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DC Trip: Lives Impacted

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We made it back from Washington D.C. to Oklahoma in one piece! Have our lives changed since being named “Angels in Adoption”? Well, we get recognized much more on the street now… Kidding, of course. This trip was amazing in so many different ways.

For those who didn’t follow our journey on social media, here are some snaps of our trip. It was chocked full of events and on a tight schedule, but we managed to squeeze in a little sight-seeing as well (some of the sights were seen in between meetings).

I actually thought I might post here once of twice while we were gone, but obviously that didn’t happen. Two days driving then three days of events followed by a day of sight-seeing and two more days of driving home–this was an awesome time but definitely not a vacation.

One of my favorite aspects of the trip was meeting a whole group of people who were as passionate about forgotten children, foster care, adoption, and the issues surrounding it. We engaged with couples and families with similar stories as well as others who ran or started organizations to help the cause of children.

After registration on Monday morning, we got to visit tables and people from various organizations that provide different resources for foster and adoptive parents and children alike. This was meaningful for my wife working as a foster/adoptive home recruiter, but also to us as we share with people seeking more info about adoption (which comes up frequently).

Once again, one of the most powerful, emotional, and humbling things about this trip was the actual ceremony and luncheon where we received our angels pin and recognition. To hear the stories of families who had adopted large sibling groups or organizations who were caring for orphans’ needs in both the immediate sense and longterm future, it’s incredible. Those are two examples, but there were probably a hundred different stories.

We shared our hearts with congressmen and senators who not only heard our hearts on the issues of adoption and childcare but now have a family’s face to associate with it. That same day, we attended the big gala, which was its own fun and emotional experience.

I don’t know if they’ll recognize it now, but I do believe this will affect our kids positively as well in regard to standing up for the forgotten and loving the orphan. They see the need like never before and understand the importance of advocating for those without a voice.

Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.  –Proverbs 22:6

This honor came out of nowhere, but I believe it will help us in training our children to love and live for something bigger than themselves. I was committed before, but it’s become an even deeper passion and focus.

Why? Because even though you can feel lonely at times, you find out there are so many others fighting alongside you. They may be in different states and have different stories, but the heart is the same.

Thank you so much to all who supported in prayer and finances for us to make this trip! You have blessed me more than I can say.

How about you? What is one of the most memorable or life-impacting trips you’ve been on?

8 Comments

  1. God bless you and your wife Jason! I’ve often thought about how awesome it would be to be a foster/adopted parent.

    About the only life-impacting trip I’ve ever been on was one that I took many years ago, and one that I am still on…being on the road from Sin Ave., headed straight to the River of Forgiveness.

    • 😊 very nicely said, Ed. Thanks so much and God bless!

  2. Loved the pictures, Jason, and the *catch-up* on all the activities. It’s so heartwarming to see people like you and your family honored for their actions. It’s a mandate for others to do something, too. Maybe not in this particular area, but to let our hearts be moved by what God wants to accomplish in this world.

    One of my most memorable trips was a family road trip. Nine days and 5,445 miles later, we had really seen a lot of America! We started in California, and traced Route 66 all the way to St. Louis. At that point, we dipped down to Nashville and Memphis, and returned home across the lower half of the country. We stopped at every tourist attraction we could find! I will always recall the hours (and hours) in that car with my boys. We still share the *stories*…

    GOD BLESS!

    • Wow, that’s a whole lotta miles! The longest trip we did was driving down from Alaska when we moved and it was over 3000. You are brave! Thank you, Sharon. 😀

  3. Sounds to me that this trip will have an “endless impact” on all of you, Jason! Again, congratulations on your award, and may all your efforts, and those of others, to care for the children who have no voice, be blessed!
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    • I do agree! And I appreciate that. Thanks so much, Martha!

  4. Good for you and all of yours. That’s awesome! I think it’s a great thing to recognize the ones that have been obedient to God’s spirit. It’s an encouragement.

    I was just wondering if they gave you a choice; pins or wings. I’d go with the wings… but then I’m looking forward to flying.

    • 🙂 It’s a pin with wings on it, so that’s something! Thank you so much, Floyd. Appreciate it!

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