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Jenson’s story (in a nutshell!)

Monday, September 9th, 2013


A little over a month ago, on August 6th we found out about a baby boy in West Virginia that needed a home.  A friend of mine contacted me to tell me that he was born on August 4th and was due to be discharged from the hospital. She talked with his birth family about us and they were excited to meet us! Peter was in Texas on business and I was home in Virginia and our future son was in West Virginia! That night, after he was discharged, he spent the night at our friend’s house until we could get to him the next day. On August 7th Peter traveled back home from Texas and then we drove to meet our son in West Virginia! We met with his birth family and Jenson at a Bethany Christian Services office. That first meeting with his birth family was perfect! We really hit it off and they were so thankful and relieved that we were going to be raising their son. The whole moment was surreal! Holding Jenson for the first time took my breath away and I couldn’t help but let the tears fall. After many hugs and pictures we left with our new baby boy! That first night was a sleepless night for this momma… not because Jenson kept me up, but because I couldn’t believe all that had taken place in those 24 hrs! We went from a family of 2 to a family of 3 in the blink of an eye! We spent 9 days in West Virginia waiting for the interstate paperwork to be completed. During that time we enjoyed getting to know our son, falling in love with this sweet baby the Lord provided, and adjusting quickly to being parents! Finally, on our 5th wedding anniversary (8/16), we were able to bring our new baby home!


Common questions:


-What type of adoption will we have?

Open. We are going to keep in touch with Jenson’s birth family. Over time we plan to develop a relationship with them and will send them letters and pictures and have visits together throughout the year.

-What are the birth parents like?

They are WONDERFUL people and we now consider them a part of our family. For their privacy and for the protection of Jenson’s story, that is all we will share for now.

-Can he be taken away?

Nope! He is ours forever!

-When will the adoption be finalized?

We will start the process for finalization in December and hope to have everything finalize by the time Jenson is 6 months old.



A niece

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

My sister and her husband are expecting a girl!

When they came to visit last weekend, I took some pictures for them!

Little Brother

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Congratulations to Adam and Nicole and big sister Lucy on the arrival of Elijah James 9-14-12. 8 lbs 3 oz. 21 inches

Little bundle

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Congratulations to Jenelle and Brad on the arrival of Collin Bradley, 8.5lbs 21in on September 11th.

Baby Boy

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Congratulations to Jane and Ron on the arrival of Bedford Robert born August 15th at 12:58am. 9lbs 10oz 21in.

A new role for us…

Monday, August 13th, 2012

We are soon to be Aunt and Uncle!  My sister and her husband are expecting their first little one in February 2013! We are SO excited!!

Here are some announcement pictures!


A new addition

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Our friends, Amy and BJ, welcomed baby number 2 yesterday.

Lila Ray was born at 8:01 am on April 11th.  She was 6 pounds 15 oz and 19.5 inches long!

Congratulations Amy and BJ, and big brother Levi!


And the verdict is…

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It’s a BOY!!

Quentin George Collins was born March 13, 2012 at 7:40 am… after 32 long hours of laboring by his momma! He weighed in at 8 lbs 7 oz and was 22 inches long.  After a few bumps in the road, both mommy and baby… (and daddy and Grandma!) are doing well! This little guy has a head full of dark hair and some adorably plump cheeks!!

Congratulations to our dear friends Michael and Gracen on the arrival of their first little one!


Welcome home, Jadon Ryder

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Several months ago I introduced you to our friends, Jonathan and Christy, in this post.  At that time they were just getting started on their journey to parenthood through adoption.  I would like to share with you the AWESOME news that they are now parents as of 5 pm today!!!

Here is an email that Jonathan sent to share the good news:

We’re overjoyed to announce that Jadon Ryder was born January 8, 2012, at 2:09 pm. At birth, he was 7 lbs. 3 oz. & 20 1/2 inches long.

Jadon’s Story
Jadon’s birth mom, is a college student who met with us two times in December and chose us as part of her adoption plan. She selected his middle name Ryder, which means “knight,” and we chose his first name Jadon which means “grateful” (Nehemiah 3:7). The day after he was born, we met him at the hospital, and it was love at first sight! The following day, we met with his birth mom and her family for a deeply emotional time of prayer for her and for Jadon. Then, an hour later, we brought him home.

According to Virginia law, his birth mom had until today at 5 pm to change her mind, so we’ve been foster parents the last 10 days. And today when 5 pm came and she didn’t change her mind, Jadon legally became our son! Adopting Jadon reminds us of the gospel, that God adopted us into his family, through the saving grace of Christ “who came to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:5).

The day after Jadon arrived home, I was able to meet him and rejoice with Jonathan and Christy.  Here are a few pictures I took:

Sugar and spice and all things nice

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Our dear friends are completely smitten with their new addition!
Michael and Rebekah welcomed their first baby on October 6, 2011.
Amaré Elyse was born at 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 20.5 inches long.

Gracen and I got the privilege to visit the new little family and hold Amaré when she was a mere 14 hours old!