Category Archives: Adoption

Those with a Criminal Record or have been officially charged with Child Neglect/Abuse: This is very understandable. My heart does go out to those who have been redeemed from a past that involves accusations (real or false) or mistakes made. It doesn’t mean they are less of a human because of their mistakes or because […]

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Well,  I’m still doing the 31 days…. it’s just not going to be in 31 days. Blogging with 5 little one underfoot isn’t an easy task especially when there is so much to write about this incredible subject of adoption.  LOTS of good stuff is coming. Lots of posts are being written and researched and […]

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Married Couples:  This is the most popular category of people who adopt. Just keep in mind different countries/states/agencies have different requirements as to how long you’ve been married, how many times you’ve been married, and so on. However, I will say that in a lot of countries you will find that if you’re the right […]

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Domestic Adoption: Domestic adoption involves adoptive parents and a child that are citizens and residents of the United States. The vast majority of adoptions in America are through Domestic Adoption. There are many ways to go about adopting domestically. (many of them are listed below) The benefits of adopting domestically are the likely hood of having […]

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I am the oldest of 9… yep, you read right NINE children. So when it comes to raising so many kids so close together… well, for me, it’s kind of like going back to live on the farm that you grew up on! More work than you imagined it ever being but at the same […]

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I’ve had this series burning in my heart for quite some time. I wanted to join in the 31 day challenge last year but just couldn’t make it happen. This year I’m diving in and praying God gives me the right direction… the right words… and the ability to write what I know and have […]

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These months have FLOWN by!!! Month 1:  Abel Darling, you spent the first week and a half in the hospital. When we showed up to meet you all the nurses huddled around because they couldn’t wait to meet the parents who were going to get to take home this treasure! You were super popular in […]

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I’m kinda excited that Abel has both Nevada and Hawaii as part of his “where did I come from” story.  Nevada was beautiful and the weather was amazing! I hope we will be able to go to the beautiful Hawaii someday as a family! I went to Las Vegas not ever planning on having a […]

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“I’d be VERY surprised if this baby leaves here before two or three weeks” said Abel’s Dr. to us on the phone as we were on the way to the Airport to come here. Well… I don’t think she took into consideration the power of your prayers. Because 3 days later we were hugging the […]

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We are totally smitten with this little guy!!! I can’t wait to blog his whole little story. (and I’m waiting only because I have some more questions that need answering and and I want to know the details better before I compile his incredible story of how he came to be a Chappell) Our hearts […]

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    This is the newest Chappell boys’ full name!! Dan and I agreed on it almost instantly. (and that almost rarely happens! ;)) Today we talked with the Dr. and Social worker today, both are super kind and helpful!! Here is what we know:  He was born at 37 weeks weighing 6lbs. 3oz. So […]

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For the past few weeks  Dan has been reading two books and  reading me chunks of it as he was reading, Risk is Right by John Piper and Follow Me by David Platt. Our hearts resonated with the words on the page. And it wasn’t because we had risked enough but because God was stirring […]

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Okay, you know I’m a sucker for an adoption story. This one is such a good one. I met this family at a garage sale we had last summer while trying to raise money for our own adoption, and I fell right in love with them and their story. They love Jesus and they love […]

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I woke up a little dazed and confused from jet lag, but as soon as I realized where I was at I was very much awake and excited…. TODAY was the day I was meeting my son and daughter for the first time!!!! Kristin and I went and had our breakfast of french bread and […]

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in·cred·i·ble/inˈkredəbəl/ Adjective:  Impossible to believe: “an incredible tale of triumph”. Difficult to believe; extraordinary: “the noise was incredible” I love incredible families! And I love how the above description taken from google definition fits the Wood Family perfectly!! They have been such an incredible tale of triumph as they have given 6 orphans a family […]

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Now, I know pregnancy can makes us ladies do some strange things. But it’s amazing the craziness you feel when you have a baby that’s thousands of miles away and there is not much you can do about it but sit around and wait and make lists…. lots of lists!! so we become impatient list makers, […]

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$35,000.00…. $27,000.00….. $18,000.00…. $12,000.00…. $9,000.00 …. $1,500.00…. This past summer the countdown was on. It was a countdown of days, but it was also a countdown of dollars. When you’re adopting it’s hard not to think in terms of days and dollars when you think about what is separating you from your child(ren).  It’s also […]

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After a Whirlwind 12 days since we had even heard you existed in your mothers belly we were nervous and giddy to go meet the woman who had given you life and had loved and carried you inside her the past 9 months. What would she be like? We knew we already loved her because […]

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I was dreading visiting the Orphanages in the Congo to be honest. I mean, how could I go and see all those children who need parents and not be depressed for months on end knowing I can’t adopt them all… I can’t make others adopt them. I wasn’t looking forward to going. Then the day […]

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