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Friday, July 25, 2014

36 hours

I burst into tears this evening while standing in my kitchen washing dishes. I was imagining the moment when I walk off the plane in Omaha with Michael in my arms, trying not to sprint toward the exit where Dan and Max will be waiting for us.

I've known I was going to adopt since I was 8 years old. The dreams have changed over the years; I used to dream of walking off the plane with a beautiful Chinese baby girl in my arms. But I've imagined this moment, in some way, shape or form, for 23 years.

I still can hardly believe God's faithfulness and blessing on us -- just a little over two years ago we didn't know if we'd even ever have children, now here we are completing our second adoption in as many years. I cannot even express the joy and gratitude I feel when I think of these precious little boys I've been entrusted with.

So here we are, 36 hours from our departure to get our second son, who will be joining our family forever on Wednesday, less than nine months after we first began this journey, when I saw his precious face and God spoke to my heart, saying "I have chosen you for this boy."

Please pray for God's continued provision and protection as my friend Ashley and I travel to Uganda and attend appointments. We anticipate being there for the next three to four weeks. Dan will remain in Omaha with Max and Grandma, so that he can continue to work and we can spend time as a family once Michael and I arrive in the States.

Thank you once again for your continued support and encouragement throughout this process.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Adoption update #4 - Uganda, here we come!


I've been waiting seven months to write this post. We got the call last Wednesday morning -- we finally have a court date in Uganda! Dan and I will be headed out Friday afternoon. After a weekend in Kampala, we'll be headed to Michael's hometown to spend time with him and then go to court.

There are a few bits of the process that are very time consuming, so Dan and I will be returning to the States in early July without Michael. If all goes well, we should have a written custody order within a few weeks. Dan will head back to Uganda for embassy stuff, etc., and I'll stay in the States with Max. Toward the tail end of things in Uganda, I'll head out to help Dan on the way home with Michael.

There are some things you can be praying about as we get through the homestretch:
  • Pray for our 2-year-old, Max. He has a lot of separation anxiety, even in just short separations, which in turn makes me anxious. Please pray he and Grandma are patient with each other and that he is at ease.
  • Pray for Dan and I and Michael as we get to know each other. Pray we are all patient as we learn to communicate. Pray we establish trust and begin bonding.
  • Pray for the court process. There is a lot of uncharted territory and things are anything but predictable. Pray things go smoothly. 
  • Pray for funding. Amazingly, every financial need we've had throughout this process has been provided for and we're confident God will provide what we need to complete Michael's adoption. At this point, we are waiting to hear about several grants. Please pray the outcome is favorable.
  • Pray for our hearts. Over the coming weeks and months we will be separated from at least one of our children at all times. This is only going to get harder after we've spent time with Michael and gotten to know him!

A few people have asked if we'll be able to share pictures of Michael from this trip. We won't be posting any of him while we're gone, but as soon as we have our written custody order you better believe I'll be inundating you!

If you have a question I haven't addressed, let me know. I'll do my best to answer!

Thank you all for your love and support on this journey. We are so grateful for y'all. I can't wait to introduce you to our son!

Lots of love,

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Welcome Give1Save1 readers!

Hi there. :)

We are so honored and thrilled to be the featured adoptive family on Give1Save1 this week! Thanks for stopping by and joining us on our journey to our son, Michael. We're grateful you're here. As our thanks to you, we're holding a little giveaway at the end of the week. See all the ways you can enter at the bottom of this post!

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Now, allow me to introduce us. We're the Goldens- Dan, Kelsey (that's me), Max and soon, Michael (the reason we're all here today). Dan and I have been married for almost nine years and Max became part of our family through domestic adoption in June 2012.

When Max was about a year and a half old, we felt God calling us to add to our family through adoption again and just days after submitting our preliminary application, we saw Michael's beautiful face on Bethany Christian Services' waiting child list. Nearly two months later, we were finally approved to adopt from Uganda and we signed our contract with Bethany on December 31, 2013.

After we signed our contract, we got what we had been waiting for- Michael's file. Up until then all we knew about him was three short sentences and we'd only seen one picture. We knew upon reading his file he was the child God had planned for us.

We've been racing along trying to get everything done so Michael can join our family soon. We accepted our official referral last Friday and got the news that our lawyers in Uganda, along with our adoption agency, are working hard in the hopes that Michael will be home by June!

As you probably have guessed, we never would have imagined the process would go so fast, but we are so excited that he will be here with us soon!

