December 31, 2015

Happy 2016!

We were a bit late with a Christmas card this year, so it turned into the New Year's card above instead. We also included an adoption announcement and letter about our adoption. Here's the letter sharing about our adoption and letting people know how they can support us....

Dear Friends and Family,

We've officially started the adoption process again! Our home study is done, we’ve been properly fingerprinted by the FBI, and our adoption profile book (just think glossy-GQ/hipster pics of myself and you’ll be close) has been submitted to our agency.  As long as the FBI doesn’t get wind of the time Silas rolled off the bed headfirst while we were in the kitchen, we should be declared “fit to parent” and well on our way to baby #2.  Needless to say we’re excited.  Mindy prays we get a baby tomorrow. I then counter her prayers with a prayer of my own for a longer timeline that will let me finish remodeling the bathroom.  And then I remind Min, “The fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much.”  As for Silas, we’re pretty sure he’s ok with the idea of a sibling, so long as it doesn’t detract him from his trains and trucks.

While Silas was napping the other day, Min and I were trying to articulate the difference between this adoption process and Silas’s adoption.  Last time we were green and had no idea what to expect.  This time, however, comes with the benefit of memory.  Adoption pushes past what is manageable and predictable, but God’s very real provision and care last time around make banking on God’s resources this time a bit more of a reality.  The preacher in me would call this faith.

This time around also comes with a clarity of conviction that we’ve grown into these last couple years.  To state the obvious, adoption made us a “trans-racial family”, which is one way of saying Silas has better hair than anything his mother and father could have produced.  Being a trans-racial family in Orange County means we stand out.  Two white-as-can-be parents chasing after a toddler with an afro makes for a peculiar scene at the beach. Peculiar as it may look, we’re convinced that trans-racial adoption is normal in God’s economy and reflects both the strangeness and the goodness of the gospel itself.  Not the thin sort of gospel that promises “heaven when you die” at the bargain price of a one time prayer and nothing else.  But rather, a thicker, Jesus-oriented gospel that really does shape how we order our lives now. This gospel says in Christ there is no dividing line or hostility between races.  This gospel says in Christ we’re all adopted.  This gospel says in Christ there is reconciliation and peace to be had in a broken world. 

That being said, we’d really appreciate your support in the following ways:

First, we would really appreciate your prayers.  Please pray for the process, for the baby, for the birth family, and for us.  The love and sacrifice required to place a baby for adoption is both heartbreaking and beautiful.  So, please pray for the birth family, and the birth mom as she grapples with this decision.  And please pray for us, that we would draw our strength from God and trust him through this process.

Second, We could use your financial support.  Adoption is quite expensive but we are confident that God will provide, as he always does. We are still amazed at how well we were provided for with Silas's adoption and know God will make a way again.  If you’d like to support us financially, there are a couple of ways you can do so.

1) We have two fundraising sites, one of which is tax deductible. Both of these sites take a small percentage of the donation, so if you prefer to mail a check, that is another option. The sites are:
   (takes about 2.5%)
   (tax deductible & takes up to 5%)

2) You can also shop our Etsy site. We have some items available right now and will be adding more as we make new things. The site is

3) We are having a dinner and silent auction on January 30th in Santa Ana, CA. Anyone is invited to join us for dinner and to bid on some wonderful items. We are also looking for donations to our silent auction. If you have any goods or services to offer or just want to put together something for us to auction off, we would be so appreciative. Our silent auction was our most successful fundraiser last time around, so we are excited to be having one again.

Lastly, we would love it if you could share our story with others who you think may be interested in supporting us.  Feel free to share our fundraising sites on social media or to pass the information along to friends. We have lots of extra adoption cards that we would be happy to mail to anyone wanting to pass them along. We know there are so many people out there with a heart for adoption, and we would love for them to share in our story!

Thank you all so much for your support and love!
Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year!

Nick, Mindy and Silas Kinnier


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November 18, 2015

Here We Go Again!

