A Community of Resources

I had the privilege of spending the weekend with 200 of the most wonderful women of Crossline Church in California.  They titled their weekend women’s retreat “No More Ms. Perfect,” and we dug into the “No More Perfect…” message all...

I wouldn’t wish this on any mother…

When we knew we were called to adopt, we knew that there were issues we could face. We hadn’t influenced our son’s early years. We weren’t able to lay a foundation for his life spiritually, emotionally, physically, and relationally. We knew we came...

5 Resources for Adoptive Families

I’ve talked to many families of late who have experienced the hard side of adoption. It’s not something we’re unfamiliar with ourselves. Adopted children often have trouble connecting to the family who loves them. They have special parenting needs....

31 Days of Hope for Adoptive Moms

Today I want to introduce you to Shelly. Shelly is a dedicated wife and mother of five blessings from around the globe.  She is known for being an encourager, prayer warrior and advocate for the Fatherless. While serving with the ABBA Fund, Shelly strives not only to...

Family Matters Day 4: Kolya

Kolya is 18, and my fourth youngest child, yet he’s the newest member of the Savage family. We adopted Kolya 9 years ago from Russia. He lived the first 9 years in an orphanage. If you’ve never read our adoption story, you can do so here. It’s quite...

Praying Through Your Adoption Book Giveaway

If you’ve been hanging around on my blog for very long, you know that I’m a firm believer in adoption.  I didn’t start out that way, but after four biological children (and the necessary surgery to make sure our family was complete!), God placed...

To the woman who gave life to my son

To the woman who gave life to my son, It was 17 years ago today, in an obscure town in Russia, you brought a new life into this world. You named him Nicolai, which in Russia, is commonly nicknamed Kolya. We will probably never know all of the reasons you had for...

Our Adoption Story

It was just a little over 7 years ago that we brought our son, Kolya, home from Russia (back right in the picture).  He was nine at the time.  Stepping out in faith to adopt was one of the most scary, yet rewarding walks of faith our family has taken.Not...

Our Adoption Story

Our family in 2003, right after we adopted Kolya. From left to right in back: Erica (12), Anne (18), Jill, Mark, Evan (16). From left to right in front: Austin (7), Kolya (9) (ages at time of our adoption). Our Adoption Story Over the years, Mark and I have talked on...

Financial Solutions to the Adoption Option

by Jill SavageThis article first appeared in Money Matters, a publication of Crown Financial Ministries.Over the years, Mark and I have occasionally talked about becoming foster parents. We enjoy parenting, have a heart for raising children according to God’s truths,...

But God Knew…

Dear Kolya,Sixteen years ago today a mother labored to bring you into this world.  She knew she didn’t have the ability to raise you, but she lovingly gave you life.  She didn’t know what your life would look like.But God knew.Sixteen years ago...

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement

Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel internationally for several different reasons in a year’s time. That year, I wrote the following article for our local newspaper during the week of 4th of July. I thought it would be appropriate to share again...

Nadia’s Story

As you may know, we adopted our son Kolya from an orphanage in Russia at the age of 9. He’s now 15. We came to know about Kolya through a family in our community who had adopted Kolya’s best friend, Nadia, when she was 7.Nadia has the opportunity to share...