We were just a few weeks away from our son's due date when we got an unexpected email. The adoption agency that we used to bring home one of our children asked if I would call them right away.
My heart began to race as I dialed the number. We had a very good relationship with the birth mother we were matched with from that agency and just a few weeks before I reached out to them to see if they could help us find her. I went from regularly texting with her to finding that all of her numbers and social media accounts were turned off. Knowing some of the details of her difficult past, I feared the worst. My voice shook as I called the agency and explained who I was. However, I never expected what they had to tell me next.
My dear friend was pregnant again and due in a few months. They wanted to know if we were open to adopting the baby.
I was speechless. Not only was this dear girl ok, but she had found people who could help her and she wanted to get in touch with us again!
I quickly explained that we were interested but that we were already matched with a little boy who was due soon. I didn't know if that little boy would come home to us but we loved him and were committed to him and hoped he would be ours.
The agency gave me a list of people to contact if we were interested in moving forward and asked that we give them a decision within the week.
Our heads were spinning but our hearts were elated. We loved this girl who had already sacrificed so much so that we could be parents and we longed to help her gain a new start. But we also knew it would be easy for us to love her child as our own. As we prayed about the next steps and sought the wisdom of others we simply couldn't deny that we wanted to move forward to adopt this little girl.
We contacted our home study agency to see if we would be approved to adopt both children, should both adoptions move forward. And then we waited to see whether or not the son we were praying for would be ours.
Our son was born at the end of June and after spending a week in the hospital was released into our care. We spent the next three weeks in Michigan awaiting approval to come home to PA. Shortly after our son's birth we were asked to pay the first payment for our daughter's adoption. This was in conjunction with paying the balance of our son's adoption at his birth. Between those two payments we had exhausted our adoption and emergency funds.
We have always been able to pay for our adoptions from our personal finances. We made saving to bring our children home a priority and in God's generosity we've been able to afford to pay for the adoptions of our 5 older children. But this adoption was moving forward so quickly that we knew we would need to seek funding from other sources.
We have always loved inviting others on our adoption journeys. We know the prayers of the faithful are powerful and effective and we have often felt the prayers of others carrying us through the adventures to our kids. But this time, asking others to financially support us, has been a new and humbling experience.
We would love for you to join us as we bring home Grunden Baby #6. She is due at the beginning of November but the balance of the adoption funds are due on October 1st. We realize this does not give you much time to pray about joining us. We are sorry for that! We have already received two time extensions and a significant financial discount from the agency. But there are simply finances that are needed immediately to provide for the safety of our precious birth mom and our daughter.
Thank you for reading our story! It really does take a village to raise a child. Will you consider being a part of ours?
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