Miller Family – Olena & Oakley’s Adoption

Kathleen Miller
Kathleen Miller Hedgesville, West Virginia

When Scott saw a post about hosting orphans he knew God wanted us to do it. I thought he was crazy, but I quickly got on board. In just 8 short weeks we were hosting 15 year old Lena for the summer.  Lena is an orphan from the Ukraine who is aging out of her orphanage.  Before we even met her God confirmed that Scott and I would be adopting her and making her a permanent part of our family, so we filed the required paperwork the week before Lena came to America. 

It was just in time; we had file it before she turned 16, and she celebrated her Sweet 16 after her second week with us! Part of this process required us to ask Lena if she wanted to be adopted, hearing her say yes was one of the greatest moments of my life. She has become our daughter, and seeing us together shows our mutual love in a way that shocked even me. We adore herand we are so glad we listened to God’s calling.  

This past week, as we are waiting for the approval from USCIS for Lena, an urgent call went out for parents to say yes to adopting a little boy with unspecified brain damage and congenital cataracts.  His name is Oakley and we had seen his profile before, but we figured he would have parents committed in no time—just look at that smile! However, no one has come forward yet. We knew when seeing the new post that God was once again speaking and saying we were meant to be his parents. 

Oakley is being transferred at the end of the year to an adult institution for people with special needs, and Oakley, this precious boy, is only four. The urgent post we recieved said he was not likely to survive in the institution if and when he was transferred there.  Scott and I talked and prayed over the matter through the week, and then with God’s prompting committed to being Oakley’s parents. Our hearts are over joyed! However, with this added joy comes an added expense which we are fundraising for in an attempt to make all of this that God has laid on our hearts possible. 

The total for both adoptions is estimated to be $55,000; to this point we have spent $17,635.. Nextwe urgently need $15,400 which is needed for the facilitator team in Ukraine. The expenses up to this point do not include travel, lodging, and all of the other expenses we will incur with lost time at work and the variables that come with along with that and international travel..

We have three required trips to Ukraine as part of the adoption process. We firmly believe that God has asked, and God will provide. All of this is giving you a picture of the process we are going through, and because of the expenses we ask that you would please consider making a tax deductible donation to bring Lena and Oakley home. No amount is too small and we ask that you give what you are comfortable with knowing that it is truly changing lives.

 

Thank you so much for anything you can do, and may God bless you for caring. 

 

In His Name and Love,

 

The Miller Family

 

 


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 “Miller 08766”, 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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My Story

When Scott saw a post about hosting orphans he knew God wanted us to do it. I thought he was crazy, but I quickly got on board. In just 8 short weeks we were hosting 15 year old Lena for the summer.  Lena is an orphan from the Ukraine who is aging out of her orphanage.  Before we even met her God confirmed that Scott and I would be adopting her and making her a permanent part of our family, so we filed the required paperwork the week before Lena came to America. 

It was just in time; we had file it before she turned 16, and she celebrated her Sweet 16 after her second week with us! Part of this process required us to ask Lena if she wanted to be adopted, hearing her say yes was one of the greatest moments of my life. She has become our daughter, and seeing us together shows our mutual love in a way that shocked even me. We adore herand we are so glad we listened to God’s calling.  

This past week, as we are waiting for the approval from USCIS for Lena, an urgent call went out for parents to say yes to adopting a little boy with unspecified brain damage and congenital cataracts.  His name is Oakley and we had seen his profile before, but we figured he would have parents committed in no time—just look at that smile! However, no one has come forward yet. We knew when seeing the new post that God was once again speaking and saying we were meant to be his parents. 

Oakley is being transferred at the end of the year to an adult institution for people with special needs, and Oakley, this precious boy, is only four. The urgent post we recieved said he was not likely to survive in the institution if and when he was transferred there.  Scott and I talked and prayed over the matter through the week, and then with God’s prompting committed to being Oakley’s parents. Our hearts are over joyed! However, with this added joy comes an added expense which we are fundraising for in an attempt to make all of this that God has laid on our hearts possible. 

The total for both adoptions is estimated to be $55,000; to this point we have spent $17,635.. Nextwe urgently need $15,400 which is needed for the facilitator team in Ukraine. The expenses up to this point do not include travel, lodging, and all of the other expenses we will incur with lost time at work and the variables that come with along with that and international travel..

We have three required trips to Ukraine as part of the adoption process. We firmly believe that God has asked, and God will provide. All of this is giving you a picture of the process we are going through, and because of the expenses we ask that you would please consider making a tax deductible donation to bring Lena and Oakley home. No amount is too small and we ask that you give what you are comfortable with knowing that it is truly changing lives.

 

Thank you so much for anything you can do, and may God bless you for caring. 

 

In His Name and Love,

 

The Miller Family

 

 


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 “Miller 08766”, 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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Oakley!

November 20, 2019

Our sweet boy! ❤️

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The Miller Family

November 20, 2019

Scott and I have always wanted children. Early on we realized something was wrong.  I couldn’t get pregnant. We did all the testing, went to a fertility clinic and I was diagnosed with PCOS. We tried one fertility drug and when I ended up in the ER we knew adoption was direction we needed to go in. We looked into private adoption and foster to adopt. We had several failed situations in both ways. All the kiddos are loved and wanted though. In the end that is what matters most. We were foster parents to an amazing little boy who will always be in our hearts. He was reunified with family, and my brother died in a tragic motorcycle accident within a couple days of each other. Though that time was horrendous there was a light or two actually. My nephews needed parents and we were honored to do the job! We adopted in 2015 and I remember telling Scott anytime he would ask what I wanted for my birthday I would say to finalize the adoption. Of course he couldn’t make that happen so I would follow up with “you can pray for it though!”. I’ll never forget the call when the attorney said we would be adopting the day before my birthday! Best birthday ever! Three months later we were pregnant with Mika. I had a very difficult pregnancy but a beautiful healthy little boy came into the world. Three sons in a year! Derick, James, and Mika are amazing and have grown Scott and I as people and shaped us as parents for Lena and Oakley. Since Derick would be losing the title of oldest when we adopt Lena I asked him how he felt before we even signed up for hosting. He said “that’d be great! I’d have a big sister to teach me things!”. They loved Lena before she ever came home. I think they made her feel so welcomed and at ease. One of my favorite pictures is the four of them cuddled watching a movie the first night she was home. When we decided to adopt Oakley there was a lot of prayer and we had to speak to four children this time. I am again pleased to say all of my kids are thrilled Oakley will be there brother. Scott and I have experienced a lot miscarriages, and even huge loss in adoption. These five are worth all of what we have been through and I’m so glad for all the lessons that made us the people and parents to say yes to Lena and Oakley!

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