• donny + jennifer + wayne dawson + fox 8 news + the word church = shocked and humbled josh & kirsten

    from donny, on monday sept 16th: “good morning!  jennifer and i have a pretty big surprise God is allowing us to give you.  the thing is we have to give it to you this thursday at around 11:30.  would you two PLEASE be able to be home then?  i know it’s A LOT to ask especially this week with so much going on.  but i do promise if you could please trust us and do this for us you will not be disappointed.” we had our fire inspection that tuesday and our final homestudy visit that thursday night.  we were busy and exhausted.  but, we’ve been friends with donny and…

  • camping out in His hand

    9 years or so ago, when josh and i came face to face with our infertility, we asked God what He wanted us to do, where He wanted us to be.  believing we were receiving the call to adoption, we wanted to share with our family where we had been and where it seemed we were headed. josh’s parents’ home was a very special place to us, to his family, so we didn’t want to tell them there.  we didn’t want to share the difficult news, that we wouldn’t be able to give them a biological grandchild, in their living room where we had lived in so much happiness together. …

  • one down, two to go

    we had our first home study visit tonight.  our first of three.  and it was good. we were finishing dinner when she, the adoption assessor, arrived.  i invited her to join us at the table.  she did.  we were mostly finished so in just a few minutes, the kids were asking to be dismissed and we adults settled in for a long question and answer session. lots of questions. how did you meet? what’s your relationship like? what are your strengths as a couple? what are some of your common interests? how do you handle conflict? what roles do you each play in your relationship? what are some difficulties you’ve…

  • for you

    whoever you are. wherever you are. this summer’s for you. we’re preparing our home, preparing our hearts, trying to wrap our minds around(which we can’t) your arrival. no lazy summer days here. we’re painting, cleaning, organizing, rearranging. because we’re getting ready for you. we’re waiting for you. our home is changing. our lives are changing. our five is getting ready to grow into we don’t know how many. but it will grow because of you. and we’re open. and we’re excited. and we’re uncertain. and we’re hopeful. and we’re trusting. trusting in the One who has a great plan for us all. and it’s all for Him. and it’s all…

  • here we go!

    tonight we start training.  training to become licensed to foster~to~adopt.  i’m not ready!  i don’t know that i’ll ever feel ready.  i wasn’t ready the first time either!  but, this isn’t my timeline.  it’s God’s. one week ago today we celebrated 6 years since the day we went to court to legally become a family. today we take another step in the journey to another court date, to legally add to our family. so much needs to happen.  7 weeks of training, 2 nights a week, 3 hours each night.  that’s a lot! we have a home to prepare.  a completely unfinished basement that has been a giant storage room…