Christian Adoptive Couple in Alabama Excited to Grow Family!

Christian adoptive couple Kevin and ChemeikaMeet Kevin and Chemeika, an African American Christian couple living in northern Alabama!

They’re college sweethearts who have been married for over seven years. He works as a software developer, and she’s an accountant. Their 10-year-old daughter, Erin, is excited to become a big sister! Kevin and Chemeika are open to contact through letters, pictures, and visits.

“Chemeika is smart, caring, and just a genuinely good person. Her love for Christ and His word reflects the way she carries herself. When I look at her, I see the love that she has for our daughter, and I am convinced that she will share that same love with this child. I know that Chemeika is excited to teach this child about life and how to continuously show the love of Jesus to everyone that he or she meets,” says Kevin.

And Chemeika shares about Kevin: “Kevin is one of the most selfless people I know. His heart is one that truly reflects the love of Christ. Kevin is quite the jokester and because of his playful personality, kids absolutely love him. His demeanor with children is one that is nothing short of amazing. He is already a great dad to our daughter and I cannot wait to see the love he has for this child!”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Kevin and Chemeika’s adoption video:

This Christian Couple from Alabama Are Excited to Grow Their Family Through Adoption! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit Kevin and Chemeika’s adoptive family profile online to learn more about them, view their photos, and read their “Dear Birthmother letter.”

You can also browse other adoptive family profiles at www.LifetimeAdoption.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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Christian Adoption Update – “God Wrote Us a Beautiful Story!”

The staff at Lifetime Christian Adoption feels blessed to be able to share this touching adoption update that Christian adoptive couple Jesse and Alicia sent in:

Jesse and Alicia's daughter“Hi Natalie!

I hope you and everyone at Lifetime are doing well. Now that we are winding down from the very busy holiday season, I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on how we are doing! Brynlee is 7 months old, can you believe it!? She is crawling now and keeping us very busy! Watching her learn and grow is such a joy! I feel like it wasn’t long ago that I was emailing and calling you to get suggestions from you on how we could improve our profile. What a beautiful story God has written for us! Thank you for being a part of it!

The judge, Jesse, Alicia, and their daughter at the adoption finalization!Thanksgiving was such a special day for us. Looking over at Brynlee in her high chair at the dinner table was such a dream come true. We have so much to be thankful for, every day is Thanksgiving in our home!

Our Christmas was amazing! Brynlee’s birth parents planned a special dinner so we were able to spend time with them and meet their families. We are extremely grateful for the relationship we have with Brynlee’s birth parents. This was the start of a new Christmas tradition that we hope to continue for many years to come!

On December 28th, we finalized our adoption! As our family filled the courtroom, I couldn’t help but feel so overwhelmed with emotions. There were countless nights of hoping, praying and longing to be parents and now that we are, I just couldn’t imagine our lives without her!

We hope you enjoy these pictures of our sweet girl!”

 

If we can help you or someone you care about start on the path towards Christian infant adoption,
please share this link to our free application to adopt!
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What to Pack for the Hospital When You’ve Chosen Adoption

Creating a hospital bag packing listAre you feeling more and more stressed and overwhelmed as your due date approaches? One way to cut down on this stress is to pack for your hospital stay, by using our hospital bag packing list.

Since you might go into labor before your actual due date, we recommend packing everything up and getting it ready to go when you’re eight months pregnant. Be sure to add things to the list that will make you more comfortable and relaxed. Here’s our hospital packing list:

  • Your driver’s license or ID
  • Your insurance card or Medicaid card
  • Hospital paperwork
  • Your adoption professional’s phone number
  • The adoptive family’s phone number
  • Your birth plan
  • Your contacts and glasses
  • A few nightgowns, a bathrobe, slippers, and socks
  • Whatever you find to be calming; it might be music, a photo of someone you love, or even your own pillow.
  • Your cell phone and charger
  • Healthy snacks, like apples, bananas, beef jerky, nuts, granola bars, or trail mix.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Brush and comb
  • Hair ties and headbands
  • Makeup
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Extra pairs of maternity underwear
  • Maxi pads
  • A roomy outfit to go home in
  • Comfy shoes, like flip flops

Feel free to print our list, pin it on Pinterest, or save it to your Internet favorites to have handy!

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Help for Your Season of Waiting on the Lord

Hopeful adoptive mother praying in churchWaiting for the blessing of a baby can be discouraging and exhausting. Maybe you’ve only been waiting to become parents through adoption for a few weeks or months. Maybe you’ve been waiting for years, and have turned to adoption after failed fertility treatments.
 
 
No matter how hard your season of waiting on the Lord has been, know that He has a plan for you! Many waiting adoptive couples have found reassurance through Caroline Harries’ devotional, In Due Time.
 
In this 60-day devotional, Caroline shares of her own story of loss and longing. Even in the midst of waiting, it is possible to have joy by recognizing the truth in God’s Word. She hopes that each devotion in the book brings you hope and encouragement in your time of waiting.

This book will heal your heart, renew your mind, and allow you to better trust and praise the Lord during your season of waiting. Although the adoption wait is difficult, God is faithful. Know that He will finish the work that He began with you.
 
