Photography Auction for Glory

  We are hosting an online auction for lifestyle mini-sessions (couples, families, child, maternity) to help raise funds for the adoption of our second daughter Glory’s adoption! We will be on location in MD on two dates, Saturday, October 3rd & 17th. It will be the perfect time to get the fall foliage and a beautiful portrait! 

Sessions will be 30 minutes and include an online gallery and 10 hi-resolution, edited images. 

Retail: $450

Starting bid: $200

BIDDING OPENS: Monday, June 22 at 9am EST and ENDS Wednesday, June 24 at 9pm EST. The auction will be open for bidding until we post “CLOSED” on both Facebook and Instagram and tag the winner. Winners will receive an invoice by Thursday morning. Please pay your invoice within 24 hours or the spot will go to the next highest bidder. 
TO BID: Leave your email address and bid amount. If you outbid someone, tag them in the comment so they know they have been outbid. Bids must increase by whole dollar amounts. Be sure to refresh your feed before bidding so you are seeing the most current bid.

Email with any questions. All proceeds will go directly towards our $4K matching grant with Chosen & Dearly Loved and will bring us one step closer to bringing our daughter, Glory home from China. Please feel free to share! Thank you!

Happy Father’s Day!

 Happy Father’s Day to the one who shows our family what the Father’s love is like each and everyday. 

This was Ruthie’s gift for her daddy’s first Father’s Day!

Let us pray for and remember the fatherless today.. That God, our abba Father would fill their hearts and their every need.. That that would find homes filled with love and joy through the hands and feet of His body. 

Calming Down

IMG_2384Glory’s adoption process is so different from Ruthie’s in that things are moving FAST, whereas last year, we were moving at a snail’s pace for each step. We have “seen” Glory and feel like we know her already! Whereas with Ruthie, we had a few photos and didn’t know anything until we met her. You would think that this concurrent adoption would make things easier but for some reason, it’s more daunting in a way.. things are moving and sometimes I feel like I don’t know what’s happening, like I can’t grasp everything that’s happening at one time. This Sunday, I left my worries at the altar and began the week singing a new tune from the message I heard at church – I will rejoice in all circumstances, knowing the BEST secret there is in life.. the SECRET to contentment is that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In need, in plenty.. well fed, or hungry.. in any and every situation, I will learn what it means to be satisfied because of Jesus. [Phil 4:13] Exhale. Woooosah.


Monday morning, we received news that we have received a matching grant for $4,000 towards Glory’s adoption! We completed a very thorough application for a grant through Lifesong for Orphans and they channeled the application to Chosen & Dearly Loved, a ministry that advocates for orphans with special needs.. and we were approved. Hallejuiah!!

Anytime we begin to doubt or worry, God shows us again and again.. Be still and know that I am God. When we look at Ruthie and see the incredible gains she has made in the short 9 months she has been home, we see God’s hand on her life and are amazed. What would her life had been like had we not adopted her? We feel the QQ-+¦¼20150427154922same for Glory, and for every orphan.. Their lives are not meant to stay in the orphanage. They are meant to be cared for; meant to be in families. And so we press on, with a little skip in our step. Encouraged and uplifted by our awesome Father who is so near, so real, and so on time, even in the midst of our fears. A friend posted the comment, “God amazes time and time again when you step out in faith for the fatherless!!” Amen!!

One thing Ruthie likes to say these days is, “Calm down.” It’s kind of funny but we remind her not to say it because it doesn’t sound nice, lol. I am also reminded of the story of the disciples in the boat with Jesus when the storm came, how frightened they were.. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” [Matthew 8:25,26] May we always remember that Jesus is in the boat with us. Through trials and storms, through the chaos and the calm, He alone is Sovereign. And we can trust in Him. We just need to calm down. ;)

If you’d like to help us reach our matching grant, go to Our Family Account Number is “5327” and Family Name – “Hoang”. Thank you & God bless!!