Grant Family Adoption

Leigh Grant
Leigh Grant Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Why do we want to adopt when we are comfortable with the way we are? Why would we want to do this when we already have three beautiful biological children? Why don’t we want to have our fourth child the way we had our first three? These are all the questions we have worked through and we are excited to share with others. The answer to all of these questions boils down to our faith in God. We see adoption as an expression of Christian faith being played out practically. Adoption is the Gospel.

God adopted us into His family when we were still sinners. 1 John 3:1 says “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” God has loved us so much, we have been able to reflect this love (imperfectly) to our children and we want to give this love to our fourth child.

There are children in the world hurting, scared, and alone. We have a family and we want to open our arms to a child to be one of us. We want to change the life for one child by helping him heal, giving him safety, and giving him a family of his own. This child, our son is made in the image of God - he is loved by God and God commands us as His people to love our child, the once fatherless into a family where he will have an earthly father and be taught about his heavenly Father. We want to stand up for our son, wherever he is- to love him, pray for him, take him in our arms and show him love that is selfless and reflects God’s love for us.

When we think of one of our biological children being in a situation where they are being hurt, forgotten, abandoned, neglected, and fearful - it hurts us to our core. We want to step in and stop it immediately. We want to protect them and help them the best way we can. We want to do this for all children, not just our biological children. However, we know it is unrealistic to be able to do this for every child in the world - that idea is so daunting it is paralyzing. But when we stopped to really ask, “Okay, if we can’t help them all, then what can we realistically do?” The answer was clear: “adopt.”

Leigh Anne’s personal story helps explain another layer of why we feel called to adopt:

“I was raised by my Mother and I have never met my biological father. I had many questions and doubts about my identity and not understanding why my earthly father didn’t want me. But God, in His mercy, placed people in my life to speak truth to me about who I was and my value. My value was in Christ and I was God’s daughter. I am an heir to the King of all creation! My value, worth, and identity did not come from my absent father, but from my omnipresent Heavenly Father.”

We know our son will most likely have questions like these, and we long to pour into him the truths that were poured into Leigh Anne to help her heal from the brokenness in her life. God loves us and that He chose us to be His children. We have infinite worth, because God loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son to die in our place so that we could be adopted into His family. He sacrificed so much for us. These beautiful truths are what we want to pour into all of our children and we know that through the beautifully broken picture of adoption, we will be able to show this first hand to all four of our children and those who walk alongside us in life.

We have helped with a few of our friend’s adoptions financially, as well as serving on a committee at church to help bring awareness to our church about the needs of the fatherless and what others can do to help. But we have felt that this wasn’t enough, we want to do more, we can do more, and we are called to do more. James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” We want to be obedient to God and the call to look after orphans in their distress.

We know that this unmarked territory for our family will not be easy, it will be daunting at times and it will not be a perfect picture. But God is sovereign and faithful. We know He will provide all that we need to raise our children in a way that pleases and honors Him. As David Platt said, “One of the clearest displays of the gospel in this life is when redeemed men and women extend a hand of mercy to children in need and bring them into their families.” Above all, we want our lives to glorify God, and we can think of no better way to display God’s glory than to mirror God the Father as an adoptive parent in our family. This is our hope, prayer, and mission.


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 “Grant 08838”, 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

Why do we want to adopt when we are comfortable with the way we are? Why would we want to do this when we already have three beautiful biological children? Why don’t we want to have our fourth child the way we had our first three? These are all the questions we have worked through and we are excited to share with others. The answer to all of these questions boils down to our faith in God. We see adoption as an expression of Christian faith being played out practically. Adoption is the Gospel.

God adopted us into His family when we were still sinners. 1 John 3:1 says “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” God has loved us so much, we have been able to reflect this love (imperfectly) to our children and we want to give this love to our fourth child.

There are children in the world hurting, scared, and alone. We have a family and we want to open our arms to a child to be one of us. We want to change the life for one child by helping him heal, giving him safety, and giving him a family of his own. This child, our son is made in the image of God - he is loved by God and God commands us as His people to love our child, the once fatherless into a family where he will have an earthly father and be taught about his heavenly Father. We want to stand up for our son, wherever he is- to love him, pray for him, take him in our arms and show him love that is selfless and reflects God’s love for us.

When we think of one of our biological children being in a situation where they are being hurt, forgotten, abandoned, neglected, and fearful - it hurts us to our core. We want to step in and stop it immediately. We want to protect them and help them the best way we can. We want to do this for all children, not just our biological children. However, we know it is unrealistic to be able to do this for every child in the world - that idea is so daunting it is paralyzing. But when we stopped to really ask, “Okay, if we can’t help them all, then what can we realistically do?” The answer was clear: “adopt.”

