Kuhner Adoption Story

Michelle Kuhner
Michelle Kuhner MENDON, New York

Our Journey…

We have always wanted to have a family, and when we got married in 2011 we couldn’t wait to pursue our dream together. However, after just a few months of trying to conceive, Michelle had a suspicion that something just wasn’t right. Three months of negative pregnancy tests turned into six, which turned into a year, which turned into two…and our dreams of building a family seemed further out of reach. After three different doctors and countless tests, we finally found out what was wrong. Michelle was diagnosed with PCOS and Stage IV endometriosis. In June of 2014 Michelle underwent a six-hour surgery to remove the endometriosis, and six months later, by a miracle of God, we conceived our daughter, Catherine Grace. The struggle of the previous three years disappeared in an instant and we found a joy that was so complete we were bursting!

We had hoped that this was the answer: now our family could grow as we had dreamed! However, once we started trying to conceive again, we were met with the same stream of negative pregnancy tests. Devastated once again, and longing so deeply to give Catherine a sibling, we decided to do all we could to get to the bottom of whatever was preventing us from conceiving once again. Over the past two years, Michelle has endured over 80 doctor appointments, various types of fertility drugs, over 40 blood tests, and numerous diets, supplements and alternative medicine approaches. Countless prayers have been offered and innumerable tears shed for the gift of a new baby. Throughout this difficult journey, we have drawn near to our Lord and we have been blessed with a profound trust in God’s love and care, even when His plans seem so mysterious.

The Lord’s Gift

In the midst of our trials, we realized that the Lord has been slowly but surely giving us a most beautiful and unexpected gift: an increasing desire to open our hearts and home to a child through adoption! As we began to hear this call and learn more about the adoption process, we became excited and convinced that the love and care we have in our hearts was meant to be given to a baby in need! We couldn’t wait to begin. In the summer of 2018 the home-study process was underway, and after completing stacks of paperwork we became an official waiting family in October. For ten months we prayed constantly to be successfully matched and as different cases came and went, we experienced the roller-coaster of emotions that is such a part of the adoption process.

Just last week we received a long-awaited call from our case worker: she said there was a birth mom who had found our online profile and was seeking us out as adoptive parents for her son! So many aspects of the situation resonated deeply with us–even the seemingly superfluous, like the fact that the birth mom also has red hair and freckles like Michelle! 🙂 We are beyond excited to travel to Michigan for the birth of our son in early September (due Sept 3rd). Amazingly, if all goes according to plan, we will be able to be present in the hospital room to receive the baby at birth and welcome him into the world! Then, provided the placement is successful, we will welcome the baby boy into our home! We trust deeply in the Lord throughout this process, and we have great hope that everything will continue to unfold according to His plan!

We need your help…

One of the greatest challenges of our adoption journey is its expense. Between legal fees, medical expenses, agency fees, and travel the adoption is going to cost approximately $49,000. We have already managed to pay an initial $20,000 of the cost and have been blessed to receive $6,000 in grants. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the cost of the remaining $23,000 of adoption expenses to bring our son home?  We are trusting in the Lord to help us overcome this challenging financial burden, and we are relying on donations from family and friends to help us make this little boy part of our family!

 Any donation (however small) you could make towards our adoption would be be SO appreciated!!!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We are so excited to start this new adventure and open our hearts and home to our new baby boy! We love you all and will be keeping you all in our prayers – please do keep us in yours!

*In the rare case that the placement falls through, Michelle and Matthew would soon be matched with a new birth mom and all donated money would be carried over to fund their future adoption. 


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 “Kuhner 08434”, 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.

  • 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 55 people
 of  $23,000
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My Story

Our Journey…

We have always wanted to have a family, and when we got married in 2011 we couldn’t wait to pursue our dream together. However, after just a few months of trying to conceive, Michelle had a suspicion that something just wasn’t right. Three months of negative pregnancy tests turned into six, which turned into a year, which turned into two…and our dreams of building a family seemed further out of reach. After three different doctors and countless tests, we finally found out what was wrong. Michelle was diagnosed with PCOS and Stage IV endometriosis. In June of 2014 Michelle underwent a six-hour surgery to remove the endometriosis, and six months later, by a miracle of God, we conceived our daughter, Catherine Grace. The struggle of the previous three years disappeared in an instant and we found a joy that was so complete we were bursting!

