Our Adoption Adventure

Caleb & Angie
Caleb & Angie

After meeting in high school and dating in college, we married during graduate school in June 2007. From the beginning of our marriage, our expectations for life were challenged. In fact, we totaled our car when we hit a deer on the night of our wedding! God kept us safe and showed us that we could trust him, even in dangerous circumstances, mere hours into our marriage. This was just the first of many experiences through which God guided our lives in unexpected and difficult circumstances. 

In 2012, we began trying to have a family, but unfortunately the journey was not as easy as anticipated. As we struggled to understand what was happening, God provided us with a community of couples facing similar issues, a supportive church, and a growing understanding of his goodness amidst hardship. After a few years of infertility and miscarriages, we ended medical treatments and began to pray that the Lord would show us his desire for our future. Within a week, we received a phone call about a job opportunity in California (we lived in the Midwest at the time). This was an unexpected open door that exceeded our expectations and understanding, so we found ourselves moving across the country. After the move, we decided to get a second opinion regarding our infertility, which led to several rounds of failed infertility treatments and our ultimate decision to end all medical pursuits in December 2016. Although the door to have biological children seemed to be closed, we still desired to have a family and began to pray for direction.

Throughout our journey of infertility, the idea of adoption has come up frequently. Sometimes people have framed adoption as a natural “solution” to our infertility. We have resisted this idea because we do not see using adoption to gain what we lack as good, realistic, or fair for a child or for us. Over this past year, we have spent intentional time praying about our future and through that process God has opened our eyes to his plan for our lives. He has shown us that our ability and desire to be parents is a gift from him which he has called us to use in love through adoption. While this is not the way we thought we would become parents, we are eager to see what God will do in and through our family beyond our understanding or imagination. While we still experience the pain of infertility, God has been healing our grief by filling us with a new and different love and hope for our lives and family which includes adoption. We are grateful that the Lord has revealed his heart to us and that he has quickly turned our hesitation to adopt into excitement for serving him and welcoming a child into our family. 

We do not know what child God will place into our home. We do not know the timeline. We do not know all of the legal, financial, or personal logistics, but we do know that God is good. We know that he loves and cares for us. We know that he has clearly and quickly changed our hearts and brought us to a place we never would have chosen on our own. We know that we can trust him and have hope because he is always with us. He is the reason why we said, “yes” to the adventure of adoption and we are so excited to trust him in what is to come. 

Please consider supporting our adoption through a financial gift. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to cover a portion of our total estimated expenses of $45,000. We have been awarded a grant through Lifesong for Orphans which will match the first $3,000.


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 “Walder 7799”, 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 58 people
 of  $25,000
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My Story

After meeting in high school and dating in college, we married during graduate school in June 2007. From the beginning of our marriage, our expectations for life were challenged. In fact, we totaled our car when we hit a deer on the night of our wedding! God kept us safe and showed us that we could trust him, even in dangerous circumstances, mere hours into our marriage. This was just the first of many experiences through which God guided our lives in unexpected and difficult circumstances. 

In 2012, we began trying to have a family, but unfortunately the journey was not as easy as anticipated. As we struggled to understand what was happening, God provided us with a community of couples facing similar issues, a supportive church, and a growing understanding of his goodness amidst hardship. After a few years of infertility and miscarriages, we ended medical treatments and began to pray that the Lord would show us his desire for our future. Within a week, we received a phone call about a job opportunity in California (we lived in the Midwest at the time). This was an unexpected open door that exceeded our expectations and understanding, so we found ourselves moving across the country. After the move, we decided to get a second opinion regarding our infertility, which led to several rounds of failed infertility treatments and our ultimate decision to end all medical pursuits in December 2016. Although the door to have biological children seemed to be closed, we still desired to have a family and began to pray for direction.

Throughout our journey of infertility, the idea of adoption has come up frequently. Sometimes people have framed adoption as a natural “solution” to our infertility. We have resisted this idea because we do not see using adoption to gain what we lack as good, realistic, or fair for a child or for us. Over this past year, we have spent intentional time praying about our future and through that process God has opened our eyes to his plan for our lives. He has shown us that our ability and desire to be parents is a gift from him which he has called us to use in love through adoption. While this is not the way we thought we would become parents, we are eager to see what God will do in and through our family beyond our understanding or imagination. While we still experience the pain of infertility, God has been healing our grief by filling us with a new and different love and hope for our lives and family which includes adoption. We are grateful that the Lord has revealed his heart to us and that he has quickly turned our hesitation to adopt into excitement for serving him and welcoming a child into our family. 

We do not know what child God will place into our home. We do not know the timeline. We do not know all of the legal, financial, or personal logistics, but we do know that God is good. We know that he loves and cares for us. We know that he has clearly and quickly changed our hearts and brought us to a place we never would have chosen on our own. We know that we can trust him and have hope because he is always with us. He is the reason why we said, “yes” to the adventure of adoption and we are so excited to trust him in what is to come. 

