One of these kids got a 96% on her first college essay.  The other made it all possible.Ages 14 & 17   I met my sister Nadia through hosting in 2014. In 2018, at age 14, I was given a writing assignment and wrote the following paper. This is my story. “We learned that orphans

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Earlier this week, I wrote about our failed adoption.   13 months into our hosting and adoption journey, in a single phone call, everything had fallen apart and our journey came to a halt in a very reticent manner.  Nadia was quiet, we didn’t know what our next steps would be – or should be.

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Failed adoption is something people don’t talk about much.  We celebrate when families are brought together through adoption for good reason, but for some, the process is a bit (a lot) less of a storybook tale.I recently revisited my private Facebook group from our adoption process in 2015.  It is full of love, hope, and a

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When we think of the holiday season, most of us think of family around the table for Thanksgiving or around the tree at Christmas.  Memories of years past flood our minds and hearts with the feeling of love for those that are present and those that are no longer with us.  It is a special

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In the fall of 2014, we saw this video (I do encourage you to watch it!) and ultimately decided to host a 14-year-old girl from Latvia.  We were new to the idea of hosting.  We had never discussed adoption.  But we were excited to host and knew that our girl had an older sister in

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With one google search, you can find information about the adoption process between the United States and China. There are fantastic accredited adoption agencies at work in China that are not only completing adoptions, but are also involved in amazing humanitarian work to assist children who are still waiting. As you research the China adoption

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International adoption is an amazing experience.  During the process of meeting and visiting your child(ren), you are also able to submerge yourself in the culture in which they come from.  The process of adoption is not easy in any country, even domestically.  However, if you take it a chunk at a time, it is very

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Orphan and Stand Sunday are scheduled each year for the second Sunday in November. Intentionally incorporating awareness, advocacy or intercession into a church service can move the heart of the congregation. Here are a few critical numbers to know:143+ million: Number of orphans in the world 400,000: Number of children in U.S. foster care 380,000: Number of

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The staff at 143 Million Reasons and Project 143 recognizes the need for adoption awareness 365 days a year.  However, we also want to acknowledge and promote November as the National Adoption Awareness Month.  It is a month where we all take extra care in promoting the many children that are in the foster care

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In this, our 3rd & 4th Adoption, I’ve definitely noticed some patterns.One in particular is the deafening silence from a few key people .Those whom you would just think… “surely, they are in my corner!””I would be in theirs if this scenario were flipped!””I can count on their friendship and support through this.” I am

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