Bringing Home Baby A!

Amanda Antonacci
Amanda Antonacci Rock Hill, South Carolina

Tyler and I got married in May 2014. Kids were not on our radar yet, and we went on our happy way, learning how to be married after both being single for awhile.

Flash forward to October 2015 – due to a pharmacy / doctor communication malfunction, I was suddenly off birth control! We decided, “Hey! Let’s try to get pregnant!”. November… December… January…

In early February 2016, we knew that things were not operating properly biologically. I made an appointment with an OBGYN, and after a series of appointments and tests, was diagnosed with insulin resistant polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS with IR. We were assured by the doctor that adding medication in addition to losing weight would result in a pregnancy. So, yay! We moved right along.

We kept trying for the rest of 2016, and into 2017. Early summer, we realized that our future wasn’t in Bristol, TN, the town where we met and where I had lived my entire life. As we began looking for the right jobs else, God made a way and landed us in Rock Hill, SC in July 2017.

By December of 2017, with zero positive ovulation tests and zero positive pregnancy tests in our record, we needed a break. My mental health was suffering without birth control (hormonal birth control is the number one treatment for PCOS), and our marriage was struggling under the pressure to conceive.

It was around this time that we also started getting seriously involved with our church, Lifepointe. We had been attending for about three months, but were ready to step into serving roles and building relationships. It seemed like, no matter what part of the church we were involved in, adoption had touched someone’s life. In early 2018, we began to discuss what our family would look like if we pursued adoption rather than trying to get pregnant.

In April 2018, Tyler and I attended an informational session with Bethany Christian Services in Charlotte, NC. Receiving the information from Bethany and doing some more research on the process cemented for us that adoption was how God was leading us to build our family.

So, how did we get here, in 2021? We believe that God wants us to build our family, but we also believe that he wants us to do it in a way that honors our finances. For us, that means fundraising our adoption 100%. To do this, we’ve worked multiple jobs, gotten donations from friends and family, held all kinds of fundraisers, and worked with non-profits. Now, we’re so blessed to partner with Lifesong and Metrolina to fundraise the rest of our fees.

We’ve been offered a $6,000 matching grant and a $4,000 interest-free loan. Between the two, our adoption will be fully funded!

We have two agency fees left: our program fee II, which is $10,500 and our post-placement fee, which is $1,500. We also need to raise our legal fees, which can fall anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000. Any donation you make will go straight to our agency or to our legal team.

We love that you’re here, and we hope that you’ll consider helping us build our family.


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 “Antonacci 09448”, 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.
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Raised to date by 41 people
 of  $10,000
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My Story

Tyler and I got married in May 2014. Kids were not on our radar yet, and we went on our happy way, learning how to be married after both being single for awhile.

Flash forward to October 2015 – due to a pharmacy / doctor communication malfunction, I was suddenly off birth control! We decided, “Hey! Let’s try to get pregnant!”. November… December… January…

In early February 2016, we knew that things were not operating properly biologically. I made an appointment with an OBGYN, and after a series of appointments and tests, was diagnosed with insulin resistant polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS with IR. We were assured by the doctor that adding medication in addition to losing weight would result in a pregnancy. So, yay! We moved right along.

We kept trying for the rest of 2016, and into 2017. Early summer, we realized that our future wasn’t in Bristol, TN, the town where we met and where I had lived my entire life. As we began looking for the right jobs else, God made a way and landed us in Rock Hill, SC in July 2017.

By December of 2017, with zero positive ovulation tests and zero positive pregnancy tests in our record, we needed a break. My mental health was suffering without birth control (hormonal birth control is the number one treatment for PCOS), and our marriage was struggling under the pressure to conceive.

It was around this time that we also started getting seriously involved with our church, Lifepointe. We had been attending for about three months, but were ready to step into serving roles and building relationships. It seemed like, no matter what part of the church we were involved in, adoption had touched someone’s life. In early 2018, we began to discuss what our family would look like if we pursued adoption rather than trying to get pregnant.

In April 2018, Tyler and I attended an informational session with Bethany Christian Services in Charlotte, NC. Receiving the information from Bethany and doing some more research on the process cemented for us that adoption was how God was leading us to build our family.

So, how did we get here, in 2021? We believe that God wants us to build our family, but we also believe that he wants us to do it in a way that honors our finances. For us, that means fundraising our adoption 100%. To do this, we’ve worked multiple jobs, gotten donations from friends and family, held all kinds of fundraisers, and worked with non-profits. Now, we’re so blessed to partner with Lifesong and Metrolina to fundraise the rest of our fees.

