Dear Friends and Family,

            I need your help!  Many of you may know that we are in the process of trying to adopt our second child.  We have already been richly blessed through the miracle of adoption.  When we adopted our son Elijah, we kept things really private.  In fact, we didn't really tell anyone about our adoption plan.  Before his adoption, I felt at peace.  I knew that if we were prepared, everything would just fall into place.  That's exactly what happened, we got our paperwork in order and things quickly fell into place exactly like they needed to.  After he was born, we were showered with love and support from friends and family.  Thank you!

            This time around I feel a greater urgency to tell the world that we are searching for the next addition to our family.  This week I started thinking about what I would do if Elijah was lost.  How far would I go to find him?  Would I keep the matter private, or would I tell the world?   Well the answer to that question is easy.  I would be telling everyone and anyone who would listen.  I would ask for help and prayers and volunteers to go out and bring him back to us.  My son Elijah is not lost; he is safe and secure in our home.  I know that another special spirit is meant to join our family.  As a mother, I feel helpless because I don't know how to find this precious little one.  Our child may live in our town, or thousands of miles away.  They may already be born, or not yet conceived.  The one thing I do know is that this determined little spirit has asked me to try harder.   They've whispered into my heart telling me that I need to get busy and tell the world.  I don't want to fail!  I don't want to miss out on the opportunity to have this amazing child join our family just because I didn't ask for help.

            So this is me, asking for help.  "How can I help?" you may ask.   Well, there are a number of things you can do.  1.) PRAY.  I believe in the power of prayer. Please pray for all the expectant mothers who have a tough decisions to make.  Pray that they will have the support they seek and  the courage they need.  Pray that we will have patience in the process. Pray that we will  be led down the path that leads to our child.  2.) Share this message with others. I'd feel honored if you took the time to share my message with your friends.  If you know someone who is interested in adoption, please share our adoption blog with them.   3.) Donate to our adoption fund.  If you can spare a dollar, we appreciate it.  If not, we thank you for your love and prayers.     

            Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  We have been so richly blessed in our lives, and thank the Lord for all of our wonderful friends and family.  May He bless each of you.


  1. Hi! I am an adoptive mom too, and Amy Reesor asked me to add your button to my blog. What is your button code? I'd be happy to put it up!
    My email is rachel dot nielson at hotmail dot com. Let me know!

  2. Karen and Matt,
    You may not remember me. I used to be "Sister Bradford" and I served in your ward in Hawaii over 5 years ago. I happened across your adoption blog. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your family and seeing the joy in your faces. I just wanted to let you know you will be in my prayers to help you in your quest for that second spirit who needs you for his or her parents. Good luck and God bless!