By remaining faithful and persistent during your adoption journey, in due time you will become parents! We hope that In Due Time provides you with encouragement and hope. God is with you during the waiting!
 
Here’s a short video of author Caroline Harries sharing more about her book, In Due Time:

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Young Christian Couple in California Ready to Welcome a Child!

Learn about Christian couple Brad and Katie in California!Meet Brad and Katie, a young Christian couple living in California. They’re so excited to welcome a child into their home and to become first-time parents! Brad and Katie both have wanted to be parents since childhood, but aren’t able to have biological children. “We believe that children are a gift from God and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to adopt!” they say.

Brad and Katie have a strong marriage due to their firm foundation on serving God. When time allows, they love to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and taking their dog, Rio, for walks. They’re open to sharing pictures, letters, and visits with you if that’s what you’d like.

“Katie was born to be a mother. Her love for Christ is so evident, which has helped me with my own faith. Katie loves to bake, and she’s so good at it! Coming home to the smell of freshly baked cookies is the best! She will teach our child the importance of being honest and kind to everyone they come into contact with,” says Brad.

And Katie shares about Brad: “Brad is an incredible husband, brother, son, uncle and friend. He has such a magnetic personality and I know it will make him a great father! Brad has become a well-respected mentor at our church. And even after a hard days work, Brad is still able to come home and devote himself to spending quality time with his loved ones!”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Brad and Katie’s adoption video:

Young, Fun-loving Adoptive Couple from California Ready to Welcome a Child! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit Brad and Katie’s adoptive family profile online to learn more about them, view their photos, and read their “Dear Birthmother letter.”

You can also browse other adoptive family profiles at www.LifetimeAdoption.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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Praising the Lord, Even on Bad Days

Lifetime Christian Adoption’s Founder Mardie Caldwell has a favorite devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. From time to time, we cite passages from this book to help you on your adoption journey. Today’s passage is actually from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Today for Kids.”

This beautifully moving and thought-provoking message reminds us to praise the Lord even on our most challenging days during the adoption wait:

“You have so many blessings in your life that sometimes you take them for granted. You may start to see only the things you don’t have, instead of all the things you do have—and then you miss My Joy completely.

I love it when you praise Me on good days, but I especially treasure your praises when you’re having a terrible day. Why? Because I know that on those days, you’ve searched hard to find Me and My blessings.”

Jesus Calling for Kids passage

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His love and for the miracles He does for people. Let them offer sacrifices to thank Him. With joy, they should tell what He has done.”
—Psalm 107:21–22

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How To Break The News of Your Pregnancy To Your Family

unplanned pregnancy as a Christian womanTelling your parents that you’re pregnant can be a very stressful experience. As Christians, they likely expected you to wait until marriage.

When you tell them that you’re pregnant, they may say things they don’t mean. That’s because this is a shock to them. The first reactions your parents might have could range from being upset and disappointed to being downright angry.

Here are 4 tips to help you get through the “I’m pregnant” conversation:

1. Do Some Serious Thinking First
Do this before you talk with your parents and answer their questions. Are you ready become a mom? How do you feel about making an adoption plan? If you’re unsure, try asking yourself these 4 questions:

  • Are you ready for the responsibilities that come with being a mom?
  • Do you want to be a parent right now?
  • Is your baby’s father involved and ready to help you out?
  • Can you financially care for a child?

Once you know a bit more about how you feel, it’ll be easier to talk with your parents about your feelings and choices.

2. Find the Right Timing and Place
Saying that you’re pregnant over dinner in a busy restaurant isn’t the best time or place to reveal your news! So that you can have a calm and loving chat with your parents, pick a time and place that gives you privacy and the time to talk.

Pick a location that lets you freely express yourself without having to worry about strangers overhearing.

3. Remain Calm and Patient
If telling your parents you’re pregnant will come as a surprise, don’t be shocked if they’re upset. Stay calm and be patient as you wait for your news to sink in. Show them that you’re mature and ready to cope with the decision you make regarding your baby, and they can come to terms with the situation quicker.

4. Set Another Time to Talk
Don’t expect that you’ll be able to talk about this just once and then leave it alone. The first conversation you have with your parents about your unplanned pregnancy might not go as you wanted it to. Maybe you got interrupted, or emotions were too intense.

By scheduling another time to talk, your pregnancy news will have had time to sink in. Hopefully, everyone can begin the second conversation more calmly; you’ll all have had a chance to think more about your options.

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Lifetime Christian Adoption’s Top 10 Blog Posts from 2017

In 2017, Lifetime Christian Adoption’s blog covered topics ranging from how to handle your adoption wait to birth mothers sharing why they chose adoption. We feel blessed to be able to bring you encouragement during your adoption journey, and we’ll strive to keep writing useful Christian content for our readers in the new year!

Here are Lifetime Christian Adoption’s top 10 posts of 2017:

#10: How to Create Calm Faith During Your Adoption Journey

Many times, stress during the adoption wait is due to frustration over your lack of control over the process. In this blog post, our Founder Mardie Caldwell shares that practicing having “calm” faith helped her during her adoption journey.

