Deidre Ruth Photography | The Ham Family

"Before Kristen and I were ever married, we knew the Lord was going to grow our family through adoption. We began the process with the idea of adopting a newborn, but God had other plans.... 

During September of 2015, we had an opportunity to house one of my students I taught in our church youth group. We didn’t hesitate bringing him into our family. After a few months, the court turned over custody of Nathan to us, and shortly after that, we were also given full custody of his 7-year-old brother, Caleb. 

Being “first-time parents” to older kids is not for the faint of heart. We have had our hills and valleys, but God has been gracious and guided us through it all. 

Fast forward, and Nathan is now 19, he’s moved out, has a job, and has hopes of joining the military. Caleb is 9, loves to read, and play football. We have been told we should be expecting a court date within the next month. We’re beyond excited!

Adoption costs a lot on so many plains, but in our minds the cost is minimal compared to what Jesus paid for us; so that, we may be called sons and daughters of God. Our motivation for adoption is love. Our adoption motto from the beginning of our journey and now has been 1 John 4:19 'We love because He first loved us.' Our love for the boys is fueled by the love of Jesus.

We are so grateful for all who have supported, sacrificed, and given to us on our journey. We are so close to finalizing the adoption process, and we know that this is the first of many children God will bring into our family, and we look forward to growing closer to God as we grow as a family."