8:14-16
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, "Abba, Father."     Galatians 4:4-6
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know him. Dear friends, we are already God's children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 1 John 3:1-2
Because I am His, he commands me to care for his other children. Out of his great love, I am empowered to love those who others have forgotten about, abused broken, loved deeply but couldn't care for. I have his blessing in his commandment to go and do his will.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.     James 1:27 
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.   
Psalm 68:5-6
"And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.  Matthew 18:5 
And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world  John 11:52
Joseph adopted Jesus as his own. Jesus' family was formed through multiple adoptions. The line of Christ celebrated adoption, international adoption, family adoption. Out of those adoptions came amazing people who God empowered to be great!
Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, "I lifted him out of the water." Exodus 2:10 
This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter. Esther 2:7 

If you've stayed with us for this long...thank you. Please pray these verses over us. Help us remember the promises in these verses and in God's word. We are clinging to Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Friday, March 14, 2014

First Official Fundraiser***Please pass on!

There's no doubt adoption is expensive. We are diligently saving away and living on a tight budget. It's extremely humbling to ask for help but we can't do this alone. We've prayed about how to fundraise well and are committed to being honest and trustworthy with your support. If you'd like more information on the breakdown of costs, we have included estimations given by our agency under the "Our Ugandan Adoption" at the top of the page

We have purchased a 252 piece puzzle to make and eventually hang in our child's room. On one side is the Ugandan flag. We hope our child is proud of being Ugandan, we want to keep the culture and spirit of Uganda alive in our child and in our family!

On the other side, we will be writing the names of people who have financially partnered with us. Each puzzle piece is $10 and you can purchase as many as you like. Then tell us what name you would like on the back. It could be your name, someone you want to honor, whatever you'd like. We would love to flip this over one day and have our child see all the people who loved them long before they were home. To donate click on the donate button on the side of the page. Then click to add special instructions and tell us whose name you want on each piece. Every penny will go directly to our adoption!

Please pass this on to anyone and everyone you know. We are excited to see close friends and family as well as strangers names on the back of the puzzle. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. We are committed to being totally transparent and will update periodically on how many pieces we have left. When all pieces are bought, we will have covered the amount for our home study. Also, please share this with friends, family, on facebook or instagram...please help us get the word out! Thank you in advance for loving us and our child in such a tangible way! We can't wait to see how God moves in providing for our financial needs!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Not So Exciting Side of Adopting

This post has been the hardest to write. I've struggled to figure out how to put it into words but we want to remember each step of this process. Adoption isn't easy and the past few weeks have been hard. We want to be honest about the details as hard and frustrating as it may be.

We strongly believe two things. First, Satan HATES adoption. He is the thief who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Second, God LOVES adoption and He has come that we might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). We know God deeply loves the orphan, he sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6), he cares for the marginalized and the least of these (Matt 25) We knew before we started our adoption that it often brings a spiritual battle. With that being said, we didn't fully realize what that would look like for us and how many ways we would be attacked.

The day after we submitted our application, Chris' car needed an almost $500 repair.

Chris met with an orthopedic surgeon and he will probably be having surgery around the time I lose my job and...the next day, our washer unexplainably had an issue and flooded our laundry room.

We have our first home study payment coming up and due to an unexpected tax on my Teach For America loan forgiveness, we owe the IRS an obscene amount of money (One more reason I HATE Teach For America)

We're barely 6 weeks in and the attack is real, we are wholly convinced Satan is attacking in any area he can. I read a quote that says "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for..." A little cheesy...yes, but oh so true. We long to bring our child home, we desperately desire to please God and draw nearer and nearer to His heart and that is where Satan has chosen to relentlessly attack.

As Timothy Keller points out in his book "Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering" we are walking through the fire. "The Bible calls trials and troubles "walking through fire" (Isa 43:2) or a "fiery ordeal" (1 Pet 4:12). But it also likens suffering to a fiery furnace (1 Pet 1:6-7)...Anything with that degree of heat is, of course, a very dangerous and powerful thing. However, if used properly, it does not destroy. Things put into the furnace properly can be shaped, refined, purified and even beautified...Suffering, then, actually can use evil against itself. It can thwart the destructive purposes of evil and bring light and life out of darkness and death."

For about the past week, I've felt defeated and if the victory in some of these battles has gone to Satan. These words powerfully spoke in our brokenness. What a MIGHTY God we serve! He breathes life in to death, he brings light into darkness! There is victory where others see defeat and we ultimately know that God wins! The victory is His alone.

Out of right response to these truths, we orient our hearts to doing His will even when we feel hopeless and when we feel we are loosing the battle. This past week I've clung to the truths of putting on the armor of God that I might be ready to fight. In this posture, I am able to stand firm when I am attacked, knowing there is a bigger battle being waged. I know the lies said against me are just that...lies. I know I stand blameless and because of that the victory goes to God!

But oh, don't let me downplay how desperate we feel. It leaves us clinging to God, we are desperate, feeling depleted exhausted, confused. We are taking everything day by day and trusting God to walk us through. Whether we like it or not, we are forced to our knees. As desperate and unsure as it feels we are getting to know the heart of God. We are confident we are called to adopt. We are confident that God knows what is best, he knows the path to our child. 

Please pray for us to draw closer to God and to each other in the midst of suffering.

Pray for truth to be spoken into my job situation. God has a plan even if it is scary.

Pray for us as we wait to hear if Chris will be going to UCLA in the fall, especially with finances being so unsure for next year.