Help Fund Our Adoption!

Jon and Stacey
Jon and Stacey Tallahassee, Florida

We’re adopting!

 

If you’d asked us a decade ago whether we’d ever consider adopting a child, we would have said no without hesitation. We thought adoption was fine for other people, but it wasn’t for us.

 

After all, why would we adopt a child when we could have “our own” children? Why would we risk parenting a child with a potentially sketchy family history? Why would we subject ourselves to the messiness of an ongoing relationship with an adopted child’s birth parents? And why would we chance substantial heartache considering all that could go wrong? 

 

But in time, God gently laid before us His clear command to care for orphans (Is. 1:17; Jas. 1:27) and kindled in us His tender concern for the fatherless (Dt. 10:18; Ps. 68:5; Ps. 146:9). He led us to a more robust understanding of our own spiritual adoption in Christ, who, despite our wretchedness, suffered our just punishment that we might be freed from slavery to sin and receive adoption as sons (Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 8:14-17). 

 

Having supported crisis pregnancy centers, single moms programs and area children’s homes for many years, we began to sense God’s call to take it one step further. Ultimately, as God surrounded us with countless examples of faithful foster and adoptive families, He showed us that adoption wasn’t just for “them”; it was for us, too. And before we knew it, He turned all of those “why’s” into one big, “Why not?”

 

So here we are, ready and waiting to embrace someone else’s child as our own and extend unconditional love and encouragement to his or her birth parents in the months and years to come.


Will you help?

 

We would love for you to consider partnering with us on this journey. Here are two ways you can help:

 

Pray. Please pray that God would protect and care for the birth family that He has in mind for us. Please also pray that God would give us wisdom, patience and an unshakable faith as we plow through mounds of paperwork, complete the required education and training, and navigate the ups and downs of this unpredictable process. And lastly, please pray that God would prepare our hearts and the hearts of our children (who could not be more excited about all of this!) to receive and love whatever child He decides to place into our family.

 

Make a tax-deductible donation to our adoption fund. The cost of domestic infant adoption ranges from $25,000 to $50,000, which includes our home study, agency fees, attorney fees, government fees, birth mother counseling and medical expenses, and any necessary travel. We would be so grateful for your contribution of any amount to help offset these costs and support the various needs of our birth mom. Your online donation is tax-deductible, and every dollar raised – minus the 2.2% credit card processing fee (3.5% for Amex) – goes directly toward these expenses.

 

If you want to avoid processing fees, please mail a check made payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” to: Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744. Please write “Getz Family, #9495” in the memo – this is really important!   


Many thanks!

 

We thank God for each of you and your willingness to walk alongside us on the long road ahead. We could not be more grateful for all of your prayers and support.  

  

With Love,

Jon, Stacey, Kaylin, Kendall and Owen

 

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man,

but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Proverbs 19:21


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 “Getz 09495”, 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.
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My Story

We’re adopting!

 

If you’d asked us a decade ago whether we’d ever consider adopting a child, we would have said no without hesitation. We thought adoption was fine for other people, but it wasn’t for us.

 

After all, why would we adopt a child when we could have “our own” children? Why would we risk parenting a child with a potentially sketchy family history? Why would we subject ourselves to the messiness of an ongoing relationship with an adopted child’s birth parents? And why would we chance substantial heartache considering all that could go wrong? 

 

But in time, God gently laid before us His clear command to care for orphans (Is. 1:17; Jas. 1:27) and kindled in us His tender concern for the fatherless (Dt. 10:18; Ps. 68:5; Ps. 146:9). He led us to a more robust understanding of our own spiritual adoption in Christ, who, despite our wretchedness, suffered our just punishment that we might be freed from slavery to sin and receive adoption as sons (Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 8:14-17). 

 

Having supported crisis pregnancy centers, single moms programs and area children’s homes for many years, we began to sense God’s call to take it one step further. Ultimately, as God surrounded us with countless examples of faithful foster and adoptive families, He showed us that adoption wasn’t just for “them”; it was for us, too. And before we knew it, He turned all of those “why’s” into one big, “Why not?”

