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!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We Got News

Nothing happens quickly in the adoption world, it's full of waiting and waiting. We were told we would hear after the 16th from our agency regarding their trip. But WE WERE EMAILED TODAY!! That was 4 days early. I made Chris read it out loud to me and I guarded my heart to hear the impact. I'm not ready to give up yet, I don't feel like God is closing this door....he read these words:

"the trip was a positive one in many aspects as his meetings brought about much information"

Information...that's not what I want to hear. My heart sank, positive in what way? Positive in that we got a lot of information, cleared things up, door are closing but at least we did things the right way? Please God NO!  Then he read:

"One of the main ideas he experienced was seeing many officials and organizations desire REFORM, not CLOSURE of the guardianship/adoption process. "Our Agency" also feels that reform is necessary in order to move forward. From these meetings that were held in country, "our agency" will be looked to as an agency to partner with the country on reforming the process of guardianships/adoptions. This is an incredibly high honor!

Really!! I immediately burst into big ugly tears but for the first time in a while they were good tears!! The door was open, we can continue adopting!! Chris laughed at me and then continued reading:

"We are thankful to share that "our agency" will NOT be suspending our Uganda program at this time, but our program will have some transformations as reforms of the guardianship process are vital. Reform WILL involve a slowdown and potentially a significant one."

Oh my heart...not suspending...will probably slow down...I can deal with that. We have 2 years until Chris will graduate from UCLA! I generally hate waiting but in the wait already we have seen God work. Wait is weirdly comfortable now, in wait God draws us closer in dependence to Him.

Chris continued reading:

"We truly feel that "our agency" and your family can become an instrumental part in the changes that occur within Uganda!"

What an honor it is to partner with a country we love to help bring reform and protect the fatherless along side them! I have said it before and will say it again, we LOVE our agency. What an honor to work with an agency who values orphans more than just through adoption. They are committed to only doing ethical adoptions and building relationships with Uganda and other countries.

That is almost the entire email we received. We think Uganda has felt violated and taken advantage of regarding international adoptions. Western countries have found a loophole in their system, something that would frustrate any government. Ugandans are beautifully extremely relational and want to protect their vulnerable people. We think they wanted to be valued and heard. We suspect our agency's trip validated their concerns and continued to deepen and strengthen the relationship Uganda desires with adoption agencies. This was not part of the email and is totally my own assumption after living in Uganda and knowing what we do about Ugandan adoptions. 

This is almost exactly what I've been praying for weeks. Without telling anyone else, even Chris, I've been praying that adoptions would stay open, a reform would happen (to protect orphans) and that our agency would deepen relationships and help walk alongside Uganda as they figured this out!! I'm humbled to know my meek and doubting prayers were heard!

We are extremely humbled and grateful for your support and prayers. We prayed big, impossible things but we serve a BIG God who can do the impossible! And we serve a relational God who desires people of all walks of life to love one another. I can imagine Him smiling as he saw people from very different cultures and walks of life loving each other and valuing His call to defend the fatherless!

Please continue praying for relationships to deepen and strengthen, 

Pray Ugandan adoptions will be  reformed in a God-honoring way and that we can honor our child and their culture as we CONTINUE our adoption!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Agency Trip: Day 10 Last Day!!

Our agency will be returning late tonight to the US. This is really exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. On one hand, the trip is over, it's complete, they've talked with people and discovered things. On the other hand, it's scary...what did they learn? What is the outcome? Can we still adopt from Uganda? How will this affect us?



And so we wait more. Adoption is all about waiting and we're doing our best to wait well. We won't hear anything until after the week of the 16th. We'll move in that time so we have plenty to keep us busy. And we will start the interview portions of the home study in the next few weeks. Even though the adoption has uncertainty, we still feel God's had pushing us forward with the home study/adoption.

Today....
Please pray for safe travels as our agency returns. Pray for easy flights, rest and a sense of answers and clarity.

Pray for our agency as they meet over the next few weeks to discuss what they found on the ground in Uganda and whether or not adoptions can continue

Pray for us as we wait and move and wait some more. Pray we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and continue walking faithfully with him.

Pray for our child/children, our adoption. Pray this is just a bump in the road to bringing Little Negrete home!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Agency Trip: Day 9- Conference in South Africa

Today and part of tomorrow, our agency will be attending a conference in South Africa sponsored by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). This conference is specifically focusing on the leadership within the Church in Africa and orphan care among a large group of pastors and ministry leaders from all different communities in Africa. This is a huge opportunity to talk with many people from all over Africa as well as other adoption agencies to discuss and explore how to care for orphans well.



Today...

Please pray for safety in traveling to the conference with all luggage arriving and easy travel.

Pray for connections to be made and deepen with ministry leaders throughout Africa who have a mission to care for orphans

Pray the Holy Spirit guides the attendees in how God wants orphans to be cared for well.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Agency Trip Day 8: Last Day In Uganda

The trip is almost over! Our agency has worked hard the last week and we are so grateful for their concern. We haven't heard anything yet from them and don't expect to hear until the middle of the month. Obviously our hope, and the hope of our agency, is to be able to continue adoptions and place kids in families. We have worked hard this week to finish paperwork, physicals and reading for our home study. We are praying this is just a small hiccup and that our adoption will continue!



Today we are praying our adoption will continue ethically.

Pray for the orphans who are in orphanages who are waiting for families, pray their forever families can adopt them soon!

Pray for all the families who are anxiously waiting to hear more from our agency. Pray as we, and they, prepare their hearts to welcome a child into their home.

