God decided in advance to adopt {me} into his own family by bringing {me} to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5)

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for {me} who was a  slave to the law, so that he could adopt {me} as his very own child. 6 And because {I}am his child, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into my heart, prompting {me} to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now {I} am no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since {I}am  his child, God has made {me} his heir.  (Galatians 4:4-7)



Kevin and I have a “global” heart.  Over the last six years we have had the privilege to host Exchange Students in our home. The experience has blessed Kevin and I beyond measure.  It has also opened the door for us to begin considering adoption.

Our prayer is that God would allow us to move into a place where we feel called to adopt a child from somewhere.  We had a family meeting with our kids and asked them what they thought about adopting a baby!  The response was amazing!  Our kids were so thrilled with the idea of adding to our “Hanson Clan.”

This isn’t a new idea for us, it has been something that has simmered in the back of our minds since before I was pregnant with Little Miss Ireland.  Adoption was put on the back burner after we lost her, because my focus turned into getting pregnant quickly and proving to myself that I could have a baby that was breathing.  That baby is almost a year old, and a blessing beyond measure.  He is incredible.

The  Bible talks in so many places about caring for the poor, fatherless and widows.

“The helpless put their trust in You. You are the defender of orphans Lord; You know the hopes of the helpless. Surely You will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them” (Psalm 10:17-18).

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27)

I know that when Kevin and I step forward in faith, trusting that God has called our family to open our hearts and our family to someone who needs a family.  I would like to be “hope” for someone with no hope.  Right now we don’t know what this adoption will look like, both Kevin and I have committed to praying together and separately for a clear and defined direction to move in.

I am blessed to know several people who have grown their families through adoption.  Some journeys were simple, others were long and complicated, but the end results were beyond worth it!


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