Our Family


“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?
And who will go for Us?’
And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’" Isaiah 6:8


A Little History

Living in different areas of the United States, my husband and I seemed to always know God was (and is) our lives.  He was (and is) our constant.  His Son is our salvation.  His love is our peace.
As a little girl I stood under the monkey bars in our back yard (in 80 degree heat where it NEVER snowed) and climbed Mount Everest with a string of my invisible children in parkas holding onto a rope.  I was going to take care of them, they would be my children.  They were orphans, escaping all the horrors my young mind could imagine.  Our Heavenly Father was planting the seeds even then.

When my husband and I met, we both knew adoption was in our future.   We knew God would lead us to our children, and we would bring them home.

Married in the early 90’s, we learned the ins and outs of military life as my husband enlisted…and how to be parents.  Tom (our honeymoon baby) came into our lives within 12 months after we were married (1994).  Sarah joined us in 1996.  After living overseas for 3 ½ years, we returned to the states in 1997 and learned to live as civilians around 2000.  We were joined by Anna that very same year.

Three children, a house, animals…. the American Dream.  Thankfully God’s vision was so much bigger.

At Church in 2002, my husband and I both left with a sense of anticipation.  By the end of the day (without talking, I must say) God had placed the knowledge that we had a son across the world.  The inkling of Max was born.  In 2003 Max joined us from Russia at 13 1/2 months old.

God was not done with us yet though.  Bekah joined us after God placed the thought of Ethiopia in our lives DAILY for weeks and weeks.  She was on the special needs lists with a large lump on her neck (TB or Cancer we thought). Bekah joined us in 2007 at 15 months old. Ten months of TB meds later the lump was gone and the giggly, fully attached girl emerged.  God had led us across the world to our child.

Thankfully, God’s vision was even BIGGER for our family.  In 2010 we brought home our twins from Ethiopia (at ten months old).  The pictures we received had left us seriously worried about Gabe, but LITERALLY, we feel if we had traveled even a week later, Rachel may not have been with us.  She was so sick when we arrived.  They were both in a place we would not wish for them, but FLOURISHED and are extremely active and adorable.

Our family was full, or so many thought.

Now, who would have thought a little Asian blessing awaited us?  We had seven children, right?  Yet on Christmas 2011 we met Jael (our eighth blessing) in China for the first time.  She entered the U.S. and the arms of her entire family on January 5th, 2012 (at three and a half years old). 

In 2013 our ninth child, precious Jonathan,  joined Jesus in Heaven. Five weeks from traveling to hold him, we were given the news.  That was March 13th.  His 9th birthday was March 18th.  We celebrate his victory though.  He is now running in meadows and streets of gold.  We mourn and are in pain, but we are also forever thankful to have had the opportunity to love him.

Jonathan's adoption is now complete.  He IS our 9th child and has reached the ultimate destination...Jesus' Arms...God's presence.  This is our goal for all our children. 


We have now completed our journey to Jonathan's brother Benjamin (June 2013 at almost ten years old), our tenth blessing, from Eastern Europe.  His history is dark, as it is for many with disabilities (or as we like to say, different abilities) around the world. Benjamin has Down Syndrome and is non verbal.  He's now eleven years old, and an adorable little guy.  Cognitively he learns more every day.  He's had to fight to learn, since his neglect was extreme, but he's come so far!

Our Benjamin



On May 6th, 2016 Timothy  (4 years old) entered our family.  Timothy has Arthrogryposis.  Though it affects his shoulders, thankfully they will not need surgery.  He has at the minimum of three surgeries ahead, one on his wrist, putting his hips back in socket, and one (to many) on his feet.  His feet now are the biggest concern and he may face amputation.  He is precious and a gift.  Everyone that meets him says he will either be a preacher or a public speaker.  He talks from morning until night (chuckle).


God is not done with us yet.  We are now in the process of bringing home two precious little girls, Grace~Victory and Hope~Glory (we will call her Glory).  Both little girls happen to have Down Syndrome.  Glory also has a heart issue.  Grace will be three when she comes home and Glory will be two.

Our Family

With eight children (soon to be ten) living at home (and thirteen blessings in all), we are constantly busy…and constantly filled with wonder at God’s amazing Grace.  We are a home school family beautifully formed by God’s Hands alone. With children ages 1 year old (in the process of adopting) to 22 years old, we are kept on the floor laughing most of the time. 

My mom lives around the corner and one brother nearby.  Our oldest son (Tom) and his wife (Elizabeth) live not to far away and are expecting early next year. Our daughter (Sarah) and her husband (Ivan) live close and just gave birth to our first grandchild!  We are surrounded daily by a crazy family and awesome friends (some are quite the pranksters…standby to see what we have planned).  We have a huge support network of prayer warriors, including many of you (as well as an AMAZING Church family).  Thankful doesn't begin to express our feelings.

God propels us each day to new adventures and thinking beyond what we thought possible.

On September 4th, 2012 to be exact, Jael (born with a congenital leg deformity) was in surgery...bilateral leg amputation at the knees.  She is now running on her prosthetics (smile).  You can read about her path to walking and running under “Kat’s Kat-agories~Jael’s Medical Journey” at the bottom of our blog.

Yes, our family may seem full, but God's vision is SO much bigger than ours.  Join us as He stretches our human vision beyond what we could've ever imagined...to a family of fifteen, including my husband and I...one little precious son in Jesus' Arms....and at least two more on the way. (That's not even including a precious son-in-love, daughter-in-love, and two precious new grandchildren!)

Tom (22), Sarah (20), Anna (15), Max (14), Benjamin (13), Bekah (10), Jael (8), Gabe, and Rachel (7)
                                                   Picture taken in 2014, before Timothy joined our family.


Gabe/7, Max/14, Elizabeth/21 (daughter-in-love), Jael/8, Anna/15, Ben/13, Tom/22, Bekah/10, Timothy/4, Sarah/20, and Rachel/7 (Ivan, our son-in-love was sick)
Our Awesome Zoo


The Guys (Reality)


The Girls



Tom/22~Married to a precious daughter of God, Elizabeth/21 and expecting our
second grandchild. 


Sarah/20-Married to our awesome son-in-love Ivan/22.   They 
just had our very first granddaughter Isabella this month (Nov. 2016)


Anna-16

Max-14


 
Jonathan/Forever 8/In Heaven with Our Savior/A Blessing Beyond Our Imagination


Benjamin-13
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Bekah-10


Jael-8


Gabriel-7 (TWINS!)


Rachel-7 (TWINS!)

Timothy- 4


Grace~Victory (currently 2 1/2)~This picture was taken when she was one.  She (prayerfully) will be
in our arms by 3 1/2.

Hope~Glory (Glory-Currently 1 1/2)~She (prayerfully) will be in our
arms by 2 1/2. She has unknown heart issues and we appreciate prayer here.


Will we adopt again, even after this current journey? Prayerfully so, but that is up to our Heavenly Father. 

Is our journey over?  Oh no...it's just begun!


(updated 11/2016)

1 comment:

In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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