I spent some time last night updating my prayer list. You know, the list of all the things people have asked me to pray for. What I found very encouraging is that in many cases, God has already answered our prayers and provided in many unexpected ways. It was affirmation that God continues to work in our lives and in the lives of our friends and family in ways we never would have imagined. God is not only alive, but He is active and working in our lives, showing up and answering prayers when we least expect it.

We had just such a thing happen this past week. On Wednesday, Julie spent the day with her sister doing sister things (I think it had something to do with groceries, lunch and a trip to the consignment store, but I don’t really know for sure…). Julie peeked at her phone to see she had an email from the adoption agency. Not really expecting anything and with a title of “Two Discs”, she really paid it no mind. A while later, she went to our web portal to find a message that said the agency is dropping two discs in the mail to us full of more information regarding the young boy we hope to adopt including pictures and video! From what I was told, she ran across the store, excited to share the good news with her sister.

Now, while we wait for the mailman to deliver these discs, we rejoice. Every step of the way, we have witnessed God’s unending grace and confirmation that we are in His will. Sometimes it’s a kind word from a friend, other times it a generous gift (and honestly, a gift of a penny is generous to us – and many of you have blessed us beyond anything we could have hoped or imagined!) – this time it is completely unexpected news like this. We have asked God to affirm this calling in our lives and He has – over and over and over again.

Certainly we don’t have a formal referral. Things can still change. But as a friend who has gone through this herself pointed out, they don’t give this type of information out unless they feel confident that things will go through. Although things are still “up in the air”, we firmly believe that God not only is calling us to this, but He is working it out so that that little guy can become part of our family soon. And we can’t wait!


  • The blessing of the discs, pictures and more information about our little guy.
  • We are approximately 1/3 of the way there in fundraising.


  • That our paperwork would go quickly and smoothly in both governments and we would be able to have a formal referral by June.
  • That recent events in the area would not escalate and that our little guy would be safe.

As always, if you want to help support our adoption financially, please check out the methods in the links above or to the right. Thanks!