Baby Girl Hermes

Nagib Hermes Atlanta, Georgia

 

Back when we were dating, we discussed adoption as something we both wanted to pursue at some point in life.  We figured it would be something we would do after having biological children.  However, after much effort to have biological children, we realized that the Lord’s plan was something different.  Even as we grieved this loss, we did find hope and joy in thinking and praying about adoption.  We felt that the Lord was compelling us to move in that direction as we considered our options. 

Adoption is all over the Scripture. Queen Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, and little Samuel was raised by the priest Eli. The apostle Paul specifically talks about our adoption into God’s family in Romans 8 and Galatians 4.  We are grateful for the model set forth by our heavenly Father, that we can call him Daddy! We are truly his children. 

We are humbled by the opportunity to live out this beautiful Gospel truth literally and to God’s glory.  All because he also adopted us.  During the Christmas season, I (Nagib) have often considered the way Joseph adopted Christ even though He was not his biological child. Adoption is not a compromise or consolation prize, but a beautiful picture of God’s love for us.

We are finally coming towards the end of this journey: A birth mother has chosen us to be the adoptive parents for her precious little girl, coming in January! We cannot wait to meet this precious little one.

God’s fingerprints are all over this story. The first question our birth mom asked before she chose us was, “It seems from your profile book like you are involved in your church. Is that a regular part of your life? Because I want this baby to be raised in the church.”

For years, I (Becca) have felt like God knows the children He has for us (Ephesians 1), but we just don’t know where those children will come from. Truly, He has known. We can’t wait to welcome Baby Girl Hermes!

As you may know, adoption is quite expensive. We still have many costs to pay, including agency fees, legal fees, home study update fees, and travel to Utah to get our baby girl.

We are so grateful to have received a matching grant for $3,000 from Small Bridges, which is administered through Lifesong for Orphans. What that means is that the first $3,000 raised here will be doubled to become $6,000!

As a 501c3, your donation to our adoption through Lifesong is tax deductible, and all of your donations go directly to our adoption costs. (See below for more information.) If you’re looking for a place to give a year-end gift, we would be honored if you would help us bring home our baby girl!


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 “Hermes 08672”, 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.

  • 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 72 people
 of  $35,000
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My Story

 

Back when we were dating, we discussed adoption as something we both wanted to pursue at some point in life.  We figured it would be something we would do after having biological children.  However, after much effort to have biological children, we realized that the Lord’s plan was something different.  Even as we grieved this loss, we did find hope and joy in thinking and praying about adoption.  We felt that the Lord was compelling us to move in that direction as we considered our options. 

Adoption is all over the Scripture. Queen Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, and little Samuel was raised by the priest Eli. The apostle Paul specifically talks about our adoption into God’s family in Romans 8 and Galatians 4.  We are grateful for the model set forth by our heavenly Father, that we can call him Daddy! We are truly his children. 

We are humbled by the opportunity to live out this beautiful Gospel truth literally and to God’s glory.  All because he also adopted us.  During the Christmas season, I (Nagib) have often considered the way Joseph adopted Christ even though He was not his biological child. Adoption is not a compromise or consolation prize, but a beautiful picture of God’s love for us.

We are finally coming towards the end of this journey: A birth mother has chosen us to be the adoptive parents for her precious little girl, coming in January! We cannot wait to meet this precious little one.

God’s fingerprints are all over this story. The first question our birth mom asked before she chose us was, “It seems from your profile book like you are involved in your church. Is that a regular part of your life? Because I want this baby to be raised in the church.”

For years, I (Becca) have felt like God knows the children He has for us (Ephesians 1), but we just don’t know where those children will come from. Truly, He has known. We can’t wait to welcome Baby Girl Hermes!

As you may know, adoption is quite expensive. We still have many costs to pay, including agency fees, legal fees, home study update fees, and travel to Utah to get our baby girl.

We are so grateful to have received a matching grant for $3,000 from Small Bridges, which is administered through Lifesong for Orphans. What that means is that the first $3,000 raised here will be doubled to become $6,000!

As a 501c3, your donation to our adoption through Lifesong is tax deductible, and all of your donations go directly to our adoption costs. (See below for more information.) If you’re looking for a place to give a year-end gift, we would be honored if you would help us bring home our baby girl!


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 “Hermes 08672”, 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.

  • 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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Prayer Needed for Baby Mina

January 21, 2020
Dear praying friends and family,
 
How grateful we are for your support along this adoption journey! We are glad to say that our interstate paperwork went through last week. Thank you for your prayers for that! However, we are still in Utah.
 
Genetic screening that Utah does at birth showed that Mina has a rare genetic condition called SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Praise God, it is treatable – as of just 3 years ago! – because it was caught before any symptoms show up. But the treatment process will take a while.
 
