Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One Smile Closer

When Justin and I first started talking about adoption, which was before we were even married, I always thought it would be something we would do when we had enough money, enough time, and everything was going perfectly in our lives. Ha! As you can see I was young and naive. I guess I just grew up a couple of months ago, because we finally realized that God is calling us to do this now and that he doesn't want us to do it alone. We tried. We really did. We came up with great plans and ideas, but they were our own plans and ideas. The Lord has really been working in both of us and teaching us that this is not about us. Adopting a child into our family is about God's adoption of us into His family. We want our adoption to bring honor to our heavenly Father.

It would be prideful of us to do this all alone. We know that we need the encouragement and prayers of our family and friends. We really don't know how long it will be before we are able to bring our child home. It could be months or possibly years. We need prayer for wisdom, discernment, and patience. We will use this blog to share our prayer requests and praises. We are incredibly thankful for the people God has placed in our lives as spiritual support along the way.

We are planning to adopt a child from Africa, most likely Rwanda. One of the biggest obstacles of international adoption for us and for many couples is the financial burden. We need a minimum of $20,000 to bring our baby home. This is not going to be easy, but we know that God is in control and if this is indeed His plan He will provide. We are making a few changes in our spending and have some money saved. It is not easy to ask for help financially, but we realize that God chooses to use other people in our lives sometimes to help us experience his provision. The first fundraiser we are doing is called "One Smile Closer". We chose this title because with each picture Justin takes we will be getting closer to our financial goal and the ultimate goal of bringing our baby home. Please contact us if you are interested in having Justin take pictures of your family. Below you can see some of the photos he has taken.

Again, thank you for joining us on our adoption journey.


  1. You'll have to book us for a photo shoot soon! your guys' pics are amazing. Best of luck and many prayers with this new adventure!

  2. We have been discussing a photographer for John Reagan's 4 yr pics and Evie's 2 year. Count us in. We will email you about it soon.

  3. Teresa, Justin would love to take pics of sweet Kate. We will let you know when we will be in town, probably sometime this summer.

    Brandi, just let us know. I would love to meet your cute kids!