We’ve been offered a $6,000 matching grant and a $4,000 interest-free loan. Between the two, our adoption will be fully funded!

We have two agency fees left: our program fee II, which is $10,500 and our post-placement fee, which is $1,500. We also need to raise our legal fees, which can fall anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000. Any donation you make will go straight to our agency or to our legal team.

We love that you’re here, and we hope that you’ll consider helping us build our family.


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 “Antonacci 09448”, 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.
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Comments

$260

Jonathan and Carmen

Mar 7, 2021

“We’re so excited to be part of your journey!! Much love to you both!”

$50

Adri & Josh

Feb 21, 2021

“We love you!”

$1,160

Offline Donation

Feb 10, 2021

$400

Offline Donation

Feb 10, 2021

$100

Barbara

Feb 8, 2021

“Hello Amanda and Tyler! This is Barbara & Steve, and we are Justin Ellis' parents. I just wanted you to know how much Justin and Cherisa love you both, and how much they have shared about the way you have blessed their lives. I also want you to know that we have been praying for you both, and know that our God and Father will complete the work that He began in your lives, as He promises, and that we are continuing in fervent prayer with you. God bless you both!!”

$100

Kristen

Feb 6, 2021

“We are so excited for you both! God is doing marvelous things!”

$100

Graylyn

Feb 5, 2021

“Praying and excited for you guys!”

$1,000

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Feb 5, 2021

$2,620

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Feb 3, 2021

“So excited for you guys!”

$30

Ernest and Jill

Feb 3, 2021

“We are praying for you all! Much love!”

$100

Julie

Feb 3, 2021

“I am honored to help you guys reach your fundraising goal! Let's bring home Baby A!! xoxo”

$100

Chris and Holly

Feb 3, 2021

“So excited for your journey. Can't wait to see where this goes!”

$100

Deborah

Feb 3, 2021

$50

William

Feb 2, 2021

$215

Dan

Feb 2, 2021

“Can’t wait to meet Baby A!”

$100

Alex

Feb 1, 2021

$50

Cindi

Feb 1, 2021

“Family is everything, hoping to help build your’s.”

$50

Andy

Feb 1, 2021

“Wishing you both the best in this journey and look forward to seeing the child that God brings into your life!”

$30

Sandy

Jan 31, 2021

$50

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Jan 30, 2021

$20

Jackie

Jan 29, 2021

$120

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Jan 29, 2021

“We love you guys =)”

$50

Catherine

Jan 29, 2021

$50

Rett

Jan 28, 2021

“Praying everything works out for you two!”

$50

Jordan

Jan 28, 2021

“Good Luck! We have some friends who went through something similar a few years ago. They were able to adopt a beautiful baby boy on Thanksgiving a couple years back. He is 2 now. Just saw him on a zoom call last night. Adorable. I hope it works out for you!”

$105

Sue

Jan 28, 2021

“My prayers for you are that a very special baby be placed in your arms at just the right time. It will be a pleasure to meet him/her someday. 🙏❤”

$50

Anthony

Jan 27, 2021

$25

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Jan 27, 2021

“Wishing you all the best! Lindsey”

$105

Larry & Patty

Jan 27, 2021

$55

Linda and Brad

Jan 27, 2021

$20

Kimberly

Jan 27, 2021

“We're so excited for you!”

$25

Offline Donation

Jan 27, 2021

$100

Sarah

Jan 26, 2021

“What a testimony the two of you now share together!! The day you bring home baby A, will be a day of rejoicing!”

$25

Traci

Jan 26, 2021

“Given the choice between the Browns winning the Super Bowl or Baby A finding its way home to the best parents ever... I choose the second! 🖤”

$500

Hidden

Jan 26, 2021

“I can't wait for you to experience the blessings of parenthood! Baby A is very lucky!”

$30

Alyn

Jan 26, 2021

“May you reach your goal quickly and bring home Baby A! ❤️”

$50

Tiffany and Jordan

Jan 26, 2021

“Praying for Baby A!! 💗”

$20

Brittany

Jan 26, 2021

“Good luck! Sending love, prayers, and virtual hugs.”

$30

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Jan 26, 2021

$1,000

Justin and Cherisa

Jan 26, 2021

“Praying in Baby A! Love you guys :)”

$75

Tara & Randal

Jan 26, 2021