Posts Tagged ‘international adoption’

Adoption story – Stephen Kendrick

December 31, 2013

I was listening to an episode of FamilyLife Today earlier today.

Alex and Stephen Kendrick were providing an update on their activities since the release of their most recent movie, Courageous.

Stephen and his wife recently adopted a little girl from China.

Listen here for more details.

The Kendrick brothers are also discuss future plans, including working with the next generation of Christian filmmakers, and the possibility of a new movie in the future.

Thoughts on adopting older children through an international adoption

March 4, 2012

I have spent a great deal of time reading through an adoption blog I discovered yesterday.

Ginger Newingham has been writing about the process of completing an international adoption in Bulgaria.

She has posted some insights from other bloggers on things you might want to know.

Check out the following posts:

Adoption 101 – 10 things not to say to adoptive parents

Adoption 101 – How to be the village Part 1

Adoption 101 – How to be the village Part 2

And, some good thoughts on adoption:  I don’t heart adoption

Our family has been formed by adoption.  We have two adopted boys, who we love dearly.  I can’t imagine our lives without them.  However, for us to have two sons, two different mothers had to lose their little boys.  The stories are completely different.  Each adoption story is different.  Adoption is possible because of loss.  Ginger says to love adoption, not heart it.  Heart is too cutesey.  Love is a choice, and can be messy.  Love adopted children.  Love adoptive families.  Love those who have placed their children for adoption.

We have never met the biological family of our oldest.  It is likely that we won’t.

We met the adoptive parents of two older siblings of our second child.  We have met with his biological mother.  We have periodic contact.  We meet her a couple of times a year.  It is amazing how much things were better for her at Christmas than at the beginning of 2011.

In conclusion, I will quote a verse Ginger quoted:

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good.  Seek justice.  Help the oppressed.  Defend the cause of orphans.  Fight for the rights of widows.

Addressing the plight of the oppressed, widows, and orphans is a common command in the Bible.

What can we do to improve and ease their plight?

Another adoption blog

March 3, 2012

Another adoption blog

A few months ago, another blogger, Instant Mama, read one of our posts, and ended up going back and reading our whole story.  In one day.  It was about 150 posts, so it would have taken a while.

Since then, I have been reading her posts about her experiences as a foster parent.

She also mentioned a new blog from the perspective of a parent who placed her child for adoption, and the open relationship between her and the adoptive family.

Tonight, I have been reading through a blog I just discovered, noted in the attached link.  The link points to a story in the middle of a trip to Bulgaria to meet the child they had been matched with.  In this post, Ginger talks about God placing the lonely in families.

What can we do to make that happen in our lives?  This doesn’t just apply to adoption, although it is a key area.

There are lonely people all around us.  How can we include them in our lives?  At least ease their loneliness?

FamilyLife Today Welcome Home! – Carolyn Twietmeyer

October 22, 2011

— FamilyLife Today Welcome Home! – Carolyn Twietmeyer.

This is a link to a presentation by Carolyn Twietmeyer.

Her husband, Kiel, married her with four children.  They had three more together.

Then they started to adopt.  Several kids from Africa, some with HIV.

The story absolutely amazed me.  It is exciting to hear how God moves in the lives of people willing to follow his call and heart.


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