Bringing Gwen Home: Our Joyful Journey through Disability & Adoption

Jessica
Jessica Midvale, Utah

Our Party of 5 is excited to become the Pugh 6 Pack as we pursue our daughter in China. Gwendolyn has waited for over 6 years for a family and we’re blessed to welcome her into our ours!

When our son Lachlan was born with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy in 2011, we couldn’t have imagined the joy that would evolve through that journey. Our experiences with Lachlan led us to pursue the adoption of a child with disabilities in 2016. Conlan, our sweet, incredible son from China, and Lachlan were two peas in a pod from the start! Then, in 2017, we had a surprise pregnancy with our son, Flintlan and experienced parenting a healthy, typical child for the first time. He’s brought such laughter and light to our family. 

The profound gift that God has given us in our journey is that we no longer idealize a  simple, straight-forward path to building a family; rather, we firmly believe God has designed us to live counter to the comfort the world seeks, to live purposefully in contrast to the customary expectations of how to establish a family. Nathan and I agree that God gave us these life experiences which birthed in us a capacity, confidence, desire and JOY to parent another child with special needs. We’re excited that this is the story God is writing!

Gwen shares a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy with Lachlan and a Chinese heritage with Conlan. She’ll know deep love from our family and will receive the medical care and educational opportunities she deserves. Will you please pray for our journey and for our daughter’s heart and health as she waits? We know our God hears our prayers and is faithful to meet us.

We would also appreciate prayers for financial provision over our adoption expenses which will be around $35,000. We’re grateful to Lifesong for Orphans and the Tim Tebow Foundation for a matching grant of $5,000! Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 and will help offset costs including our Home Study, our Agency fees, Immigration, travel and more. 

Every prayer offered and dollar donated are important parts of this journey to Gwendolyn and we are so very grateful! Thanks for being part of our story.

Joyfully,
The Pugh Crew

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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 “Pugh 09304”, 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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Raised to date by 40 people
 of  $5,000
34 days left

My Story

Our Party of 5 is excited to become the Pugh 6 Pack as we pursue our daughter in China. Gwendolyn has waited for over 6 years for a family and we’re blessed to welcome her into our ours!

When our son Lachlan was born with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy in 2011, we couldn’t have imagined the joy that would evolve through that journey. Our experiences with Lachlan led us to pursue the adoption of a child with disabilities in 2016. Conlan, our sweet, incredible son from China, and Lachlan were two peas in a pod from the start! Then, in 2017, we had a surprise pregnancy with our son, Flintlan and experienced parenting a healthy, typical child for the first time. He’s brought such laughter and light to our family. 

The profound gift that God has given us in our journey is that we no longer idealize a  simple, straight-forward path to building a family; rather, we firmly believe God has designed us to live counter to the comfort the world seeks, to live purposefully in contrast to the customary expectations of how to establish a family. Nathan and I agree that God gave us these life experiences which birthed in us a capacity, confidence, desire and JOY to parent another child with special needs. We’re excited that this is the story God is writing!

Gwen shares a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy with Lachlan and a Chinese heritage with Conlan. She’ll know deep love from our family and will receive the medical care and educational opportunities she deserves. Will you please pray for our journey and for our daughter’s heart and health as she waits? We know our God hears our prayers and is faithful to meet us.

We would also appreciate prayers for financial provision over our adoption expenses which will be around $35,000. We’re grateful to Lifesong for Orphans and the Tim Tebow Foundation for a matching grant of $5,000! Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 and will help offset costs including our Home Study, our Agency fees, Immigration, travel and more. 

Every prayer offered and dollar donated are important parts of this journey to Gwendolyn and we are so very grateful! Thanks for being part of our story.

Joyfully,
The Pugh Crew

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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 “Pugh 09304”, 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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$300

Edward & Karen

Nov 20, 2020

$100

Tracy

Nov 19, 2020

“It is a joy to be a part of this amazing journey. Love you Pugh family.”

$50

Tamara

Nov 17, 2020

$100

Janice

Nov 17, 2020

“Love you Jess!! Xo”

$40

Rachel

Nov 17, 2020

“God bless you as you are obedient in adoption!”

$100

Nikki

Nov 17, 2020

$100

Juanita

Nov 15, 2020

$200

Elizabeth

Nov 14, 2020

$100

Bill & Marilyn

Nov 14, 2020

$250

Hidden

Nov 14, 2020

“Thrilled to back you in this!”

$450

Hidden

Nov 14, 2020

“Gwen is blessed to become part of your beautiful family!”

$500

Hidden

Nov 14, 2020

“We can't wait to meet sweet Gwen. Thank you for letting us be a part of your story!”

$50

Suzy

Nov 13, 2020

“So excited for you guys:)”

$500

Hidden

Nov 13, 2020

$30

Daisie

Nov 13, 2020

$1,000

Hidden

Nov 13, 2020

“We love you Pughs! We are so excited to meet your Gwen Cora ;)”

$100

Hidden

Nov 13, 2020

$100

Connie

Nov 11, 2020

$100

Hidden

Nov 11, 2020

“❤”

$50

Theresa

Nov 11, 2020

“God Bless Your Journey! We are praying for you 💗 Chris & Theresa Gartner (Carrie Broxterman’s mom & dad)”

$50

Marissa

Nov 11, 2020

$50

Lindsay

Nov 11, 2020

$200

David and Gracy

Nov 11, 2020

“Praying for you all! Very exciting!”

$50

Abbey

Nov 10, 2020

“Can’t wait for your fam to expand to include Gwen! I’m so happy for you guys! - Abbey”

$55

Debbie

Nov 10, 2020

“Congratulations!”

$20

Deborah

Nov 10, 2020

“Love this family so much!”

$50

Robin

Nov 10, 2020

“I am so proud of this beautiful family for opening up their home and their hearts for these children. I am beyond honored and humbled to help them bring their sweet girl into her forever home. God Bless this family!!💖💖💖”

$100

Jody

Nov 10, 2020

“So happy for your family and your sweet miracle!”

$200

Elizabeth

Nov 10, 2020

“We love your sweet family!”

$100

Askvig

Nov 10, 2020

$45

Jill

Nov 10, 2020

$20

Hidden

Nov 10, 2020

“You are amazing!”

$25

Hidden

Nov 10, 2020

$25

Angela

Nov 10, 2020

“I’m so excited for you, what a beautiful family and journey to complete your family.”

$100

Hetty

Nov 10, 2020

$10

Hidden

Nov 10, 2020

$50

Katie

Nov 10, 2020

$50

Jessica

Nov 10, 2020

“Love you!”

$25

Megan

Nov 10, 2020

“Praying for sweet little Gwen to join your family soon!! I can’t wait to see her sweet precious face!”

$25

Hidden

Nov 10, 2020