About Us

Rayman FamilyI’m Laura. Bride to one and mom to three – one of whom we are waiting to bring home from China.  I love to tackle DIY projects, be crafty and try new recipes when I’m not otherwise working or loving on my family.

Other things I love besides my Savior, my excellent hubby Chuck and my three precious kiddos… a latte in my hand, sunshine on my face, dear friends, blooming lilacs, a relaxing walk, dark chocolate, tomatoes from our garden, delicate orchids, spicy food and my life verse – Romans 8:28.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Why are we adopting?

We feel called by God. That is it. Plain and simple. Well, not so plain and simple maybe if you consider there are MANY times that I feel our two kiddos are more than we can handle. But, like nothing else ever in our life, we feel God’s calling on our hearts to go over to China and bring home a precious girl to complete our family. Yes, this is about faith. Trusting in God…one step at a time. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

Let’s see… What else, if I’m honest, am I concerned about? She will have a special need that will require multiple surgeries and other care. This was not how we thought she would be when we started out on this adoption journey (first discussing it during our engagement). When we attended our first orphan care conference at our church in Oct ’11 we learned that families are waiting 6+ years to adopt “healthy” children from China. We knew right away this was not an option for us given our age. Then we learned about the Waiting Child program in China for special needs children. That was it. Prayers were prayed, special needs were researched and the direction was taken. Funny thing: with our two biological children, I would pray, and pray and pray that they would be healthy. Those prayers were answered. But I think we have even more appreciation for those answered prayers as we feel this was God’s way of gifting us with the ability to adopt.

Other things to be concerned about? Finances. Finances. Finances. Yep, I know we are not unique in this situation. So many adoptive families have struggles raising the funds to meet the adoption costs. Both my husband and I work, but I do 30 hrs/week and his job is commission only. So, given the state of the economy over the past few years, times have been more lean than plentiful. Yet, we trust that all will be OK. Maybe not as “great” as we think “great” would be, but God often has other (FAR BETTER) plans, doesn’t He?

What else? Oh, we know there will be identity and self-worth issues that she will struggle with in her life (who doesn’t, right?). But of course those of a child who was born with a cleft lip and palate, given up by her birth parents, and then flown across an ocean to learn a new language and grow up with Caucasians would typically turn out to be greater issues than your average teenager. But we will do our (far from perfect) best to raise her in a way so that she learns to not get her identity from those who love her or those who gave her up but rather only from Jesus. Everyone in her life will fall short of her expectations at some time – but not Jesus. He is the only one who is there – every moment you give Him (& even in the moments you don’t). And He knows about suffering, oh how He knows. And God is for adoption! Please spend a few moments pondering the below verses.

God makes a home for the lonely – Psalm 68:6

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will – Ephesians 1:5

…the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ… – Romans 8:15-17

Yes, we pray one day she will have a life-saving and life-giving relationship with Jesus and have her feet planted firmly on the Rock. And we would greatly appreciate your prayers said on our behalf for Chuck and me to be blessed with godly wisdom and strength all along the way.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2

Thanks for reading our blog! We hope sharing our journey may bless you while we bring Him glory.