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!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Home Visit

I would describe our home visit as uneventful! But the hours leading up to it were stressful!

Aside from the craziness of cleaning, organizing, hanging pictures (thanks awesome sister Hayley for helping!) etc. the whole day today was nuts!!

I went to work, my kids were unusually horrible and driving me crazy. No one would listen or focus, I thought I was going to loose my mind. Thankfully we had a dance class scheduled at the end of the day at then end of the day....until LOCKDOWN!

As I picked my kids up from lunch, I noticed several circling sheriff's helicopters and many more sirens and knew it was coming. Moments later we are rushing kids into the classroom, locking doors, turning off the lights and staying quiet. I watched as the minutes crept by and realized the helicopters were still circling after more than an hour. Just before our normal dismissal time, the police allowed us out of lockdown to get kids home to their parents (all the while not knowing if the situation was under control or even what had happened). It turned out, deputies went to an apartment complex for an investigation where the suspect opened fire and shot a police officer and then barricaded himself (at the time of writing this, he is still barricaded with SWAT and crisis negotiators on the scene). All this happened about a block from our school.

I made sure all my students got to their parents and left as quickly as I could, praying I wouldn't miss our home visit!

I got home just after she had "toured" our house and she asked us a few more specifics on the child we hoped to adopt (age, disabilities, cultural expectations, experience with parenting etc.) It was quick and painless, she left only about 30 min after I got home. Chris said his individual interview went well!! Now we wait (notice a trend here) for the home study to be written, then checked by our placing agency then officially approved. We are hoping to be HOME STUDY APPROVED within the next few weeks!! We'll be celebrating big time!!

Thank you everyone who prayed for us, text us, called us, left facebook and instagram encouragement!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Empty Closets!!

Well it only took 4 days but all my teaching stuff has been moved to my new classroom!! My amazing master teacher gave me all her books/ materials when she retired after I student taught. We have been storing these for years and praying they would one day be used. 6th Grade just wasn't the place for all those "little kid books." But now there are little kids who are loving those books and we have empty closets!! The baby room is screaming to be filled with kid stuff...and kids!!!! (Don't tell Chris)

My first week of teaching is almost over and it's been wonderfully exhausting. Boy oh boy can 8 year olds talk. They don't need any kind of an audience to have a full conversation. Everything is made into a toy. And, maybe I'm ignorant, but do all 8 year old boys put EVERYTHING in their mouth? Paper, tape, erasers, paper clips...literally anything! I bet I said 100 times today "spit out whatever is in your mouth." I don't even ask anymore but if I do the girls all die laughing.

We are having fun learning about number lines, place value, CVC words, short vowels but most importantly about being a team. We have coined the phrase "don't be a Kobe." It means to not be a "hog" of time,  words and attention.

I'm nervous to say it, but I think I'll actually enjoy this job!! I LOVE third grade!! Today they about drove me crazy with all the talking, but it hit me how I've longed for this. We've spent hours, days, weeks, months, years praying I would enjoy my job and the passion of teaching would return. I think I feel that passion pushing through, I'm seeing glimpses of hope that I won't just push through this position but actually love my job and thrive as a teacher!!  (Pictures will come of the completed classroom when it is completed! I take every kid-free 5 minutes to hang up another bulletin board or arrange the calendar. Hopefully by the end of next week it will be done!)

We would love continued prayer as I work with kids from hard hard backgrounds whose brokenness can't be healed easily.

Also, pray for us as Chris has started at UCLA. He is only taking one class until October when he will be taking a full load. We are both excited but realize the time constraints it will bring and the tension that it will place on our marriage.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What a Difference A Day Makes!!!

Remember a few posts back..."What a Difference a Year Makes." Well that's all still great and true but today has blown me away. It is awesome to serve a God who works on long and short schedules...like really short...less than 6 hours short!

I've been struggling a lot the last few weeks with being unemployed. I want to trust that I am not defined by my job but when my job is my passion and uses my gifts it's hard to separate. Yesterday and today I couldn't shake the "God what are you doing? Are you going to provide me a job? Are you listening to my pleading, do you hear my desperation?"  I was offered a position earlier this week that only paid $10 an hour and was basically babysitting and I've questioned God, "am I meant to take a low paying, boring (for me) job? Are you asking me to depend on you more and more financially??" Neither Chris or I felt peace accepting this job so I turned it down but I've second guessed whehter it was the right choice. Little did I know the plans God had to move and to provide!!

To give the specifics of how quickly things have transpired here is a time stamped detail on what occurred!!

Friday, August 8, 2014:

11:00 Check Edjoin (teacher job site). This has become my morning routine submitting applications for jobs. I submitted 3 applications this morning.

12:32- Missed call from Mr. R- the principal of one of the jobs I just applied for (only 92 minutes later!)

12:42- Notice missed call and call back. Mr. R conducts phone interview to determine next steps and to see if we both think this would be a good match.

3:45- Mr. R. video conferences in to do a mock demo lesson (talk about awkward trying to pretend two grown men are children and doing it remotely with no whiteboard...it was weird).

4:30- I finish my mock demo lesson and answer more interview questions.......and then......HE OFFERED ME A 3RD GRADE POSITION!!! and can I go sign all the papers today (unfortunately I couldn't make it to downtown LA with traffic by 5:30 so I'll go in first thing Monday morning to process all my paperwork)

Oh, and the first day of school is Tuesday!! And, I'll meet all my students and their families on Monday!! Yikes!! Ok God, slow down a little and let me breathe but Yahoo!! I have a job and I LOVE third grade!! I'll be teaching in Compton...an area and student population I love!!

This means we have full benefits and we can continue the adoption!! It also means we have a steady income so we can feel confident with Chris working less and focusing on his NP program.

We would both appreciate prayers for this big and fast transition but we would also love prayers of praise at how quickly our God can provide!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Individual Interviews

This post may be super boring for you but I searched and searched for information on what social workers ask during the home study process. My hope is this alleviates some fear and stress over "preparing" for the interviews. Today I had my individual interview for our home study. Both Chris and I were supposed to be interrogated interviewed but he had to work instead so we can go to a wedding on Saturday. He will make his up on the 26th or 28th and he'll do it on the same day as our home inspection part!! That means we should be wrapping this whole thing up by the end of the month!! After that, our work is done and our social workers will be writing our home study.

So a quick recap of my interview. She asked:

  • About my relationship with all family members and how they feel about our adoption. 
  • About my parent's marriage and how I perceived it. 
  • About my parents/siblings occupations, where they lived, how old they are, where I am in birth order, their temperaments, how often we talk/see each other. 
  • Our relationship history, dating, engagement and marriage.
  • What I identify as my strengths and weaknesses, strengths and weaknesses in our marriage. 
  • How I feel about myself (self-esteem).
  • How we plan to talk with our child about adoption and how open we are about discussing it. 
  • Who is my "circle", who will I turn to for support when things get hard
  • How I handle stress, ways of coping when it gets hard
  • My educational background, where I went to high school, undergrad and graduate
  • How satisfied/valued I feel in my profession
  • If there are any fertility issues preventing us from having biological kids.
  • Overall health, mental, emotional and physical
If I think of more questions I'll add them later. Overall it was easier than I thought, the worrying and fretting was all for nothing! Adopting parents, don't fear!!