Adoption story - Bryce and Sara

Bryce and Sara's story is one of hope amidst lots of ups and downs in their journey to their son.
This precious couple, and their young son, Hudson, signed on with CAC this time last year.  They got right to work on completing their Home Study, while we worked on designing their beautiful family profile book.  They were hoping for a boy to complete their family, but were open to just about every scenario I shared with them. Just a few months after being Home Study ready, they matched with a terrific expectant mom due in November 2016, and they built a very sweet relationship, including an in-person visit.
Unfortunately, she had a change of heart about a week before the delivery.
It was heart breaking. I cried along with this sweet family, and I was humbled by their graciousness and love toward everyone involved.
We kept praying, and just a couple of weeks later, the placing agency was able to re-match them with a case that seemed like a "sure thing," and also due very soon, …

adoption story: Trevor + Laura

I love working with couples who are local to me, so we can meet up for coffee, pray and dream together!  I first met with Laura and Trevor in the summer of 2015 to talk in person.  We really connected, and I loved their heart for others. 

They signed on with me in August. And I loved getting to know them even better by designing their beautiful family profile book as they worked on their home study certification. 

The book went to print.

Then the real wait began!

Here's a bit from their perspective, and what God taught them in the waiting for their sweet daughter, in Laura's words:

"God used this adoption journey to refine our faith and trust in Him. Our journey was daunting but looking back, we can see how God orchestrated every little detail so perfectly in the way that only He can.
When we felt the call to begin our adoption journey, we had no idea how we’d afford the costs or what to expect along the way. We did know, however, that we were to pursue adoption and so we stepp…

Adoption story - Bryan & Elizabeth

Oh my heart — I have known Elizabeth since she was about five years old!  And now we are adoptive mamas and colleagues together.  Dream team!
She and her husband Bryan worked with CAC for their first adoption of their son Dex, and several years later came back when they were ready to add to their family again.  And that’s also around the time when I asked her to join me in the trenches of adoption world. 
I didn’t quite expect that her joining CAC and adding to her family again would so quickly coincide, but it did!
One weekday I was rushing out to a meeting, when an agency called me with a scenario that I knew was just perfect for Elizabeth.  I knew that this baby was meant for Elizabeth and her husband.  At least that’s what my gut was telling me as I called and asked if she would like to present her book to his birth family  :) 

And -- hours later we learned that his birth parents selected Elizabeth + Bryan out of a pool of other waiting families.
So, here was a little guy one state awa…

Adoption story - Michelle

Michelle is a lovely woman and Christ-follower, and I loved every moment of helping her on her road to parenthood.  We had so many wonderful conversations on her journey to her sweet boy. I asked her to share some of the key parts of her adoption journey, and she has done so, so beautifully below.  Her son was born near Christmas-time, and has one of the best Christmas inspired names ever -- Gabriel!!!  
I hope this story encourages other waiting families, especially the single mamas out there.  
Michelle shares her story so eloquently below:

“Adoption is something that has been on my heart since I was very small. Even as a child, I knew adoption would be a way that I would someday grow my family. One night when I was in my mid-twenties I remember having dinner with a friend. I told her that if when I turned 30 I was not close to being married or starting a family then I would start the process to adopt. In November 2015 I celebrated my 30th birthday and over Christmas that year I shared …

Adoption story - Ben and Meriah

Ben and Meriah are practically my neighbors, as they live just a few streets away from me.When they signed on with me in late June, we met at a local coffee house and talked adoption.
Adoption was already a huge part of their lives, as Meriah herself had been adopted as an infant! 
We were dreaming big dreams together when they came onboard with CAC on June 30. I put them in touch with a local home study provider who quickly completed their certification in just four weeks! By that time, I had designed their gorgeous family profile book, and they were able to start presenting to expectant mothers.
Meriah and Ben were total rock stars during this phase — they had their hands and hearts wide open to any situation the Lord might bring to them. They were open to any gender, but secretly had their hearts set on a little girl.
One day I got a call from a partner agency….
 “There’s a baby girl born who needs parents right away!”
Ben and Meriah presented their book alongside other families, hoping …

What a difference a year makes!!

You might remember one of my other favorite sweet families from last November. 

Well, this little guy just celebrated his first birthday, Mickey Mouse- style!

Happy Birthday, and happy National Adoption Awareness Month, little Jude! 

(And just look at him looking at his sweet daddy!!!)

Congratulations Nolan and Nicole!

I absolutely love this couple!
Nolan and Nicole signed on with me in mid April of this year, after waiting with a small agency in their community for over a year. They were ready to broaden their network and hear about more potential adoption situations.
They had also gone through a heartbreaking adoption failure as well, in May of 2015, with their previous agency.
They, like my other families, have the most beautiful hearts for the Lord, and were eager to see how He would write their story to add a third family member! Their desire was also to minister to their future child’s first family as well, as they were going through a crisis pregnancy.
As they were already home study ready, they were able to immediately start applying with our agency and attorney partners.  Nicole and Nolan bravely presented to several cases, and had to hear that difficult “no” that came with it.
As Nicole says, “Our failed adoption was May 2015. Sweet Micah's birth mother decided to parent. The anniversary of…