We’re Brett and Megan Kraftson. After almost 14 years of marriage (8 with kids!) we’re making an addition to our family! We’ve been blessed with three pretty incredible boys: Andrew (8), Lucas (6) ,and Hudson (3). While life with three boys can be daunting and exhausting at times, we couldn’t be more thankful for the privilege of stewarding these little men and raising them to love Jesus and the world He has placed them in.
After a challenging pregnancy with Hudson, we assumed we were done having children. But God renewed in our hearts a burden for orphans when our friends became foster parents. For many years, we have considered adoption as a means of expanding our family. But over the course of the last year, what was previously a passing thought has now become a reality.
We think the best way to explain our story is to answer some common questions. If you have more questions, please ask!
We love family, and we believe kids are a blessing. Yes, there are many times when we feel tired and worn out from parenting, but we believe family is a gift to be embraced and stewarded. We assumed we were done having children after Hudson, but we never quite felt our family was complete. After lots of conversation, prayer, and input from friends and family, we have come to the conclusion that God is calling us to expand our family in a specific way – adoption. God’s been stirring in our hearts in many ways for the last several years, and we’re excited to see how He’s directing our lives for His purposes.
Three boys? You’re planning to adopt a girl, right?
We love being boy parents, but we are excited to welcome a child of any race and either gender into our family; we want to leave it open for God to place the child he has for us into our family.
How are you going to afford it?
That’s a great question! Unfortunately, we don’t have an extra $30,000-$40,000 laying around! Our trust in God through this process is as strong as ever. We live very frugally and try to be good stewards of our money. Most importantly, we have never felt deprived or as if we are not taken care of. We take solace in Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” We know God is faithful, and we trust Him to provide for our needs. Still, our current reality is that while we know we are able to care for the day to day expenses of adding another child, we don’t have the money needed to cover the large fees associated with adoption. We are diligently pursuing many different grant and fundraising opportunities, including a garage sale in September of 2017, and a t-shirt sale that we just wrapped up 2 weeks ago. We have also been awarded a $3000 matching grant from the College Park Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. So all donation up to $3000 will be matched! We are thrilled that God has provided a third of our expected total costs thus far, and trust that he will fill the gap that remains.
When people find out that we are adopting, they often tell us that they would be interested in adopting as well but the cost is a deterrent. It is our prayer that people will look at our adoption and be encouraged that when God calls you to do something, he is faithful to provide, even if the risks seem huge. We are excited to follow Jesus into the unknown because it has always been our belief (and increasingly so) that true life is only found in him, and that by enjoying his unending mercies and love, we would not only have life, but have it to the full. We look forward to being able to share this truth with our adopted son or daughter.
Why domestic adoption and not international?
There is need everywhere. When we first started exploring, we were looking at international adoption from China. We were just about to submit our formal application with an agency when China made some pretty big changes to their policies – changes that would make it more difficult for our family to adopt from there. We looked into some other countries and spent a lot of time praying and asking for clarity. Over the course of a few weeks, God made it pretty clear that he was leading us to domestic adoption. We have recently registered with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network in hopes of adopting a child with Down syndrome. We feel very strongly that all people are created by God and have equal value and worth and are excited about the possibility of welcoming a child with Down syndrome into our family.
Thank you for your interest in joining us in this adoption journey, we are so thankful for your support!
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