So guess what? There are more than just girls in Chinese orphanages. Who knew, right?? We’re amazed at how God used our love for our daughters, and passion for righting the injustice towards girls in China, to stir our hearts to initial action and ultimately bring us to our son. While it’s true that daughters are Read More →

October 7th. A day that (for our family) will live in infamy: At four thirty, the phone rang… It was our agency. It was THE call. IT’S A BOY!  We are overjoyed to announce that we have officially been matched with our new SON from China. He is ridiculously adorable. Already, we are smitten– and biased. Read More →

So I have this friend… perhaps you know the type? Not only is she a home-schooling, Jesus-loving Super-Mama, but she’s a competitive runner/bicyclist who met her husband while modeling for a Harley Davidson photo shoot. She is also creative/crafty, keeps chickens, and can stack bales of hay LIKE A BOSS. I KNOW. If she weren’t Read More →

Photo cred: Valerie Hibler Photography. Though we live 14 hours apart, she’ll always be our family photographer.  Consider yourself lucky if you live in Oregon.  I have a sibling-set of cousins, exactly my age, whom I have always looked forward to connecting with at family reunions. Their mother gave birth to the first, and less Read More →

I vividly recall the fist time I read my favorite passage of scripture… In the back seat of Husband’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, squeezed next to our four month old firstborn, and yakking it up with my sister on a lose-your-mind-road-trip from Salem, Oregon to the tippity-top of Vancouver Island, British Colombia. It was an annual Read More →

That’s right, I’m dropping out of Bible study. More accurately, I’m not “re-enlisting” this year. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bible Study Fellowship. Last year, our study of Genesis was greatly enriching, and fostered several deep friendships during a time when I was new to town and had no social life to speak of. Read More →

I have a cousin who (like the infamous Duggar family) has several children, each with a name beginning with the letter J: Jeffrey, Josiah, Jessica, Jasmine, & Jordan. My dear friend Sister in Oregon has three children, all fondly named after {upstanding, Republican} Presidents: Reagan, Lincoln, and McKinley. (Which explains the moniker of her hilariously honest Read More →