The Mourners

My good friend Chad Lewis is planning a new music recording project down in Nashville to document his stories of mourning and hope. As I suffered through cancer last year, Chad, who is one of the pastors at my local church, came to the hospital many times to cared for my soul. He is a man known to care deeply for others. Just several months back, Chad lost his big brother in a very tragic way. He has been rocked by this dark time and lives with a deep sadness. Through it all he has been able to find hope and comfort in Christ. This new music project is an effort to share his songs of hope with other sufferers.

Please head over to Kickstarter and consider supporting this much needed project.

First day at home

Our Greatest Adventure

It’s been quite an adventure.

On Friday, Asia was finally released from the hospital after a 3.5 week stay. She is doing incredibly well and to our surprise, she is already in a good sleeping routine. Though the sleeping routine may not continue, we will enjoy it as long as it lasts. Thanks to my very kind employer, I have two weeks of paternity leave to spend with my wonderful family.

People have been asking me why we named our daughter Anastasia and why we are calling her Asia. All along we have wanted to give our child a name with deep meaning that would tell a story. A story that would let her know just how good our God is. The name Anastasia is a very old word that means “resurrection”. Anastasia has been used as a name by Christians for well over a thousand years. Given our last 18 months of hardship and the fact that our little girl is being adopted into our family, we felt the name resurrection was a prefect fit- from death to life. Secondly, the name can also mean, “the one who will be born again.” The greatest hope we have for our daughter is that she would come to know and love Jesus. What better way to say that than by giving her a name that means as much. Finally, we decided to call her Asia because it was in Asia where Sarah and I first met and fell in love. Living in Asia was one of the most memorable events of our lives and our love and passion for that part of the world is deeply rooted in us.

As we have thought about all the great travels and adventures we’ve had as a married couple, all that was and all that is to come; we can’t help but know that little Asia is our greatest adventure.

Sarah holding Asia

Finally Together

Last week we were finally able to come to the hospital and see our daughter Anastasia “Asia” Elaine Sloan. It’s been quite a ride.

People have been asking me what it’s like to be a dad. What feelings do I have for my new adopted daughter. Keep in mind that I have nothing to compare it to but it feels just like I imagined having a child would. Emotions of awe and beauty come over me every time I lay my eyes on her. I feel a deep sense of pride in her little accomplishments like growing an ounce or moving her tiny head around. When I hold her, and she snuggles her face into my shoulder, my heart pounds out of my chest. So what’s it like having an adopted daughter? You should try it. It will change you.

We are still here in the NICU spending time with and caring for Asia. She has had some struggles in her first few weeks but is on her way to making a full recovery and should be able to go home very soon. We are as ready as new parents can be- so not ready at all! We are looking forward to introducing our Asia to our new home, our church family, our extended family and to this great big world. Since we first learned that we would be adopting this little girl, we have been praying a passage of Scripture for her from Colossians 1:9-14. We ask that you join us in praying this prayer over our daughter. May every word ring true for her.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.