Archives For adoption

Today marks the end of a significant part of our family story.

We have shut the door on an incredible season of personal and family growth. And we have opened a new chapter.

On July 3, 2017 we welcomed a little boy into our home as our foster son. Elijah came to us at just the right time. He hit the ground running, growing, learning, and yes, screaming too. And it’s been a big process adjusting to life with three kids and it’s been especially challenging because he came to us at 3-years-old.

Erica and I have always felt called to do for one what we wish we could do for all, through fostering to adopt or fos-adopt. Even before we were married we talked about adoption and always knew it was something we wanted to do down the road. We started seriously looking into it close to two and a half years ago when someone called us out of the blue asking if we would think about adopting their grand-daughter’s baby. That threw us for a loop and forced us to begin having conversations. We determined it wasn’t the right time or situation. But we began a process.

In that process, even before we welcome Elijah to our home, there were plenty of ups and downs. We were “submitted” for a lot of kids. But we were never chosen. We were praying fo the right child, at the right time, for the right reasons and God did not disappoint. When we were brought to a “disclosure” meeting with the county of Fresno department of social services, we were handed a huge redacted packet of Eli’s history. We asked questions and we were presented with all of the data. And then we had to leave and think and pray about it.

The next day our social worker called us and said, “So, what do you think?” All I could say was, “I’m running out of excuses. Let’s do it.” And I don’t regret any of it.

Today marks the end of that process.

Today, February 23, 2018, we went from fostering Elijah to welcoming him as our newest Foster. If you track with our social accounts, you’ve missed a lot of what’s been happening because we could only post certain things and we couldn’t show his face. But now, as Elijah James Foster, and our son, we can show his face.

I’d like to invite you to enjoy this montage video of some highlights from the last 7 and a half months.

Our experience with Elijah has revealed to me, even more, the depth of God’s love for us. I can’t wait to share some of those things with you. Stay tuned.

The following is from an Instagram/Facebook post my wife posted. It is a reflection of our heart and I am so proud to be married to this woman.

I have been putting this boy to bed for several months. He likes to hold my hand as he falls asleep, since the first night in our home. I couldn’t even count the number of those nights that he would fall asleep and I would look at his sweet face and sob asking God why. SO MANY WHYS! And wondering how I was going to let someone I love so much go.

A song called Take Courage has been playing in my heart and mind since we were in child search. Those nights I would have to really command myself to “take courage my heart. Stay steadfast my soul. He’s in the waiting. Hold on to your hope. Let your triumph unfold. HE’S NEVER FAILING!

Well a few weeks ago we experienced a major turn of events, and a true Christmas miracle for our family and I really saw how much God has been at work in our waiting. We found out that WE get to be this sweet boy’s FOREVER FAMILY.

Wow God…

Now when I put him to sleep I can look at this face with deep deep gratitude for what God has done and only He could have done.

I’ve been processing a lot in these past few weeks the very painful process of adoption for everyone involved…the foster parent who has to let the child go, the bio family who can’t care for the child, the adoptive parents who know that their joy comes out of lots of pain and brokenness, the child who has experienced more loss than any human should ever have to.

It would be an understatement to say that fostering and adoption have become so important to me and close to my heart. If you want to talk about getting more involved in this community, I would love to talk to you.

Thank you to all who have been praying for our family during this season.

Are You Adopted?

November 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

I came across this video recently and it made me cry.
It’s a simple story about a family.

As I watch this, I can’t help but think about unconditional love and acceptance and how important those things are in our lives. But here’s the deal, most people never find that. It should not be that way. There is a God who endlessly pursues us and his name is Jesus. And when you are adopted into the royal family of God, everything changes.

Want to know more? Come hang out with us at Two Cities Church.
Sundays at 10:30am
808 4th St
Clovis, Ca 93612


December 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

When you become a believer in Jesus Christ, you are adopted into God’s royal family.
It’s kind of a big deal.

 “So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7 NIV

What are the implications of that?
How does that change your everyday life?

Pismo Pet Shop

August 7, 2009 — Leave a comment

pismopetIf you’ve ever been to Pismo Beach, you’ve probably wandered into the pet store. They always have high-end and pure-bred dogs there, which makes the tourists and visitors go crazy. Every time we go there Erica wants a new dog, but she knows we can’t. However, I do believe that a lot of people walk out of there a few hundred or thousand dollars lighter with a small pooch in their purse.

I always joke that if these dogs don’t get adopted they’ll be put to sleep and Erica gets all sad. But then I reassure her that I was just kidding and that there is no way any dog that comes through this shop would ever be put down. Dogs in this shop are bought every day. There are so many people coming through there looking for the perfect little dog that they need new shipments constantly. 

But what about the Coopers of the world? What about the ugly muts? Who’s going to want them and how will they be found? 

What kind of pets do you have and how did you get it?