$4 For Four - Bring Them Home! For About Our Adoption

About About Our Adoption

This is our little family of four!
A mommy, a daddy, and two little girls!

Soon, we'll be EIGHT!

Wanna know how we got to where we are?

You can check out our adoption journey by watching this video
Also, head on over and follow our adoption blog over here
And don't forget to check out our fundraising shop

*Please note:  The "A Charity Project" website crashed this week and it took our fundraising page down with it. We had to recreate the page from scratch, so we simply deducted the amount we have raised thus far ($1,629) from our original goal ($5,000) and created a new goal!

$4 For Four - Bring Them Home! Details

Once upon a time, we talked about adoption. We really thought that it would be more... planned.

Like, we would somehow save up tens of thousands of dollars (clearly we were also insane).

And then we would plan out when to start based on the most perfect timing for us.

I am just going to go ahead and assumed that God laughed out loud at us.

Thankfully, that's not how God rolls. His plans are always much better than our own.

He called me to go to Ethiopia, where He broke my heart for two little girls.

I returned home and shared my heart with my husband and we immediately said... YES!

This was NOT the plan. We had NO money saved for adoption. We had NO idea how we were going to do it.

But we had NO choice but to trust Him because we felt so strongly that this was what He wanted us to do.

So we jumped right in, with absolutely no idea how we were going to do it, only faith that HE could.

And he quickly started to provide every single penny, exactly when we needed it. Again and again.

Unfortunately, things didn't work out the way we wanted with our two girls. We were devastated. 

But God had a different plan for our family right now, and that experience taught us to trust Him.

A few months later, He gave us our baby girl. And we were overjoyed. Our hearts slowly began to heal.

Her foreign fees were due, and they were there. Every single cent. He provided it all. All of it!

But we felt unsettled. We felt like she wasn't the only one. 

God had really broken our hearts again and again for waiting children.

Our sweet baby was precious and we were so in love with her... 

But we just felt like we weren't done yet.

And then, within just days of accepting our new referral... 

We found ourselves continuing to go back to a photo on a waiting child list.

Three siblings. They looked half scared to death. And quite frankly, so did we.

It sounded crazy. We had just written a BIG check, which was a miracle in itself.

Even if we really wanted to, we could never afford to say yes. How could we?

I am so glad that God doesn't want our YES to be a direct reflection of our bank account.

It just felt so right. Everything fell into place. We knew that there was no explanation other than HIM.

He provided every single penny we needed to say YES. To the dollar, literally. Which was crazy.

They are now legally our children. Our three new daughters, and our precious son. We stand amazed. 

But they are still in Ethiopia... waiting for us to receive clearance to go back and bring them HOME.

Our case was finally submitted to the U.S.Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 27th.

Now, we wait for them to say GO! Come bring your precious children HOME! We can't wait.




When God called us to adopt, He never asked us if we could AFFORD it. 

Because HE could!

He has provided every single cent. Again. And again.

There has never been a time when money was due and it wasn't there.

He has done this in so many ways. 

He has taught us humility, and how to ask for help.

He has taught us how to sacrifice, and we would do it all over again.

He has blessed us through many of you in countless ways.

And He has done some things that I just can't even begin to explain.

We contracted with our agency on August 7, 2011. 

In just nine months, we have paid $34,114. 

There is no way we could have done that on our own.

It was all God. He gets ALL of the credit, glory, and praise.

We have another $15,000 + to go and not a lot of time to do it.

$10,000 is airfare alone. July is the worst possible time to travel to Ethiopia.

But when we are cleared to GO, we want to GO bring our kids HOME!

And we are trusting in Him to provide every single dollar we need....

Because we know He WILL! He always has. And He's going to start with YOU!

Please consider giving your $4 for our FOUR below, and then share this link!

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Donations To $4 For Four - Bring Them Home!

