Gonzales Family Adoption/Matching Grant

Andy & Sara Gonzales
Andy & Sara Gonzales Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dear Family, Friends & Church,

Hola from the Gonzales family. We have been married for 16 years and are the proud parents of two boys and two girls – Karson & Catrina (from a previous marriage) who are adults with children of their own. And Elias (age 6) & Lexie (born 9/16/2016) who joined our family through God’s plan of adoption from the United States.

Many of you know a little bit of our adoption story. In January 2009, we experienced one of the best days of our lives by bringing our son Anthony James home from the hospital only to later experience one of the worst days of our lives by giving him back to his birth parents eight weeks later. Our lives and his are in the Lord’s hands and that is where we place our trust and our hope. We continued to wait upon the Lord for the child He would entrust to us. We were introduced to our birth mother from Minnesota. It was confirmed, we were having a baby boy in September 2010. Praise the Lord! Elias was born September 14 and he brings extraordinary joy to our family.

Our story continues…we are excited to announce the birth of our daughter Lexie Paige Gonzales, our second adoption to our family (more about our story is below). And we are thrilled that our church family at Woodmen Valley Chapel has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans by awarding us with a $2500 Matching Grant to help pay our adoption expenses. All gifts are tax deductible, and Lifesong will MATCH the first $2500 we raise. A $25 gift becomes $50…a $50 becomes $100, etc.

Lexie’s Story

February 2016 we learned that Eli’s birth mother, MeganAnn was 8 weeks pregnant. She asked us to adopt again and we said, “YES!” This is a different birth father. Baby G was due September 17. We were all going to be surprised with Baby’s gender. This was MeganAnn’s idea and we gladly agreed to it with her.

On September 14 Andy, Eli and I drove to Minnesota for the birth of Baby G. MeganAnn’s due date was September 17. She was induced on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Owatonna Hospital in Owatonna, MN. Her delivery went well and she delivered a gorgeous healthy baby girl at 2:56pm that afternoon. Lexie Paige Gonzales was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 inches. Andy and I were able to be in the delivery room with her as planned. It was unforgettable. We pray for the peace and grace of the Lord to always be in her heart.

We stayed in MN until our adoption agencies gave us the green light to travel back to CO. The four of us welcomed our baby daughter home on October 1. Thank you to all our family and friends for your love and support. We are amazed at God’s goodness and plan for adoption in our lives. We love having an open adoption and are so grateful for our birth mom who is a beautiful young lady.

We can’t wait for you all to meet Lexie, she is a gift from the LORD.

How You Can Help

Our total cost for our adoption is approximately $13,000. We are trusting God throughout our adoption process including our finances. Would you pray and believe with us that God will provide our need to finalize our adoption and would you consider giving toward Lexie’s adoption? We would love to have you be part of our adoption story in one or two ways:

Prayer – Please pray God will:

1.     Give strength and comfort to our birth family.

2.    Give us wisdom and insight as we raise our children to love and honor the Lord. Ultimately we want to raise our children to follow Jesus and love him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37).

3.    Provide the financial support we need.

Financial support – If you would like to be a part of Lexie’s adoption, you can send your tax deductible gift between now and December 31st to the address below. Our goal date is December 31st to have our grant matched, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until it is finalized on March 31, 2017.

Lifesong for Orphans is a non-profit Christian Ministry and will be administering the funds on our daughter’s behalf. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to our adoption.

1.     Please make checks payable to: Lifesong for Orphans

2.    In the memo section of your check write

Gonzales #6467 (this ensures that it goes to the correct account)

3.    Mail checks to:

Lifesong for Orphans

Attn: #6467 Gonzales Adoption

P.O. Box 40

Gridley, IL  61744

Another option is to give online. Just click the red “DONATE NOW” button at the top of this page!

Thank you for taking the time to read our story, for praying for us and for giving. We love you all and together we are giving Lexie Paige the gift of her very own forever family!

Vaya con Dios,

Andy Gonzales & 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 “Gonzales 6467”, 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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Raised to date by 28 people
 of  $19,000
12 days left

My Story

Dear Family, Friends & Church,

Hola from the Gonzales family. We have been married for 16 years and are the proud parents of two boys and two girls – Karson & Catrina (from a previous marriage) who are adults with children of their own. And Elias (age 6) & Lexie (born 9/16/2016) who joined our family through God’s plan of adoption from the United States.

Many of you know a little bit of our adoption story. In January 2009, we experienced one of the best days of our lives by bringing our son Anthony James home from the hospital only to later experience one of the worst days of our lives by giving him back to his birth parents eight weeks later. Our lives and his are in the Lord’s hands and that is where we place our trust and our hope. We continued to wait upon the Lord for the child He would entrust to us. We were introduced to our birth mother from Minnesota. It was confirmed, we were having a baby boy in September 2010. Praise the Lord! Elias was born September 14 and he brings extraordinary joy to our family.

Our story continues…we are excited to announce the birth of our daughter Lexie Paige Gonzales, our second adoption to our family (more about our story is below). And we are thrilled that our church family at Woodmen Valley Chapel has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans by awarding us with a $2500 Matching Grant to help pay our adoption expenses. All gifts are tax deductible, and Lifesong will MATCH the first $2500 we raise. A $25 gift becomes $50…a $50 becomes $100, etc.

Lexie’s Story

February 2016 we learned that Eli’s birth mother, MeganAnn was 8 weeks pregnant. She asked us to adopt again and we said, “YES!” This is a different birth father. Baby G was due September 17. We were all going to be surprised with Baby’s gender. This was MeganAnn’s idea and we gladly agreed to it with her.

