Friday, January 2, 2015

A new year, a new adventure

Welcome 2015!  We danced in the New Year (at 7pm) with the boys and are excited for things to come this year.  After much prayer and late night internet searching we are excited to announce that we are adding another Nielsen to our family- but this time through international adoption.

We are starting the process to bring home a daughter from China.  We don't know who she is yet but God does and that is very comforting when I start to get lost in the abstractions.  Here's the run down for those of you who hate reading:

WHO: us!  and a little girl, under age three, potentially with some special needs living in an orphanage in China

WHAT: an international adoption...this year!

WHEN: oops... already said that... we're starting this year, as soon as we can gather enough finances to make the first big payment

WHERE: lots of paperwork on this end here in California and somewhere in China too

WHY: well, lots of reasons.  God commands us to care for widows and orphans and we think giving an orphan a family is pretty neat.  We'd love to have a little girl.  The boys are fun... and stinky... but we'd love to indulge in the girly things too.  Mr. Incredible and I have always held a special place in our hearts for abandoned kids.  If we can change one sweet little one's life by making room in ours, well, then we're all in for that.  Our community is very pro- adoption and pro- multicultural.  We think adoption works well for families in our particular life stage and locale.  And because we can.  We can have a role in making one less orphan in this world.  Is it easy?  Absolutely not.  Is it comfortable?  Umm, surely not.  But easy and comfortable are not the end all and giving a family to a child without one and doing something that really matters to God (Psalm 68:5-6)  is something that really matters to us.

So, what's next?  We are saving, and combing through our budget to find places to trim, and asking for any donation from those willing to help us bring our daughter home.  If you are interested in being a part of this next big adventure, please consider checking out our youcaring page.

We're excited to see what is going to happen this year-I hope you'll follow along and be a part of our adventure with us!


  1. So excited for y'all! You absolutely wrote what I would write for the "Why" Much love!