#9: 4 Questions to Ask When Thinking About Adoption for Your Child

Making an adoption plan for your baby or child is a hard decision.  But no matter what you decide, should know that God loves you for who you are. In this post, we share four questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about adoption.

We encourage you to read the Word of God if you get discouraged in your adoption#8: Do All to the Glory of God

Taking care of yourself is so important. Once you’ve started your journey towards self-care and a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be encouraged to keep going! Remember that your health is a blessing during your adoption process; one that deserves care and attention.

#7: How to Deal With a Crisis of Faith During an Unplanned Pregnancy

It’s common for Christian women who are pregnant unexpectedly to wonder if this truly is a part of God’s plan for their lives. Our #7 blog post of 2017 shares useful tips you can follow if you find yourself in this situation.

#6: Let Jesus Lead Your Adoption Journey

This blog post was written by Lifetime’s Founder Mardie Caldwell (pictured to the left with her son in the 80’s). Hear from Mardie about how the Lord had a plan for you beyond your imagination. During your adoption wait, your job is to be prepared, focused and ready for the time a child is presented.

#5: “Lifetime Turned My Unplanned Pregnancy Into a Gift from God!”

Our fifth most popular blog post features a sweet email from one of our birth mothers! Read about her adoption and delivery experience. “Thanks to Lifetime, my unplanned pregnancy was turned into a gift from God!” she says.

#4: Recommended Adoption Books (Plus a FREE Download!)

If you’re exploring adoption to start your family, books are a great place to start. Get Lifetime’s recommended adoption reading list. It has books that provide info on how to adopt a baby, as well as books to help children understand their adoption.

Read one woman's story of how she came to believe in God's love during her unplanned pregnancy#3: Believing in God’s Love During an Unplanned Pregnancy

If you’ve just gotten a positive pregnancy test, you might feel ashamed and guilty, and wonder if God still loves you. This blog post, written by a birth mother, lets you know of the Lord’s unconditional love for you, even if you’ve turned against His way.

#2: Praying for Adoption With Confidence

Prayer will be your foundation as you make decisions and plans in every step of the adoption process. God desires to help you in every aspect of your life.  Your part is to accept the blessings provided to you by Our Lord and seek direction from His Church to know His will in building your family.

Discover what the Lord has to say about adoption#1: What Does the Bible Say About Adoption?

Our top Christian blog post of the year goes into depth about what the Holy Scriptures say about adoption. Take a look at God’s view of a family unit and His plan for children!

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A Christmas Prayer for Adoption

“…the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.'”
-Luke 2: 10-11

Christmas Blessings from Lifetime!We wish you the love, happiness, and peace that the true meaning of Christmas brings! Lifetime Christian Adoption’s offices will be closed on Christmas Day. However, we’ll remain available 24/7 for birth mothers, and for adoptive families who have urgent updates on their adoption match: 1-800-923-6784.

We’re hopeful that the coming year reveals the next step toward realizing your heart’s greatest desire, parenthood. Lifetime continues to pray for each and every one of you. We understand that the holidays can be a difficult time, whether you’re thinking about adoption for your baby or faithfully waiting to match.

Here’s our Christmas prayer for you:

Lord, we celebrate and honor You during this season of Christmas. We choose to put You at the center of our lives as we observe Your birth. Keep us from being distracted and help us to invite You into our lives. Help us to worship You during this busy time of year. Give us wisdom so that we might know You better. Help us to be kind to each other and forgive one another, just as You forgave us. Teach us acts of kindness for those in need.

Open our eyes and our hearts so that we might be enlightened, and know the hope you’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Discover Christian Adoption Via Audible

Learn about Christian adoption on Audible!If you’ve just started to answer the Lord’s call to adopt, you might be wondering where to start. A great place to start learning about adoption is by reading the top Christian adoption book, Called to Adoption: A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call.

You’re able to listen to this adoption book for FREE on Audible!

Right now, Audible has a promotion running through the end of 2017. You can get a three-month trial of Audible for $4.95 a month. This is a great promo to take advantage of, because Audible usually charges $14.95 a month! You’re able to use one credit a month for any audiobook you’d like, regardless its price.

The best part is, the book Called to Adoption is yours to keep, even if you come to find that Audible isn’t for you! That means you can continue learning about Christian adoption, even after cancelling your Audible account. You can learn more at Audible.com.

Called to Adoption is full of useful tips and beautiful adoption stories! Many have found it helpful to hear from Christian adoptive couples who have recently been through an adoption journey. This book was written by an adoptive mother, adoption expert, and CEO of Lifetime Adoption Mardie Caldwell. It gives valuable resources and tips for every hopeful adoptive parent.

You’re able to hear Called to Adoption on Audible from wherever you are! Whether you’re exercising, driving to work, or making dinner, you can multi-task and learn about how modern, open adoption works at the same time!

Get your copy of Called to Adoption today by going to Audible.com.
Or, simply click the image of the book’s cover below:

Called to Adoption on Audible

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