Bickel Babe Adoption Story

Jacob Bickel Floyds Knobs, Indiana

Ever since we were dating, kids had been a topic of discussion. At that time it was more about commitment to each other and dreaming of the future than it was about how we would start a family. Rewind to when I (Natalie) was an upperclassman in high school. I had given up on “love” and decided I was going to adopt in the future and be a single mom. As you can tell, that changed drastically when I fell in love with Jacob. Then, when Jacob fell in love with Jesus while we were dating, it was like my own passion for Him reignited. I began to see Jesus the way Jacob saw Him, as this all-loving God who chased after us relentlessly. I had always heard these things growing up, but when Jacob stepped into this new realm, it felt new again for me, too.

After we got married, we started getting more involved in our church. We wanted to live out our newfound/refreshed faith. We ended up going on a high school trip as leaders, and connected with several students, one of which was adopted. A couple years later, we took a group of students to Cuba. The same girl we had connected with on the first trip came with us. Not only were we able to deepen our relationship with her and get to hear more of her story, but we also connected with a  student who was adopted internationally and another student whose family had adopted two of his siblings. At the time, we didn’t think anything of it. We just loved these students and their hearts for God and people. They were so bold in sharing their life with kids their same age in Cuba. I loved getting to see them grow. As someone who’s timid when it comes to sharing in a group, it was extremely inspiring to see high school students face their fears. These students are now our close friends that we can’t wait to see and hang out with every week.

As we celebrated anniversaries each year of marriage, the topic of kids started to come up around the third and definitely during the fourth year. We knew we wanted to start a family soon, but we had mixed feelings about it. I couldn’t tell why at the time, but for some reason I was wrestling with the thought of how we would start a family. One evening after spending a long time thinking on my own and talking to God, I presented Jacob with the idea of adopting. It had been something we’d discussed when dreaming about our future for maybe our second or third child. But, I felt like God was pushing us to start our family this way.

We began digging into adoption and connected with parents of the kids we were close with and with family members who had also adopted. We wanted to make sure we knew somewhat what we were getting into before taking the dive into the process. One of the biggest takeaways we had from those conversations was from one family that said “if we didn’t adopt our first, I don’t know that we would’ve adopted.” They were referring to how lengthy and detailed the process is to adopt, but after their first adoption, they learned the process and continued to grow their family this way. That solidified our decision. We were officially going to adopt. While this journey is far from over, we have learned so much from adopted kids, adoptive parents, through our adoption agency, and from God.

Whenever we decided to say yes to adoption, I felt a huge sense of peace. That this was the clear path for our family. We hear a lot that adoption is hard. It’s challenging and heartbreaking. I think God knew that we would be willing to go through it. He helped us meet friends who have been there, who have gone through it and are still going through it, as parents and as children. He pointed us towards it so many times, that when we made our decision, we knew it was right for our family.

We are beyond grateful to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from Orphan Care Alliance + Lifesong for Orphans Adoption Funds!

 


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 “Bickel 09938”, 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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My Story

Ever since we were dating, kids had been a topic of discussion. At that time it was more about commitment to each other and dreaming of the future than it was about how we would start a family. Rewind to when I (Natalie) was an upperclassman in high school. I had given up on “love” and decided I was going to adopt in the future and be a single mom. As you can tell, that changed drastically when I fell in love with Jacob. Then, when Jacob fell in love with Jesus while we were dating, it was like my own passion for Him reignited. I began to see Jesus the way Jacob saw Him, as this all-loving God who chased after us relentlessly. I had always heard these things growing up, but when Jacob stepped into this new realm, it felt new again for me, too.

After we got married, we started getting more involved in our church. We wanted to live out our newfound/refreshed faith. We ended up going on a high school trip as leaders, and connected with several students, one of which was adopted. A couple years later, we took a group of students to Cuba. The same girl we had connected with on the first trip came with us. Not only were we able to deepen our relationship with her and get to hear more of her story, but we also connected with a  student who was adopted internationally and another student whose family had adopted two of his siblings. At the time, we didn’t think anything of it. We just loved these students and their hearts for God and people. They were so bold in sharing their life with kids their same age in Cuba. I loved getting to see them grow. As someone who’s timid when it comes to sharing in a group, it was extremely inspiring to see high school students face their fears. These students are now our close friends that we can’t wait to see and hang out with every week.