Michael, along with about 400 other children, is part of Bethany Christian Services "These 400" campaign. If you think you may be interested in special needs or older child adoption too, please email me at It would be my honor to get you in touch with the right people.

Thank you for sharing our story and helping us on our journey to Michael. Our hearts are filled with gratitude.

Now for the giveaway. We're offering an awesome prize package for everyone participating in Give1Save1 this week. No donation is necessary, but you get 10 extra entries if you do!
Our prize package includes:
  • Classic necklace from Johari Creations with handmade Ugandan paper beads - Value $25
  • Thirty-One products wristlet - Value $25
  • Premier Designs earrings - Value $25
  • $10 bid credit toward Art For Adoption, beginning April 17 - Value $10
    Total prize package $85!
Winner will be drawn Saturday morning and I'll post instructions on how to claim your prize then!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kantha Quilt Insta-Auction To Help Bring Michael Home!

Y'all, I am so excited about this, our first big fundraiser for our adoption of our son in Uganda!

We are auctioning 20 handmade Indian quilts on Instagram tomorrow night starting at 9 PM EST, hosted by my awesome friend Courtney at @thelottofus.

In the meantime, you can share the image below on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and tag us with #bringbabygoldenhome and hop on over to Courtney's Instagram and comment on the photo to let her know you shared. You will be entered to win a $25 Visa gift card!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

To my adoptive mamas

In the past couple of years I've had the great fortune of forging a new community for myself - a community full of hope, perseverance, heartache, more tenacity than I've ever seen, and support like I've never experienced.

A community where the burden is shouldered together, where the sadness of having your child halfway across the world is met with grace and a voice that says "I understand your heart," where the loneliness of empty arms and empty beds is understood.

A community where encouragement abounds, where women come together in the name of God seeking justice for little souls, a community where it's okay to just say "this part sucks."

Adoptive mamas, I'm talking about you. 

I see you fight. I see you struggle through another day, another month, another year of waiting. I see the brave face. I see the weight on those shoulders. I see you. 

Instead of sitting here writing and praying about my own heavy heart, tonight, mama, I pray for yours. Let me help carry your burden tonight.

And know you're not alone.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Adoption Update #3

Hi, dear friends!

Things are moving on at a steady clip for our adoption. We are so excited that we could be traveling to Uganda as early as June! Currently we are knee deep in fundraising, with several planned on our own and several being planned by friends. God has blessed us hugely through you guys in our fundraising so far. We pray he continues to bless our efforts as we work diligently to bring our son home!

We are working on making a big push over the next two months- in April we will have $25,000 to $27,000 in fees come due, more than $15,000 of which we didn't anticipate needing to pay for many months! At this point, we need to raise another $8,000 to $10,000 before those fees come due.

Praise God things are moving so quickly with our adoption, but that means we have to step up our efforts to fundraise! Here's a rundown of the fundraisers coming in the next two months:

Pure Charity. We have a profile set up on Pure Charity where friends and family can make tax deductible donations toward our adoption. All money raised through the site gets paid directly to our adoption agency. 

Give1Save1. We are overjoyed that we've been selected to be their featured family the week of March 24. I've followed their blog for a long time and I am so grateful they would choose to feature our family. I'm planning some fun videos and giveaways for that week.

Kantha quilt auction on Facebook and Instagram. I've ordered 20 beautiful handmade quilts from India and will be planning more details as soon as they arrive. Stay tuned for dates!

Art for Adoption Auction. We've had many kind friends and family members offer to make something for us to auction off April 17 - 23. There are a few goodies already listed, but many more to come.

Johari Creations. I recently signed up to be a Johari Creations ambassador, selling jewelry, accessories, and other fair trade products made by artisan women around the world. I am booking trunk shows for people in Nebraska and Kansas, or you can order from their site and provide my name at checkout if you'd like to support our adoption through this method. A win-win for all.

Etsy. I'm still making dog beds and collars and all profits from my shop are going toward adoption expenses.

Yard sale. We're holding a yard sale in Emporia, Kansas in June. We're looking for household, clothing, etc. donations. Please get in touch if you're in the area and you'd like to help in this way.

And for Omaha friends, our small group is also planning a yard sale as well as a couple of parents' nights out.

If you'd like more info about any of these fundraisers, please send me an email, Facebook message, or Tweet. Thank you all again for your ongoing support and help to bring our son home. We are so grateful.