One More in Boutopia!

Boutot
Boutot Poquoson, Virginia

Why would a busy family with four biological children pursue adoption? Our story begins nearly a decade ago when we were a young married couple desperately wanting children. Back then it was hard to celebrate when friends and family announced they were expecting. For several years Holly and I wanted kids, but had been unable to conceive. We even began visiting a fertility doctor without success. In desperation, we began to pursue adoption, but God had other plans.

In July 2010 our son Jonah was born. He would be followed by Zoe in 2012, Phoebe in 2014, and Ella in 2016. But even as our family grew, our desire to welcome a child into our home through adoption grew as well.

Two Scriptures in particular led us to this life-changing decision. First, James 1:27 which says “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep one unstained from the world.” Second, James 2:15 which says, “If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,’ but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?”

God used these two passages mightily in our lives to convince us that He is calling us to care for orphans in a specific way, by welcoming a vulnerable child into our family.

Our adoption journey hasn’t always been an easy one. It’s been fraught with fears, worries, impatience, and plenty of unknowns. God is using this journey in our lives to teach us of His incredible pursuing love for us.

We know that as Christians we’ve been adopted by our Heavenly Father, and we hope that by obeying God’s leading to adopt we can display this Good News to others (Eph. 1:3-6).

Although we’re confident God has led us to adopt, we are unable to proceed without a lot of help. God has blessed us by allowing us to complete the Home Study and dossier phases of the adoption with our own savings and the help of a few close friends and family members. But to complete our journey, we’ll need to raise another $20,000. We hope you’ll consider joining us in our efforts to bring our child home. And if not, we’ll rest in confidence that where God leads us He won’t leave us. Where He sends, He supplies!

NOTE: The first $3000 in donations we receive will be matched, due to a $3000 matching grant we have been awarded from We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.


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 “Boutot 7275”, 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

Why would a busy family with four biological children pursue adoption? Our story begins nearly a decade ago when we were a young married couple desperately wanting children. Back then it was hard to celebrate when friends and family announced they were expecting. For several years Holly and I wanted kids, but had been unable to conceive. We even began visiting a fertility doctor without success. In desperation, we began to pursue adoption, but God had other plans.

In July 2010 our son Jonah was born. He would be followed by Zoe in 2012, Phoebe in 2014, and Ella in 2016. But even as our family grew, our desire to welcome a child into our home through adoption grew as well.

Two Scriptures in particular led us to this life-changing decision. First, James 1:27 which says “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep one unstained from the world.” Second, James 2:15 which says, “If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,’ but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?”

God used these two passages mightily in our lives to convince us that He is calling us to care for orphans in a specific way, by welcoming a vulnerable child into our family.

Our adoption journey hasn’t always been an easy one. It’s been fraught with fears, worries, impatience, and plenty of unknowns. God is using this journey in our lives to teach us of His incredible pursuing love for us.

We know that as Christians we’ve been adopted by our Heavenly Father, and we hope that by obeying God’s leading to adopt we can display this Good News to others (Eph. 1:3-6).

Although we’re confident God has led us to adopt, we are unable to proceed without a lot of help. God has blessed us by allowing us to complete the Home Study and dossier phases of the adoption with our own savings and the help of a few close friends and family members. But to complete our journey, we’ll need to raise another $20,000. We hope you’ll consider joining us in our efforts to bring our child home. And if not, we’ll rest in confidence that where God leads us He won’t leave us. Where He sends, He supplies!

NOTE: The first $3000 in donations we receive will be matched, due to a $3000 matching grant we have been awarded from We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.


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 “Boutot 7275”, 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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We’re traveling soon!!!

December 28, 2020

Today we had two bits of good news. First, we learned our 800A form is now in Kansas City being processed. We were concerned it may take several weeks longer due to a host of Covid-19 delays, but by God’s grace it is under review much sooner than we expected. Second, we had a travel call with our agent today. We cannot begin booking travel plans yet, but our agent believes that we may be traveling as early as February (if not sooner)!

Please pray for. . .

