Becoming Dillon Party of Four

Sarah Dillon Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

Our "people" have walked many seasons with our family over the years, especially as we have navigated the joys and challenges of building a family through domestic infant adoption. Nearly 4 years ago we brought home our sweet girl, Emma Kate. It was a whirlwind experience with just one week to prepare for becoming a family of three.

This time, our experience has been much different. 18 months of waiting, a global pandemic, and personal and professional changes. God has challenged and stretched us in more ways than we could have imagined. Through it all, He has been so GOOD. We are rejoicing in His perfect timing to allow us the opportunity to become a family of four as we have been matched for a second time.

Our journey began in August 2020 when we completed our home study and joined the domestic program with a local adoption agency. After months and months of silence, we decided to expand our reach and partnered with an adoption consultant to distribute our family’s profile to several agencies across the country. Countless times we boldly put our “yes” on the table with different situations that came our way. And countless times the Lord said, “not yet.”

Then, finally, after 18 months we were getting ready to have dinner one evening and an agency located in Phoenix, Arizona called. We had been chosen. It was our “yes.” To date, our experience has been nothing short of a miracle. We have about 5-months to get to know the birth mother who chose our family. We have the opportunity to build a relationship with her, pray over her, and prepare for our trip in September. We will likely be in Phoenix for two weeks (possibly more) for placement in mid-September and then will travel home and work towards finalization in the months to follow.

We have an incredible support system that has stood by our side and provided for so many of our needs as we have walked the last 18-months. We have been so humbled by the unending love and support. It’s truly something we will never forget or fully comprehend.

As we near our placement date (the baby’s due date is September 18!), there is a very real piece of this process that isn’t easy for us to talk about. Because our adoption will now be outside of our home study agency, we will “start over” with fees, essentially doubling the cost we anticipated at the start of our adoption journey.

We continue to be asked by so many if we are going to provide another opportunity for people who feel led, to partner with us in this journey. Asking for help makes us squirm in our seats. It’s just who we are. We have chosen adoption from day one, and we have felt strongly that this is our path to building a family and it is our full responsibility to see it through.

We have tirelessly been applying for grants, squeezing our own finances, and making sacrifices with the hope to complete this process debt-free. We have also been awarded a $4,000 matching grant from our home church through the Calvary Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

We are humbled by God’s plan in this journey. Overwhelmed by what is to come. And fully trusting that He will provide.

Would you pray with us? Our very deepest need is prayer for the beautiful mama carrying a sweet baby – for health, safety, and peace in this process.

And after you pray – if you feel so led to consider helping us reach our goal to bring home Baby Dillon #2, well, there just aren’t enough ways to say thank you.

Please feel free to share our fundraising page with others who may have a heart for adoption. We’d also love for you to follow along with our journey more closely on Instagram at @dillonpartyoffour.

We have been in awe of the vastness of the adoption community, and continue to be encouraged by how adoption has touched the lives of so many. Thanks for being here with us.

Love,

Drew, Sarah, & a very excited “Big Sister to Be”


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 “Dillon 09312”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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Raised to date by 41 people
 of  $10,000
37 days left

My Story

 

Our "people" have walked many seasons with our family over the years, especially as we have navigated the joys and challenges of building a family through domestic infant adoption. Nearly 4 years ago we brought home our sweet girl, Emma Kate. It was a whirlwind experience with just one week to prepare for becoming a family of three.

This time, our experience has been much different. 18 months of waiting, a global pandemic, and personal and professional changes. God has challenged and stretched us in more ways than we could have imagined. Through it all, He has been so GOOD. We are rejoicing in His perfect timing to allow us the opportunity to become a family of four as we have been matched for a second time.

Our journey began in August 2020 when we completed our home study and joined the domestic program with a local adoption agency. After months and months of silence, we decided to expand our reach and partnered with an adoption consultant to distribute our family’s profile to several agencies across the country. Countless times we boldly put our “yes” on the table with different situations that came our way. And countless times the Lord said, “not yet.”

Then, finally, after 18 months we were getting ready to have dinner one evening and an agency located in Phoenix, Arizona called. We had been chosen. It was our “yes.” To date, our experience has been nothing short of a miracle. We have about 5-months to get to know the birth mother who chose our family. We have the opportunity to build a relationship with her, pray over her, and prepare for our trip in September. We will likely be in Phoenix for two weeks (possibly more) for placement in mid-September and then will travel home and work towards finalization in the months to follow.

We have an incredible support system that has stood by our side and provided for so many of our needs as we have walked the last 18-months. We have been so humbled by the unending love and support. It’s truly something we will never forget or fully comprehend.

As we near our placement date (the baby’s due date is September 18!), there is a very real piece of this process that isn’t easy for us to talk about. Because our adoption will now be outside of our home study agency, we will “start over” with fees, essentially doubling the cost we anticipated at the start of our adoption journey.

