Grace Haven Blog

Grace Haven Blog

No Guilt, Just Grace

  - Tina Kacirek Recently, our family took a vacation. We were a large group of 9, with 3 wheelchairs, traveling in our 15 passenger van. After arriving back home, I felt a little hesitant about posting pictures. I knew most likely somebody would notice that one family member was missing and ask. To be honest, I really didn't feel like answering to it on social media. There were so many wonderful firsts that happened ...
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The Nachtmann Family for Vin

We are the Nachtmann family; Chet, Amanda, Lena and Vika.  Our adoption story began in 2010 when we were longing for a child to love.  We had been married for 2 years before we started trying to grow our family, and it just wasn't happening.   We became foster parents but sat on a license for 6 children without a single placement.  In the mean time, we were acting as respite care for families.  During this time ...
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The Manuel Family – A Home for Henry

We are the Manuel's, a military family currently living in Missouri.  An international adoption is something I've always said I wouldn't do.  I'm not good with paperwork,  deadlines, writing, etc.    However, after living in New York the last 3 years, we began to hear the voice of God whispering to us His invitation to become part of His plan for adoption.   We honestly hoped it would go away but instead, God spoke even ...
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5 Things to Know About Adopted Children From Hard Places

5 Things to Know About Adopted Children from Hard Places Lack of healthy affection creates confusion and fear surrounding touch.  It may feel invasive or threatening. As adoptive parents build new paths to trust by faithfully loving on their children through gentle touch, children begin developing new brain connections, helping them to positively experience relationships. Children with inconsistent care, learned they couldn't depend on others to keep them safe.  Often, if care did come, it ...
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Meet Lucia Kacirek

Lucia was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and became an orphan at 6.  She spent a decade in a mental institution where she witnessed and experienced abuse.  At 16, she was adopted and began her journey to healing. She has a heart to explain to others the conditions that orphans are facing when no one is looking and sees the great pain in adoptive families as parents try to connect to their children.  Past trauma often ...
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Bringing Moses Home – To Stay

Moses is ten years and was originally adopted 6 years ago from a baby’s home in Uganda. He had been there since right after birth until the time of adoption. Stories were told to the family regarding the giving of his name by the caregivers at the baby house. The area where he was found as an infant was marshy, and they believed that location coupled with his being rescued was significant. They believed him ...
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