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!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Homestudy Intake Interview

We got an email yesterday to schedule our initial intake interview. I immediately emailed back and asked if we could do it this afternoon and she said yes!!

We met for about half an hour and she asked generic questions...why do you want to adopt? Why Uganda? How do your families feel about the adoption? She asked about our relationship, how we met, our dating period and engagement and general marriage. It was pretty easy and painless. I was nervous going into it but it was way easier than I had expected.

Tomorrow we'll schedule our individual interviews that can be up to 2 hours long and then she'll come out to our house and check out the physical environment. After that, she'll write our home study!! This is really happening and now I'll be freaking out about the individual interview and if my knives are high enough, the fire extinguisher is in the right place and all the harmful chemicals are properly contained!

Friday, July 25, 2014

What A Difference a Year Makes!

A year ago this weekend  we took a few days and went to a quaint bed and breakfast (The Keating House) in San Diego. It was a sweet weekend to be together, explore the city, celebrate my birthday and slow down. Hours were spent walking on the boardwalk, at a Padres game, walking thorough Balboa Park. We spent a lot of our weekend intentionally talking about our future. We spend time praying and reading the Word and talking some more. At the end of the weekend we felt God leading us to begin two major life changing ventures...Chris would apply for Nurse Practitioner programs and we would start an adoption before trying for biological kids. We both felt God pushing us to trust Him in two major changes and trust His plan for our family.

I immediately started pursuing adoption agencies and talking with dozens of families who had adopted. I researched Ugandan laws, the current feelings toward international adoption and attachment theories. We switched churches and found one we ADORE who has a strong orphan care ministry along with sound Biblical teaching

Chris found the top schools, ones he qualified for and started making notes of when to apply. He started gathering transcripts, his diploma and enrolled in a class to meet the pre-requisite needs.

In our plan, Chris would go to school and we would begin our adoption this fall...We all know how that panned out!

Chris somehow misread the admissions process for multiple schools and was only able to apply to UCLA. This was our only shot at him becoming a NP, we agreed if he didn't get in he would not try again. He applied in the middle of December and we began the long wait to find out if he was accepted in April.

Over the holidays we told our families we were wanting to adopt and that it would be coming in the fall. We processed fears and joys with them and helped them learn the process we had been researching for months.

About a month later, God made it clear that we were to start our adoption and not wait until the fall. We found our agency, applied and were accepted. We found a home study agency to do our California home study and began diligently reading, collecting important documents, going to classes and filling out paperwork.

And now here we are...a year later. We have turned in ALL our home study paperwork and are yet again waiting on our home study agency to set up interviews (don't get me started on how frustrating our home study agency has been. Nice people but difficult to get information from and very slow at EVERYTHING ***NOTE: This is a different agency than our placing agency who is helping to reform adoptions in Uganda***).

We moved 30 miles away to be closer to Chris' work and school, I lost my job, Chris has completed his pre-requisite courses and starts school in 3 weeks!!

Wow what a year it's been. A year ago we had big dreams, we were on cloud nine with anticipation and hope. This year we are in the thick of it and still just as excited for where God has led us. It's crazy to think that last year these were dreams and today they're our reality!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The 5 Year Plan

We turned in all our paperwork for our home study on our anniversary last Monday!! We are now waiting to hear from our social worker for our interviews!! I'll update when we know more. When we are finished with our interviews, we will have our last payment to our home study agency. We still have 64 more puzzle pieces left...a fully "donated" puzzle= a fully funded home study. We would love to have names fill each piece before that last big check is sent off. I'm praying we can finish our interviews before school starts back up. If you would like to "donate" a puzzle piece, click on the donate button on the left, each piece is $10 and you can donate as many as you would like. In the comments section at checkout you can let us know what names you would like on the back.

In other news............

Tuesday we had a call from our placing agency. We talked for about 45 minutes about what the reform may look like and what it means for our adoption. Basically, we are in for a long, confusing and unsure ride. We've are looking more at 5 years until we adopt but no one really knows because the process is so confusing. We also found out here were about 30 families in the Uganda program but with the news of reform and the longer wait time, there are only 17 families now and that number will probably shrink after our agency finishes calls with all the families.

What We Don't Know:
How our family will grow...we had originally thought we would have biological kids after we adopt...now we're not so sure we want to wait that long and may try to have biological kids before we adopt.

The exact timeline...no one really knows could be 5 years, could be sooner

If it will be a legal guardianship (like it is now) or a full adoption. We will hopefully know more when Uganda makes amendments to the Child Act

What We Do Know:
We are adopting from Uganda...when our agency was in Uganda we were confused. We knew God had called us to Uganda but it seemed like doors were closing. We haven't stopped praying about the process and we both clearly know God is telling us to continue with this process for the long haul. Our agency has given us the opportunity to switch to another country but it isn't right for us.

We are participating in an ethical adoption. Our agency has been very open with the process, who they met with, the results of those meetings and the steps they are taking to protect vulnerable kids. We are constantly aware of the ethics of adoption and feel confident that we are working with an agency who cares just as much about ethics as we do.

We desperately need prayer, consistent fervent prayer. This reform process is going to stretch and push us and I don't expect the road to be easy but we are committed to loving Ugandan people in every step of our adoption.

2 Years!!

Happy Anniversary to my best friend! I wouldn't want to do this crazy life or an adoption with anyone else!!

Standing beneath that tree 2 years ago we promised to walk hand in hand together. Some days that is easier than others. Some days we're knocked to our knees before God...some days we rest together and other days we dream and run together! Marriage is such a unique blessing.

This has been a year of taking risks...I hate risk...Chris love risk. In the past year, Chris applied for NP school meaning 2 years of intense school, we started an adoption that we cannot afford, I chose to stand firm on convictions knowing it may cost me my job, we moved to a bigger/more expensive house without having a new job so we can have room for baby. Some days I freak out not knowing how everything will work out and Chris sweetly reminds me "God brought us this far, I'm confident He has a way to provide"  It's so comforting to have a husband who helps me to trust God instead of my plan. He's pushed me to Him every time I doubt. I'm so thankful for this risk taking, God trusting, walking hand in hand year! I can't wait, and am slightly terrified, for what year 3 will look like!

Each year we go back to the Arboretum where we were married. It's a sweet time to remember that wonderful day and dream about the next year!! I'm so thankful we live close to where we were married and that it's a public place that we can visit every year!!