Our story begins with our precious little Everett. He was a gift from the Lord at the perfect time in life. My (Christina) dad was diagnosed with non-smoking lung cancer shortly after Everett was born which catapulted us into an incredibly challenging season. Everett was a precious gift as a reminder of God’s goodness. He was, at times, the only bright light in the midst of that very heavy season. In August of 2016, my dad was promoted to heaven. The grief that we battled, and still do, was beyond our understanding but we continued to trust a faithful and loving God.
When Everett was around nine months old, we started trying to conceive again. We had high hopes of growing our family quickly with lots of “littles” running around early in our marriage. Little did we know that four years later we would still be a family of three. That monthly dose of grief was, at times, overwhelming. It felt like the waves of grief were still coming. With no answers from doctors or any personal research, we settled with knowing God was in charge. I’m not saying our hearts were settled though. We continued to trust God, the giver of life. Infertility was not something we expected or planned. Life has been full and good as we expectantly wait for the gift of another child.
Throughout those four years, we made a few transitions, one being moving our family from Texas to Oregon. The Lord is still unfolding that story, and we are along for the ride. It has been an adventure in many ways. We LOVE the gorgeous mountain views, hiking, parks & friends right where we live!
About a year ago, in August of 2018, after talking with our lifelong friend, Amy, who had the most wonderful experience with Christian Adoption Consultants, we decided to start praying about adoption and what that might look like for our family. After some weeks of praying, seeking council from our families, and speaking with our amazing Adoption Consultant, we decided this was indeed what the Lord was weaving into our story. Adoption wasn’t necessarily something that we had talked about in the beginning of our marriage, but the Lord certainly starting stirring our hearts towards it in the midst of battling this “unexplainable infertility”.
We want to adopt because it is a beautiful picture of how God loves us and what He has done for us. We were adopted into His family and what a blessing it would be to adopt a baby into our family.
We are so very excited, and so very nervous at the same time! So many unknowns, but there are a few certainties— the Lord knows which baby is ours and when they will be born, God knows the transition we are in and we know He will provide. He knows the cost of adoption and is oh so faithful, GOD IS GOOD.
We have been diligently saving money since we’ve been married and we haven’t been completely sure what for, but now we know! Although, the average adoption costs about $35,000 which includes legal fees, some of the expectant mother’s medical and living expenses & care in the hospital, baby’s medical expenses, agency fees, finalization fees, airfare, and costs associated with staying in the baby’s home state until we are cleared legally to come back to Oregon (usually two weeks). We have worked VERY hard to save, had two very successful fundraiser yard sales where friends donated items and I organized/priced about 1000 items to sell at each sale (they were very profitable and we made about $5,000 in total. Hard work pays off!), and have been blessed with generous financial gifts from family. All this to say, we are working towards our goal of a debt free adoption, and although we are not asking people to give, we know we are surrounded by a lot of amazing people who want to be part of this incredible adventure! If you are so inclined to join us in bringing this baby boy home, we would love your support. Please pray as we travel to Texas in just a few short weeks, and for the financial provision to adopt.
To get us started, we have been have been awarded a $2500 matching grant from Hear the Cry Solid Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We were so incredibly thankful for this generous gift.
Our little Everett is now four, and I am not kidding when I tell you he asks “when is our baby coming, mama?” just about every day! He prays for them to come soon, and has been practicing with his stuffed animals for months! He is all boy, but totally ready for the big brother role!
We are so very grateful for all of God’s blessings. Thank you for your love and support.
John, Christina and Everett Newton
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