when we started the process in 2008, we were the only people we knew that were “crazy” enough to embark on such a journey. at least that’s what we were told. but fast-forward a few years, lots of blood, sweat, tears, laughter, and joy, and we’ve discovered a beautifully sweet blessing right in our backyard…a city that seems to have thrown its arms open wide to children in our state and around the world who don’t have a home. it literally brings me to tears to know dozens of children who used to lay alone in a dark room but who now fall asleep to the gentleness of a good night kiss and a whisper of you’re mine and i love you.

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kerry cobb and i have known each other for around 100 years or so, and as we’ve seemed to do with so many other life changes, we’ve walked hand-in-hand throughout our respective adoptions. first my family in 2011 to bring micah home from ethiopia and then her family in 2012 to bring will home from china. those toddler-aged boys may not know it yet, but they have a bond that’s stronger than most any i know. they were chosen. they were chosen by god for our families, and into our families they’ve been seamlessly grafted. there are no lewises or cobbs without micah and will.

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it’s been my privilege to take part over the past two years in a project that kerry launched to benefit lifeline children’s services, and i’d love for you to have the opportunity to participate as well. the 2013 FACES OF ADOPTION calendar is chocked full of children and adults whose lives have been directly and beautifully impacted by adoption. the faces you’ll see in it represent changed lives from nine different countries across the world. while we may not all impact the lives of orphans through personal adoption, we can ALL make a difference in some capacity. this is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

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to learn more or to order your own copy, please visit the FACES OF ADOPTION blog or email kerry directly at kjgissing@aol.com.

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