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August 11, 2013


New blog!  Big news! 

Come on over and follow me there!  This blog will be re-directed soon.  

July 27, 2013

Back from Africa

I’m back from Africa!

Wait, you didn’t know I’d been gone?

Poor neglected blog.

I had two families approach me recently to ask why I haven’t been blogging very much.  They both shared that reading my blog and seeing pictures/videos of my kids encouraged them to adopt their children with special needs.

If that isn’t encouragement to continue blogging, I don’t know what is!  I made a decision  to try and blog at least once a week, even if I don’t feel like I have anything particularly interesting to say.  :)

So, I’m back from Africa!  I met some incredible people and had some great experiences.

Tomorrow I will start posting  my journal entries and pictures from Africa.  I can’t wait to share more about the trip with you all!


May 17, 2013

Waiting Baby Boys!

AAI has a couple of SUPER cute baby boys waiting for a family. 

Baby boy 1 and baby boy 2 are both in W. Africa.  Their country requires parents be over age 30, have a “small family” and married 5+ years.  

Baby boy 1 is a year old.  He has developmental delays and suspected cerebral palsy.  
Baby boy 2 is 7 months old.  He has multiple special needs. 

Families interested in inquiring about baby boy 1 and/or baby boy 2 should email 

Baby boy 3 is in E. Africa.  His country has somewhat flexible requirements for children with special needs. 

Baby boy 3 is also a year old and has been diagnosed with craniosynostosis and other special needs.  There is video available of this little guy and he is CUTE!  

Families interested in baby boy 3 should email

Thank you for spreading the word and helping us find families for these precious baby boys! 

February 5, 2013

Some interesting statistics…

January 31, 2013

A Chariot for Princess Sadie

I want to tell you a little story. 

Almost two years ago I wrote this blog post and told you about a precious baby girl named Princess who was in desperate need of an adoptive family.


I prayed for Princess, hoped her family had been found and then never heard anything else about her.

Fast forward a year later.  I was in the hospital with Benjamin getting an echocardiogram completed.  His technician was chatty and was telling me about her aunt who was in the process of adopting a little girl from Ghana with special needs.   We had a nice conversation about special needs adoption and that was that.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I emailed a woman who has been advocating for a little boy in Ghana with special needs.  I told her I would love to feature him on my blog.  We started chatting and we realized that SHE was the aunt from the conversation with the echo technician!  Her niece had told her about our family (adoption connection after all) but who would believe we’d ever “bump into” each other on Facebook.

Just today I put all the pieces together and realized that her daughter (now named Sadie) is precious Princess who I posted about in April 2011!



Would you read Princess Sadie’s story below and consider helping this family afford a wheelchair accessible van for their daughter?

I know just how hard it is to manage transporting a wheelchair without a proper vehicle.

And I also know that our community can do amazing things – just like when you all raised enough money for our handicap van!  

I can’t wait to see this family blessed the way we were!  I am so excited to see little Sadie riding tall in her new wheelchair in her new van.

Please consider donating to help make this families dream a reality.

A Fairy Tale usually begins with the words, “Once upon a time”, ends with, “happily ever after” and is filled with all sorts of things that don’t happen in real life. I want to share with you a real life Fairy Tale that begins with, “Once upon a time”, ends with, “happily ever after” and is filled with all sorts of things that don’t usually happen in real life but because the Author of this story is God, well, anything can happen. This story is about a princess, no really, her name is Princess. She was born in Ghana, West Africa after surviving a late-term abortion. There was an heroic rescue and she was given the name, Princess. Through a series of extraordinary events, Princess was adopted by a family in a far-off land and she became, Sadie Mae Beute. Now, our princess’ new family didn’t know it at the time but the name they chose for their precious new daughter actually means, Princess. I told you anything was possible in this kind of Fairy Tale! So Princess Sadie made the long journey to her new home and began her “happily every after” with her new family, her forever family. Sadie’s story has been full of ups and downs and twists and turns. It’s not been easy but I can tell you it’s beautiful. You can read all about Princess Sadie and her precious family on their blog I think you’ll find it to be beautifully and honestly written. Because of Sadie’s special needs she will soon be using a wheelchair which will not fit into her family’s current vehicle. The reality is that vehicles with wheelchair lifts are very expensive. This dear family is a long way off from affording this type of purchase but their precious daughter will begin life with her wheelchair already this March. This is where we come in! I believe that during the month of February we can reach 4,000 people who are willing to give just $5 toward the cost of a “chariot” for Princess Sadie. Sounds almost impossible, I know, until you remember Who is writing this Fairy Tale! With God, all things are possible! Please take a moment to read Sadie’s story, donate $5 and then share this opportunity with your friends. Sadie’s Chariot Fund, an account at Chemical Bank has been set up for receiving donations. You can drop off or mail donations to 5980 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale, MI 49401. Checks can be made out to Audrey Beute and/or Sarah Butterfield. Please write “Sadie’s Chariot Fund” on any donation so that it will be deposited appropriately. Donations can be made via Paypal on the Beute family blog.

Thank you for helping this sweet family!  

September 29, 2012

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June 3, 2012

Please watch!

Oh.  My. Goodness.

You have to watch this video.

Please watch it all the way to the end.


February 9, 2012

The effects of institutionalization on children.

I recently came across this video. It is long but I found the information so interesting (also hearbreaking) and I think it is a good video for anyone interested in the effects of institutionalization on children.

January 14, 2012

national de-lurking day!

Apparently, today is National De-Lurking Day! 

That means today is your day, all you people who read this blog but never comment…your day  to come out of hiding and let me know who you are!

If you don’t want to comment, shoot me a message and let me know that you are reading!  I love knowing how people came upon on this blog too, so if you want to share that I’d be a happy lady.  :)

Happy National De-Lurking Day!

January 1, 2012

Top 11 Blog Posts in 2011

11.  J. needs a family. 

10.  So there’s this baby. 

9.  Baby girl needs a family.

8.  Crazy first day.  

7.  Brandon needs a family. 

6.  Are you going to help every child? 

5. Announcing a new adoption program!

4.  Jayson needs a family.  

3.  More begging for a family for Monroe. 

2.  Princess needs a family.  She has a family!

1.  Monroe needs a family.   He’s now home!