The Kemmerer Family Adopts

Jaimee Kemmerer
Jaimee Kemmerer Reading, Pennsylvania

When Jaimee and I first talked about adoption late 2020, we only knew that we wanted to continue to grow our family. Last year Jaimee and I got to be involved closely in our friend’s international adoption journey.  Watching and walking through that process with them. Jaimee and I started to ask the question we were both thinking, was adoption the way the Lord wanted to bring another child into our family? We began to pray and ask God to show us a path towards this new-found desire. Just over a year raced by and we were feeling no more settled then when we had started. We felt confident that the Lord was leading our hearts in the direction or adoption, but still hesitant to plunge ourselves into the process. There were a few hurdles that had us feeling overwhelmed. Questions like: Where will we get the money? Where are we supposed to adopt from? Which agency is right for our family? We routinely felt there were more questions than answers. It would have been easy to accept defeat in the face of the unknown, but God had a much better plan in store.

This process has been an incredible time of leaning on and trusting in the Lord. God, in His perfect time worked in our hearts and began to connect us with people who would reveal next steps in this process.

Late 2021, we attended an adoption support group that was hosted by a lovely family our neighbors had told us about. We were hesitant to go, feeling like we’d have nothing to offer, and that we’d embarrass ourselves asking questions. In His goodness to us, God used this group to answer so many questions that we had, and instead we felt the love, support and brutal honesty from people who have worked through the same emotions Jaimee and I were experiencing. This was such a blessing to our family, and we continue with these new friends that God has given us.

In March 2022, we attended a marriage and family conference with a focus on providing support to adoptive families. Here again, the feeling of vulnerability abounded. We felt a bit out of place, as all other families attending had had already completed the process of adoption. During our time there, we were encouraged to set time apart to pray intentionally with one another. Jaimee and I prayed for courage to move forward with the adoption application and were overwhelmed by the peace we experienced during our prayer, and the remainder of our time at the conference. Here again, we were connecting with so many helpful and encouraging families, and pieces of God’s plan continued to be revealed.

About a week after the conference, our faith was tested. Many of you know that Jaimee had emergency surgery to have her appendix removed. When the surgery took place, Jaimee didn’t have health insurance. That hospital bill initially totaled over $40,000. We felt discouraged and overwhelmed. We were encouraged to apply for assistance directly through the hospital. We waited for their response, and in the meantime came to a full acceptance that this was completely outside of our power or control. After a few tense weeks we got a letter from the hospital stating that our entire bill was going to be covered and that the balance was now $0. The Lord has been so kind to us in this process!

We are learning that trusting God has nothing to do with our own power and ability to do that, and everything to do with our inability to control events and outcomes. While losing control feels a discomfort at first, it does ultimately produce peace and joy as we can rest in the truth that His plans for us are perfect.

After a year of feeling lost, stories and testimonies from family, neighbors, strangers and friends (both new and old) began flooding into the process, and we applied for an international adoption from India with America World Adoption in April 2022. We have been overwhelmed by God’s goodness towards our family. He has met every question with grace and has allowed the discomfort in our “not knowing”, to produce patience and full dependency on him.

Much of the adoption process still lies in front of us, and we continue to find ourselves in a new and vulnerable place.  We have been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from Team127 Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. They will match the first 10,000 donated to our goal. Our goal reads $35,000 this is INCLUDING our matching grant. Our goal that we are fundraising for without any grant addition is $25,000. So far we have self funded our adoption but have come to the point where we need to ask for help. Asking for your help is not something that comes naturally for our family, and certainly represents something I would consider out of my comfort zone. But the reality is we can’t do this on our own. We are in a place of needing help, and because I tend to learn on the slow and stubborn side, I’m only recently realizing that God is exposing a proud, self-reliant heart. He is causing us to entirely trust Him and what He is going to accomplish, in His perfect time and wisdom.

John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you”. We know that adoption is rooted in the Gospel. Christ came to us, adopted us into His family and made us co-heirs of His kingdom. Our family resonates with a David Platt when he writes “We care for orphans not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.” This adoption in no way makes us the “rescuer”, in fact, as recipients of God’s abundant grace we are the “rescued”.

This author says it so well:

“The tragedy and the beauty of one family can help us remember the truth that we are all once orphans with no hope. But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love for us, has made us alive and adopted us as his own. We are all born orphans, but in Christ, we are fatherless no more. “ – Caleb Brasher

We are responding to God’s call for our own family to grow through adoption and are excited to see all that He is doing in this process. We thank you for taking to time to read this and would love to have your prayer and support in this journey.


