If you are reading this, then you probably know us already. If someone who knows us shared this with you, then welcome! Settle into the journey because it has been a long one, and we still have miles and miles to go.
We began our process in November 2018 by submitting our application to adopt. We knew next to nothing about adoption when we started, and we are still learning, but we are willing.
There have been hiccups.
Bumps in the road.
Silence. For over three years.
And yet, here we are because you do not get to walk away when you have signed up to be on standby for when a woman or family cannot parent their child. You wait. We are not waiting under the banner of “God has a child out there for us.” We have elected to stand with the seemingly small group that thinks, “A mom has not chosen us, as strangers from a book, to parent her child yet.” When the mom who decides her baby needs us makes the hard choice and says “Yes, they are the ones,” we will be ready.
Now, to focus on why we’re asking for everyone’s monetary support – adoption is EXPENSIVE. We know we cannot do this alone. We know the numbers are staggering.
We also know God will be faithful to us in this. We have applied for a LOT of grants and are awaiting answers; however, Lifesong for Orphans + The Tim Tebow Foundation has generously awarded us with matching grants equalling $10,000, and we also received $6,000 from Showhope, in addition to $2,500 from Pure Gift of God. The ball is rolling! We’re asking you to consider donating to our cause by showing up to or participating in our fundraising events. Talk about us and share our story with people you know who have been affected by adoption, have a heart for helping, and who know how to come along for a wild ride.
There are more clever and talented people than myself, and if you have ideas, bring those to the table! We are not afraid to work hard for this goal. There is no expectation for everyone to fund this journey while we sit on our hands doing as little as possible. We are in this to work and learn, lead and follow, set a Godly example, and be humbled.
1 Peter 4:10-11 says: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—so that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Thank you for reading and taking part in our story while it’s being written. We could not do this without a village.
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 “Cannon 09846”, 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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