This whole journey has involved a lot of telling God what we want to do and what we feel He is telling us to do but also asking Him to clarify if there is a different direction that He would have things go.

When we found out that Lesley was pregnant, we did not quickly come to the conclusion that we would need to stop adoption, in fact we prayed that He would allow us to do both or make it incredibly clear that we should not adopt for now. It seemed like things might allow us to continue with both and that was exciting.

Then we went for the sonogram and the technician showed us one, moved it over a bit and said, “and…there’s it’s twin.” This was a little harder amidst all of the joy related to it, because we knew this meant adoption was off for now.

To be clear, we still plan to adopt. It simply seems unwise to pursue adoption right now with twins on the way. We plan on beginning the process again when our children hit 1 year old (which will be around January 2017).

For those of you who gave to us, if you do not want your money back, we plan to open a savings account and put the money raised in there for when we pick things back up in 2017.

This is what happens when you give your plans to God. They may not work out in the way that you expect them to, but He does incredible things. This is a huge blessing. Twins don’t even run in Lesley’s family! That means that there was only a 2% chance that this would happen spontaneously.

Thank you for following along, being with us, praying for us, helping fund us, or however else you may be involved in our journey. We have a bit further to go than expected, but we are trusting Him in it all.


For those looking for the TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) – Lesley is pregnant with twins and due in January 2016. Adoption is on hold until approximately January 2017.


Chick-Fil-A | Vernon Hills | 5:00PM – 7:30PM TONIGHT

Hey everyone!

If you are able, please come and  join us tonight at the Vernon Hills Chick-Fil-A (701 N Milwaukee Ave Ste 360, Vernon Hills, IL 60061)! See the event page here.

Part of the proceeds will go towards our adoption fund. So all you need to do is show up, order food, tell them you’re “eating for adoption,” and then eat your food! You can even go through the drive thru. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t want an excuse to go to Chick-Fil-A? I’m looking forward to eating some of their food, but I’m so much more excited about getting to see people and hang out!

We will be there the whole time and Lesley will also be selling bracelets from the Apparent project to support our adoption, so you can pick one of those up for $10 (see more about that on our Fundraisers page)!

If you are not able to go and still want to support us, or you are going but still want to support us more directly, you can do so at our YouCaring page.

Hope to see you tonight!

Grace and Peace,


An Excuse to Eat at Chick-Fil-A

Who doesn’t want an excuse to eat at Chick-Fil-A??

If you go to the Chick-Fil-A in Vernon Hills on June 24th between 5pm and 7:30pm AND mention that you are “eating for adoption,” (drive-thru or eating in) we will get 10% of the sales to go toward our adoption!

If we happen to earn over $1,000, then the percentage bumps up to 15%!!


(You can click the image above to see more info in the Facebook Event)

We will be there for the whole time, so if you want some good food and just want to hang out, come on by! We would love to see you and hang out!

Thanks for all your support 🙂

– Carl


The Voices That Carry Podcast

Lesley and I had the huge honor of being interviewed about our story on my friend Henry’s podcast, Voices That Carry.

You can download it directly, by clicking the image below.

Alternatively, if you’re a big podcast person or use Stitcher radio, you can go ahead and go into either app and search “Voices That Carry” and our show should be the newest (May 31st, 2015).


Thank you for your love and support!

– Carl


Bracelets Are In!

As mentioned on our fundraisers page, one way to support us (and also families in Haiti) is to buy a bracelet. Lesley has put together some different options of how you can do this on our fundraisers page.


We have 150 bracelets and we only have 6 weeks to sell them! We would love to run out and need to order more. We would love it, if you buy a bracelet, to use it as a reminder to pray for us and the person who made it.

If you want to support us but don’t care about having a bracelet, you can do that as well through our YouCaring page.

Thank you and we love you!

– Carl



Why We Are Adopting


A question that has already come up multiple times in the last couple of days since we announced beginning the adoption process is, “Why are you adopting?” The tone has ranged from “why would you ever do that?” to “this is awesome! Is there a particular reason you’re doing it though?”

I hope to adequately explain why we are taking this journey.

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