Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

An Adoption Sermon

Intro: Below is the sermon manuscript that I preached on August 10, 2007 after my wife and I and our new son Mason got home from Guatemala. I meant to post this a long time ago, but I had to make a few edits. I didn’t really make all the edits and I am fairly […]

Guatemala Adoption Process Questions

Since our family finalized our adoption and brought our adorable son Mason Carlos home from Guatemala we’ve obviously received a ton of questions about the process. The first thing people usually ask is: “How long did it take? ” The answer there is: A LONG TIME! We started the process in January of 2006 and […]

Adoption Trip #15 – Cole, Meet your little brother

So, we got home last night after a long 12 hour day of travel. But, it was way worth the trip! It was awesome to see Cole again. Its funny, after you have been holding a child who weighs just 14 pounds, you realize just how big your four year old really is! We’re settling […]

Adoption Update #14 – In Dallas

We are officially in the good old US of A. We got through immigration with no problems and we’re sitting in the D concourse at Dallas / Ft. Worth waiting for our flight to Philadelphia. Since I had been sick on Tuesday, I hadn’t eaten anything at all. Mostly because i was scared to… It […]

Adoption Trip #13 – Headed Home…

So, sorry for the lack of updates that last two days.  I’ve been laying in bed since Monday night at 8:30 with some kind of food poisoning.   I threw up four times Tuesday.  Yeah, that was a good time.   But, I think I finally have it out of me so I should be good for […]

Adoption Trip #12 – Embassy Appointment Is Done

So this morning we woke up at 5:00 am and headed down for an early breakfast. After that we found our ride to the US Embassy to get approval for Mason’s Visa (no, not the credit card – the document he needs to be able to travel back to the US). So, long story short, […]

Adoption Trip #11 – Write Mason a Note!

So, I was thinking, here I am writing all these letters to Mason and I know that there are a bunch of people reading this blog who are so very excited about him being part of our family lives. So, I wanted to invite you to write something to him as well. Just click the […]

Adoption Trip #10 – Dear Mason #4

Dear Mason, So, today is the third full day we have known you. It still doesn’t seem real. When I look at you I can’t believe you are with us and we are here and that we don’t have to give you back. So many of the other families are down here to visit their […]

Adoption Trip #9 – Pictures…

We hung out at the pool for a while today and then its started to rain so we headed inside. Right now we’re meeting the many new couples that are coming for the week. More updates later. But click on this picture to the left, or one of the ones at the top right, to […]

Adoption Trip #8 – Dear Mason #3

Dear Mason, Hey there buddy. I figured I would put a little picture of you in this note. Its always helpful to see what you looked like when you were a kid. So here you are. This is actually one of the rare images we have of you not sleeping! Like I wrote yesterday in […]