Rejoice With Us

Evangeline will always be our firstborn child.  The precious little girl who made me a mother and taught me so much about dying to myself and living for another person.  Stephen is our firstborn son, and he will always hold that special place in my heart, as he daily reminds me that raising a son is not the same as raising a daughter.  He keeps me on my toes, and I love every minute of it.

While they will forever hold these unique and lovely “firstborn” places in my heart I have always known that Evangeline, though our first child, would not be our oldest.  That’s right, our sweet daughter is very soon going to be trying her hand at the vocation of little sister (and if her time with her oldest cousin is any indication she will be just wonderful at it!)  Dear friends, it is with great joy that we can finally announce our family is growing again, and this time through adoption!

We are just beginning this marathon of a process that will take about 5-8 months.  Our first meeting with our homestudy social worker was today and we are swimming in paperwork right now!  I don’t want to bore you with all the details just yet, but if you have questions ask away!  I will be answering lots of questions in upcoming posts and going through everything in more detail.  But for now, there is someone I would like to introduce you to.

Meet our new son… Juri…


We cannot wait to bring you home sweet boy!  You are already loved beyond your wildest imagination.


  1. Rejoicing with you!!

  2. Tami Schopp says:

    How exciting! I’m so happy for all of you :)

  3. How old is Juri?

  4. Hi! I recognize your name from the RR facebook page and am so excited for you and your family and Juri! My husband and I are adopting “Finn” who is in the same region as Juri. Possibly even the same orphanage. Just wanted to introduce myself and say congratulations:-)

    • says:

      Hi Anna! That is great! You should find me on Facebook and connect! If you are going to my little man’s orphanage I would LOVE to follow your journey!

  5. I am so happy for you, your entire family is so blessed by a beautiful future together

  6. Congratulations! :)

  7. Wooohooooo!!!!!

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  9. Aleta Barker says:

    We are very excited for the growth of your family! God’s love for the orphan is being expressed through you and Jake and it will be beautiful.

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