Posted by: connie | April 15, 2008

Connie’s Introduction

Leaving Russia - Oct. 2002

Just a few months after my husband and I married, almost 25 years ago, we began praying that the Lord would bless us with children–as many as He pleased. He answered those prayers 19 years later when He blessed us with Olga (12 1/2 yrs.) and Nina (9 yrs.) in the fall of 2002.

Often the ‘unspoken’ question on people’s minds is, ‘why did you wait so long to adopt?’ There are, of course, many ‘human’ explanations–undergraduate school, graduate school, infertility, jobs, moves, ministry, extended family needs–but in reality, everything has moved along according to the wise counsel of God’s will. Over the course of waiting 19 years, you begin to see and embrace the wisdom of God’s timing.

Aside from marriage, nothing–absolutely nothing–has challenged and refined my understanding of God like adoption and parenting has. While it should come as no surprise to Christians that God uses such challenges to refine, shape, and mold us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ, we can become weary, confused, or discouraged. But God, in His grace and mercy, brings us through those times using His Word and His people to build us up, equip us, encourage us, and comfort us.

In light of the ‘lack of biblical resources targeting the specific challenges faced by parents of older adopted children’, and because we have benefited greatly from Godly counsel and support, we hope to be used by God to build up, equip, encourage, and comfort other Christian adoptive parents in their labor of love.

It is our prayer that you will feel welcomed here, and God will ‘comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God’ (2 Cor. 1:2-7).



  1. I read all of your posts. I love what you have to say. Please keep posting. I relate so much with your story. God has opened my own eyes about the stigmas I had about about adoption. You are right, our adoption in Christ and adoption of a child are so much the same. God brought me to Christ at an “older age of 35”. Through adoption He is teaching me how much He loves me and cares for me. He is using the adoption process once again to refine my heart and mind. Thanks!

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