The Plans I Have For You

The Plans I Have For You

by Joy Casey on Dec. 1 “I know the plans I have for you …” I woke up refreshed this morning after an incredibly long day (or was it almost two days?) of travel.  A beautiful, warm day greeted me and my companions as we gathered on the patio of our hotel for...
Celebrating Home!

Celebrating Home!

by Becky Burns No matter how many times I see an email in my inbox talking about another baby adopted from our Joyful House care center, it never feels “ordinary” or business-as-usual. I am always amazed. I really shouldn’t be surprised – after all, God loves these...
Staying In Touch

Staying In Touch

by Joy Casey, written while in Ethiopia When I travel to Ethiopia, we ask adoptive moms to send letters and pictures for me to give to their child’s birth family. Having walked through a relinquished adoption with these dear ladies and then seeing them year after...
She is Such a Gift!

She is Such a Gift!

 by Joy Casey, written while in Ethiopia There were many Ethiopian families who have adopted children from our orphanage that I wanted to visit on this trip, but time allowed me just one. Abeba and Getahun have a lovely home on the top floor of a condominium in Addis...
Miracle of Life and Family

Miracle of Life and Family

A Muslim lady on her way to visit a gravesite heard the whimpers of a baby in the grass nearby.  Upon investigation she found a baby boy barely alive.  He was inadequately clothed, skinny and alarmingly cold.  She called her husband who joined her and together they...
Adoption: Worth the Struggle?

Adoption: Worth the Struggle?

Many couples without biological children have chosen adoption as a way to build their families.  We had the pleasure of walking with Ty and Rachel through the arduous journey of adopting internationally. Their oldest daughter and middle son had their beginnings in one...