One More Rohrer

Mike & Peggy Lynne Rohrer
Mike & Peggy Lynne Rohrer Washington Boro, Pennsylvania

Friends, it is good to be able to update you on the latest turn in our adoption journey for One More Rohrer!  We do have good news to share!  (Let's go back to go forwards.) After our first failed adoption...we of course were shocked and reeling from the loss and hurt.  The little girl we thought we 'had' was not to be.  Then, 2 days later the same agency called us saying a little girl was born at the local hospital, would we be interested?  Yes!  Of course...this must have been God's sovereign plan all along, right?   No.  That adoption failed as well.  So...we lost 2 girls in a matter of 5 days.  The grief was hard, instant and real.  And our family returned home with empty arms.  How quickly the picture we had in our minds vanished.  Gone.  Departed.

But our prayer of adding to our family was not. We were not done.  Not crushed.  Not hopeless.  The verse that had been pressed in my heart during our years of infertility came back to me in another layer.  A different shade...but the validity rang out just as clear and true.  'Be strong...take courage and wait for the Lord.'  To know that He is good in your mind because He is True, goes against everything in our flesh. We couldn't see His goodness.  We didn't feel His goodness.  But we knew it.  We read it in His word.  So we had to stay there, even if we didn't feel it. We hid in His promises. He didn't leave, He was our refuge.  Our circumstances, our finances, our time, our energy, our future all had been altered in one phone call. (Okay...actually two phone calls.)  But He didn't fail us. Have you been there? When you walked by faith.  Not by sight.  Not by emotions. Not even by common sense. Not knowing the end...it is hard.  It is exhausting. It is a test. However, our spirit was most certainly encouraged by Him and by those around us. Thank you family and friends who hurt and supported us.  What a wonderful reassurance from you that we did not walk the path alone.  Never. However you showed care and concern, it was so very much appreciated.  His comfort was seen in you.

And so here we are again, He has lead us again for 'another' adoption journey!

After returning home, we began praying about another situation we received from the adoption agency (same agency in Florida).  We reached out for counsel and after some more prayer we did decide to take another step of faith. Another way to be courageous and strong, stepping onto that 'roller coaster' once again!  We accepted knowing He is the author of what our family looks like.  This adoption and situation is different. But He is not.  In one big way this adoption is different is that this little one is not a girl.  (I know...all the pink...will turn to blue!)  Our little boy is due on Monday, October 12th. Here we go again to One More Rohrer 'Boy'! We continue to pray for the safety of our birth mother and also our son. We do not know many details, but we lift all the concerns and our expectations up to Him. The time is short for our family to make another trip to Florida our countdown is 5 weeks, if she doesn't come early!

As we prepare our hearts and hope...would you join us again?  Join us in prayer for our family to honor Him again.  No matter the outcome.  As we said before, there are no guarantees in adoption.  It grieved our hearts knowing how generous and kind you were to give financially, with gifts, and supporting us with the resources you had, to lighten our load and then to know the reality that some of it was gone.  Although we did not lose all of our money in our failed adoption, we lost a portion for the care of our birth mom and baby girl prior to the change of her decision.  It was unexpected and most certainly was heavy on our hearts, for you all were so kind and loving towards us, this little one, but more importantly to Him.  In the end it was not wasted...not in vain.   And on that thought, we continue to ask Him to provide what we need to bring our baby boy home.  To be honest, adoption is not a light endeavor...emotionally, financially or mentally.  The process is long, and now, it seems even 'longer' and more of an 'obstacle'.  However, your prayers and financial support during our adoption journey have pointed us to His faithfulness time and time again.  May we once again, come before Him to see what He has in store for our family...and His glory!  We hope in Him. We give to Him.  We trust in Him.


