We are the Stromberg family, Lars, Katie, Quinten and Albin. We are blessed to be in full-time Church ministry and living in the Chicago suburbs. We are in process of adopting a little girl from China and we are thrilled to have you join in our journey.
The call to adoption has been in the making for many years, and we are confident that we have been lead each step of the way by our loving Heavenly Father who has great purpose and plans for our family.
Here is what we like to call our, ‘Timeline to China’. 🙂
18 years ago (1994) I traveled with my mother to Ukraine on a missions trip to work at a summer camp for orphans. And my heart began to stir.
17 years ago my mother accompanied a dear friend to China as she adopted a baby girl. And my heart continued to stir.
16 years ago my dad encouraged patients of his and friends of our family to consider a Chinese adoption. They did. I babysat this precious little girl and over the course of high school began to learn of her journey from orphan to beloved daughter. And my heart was stirred for the plight of orphan girls in China.
13 years ago I began studies at Bethel University. I studied China’s one child policy and researched the subject for my Sociology major. My heart continued to stir for the orphans of China.
12 years ago (2000) I had opportunity to visit a state run orphanage in GeJiu China, while on a mission trip. I held the orphan babies. I prayed over them and while on that trip God confirmed in my heart that I would one day adopt a little girl from China.
11 years ago, I shared my adoption dream with my college boyfriend, now husband, Lars. He readily agreed that one day we would pursue this dream.
9 years ago (2003) I married my love Lars Stromberg, that same year my older sister was hired at a Chinese adoption agency outside of Denver. An agency called CCAI with a Christian vision to save the orphans of China.
8 years ago Lars and I learned that we did not meet the rigorous qualifications for Chinese adoption. And the China dream was “put-on-the-shelf” for a season.
6 years ago (2006) we welcomed our first child. A little boy, Quinten James. 🙂
4 years ago we welcomed our second son, Albin Robert. 🙂
2 years ago we began trying for baby number three. We became pregnant three times in two years. But lost all three pregnancies to miscarriage. Lars and I were deeply grieved by our losses. And then I read a book that changed everything.
Four months ago (Feb. 2012) Five weeks into our most recent pregnancy, I read a book called Choosing to See, about the journey of Mary Beth Chapman into motherhood, Chinese adoption, and the grief of losing a child. As I turned the pages, my heart was deeply stirred again for the orphan girls of China and for the calling to adopt.
6 weeks ago (April 2012) Our pregnancy ended in miscarriage. But, our grief turned to hope as our thoughts turned to the dream of a little girl in China.
One month ago we discovered we now meet all the qualifications to adopt from China. Lars and I prayed. We talked. We prayed some more, and decided the time had come to pursue our China dream.
And today, (May 21, 2012) with the acceptance of our adoption application, we begin the journey to our little girl in China. It may be a long journey but we feel assured that the God who stirred my heart so many years ago, is the same God who aligned our hearts to the dream, and the same loving Father who will provide each step of the way.
How excited we are for you to share in our journey!
As a means of processing all that went into our decision to adopt I wrote a more complete account of our story in late April (2012). It was helpful, even therapeutic to process on ‘paper’. 🙂 Click HERE to read more.