Our family story has been a story of God’s faithfulness and bringing beauty through ashes! I met Aaron when he was a widower, having lost his first wife in a vehicle accident, and he was left behind to raise their two young daughters. I had been praying for a Godly man who shared my dream of doing ministry together and raising children to love the Lord. Aaron was praying for a Godly woman who would love his daughters and be a role model of a Christian woman. When we met, it did not take long for us to know we were the answer to the other’s prayers! We were married a year later and officially became a family, and after we had lived together long enough, I legally adopted Aaron’s daughters. We always intended to add more children to our family.
However, just a few weeks after our one year anniversary, I was diagnosed with bone cancer in my femur. To say we were shocked would be an understatement! The next 9 months were incredibly stressful on our young marriage and family. Our only explanation for how we made it through that trial is that the Lord carried us through and provided grace, mercy, and healing. He has been so faithful to us.
As we have become more and more confident in the healing God so graciously granted, the desire to have a baby became stronger and stronger in our hearts. Unfortunately, we then learned that the chemotherapy had taken away our opportunity to have babies biologically. I was crushed, yet still so thankful for the two healthy girls we have. For the next year, I tried to ignore the longing in my heart for a baby. But the Lord not only allowed that desire to continue, He paired it with a growing interest in adoption.
We are so grateful that the Lord has adopted us in His family and we now have the desire to give the same gift to a child. We have been blessed beyond measure and we desire to ‘care for widows and orphans’ as a means of living out our Christian beliefs. We are strongly pro-life, and we believe one way we can put those beliefs into action is by providing a home for a baby whose mom chose to give the gift of life despite her difficult life circumstances.
We have been matched with a birth mom in Arizona, and are preparing to meet her, as well as the little one in a few months. We are praying hard every day both for her and the baby, and for God’s blessings on our relationship, that we may show her the kind of love He has so richly lavished upon us. Also – the baby’s due date is 5 years exactly from our first date!
Our total costs for adoption will be higher than our yearly household income! (Unbelievable, huh?) We’ve trimmed our budget and searched for every spare penny we have, we have done some fundraisers and are planning another, and we are depending on the generosity of friends and family to reach this goal. We would be incredibly blessed to have your support and help in bringing our little honeypie home!
****We have graciously been awarded a $3000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans Adoption Fund, so the first donated $3000 will be doubled!****
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 “Harper 8184”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
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