The Cross Family Journey to Find the Children God has Promised

Angela Cross
Angela Cross Hamilton, Virginia

Tanner and I have always known we wanted to adopt. Since we were married 9 years ago we have tried everything to have and to adopt children. Tanner and I are both teachers and we love our students with all our hearts, but we have always wanted to be parents. Tanner teaches at an elementary school and I teach preschool in our home. Tanner made my dream of our in-home preschool a reality for me because he knew I would want to stay at home to raise our family. We have been so blessed by the love and laughter of children and we have had so much fun with the children in our preschool, but we cannot wait to make these special memories with our own children.

Our struggles with fertility and adoption have been so heartbreaking. We have tried to adopt privately and through foster care. Recently we tried to adopt a baby boy who was abandoned in the hospital. He was so perfect and we thought for sure He was God’s blessing and answer to so many years of prayers. After we fell in love with him and cared for him for a month we lost him in court. Our hearts were shattered in a million pieces and to be honest we have both really had a very hard time healing. We know we live in a fallen world but this loss was more than our hearts could bare… God has held our hearts in His hands and showed us His presence through not one but several failed adoptions and failed fertility treatments. We know we would never have made it without Him and we still trust Him and know that one day when we meet the children He has planned for us it will all be worth the wait. We had an empty nursery for a baby girl and now have an empty nursery for a baby boy.. Everything we have done for the past nine years has been to prepare to have a family. Our hearts and home are ready and our family and friends cannot wait to welcome our baby home.

Lifesong has blessed us with a $10,000 matching grant! 100% of your donation will be matched by Lifesong! No matter how big or how small your donation is restoring our hope. We have lost so much more than our savings in this difficult journey of adoption, but your gift gives us the chance to try again. This time through a Christian agency, where we hope our hearts will be healed by the miracle child or children that God has planned for us!

EVEN AS HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS BEFORE HIM. IN LOVE HE PREDESTINED US FOR ADOPTION AS SONS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
Ephesians 1:4-5


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 “Cross 10301”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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Raised to date by 7 people
 of  $10,000
Campaign Ended

My Story

Tanner and I have always known we wanted to adopt. Since we were married 9 years ago we have tried everything to have and to adopt children. Tanner and I are both teachers and we love our students with all our hearts, but we have always wanted to be parents. Tanner teaches at an elementary school and I teach preschool in our home. Tanner made my dream of our in-home preschool a reality for me because he knew I would want to stay at home to raise our family. We have been so blessed by the love and laughter of children and we have had so much fun with the children in our preschool, but we cannot wait to make these special memories with our own children.

Our struggles with fertility and adoption have been so heartbreaking. We have tried to adopt privately and through foster care. Recently we tried to adopt a baby boy who was abandoned in the hospital. He was so perfect and we thought for sure He was God’s blessing and answer to so many years of prayers. After we fell in love with him and cared for him for a month we lost him in court. Our hearts were shattered in a million pieces and to be honest we have both really had a very hard time healing. We know we live in a fallen world but this loss was more than our hearts could bare… God has held our hearts in His hands and showed us His presence through not one but several failed adoptions and failed fertility treatments. We know we would never have made it without Him and we still trust Him and know that one day when we meet the children He has planned for us it will all be worth the wait. We had an empty nursery for a baby girl and now have an empty nursery for a baby boy.. Everything we have done for the past nine years has been to prepare to have a family. Our hearts and home are ready and our family and friends cannot wait to welcome our baby home.

Lifesong has blessed us with a $10,000 matching grant! 100% of your donation will be matched by Lifesong! No matter how big or how small your donation is restoring our hope. We have lost so much more than our savings in this difficult journey of adoption, but your gift gives us the chance to try again. This time through a Christian agency, where we hope our hearts will be healed by the miracle child or children that God has planned for us!

EVEN AS HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS BEFORE HIM. IN LOVE HE PREDESTINED US FOR ADOPTION AS SONS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
Ephesians 1:4-5


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 “Cross 10301”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
Read more

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$100

Allison

Jan 22, 2023

$25

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Jan 20, 2023

“Praying for you!”

$27

Rosario

Dec 17, 2022

$1,000

Shaun & Erica

Dec 7, 2022

“We are praying for you both on your journey cousin!”

$50

Bobbie

Dec 4, 2022

“Hugs to both of you.”

$100

Elizabeth

Dec 3, 2022

$100

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