Bringing Sawyer Home

Kelli Stuart
Kelli Stuart Odessa, Florida

The Stuart family is expanding in the most predictably unexpected way. Many of you know of our deep heart for adoption. In fact, many of you walked closely with our family through our terminated Russian adoption five years ago. You prayed for us and loved us well as we processed that heart ache and the death of that dream.

When we had our fourth child, Annika (also an unexpected surprise), we thought adoption was off the table for good. Four kids is a reasonable large family size. But FIVE kids? Well now we’re getting a little crazy. 😉

But we couldn’t escape this nagging feeling that the road to adoption wasn’t closed for our family. We fought it. We wrestled with it. We begged the Lord to remove the desire. Still it remained. But China?! China was never on the radar.

And then, out of the blue in January, we got an email about a little boy in an orphanage who needed a family, and it became very clear to both Lee and I almost immediately that we were supposed to pursue him.

His name was listed as “Sawyer” by the agency, a name that we had long loved. In fact, if our first daughter had been a girl we would have named her Sawyer. It seemed there was always meant to be a Sawyer in our family.

The story of how this came about is too long for one simple post but I’d love to share how the Lord has made Himself so known through every step of this process to anyone interested in hearing more. The short version, however, is that God is writing a miracle story right now that far surpasses any vision we ever had for our family.

Our Sawyer is three years old, and is small and mighty. He’s a fighter with health challenges that will need to be addressed when we get him home, but we have great faith that the Lord is going to raise him into a strong young man.

It’s always uncomfortable and awkward to ask for help. We almost didn’t do it. But friends pulled us aside not long ago and asked us to please let them be a part of Sawyer’s story. We know that this adoption journey was never meant to be walked alone, and we are grateful for everyone who has walked this path with us over the years.

Would you like to join us in Sawyer’s miracle story? God has been so gracious to financially provide every step of this process, but there are upcoming expenses as we prepare to travel to China and pick him up. We have graciously been offered a matching donations of $2,500 by our church, The Church at Odessa, which we are humbly confident will help us meet our fundraising goal!

We would be honored to have you on our team, in whatever capacity that may be, from prayer to financial support. Any donation over $50 is tax deductible, and we welcome both online donations as well as checks (online donations will have a 2.2% processing fee taken out).

Thank you, dear friends and family, for your love, support, and excitement as we take this journey!


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 “Stuart 7884”, 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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My Story

The Stuart family is expanding in the most predictably unexpected way. Many of you know of our deep heart for adoption. In fact, many of you walked closely with our family through our terminated Russian adoption five years ago. You prayed for us and loved us well as we processed that heart ache and the death of that dream.

When we had our fourth child, Annika (also an unexpected surprise), we thought adoption was off the table for good. Four kids is a reasonable large family size. But FIVE kids? Well now we’re getting a little crazy. 😉

But we couldn’t escape this nagging feeling that the road to adoption wasn’t closed for our family. We fought it. We wrestled with it. We begged the Lord to remove the desire. Still it remained. But China?! China was never on the radar.

And then, out of the blue in January, we got an email about a little boy in an orphanage who needed a family, and it became very clear to both Lee and I almost immediately that we were supposed to pursue him.

His name was listed as “Sawyer” by the agency, a name that we had long loved. In fact, if our first daughter had been a girl we would have named her Sawyer. It seemed there was always meant to be a Sawyer in our family.

The story of how this came about is too long for one simple post but I’d love to share how the Lord has made Himself so known through every step of this process to anyone interested in hearing more. The short version, however, is that God is writing a miracle story right now that far surpasses any vision we ever had for our family.

Our Sawyer is three years old, and is small and mighty. He’s a fighter with health challenges that will need to be addressed when we get him home, but we have great faith that the Lord is going to raise him into a strong young man.

It’s always uncomfortable and awkward to ask for help. We almost didn’t do it. But friends pulled us aside not long ago and asked us to please let them be a part of Sawyer’s story. We know that this adoption journey was never meant to be walked alone, and we are grateful for everyone who has walked this path with us over the years.

Would you like to join us in Sawyer’s miracle story? God has been so gracious to financially provide every step of this process, but there are upcoming expenses as we prepare to travel to China and pick him up. We have graciously been offered a matching donations of $2,500 by our church, The Church at Odessa, which we are humbly confident will help us meet our fundraising goal!

We would be honored to have you on our team, in whatever capacity that may be, from prayer to financial support. Any donation over $50 is tax deductible, and we welcome both online donations as well as checks (online donations will have a 2.2% processing fee taken out).

Thank you, dear friends and family, for your love, support, and excitement as we take this journey!


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 “Stuart 7884”, 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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Comments

$100

pia

Oct 31, 2018

“To my dear colleague and friend Bless you all in this inspiring family event. Light Love and Laughter TOGETHER. Pia (my family too Danny OBryan, Vivienne, Eloise, and Charlotte”

$100

Tony

Oct 31, 2018

“Have a safe trip Lee. Congrats, again, on the new additional to the Stuart family.”

$100

Keven

Oct 31, 2018

“Love you guys. May Hod continue to bless you.”

$200

Ryan

Oct 31, 2018

“Best to you and your awesome family.”

$100

Hidden

Oct 31, 2018

“Praying for safe travels and that Sawyer's health issues are taken care of upon return!”

$100

Kyle

Oct 31, 2018

“Congratulations”

$50

Carrie

Oct 30, 2018

“Safe travels and best wishes for your family!”

$200

Kenneth

Oct 29, 2018

“Matthew 25:40 – The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."”

$512

Daniel

Oct 7, 2018

“Lee, Kelli & (your growing) Family - We are so excited to see what God has in store as he works in your lives, and in the life of Sawyer! Blessings, Dan & Sue Jenkins & Family”

$200

Offline Donation

Oct 5, 2018

$40

Nathan

Sep 25, 2018

“Thank you for letting us be a part of this journey! We are excited to me Sawyer and are so happy to see you guys following the Lord's leading in this.”

$500

Offline Donation

Sep 25, 2018

$300

Hidden

Sep 19, 2018

$200

Offline Donation

Sep 17, 2018

$50

Jessie

Sep 16, 2018

“So happy for you ❤️”

$100

Josh & Katie

Sep 14, 2018

“Love u guys!! So excited for you!”

$100

Susan

Sep 3, 2018

“We are so excited to meet Sawyer! What a lucky little boy to be in your family. Continued prayers for a smooth transition. Hennie, Susan & kids 💜💜💜”

$50

Brad

Aug 28, 2018

“Thrilled to participate - and excited for your newest adventure!”

$100

The

Aug 27, 2018

“Praying this sweet boy is home with his forever family soon. We love you guys dearly!!!!”

$200

Clay

Aug 27, 2018

$1,000

Hidden

Aug 21, 2018

“Love you guys so much! We can’t wait to meet sweet Sawyer! -J and Whit-”

$100

Offline Donation

Sep 28, 2014