new readers

I’m Stefanie. Welcome to my little corner of the blog-o-sphere.

I am the wife of an ex-military pilot who now advocates for orphans around the globe. Mom to 12 kiddos. Passionate about adoption. Crazy about photography. And determined to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

I began blogging in 2006, when my husband deployed, as a way to keep him updated on all the goings-on at home.

Eventually my husband came home. But I continued to blog. And, over the years, blogging became a way to not only chronicle our story but to share that story with others.

So, just what is our story?

The short of it is that God has changed our lives in a huge way since my husband and I committed our lives to Him in 2002. In 2004, He revealed to us that His plan for our family – a family of 6 that we thought was absolutely done growing – was to adopt.

Okay, Lord. We can do that. We can adopt one little girl.

Seven years and seven children later, we are still on a journey to follow after Him with all we’ve got. And along the way, He has blessed us immensely.

You can read about our adoption journeys here:


He has also asked me to do a few other things along the way:

You can check out our Christian women’s t-shirt company here.

And visit our site for special needs adoption from China here.

I feel incredibly blessed that God took me up on my offer when I told Him I wanted His plan for me instead of my own. Although it was scary to give up my dreams at the time, I cannot imagine the mess my life would be if I’d insisted on doing things my way. I struggle with stubbornness and a lazy streak a mile-wide, but God is revealing to me that He is the perfect Father: He loves me unconditionally.

It is my prayer that, through this blog, you might be encouraged to consider in what ways God has prepared and gifted you to make a difference in this world – to bring Him glory.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:14-16