Author Archives: Robin Saylor

For the Least of These: The Browns

When sixth-grader Annie Brown wrote a school essay about adoption, the ball started rolling. When it came to a stop, a toddler from Uganda named Moses had become part of Alan (’92) and Holly (McLeod ’92) Brown’s family. Enjoy their story, as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their […]


For the Least of These: The Steeles

Greg (’08) and Tiffany (Thompson ’09) Steele met while students at Abilene Christian University and found a common bond in the idea of adopting a child. “Many people think that adoption is a fall-back plan or a safety net for infertile couples,” Tiffany says. “Adoption is anything but that. It is pure love, joy and completely […]


For the Least of These: The Whitakers

Brandon Whitaker (’96) and his wife, Lori, always knew they wanted to adopt but had never considered an international adoption and had certainly never considered adopting siblings. That all changed when Lori took a missions trip with her church to Haiti. Brandon tells how James and Jovanika joined their family, as we continue our series […]


For the Least of These: The Porters

Kevin (’99) and Rebekah (Dawes ’00) Porter knew that God had called them to adopt. “Even still, without shame, I admit that we were all scared to death,” Rebekah says. The 9-month-old twin boys they were presented for adoption had been born eight weeks premature, and because of trauma, abuse and neglect were only at […]


For the Least of These: The Laras

Mona (’05) and Joe Lara of Abilene never intended to adopt a child. “That was God’s plan,” Mona says. “Thankfully we listened to the small quiet voice urging us to open our home, and we’ve been blessed beyond measure by the gift of adoption.” Mona shares her story as we continue our series about Abilene […]


For the Least of These: The Windhams

As foster parents, John (’08) and Brenna (Pittman ’06) Windham have had 14 children – and counting – come through their home. They’ve been able to adopt two of their foster children, 6-year-old Grace and 3-year-old State, and are in the process of trying to adopt two more. “We wanted to become foster parents because […]


Do you believe in Santa? David Himes does

Most of the year, David P. Himes (’70) is a direct marketing executive in Washington, D.C., who runs his own consulting practice and whose resume includes an impressive list of former and current clients – Pier 1 Imports, Procter & Gamble, American Express and Godiva Chocolatier, to name a few.   But come December each […]


For the Least of These: The Badillos

After they had their fourth biological child, Tricia (Maynard ’93) Badillo and her husband, Raymond, decided their family was complete. Fast forward 10 years, though, and they’ll tell you a different story. We continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt. Tricia is an administrator with Coppell Independent […]


For the Least of These: The Del Balsos

The adoption process for LaShanda (Quin ’01) and C.J. Del Balso became an opportunity for soul searching about how they would start a family and what they could offer a child. “The hardest part of the process was being honest with ourselves about what challenges we were willing and able to commit to,” LaShanda says. […]


For the Least of These: The Rodriguezes

Joey and Lena (Guerrero ’02) Rodriguez took a winding path toward parenthood with their share of heartbreak along the way. “We knew if we remained strong and faithful, God would restore our broken hearts,” Lena writes. Now they are the parents of three children – two adopted – and grateful for the life they lead. […]

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