On September 14 Andy, Eli and I drove to Minnesota for the birth of Baby G. MeganAnn’s due date was September 17. She was induced on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Owatonna Hospital in Owatonna, MN. Her delivery went well and she delivered a gorgeous healthy baby girl at 2:56pm that afternoon. Lexie Paige Gonzales was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 inches. Andy and I were able to be in the delivery room with her as planned. It was unforgettable. We pray for the peace and grace of the Lord to always be in her heart.

We stayed in MN until our adoption agencies gave us the green light to travel back to CO. The four of us welcomed our baby daughter home on October 1. Thank you to all our family and friends for your love and support. We are amazed at God’s goodness and plan for adoption in our lives. We love having an open adoption and are so grateful for our birth mom who is a beautiful young lady.

We can’t wait for you all to meet Lexie, she is a gift from the LORD.

How You Can Help

Our total cost for our adoption is approximately $13,000. We are trusting God throughout our adoption process including our finances. Would you pray and believe with us that God will provide our need to finalize our adoption and would you consider giving toward Lexie’s adoption? We would love to have you be part of our adoption story in one or two ways:

Prayer – Please pray God will:

1.     Give strength and comfort to our birth family.

2.    Give us wisdom and insight as we raise our children to love and honor the Lord. Ultimately we want to raise our children to follow Jesus and love him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength (Matthew 22:37).

3.    Provide the financial support we need.

Financial support – If you would like to be a part of Lexie’s adoption, you can send your tax deductible gift between now and December 31st to the address below. Our goal date is December 31st to have our grant matched, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until it is finalized on March 31, 2017.

Lifesong for Orphans is a non-profit Christian Ministry and will be administering the funds on our daughter’s behalf. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to our adoption.

1.     Please make checks payable to: Lifesong for Orphans

2.    In the memo section of your check write

Gonzales #6467 (this ensures that it goes to the correct account)

3.    Mail checks to:

Lifesong for Orphans

Attn: #6467 Gonzales Adoption

P.O. Box 40

Gridley, IL  61744

Another option is to give online. Just click the red “DONATE NOW” button at the top of this page!

Thank you for taking the time to read our story, for praying for us and for giving. We love you all and together we are giving Lexie Paige the gift of her very own forever family!

Vaya con Dios,

Andy Gonzales & 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 “Gonzales 6467”, 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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Adoption Finalization Postponed

April 9, 2017

Hi! We were hoping to post photos of our Finalized Adoption. We have good news and bad news. The bad news is unfortunately we were unable to finalize Lexie’s adoption on March 31 as scheduled, but we will be able to finalize once we obtain more required documents. The good news is we have more time to raise money for our adoption expenses. Plus we will be encountering more expenses now that our agency has notified us we need to retain an attorney to help us finalize our adoption.

Colorado and Minnesota have different laws regarding adoption. Colorado is more strict when it comes to TPR (termination of parental rights). Minnesota does not require nor obtain Court Ordered TPR. Colorado is requiring us to obtain Court Ordered TPR in order to finalize. So we will begin this process as soon as we can fund it. It will be several thousand dollars, but we will not know the complete cost until the attorney is finished. So we have left our original cost as $13,000 for now since we are $6388 away from reaching it. Will you help us? If 60 people would be willing to make a $100 donation, we will hit our goal! (of course any amount is appreciated)

You ALL have been an answer to prayer and we can’t THANK YOU enough for praying for our adoption journey and for donating financially. As we have said over and over, we are AMAZED at God’s goodness for providing each step of the way and we will continue to put our trust in Him! We are grateful for all of our family and friends and we know we couldn’t do this without you.

 

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Andy & Sara Gonzales & Family

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$50

Judy

Aug 4, 2017

$100

Don

Jul 2, 2017

$1,000

Delores

Jun 18, 2017

$50

Judy

May 14, 2017

$100

Susan

Apr 16, 2017

“Lexie is so darling and you are such wonderful parents I want to contribute to help you with the adoption.”

$100

Hidden

Apr 9, 2017

$100

Jason

Apr 9, 2017

$25

Kimberly

Mar 31, 2017

$100

Hidden

Mar 27, 2017

“Sara, I love seeing the photos of Lexi she is so beautiful! Adoption is so wonderful. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you all. Julie”

$50

Kellie

Mar 24, 2017

$200

Hidden

Mar 23, 2017

“Congrats and much love ❤️”

$250

Jamie

Mar 5, 2017

“Congratulations on adopting your 2nd child. Your family is beautiful. Miss you, my friend, and wish you the best.”

$52

Sharon

Mar 4, 2017

“God bless you, Andy and Sara. What a wonderful birthday gift for a new mom!”

$4,335

Offline Donation

Mar 3, 2017

$50

Judy

Feb 15, 2017

$50

Ann

Dec 26, 2016

“Sara & Andy - Congratulations on the beautiful new addition to your family! Wishing you love and happiness always! Ann”

$50

Judy

Dec 17, 2016

$150

Jennifer

Dec 7, 2016

“We love LEXIE. Yeah Gonzales' for bringing her into our lives!”

$250

Alison

Dec 3, 2016

“We love you all!”

$150

Hidden

Nov 29, 2016

“We love you Gonzales Goodness!”

$50

Kellie

Nov 22, 2016

$50

Craig

Nov 20, 2016

“Good luck! We love you guys.”

$200

Hidden

Nov 16, 2016

“Praising God that in His timing, He answered the prayers of many!”

$100

Judy

Nov 14, 2016

$25

Hidden

Nov 10, 2016

$200

Jessica

Nov 10, 2016

“We love you guys :) CONGRATS!!! Love, Wiegers' and Espinosa Boys :)”

$75

Hidden

Nov 10, 2016

“Congratulations Gonzales family!! We are so excited for you.”

$200

Hidden

Nov 8, 2016

“So happy to be a part of this story... she is just beautiful.”