We have always loved children, and even before we were married, we had talked of adding children to our family both biologically and through adoption. After our oldest daughter, Miranda, was born, we felt God led us to adoption to add another child to our family, and we brought Madeleine CaiQun home from China in February 2013. We knew even then that we’d like to adopt more than once, and stepping foot in the orphanage in which Madeleine CaiQun had lived and seeing all of the wonderful children there without families of their own only solidified that desire.
We continued to pray that God would lead us to adoption again when the timing was right and felt like he was continually saying, “Yes, but not yet.” We were blessed with the addition of another biological baby, our son, Atticus, toward the end of 2014 and knew that we would need to adjust to his arrival but prayed that we’d be able to pursue adoption soon after that. We continued to save money to that end and pray for God’s timing.
Around the beginning of 2016, we began to feel like God was leading us toward pursuing adoption again. One evening we came across a post advocating for a family to adopt a precious little girl with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Unfortunately, our agency’s rules prohibit our sharing her picture prior to finalizing her adoption, but rest assured, she is absolutely adorable! We felt drawn to her and requested more information from the agency that had her file. We spoke with several doctors to determine what it would look like for us to meet her medical needs and learned that we actually live only a few hours away from some of the top OI specialists in the world and that our insurance would cover appointments with them – a huge blessing, since this condition is so rare that many doctors are unfamiliar with the current standards of care for treating children with OI. We talked with other parents about their experiences in caring for children with OI. We continued to pray and felt like we could be a good family for her and felt like God was leading us in that direction.
We submitted our Letter of Intent requesting preliminary approval from China to adopt this sweet little girl and received that pre-approval on February 16. We have now completed our home study and submitted our dossier to China and are waiting on our Letter of Approval, officially giving us permission to adopt her. From there we will wait on our final US immigration approvals and our invitation from China to travel there and complete her adoption. We can’t wait to get to know this precious child in person! Timing could be tight, but we are hoping to travel in December and be home as a family of 6 for Christmas!
We have been blessed with a $3,000 matching grant from Chosen and Dearly Loved, which is being administered by Lifesong. We have so far been able to cover all of the adoption costs due up until we travel, and we are working hard to come up with the remaining funds we will need at that time. This grant will go a long way toward that need, and we would so appreciate any gifts toward that amount!
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 “Ballou 6341”, 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.
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