One thing we have always done and continue to do frequently is dream together. From early on in our dating relationship, we have always dreamed of what we hope for out of the life we have been building. When we were dating, this used to happen often on long road trips, and we still do this in the evenings when the kids are tucked into bed. Over the years, these conversations have changed. From dreaming of our ideal date night, what we thought our lives would look like after Nicole was done with college, when we wanted to get engaged to what our wedding would look like, where we wanted to live and how many kids we wanted to have, how to fix up our home and where we would like to celebrate big anniversaries. It’s fun to look back and reminisce on how we have grown as a couple and how so many of those dreams have come true.
One dream we have had from early on in our dating relationship was growing our family through adoption regardless of our ability to conceive. This is one of our lifelong dreams that we haven’t yet fulfilled. After having three biological children, we feel ready to complete our family through adoption.
We chose adoption not only because we both see the way the love of this child will change our family’s lives and hearts forever, but because of what we have to offer as well. We have a home filled with love, a home filled with craziness – it’s a place where they’ll never have to be alone if they don’t want to. We are devoted to giving this child and all of our children every opportunity we can give them to succeed.
Once we decided to adopt, we researched all the different options: international, foster care to adopt, adopting infant vs. older child, all of it. We settled on domestic infant adoption through American Adoptions as the best way to complete our family.
Of course, this choice for our family comes with a hefty price tag.
We have learned in raising our 3 children that it takes a village. In the mission world, there’s a saying, “there are those who are called to go and others who are called to send.” As we step out to become an adoptive family and wait to bring our sweet baby home, we are reaching out to our family and friends, our community, and other pro-adoption supporters and asking for financial support.
We have been awarded a $6,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans as well, so donating here allows us to reach our matching grant goal!!
We are so humbled and grateful for the consideration of financially assisting us in completing our family. Your donation would be so helpful and mean so much to us!
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 “Willet 09758”, 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.
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