As we celebrated anniversaries each year of marriage, the topic of kids started to come up around the third and definitely during the fourth year. We knew we wanted to start a family soon, but we had mixed feelings about it. I couldn’t tell why at the time, but for some reason I was wrestling with the thought of how we would start a family. One evening after spending a long time thinking on my own and talking to God, I presented Jacob with the idea of adopting. It had been something we’d discussed when dreaming about our future for maybe our second or third child. But, I felt like God was pushing us to start our family this way.

We began digging into adoption and connected with parents of the kids we were close with and with family members who had also adopted. We wanted to make sure we knew somewhat what we were getting into before taking the dive into the process. One of the biggest takeaways we had from those conversations was from one family that said “if we didn’t adopt our first, I don’t know that we would’ve adopted.” They were referring to how lengthy and detailed the process is to adopt, but after their first adoption, they learned the process and continued to grow their family this way. That solidified our decision. We were officially going to adopt. While this journey is far from over, we have learned so much from adopted kids, adoptive parents, through our adoption agency, and from God.

Whenever we decided to say yes to adoption, I felt a huge sense of peace. That this was the clear path for our family. We hear a lot that adoption is hard. It’s challenging and heartbreaking. I think God knew that we would be willing to go through it. He helped us meet friends who have been there, who have gone through it and are still going through it, as parents and as children. He pointed us towards it so many times, that when we made our decision, we knew it was right for our family.

We are beyond grateful to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from Orphan Care Alliance + Lifesong for Orphans Adoption Funds!

 


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 “Bickel 09938”, 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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Comments

$62

Lindsay

Sep 14, 2022

“❤️”

$58

Miranda

Sep 8, 2022

“Praying for you during this journey!”

$25

Brooklyn

Sep 2, 2022

$69

Teresa

Aug 19, 2022

$1,000

Paula

Aug 10, 2022

$35

Hidden

Aug 7, 2022

$25

Paula

Aug 3, 2022

$25

B

Aug 2, 2022

$200

Paula

Aug 2, 2022

$100

Paula

Aug 1, 2022

$200

Lisa

Aug 1, 2022

$1,000

Hidden

Aug 1, 2022

$100

Pat

Aug 1, 2022

“Blessings to you and your family.”

$100

Paula

Aug 1, 2022

$100

Amanda

Aug 1, 2022

$340

Hidden

Jul 31, 2022

“Praying for you guys! This is for beans 160 and 180 (or whatever beans work best :))”

$750

Tyler

Jul 30, 2022

“Good luck! You all deserve this and will be great parents!”

$125

Stephanie

Jul 25, 2022

“Good luck!”

$20

Emily

Jun 3, 2022

$80

Darrell

Jun 2, 2022

“Jewelry for Brandy”

$200

Hidden

May 27, 2022

“I love you! So excited for the baby beans to come!”

$100

Max

May 27, 2022

$198

Jenah

May 22, 2022

$40

Hidden

May 20, 2022

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4”

$50

Rebecca

May 12, 2022

“We are praying for you!”

$135

Crystal

May 4, 2022

“It took us 135 days to officially make Caroline a Hardin but we knew she was ours the moment we met her. We know that the adoption road isn't easy and we are here for you if you need anything. We are praying alongside of you for God to bring you your perfect miracle! Love the Hardin family”

$181

Emery

May 3, 2022

“"prime bean" 181”

$20

Jackie

May 3, 2022

$100

Twilia

Apr 29, 2022

“#’s 44 & 56 please”

$36

Jodi

Apr 21, 2022

“We love you guys and are praying!!”

$25

Tiffani

Mar 11, 2022

“So proud of you Nat. Let me know if you guys need anything”

$113

David, Holly & Elizabeth

Feb 25, 2022

“❤️”

$50

McKinsey

Feb 20, 2022

“We’re so excited for you guys!! Welcome to the adoption family!! Please reach out if you need anything! Mack, Nikole & Jason ❤️❤️”

$25

Tyrell&Shannon

Feb 7, 2022

“Praying for you all!!”

$100

Ashley

Feb 7, 2022

$100

NOLAN

Feb 7, 2022

$100

Wendy and Rick

Feb 7, 2022

“What lucky little children!”

$250

Hidden

Feb 5, 2022

$100

Kristen

Feb 5, 2022

$300

Ben

Feb 5, 2022