Leigh Anne’s personal story helps explain another layer of why we feel called to adopt:

“I was raised by my Mother and I have never met my biological father. I had many questions and doubts about my identity and not understanding why my earthly father didn’t want me. But God, in His mercy, placed people in my life to speak truth to me about who I was and my value. My value was in Christ and I was God’s daughter. I am an heir to the King of all creation! My value, worth, and identity did not come from my absent father, but from my omnipresent Heavenly Father.”

We know our son will most likely have questions like these, and we long to pour into him the truths that were poured into Leigh Anne to help her heal from the brokenness in her life. God loves us and that He chose us to be His children. We have infinite worth, because God loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son to die in our place so that we could be adopted into His family. He sacrificed so much for us. These beautiful truths are what we want to pour into all of our children and we know that through the beautifully broken picture of adoption, we will be able to show this first hand to all four of our children and those who walk alongside us in life.

We have helped with a few of our friend’s adoptions financially, as well as serving on a committee at church to help bring awareness to our church about the needs of the fatherless and what others can do to help. But we have felt that this wasn’t enough, we want to do more, we can do more, and we are called to do more. James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” We want to be obedient to God and the call to look after orphans in their distress.

We know that this unmarked territory for our family will not be easy, it will be daunting at times and it will not be a perfect picture. But God is sovereign and faithful. We know He will provide all that we need to raise our children in a way that pleases and honors Him. As David Platt said, “One of the clearest displays of the gospel in this life is when redeemed men and women extend a hand of mercy to children in need and bring them into their families.” Above all, we want our lives to glorify God, and we can think of no better way to display God’s glory than to mirror God the Father as an adoptive parent in our family. This is our hope, prayer, and mission.


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 “Grant 08838”, 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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Keeping Our Eyes and Feet Forward

October 24, 2021

It has been 22 months since we entered into the adoption process. 

It has been 16 months since we were matched with Joseph. 

It has been 3 months since we were told that Joseph was no longer ours. And that God had other plans for our family and our son. 

We changed programs in July 2021 from China to Taiwan. We are still working with Lifeline Children’s Services, and they have been ever so helpful in walking alongside us. 

Since July 2021, we have redone our home study to make it Taiwan specific, filed our immigration paperwork with the US government, and we have been working tirelessly to try and match with a sweet little guy who we fell in love with the first time we laid eyes on his photo. He is 2 years old, and an absolute doll.

Our initial matching meeting was scheduled Oct 1, 2021 and we were told last week that the social workers in Taiwan feel that our family is a good match for him! They have submitted an adoption plan to the Taiwan Government to approve us to be an official match for him. This is scheduled to happen around mid-November. 

When we heard that the social workers had chosen our family for him, we felt relief, joy, excitement, and just overwhelmed with gratitude to God for hearing our prayers. But it didn’t take long for other emotions to come to the surface. Fear, worry, anxiety, pain, grief. All of the emotions from 3 months ago came rushing back knowing that we are walking into a situation that could possibly have the same ending as it did for Joseph. Is this likely? No. But the fear is there because the pain is still very real. 

We are trusting God and His soverignty in matching our family with the child He has chosen. We are praying that it is this little guy! But we are learning to lay our worries down at Jesus’ feet and when we pick them back up, we have to lay them down again. It is a daily battle, and one that we can grow weary of fighting. But God is good, He is faithful, and He will guide us through all of the ups and downs. 

As we continue to wait and hope in the news that we will hear in November, please join us in praying for this little guy, for our children, for our hearts, and that as this process continues to unfold, that we will trust God and not keep looking back at what happened in the past and the hurt, but will look expectantly to the future and what God has in store for our family. 

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Hoping When It Hurts

July 4, 2021

Adoption is in and of itself a painful thing. Something is lost in order for something to be gained. Children who are without their birth family have lost so much and the emotions that come with that loss are so hard to even begin to process. We knew coming into this process that it was going to have many highs and many lows. When you think of our adoption into God’s family, it cost Him the most, His one and only son. Something precious was lost in order that something beautiful could be gained. 

We have expereinced loss this week. We received a call from our adoption agency that our son, Joseph, who we were matched with in June 2020 had been adopted by another family in his country. I have cried more in the past week than I think I have cried in my entire life. In my heart, he was our son, we chose him, we named him, we love him. We are grieving as we have been processing this news and clinging to Christ and his promises. 