 

So here we are, ready and waiting to embrace someone else’s child as our own and extend unconditional love and encouragement to his or her birth parents in the months and years to come.


Will you help?

 

We would love for you to consider partnering with us on this journey. Here are two ways you can help:

 

Pray. Please pray that God would protect and care for the birth family that He has in mind for us. Please also pray that God would give us wisdom, patience and an unshakable faith as we plow through mounds of paperwork, complete the required education and training, and navigate the ups and downs of this unpredictable process. And lastly, please pray that God would prepare our hearts and the hearts of our children (who could not be more excited about all of this!) to receive and love whatever child He decides to place into our family.

 

Make a tax-deductible donation to our adoption fund. The cost of domestic infant adoption ranges from $25,000 to $50,000, which includes our home study, agency fees, attorney fees, government fees, birth mother counseling and medical expenses, and any necessary travel. We would be so grateful for your contribution of any amount to help offset these costs and support the various needs of our birth mom. Your online donation is tax-deductible, and every dollar raised – minus the 2.2% credit card processing fee (3.5% for Amex) – goes directly toward these expenses.

 

If you want to avoid processing fees, please mail a check made payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” to: Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744. Please write “Getz Family, #9495” in the memo – this is really important!   


Many thanks!

 

We thank God for each of you and your willingness to walk alongside us on the long road ahead. We could not be more grateful for all of your prayers and support.  

  

With Love,

Jon, Stacey, Kaylin, Kendall and Owen

 

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man,

but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Proverbs 19:21


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 “Getz 09495”, 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.
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Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

September 18, 2021

We’re thrilled to share that we’ve reduced our fundraising goal because we now have all that we need to fully fund our adoption! 

When we first started this process, we adjusted our spending habits (without reducing our church and charitable giving) and began selling some of our stuff (my apologies if you were on the receiving end of all those Facebook Marketplace notifications!). Today, thanks in large part to your generous donations, the money we’ve saved, earned and raised covers the full cost of our adoption expenses. We cannot thank you enough for your kindness, prayers and words of encouragement. 

We’re currently working with two Christian non-profit adoption agencies that faithfully love and care for expectant mothers in crisis, not just during their pregnancies, but well after their children are born, and regardless of whether they choose to place or parent. 

Their teams of social workers aim to share the love of Christ with expectant moms daily. They offer compassionate counseling services and connect moms with resources to help them parent if that is their desire. 

Unfortunately, some of these women find themselves in unimaginable circumstances and ultimately make the heart-wrenching decision to place their babies for adoption. One day, we pray that God will call our family to minister to an expectant mother in such a situation and help us build a deep and lasting relationship with her. 

As we wait for an expectant mom to choose our family for her baby, please pray that God would already be at work in her life, giving her comfort, strength, hope and wisdom as she weighs this most difficult decision. Please also pray for our family, that God would prepare our hearts for whatever lies ahead and make us more like Christ through it all.

Thank you again for your generosity! We love and appreciate each and every one of you! 

Stacey and Jon 

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And now, we wait

March 22, 2021

 

I pulled the car door shut on Saturday afternoon as we started the five-hour drive home from Birmingham. The two-day conference we’d just wrapped up at Lifeline Children’s Services marked the final step of the first phase of our adoption journey. We’d spent the last two months gathering information, interviewing agencies, talking with adoptive families, birth moms and adoptees, watching hours of required educational videos, poring over mandatory reading material, wading through mounds of paperwork, securing reference letters, driving to doctor appointments for family physicals and lab work, getting fingerprinted, meeting with social workers, completing a marriage enrichment assessment and cramming our life story into a 28-page profile book for expectant mothers to examine. We’d barreled through the to-do list like it was nobody’s business. And now, as we merged onto the long, winding highway, there was nothing left to do but wait.  

 

Nobody likes to wait. The toddler defiantly demands the cupcake before dinner. The five-year-old groans from the backseat, “Are we there yet?” for the fourth time in three minutes. The truth is, we want what we want when we want it. We want it our way, not God’s way. We want our will, not His will. And while we may learn to master our indignant and impatient attitudes as we mature, the waiting itself never gets any easier, and the stakes only get higher.