-God’s favor on the government officials who will be reviewing our case

-God’s protection throughout our travel plans amidst the pandemic (and that we won’t have to quarantine while we’re in Colombia) 

-God’s comfort for Ezekiel as he transitions from foster care to an orphanage until we meet him

-God’s provision for the remainder of our support 

-God’s care for our church family during our extended absence 

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We’ve Been Matched!

December 1, 2020

In September 2016, our family began our adoption journey by applying to adopt a little boy from Haiti. I (Hopson) visited Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake that devastated Port au Prince and have never stopped caring about this nation and its people. But God had other plans.

After three years in the Haiti program, we decided to switch to Colombia in early 2019. Although our hearts are still broken for the Haitian people, government corruption and bureaucracy has made it increasingly difficult to adopt from Haiti. 

Although it was difficult to start the process all over again to enter the Colombia program (new medicals, new home study, new psychological evaluations, more fundraising, etc.), we were confident this was the right choice. God has recently assured us that we’ve made the right decision.

After four years of waiting, we finally heard about a little boy waiting for a forever family! Our family was selected by a Colombian orphanage as a potential fit for Ezekiel on October 29. Amidst great pain, as our church was saying goodbye to a beloved saint, God gave us good news of great joy. 

 

The day before Thanksgiving we were officially selected to be the adoptive parents for this little boy, and (Lord willing) we’ll be traveling to Colombia as a family in late January.

 

There’s so much we’d like to share with you about this journey, but it’s not over yet! We still need to raise about $10,000 to cover remaining fees, transportation costs, and lodging for our time in Colombia. If you’d like to help us with this, you can do so by giving here. You can also give to our church’s Adoption Assistance Fund

 

But of course, the most important thing you can do is pray for us. No, that’s not just another Christian cliche. We really mean that. If our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (and everything else in the universe!), then we know we’ll have everything we need.

Thanks for taking time to read about how God has worked in our family. We hope to share more good news soon!

Hopson, Holly, and the Boutopians

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Comments

$2,000

Michael

Dec 31, 2020

“We can’t wait to meet Ezekiel. This is from Dunamis!! Love you! Pops”

$50

Gayle

Dec 31, 2020

“So excited to hear about your journey. It is so great to see a family that allows God to lead them in His plan. Some precious little boy out there is going to have an amazing family and very Godly parents.”

$100

Mary

Dec 30, 2020

“Love you”

$50

Aunt

Dec 30, 2020

“So excited for you!!”

$200

Hidden

Dec 30, 2020

$125

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Dec 5, 2020

$100

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Dec 1, 2020

“Love you all!”

$500

Sandra

Dec 1, 2020

“We love you guys and praise God for His faithfulness!”

$25

Hidden

Dec 1, 2020

“I very excited to meet Zeke!”

$205

Luke and Emily

Nov 30, 2020

“We are praying for you as you continue to trust the Lord to provide all you need. We can’t wait to meet this precious little one you’ve prayed and longed for for so long! We love you guys!”

$500

Sandra

Dec 4, 2019

$1,000

Jeffrey

Dec 3, 2019

“Merry Christmas! From Jeff Kim & Nate”

$200

elaine

Dec 2, 2019

$100

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Nov 23, 2019

“Praying for your family 💜”

$150

Bobby & Kelly

Apr 30, 2018

“Just a little something towards your donations to bring Boutot #5 home. Love you all!”

$75

NAOMI LEE

Mar 8, 2018

“Pray you will be able to bring your son home soon! BILLY, LEE. RONNIE & SARAH EVANS”

$82

Offline Donation

Feb 9, 2018

$100

Becky

Jan 23, 2018

$466

Offline Donation

Jan 15, 2018

$5,000

Hidden

Dec 27, 2017

“Mark Waite referred me. He thinks you are really doing God's work. An honor to help.”

$200

Sarah

Dec 14, 2017

$100

Offline Donation

Dec 14, 2017

$100

Michael & Carol

Dec 2, 2017

“We can’t wait to welcome our grandson!”

$50

Matt

Nov 30, 2017

$30

Michael

Nov 22, 2017

“Love this! God bless you and your family in this endeavour!!”