It is like God has been preparing my heart for this news for months. After working so hard and waiting so much the past 18 months, it seemed like we were up against insurmountable odds. In studying the Psalms, I was challenged to voice one of my greatest fears and to decide if it were to actually happen, would I still be able to praise the Lord? Well, my fear was “if Joseph never gets to come home, I will still praise the Lord.” 

Knowing that Joseph isn’t in OUR home hurts deeply. But friends, it is so reassuring that he is, right now as I type this, already with his forever family. He has been chosen again, he doesn’t have to wait anymore. He is being loved right now by his new Mom and Dad. He is attaching to them and knowing this, helps ease our hurt. 

God truly is good and even in this hurt, He is showing us mercy and grace. He has given us space and time to process. He is healing our hearts every day. He has closed a door and already opening another one. With this news, we have decided to continue to pursue international adoption, but no longer from China. We are actively in the process of switching programs to adopt a little boy from Taiwan. Their adoption process is very different from China’s and they have continued to have adoptions happen even during COVID. So the seemingly never ending “wait” for things to open up just did for us as we have been able to switch programs. 

In the midst of learning of Joseph’s new family, we also reached our financial goal for adopting. Knowing money wouldn’t be an issue, even with some fees having to be paid again because of changing programs, we have enough to do it because God has provided a way. 

We know that God has made our family the perfect family for a special little boy in Taiwan. As we wait and heal, we do so with great hope. All of these changes have been an emotional rollercoaster for us, but none of it was a surprise to God. He has had every single little detail worked out since the beginning of time. We are hopeful and eager to see God’s hands continue to work to unite our family. 

Psalm 27:13-14 says “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” 

We will continue to wait and hold on with hope to His promises. Please join us in continuing to pray for Joseph and his new family. That he will attach to them quickly and that he will come to a saving faith in Christ in his home country. Please pray for our family as we heal and take next steps in our journey to bring our son and our children’s brother home. 

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Being Chosen

June 23, 2020

To be wanted, cherished, loved, chosen…it’s something we all want. We all have this deep desire. We have the fulfillment of this need in Christ. He loves us, wants us, cherishes us, and chose us to be His children. And we have the amazing opportunity to show this same commitment and love to our son, Joseph. 

Will you help us bring him home? Lifesong has given us a matching grant of $5000! When you give through this site, your gift is doubled. 

We are adding everyone’s name to our family tree to show Joseph who helped bring him home. We would love for you to join us in our journey through praying and financially supporting us as we are committing to love, cherish, and choosing Joseph to be our son!

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Comments

$1,000

Hidden

Dec 31, 2020

“We are praying for your family during this process and pray that the Lord will bring Joseph home to you very soon.”

$500

Matthew

Dec 26, 2020

“Hey Grants! Blessings to your family as you work through this adoption. We'll be praying that God speeds the day when you can pick up your new son, and we look forward to meeting him. As adoptive parents, we've have had many of the feelings that you're undoubtedly experiencing during this process. Blessings to you. Matt & Joan Vos”

$100

Heather

Dec 18, 2020

“Sending our love from Jamison and Brad and Nolan and myself!”

$50

Blake

Dec 16, 2020

“We are praying God's will be done.”

$1,052

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Nov 12, 2020

$50

Alice

Nov 5, 2020

“Happy birthday! We hope this helps your family through the adoption process and are looking forward to meeting Joseph soon! The Rodewald family”

$50

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Nov 4, 2020

“Wishing you and your family many blessings as you work to bring Joseph home ❤️❤️❤️”

$50

Brooke

Nov 3, 2020

“Happy Birthday dear friend. I was just thinking about what to get you for your birthday & I saw your post! Love you so much!”

$100

Kenny & Diana

Jul 9, 2020

$50

Genia

Jul 9, 2020

“May God multiply this blessing to meet every need. We are SO excited for you all! Thank you for always being a blessing to our family!”

$190

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Jul 9, 2020

$500

Thomas

Jul 9, 2020

$100

Joe and Tracey

Jul 7, 2020

“Praying for you guys during this exciting time!”

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Jun 29, 2020

$50

Mike

Jun 28, 2020

$100

Jennie

Jun 28, 2020

“Love you bunches! Praying he can come home soon!”

$500

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Jun 27, 2020

$250

Sandy

Jun 26, 2020

“May God Bless you and your family during this process.”

$500

Lisa

Jun 24, 2020

“So excited for your family!!”

$150

Anna

Jun 23, 2020

$100

Carolynn

Jun 23, 2020

$100

Hidden

Jun 23, 2020

“We’ve seen the blessing of adoption in our family!”

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Susan

Jun 23, 2020

“May your family be blessed with a speedy arrival of Joseph.”

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VIRGINIA

Jun 23, 2020

“For my new grandson, Joseph. 💙”