Londa and I met and fell in love in 2006. We were married on December 15, 2007. It was always our hope to have children but we soon learned that it was going to take a miracle to make that possible.
After years of wrestling with infertility and treatments, we began to explore the possibility of adopting. Just as we began to think about what adoption would look like for our family, we found out to our shock and surprise that Londa was pregnant!
Her pregnancy was full of twists and turns and several challenges. There was more than one moment where we thought we would lose our son before ever meeting him. Thankfully, it all worked out and our son, Evan, was born healthy and strong. Our hearts were full of joy that God answered our prayers after eight years of waiting!
As time went on though, we found ourselves longing for another child to complete our family. We were so happy when we found out that Londa was pregnant again and felt hope that our prayers would be answered again. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and we lost a son before we could ever meet him. Six months later, Londa became pregnant with a daughter and we would lose her too.
Rather than give up on our dream of having another child, God turned our hearts to adoption once again. As we researched what it would take to adopt, we were surprised to find that adopting could easily cost well over $25,000. Once we learned this, the thought of moving forward was very intimidating, as that was a huge financial hurdle to overcome.
But in June of 2019, after much prayer, we made the decision once-and-for-all to embark upon an adoption journey. We were sitting together at a picnic table overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains while on vacation. As we looked out over the mountain range, we felt like the costs of adopting seemed like an insurmountable mountain in front of us … but our hearts knew that the Lord was calling us to pursue this path. We knew He was in control and that He has great plans for our family. As we talked and prayed together that day, we were reminded that we believe in a God who has the power to move mountains for those who trust in Him.
We found a wonderful adoption agency to get the process started. They have been amazing so far. We have completed our training and our home study and now we’re just waiting for a birth mother to choose us to be the family that raises her child. We are truly excited to see what the future holds.
Many of our friends have encouraged us to provide an opportunity for people to support us on this journey if they feel led. We are trusting God to provide the resources to get us to the finish line and we are already amazed at the doors He has opened for us so far. The latest miracle was being approved for a $5,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans and being able to create this mySTORY page.
Please feel no pressure to give. But if you do feel led to help us, participating in this crowdfunding campaign through Lifesong for Orphans is the easiest way to partner with us. And the first $5000 you give will be matched by Lifesong for Orphans!
If you decide to partner with us on this journey, we hope you feel joy as you watch our story unfold. Whether you are able to help financially or willing to join us in prayer, this page will be a great way to follow our journey each step of the way. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for letting us share our story with you!
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