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Name Gift Date Amount Comment
Sarah Stiltner 5/21/2012 $25.00 Much grace!!
Joel and Stephanie 5/21/2012 $50.00
Jack & Nathan 5/21/2012 $10.00 My beautiful sons are adopted.... they are *my* ordinary miracles!!! May God bless your family abundantly!!!
Shannon Kamanuwai 5/21/2012 $10.00 God bless your family for opening your hearts, home & future to what God has planned for your lives.
Kelsey Prather 5/21/2012 $20.00 I *LOVE* these 4 kids & their family! Cannot wait to see all 8 of you together in ONE photo!!! Always praying! <3
Jenny Cavallero 5/21/2012 $10.00
Anonymous 5/21/2012 $20.00
Brandi Stiff 5/22/2012 $25.00 How I wish it was more Kim!
Anonymous 5/22/2012 $36.00 Every time we've given, God gives back ten fold. Here's $4 from each of our family members. Including our baby boy waiting for us in ET :-)
Deena 5/22/2012 $4.00 ;)
Cindy Sistler 5/22/2012 $10.00 God bless you and your family.
Anonymous 5/22/2012 $20.00
Lori VanDyke 5/22/2012 $20.00
Crystal McGowen 5/23/2012 $100.00
Anonymous 5/23/2012 $4.00
Shauna Saubers 5/23/2012 $10.00 I can't wait for picture of the whole family!
Anonymous 5/25/2012 $4.00
Anonymous 5/26/2012 $50.00 We are hoping to adopt as well. Your story inspires us and we are amazed at what God can do!
Charlotte Moore 5/27/2012 $16.00 A small contribution from the 4 of us to the 8 of you...can't wait to see pictures of the happy chaos!
Anonymous 5/27/2012 $40.00 $10 for each of them! God bless you guys.
Wendi Green 5/27/2012 $20.00 We adopted a sibling set of three last year. You can read our story here (in your free time - ha!).
Kaylyn Van Camp 5/27/2012 $10.00 Praying for your family! So happy God surprised you :)
Jodi Meisner 5/29/2012 $20.00 Thank you for your heart for orphans
Anonymous 5/30/2012 $10.00 God Bless your family
Amy and Cary 5/31/2012 $16.00 It's a beautiful thing to say "yes" to God's plan - however big and unreasonable it may at first appear! We're so happy for your family.
Amy and Cary Mikeworth 6/1/2012 $10.00 God has richly blessed you with such a beautiful family!
Jennifer Wayman 6/1/2012 $10.00 So excited for your family!
Joanna Silberman 6/1/2012 $20.00 Loving your pix and posts! So thrilled for you!
Adam & Amber Stutzman 6/2/2012 $40.00 Here is $4 from each of our family members!! :-) We are right there with you guys-we have court this week for our brother and sister group- 13 and 7 and then will be waiting for our embassy appointment!!! We love your hearts and are amazed by this wonderful journey! :-) PS-we saw your kids on the waiting child listing when we found ours! They are beautiful!
Melissa & Menashe Basa 6/2/2012 $18.00 We saw your story on Kelsey's Facebook. We wish you all the best and can't wait to read that your children are home with you. G-d bless!
Jenny & Dave Marrs 6/4/2012 $20.00
Hannah Dahlke 6/4/2012 $40.00 God bless you and your family. I pray that God continues to provide for you and you continue to trust in Him. Gods Blessings!
Brianna 6/4/2012 $16.00 Bring them home, Lord!
Lisa Martinez 6/5/2012 $100.00 I also have four little loves from Ethiopia ages 10, 6, 6, and 4...God has blessed us abundantly and I pray that you are equally, if not more, blessed. I am so excited to follow your story. Hugs, Lisa ethiopiankings@blogspot.com
Mareto Casper 6/5/2012 $4.00 Bring my buddies home!!!
Katie Arnold 6/5/2012 $20.00 I am Karen Miller's sister and am amazed and inspired by your story. God bless you all!!
Anonymous 6/5/2012 $10.00 Blessed by the miracle of adoption and love to help be a blessing to others!
Mike & JoMarie Stank 6/5/2012 $50.00 God Bless you all!
Pam & Rock 6/5/2012 $50.00 Praying for you to reach your goal & bring them HOME!!
catherine converse 6/6/2012 $20.00 You have an amazing faith and an amazing family.
Deanna Jones 6/6/2012 $20.00
Dow Escalante 6/6/2012 $20.00 God bless you! Our daughter gave her child up for adoption last year and we have grown so much through the whole process. God is good! Blessings! Dow & Alesha Escalante
Randi Shetley 6/6/2012 $4.00
Keli Tondre 6/6/2012 $4.00
Kim Burghart 6/6/2012 $4.00 Praying that all the funds will be there as they are needed. Blessings, Kim mom to 8 blessings by way of adoption