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 “Kemmerer 10183”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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My Story

When Jaimee and I first talked about adoption late 2020, we only knew that we wanted to continue to grow our family. Last year Jaimee and I got to be involved closely in our friend’s international adoption journey.  Watching and walking through that process with them. Jaimee and I started to ask the question we were both thinking, was adoption the way the Lord wanted to bring another child into our family? We began to pray and ask God to show us a path towards this new-found desire. Just over a year raced by and we were feeling no more settled then when we had started. We felt confident that the Lord was leading our hearts in the direction or adoption, but still hesitant to plunge ourselves into the process. There were a few hurdles that had us feeling overwhelmed. Questions like: Where will we get the money? Where are we supposed to adopt from? Which agency is right for our family? We routinely felt there were more questions than answers. It would have been easy to accept defeat in the face of the unknown, but God had a much better plan in store.

This process has been an incredible time of leaning on and trusting in the Lord. God, in His perfect time worked in our hearts and began to connect us with people who would reveal next steps in this process.

Late 2021, we attended an adoption support group that was hosted by a lovely family our neighbors had told us about. We were hesitant to go, feeling like we’d have nothing to offer, and that we’d embarrass ourselves asking questions. In His goodness to us, God used this group to answer so many questions that we had, and instead we felt the love, support and brutal honesty from people who have worked through the same emotions Jaimee and I were experiencing. This was such a blessing to our family, and we continue with these new friends that God has given us.

In March 2022, we attended a marriage and family conference with a focus on providing support to adoptive families. Here again, the feeling of vulnerability abounded. We felt a bit out of place, as all other families attending had had already completed the process of adoption. During our time there, we were encouraged to set time apart to pray intentionally with one another. Jaimee and I prayed for courage to move forward with the adoption application and were overwhelmed by the peace we experienced during our prayer, and the remainder of our time at the conference. Here again, we were connecting with so many helpful and encouraging families, and pieces of God’s plan continued to be revealed.

About a week after the conference, our faith was tested. Many of you know that Jaimee had emergency surgery to have her appendix removed. When the surgery took place, Jaimee didn’t have health insurance. That hospital bill initially totaled over $40,000. We felt discouraged and overwhelmed. We were encouraged to apply for assistance directly through the hospital. We waited for their response, and in the meantime came to a full acceptance that this was completely outside of our power or control. After a few tense weeks we got a letter from the hospital stating that our entire bill was going to be covered and that the balance was now $0. The Lord has been so kind to us in this process!

We are learning that trusting God has nothing to do with our own power and ability to do that, and everything to do with our inability to control events and outcomes. While losing control feels a discomfort at first, it does ultimately produce peace and joy as we can rest in the truth that His plans for us are perfect.

After a year of feeling lost, stories and testimonies from family, neighbors, strangers and friends (both new and old) began flooding into the process, and we applied for an international adoption from India with America World Adoption in April 2022. We have been overwhelmed by God’s goodness towards our family. He has met every question with grace and has allowed the discomfort in our “not knowing”, to produce patience and full dependency on him.

Much of the adoption process still lies in front of us, and we continue to find ourselves in a new and vulnerable place.  We have been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from Team127 Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. They will match the first 10,000 donated to our goal. Our goal reads $35,000 this is INCLUDING our matching grant. Our goal that we are fundraising for without any grant addition is $25,000. So far we have self funded our adoption but have come to the point where we need to ask for help. Asking for your help is not something that comes naturally for our family, and certainly represents something I would consider out of my comfort zone. But the reality is we can’t do this on our own. We are in a place of needing help, and because I tend to learn on the slow and stubborn side, I’m only recently realizing that God is exposing a proud, self-reliant heart. He is causing us to entirely trust Him and what He is going to accomplish, in His perfect time and wisdom.

John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you”. We know that adoption is rooted in the Gospel. Christ came to us, adopted us into His family and made us co-heirs of His kingdom. Our family resonates with a David Platt when he writes “We care for orphans not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.” This adoption in no way makes us the “rescuer”, in fact, as recipients of God’s abundant grace we are the “rescued”.

This author says it so well:

“The tragedy and the beauty of one family can help us remember the truth that we are all once orphans with no hope. But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love for us, has made us alive and adopted us as his own. We are all born orphans, but in Christ, we are fatherless no more. “ – Caleb Brasher

We are responding to God’s call for our own family to grow through adoption and are excited to see all that He is doing in this process. We thank you for taking to time to read this and would love to have your prayer and support in this journey.