We have set up a CaringBridge page with more information: Miracle Mina vs the SMAck! We know some of you are getting updates from us through multiple avenues, while others of you have inadvertently been left off of communication. Our hope is that with one place to post updates, those of you who want to be kept up to date can subscribe and be in the loop. We covet your prayers as we hear lab results in the next few days and need to make major decisions.
 
With love and deep gratefulness that we are not alone in this journey.

Becca and Nagib

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She’s here!

January 10, 2020

We are so happy to share that Amina Ruth Hermes has made her debut! She arrived January 8th in Salt Lake City at 6lbs 7oz, 19″ long. She is named Amina after Nagib’s dad, Amine. And she is named Ruth after the beautiful Bible character who joined a new family and after one of Becca’s personal faith heroes, Ruth Graham. She’s healthy and strong and doing well! She’s also absolutely beautiful. We are smitten!!

We are overwhelmed with gratitude at how generous you all have been. We are so deeply blessed by your love and support. If you intended to give but haven’t yet had a chance to do so, it’s not too late.

THANK YOU for helping us bring our sweet Mina home!!

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Matching Grant Met!

December 3, 2019

Thank you to those of you who have so generously donated already to bring Baby Girl Hermes home to us! We have met our first goal of $3,000, which is being matched by Small Bridges. So we’re now over $6,000 towards our goal! We are so grateful for each and every gift.

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Jan 25, 2020

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Laura

Jan 21, 2020

“So happy for you both!!”

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Andrea

Jan 18, 2020

“So thrilled that Amina is here and in your arms! You’re going to be the best parents! Praying for a smooth transition for all and for the paperwork to go through quickly. Can’t wait to meet her! All my love!”

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Catherine

Jan 16, 2020

“Love yall!”

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Jan 13, 2020

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Jan 11, 2020

“So very excited for you!!! Welcome, precious Mina! Can't wait to meet her! - Helen”

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Kelly Family

Jan 9, 2020

“Congratulations! Please accept this donation in honor of our sweet friend and baby Mina’s, Aunt Rachel.... Happy Birthday! You are loved❤️”

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Dorothy and Gordon

Jan 6, 2020

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Anna

Jan 5, 2020

“We love you guys and are excited for you!”

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Jan 4, 2020

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Lis and Jim

Jan 3, 2020

“We love y’all so much. Praying for and with you.”

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Judy

Jan 3, 2020

“We are just so happy for you! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! We can't wait to meet her :)”

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Jan 1, 2020

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Christina

Dec 31, 2019

“May God bless your (growing) family! Love, the Starks.”

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Kristin

Dec 31, 2019

“We are so excited for you guys! Hopefully we'll get to meet the little lady! -Paul & Kristin”

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Dec 30, 2019

“So excited for you. Praying!”

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Dec 29, 2019

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Dec 21, 2019

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Dec 21, 2019

“So happy for y’all Praying for the mom and a safe delivery”

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Dec 17, 2019

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“Love you guys, so excited for this next step of your journey!”

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Dec 7, 2019

“You guys will be great parents”

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Dec 7, 2019

“We are so thrilled for you! Love, the Bournes”

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Dec 6, 2019

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Dec 5, 2019

“Thrilled for your family!!”

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Dec 4, 2019

“So excited for you!”

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Lucy and David

Dec 4, 2019

“We are so thrilled for you! Adoption is a blessing!!”

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Dec 3, 2019

“Many Blessings, Becca and Nagib”

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Dec 3, 2019

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Dec 3, 2019

“Becca and Nagib, We are so excited for the arrival of your baby girl. We will be praying for the birth mom and y'all during this time of transition. Love, Bynum and Katherine”

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Dec 2, 2019

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Dec 2, 2019

“Dear Becca and Nagib, I am so excited for you and for the baby girl God is bringing into your family! Praying that all logistics go as smoothly as possible and for you to see God's loving kindness throughout! Thanks for letting your friends and family be a part of this journey. Love, Madeleine”

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Dec 1, 2019

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Dec 1, 2019

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Jim

Nov 30, 2019

“Very excited for your family!”

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Nov 30, 2019

“Praying for y'all as y'all bring this little one into your family!!”

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Nov 29, 2019

“Congratulations! We are so happy for you guys. Matt Dalla Vecchia & Elizabeth G.”

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Sarah

Nov 29, 2019

“Congratulations! I know you are so excited! May God continue to bless your sweet family!”

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Nov 28, 2019

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Nov 28, 2019

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Nov 28, 2019

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Katherine

Nov 28, 2019

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Nov 27, 2019

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Caroline

Nov 27, 2019

“Congratulations!!! You guys will make the best parents! So happy for y’all!”

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Abby

Nov 27, 2019

“God bless you and your family! God is amazingly faithful...and thank you for sharing His amazing story in your lives!”

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Nov 27, 2019

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Nov 27, 2019

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Nov 27, 2019

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