November Adoptive Family :: Ashley & J.D.

What an adventure it’s been these last 16 years. I say 16 years and not 8 years, which we’ve been together, because that was when J.D. got in trouble in our 11th grade English class for talking to me too much. Yep, J.D. has always been one to push … [Continue reading]

the first words out of my mouth {a chapter from my sister’s story}

Nathan and I had been married for 6 months that September. I was starting my first semester of Nursing School at Troy-Montgomery, and Nathan was starting his last year of seminary school. Nathan worked two jobs, one full-time at his family’s business … [Continue reading]

October Adoptive Family ::: Matt & Kaylin

My husband, Matt, and I got married in April of 2014 and began trying to grow our family about year later.  We got pregnant in August of 2015 and were excited for what the future held. Even though we had just found out, we could not keep the … [Continue reading]

a gift for my husband & for you.

My husband, Dru, is the first person to say he doesn't want anything or need anything. Always. Without fail. I can tell you his words full of humility and grace before they even come out of his mouth. I do not think it's because he doesn't … [Continue reading]

September Adoptive Family :: Ashley & Matt

Hey there! Thanks so much for following along here at Cheer To Plan A. We are honored to be able to share our story with you all! We got married pretty young 20 and 22. We had dated for years and had talked about having lots of kids including … [Continue reading]

August Adoptive Family :: Lauren & Jason

Our Plan B is God's Plan A - This phrase has been our motto while we have traveled through our adoption journey. I am humbled to be able to share our story with you. February 2016 my husband, Jason, and I became pregnant. Although we were not … [Continue reading]

take courage my heart

This song is undoing me these days and putting me back together. I am constantly listening to it when my thoughts seem to get out of control. Turn it up and let the words cover your heart, mind, and body. {lyrics … [Continue reading]

Ellie & Scott : July Adoptive Family

“Jesus Knows.” A simple phrase I have found myself repeating during the last several years. Allow me to share part of my story to give you a frame of reference for what that phrase means to me. My husband Scott and I just celebrated 6 years of … [Continue reading]

never been pregnant and I’m thankful.

Close your eyes and think of something you want so badly. Think about what you would do to make it happen. What would you endure to see it come to pass? Pregnancy. That was what I wanted to badly. I was in a single-minded-pursuit of that one … [Continue reading]

birkeland family update: now what?

it's been two weeks since we found out that I am not pregnant and I want to share what happened in my heart over the course of last month. I think I shared in one of the live fb videos I did that I didn't plan on sharing our journey this time … [Continue reading]