• 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. …

  • 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…

  • on father’s day

    i’m struck with these thoughts almost every day. who does this? who says yes to adoption? to forgoing trying to have his own? his own offspring.  to carry on his name.   his looks.  his lineage. who says yes to a different color? who says yes to one child? to two? to three? who says yes to three children? at one time? the father of my children. he said yes. he says yes, every day. yes to a different path, a different plan. yes to a different color. yes to older. yes to more than one. he skipped the middle of the night feedings and went straight into 3am seizures with…

  • open hands

    i want to live with open hands. freely open hands. hands open, palms up, waiting to be filled by God, unfilled by me. sara has a song about this, open my hands.  this line is in the song. “i am nodding my head an emphatic yes to all that You have for me”. this has been a theme for me with this second adoption.  i want to walk through it with open hands.  open to all God has for me.  open to all He has for my family. part of that is being willing to consider more than one child.  part of that is being open to any age under…