Special Needs: A Snapshot Into Our Life

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13 This past week I spent 4 hours with Elizabeth & Daniel’s doctor at Children’s. 4 hours! We had so much to update for both of them. As Elizabeth and Rebekah (both 17) near adulthood, it’s time to (quickly) figure out guardianship and conservatorship. So […]

May There Always Be Peace

I’ve been thinking about Ukraine today and the tensions between it and Russia. As many know, half of my kids were born in Ukraine and we know missionaries, pastors, and adoption contacts there. Specifically, in the areas of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dolyna, and Lviv. Several of my kids even spoke a mixture of Russian and Ukrainian […]

A long overdue update

It truly has been too long since I last added a blog post. Life gets busy when you adopt (especially with 10 kids total now), and throw in a move to new house, job role changes, COVID, and everything else, and it kind of just gets put on the back-burner. A lot has changed in […]

1 year home!

Time has really flown! May 16 recently marked the 1 year anniversary of Jonathan, Hannah, and Ruth arriving on US soil and being home. It’s been a long journey through paperwork, 3 separate trips to Ukraine, picking up the kids from behind orphanage walls in Dolyna, and finally having them acquaint to life in America […]

Our “old Adam”

There’s Lutheran terminology I’ve often thought about after both of our adoptions and it’s called the “old Adam” vs “new man”. It’s a concept I first learned in grade school confirmation class and it basically goes something like this: Just as sin originated through one man, the Adam of the Old Testament, so Christ’s death […]

Ten things Ukraine gets right

I’ve been wanting to write something like this for a while now since our first adoption in 2015.  Traveling to Ukraine has been a really unique experience and some cultural aspects surprised and delighted us right away.  Sara and I would often joke about our top 10 list while waiting or eating together at restaurants, […]

Have you ever thought about adopting?

I asked a question on Facebook recently to try and understand what might hold people back from adopting a child if it’s something they have a passion for.  And I received some great responses.  I’d like to talk anonymously about some of those and offer some perspective and encouragement.  We were actually in that same […]

Making it work

I spent a good amount of time trying to think of a title for this post.  We get comments quite often that border along the line of “I don’t know how you guys do it” and I’d love to respond with something a bit more thoughtful and formal than just a head nod or silence.  […]

An update

It’s been a while since we last posted here, mainly because we’ve been more active on Facebook with photos and updates.  When a family arrives home with their new kids, it can also get very busy as everyone adjusts, medical appointments are made, and any remaining integration paperwork is completed (Ukraine consulate registration, SSNs, insurance, […]

We’re home!

It’s been a long journey, but the good news is we’re now home!  From start to finish, it’s been about 11 months, with about 6 1/2 weeks spent in Ukraine spread across 3 trips.  We enjoyed most of our time there and tried taking advantage of new experiences as much as possible.  Flying home is […]