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 “Rohrer 08543”, 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.
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Friends, it is good to be able to update you on the latest turn in our adoption journey for One More Rohrer!  We do have good news to share!  (Let's go back to go forwards.) After our first failed adoption...we of course were shocked and reeling from the loss and hurt.  The little girl we thought we 'had' was not to be.  Then, 2 days later the same agency called us saying a little girl was born at the local hospital, would we be interested?  Yes!  Of course...this must have been God's sovereign plan all along, right?   No.  That adoption failed as well.  So...we lost 2 girls in a matter of 5 days.  The grief was hard, instant and real.  And our family returned home with empty arms.  How quickly the picture we had in our minds vanished.  Gone.  Departed.

But our prayer of adding to our family was not. We were not done.  Not crushed.  Not hopeless.  The verse that had been pressed in my heart during our years of infertility came back to me in another layer.  A different shade...but the validity rang out just as clear and true.  'Be strong...take courage and wait for the Lord.'  To know that He is good in your mind because He is True, goes against everything in our flesh. We couldn't see His goodness.  We didn't feel His goodness.  But we knew it.  We read it in His word.  So we had to stay there, even if we didn't feel it. We hid in His promises. He didn't leave, He was our refuge.  Our circumstances, our finances, our time, our energy, our future all had been altered in one phone call. (Okay...actually two phone calls.)  But He didn't fail us. Have you been there? When you walked by faith.  Not by sight.  Not by emotions. Not even by common sense. Not knowing the end...it is hard.  It is exhausting. It is a test. However, our spirit was most certainly encouraged by Him and by those around us. Thank you family and friends who hurt and supported us.  What a wonderful reassurance from you that we did not walk the path alone.  Never. However you showed care and concern, it was so very much appreciated.  His comfort was seen in you.

And so here we are again, He has lead us again for 'another' adoption journey!

After returning home, we began praying about another situation we received from the adoption agency (same agency in Florida).  We reached out for counsel and after some more prayer we did decide to take another step of faith. Another way to be courageous and strong, stepping onto that 'roller coaster' once again!  We accepted knowing He is the author of what our family looks like.  This adoption and situation is different. But He is not.  In one big way this adoption is different is that this little one is not a girl.  (I know...all the pink...will turn to blue!)  Our little boy is due on Monday, October 12th. Here we go again to One More Rohrer 'Boy'! We continue to pray for the safety of our birth mother and also our son. We do not know many details, but we lift all the concerns and our expectations up to Him. The time is short for our family to make another trip to Florida our countdown is 5 weeks, if she doesn't come early!

As we prepare our hearts and hope...would you join us again?  Join us in prayer for our family to honor Him again.  No matter the outcome.  As we said before, there are no guarantees in adoption.  It grieved our hearts knowing how generous and kind you were to give financially, with gifts, and supporting us with the resources you had, to lighten our load and then to know the reality that some of it was gone.  Although we did not lose all of our money in our failed adoption, we lost a portion for the care of our birth mom and baby girl prior to the change of her decision.  It was unexpected and most certainly was heavy on our hearts, for you all were so kind and loving towards us, this little one, but more importantly to Him.  In the end it was not wasted...not in vain.   And on that thought, we continue to ask Him to provide what we need to bring our baby boy home.  To be honest, adoption is not a light endeavor...emotionally, financially or mentally.  The process is long, and now, it seems even 'longer' and more of an 'obstacle'.  However, your prayers and financial support during our adoption journey have pointed us to His faithfulness time and time again.  May we once again, come before Him to see what He has in store for our family...and His glory!  We hope in Him. We give to Him.  We trust in Him.


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 “Rohrer 08543”, 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.
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Adopted For (Eternal) Life

October 22, 2020

Hello to all!

We are heading home today! An answer to prayer as we awaited the green light to be cleared to leave Florida…this is rare to be able to leave the state in such short order. But we will take it! (The children are the only ones disappointed…the parents are delighted!  😊)  As we make the journey home would you join us in asking Him for safety, good time in traveling and 4 contented children ☺️.  At this point, we should be home by the weekend and more than ready for you all  to meet our sweet addition. 