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 “Kemmerer 10183”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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WE ARE APPROVED!

December 17, 2022

Friends and family, through the goodness of the Lord and his faithfulness to provide, we have raised $31,033! We are completely in awe of this massive number, that only a few months prior was one of the biggest obstacles we were facing. This also means that our 10,000 matching grant is also completly met and given. We stand almost completely funded for the adoption, having only completed one fundraiser thus far: our Gobena coffee fundraiser goal was fully funded!

This adoption process has left us in awe of the Lord’s faithfulness towards us and to this child who he has been preparing our family for. We have seen how the Lord is calling us repeatedly to trust him in every scary and unfamiliar part of this process. We have seen how God has been at work from the very beginning of this adoption. He has orchestrated every piece, down to the very people that have been placed in our lives to encourage us and equip us for such a time as this. He knows the name of our next son or daughter, and we are filled with peace about who they will be. We know that this precious child has been sovereignly selected to be a part of our family.

God has lifted the weight of financial pressure in this adoption and has given us peace deeper than we thought possible. It has felt extremely uncomfortable to step out in faith and ask you all for something that we knew to be impossible on our own. We are very humbled by all that each of you has given us. We thank you all for blessing our family, including our soon to be son or daughter. Currently, we are putting our fundraising on hold. We have applied for several grants, and we hope to receive at least one or two of them. This would potentially get us to the point of being COMPLETELY FUNDED! Most grant programs take a few months to hear from, if we don’t receive any grants, we look to potentially put on a benefit dinner or do another fundraiser to bridge the gap we have left to raise.

In other adoption news, we have been waiting on India’s adoption authority to approve our paperwork for the past nineteen weeks. Just yesterday, we received word from our agency that our family is OFFICALLY APPROVED! Things had been slow in the process this far, so to receive this news right before Christmas was such a gift to us!

What does being approved actually mean? This means that our agency will be actively searching for and sending a referral to our family. This is something that could happen quickly, but unfortunately also has the potential to take a long time. We know that the Lord’s timing is the only way, and we will continue to trust him and rest in that assurance.

Will you pray for us while we wait for a child to match with our family? We also want to praise him for this movement in our adoption. “Being green” in the system is something we have been working towards and waiting on for some time, and we are so excited to have arrived at this stage of the process!

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Exciting Progress and New Ways to Help!

October 5, 2022

We wanted to update you all on some exciting things that are happening with our paperwork! As many of you know when starting the adoption process there is a TON of paperwork and a lot of waiting to be had in the process. While we have finished much of our paperwork called our Home Study.  We also finished filing with Immigration Services and CARA, which is India’s authority to monitor adoption through their country.  At this point we have submitted paperwork to each, the turnaround time was around 2 month. After a long-anticipated wait, we finally received our approval from immigration called 1800a just yesterday!!!! This is only so exciting because after we receive approval from CARA we can start receiving profiles of children for adoption. That approval can come any day now since it was around 2 months ago that we applied! With that being said, when that confirmation comes in from CARA ( hopefully any day now) our next large payment to our agency will need to be paid BEFORE moving into the green light of receiving profiles of children. Our goal at this current moment is to focus our efforts on raising that $5,000. We have self-funded this adoption up until this point and have applied for all the grants we could while we are in this stage. Many grants work that if you are not matched with a child then you cannot apply for any grant until AFTER you have been matched. Meaning that we can’t apply
for most grants yet but payments still need to be paid to move forward with our adoption.  While our entire fundraising goal is $25,000 we hope to raise it in pieces over the next several months as we hit
different stages in our adoption. Gobena is one organization that can help us raise some money while you are still receiving something in return for supporting us!! We have been connected with Gobena coffee
through Lifesong for orphans. Gobena is gourmet/supreme grade coffee, organic and roasted fresh. It is also ethically sourced. %50 of your purchase will go directly to our adoption the other %50 will go
straight to orphan care through Gobena. BUT!! Since we have a matching grant it will look like 100% of the sale for us towards our adoption!! (%50 profit sale %50 matching grant = 100%) Our goal for Gobena is to
raise $1,000 through them, that means we will need to sell 50 bags of coffee, our matching grant also works on any merchandise in their store, not just coffee! Would you consider being one of the 50 individuals to help us reach our goal for Gobena? Thank you all for your continued support for our family!



In Christ,



The Kemmerer Family

Jaimee, Israel, Emberley, Eleanor,

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