1000 letters later



I remember 3 years ago sitting down with my wife after completing our first set of orders on ETSY.  I think we sold 6 letters for $45 a piece.  I looked at her and said “by my calculations we only need 994 more letters” I was joking a little but today after closing the shop I thought I would calculate how may letters we had made.  After 3 years of sweat and sawdust we have made just over 1000 letters.  I can only sit hear and praise God for how he has provided.  If I could talk to myself that night I am not sure i would believe myself, but looking step by step at the journey I see God’s hand providing.  Thank you to the hundreds of you who purchased a letter or prayed for us align the journey.  All I can say is – our God is an Awesome God!

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The tickets are booked and we are ready to head out this weekend! Want to keep up with our adoption journey? We might be limited by internet availabilty but you can follow this blog at Sonofwhale.com or we have a private FB group ((https://www.facebook.com/groups/1734155700146932/) and we will post a few photos on instagram and other social media. Please feel free to share with others our story. We hope it might inspire others to share God’s love in some awesome way.

#M is for Mia

Its only fitting that one of the last letters I completed before we leave for China is this M. The shop is now closed, the letters are finished and we are putting on the final touches on each of the orders. It has been a long time coming but this time next week we will be in China getting ready to meet our daughter face to face. 


We would appreciate your prayers over our family for the next few weeks. I will post in the coming days how you can keep up with our journey while we are in China. Thank you all for all you have done to make this a reality. From prayers, to orders and resources for the journey – we are foreverever grateful for how you helped us take the first steps on this journey of faith.

The phone call we have been waiting for…

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I love technology.  A few weeks ago we got 4 pictures, a video and a file on Mia Kate.  That is all we had for a girl that we had praying for and longing to meet for over 3 years. It was enough for us to yes, enough for her to grab our hearts and make her part of our family, but it was all we had.  Over the next few weeks we have received a few additional photos but last night we got to talk with her via video call.  Both sides of the conversation were a little nervous but you could feel the excitement in the air.  My kids got to meet their sister and she got to hear our voices.  She seemed a little hesitant, but ended the call by blowing us a kiss.  I will forever have that phone call as a kodak memory in my mind.  It won’t be long now till we see her face to face.

Best Christmas Pic

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Best Christmas pic of the day for our family. We got this sweet pic this morning from our daughters orphanage in China. Hard to believe after 3 years we will bring Mia home in a few short weeks.

The end of the season

Getting a little sentimental or at least mental. And a little scenty also. Just finished the last tree order of the season. Still have a lot of other local orders to go including my handmade gifts. (my brothers and sisters has a tradition of handmade gifts for Christmas) I am thankful to the many orders we received this year. Each gift gets us closer to bringing home Mia Kate.

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The look…

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You know the Chirstmas look … the “I just can’t wait much longer” look. This time of year I see the look in my kids eyes as they stare at their stockings or at the hundreds of toy catalogues that stuff our mailbox.

But I have to confide – I have the same look, but its not about presents though it’s about this sweet girl that I will soon be able to look eye to eye with and tell her she is forever part of our family and our hearts . My sweet Mia Kate will be here soon. Sure we still have another 3-4 weeks before we head to pick her up, but in that same short time I am excited at the anticipation that our lives will forever be different – a good different. I have been making letters and tables and crafts for 3 years, each one bringing us closer to covering the hurdles of adoption and very soon that day will be here.

Looking back over our 3 year journey I have learned so much about woodworking, running a small business, getting ready for adoption and how to be a better dad. Looking forward I know it will not be easy but I am thankful for the hundreds of people who have entered our life and will be there with us in the good and the bad. But I have faith the good will be great. Even now as I read this outloud to myself I am overwhelmed at the joy that will soon be in our home…forever

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