Thank you for praying for us as we met Caleb’s birth mom yesterday. It went well and she is very lively and talkative so the time went fast…as she loved on her boy and said ‘good-bye’. It was a time filled with much emotion as you might expect or imagine. Adoption is not easy, and never should exist…but it does now. And always will. It is because of sin, selfish desires and a rebellion against God’s design that it has come into our world. Without ‘adoption’ we would never come to know God as Father. It is sad, painful,  and full of brokenness. But…what delight and joy it brings! In that dead, hopeless and rebellious state; redemption, love and a second chance is born. Out of her hard place, in God’s great mercy…this woman choose life to this boy, who was to become our son. 

We are asking the Lord to change her heart and receive His salvation for her. For her to be adopted and know what it is like to be part of a family. What love our Father has for us! For her! What a privilege to be called a child of God? And what a priceless gift to hold this child, Caleb Matthias in our arms. Adoption is not easy…but it is absolutely beautiful. Adoption is not of this world, it is of God and the world cannot fully understand it.

And really, we (meaning us, our family)  have only scratched the surface ourselves…thank you Caleb for showing us a sliver of our Father’s Love. 💙

From…”Rohrer…Party of Six” 

💙❤️💙💙❤️💙

P.S. I really do try to keep it short! 😏 And thank you again…to ALL of you. Life with our family and friends is such a joy and treasure from Him. See you soon! 

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Caleb is Officially “One More Rohrer”

October 19, 2020

Hello to everyone!

It is with great joy, smiles, love and yes, exhaustion (😜) we now have One More Rohrer!

Caleb Matthias entered the world on October 13th at 8:27pm but he officially entered our family on October 18th at 4:27pm.

I will try to keep this short (most times I fail at this one, simple goal!) so you can get main points. 

Today Caleb was discharged from the NICU, and he is doing well! We are grateful, that as we travel, we have no issues to worry about…he is doing amazing! 💙 But at this point, we are still in Florida waiting for the “green light” to legally leave the state. We don’t know specifics but, we are thinking we will be here till Friday?? That’s our prayer, and our plan as of now, to be heading home by the weekend. 💙 The children have taken to the idea of being big brothers and a big sister quite easily…and Caleb is worn out from all the love that was poured out on him in such a short time. 😂 

As always…your prayers have been our covering and our protection…it is not easy and to have so many things out of your control. It can make one give into sharp words, impatience, and unkind behaviors very easily. Everyone is off the schedule…however, we have taken this trip two times now with 8 weeks apart, but we have been reassured that we were called to press on with adoption. And your prayers, support, encouragement and love have been a sweet cushion for all 6 of us as we have walked this path.

We’ve walked the road of infertility, of bearing children, and now we can add an adoption to our ‘list’…no one road is easier than another. Let us be content with the lot we find ourselves in. He, Himself, has placed us there…

Some things of prayer…

To be able to leave Florida in a timely manner. That the legal side of things would go according to plan.

To be awarded the grant money that we applied for, knowing it would help greatly.

For traveling safety for our family of 6   💙❤️💙💙❤️💙

And last, but so important, is prayers for our birth mom. For her continued physical healing from the delivery, her heart to be comforted in her decision, and salvation for her soul. We will meet with her one more time…how to best represent Him to her? Your prayers will serve us to minister to her. 

Thank you! Thank you! Love and miss you all! We can’t wait till we are back home in PA! Caleb can’t wait to see you too! He’s heard so much about you! 😊

Michael & Peggy Lynne, Asher, Aiden, Cora and Caleb

 

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He’s Here! He’s Ours! He’s Loved!

October 16, 2020

It is with great joy we can introduce you to…

Caleb Matthias 💙

He is ours! Today was the day this little boy became a part of our family! And although we thought we could take him home with us today, it will have to wait till Monday.

We were told today he has been in the NICU for several days…but he is doing well! We met the wonderful nurses taking care of him, and are grateful for all of their praises and good reports. 

