love is greater than blood

I have always dreamed of having a big family. Having children, and lots of them is something my hubby and I have always talked about from the beginning. It wasn’t an option for us not to.

I always knew I was called to do something great. But I was never sure exactly what that was until hubs posed the question to me: “what if we adopted?”

My heart melted the day he said those blessed 4 words to me. I knew this man was more than perfect for me.

It had always been something I was interested in, mostly because my heart is pretty much in the shape of Africa. But I never brought it up to him, because I wanted him to be called to it as well. It needed to be something that God put on both our hearts. I’m so thankful that He did.

“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act.”
Proverbs 24:12

After walking through a really tough pregnancy, delivery and recovery – we weren’t sure how many times my body would be able to handle it. It’s worth every bit of it, but I still need to physically be able to care for my family as well. Adopting seems like an easy fix to that, but it’s so much more than that.

After we discussed it the first time, I knew there was no turning back. This was what God had planned for our family all along. To love and welcome an orphan into our family. To put love above blood. To care for and give a father to the fatherless.

I’m honored that God has chosen us to bring a baby home from Ethiopia.

This will be a long process, and will take lots of prayer, tears and funds. Adopting is not free. It’s not easy. But God will provide. I ask you to begin praying for how you might like to be a part of our adoption. In the coming months we will begin asking for money, and doing everything in our power to raise the funds to bring this sweet baby home.

A baby that God already has hand-picked for us.

“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”
John 14:18

Please keep us in your prayers as we walk through the early stages of the adoption. Right now, we are studying and praying through the right agency and deciding exactly when we will begin our paperwork. Please pray for wisdom and clarity as we make these decisions.

We are so excited to share this wonderful news with you and bring you along our journey!!


  1. SO EXCITED!!!!

  2. How wonderful! Did you know that in Biblical times, a man could disown his son, but a child adopted he could never disown due to the covenant he made bringing the child within his fold?

    Adoption is beautiful. I have a friend who brought their son home from Africa … If you want to know who they went through, let me know and I’ll get it for you.

    • That is so cool! It’s amazing how God created adoption to be such a beautiful thing, and He adopted us as His own.

      I would love to know who your friend went through, we are trying to get as much advice as possible!

  3. Jenn Glenn says:

    Awesome! Let me give you a girlfriend of mine’s blog that is at the end of the process right now. It is always good to be able to connect with people that have been through the process. Her blog is

    Oh I’m SO excited for the James family!!!

  4. Mary Teague says:

    Sooooo excited for you guys – you are amazing parents and will be so incredibly blessed for being faithful to God’s call to do this. LOVE LOVE LOVE it – love the scriptures you are claiming for your decision. Absolutely cannot wait!! Love you all!

  5. That’s awesome to hear!

  6. Congrats! I’m so excited for you!

  7. Oh my goodness KK! this is so unbelievably exciting!!! I am oh so very happy for yall! but just so you know, this means a second trip to see yall after this year! I have to meet all the babies ;)

  8. KK….you have a heart of gold. That is amazing. I want to be just like you when I grow up… :) love ya girl…so happy for you

  9. Yay!

  10. Anna Kessler says:

    I admire you alot!!! Praying for your journey ahead :)

  11. Sarah Keast says:

    I’ll be praying for you and your growing family!! It is so amazing what you are doing.

  12. Wow, that is amazing. I will of course be praying. And, when it is time to raise some funds, maybe we can work out a Scentsy fundraiser. Message me if you are interested :)

  13. This is so exciting! Praying for your family as you walk through this process! :)

  14. so happy for you as you walk this beautiful journey!

  15. My new little niece or nephew!!! Can’t wait to snuggle them!!! Love you!

  16. Thanks for sharing, we too have thought about the option of fostering or adopting in the future. I love your heart and will be praying for you every day! xo

  17. Ask me anything. I would love to share. I have tons of stuff. I can’t wait for you to move back here and support you through this incredible journey.

  18. Randall Ringwald says:

    Hey KK!!We were in revival last week with Dr.Ralph Hoffstetter.His heart is still very much in Africa as he was a missionary for West Africa for several years begining in the 1960′s until coming back to the states to start Pioneer Bible Translators.This organization has been responseble for getting the word of God into people’s hands into their own language.A team is sent to live and translate among the tribes.His heartfelt love for the people was evident in his sermons!We were blessed as youth in our church to have youth ministers that heeded God’s call to west Africa.Marty and Tina Ganong were two such people who went as a husband and wife team.We also had a youth minister who went to Brazil.God’s ways work for the good who love him and I know you and Brooke have lotsa love to give.I pray God’s will on your endevors to adopt and expand your family!Love Randall

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