I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Merry Christmas..

Merry Christmas!  I can not believe it is already Christmas!  Carter continues to do absolutely wonderful.  We are SO happy to be home for the holidays.  This year was an extremely hard year for our entire family although I have to say that I have never felt closer to God.  Every hospital stay brought us closer to Him and his Grace.  

Have you ever sat down and thought about the night Jesus was born?  I mean really sat down and thought about it.  You have Mary, a virgin about to give birth to a King.  You have Joseph, her husband, who is not the Father of this child searching for a place for them to stay the night.  Did I mention that they had to get up and leave their home, knowing she would soon be giving birth?  She is about to give birth to a King and yet no one has room for her. Reading the night that Jesus was born is like watching a scary movie.  I find myself wanting to shout at the people for turning them away.  "What do you mean there is no room?  Jesus is about to be born!  Jesus our Saviour who was sent from Heaven!  He is about to be born and you do not have room?! Hello!  Stop what you are doing I promise you will not see anything as amazing as what is about to happen!"  Could you imagine turning them away and getting to heaven to find out what you missed out on? I couldn't!  

Have you ever felt God calling you do to something you were not sure you really wanted to do?  Well both Brandon and I have.  For the past several years we have felt God calling us to adopt a child.  We have both given him many excuses of reasons why we could not do it.  I think most of you reading this can completely understand when I say we have been too busy to adopt!  Or maybe it's that WE think we are too busy to adopt.  It has been just like Mary and Joseph knocking on the door asking if there was room to for them in the Inn.  God is knocking on our hearts asking if we have room for an orphan.  Do we say no and keep living the happy life we are living or do we say yes and watch his blessings unfold?  Can you imagine if there would have been room for Mary and Joseph in the Inn?  Can you truly imagine what the people in the Inn would have been able to witness?  Can you imagine how they felt when they were told what they had missed out on?  I do not want to miss out on anything!  We are put on this earth to serve.  Although, I am far far far from perfect and I fall short of God's glory every day, I want to live out the plan God has for me and my family. I want to be his servant the best way I can.  So, if he is calling us to adopt, it is what we will do!  Brandon and I have already picked an adoption agency and started the home study process.  We hope to be done with our home study in February.  We will then just wait for the call!  We are leaving gender, race and the timing up to God.  We know He will place the child he has created for us in our home.  

I would be lying if I said that both of us are not a little (EXTREMELY) scared.  Just like Carter's journey this is a journey that neither one of us planned to be going down.  But, just like Carter's journey this is a journey that we will keep our faith and trust in God through.  I know he has big plans in store for our family and we honestly can not wait to watch them unfold!  We are extremely excited.  So. to anyone that may be hearing a "knock" from God, just think you could be the person turning away or accepting Mary and Joseph to come into the Inn. Do you have room? It is your choice! Merry Christmas from our soon to be growing family!!! As always... To Him be the Glory!

Merry Christmas!


  1. Merry Christmas and God less you all. Love that Carter smile! So glad to hear good news - cast off, being all boy and an addition to the family. Can't wait to hear news on that one. Love to all, especially Mr. Smiley Britches!

  2. Merry Christmas and Blessings for the New Year! Such wonderful news you are sharing -cast off, opening at the school, new addition coming. All great things and all in God's time. Becky

  3. Wonderful news! I think that adoption is the greatest act of love for both sets of parents, for the woman who knows she cannot take care of a baby to the parents who want to take care of that baby. Good luck to y'all and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. As a very blessed single mom I have been to China twice to adopt my beautiful girls who are now 6&9. They were 10&12mos when they were placed in my arms. We have an amazing forever family. Adoption is Gods great gift to those of us who choose to follow Him. I have followed Carter's story from the beginning. He is a testament to God's miracles and so much more. The best of luck to you and your family.