Here's this week's feature about a number of Lynden families adopting from abroad.
Here's the link for the online version. I've known the Diacogiannis family for a while which made it was doubly cool to see this happen for them.
Jim and Laurel Diacogiannis didn’t plan on having 13 children by their 25th wedding anniversary -- not even as recently as one year ago, when they still only had 10.
Laurel had considered the possibility of adopting, but Jim wasn’t as open to the idea. “I was very content with 10 kids,” he said.
But that was before he read an e-mail from Kelly Sheehan, of Lynden, who was in Ghana helping at the Beacon House orphanage.
Sheehan’s e-mail asked if they would consider adoption, and she supplied pictures of three siblings: Jacob, 11, Sarah, 9, and Rachel, 6.
“Jim got the e-mail and made the decision right away,” Laurel said. The Diacogiannises are now the adoptive parents of all three. They left on Sunday to meet them at Beacon House.
Several families from their church (North County Christ the King) also are adopting children from Africa. Three other families are adopting from Ghana: Dave and Carrie Blaske, Ryan and Kelly Sheehan, and Phil and Amanda Loher. Two families are adopting from Ethiopia: Monte and Kelli Bode and Mike and Kristi Molendyk.
Here's a video of Jim and Laurel meeting their kids in Ghana (thanks Cassie)
Here's some applicable links:
the Diacogiannis family
The Sheehan family
The Lohrer family
The Blaske family
His Kids Our Homes (Lynden)
Beacon House (Ghana)