Adoption of the Month - November 2014

We are a fun loving, Christian family who loves to spend time together, play outside, read books, travel and spend time with extended family and friends.  Kevin is a chiropractor at US Healthworks in Spokane, and I work from home as a CPA/Project Manager for DM2 Software, a software development company out of Vancouver, Washington.    

The two of us met our senior year at Shadle Park High School in Spokane and got married 3 years later while attending college.  Our son Dane is a six year old who is finishing Kindergarten at Evergreen Elementary, where Mr. Jon Iverson is principal.  He loves school wrestling and reading.  And then there is Isaac.  He is 3 years old and was born in Ethiopia on December 23, 2009 and born again in our hearts March 25, 2010 when we first saw his cute little face.   We have a Beagle-Rottweiler who is 11 years old and has a weird love of socks and our cat, Kitty Mao Mao cute as a Button, is 9 months old.

Before we got married we talked about what we wanted our family composition to look like and adoption has always been part of our family plan.  We believe as Christians that we have been called upon to be the “father to the fatherless” and believe orphan and widow care is part of why God brought Kevin and I together.

There is so much we would like to share with other families about the adoption process.  One of the most important things is to ask for help from those who have gone before you.  Whether it is with paperwork, planning, bringing the little one home, meals, an ear, or raising your little one(s).  The advice we received from others has and continues to be how we thrive and makes us better.

Mark Iverson was recommended to us by several of our church friends.  He was very great at guiding us through the process and very quick at getting us our documents and even photos of the memorable event!  Isaac wasn’t in a good mood at the time and was quite vocal about it, but Mark and the judge kept proceedings rolling and even joked about Isaac’s being two!

Adoption has enriched our lives in numerous ways.  My brother Paul was adopted at birth domestically and has been the best “little” brother that I could ever ask for.  I could not imagine life without him.  Over the years, my family took in several kids who were friends of mine and my brother.  They came to live with our family from time to time when their families were struggling.  My husband Kevin, tragically lost his dad at 16 and he knows the pain of losing a parent.  It is because of this loss that he feels he was called to adoption.  Isaac keeps us on our toes.  He has a love for life, cars, his Kitty and M & M’s.   Every day we realize how blessed we are as Isaac’s smiles and laughs lights up our life. God has blessed us to have our older son Dane, who is very gracious and forgiving with his little brother who came home needing more attention and with a few medical issues that also needed to be addressed. Sometimes they laugh together, sometimes they wrestle together, sometimes they fight, but all of the time they are brothers forever!