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Today is a day to celebrate! One year ago today at 1:15 PM (I still have it on my phone) we received a phone call that forever changed our lives. Our adoption agency called and said “we have a file we’d like for you to look at. It’s a little girl, she’s almost three, and she has a heart defect”. Y’all, I lost it! I couldn’t believe what was happening. In fact, THIS is my face when she told me…

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Yes, I recorded our conversation as I did a lot during the adoption process. Many times I would get calls that I also wanted Casey to hear, but he would be at work. So I recorded them. The phone call was only about 10 minutes, but what followed were a million happy tears! I couldn’t wait to see her file and read all about my girl. It took what seemed like hours for her to email it to me. People say when you open the file to read the medical information before looking at pictures, but I immediately started searching for photos! I clicked on one, and there she was in that big ole pink jacket and little tiny smile. She was beautiful.

ClaireElayneI told myself I wouldn’t tell Casey until he got home from work, but I couldn’t wait. I emailed him the file, to which he quickly called me and said “that’s my girl”. I accomplished nothing that day because all I did was watch videos and look at pictures of her. I remember zooming in on every little finger, I wanted to memorize everything I could…

Today is a day to celebrate, because it was a year ago today that God introduced us to our daughter. Thank you Lord for blessing us!

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

First of all,we want to thank everyone for all the love and support over the last fews weeks. We feel so blessed with all the positive comments you sent our way. We are very glad that everyone knows, and that everyone can follow along on this journey with us. And WOW thank you to those that have already donated! We appreciate you more than you could ever know! 

Here’s the answers to come questions that we frequently hear: 

Why are we adopting? There are many reasons, but mainly we feel called to do so. We decided while dating that this is something we both had hearts for, and both wanted to do. What led us to start the process was that we have been battling infertility since 2011. Three surgeries, countless amounts of fertility drugs, shots, pills, and one miscarriage later, we felt that it was best to move forward and answer the call to adoption.

When are we adopting? We have started all the paper work, and our home study begins in January! When Kristin turns 30 in July (you must be at least 30 to adopt from China), we can send everything off for final approval. Lord willing, we will be matched with a child in late 2014 and travel to pick up our baby in 2015! It could take longer than that, or even less time than that, but we will keep you updated! 

Why China? We have prayed and prayed for God to lead us where our child is, and we have always had a heart for China. We truly feel our future child is there! With the “one-child policy” there were over 336 million abortions in the last 40 years, and there are many other factors that play into our choice. We really have a heart for reaching out to locations where children might not ever hear about Jesus. We know that there are plenty of children here in America that need a home, and we might be called to one of them in the future! For now, God has led us here and we will not question Him.

Why a special needs child? The waiting list for a “healthy” baby in China is 7 years. The special needs list is a much shorter wait.  A special need in China can mean a birthmark, a heart murmur, cleft lip… or a variety of other very correctable issues! We prayed about it, and have been able to tell our adoption agency what special needs we were open to. We weren’t guaranteed a healthy baby when trying to get pregnant, so why be picky now?

Why are we telling you now? We need your prayers, so we figured the sooner you could find out and start praying, the better! 

How can you help? Pray and Share! We will be having multiple fundraising opportunities so please pray over, and share these fundraisers with everyone that you know! International adoptions costs add up to around $28,000 (not to mention the normal cost of things to buy for a child). We are saving every last penny we can, but we really need the help of our community as well! We know that this is a big amount, but we also know that our God is bigger! 

Donations? From here on out, we ask that birthday, Christmas, any type of “gift” that you normally give us, be made in the form of a donation to our China baby. Our home study starts in January, and that’s a $2500 fee that we are trying to raise right now. 

Lastly, I wanted to share this video that our adoption agency just sent over. It’s sad seeing children that have no idea the true meaning of adoption…the little girl at the end melted my heart! 

Thank you again for following our journey!