Tracey Rominger 6/6/2012 $4.00
Hannah Vincent 6/6/2012 $8.00 So blessed by your obedience to God's call on your hearts! God bless you abundantly as you follow Him through adoption!
Verna / Steve Shook 6/6/2012 $4.00
Josh McKenney 6/6/2012 $4.00
Bruce Turner 6/6/2012 $4.00
Anonymous 6/6/2012 $200.00 On behalf of KP, someone who loves deeply and deserves love in return.
Gerards Family 6/7/2012 $25.00 Go get those babies!
Jessica Johns 6/7/2012 $25.00 I am a friend of Lacey Bertrams and I have watched the amazing gift that adoption has been for their family! I hope you get to bring your sweet kiddos home very soon!! ~Jessica
Anonymous 6/7/2012 $5.00
Marc & Erin Namie 6/7/2012 $20.00 This is a beautiful adoption story - we are excited for your family!
Matt and Wendy Westerfield 6/7/2012 $20.00 May God bless your family abundantly.. thank you for your obedience..
Maggie Blane 6/8/2012 $4.00
Anonymous 6/8/2012 $4.00 God bless!
Anonymous 6/8/2012 $50.00 Our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us!
Sara Jones 6/8/2012 $10.00
Anonymous 6/8/2012 $15.00
Abby St. Clair 6/10/2012 $4.00
Roy Cross 6/10/2012 $4.00 Congratulations!!!!!
Laura and Tom Temple 6/10/2012 $10.00 We're blessed by adoption and know you will be, too.
Anonymous 6/11/2012 $25.00
Anonymous 6/11/2012 $100.00
Anonymous 6/11/2012 $10.00
Anonymous 6/11/2012 $4.00
Anonymous 6/11/2012 $20.00
Anonymous 6/11/2012 $24.00
lindsey crockett 6/14/2012 $4.00 you guys rock!!!!
Rachel Shafer 6/14/2012 $20.00
Kelly Rackley 6/14/2012 $4.00 We are missionaries in Uganda and I heard about your need through Mandie Joy. Praying for your family!!
Anonymous 6/14/2012 $4.00 Enjoy your blessings:)
Anonymous 6/14/2012 $10.00
Beth Chappell 6/14/2012 $5.00
Ellen and Dave Silva 6/14/2012 $20.00
Lori Briggs 6/14/2012 $12.00
Crystal Knox 6/14/2012 $10.00 Good luck with your precious new babies!
Holly Megee 6/14/2012 $4.00
Anonymous 6/14/2012 $20.00 God bless you for having an open heart for these precious babies! They are amazingly loved!
Carla 6/15/2012 $50.00 One of my childhood friends in Virginia shared your site on facebook. I am praying you raise the money you need! God bless you all!
Tammy Schlievert 6/15/2012 $4.00
Erin 6/15/2012 $10.00 May God bless your family! <3
Anonymous 6/15/2012 $16.00
Lauren 6/15/2012 $16.00 our son and daughter just came home from ethiopia. many blessings as you bring your 4 miracles home!
Brooke Voncannon 6/16/2012 $20.00
Ashley and Brady Bagwell 6/17/2012 $500.00 We are so excited to help bring your 4 beautiful children home!
Jennifer Scully 6/17/2012 $50.00 Bless you and your family!
Michelle Atkinson 6/17/2012 $4.00
Stephanie Showalter 6/17/2012 $20.00
Theresa Ballinger 6/18/2012 $16.00 ?
Carrie Kressmann 6/18/2012 $10.00
Scott and Laura Shores 6/18/2012 $100.00
Niki Ary 6/18/2012 $12.00 Kelley William's shared a little bit of your story. Praying God blesses you as you seek to bring your children home.
Valerie Hulshof 6/19/2012 $20.00 Kelley Williams shared your story with me. We are blessed with two little girls from ET and 4 bios. May God richly bless you on this adoption journey. Praying for your family.
Kara 6/19/2012 $10.00 Isn't it amazing how God provides!
Teri DeVoe 6/20/2012 $20.00 praying for you and your family in this journey : )
Chrissy 6/20/2012 $10.00 I just yuv you a yacht and I yuv your kids and I can't do much...but it's something.
Ashley Hogeland 6/20/2012 $50.00 Get those kids home!!!!! :) Love ya!
Amy Murphy 6/22/2012 $10.00
Jodi Haag 6/22/2012 $100.00 Hoping your kids come home soon! God's Blessings to you:)
Anonymous 6/23/2012 $4.00
Melanie Koenig 6/24/2012 $25.00
Dana Clayton 6/26/2012 $4.00
Cindy Matthews 6/27/2012 $100.00 Praying your babies home quickly!
Annie and Waylon Martin 6/29/2012 $10.00 We just adopted 4 ourselves. Three siblings, and a baby boy. Plus we adopted 3 in 2009. Congratulations and good luck!!
Anonymous 7/1/2012 $2,000.00 Blessings!
Clairissa Mertz 7/2/2012 $16.00 God bless you all <3 :)
Ashley Alderfer 7/2/2012 $37.00 Praying for your family as you being this new journey as a family of 8! Can't wait to see those little ones finally home!