Category - Adoption Stories

11
Sep

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The DeArmond Family

Our names are Scott and Mary DeArmond and our sons are Colin (9), William (7) and Benjamin (5)! We were originally brought to adoption through our battle with infertility and deep desire to have a family. Looking back, it was all just part of our journey to our children. After we decided to adopt, we ...
9
Aug

Ukraine Adoption Story: The Schuiteman Family

Meet the Schuiteman family! Dale is a senior pastor in Marion, Indiana. Camie is a home educator of 2 children still at home and an advocate of vulnerable children everywhere. We have been blessed with six children as of December 2016. Our oldest daughter and her husband are a Coast Guard family giving us two ...
24
Jul

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Newbrander Family

Meet Dan & Laura Newbrander who pursued a Bulgaria Adoption. They have two sons; Sam is 2.5 years and Tom is 2 months old. Sam joined their family through international adoption from Bulgaria.
19
Jun

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Jones Family

We are Ryan and Amy Jones. We have been married for 13 years, but we have known each other for 23. Ryan is a physical therapist and Amy is a part-time youth coordinator at our church. We have a 9 year old biological son, Carter. He is an energetic, silly, creative, 3rd grader! Our daughter, ...
8
May

Mama Stories

I hesitated regarding the title of this blog, because I feared it was a little too Southern, but honestly, I know you know what I mean by saying “Mama Stories.” With Mother’s Day coming up soon, we all recall our favorite Mama Stories; those gems of fond memories where we remember our own Mama’s or ...
22
Feb

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Nance Family

My name is Angel, and my husband Nathaniel and I have four children: Elijah (13), Malachi (12), Lydia (7), and Gyunay (4).  We adopted Gyunay from Bulgaria at the age of 2 ½.  He has been home for 2 years this month, and we have a hard time remembering life without him. I’ve always wanted ...
6
Feb

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Diaz Family

We are Rafael and Christy Diaz.  Sofia (age 3) and Aleksandar (age 2) joined our family in July 2016 from Bulgaria! We met Sonja and Lydia at an event hosted by our church.  We then met with Nicole a few days later to gather more information and explore the details of each country’s program.  When ...
23
Mar

Latin American Adoption Story: Scharmahorn Family

The greatest thing (about our adaption period) was the uninterrupted time we had as a family – away from our busy lives back home. We traveled almost every weekend around the country and really tried to enjoy our time there together. We are the Scharmahorn family. My husband, Kaleb and I have been married for ...
16
Nov

Bulgaria Adoption Story: Helton Family

Adoption not only changes the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted a child with a serious medical issue from Bulgaria. During November, National Adoption Month, MLJ Adoptions is raising money for its Special Needs Adoption ...
29
Jul

Bulgaria Adoption Story: Hunckler Family

  Adoption not only changes the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Bulgaria. They continue to be richly blessed by their family, built through international adoption!
1
Jun

Adoption Story: Hampton Family

Adoption not only changes of the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Samoa. They continue to be richly blessed by the children who joined their family through adoption!
22
Apr

Roberts’ Nicaragua Adoption Story

She made eye contact with me. She instantly came running, arms WIDE open with the BIGGEST smile on her face. I will NEVER forget that look in her eyes. She jumped in my arms and I just wept. We are the Roberts Family. Dean and I have been married for six years and Viviana joined ...
8
Apr

Adoption Story: Hawley Family

After waiting and praying and waiting and praying for what seemed like an eternity… in a court thousands of miles away, a judge read our paperwork and said “yes”. Nikolay was finally a Hawley! We are Patrick and Kristen Hawley. We have been married for 13 years and have been blessed with three wonderful boys, who ...
11
Mar

Adoption Story: I Knew Immediately She Belonged!

I welcomed these challenges because there will be issues that come up with biological as well as adoptive children. That is simply a part of parenting and that’s what I signed up for. We are excited to introduce Ian and Candace from Washington State along with their three children, Aidan, Donovan and Aiyana. Aidan and ...
11
Feb

Adoption Story: Yes, Single Parents Can Adopt!

Being home with my son is great!  Every day is a new adventure and hearing him talk and seeing him learn new things each day is so wonderful. It is our immense pleasure to introduce you to Tiffany and Liam! Tiffany adopted Liam through our Samoa International Adoption program. Liam came home from Samoa in ...
13
Jan

The Bultemeier’s Nicaragua Adoption Story

Adoption not only changes of the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Nicaragua. They continue to be richly blessed by the children who joined their family through adoption!
23
Dec

Africa Adoption Story: Adoption is Doable!

A child being part of a family is bigger than any special need. We encourage others to see that adopting a child with special needs is possible! It is our immense pleasure to introduce you to the Price family! The Price family had four biological children at home when they decided to adopt a beautiful ...
20
Oct

Bulgaria Adoption Story: We Can Be Their Someone!

It seems like Cian and Lila have always been a part of our family! They were just so beautiful and sweet, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were. Please meet Brian and Susanne Crotty and their gorgeous twins Cian and Lila! The Crotty family adopted two children through the MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgaria program. From Infertility to ...
6
Oct

The Eplion’s Bulgaria Adoption Story

Adoption not only changes of the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Bulgaria. They continue to be richly blessed by the children who joined their family through adoption! We invite you to meet ...
15
Sep

Parents Receive Special Surprise for Birthday and Mother’s Day

Introduce your family. We are the Hutchinson family. George, Denise, and Maya. What led you to adoption and international adoption? We wanted a child to love and we both felt growing up that adoption was something that we wanted to do one day. We felt international adoption was the way to go as it seemed ...
25
Aug

Nichols’ Bulgaria Adoption Story

Please introduce your family. We are Joel and Amy Nichols from Lawrenceville, Georgia. What led you to international adoption? Joel’s younger sister is adopted from Korea and we have always wanted to adopt internationally as well. What country did you adopt from and why did you choose that country? At our initial meeting with MLJ, ...
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