Pray our agency found a way for us to continue our adoption while honoring the people, culture and laws of Uganda

As this week has gone on, I've become more and more anxious to hear news from our agency. Seems like a forever waiting game for what is next but that's how adoptions work!  But, at the same time, we have had a peace knowing we trust our agency, we trust that God called us to adopt AT THIS TIME and we trust that God called us to adopt from UGANDA!! This is our Father's World!!  Pray this is just a small hiccup and not the end or pause to our adoption. We want to bring our child/children home and we want to do it asap! We have been so blessed to know we and our child/children are covered in prayer this week. Thank you for tracking with us, we will still post daily prayer requests until after our agency is home!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Agency Trip: Day 7- Child Act Amendments


We have known since we started this crazy ride that Uganda wasn't happy with the way legal guardianship works for international adoption. We've known the new judges were wanting to make changes and that they had a lot of support from other stakeholders. God told us to jump anyway and trust Him in this and so we did but it's something that is constantly on our minds.

Just before our agency left for Uganda, they notified us that there may be amendments made to the Child Act in the next 6-9 months. This can and will directly affect our process we just don't know how quite yet. One of the big questions our agency is working to figure out is what these amendments are. Will it close Ugandan adoptions completely? Will it restrict all legal guardianship and require parents to be in country for 3 years before adopting? Will fees be different, new paperwork, new meetings, more requirements. Will we be grandfathered in because we started the process after these changes were made??? The questions go on and on and our agency couldn't answer them because very little is known other than that "Something will change." They were being told this from people on the ground involved in adoptions.

Our agency met with numerous people this week to determine what are the amendments that are up for a vote and what is the likelihood they will pass. We are trusting that God called us to this at this exact time. We have no idea what will happen but we know God is in control and he cares more about the orphan that we could ever even try.

The information gained about these amendments will help our agency prepare us to move forward, it will also help us to have answers about the big unknown. I'm a planner and I like to have Plan A, B and C but nothing about an adoption is "plannable."

Please pray today for answers for when the Child Act may be amended and what the amendments are that are proposed

Please pray that the orphan is the driving force in amending the Child Act, not hostility or frustration to the Western world and the loop holes they have found in adopting

Please pray for open doors for adopting but for integrity in how those adoptions take place and guarantees that they can be done ethically

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Agency Trip: Day 6- Understanding of Current Situation

Along with meeting with many government officials, our agency will also be having very specific conversations with their partners and workers in Uganda. These people are essential in the adoption process, they will go with us to court, transport us to and from appointments, help us communicate with various people and give us wisdom when we are there. They become our direct supporters and contact. Many are Ugandan and therefore know the system well. 

Our agency will also meet with Embassy partners. These guys are responsible for passports and visas. They know the current situation of timelines and guidelines for adoptions. They are also one of the parties who can prevent things from moving smoothly and some families have experienced hiccups with the embassy which can increase the length of stay.

There are many who are involved in this long and tedious process and each is essential for a smooth process while in country. Our agency is working to strengthen relationships and get a clear understanding on how to do it well.




Today...

Please pray that there would be a transparent understanding of  what are our agency's contacts/partners/government officials/embassy’s views of the current situation of the guardianship process in Uganda, and what have they most recently seen in the process involving ethics?

Please continue praying for meetings to be upheld and honored as well as for wisdom and discernment during the meetings. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Agency Trip Day 5: A Humble Heart

There are multiple different viewpoints on international adoption. Some have issue with mixed race, removing a child from their home country, the legality of the adoption, bribes, child stealing....the list goes on and on. But there are even disagreements among two countries working together in international adoption just as there are two sides to every story.

This can and does create conflict. This conflict is where we find ourselves in Ugandan adoption. Although we love Uganda, I lived in Uganda....We are not Ugandan and so we think differently because of our different experiences. The same is true with American adoption agencies and some in the Ugandan government. 



Today would you pray for:
Humble hearts that are willing to hear other viewpoints and to hear God's view of the situation

Pray for respect for all parties involved but the utmost respect and humble heart in hearing from God

Pray the Judges and the Ministry of Gender humbly hear our adoption agency's view on adoption and submit to God's leading in this issue

Pray our agency humbly hears the viewpoint of the Judges and the Ministry of Gender and submit to God's leading in this issue

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Agency Trip Day 4: Wisdom and Discernment

Thank you for tracking with us the past 4 days. The Uganda portion of the trip is about half way over. I will keep today's post short and sweet as we are both exhausted. Chris had shoulder surgery on Tuesday and recovery has been difficult. He has battled 3 days of horrible hives that are blistering and weeping. He was given an injection and prescription for steroids so we are hoping relief comes soon but in the mean time we haven't slept well since Tuesday. Will you also today pray for relief and healing for Chris. We believe this is another form of spiritual warfare that often takes our focus away from praying for this trip and our child/children.



Please pray today that our agency would have wisdom and discernment while in Uganda as well as when they are back and meeting to discuss moving forward.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit would be felt as the advocate for the orphan and that truth and discernment would come from His wisdom and discernment.

Pray that our agency would be able to deeply sense and know the truth of the situation and that from that they would make wise and God-honoring decisions.

And lastly, please pray that God's heart for the orphan and the truth found in His word would be the guide for all decisions and conversations.

Thank you for supporting our family in this uncertain time. Thank you for helping us to focus on God and encouraging us to keep our eyes on Him and His plan for our adoption.