We had hoped that this was the answer: now our family could grow as we had dreamed! However, once we started trying to conceive again, we were met with the same stream of negative pregnancy tests. Devastated once again, and longing so deeply to give Catherine a sibling, we decided to do all we could to get to the bottom of whatever was preventing us from conceiving once again. Over the past two years, Michelle has endured over 80 doctor appointments, various types of fertility drugs, over 40 blood tests, and numerous diets, supplements and alternative medicine approaches. Countless prayers have been offered and innumerable tears shed for the gift of a new baby. Throughout this difficult journey, we have drawn near to our Lord and we have been blessed with a profound trust in God’s love and care, even when His plans seem so mysterious.

The Lord’s Gift

In the midst of our trials, we realized that the Lord has been slowly but surely giving us a most beautiful and unexpected gift: an increasing desire to open our hearts and home to a child through adoption! As we began to hear this call and learn more about the adoption process, we became excited and convinced that the love and care we have in our hearts was meant to be given to a baby in need! We couldn’t wait to begin. In the summer of 2018 the home-study process was underway, and after completing stacks of paperwork we became an official waiting family in October. For ten months we prayed constantly to be successfully matched and as different cases came and went, we experienced the roller-coaster of emotions that is such a part of the adoption process.

Just last week we received a long-awaited call from our case worker: she said there was a birth mom who had found our online profile and was seeking us out as adoptive parents for her son! So many aspects of the situation resonated deeply with us–even the seemingly superfluous, like the fact that the birth mom also has red hair and freckles like Michelle! 🙂 We are beyond excited to travel to Michigan for the birth of our son in early September (due Sept 3rd). Amazingly, if all goes according to plan, we will be able to be present in the hospital room to receive the baby at birth and welcome him into the world! Then, provided the placement is successful, we will welcome the baby boy into our home! We trust deeply in the Lord throughout this process, and we have great hope that everything will continue to unfold according to His plan!

We need your help…

One of the greatest challenges of our adoption journey is its expense. Between legal fees, medical expenses, agency fees, and travel the adoption is going to cost approximately $49,000. We have already managed to pay an initial $20,000 of the cost and have been blessed to receive $6,000 in grants. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the cost of the remaining $23,000 of adoption expenses to bring our son home?  We are trusting in the Lord to help us overcome this challenging financial burden, and we are relying on donations from family and friends to help us make this little boy part of our family!

 Any donation (however small) you could make towards our adoption would be be SO appreciated!!!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We are so excited to start this new adventure and open our hearts and home to our new baby boy! We love you all and will be keeping you all in our prayers – please do keep us in yours!

*In the rare case that the placement falls through, Michelle and Matthew would soon be matched with a new birth mom and all donated money would be carried over to fund their future adoption. 


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 “Kuhner 08434”, 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.

  • 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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Comments

$25

Natia and Greg

Aug 17, 2019

“Congratulations on your new blessing!!”

$1,000

Offline Donation

Aug 17, 2019

$200

Offline Donation

Aug 16, 2019

$100

Rev. Michael

Aug 15, 2019

“God bless.”

$100

Paige (Jen)

Aug 15, 2019

“From my coworker Jen “Good luck! I hope it all works out” <3 -Paige”

$100

Offline Donation

Aug 15, 2019

$150

Brian and Paige

Aug 14, 2019

“Congratulations to you guys! We're so happy for you!! This has been quite the journey and you guys are more than deserving <3 We can't wait to meet him! With lots of love and prayers, Brian and Paige”

$500

Patrick & Penelope &family

Aug 14, 2019

“Sending all our love and wishes, Pat, Penel & family”

$50

Offline Donation

Aug 14, 2019

$40

Hidden

Aug 13, 2019

$100

St. Patricks

Aug 13, 2019

“Many blessings to your family.”

$50

Fritz

Aug 13, 2019

“Congratulations!”

