From early on in our conversations about family, we both expressed a desire to adopt. Justin grew up with an adopted younger brother, and his father was adopted by his step dad when he was very young. There was a generational rhythm to it on his side of the family that definitely fed his interest. Sasha didn’t have any adopted members of her family, but her grandparents were foster parents to dozens of children for close to twenty years – so there was a clear commitment to this spirit of saying “yes” to those who were looking for a home and a family. Sasha grew up in this type of family climate, so the idea of adoption always felt so natural to her. Adoption is part of the identity of our family, as well as being a central theme to the message of the Gospel. Jesus has chosen us because of His love for us – nothing else.
Over the last year we have been feeling the pull back to adoption, taking a look at our lives and realizing that our family is not yet complete.
We long for our coming child, knowing that they are on the other side of this adoption journey. During this same period, our boy Greyson has been asking fervently for a baby sibling. It could just be the yearnings of a young boy, but we believe it’s also the Spirit of God speaking through him, declaring into our lives what’s next for our family.
Last but definitely not least, we are white parents of a black son. As such, we know and admit that there will be much about life that we will not be able to show him or share with him; as his experience being black in this country will be something we could never know.
Our family finds its identity in being a transracial family – one that passionately celebrates his blackness – and know that one of the best gifts we can give both to our current child and our coming child is the gift of a sibling who will be able to share in the other’s black experience.
As we embark on this journey, we do it knowing that we should not seek to do it alone. The costs alone for our adoption are estimated somewhere around $55,000. The last time we adopted, God provided for our need – and we know that part of the equation was us being willing to ask for help. So as we continue to do the work to bring our little girl home, we simply ask that you’d consider partnering with us by giving towards our adoption.
We have been awarded a $5000 matching grant from Hear the Cry + Lifesong Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans; so any gift you give up to that amount will be generously matched by these incredible partners! We are so grateful for your consideration and appreciate you partnering with us in our adoption journey!
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 “Bronson 08566”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, 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.
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