In case you haven’t heard..we are adopting from China!!
We are Keith and Lori and we are thankful and blessed to be able to share a part of our story with you! We have been blessed with a wonderful life, full of family, friends, love, opportunity and excitement. Together, we have five biological children who are all now adults and live outside of the home. We are expecting our first grandson in August.
We have a close and loving relationship with each of our children and their families. We do not plan to have any addition biological children but are desiring to expand our family through adoption. We are an active family, enjoying many activities together, from an occasional family game night to camping and exploring the outdoors. Spending time exploring, laughing and growing together is one of our highest priorities for our family
We have had a heart to adopt for many years. We have walked down the road toward adoption several different times but each step seemed to lead us in a new direction. Each experience prepared us for what God had planned for us all along and has given us a new awareness of the need for adoptive families for children who have been orphaned as well as a growing desire for us to pursue adoption.
On July 4th, 2017 we saw the profile for a 7 year old boy from Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. He had truly been abandoned and orphaned at 2 days old as he had been born with Spina Bifida and a Club Foot. We were overcome with compassion for this child and his birth mother. We believe she loved him so much she gave him up so he could receive the care he needed to not only live but to have opportunity that she was possibly not able to provide him. We may never know her story but we are thankful she chose life for this little baby boy.
We called the agency the next day and things have been moving forward ever since. We have encountered many blessings, trials, and timeline disappointments along the way but we know that this is only a small part of a bigger picture and throughout this whole adoption process we have had hope and peace as we seek to bring Yuan Yi home.
We have grown to love this child who we believe the Lord brought to our attention on that day in July. This little boy turned 8 years old in March of this year and he has the sweetest smile. From an updated photo we see he now has a few permanent teeth coming in. We can’t wait to have him home, to be a family and share in the many more milestones of his life.
We are waiting for the phone call telling us its time..book your flight. In July or August of this year we will be flying to Beijing to finalize our adoption of our soon to be son who does not speak English! Here we are in our early (very early) 50’s learning mandarin and I will say even though things are moving forward and it appears we are flying to Beijing, we still both say “Lord willing” we are adopting Yuan Yi. One year ago we would never have been able to foresee this. The English translation of Yuan Yi’s name is “to be willing” : )
As you may already know adoption is costly and can be a financial burden that prevents many families from adopting. God has provided and will continue to provide in ways we cannot imagine. We are still in need of covering a portion of the nearly $37,000 that will help get us to China and finalize the adoption.
Lifesong, in partnership with Calvary Chapel SE, believe God has called us to adoption. They have committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $3,600.
We would love for you to partner with us to meet this challenge. Whether you are able to give of your finances, your time in prayer, or both, please prayerfully consider how you can help us bring Yuan Yi home.
To Give Online:
Click the red “DONATE NOW” button on this page!
To Give by Check:
Please make checks payable to: Lifesong for Orphans
Please write “Carey Family Account #7563” in the memo line
Please mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley IL 61744
Funds donated to Lifesong for Orphans will be given to help cover adoption expenses. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs–nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans administrative costs.
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 “Carey 7563”, 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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