At this point…we are now splitting up so I can go in to take care of him as much as possible.

 

Please continue to pray that he does continue to progress so we can all be together! We are grateful, thankful and very tired! 😜

This is one fine day…our family has seen His goodness and faithfulness in this dear, precious baby boy.

 

Can’t wait till you can all meet Caleb!

Michael, Peggy Lynne, Asher, Aiden, Cora and baby Caleb 

💙❤️💙💙❤️💙

 

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Safe Delivery!

October 14, 2020

Hello to everyone! It is so good to report that our birth mom had a smooth delivery last night…with her precious son born at a healthy 6 pounds and 12 ounces! We are overjoyed to hear the news. At this point, this is all we know, however, we are so thankful to know he is in the world and in the “regular nursery”. 

Please be praying for our birth mom. The next 72 hours will determine what she decides…and of course, we are praying our Lord makes our trip fruitful and that we can come home as a family of 6.

But He will give us only the best…so we will wait seeing what He does…

Michael and Peggy Lynne 💙

 

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Hello from Florida

October 12, 2020

Hello to everyone!

We arrived safely in Ft. Myers and are thankful for that! Florida is a long state. 😏

I won’t be to wordy and I’ll make it short…we found out today that the C-section was post poned for unforeseen circumstances. At this point, we have very little information. We wait to hear from the agency and know with certainty…at some point the baby will come into this world!

We continue to pray for our birth mom, for her health and safety, for her frame of mind to be one of clarity and peace. We also pray for our agency and that God would give them wisdom to know how to love, support and care for her at this crucial and delicate time.

Thank you for the prayers…and the support from afar. One huge blessing was we “thought” our plans for housing was all “wrecked”. The house we had planned to book was full. 😬     It was not how we planned it to go at all, however, God knew this and caused our housing arrangements to be switched. So we are staying with friend’s who graciously opened there homes up to us. And we are being comforted by spending time with them…where if we did it “our way” we would be alone again. Just waiting. God is kind even in that small instance. And that’s just one way He provided for us…

Let us praise His name together and count His blessings…there are more to come. We just don’t know them yet.

 

Love to you all…thank you for your prayers. We need every single one of them! We’ll keep you posted! 

Michael and Peggy Lynne ✝️

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Heading to Florida-Round 2

October 9, 2020

Hello to all!

Here we go again!  For our 2nd trip down to Florida, 2 months later…with puppies, blue and striped outfits and cars this time around!  Here’s to another Rohrer boy…as we have another late night of packing and preparing to leave tomorrow (Saturday).  What a mix of emotions!  Highs and lows, flashes of anticipation and doubt, joy and fears all rolled into the hustle of packing our things not knowing what we have in store, other than He has led us this far…He will see us through.  

We received word from our agency today that our birth mom’s C-Section has been scheduled for 9:30am, Monday, October the 12th. At this point we will not be able to go to the hospital, but they are believing we could actually have our little one as early as Wednesday…as late as Friday.  (If nothing is discovered for a longer stay in the hospital.). However, as far as we know, and everything they are telling us, they seem confident that this little boy is strong and healthy.  We pray he is, indeed, growing and healthy! We will know soon enough, and we are resting in the lovely truth that our Lord knows and that He has placed him and has fashioned him for us.  He will be a wonderful addition to our family.

(As of now the boys are just thrilled to be bringing home a boy!  They came out of their rooms just to know if they can pack more…because “they are so excited to see him!”  As it was after 9pm, I told them, “Not right now…off to bed!”  However, their hearts are already soft for this little life and for that I’m grateful. What kindness in their excitement and what love they have shown as they ‘pack their lunch-boxes with gifts for the baby’. 🙂

As we leave, we are asking for much of the same in our first trip…

*For the safety and peace of mind for the birth mom.  She does have some health concerns, and although, she does seem to be doing okay, we are asking for His protection and peace to be with her as she delivers and recovers.  Also, that she would remain firm in her decision.  It is a very difficult thing, and quite a struggle, to place a child in someone else’s care…for life.  And we won’t know her final decision until we hold our boy in our arms.

