Adopt? As a single? I had known for a long time that I wanted to adopt. But then for the fourth time in a month, good friends who know me well, were suggesting I adopt as a single. So, I began seriously considering it.
Sometimes I think I must be crazy pursuing this journey/adventure of motherhood as a single woman. But, it is the support of friends and family as well as clear direction from God and the joy of bringing my little guy home that has given me the encouragement and strength to keep walking forward.
Even though, I started thinking about adopting as a single two years ago, I only began presenting my profile 4 months ago. I honestly struggled thinking no one would choose a single woman over a married couple. But, suddenly I learned I was among the top two of a mother giving birth in just three weeks! I was astounded that I was one of the choices and shocked that becoming a mom could be happening so fast.
One of the requests of the birth mom was that Brian be used as part of the baby’s name. While my initial reaction was to say yes, I really wanted to think about it and make sure I would be willing to honor this request. So, I decided to look up the name Brian. It means high or noble. I didn’t think too much of this, but I kept reading… it is believed the name comes from the Celtic word “bre” meaning hill. I couldn’t believe it! As a “Hill,” myself, I felt like this little guy was already my son. Then the excruitiating wait for the final decision began.
Now, in just over two years from considering adopting as a single and just under two months from getting the first call, I’m holding my son in my arms!
The suddenness of the match and Keagan’s arrival left very little time to apply for grants and fundraise. I still owe almost $22,000 in agency and lawyer fees. Thanks to We Care for Orphans and Lifesong for Orphans, I have a been awarded a $3000 matching grant to help cover $6000 of the remaining fees.
You can help in two ways. You can give a tax deductible gift here where 100% of your gift goes towards adoption costs. Or, you can follow this link (http://tinyurl.com/Gobenashill) to purchase Gobeana coffee where 50% of your purchase will go toward the matching grant.
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 “Hill 7285”, 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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