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  • Hi! I’m Amber.

    I love Jesus. I'm a wife to Steve, Mama to Reid, Eli and Henry. We are adopting and are currently waiting to match with an expectant Mama. Before kiddos, I was a photographer, now I am a Young Living independent distributor. You will find a variety of posts on my blog about DIY recipes, Young Living, my business Orange Joy, our oily life and snippets of life as a family of 5 almost 6 :)

A trip to the bank

Reid and I spent the morning together at the dentist and the bank.  Before we left the house I told him we were going to put the money from the Sister jar into the bank and he wanted to bring the whole jar. After a successful trip to the dentist where they counted his teeth and took tooth pictures, we headed to the bank.

Reid was very excited to bring the sister jar into the bank.  As we were getting out of the van he said,” Mommy, we will bring this money into the bank and bring Nora home, right?” I explained that we have to have a nice lady come visit our family so that she can tell the agency that it’s safe to send Nora to our house, and then we can start talking to birth mommies until we find Nora. I also told him that we need to keep saving more money so that we can bring Nora home.  He told me that we should pray that she comes fast because he wants her to be home now, and then we walked into the bank.

He hopped up onto the counter (with my help) and handed the jar to the teller who looked a bit puzzled. We explained that we are adopting and this is the sister jar and told him how excited Reid was to bring the whole jar. He smiled and the girl working the drive thru window turned around also and thought it was sweet. We deposited $917 and got coin rolls for all of the change left in the sister jar.

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Oh sweet Nora, you are so very loved.


What’s in a name?

I was going to wait to share the name we have chosen for our daughter, but Reid, being a very normal 4 year old, has been sharing her name with anyone he meets. We have had a girl name picked out since we found out we were pregnant with Reid. We didn’t know back then how special of a name it was…it carries even more meaning now knowing that our daughter will be adopted. She isn’t just getting a beautiful name, she’s also receiving a name with the heritage of her great-great grandmother and her two grandmothers, who love her very much.

Her name will be











Nora means: Honor/light and Elaine means: Sun ray she will be our little honorable sunshine 🙂

Nora Boyhus Sorensen, my Mom’s namesake


Nora Ann Gormley, my Mom


Janet Elaine Martin, Steve’s Mom



We also want to honor her birth momma, so if she has a name she wants to give her, Nora will have a second middle name. As you pray for our family, now you can add Nora to the list.

October 15, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Leah - Love it!! Can’t wait to see the sweet little face that will carry your family name!

The Sister Jar

This past year we followed the adoption story of a friend of ours that lives in California. She had an awesome idea to include her oldest son in the process of saving money for the adoption, a brother jar. I loved it so much that when we decided to officially start our adoption, I found a jar for the boys to put money into….the sister jar. We have added money we found on the ground, spare change laying around the house and money from items we have sold.  It’s also a great reminder to pray for our daughter whenever we see it…which is quite often since it sits on the kitchen counter. 🙂


All three of our boys enjoy putting money into the sister jar, Reid and I are going to bring the jar to the bank soon to add to our adoption fund. 🙂


April 15, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Saving for Nora » Through Ambers Eyes - […] Adding spare change to the “sister jar” […]

Frequently Asked Questions


I have noticed a pattern of questions that we are asked a lot. I listed all I can remember here…

Why are you adopting? We are adopting because God really made it clear that this is what He wants us to do. He has really put the longing for a daughter into our hearts, and we knew that our family was not complete with out at least one more baby. I am not able to get pregnant for health concerns. Having had 3 c-sections, there are more dangers involved in carrying another baby. It was a very hard decision, but ultimately, one for the better. Now we get to be part of a beautiful story of finding our daughter. 🙂

Who are you working with? We are working with Christian Adoption Consultants 

What is Christian Adoption Consultants & what do they do? Christian Adoption Consultants offers us advice and support throughout the entire adoption process. We are working with Leah, she is such a sweet woman who loves Jesus and has a big heart for adoption. We are so thankful that she is there to help us understand things when we need help and to encourage us when we feel overwhelmed. 🙂

Where are you adopting from? We are adopting from the US for a few reasons. First,  adopting domestically doesn’t require as much travel.  Our little guys at home are so young, so we can’t really leave them for long periods of time or be in a different country for extended periods of time waiting to come home with our little girl.

Second, it’s a shorter process. This is especially true because we are working with Christian Adoption Consultants. They use a multi agency approach, all that means is that we are presented to birth mamas at several adoption agencies.

What state will she come from? We aren’t sure, since we haven’t applied to agencies yet, but probably, Utah, Florida, Indiana or Texas.

When will you get your baby? We need to get our home study completed before we can apply to agencies, this process takes about 3 months. Once the home study is completed, it is just a matter of a birth mama choosing our family to parent her baby. This could happen quickly, or it may take a while, but ultimately, we know that God has the perfect birth mama and baby picked out for us.

How old will she be? We are hoping to adopt her as a newborn, but are open to up to 3 months old.


Hope that helps some!





Hi everyone…well, this blog has been silent for far, far too long, so I figured that adopting a daughter is a great way to start getting in the habit of blogging again.

It is with great joy that we announce that we will adopt a daughter in the near future!! We started working with Christian Adoption Consultants at the end of August, and are starting our home study soon. Our consultant, Leah, has been a great help and is such an encourager. Leah and her husband recently adopted, so it’s a great comfort to know that she knows what we are feeling and has been through all the paperwork, emotions and twists and turns that we will be diving into.

Be sure to check back here for updates along our journey!


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