$50

Edison

Aug 13, 2019

$1,000

Offline Donation

Aug 13, 2019

$100

Eric

Aug 11, 2019

“Kuhner family, Excited for you & praying for you! -Eric & Amanda”

$1,000

Offline Donation

Aug 11, 2019

$1,000

Offline Donation

Aug 11, 2019

$1,000

Offline Donation

Aug 11, 2019

$150

Offline Donation

Aug 11, 2019

$1,000

Offline Donation

Aug 11, 2019

$250

Dermot & Janene

Aug 8, 2019

$100

Katie and Luke

Aug 7, 2019

“Thank you for sharing your joy with us! We are praying for you all! Love, The Murrays”

$300

Offline Donation

Aug 7, 2019

$500

Offline Donation

Aug 7, 2019

$25

Joseph

Aug 6, 2019

“Good luck as you continue this journey... I am praying for your family!”

$40

Caitlin and Steve

Aug 5, 2019

“We’ll be praying for your family!”

$100

Jim & Mary Kay

Aug 5, 2019

“Congratulations Kuhner Family. We are happy for you and for the baby to be brought into your loving home.”

$300

Offline Donation

Aug 5, 2019

$200

Offline Donation

Aug 5, 2019

$50

Offline Donation

Aug 4, 2019

$100

Christopher

Aug 3, 2019

“Praise God for life!”

$100

Tom Kilgallen

Aug 3, 2019

“Congratulations Kuhner Family!! Love Tom and Michele”

$500

Hidden

Aug 3, 2019

$100

Offline Donation

Aug 3, 2019

$200

Michael and Angela

Aug 2, 2019

“Overjoyed for you and your sweet family. Rest assured of our prayers as you make this journey. Much love, Angela and Michael”

$125

Roberta

Aug 2, 2019

“Hi Michelle, Matt & Catherine, Congratulations on your wonderful news. This is a dream come true for you. You are so blessed to be chosen to be the parent's for this blessed boy. I hope all goes well and Catherine will have a baby brother and you both will have a new child to raise in your loving family. Love to all, Aunt Roberta”

$50

Charles

Aug 2, 2019

$1,000

Hidden

Aug 2, 2019

“Dear Kuhner Family, we are so so happy for you, what a blessing to be able to welcome a son into your family!! The Lord is faithful :) thank you for sharing your story so openly. We can’t wait to meet the little guy and we’re so happy to be able to help in a small way. God bless you abundantly!”

$500

Luke

Aug 1, 2019

$100

Donna and Jim

Aug 1, 2019

“Matt & Michelle, please know you are in our prayers as your family grows!! Donna (Huttenlock) and Jim”

$100

Brian & Terri

Aug 1, 2019

“Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!”

$200

David

Aug 1, 2019

$100

David

Aug 1, 2019

“Very excited for you!”

$70

Jenn

Aug 1, 2019

“Thoughts and good energy for your whole family on this incredible journey!”

$60

Nicole

Jul 31, 2019

$50

Matthew

Jul 31, 2019

“Prayers are with you!”

$100

Kevin and Elizabeth

Jul 31, 2019

“What a lucky baby boy! We will be praying all goes smoothly for you. God bless!”

$50

Dan and Bethany

Jul 31, 2019

“Blessings and prayers!!”

$170

Bern & Mike

Jul 31, 2019

“We love you guys so much and are eternally grateful for your witness to Life!”

$30

Hidden

Jul 31, 2019

“Prayers for your wonderful journey!”

$50

Amanda

Jul 31, 2019

“So excited for you guys! What a wonderful example of trusting God and a truly pro-life family! God bless you!! Love, the Conklins”

$250

Hidden

Jul 30, 2019

“Assuring the growing Kuhner Family and the birth mom of continued prayers!”

$400

David

Jul 29, 2019

“Know that we are praying for you in this wonderful opportunity”

$100

Ted

Jul 29, 2019

“Be assured of our prayers – can't wait to meet the newest Kuhner!”

$500

Hidden

Jul 29, 2019

“Very exciting news! Wish you all the best in the next few weeks! Can't wait to meet our new neighbor!”