In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Although this is our 5th adoption, 4th international, we have never done a fund-raiser before. When we adopted from Liberia, we took out a $40,000 second mortgage; we paid on it for years, then re-financed it in with the house when rates lowered. We knew going into another adoption round that we had to do it differently. Thankfully, thanks to Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace, we actually have a surplus of money (snowball) every month that has gone to this adoption. (I think Dave would have recommended we pay off our house, but we feel called to do this adoption.) Since Ethiopia's cost has increased substantially due to making two trips and the reality that our adoption is flying along at top speed, we are still at the point that we need to raise money to supplement our "snow-ball."

I have a set up a simple coffee shop fundraiser online that is run by the coolest company - Just Love Coffee. While they are fair- trade coffee, insuring that the farmers are paid a fair and decent rate; the proceeds go to us and building wells around the world. The average price for a bag of coffee is $13 and we receive a check for $5, which is a much better rate than many fund-raisers. Would you please help support our adoption by purchasing coffee (that most people buy anyway) from our shop?

Thank you!


  1. hey, just so you know i dont think Dave would suggest you paying off your mortgage before you spend money to pay for an adoption. i heard him today & actually paying off your mortgage is down the line with saving for college for you kids. he suggest $1000 emergency fund, pay off debt (other than your mortgage), then save up 3-6 months savings, then he suggest 15% savings for retirement...then everything else is kind of on the same level. so i think you guys are awesome & doing an awesome job. way to go! cant wait to buy coffee. I plan on budgeting it in march!

  2. Is there any other way to donate? Paypal? Chipin? etc? No one here drinks coffee.

  3. Jenny, I too would love to donate and we don't drink coffee either. Can you set up some other kind of account people can donate to?