Jay and I met in 2015 through mutual friends. Through time spent together and many deep conversations, we quickly realized we shared the same foundational values: faith, relationships, education, leadership, loyalty, work ethic, and commitments. Almost exactly two years later, we were married! Now, over three years later…
Adoption is something we’ve known would be part of our lives even before we were together. We’ve always known it would be part of growing our family at some point, because it already is such a part of our story. Jay was adopted by his Dad who played a major role in loving and leading Jay growing up; he knows well the significant an adoptive father can have in his child’s life and cherishes this and the opportunity to do the same as “Dad”. We also BOTH have older sisters who have adopted children; we have nieces and nephews who all have their own birth and childhood stories including adoption internationally, domestically, and through fostering. Our family is diverse, and full of fun and love and respect for each individual person. Our own stories are so interwoven with and impacted by adoption and the gift that it is.
In Fall 2019, we began to feel God tugging on our hearts to grow our family. Before then, we were content in our life stage being just the two of us and focusing on our marriage and careers, knowing “we’d talk about kids later.” In a matter of days, God had moved both our hearts simultaneously into the space of pursuing parenthood, which only made His call even more clear. Jay immediately believed this should be through adoption and I wasn’t so sure at first as I relied on my “practical mind” that believed it would be easier to start parenthood with pregnancy. There are a few moments in my life where it has been so undeniably evident that God is speaking directly, and the next couple of weeks were one of them. He made it so abundantly clear through a myriad of ways that we were called to adopt at least our first child, if not more, completely turning my heart toward adoption and away from the idea of pregnancy, knowing adoption was His will for us at this time. We’ve decided to say “YES” to God’s call, just as He has said “YES” to us time and time again. We immediately began praying and planning and connecting with supports. Within a few months we started to pursue the adoption process actively and have seen God open each door we’ve needed thus far along the way. He has made our path clear, and we are grateful to have Him leading us through each step!
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 “Day 09417”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.
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