 

We’ve all been there. Waiting for a job. Waiting for a spouse. Waiting for those two pink lines to appear. Waiting for the marriage to improve. Waiting for the wayward child to return home. Waiting for the test results. Waiting for the grief to subside. Waiting for the darkness to lift. Waiting for healing. Waiting for justice. Waiting for a vaccine. Or, in our current case, waiting to be chosen.

 

While often grueling in the moment, these seemingly endless seasons of waiting plunge us into a deeper reality that rests just beneath the surface of our daily distractions. They remind us that the world is not as it should be (Rom. 8:19-25). They bare the brokenness and futility of this life and expose a deeper longing within us for all things to be made new (Rev. 21:3-5). And for the believer, they spur us to hope in the coming finalization of our own spiritual adoption in Christ (Eph. 1:5, 13-14) and assure us that everything we’ve ever longed for finds its ultimate fulfillment in Him (John 4:13-14; Rom. 8:18).

 

After Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem in 587 B.C., the weeping prophet Jeremiah declares in Lamentations 3, “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” This man’s city had just been razed to the ground. Bodies littered the streets. Children cried out for their mothers. Thousands had been taken captive. Others were dying of starvation – some even boiling their own babies as a means of nourishment. And yet, Jeremiah, sick with anguish, his eyes “spent with weeping,” tells his readers that in this season of suffering, in this season of helplessness, it is good for them to wait on the Lord. Did you catch that? According to these divinely inspired words, waiting – “expectantly” and “with hope” as implied by the Hebrew word – is for our good, even if it doesn’t feel good.

 

Growth in the Valley

 

The late evangelist Billy Graham once said, “Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.” It’s in the valley of unmet longing that spiritual growth soars. It’s there that our faith is tested and strengthened. It’s where we’re stripped of our pride and all sense of control, with no one to depend on but our Father in heaven. It’s where we learn that He is God and we are not, and that He is enough (Lam. 3:24; Ps. 16:5, 73:25-26).

 

But it’s also where He proves Himself faithful. It’s where He shows up in mighty and miraculous ways. It’s where we taste the peace of His presence (John 14:27, 16:33; Phil. 4:6-7) and see His power perfected in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10). It’s where we receive wisdom (James 1:2-5), comfort (2 Cor. 1:3-4), rest (Ps. 23) and renewed strength (Is. 40:29-31). And it’s where we become more like Christ, who, but for the joy set before Him, endured the agony of waiting for God’s love and justice to collide at the cross (Luke 22:41-44; Heb. 12:2). 

 

As Jeremiah proclaimed, it is good for us to wait on the Lord because waiting produces the kind of fruit that couldn’t have grown any other way. It yields humility, maturity, perseverance, character, hope, and yes, even joy (James 1:2-4; Rom. 5:3-5; 1 Pet. 1:6-7). And though we may never get what we’re waiting for this side of heaven, we can trust that God is at work, that He is good to those who wait on Him (Lam. 3:25), and that those who wait on Him will not be put to shame (Ps. 25:3).

 

Jon and I don’t know how long we will wait to be chosen, how many no’s we will hear before someone says yes, or whether we will match with a mama who ultimately chooses to parent. We don’t know the hardships, burdens and sorrows that our brave birth mom will bring into the delivery room, how she will handle the heartbreak of placing her child into our arms, or how our relationship with her will evolve over time. We don’t know how our new baby will cope with the trauma of a broken biological bond, or how his or her sense of identity will develop in the years to come. We don’t know how many sideways glances we will get, how many awkward questions we will field, or how many snide remarks we will hear should our son or daughter look nothing like us. But we do know that God reigns, that He will be with us, and that in Him, there is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11). 

 

 

And so, while we will not wait perfectly, we will wait quietly – with eager and expectant hearts, trusting in His perfect timing, resting in His sovereignty and praying for growth in the valleys ahead.

 

 

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Ps. 62:1-2

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