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!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Agency Trip Day 3: Open Doors

As previously mentioned, Uganda is frustrated with the way that adoptions are taking place. For some judges, it has gotten to the place where they do not support international adoptions at all and rule that way in court. In some ways, our agency is working to repair relationships and to show the judges and other officials, that they want what is in the best interest of the child and Uganda.  Unfortunately, they are walking an uphill road but Ugandans are as a whole, very relational.

Today please pray for:
A continued open door into the conversations surrounding adoptions and orphan care in Uganda.

Pray that everyone attending the meetings is focused on the orphan, poor and vulnerable.

Pray all meetings can be solely about them and their best interest. Both parties want to care well for orphans.

Pray that they can begin on this common ground and work positively together from there.

Pray for a deepening of trust and relationships and a blending of ideas and concern that is focused on orphans.

From our point of view, they are discussing our child/children and what is in the best interest of them. When we are praying there is a deep understanding that this affects the future of not only adoptions but our child! The relationships being formed and deepened affects us but more importantly it affects our child!! Please join us in praying for WIDE OPEN DOORS!!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Agency Trip Day 2: Important Meetings

Thank you thank you those of you who prayed for our agency yesterday. Please continue praying for safe traveling by car, taxi, bus, boda-boda!

Today we would love for you to pray these things specifically:
Uganda is a a very fluid place. One of my favorite things about Ugandans is that they are more concerned with people and events than timelines and appointments. This allows for awesome and stress free conversations. They fully invest in relationships rather than cutting it off for a previously made appointment.  However, you can imagine the difficulty this can create when important meetings need to take place.

Today would you pray that two meetings are kept:
1. A meeting with Ugandan Judges (Most Ugandan judges are agains the Legal Guardianship that allows us to adopt. In some ways, it is easier to adopt internationally than it is to adopt domestically in Uganda and that makes. This is frustrating for Ugandan judges. We also imagine it makes them feel disrespected that outsiders have found a loophole in their laws)

2. A meeting with the Ministry of Gender (The goal of the Ministry of Gender is to create a better standard of living, equity and social cohesion, especially for poor and vulnerable groups in Uganda. Basically, one of their jobs is to care for orphans! They are in their context finding what they think is in the best interest of orphans.)

Most importantly pray that these meetings will give necessary answers to help our agency make a difficult decision. Pray for clarity and quality communication between our agency and who they meet with. Pray for wisdom for our agency as they hear information and then try to sort out the validity of the information.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Agency Trip Day 1

Dear friends, leaders in our adoption agency leave today to evaluate whether or not ethical adoptions can continue in Uganda. We respect and appreciate our agency's commitment to ethics. We are proud to partner with an agency who is committed to doing it right or not at all! They will have jam packed days in Uganda meeting with the stakeholders of Ugandan adoption.

We will be posting daily prayer requests to help focus our prayer each day. Will you join us? Check back daily, every morning we will be giving another prayer request which our agency has helped us to focus on.

For today:

Please pray for safe travel for our agency leaders. Pray they are able to rest on the long flights and have the energy to hit the ground running.

Please pray for quick and easy plane flights and all luggage to arrive.

Those of you who have traveled overseas know the multitude of travel troubles that can arrive. To add to the stress, our agency begins meetings immediately after landing in Uganda.

Thank you dear ones for walking this roller coaster with us. The adoption road is alway uncertain and constantly changing. We are so grateful that we serve a God who is near to us.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Yard Sale!!

We had our yard sale today and last weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who donated items and came to help out! I completely forgot to take pictures last week but got a couple today.

I created a board about Uganda/Adoption and displayed pictures from Uganda. Many people wanted to know more after seeing the board. My favorite interaction was from a couple who came today. The husband was explaining to her what she had read and he asked "You're adopting from Uganda." The wife replied "No, no one would do that. They're just sending money." Made me chuckle a bit but then I go to share our heart for Uganda and the amazing people.

Is it a bit "school project?"...yes. Does it scream "I'm a teacher?"...Yes! But it did what it was intended to do and spread our story!!

I also found another use for our announcement sign. We also gave out our adoption announcements. One woman took one and said she would put it on her fridge to remember to pray for us! We so desperately need prayer!!
We are so blessed by our community entering in to donate items, help us run the sale and purchase items. Slowly by Slowly pieces fall into place. Our goal in all of it is to bring glory to God. We prayed for weeks that we could minister to people through our story and our heart for the fatherless. Please continue to pray that the people who heard our story will know their own adoption in Christ!

So...you want to know how much we made?!? A whopping $404.25!!!!! We are blown away and so so so thankful! 

*****Our adoption agency will be going to Uganda on Thursday to meet with stakeholders in Ugandan international adoptions and to determine if ethical adoptions can take place. We will be posting daily prayer requests to help focus on major meetings and issues they will be evaluating. We are so thankful for an agency who is committed to protecting the most vulnerable.********

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Slowly By Slowly

Slowly by slowly is a Ugandan phrase I heard constantly when I was there. It means that things happen in their own timing and often times that timing is slow. Nothing about adoption is fast, everything takes weeks if not months to complete and we knew getting in it would be like this. But sometimes that slow pace is draining and exhausting. But slowly by slowly is also a reminder that we have no control. We need to trust and slowly watch God provide. In that slow pace, we see the bread crumbs God has left us to show us his faithfulness in the smallest ways.

Not a lot new to report other than that we are still trudging through the paperwork and slowly by slowly reading books, filling out biographies, getting physicals, our driving records and on and on.

We did get an email from our agency this past week letting us know the director will make the trip to Uganda at the end of May. There has been speculation that Uganda will change their Child's Act and possibly restrict international adoptions because they prefer domestic adoptions. We were notified that amendment could happen in 3-6 months. No one knows the extent of the change only that there will probably be one. We're praying they will grandfather us, and other waiting families in and let our adoptions close before shutting down international adoptions completely.

We walk this road trusting that God's plan is far bigger and better than ours and at this point it is completely out of our control. We continue pushing through in the adoption because God called us to this point at this time. While the future is unclear, we are certain God is walking this with us.

Pray we continue seeking God's will for our adoption and that we keep our eyes on Him through the twists and turns

Puzzle Update- We still have 71 puzzle pieces left! 1 puzzle= 1 fully funded home study. We are about half way done with our home study and the rest of the payments are due upon completion! You can donate a puzzle piece by clicking on the paypal "donate" button. Be sure to leave what names you want written on the back in the comments section while checking out!

If you're local (Orange and L.A. County) and have anything you want to donate to our yard sale we will be collecting things this week. The yard sale will be Saturday!

Thanks for being our support through long and challenging months!