Abel and Kara’s Awesome Adoption

Kara West Darwin, Minnesota

We’d like to start by saying that God is good!  We’ve wanted to become parents for over 8 years, and by God’s grace, we will be this week!  We have been matched with the most wonderful birth mother who is due any day now!  And it’s a boy!  We started the adoption journey earlier this year, and learned of her about 2 weeks ago. She expressed interest in us last Monday, we “met” her on FaceTime Tuesday, were matched Thursday, and his due date was August 15th!

We are beyond excited for what’s to come, but we need your help.  It’s a quick adoption situation, but we know that God will provide and that the funds we need will come.  God’s timing is perfect, and we learned last Thursday that Lifesong for Orphans has awarded us with a $4,000 matching grant from Grand Meadow Community Child Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. So amazing!!

We just want to say thank you to all of you who’ve been praying for us for such a long time, we would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for you!  We love you all and are so grateful to have such supportive friends and family! We will certainly keep you all updated!


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “West 09145”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Raised to date by 37 people
 of  $25,000
8 days left

My Story

We’d like to start by saying that God is good!  We’ve wanted to become parents for over 8 years, and by God’s grace, we will be this week!  We have been matched with the most wonderful birth mother who is due any day now!  And it’s a boy!  We started the adoption journey earlier this year, and learned of her about 2 weeks ago. She expressed interest in us last Monday, we “met” her on FaceTime Tuesday, were matched Thursday, and his due date was August 15th!

We are beyond excited for what’s to come, but we need your help.  It’s a quick adoption situation, but we know that God will provide and that the funds we need will come.  God’s timing is perfect, and we learned last Thursday that Lifesong for Orphans has awarded us with a $4,000 matching grant from Grand Meadow Community Child Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. So amazing!!

We just want to say thank you to all of you who’ve been praying for us for such a long time, we would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for you!  We love you all and are so grateful to have such supportive friends and family! We will certainly keep you all updated!


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “West 09145”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Heading Home!

August 29, 2020

They got the all-clear to go home! Keep them in your prayers as they make the long drive back today and tomorrow. #welcomehome

(Avry wanted to stick his toes in the sand before they left!)

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Beach Baby

August 27, 2020

While they wait for the adoption paperwork to be processed before they can leave the state go back home, at least this new little family gets to spend some time at the beach! Avry was born in a beautiful place so they took the opportunity to put his little toes in the sand today. 

Keep them in your prayers as they anxiously await the “all clear” to go home.

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He’s Here!

August 24, 2020

Introducing the newest West: Mr. Avry Abel West!

He was born on Friday, August 21st, weighing 7 pounds 3 oz and measuring 20.5 inches long. He is the cutest little guy and Abel and Kara are savoring these incredible new moments as parents.

Please keep them, including Avry’s amazing birth mom, in your prayers as they all transition to this new life ahead and continue to finalize the adoption process. We are so thankful for God’s faithfulness and providence! Join us in welcoming this precious gift to our family.

-Avry’s Very Proud Aunt Megan

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Comments

$150

Jeff & Julie

Oct 22, 2020

“Super excited for you all! Congratulations! Jeff and Julie”

$500

Claudia and Harold

Oct 10, 2020

“We're so thrilled with you -- and would love to meet Avry sometime! May God continue to bless you all!!!!”

$50

Kelly

Oct 1, 2020

$250

Kim

Sep 30, 2020

$100

Hidden

Sep 24, 2020

“Love you! From Tim Kim Tal&Lizelle and Kelsey”

$250

Kim

Sep 7, 2020

$20

Elizabeth

Sep 1, 2020

“Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!”

$500

Hidden

Aug 30, 2020

““'For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.' So they worshiped the Lord there.”  1 Samuel 1:27–28”

$500

Claudia and Harold

Aug 25, 2020

“May God bless you!!!! We’re so happy for you!”

$400

Mark & Julie

Aug 25, 2020

“We are so thrilled to welcome Avry to our family. We love y'all beyond words!!!!”

$20

Jennie

Aug 24, 2020

“So happy for you! Congrats to you both!”

$100

Lisa

Aug 24, 2020

“So happy for you and wish you the best ❤”

$100

Mike & Sarah

Aug 24, 2020

“Praise God for this incredible blessing! We’ll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!”

$200

Raymond

Aug 24, 2020

“So happy for you guys! Praying all goes well! Ray and Linda”

$200

Hidden

Aug 23, 2020

“Unable put into words the joy of answered prayers! Love you guys!”

$100

Hidden

Aug 23, 2020

“Congratulations Kara and Abel! So happy for you!”

$50

Fred and Becky

Aug 22, 2020

“Blessings”

$200

Josh & Rachel

Aug 21, 2020

“AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! We are so thrilled for you guys! Can’t wait to meet your precious SON!!!! Praising God for His faithfulness and believing Him to work out all the details.”

$100

Valerie

Aug 21, 2020

“Kara and Abel you're going to be amazing parents. Thank you for sharing your story and letting us be on this journey with you. We love you and are praying for you during this transition!”

$300

Hidden

Aug 20, 2020

“Congratulations you guys!”

$50

Kristen

Aug 20, 2020

$50

Kelly

Aug 19, 2020

“So happy for you !”

$100

Hidden

Aug 19, 2020

“Such exciting news, you are going to be wonderful and incredibly loving parents. Congratulations!”

$40

Natalie

Aug 19, 2020

“Kara- You are going to be such a kind and loving mother! Congratulations on your baby boy, motherhood is a wonderful, crazy, beautiful experience. It really does go fast, cherish the memories and remember that the tough days do pass :) Natalie”

$100

Sanken Seeds

Aug 19, 2020

“THAT IS FANTASTIC!! CONGRATULATIONS!!”

$50

Team

Aug 19, 2020

“SO happy for your family!! Praising the Lord with you!!”

$50

Brienne and Taylor

Aug 19, 2020

“We are so happy for you!”

$100

Ben and Nicole

Aug 18, 2020

“Congrats! We’re so excited for you guys!”

$50

Hidden

Aug 18, 2020

$150

Lucas & Laura

Aug 18, 2020

“We are so excited for your growing family! This is a major answered prayer & we are praising God! Sending you lots of love & hugs! ❤️ Lucas, Laura, Quinn, Molly & Drew”

$103

Ginny

Aug 18, 2020

“West09145”

$50

Jeff

Aug 18, 2020

“So pumped for you guys!”

$300

Krista & Ryan

Aug 18, 2020

$500

Hidden

Aug 18, 2020

“God IS good and His providence is amazing. Praying for all involved in the process. Adoption is a beautiful gift.”

$100

Char

Aug 18, 2020

“I’m so happy for you - what an exciting time. Best wishes ❣️ “West 09145””

$100

Hidden

Aug 18, 2020

“Kara and Abel, we are beyond thrilled for you both! God has blessed you both with a family and granted you the chance to love someone with all your heart. Such a joyous time for all! Much love!”

$100

Cody, Dana, Peyton, and Wyatt

Aug 18, 2020

“Congratulations neighbors!!!”