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!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Suspension

Where to start...so much has changed in 10 days.

In one sentence: our adoption is suspended. 

Oh the grief that comes with that sentence. Our hearts broke, sadness is rampant, so many questions arose.

Our agency

We scheduled a call with our coordinator for Monday, March 23 at 5 am. We wanted enough time to fully discuss what it meant and then have some time together to grieve and process before we went to work. Our coordinator was amazing, she let us grieve and validated our sadness, she definitely doesn't have an easy job.

We were given 3 options:
     1. Switch to another country
     2. Go on hold with the Uganda program (letting our paperwork expire which would save money)
     3. Stay active within the Uganda program (keeping paperwork up to date not knowing when the              program may become active again. )

Let me reiterate: We LOVE our agency. We have felt valued and protected by them every step of the way but this is not where we wanted to go. Suspension or Uganda closing international adoptions has always been a fear and now here it was staring us in the face.

We've spent the past 10 days praying we would know God's will in our adoption and that He would guide us in our decisions but many days He felt silent. I think part of it was where my heart was. I struggled with understanding His goodness in the corruption in Uganda. I struggled to see the God who sets orphans in families, protects the widow and the orphan and brings justice to the oppressed. I still don't see it clearly and don't know that I ever will.  But there is purpose in the struggle and the wait. Even when I can't hear His voice, He is still active and interceding for us.

We think we have made a decision but aren't quite ready to share yet. Will you pray for us? Pray for Uganda? Pray for ethical adoption agencies in Uganda?



Saturday, March 7, 2015

Grant Update

This has been a bittersweet week in our home. Last Saturday I got a call from my mom saying my grandma may not make it through the night. She was 91 and had been battling cancer for a year but suddenly took a turn. Over Christmas, I was able to spend time with her and I left knowing it would probably be the last time I saw her. We spent 5 days waiting for her to meet Jesus. Each day seemed like her last but she held on, saying goodbye to dear friends and family.

On Wednesday morning I got a call from Lifesong regarding our grant application. Before I could call back my dad text me, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. II Cor. 5:8-mom is with the Lord." I gave my students extra recess as I took some time to be alone and grieve and rejoice her passing.

After I gathered myself, I called Lifesong back knowing the call would hold encouraging news.  We have been awarded a $4,000 direct grant!! What a huge blessing from the Lord! We are so grateful for this gift and how much closer it brings us to our forever family.

We have also been selected to participate in a Both Hands project which we will complete this summer. We will be gathering a team to bless a widow while raising funds to bring our orphan(s) home! I've wanted to do a Both Hands project since before we began our adoption. They operate off of the verse James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." You can watch more of the story of how Both Hands came about here.

Thanks for walking this long journey with us!!