We continue to be asked by so many if we are going to provide another opportunity for people who feel led, to partner with us in this journey. Asking for help makes us squirm in our seats. It’s just who we are. We have chosen adoption from day one, and we have felt strongly that this is our path to building a family and it is our full responsibility to see it through.

We have tirelessly been applying for grants, squeezing our own finances, and making sacrifices with the hope to complete this process debt-free. We have also been awarded a $4,000 matching grant from our home church through the Calvary Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

We are humbled by God’s plan in this journey. Overwhelmed by what is to come. And fully trusting that He will provide.

Would you pray with us? Our very deepest need is prayer for the beautiful mama carrying a sweet baby – for health, safety, and peace in this process.

And after you pray – if you feel so led to consider helping us reach our goal to bring home Baby Dillon #2, well, there just aren’t enough ways to say thank you.

Please feel free to share our fundraising page with others who may have a heart for adoption. We’d also love for you to follow along with our journey more closely on Instagram at @dillonpartyoffour.

We have been in awe of the vastness of the adoption community, and continue to be encouraged by how adoption has touched the lives of so many. Thanks for being here with us.

Love,

Drew, Sarah, & a very excited “Big Sister to Be”


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 “Dillon 09312”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
Read more

Comments

$200

Becca

Aug 10, 2022

“Praying for you all!”

$30

Lauren

Aug 9, 2022

“So excited for you guys!!”

$250

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Aug 8, 2022

$125

Carolyn

Aug 6, 2022

“So excited for you guys!! Love you Drew :)”

$200

Hidden

Aug 1, 2022

$504

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Jul 22, 2022

“Party of four!!!!”

$120

Hidden

Jul 20, 2022

$500

Emily

Jul 17, 2022

“Congratulations!”

$150

Savannah

Jul 16, 2022

“Congratulations! We are so happy for you!!”

$100

Michael

Jul 16, 2022

$150

Caleb

Jul 12, 2022

“Miriam and I (Caleb) are so excited to support you both as you show God's love to your daughter and soon to be son. We wish we could be there for the dinner event but we're proud to partner with you in this adoption process from afar!”

$50

Mike

Jul 11, 2022

“Congratulations!!”

$250

Lindsay

Jul 11, 2022

“Praying for you as you await this precious baby boy”

$100

Jade

Jul 8, 2022

$100

Gavin

Jul 7, 2022

“Can’t wait to meet the little man! Praying for your family as you continue this amazing journey.”

$100

Steph

Jun 20, 2022

“Sending so much love to you guys as you continue to grow your family through adoption! Play date soon :)”

$100

Benjamin

Jun 8, 2022

“Woohoo!”

$30

Kasha

May 28, 2022

“Love you!”

$50

Kevin & Ashley

May 27, 2022

“Blessings to your family!”

$100

Melissa

May 27, 2022

“❤️”

$50

Kathy

May 27, 2022

“Congratulations!! Adoption is close to our family’s heart ❤️”

$50

Charles

May 27, 2022

“Kathy and I send our best! Charlie Kurtz”

$110

Bob

May 27, 2022

$50

Dottie

May 24, 2022

“We love you guys and are praying for your sweet family as you continue to grow!”

$100

Morgan

May 24, 2022

“We love you guys and this baby boy!!!!💙”

$25

Denise

May 10, 2022

“Kendra and I think this is absolutely wonderful! Love to all of you!”

$50

Tracy

May 8, 2022

“Sending prayers for you guys! Love and miss you lots! ❤️”

$30

Stephanie

Apr 28, 2022

$30

Julia

Apr 28, 2022

“Congratulations, Dillon Family! Thank you for sharing your journey. You are an absolutely amazing and inspiring family.”

$150

Ethan

Apr 28, 2022

$50

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Apr 27, 2022

“Praying that the process outside the agency goes forward without any hitches!”

$52

Sarah

Apr 26, 2022

“See you in September! Let us know what else we can do to help ❤️”

$100

Jason & Bethany

Apr 26, 2022

“Praying for your growing family! We love you guys! ~ The Boyda’s”

$25

TJ & Lauren

Apr 26, 2022

“Best of luck guys!”

$50

Alison

Apr 26, 2022

“Can’t wait to hear of all God will continue to do through your adoption story! ❤️”

$200

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Apr 26, 2022

“Best wishes for the continued growth of your beautiful family from all your friends at Schreiber Pediatric!”

$100

Joshua

Apr 26, 2022

“Praying with you!”

$100

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Apr 26, 2022

“God bless you in your waiting and hoping and planning! He is good and faithful. - The Graham Family”

$100

Donna

Apr 26, 2022

“All of our love and congratulations on the upcoming Dillon! Mom and Dad Leister”

$150

Mackenzie

Apr 26, 2022

“Praying for you all!!!”

$500

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Apr 26, 2022

“Praying for you guys every step of the way. <3”