We are Dave and Amanda (and David Jr. and Grant!). We are a family defined by silliness and love, and we'd love to tell you our story!
Adoption is something we have talked about since we first got married. We have always loved adoption and supporting friends and family as they’ve gone through the adoption process. As the years went by, we started talking about adoption specifically for our family. Through a lot of prayer and a lot of conversation, it was clear that adoption was something we wanted to do and that God was asking us to pursue.
One night when our oldest son, David, was still a baby, Amanda was praying as she fed him in the middle of the night. And out of nowhere, she started praying for our daughter, though she wasn’t born yet, and her parents, wherever they were. God had planted the idea of adoption in us before then, but that was the night the idea came to fruition and we knew He was going to add a little girl to our family this way.
Now, following His leading, we are on the journey to add to our family through a domestic infant adoption with Bethany Christian Services. Amanda and her brother were both unplanned pregnancies. We love the idea that our following through in obedience to adoption could be part of God’s redemptive story for both our daughter and her birth parents.
We talk about this baby we’ll be adopting all the time with our boys, and they are excited about having a baby sister join our family. She is planned for with as much excitement and anticipation as our two boys were. We trust that God has led us to this path and that He will be faithful to bring our daughter to us.
Our biggest concern through this process has been finances. The total amount due to our agency is $24,000. We knew going into this that there was no way we could come up with the money needed on our own, and felt God calling us to trust Him to provide it. Through God’s grace, we have managed to pay $11,000. We still have $13,000 to pay and are so grateful for the $3,000 matching grant through Lifesong and funded by Fellowship Church. We are so thankful to the body of Christ for continually supporting us as we wait expectantly for God's provision of all we need!
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 “Ungleich 09011”, 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.
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