“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3: 25-26
Hello, we are David and Michele. Some of you may know our story of infertility and many of you may not. The first eight years of our now 12-year marriage, David and I struggled to begin the family that we so desperately desired. The only problem being that we were trying to build that family under our own direction and in our own timing. Thankfully, we learned to sit back patiently and place all of our hope for our future family in the hands of our mighty God. We dove into the adoption community and two short years later he delivered to us a daughter that we named Josephine. We have delighted in her precious life every day since we met her, held her, and called her our own.
At the end of this past June just shy of Josephine’s second birthday we were contacted by her birth mother through the agency we had used for her adoption, to see if we would consider adopting the baby that she was due to deliver just a month away. David and I had been in the planning stages of the adoption process as we felt that God was moving in our hearts to ready our family and home for another child, but we hadn’t quite started that journey. Our hearts were ready and we knew that this call was directly from HIM and so we gladly said “YES!” Through HIS guidance we were able to expedite our home study and two days after our son was born on 7/23/2017, our home study was finalized!
We never truly imagined that one day we would have the opportunity to adopt a biologically connected child to our sweet Josephine, we just knew that we were being called to add another child to our family through adoption. It was an incredibly special blessing to her and to us, that this baby would turn out to be her half-brother. We have been fortunate to share an open adoption with Josephine and Harrison’s birth mother and her family. Because of the way God has moved the hearts of all of us involved in this newly expanded family- because that is what we have become- Josephine and Harrison will be able to have a bi-annual visit with their three older siblings during which times they will be able to develop relationships in which they desire!
When we went through the adoption process to bring home Josephine, we were fortunate to have had enough time to carefully prepare mentally and financially. With a little help we were able to fully fund her adoption on our own. However, since we were in the very beginning stages of the adoption process this time around, we had not been able to financially plan, and save for this child to join our family. But, if we have learned anything throughout this journey, it is to listen to God when he is calling on you to glorify His kingdom...and so we pushed ahead wholeheartedly depending on God to see us through to the end. In the quickness of the month that passed before Harrison was born, we had to borrow money and deplete accounts to cover the immediate expenses that came along with our home study, agency fees, and securing attorneys both in Wisconsin and here at home in Illinois. We also had to worry about securing finances to cover our 5 week stay in Wisconsin as our son spent nearly 4 weeks in the NICU and then we had another week before we could legally return to Illinois. By the time we had returned home most of those bills had been paid off leaving only the legal fees for our attorney to finalize Harrison’s adoption in the coming months and one last hotel bill for the last 3 weeks of our stay. We are thankful that even with rising expenses, we were able to remain focused on Harrison and his healing throughout his NICU stay.
Neither David or I have ever been good at asking others for help; especially with finances, but through this adoption and other life experiences we have learned a couple of very important lessons. One; adoption is never just about bringing a child home to your family. Rather, it’s about bringing a child home to a whole community of family and friends that have wanted nothing more than to celebrate seeing your child in your arms coming home with you. Second, people are inherently good and we jump at the opportunity to help others through difficult situations when given the chance. We love being a part of something special and something that truly honors God. That being said, the estimated cost of Harrison’s adoption is $27,000 which is beyond our means although worth every penny. At this time, we have the remaining amount of $6,500 expected to be billed over the next few months.
We know that God will provide the finances to cover the remaining costs. At this time, we are asking that you would consider helping our family in whatever way you are able. Your prayers, your interest and encouragement in our family, and your donations are and will continue to be greatly appreciated. Adopting Josephine and now Harrison has greatly enriched our lives and we are so thankful for each of your for supporting this amazing journey.
With thankful hearts,
David and Michele
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