I am excited to be a part of the Pure Gift of God team and continue to sharpen my administrative skills as I work with the paperwork side of the organization. My husband and I are currently on the domestic adoption waiting list; it goes without saying that Pure Gift of God’s mission is very close to my heart. We are excitedly waiting to see what lies in store for us in the months ahead. My husband and I greatly enjoy our little country corner of the world, and my happy place generally involves a good book, paintbrush, or jaunting off to explore new places.
I am delighted to be a part of the Pure Gift of God Team. As family coordinator, I have the privilege of communicating with many families who are on an adoption journey. Because we were also on this path a number of years ago, and consequently were blessed with an 8-year-old girl from Ukraine, it’s not hard for me to recall all the frustration and waiting that accompanies this process. I pray I can be an encouragement to those walking this road.
I have been blessed with 2 lovely daughters, one biological and one through adoption. Kristin gets married in September and Arianna is serving a term with YWAM until the end of June. My husband passed away unexpectedly a little over a year ago so life has had a lot of changes, but God has been so faithful to carry me through them. In my free time, you can find me either traveling, biking, reading, interior decorating, or spending time with friends.
We’re Brent and Dawn and have been married for 7 years and have 3 children, Lily, Luke, and Thomas. We haven’t adopted, but are passionate about orphan care, and being a part of Pure Gift of God has already given us lots of learning opportunities. Some of the ways we’ve been able to participate in orphan care are organizing yearly mission conferences for the community to raise awareness and being a part of 61 Surplus with a goal to provide funds for the care of orphans.
We’re excited to be a part of this organization, and can’t wait to see all that God has planned for it!
Our adoption journey – Because Mark grew up in a family with four adopted siblings and has a heart for adoption, we have always been involved in some way or another. After we were married and had started our own family we sensed God leading us to check into adoption as a way to complete our family. We have 4 children, one of whom is adopted. We adopted domestically through an agency in Utah and are blessed to have a good relationship with our daughter’s birth mother as part of an open adoption.
We feel that adoption is a beautiful picture of how we are accepted into the family of God. We are excited to be a part of making adoption possible.
The family you see here today did not come easy! We were emotionally bruised and beaten by several years of infertility before we finally made the decision to adopt. And, when we did decide, it was like a breath of fresh air. We adopted Matthew from Guatemala in 2004 and what joyous time that was for us. In 2009 we signed up for Domestic adoption and Cameron came along. Cameron’s placement with us was fast and all of our paperwork was still valid, so the spring following Cameron’s birth we started to think about possibly going active in the agency again. Before we were even activated, the agency called us with Hayley who had already been born and was waiting at the hospital for her forever family. We brought Hayley home just 10 1/2 months after Cameron! Needless to say, the next few years were a good kind of chaos. In June of 2012, we got the best surprise of our lives. Our adoption agency called with a baby girl they were trying to place and thought that we might take her. We were not in a position to adopt again but also felt that this situation was a gift from God. We took a huge leap of faith and by the grace of God it all worked out and we were overjoyed to add Sophia to our family.
Each of our children is a blessing to us and we count ourselves privileged to be called their Mommy & Daddy.
Curt & Erica are founding members of Pure Gift of God and currently serve as President and board members. We have 4 children and have experienced both international and domestic adoption. Through these adoptions, we have experienced all the highs & lows of the adoption process. Because of our own similar needs in our adoption experiences, we, along with others on the board, felt the need to continue to serve in the adoption community and so started PGOG in 2013. We believe adoption is a beautiful picture of the full restoration that Jesus Christ did on the cross to allow us to be a part of the family of God. We hope that as we continue to serve more children will experience restoration with a forever home. Adoption is a sacrifice, but one that was well worth it for us. – Adoption Made Possible –
We are really excited to be a part of Pure Gift of God. We first became a family in September of 2005 when we adopted Carter from Guatemala. It was amazing, exciting, and everything we had dreamed of. When you adopt, you become part of a secret world you don’t know exists until you walk the path.
After Carter joined our family, we then started our second and third attempts with no success. Feeling rather defeated we decided to try a domestic adoption, which was our fourth adoption process. It was amazing! So many beautiful things became of this process, but most importantly we finally held our second child Claire in our arms.
We were feeling like a complete family, but God decided to blow our minds with our third child Clay. He came to us biologically, and we were shocked and thrilled at the same time. Our hearts and hands were full.
Each of our children has a different story, different birth country, different birth mother, different personality, and God took these children and placed them in our home, trusting us with their lives. It’s truly the most amazing thing we have ever experienced, and we are blown away by the different ways God continues to bless us. We now see why the failed adoptions, the wait, the hours of paperwork, and countless hours with agencies was worth it. We believe we can take our journey and help people going through the same kinds of things. We are a family because of the grace of God.