Steps to travel



If you follow our adoption journey you know that we accepted a file a few weeks ago. So what’s next? It will take a little more than 2 months to go through all the steps before we can travel to Mia Kate’s home town of Yiyang. AAC (Our agency) has said these are the main steps we need to go through.


I-800 Application- 2-4 weeks.

Chinese Visa Application

National Visa Center (NVC)

US Consulate Process (Article 5)- 2 weeks

Travel Approval and Consulate Appointment- up to 4 weeks

Travel to China!

Why Pallet Letters?

3 years ago Melissa and I decided we should adopt from Asia.  As I started to panic over the stress of raising money to adopt internationally (it can be up to $40,000 from some countries we looked at) I found myself walking and praying.  As I prayed I felt God telling me He would provide, and it would come through making pallet tables similar to the ones I had made for my family that Christmas.

A idea was born.



I started with tables but one afternoon Melissa mentioned she wanted a few letters for our kitchen wall.  Several piles of sawdust later I made a set of EAT letters.  I then texted my new creation to my sister at Thistlewood Farms, she posted it on her blog and the letted took off.

A business was born

Since that time we have been privileged to have made items for Whole Foods, Harp Design Co, several businesses and hundreds of homes.  God is awesome and we are thankful for all that he has done.

We look forward to the journey ahead with Mia Kate, but today we reflect on all the good that came from that pray walk many years ago.

Why China?


When we started our adoption journey over 3 years ago we were looking to Japan to find our daughter, but God had bigger plans.  Melissa had been a missionary in Japan fro 2 years after college and had always said when (not if) we adopt it will be from Asia.  When the time came we looked to the people she had poured her heart to through ministry.  After two years of waiting for a child through a agency that focused on Japan, we realized it might be another 2 years before we were able to adopt.  The same week we were starting to pray about what steps we should take, a friend at our church returned from China with their daughter and we knew China was were we were supposed to start looking for our daughter.  Unfortunately, we had to reprocess many of our documents but the process moved at a much faster pace.  After changing our focus to China I was able to film some orphanages in Guangzhou located in Southern China and the visit would again confirm that we can make a difference in the world – one child at a time. What’s interesting is I think Mia Kate is going to change our world more.  It is hard to believe that we will be leaving soon, but when we got Mia’s file we knew that she was our daughter.



Thankful as I think through all that God has down this past year. From our partnership with Harp to our adoption match the year has been filled with highs, but there have also been lows.  The one constant has been my family.  Through the good and bad they are there.  The love they share with me shows in all that I do.  Thankyou

Meet Mia

MiaKate01  The day we longed for has come.  We said yes to a file and are now officially matched.  Mia Kate will be her English name and we are hoping to travel just after Christmas.  We will try to update you with information as we go but here are a few pictures of our new beautiful daughter.  Adoption Rocks!


Meet Trevorson

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Meet Trevorson – he’s bringing international flavor from Zambia to our Sonofwhale team. I first met Treavor filiming some documentary missionary work at a Lifesong School in Zambia. He is now over here living with a sweet family that is one of our biggest supporters. When the orders started pouring in and we could not break up the pallets fast enough I brought Trevor in for reinforcements. He has proved his worth in reclaimed wood and has truly become an artist in his own right. He has quickly become vital to our little shop, and I am thankful God put him in our life. The best part is being able to share the art of woodworking with the next generation.

Christmas around the corner

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Spent the morning in the workshop mocking up some reindeer ornaments. Excited about this version. Christmas is just around the corner and I am excited for all that lies in the season ahead.

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