Big news for the Kinnier Family! 
We are on our way to adopting baby #2, and we are so excited! We are doing another domestic infant adoption through our agency, Heart and Soul Adoptions in Utah. This is the same agency we used for Silas, so we are happy to be working with them again. We've completed all our paperwork and our home study, so we are officially waiting to be matched. We are also in fundraising mode and planning all sorts of fun ways to raise money. I'll have lots more to share about that soon, but for now, you can check out our fundraising website here. We would love any and all support you are able to give, whether it's financially or through prayer. We are very excited about this next step for our family and so ready to bring our next child home. Silas is going to be the best big brother, and we can't wait to see him step into that new role! Thank you for all your support and prayers through this process!
I know it's been a while since I've posted, so I'll leave you with a few pictures of some of what we've been up to lately. Someday I'll play catch up and post about all the fun things we did over the summer and this fall. But until then, here you go....

 More to come!

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June 18, 2015

Turlock 2015

We are now home from our trip to Turlock, but if it were up to Silas, we'd take up residence under the palm tree at the Turlock splash pad. As you can see from the various states of delight on his face, he was a bit obsessed with this place. He started out a little timidly, but mustered up some courage and started following the lead of the older kids. He ran, crawled, splashed around, made friends, and threw a temper tantrum when it was time to leave. Can you blame him?
Silas is a car, truck, plane and helicopter expert, but he got to experience some other modes of transportation during our trip. He was given an early 2nd birthday present from his aunt and uncle and grandparents....
 and he is now a pro at longboarding....
We went blueberry picking one day when the weather was a little cooler, and Silas was given a little bucket to pick his own berries with. I described our experience on Instagram like this...."Blueberry picking...for him that meant eat five, drop one in the bucket, eat five more, dump the bucket out, take a bunch from mom's bucket to refill, run into the orchard nearby, eat, dump the bucket and so on and so forth. We had fun, and now we will make pie." Lots of people commented saying it reminded them of the book Blueberries for Sal. I had totally forgotten about it, but we have the book (thank you Turners!). So, when we got home, I reread it, and sure enough, Silas and Sal are quite similar in their berry picking styles. Maybe not their moms though, as I have no intention of canning mine because they will all be turned into pie.
Things heated up again pretty quickly, so we spent one of our last days at a nearby lake. Silas was in heaven yet again. He is most definitely a water baby. (Can we still call him a baby? I'm a little in denial that I have a temper tantrum throwing toddler!)
 And there you have it. Our first summer trip over too quickly.
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June 12, 2015

Road Trip

Just about two years ago, we were taking this trip to Sequoia, and we made a stop at Orangeworks on the way. It was on that drive that we talked to Silas's birth mom for the first time, and she told us that she was choosing us to be his parents. When we stopped here for ice cream, we texted or called everyone we hadn't already talked to by that time and sat in great excitement and anticipation that we were matched and that this was finally happening. So, as we were driving up to Turlock to visit Nick's family earlier this week, we decided to stop here again, this time with our little match in tow. Silas had his first taste of the famous orange ice cream when we all split a large. Only, he was not too pleased to be sharing, and in reality, neither were we, so we ended up getting another one to split once that one was gone. 

Silas is quite the fun road trip companion, yelling out "big ruck" every time we pass a big rig and "big car" every time we pass any sort of moving vehicle that is larger than a small car. He also slept a large portion of the way, which meant we didn't think we needed to stop to change him. When we pulled him out of the car once we arrived, he immediately had to be stripped down and hosed off, as he (and his car seat) was covered with pee. The ideal road trip companion....he never asked for a bathroom stop.
Once upon a time, Silas loved the family selfie (evidence). Those days are gone.
 It was only 106 degrees when we got to Turlock, so it's not like we were hot or anything. A swim sounded nice, and seeing as how Silas has mastered the ocean, we figured it was time to let him try his hand at the pool. As you can see, he hated it.
His delight was quite contagious, and he's taken the fun of swimming to a whole new level for all of us. More of our trip to come, because this was just the beginning of his water adventures.
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