*For the health and well-being of our son.  We have been praying that He would sustain and fashion him, helping him to grow and strengthen as He sees fit. We cannot wait to see His marvelous creation in a small package.

*For the travel that we have going down and coming home and all the inbetween.  We will find out how one travels with an infant!  Pray for our van, our safety and our patience as we are on the road.  

Thank you again to you all!  We are so grateful and feel supported and loved…but beyond that you have all shown us that this little life will be cared for, prayed for and accepted!  He has proved His faithfulness to us…now we are praying to see His faithfulness in bringing home our sweet son.

Thank you again!!!

Until the next update…

Mike, Peggy Lynne, Asher, Aiden, Cora and (baby boy #4)

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Any Day Now…

September 23, 2020

Family and friends…

We have been wanting to connect with you and provide an update as we prepare for another trip to Florida. It’s getting close!  At this point we could really receive a phone call at any time telling us that our little boy is on his way…that thought alone gets us very excited!  However, we continue to wait…knowing we will be meeting him in under 2 weeks (Lord-willing!).

Please continue to join us in prayer for this birthmom as she is nearing her delivery date…for her health and own peace of mind with her decision.  Also, that we can, in any way show her the love and comfort of Christ.  There are a lot of unknowns in the world of adoption and in the world of Covid, so we surrender our ‘ideas’ and ‘expectations’ and offer them to Him.  May we show her our Lord, no matter how small our interactions or no matter how long we can be together…

Our baby boy is also offered to Him, who created and fashioned him!  We pray that he is developing and growing as he should be, and that he would be strong and healthy…and that he would come to know the Lord, just as his parents and siblings do.  🙂

And, again, we would appreciate your prayers for safe travels.  In some ways, it was nice to have a ‘trial run’ to Florida…in other ways, it can work against you!  But we continue to trust Him for energy, clarity, and stamina as we pack up for Round 2!  The children did great on the first trip…we are asking our Lord for the same mercy this time around.

On another note of prayer, we have applied for some financial assistance through a ministry offering grants for the last leg of the adoption process.  This is a matter of prayer.  They have over 50 applicants every month and only offer financial help to around 15-20 families.  We commit this matter to Him, however, it would mean so much to us if you could pray on our behalf.  May He provide through this grant as any additional finances would help greatly.  We don’t know if this will be an answer for us, but we are thankful for the opportunity to apply.

Every prayer uttered, every note given, every quick text sent, items given and all the support received is no small matter in our eyes or His.  And the loveliest part is, our child will know what joy it is to be cared for and loved, to have a family and home because of your support and His wonderful providence.  Thank you again…we love you all!  We are turning our hearts towards Him as He helps to bring our baby home in every aspect of this process, from the birthmom, to the health of our baby, to the finances to the legal items, to the logistics of travel…

And if He doesn’t???

Well…if in His mercy, He says no again…we will slowly accept that.  He knows what is best for us all.  Who are we to question His dealings?  We have followed Him where He led us. We have wanted to do this for so long, and He knows our hearts the best.  He gives us the desires of our hearts…He does not disappoint!  No good thing does He withhold. (Is this easy to live out?  Uhh…no.)

But, we are leaving that in His hands.  Right now…we are praying for the best case scenario.  And that scenario has us introducing you to our little boy.  For you to meet him and to hold him. For you to see what the Lord has been doing behind the scenes…in secret.  By His mercy and kindness He is able to do just that!  No? We trust Him. (Again, is this easy?  Uhh…no.)

We know with His Spirit and your support we wait expectantly and with a great love growing in our hearts to bring home One More Rohrer!

Michael, Peggy Lynne, Asher, Aiden, Cora and baby boy #4

 

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