Please consider supporting our adoption through a financial gift. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to cover a portion of our total estimated expenses of $45,000. We have been awarded a grant through Lifesong for Orphans which will match the first $3,000.


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 “Walder 7799”, 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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Big News!

July 31, 2018

We are SO excited to announce that WE ARE HAVING A BABY! We are matched with a expectant mother who is due in January. We do not yet know the gender, but we do know that the mother is healthy, and she is excited to pick us as her child’s parents. 

Thank you for your financial contributions to make our adoption possible! The total cost of the adoption is $43,000 and your donations have already helped us cover the initial fees. So far, your donations (plus a $3,000 matching grant) have provided $21,654 toward our $25,000 goal! THANKS!!!

As we wait for our baby to be born, consider joining us in prayer for the expectant mother. We are praying for the physical and mental health of our child, for our relationship with the expectant mother, and that the adoption goes smoothly. Again, thank you for all your encouragement, love, and support.

– Caleb and Angie

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Adoption Fund Update

July 11, 2018

It has been just under two weeks since we posted our adoption story, and we are already 66% funded (including the $3,000 matching grant)! We are humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of love, hope, and support we have received from everyone.

Thank you! 

Right now, we are in the process of waiting to be matched to an expectant woman who has chosen adoption for her child. It is an unpredictable process that can change quickly, so it is hard to guess when we will be matched. We will post an update when we learn more. 

Until then, we appreciate your prayers as we wait. Help us finish our fundraising strong by sharing this page with anyone you think might be interested. Thanks again!

– Caleb and Angie

 

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Comments

$100

Kate

Aug 11, 2018

“We're so happy for you and your family! Thanks for allowing us to help play a part in this beautiful process! Love, Ed and Kate Cantu”

$100

Philip and Karley

Aug 11, 2018

“Love you guys!”

$146

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Aug 10, 2018

$250

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Aug 10, 2018

$100

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Aug 9, 2018

$100

Jeff and Rachel

Aug 8, 2018

“We love you guys and are so so excited for you!”

$300

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Aug 7, 2018

$250

Anna

Aug 7, 2018

“So excited for you!!!”

$500

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Aug 6, 2018

$200

Elizabeth

Aug 5, 2018

“God Bless You!”

$250

Chris

Aug 4, 2018

“I heard someone special will get to be raised by you two! My prayers are with you.”

$1,000

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Aug 3, 2018

$50

Melisa

Aug 2, 2018

“Love you guys!”

$50

Kim

Aug 2, 2018

“We are so excited that you have been matched with a baby!! So thrilled for you! Miss you!”

$150

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Aug 2, 2018

$100

Patrice

Jul 24, 2018

“So excited for you...can’t wait to meet the lil one💓”

$100

Esther

Jul 21, 2018

“I wish I had more to give. Angie, you have given me so many great memories. You are a wonderful soul and I know you'll be a great mother. All my best wishes go with you, Caleb and your family.”

$100

Don and Helen

Jul 20, 2018

“We are excited for you and praying for all that God has ahead for you! Much love, Don and Helen”

$100

Patrick and Melissa

Jul 20, 2018

“Praying for y'all! Love, Patrick and Melissa Lee”

$100

J. Gary and Carolyn

Jul 20, 2018

“We're delighted that you have decided to adopt and will be praying for you as you are on this adventure. Blessings, The Edens”

$500

Matthew

Jul 19, 2018

“We love you and we are praying with you!”

$50

Terrie

Jul 18, 2018

“Praying for your adoption.”

$100

Deb

Jul 18, 2018

“Good luck to you both. God Bless. All My Love, Deb”

$800

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Jul 17, 2018

$200

Katy and Daniel

Jul 16, 2018

“You’re going to be amazing parents, we’re following along and praying for your journey.”

$500

Keith & Kay

Jul 16, 2018

“Prayers as you continue on this journey. We love you both and are excited to meet your little one, hopefully someday soon!”

$1,000

David

Jul 16, 2018

$200

Dana & Andy

Jul 15, 2018

“So excited for you guys! Sending lots of love your way.”

$100

Tania

Jul 15, 2018

“Excited to see God’s plan for you guys as parents <3 Tania and a Kyle”

$1,000

Mike & Gayle

Jul 12, 2018

“Caleb & Angie, Both of your families have been such a blessing to ours! May God Bless your family!! 💕”

$100

Kate

Jul 11, 2018

$250

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Jul 11, 2018

“We are so excited to see how God uses you two as awesome parents in a little childs life!! U Russ and A Dar”

$150

Tyeler & Tobin

Jul 11, 2018

$100

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Jul 10, 2018

$100

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Jul 10, 2018

$1,000

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Jul 9, 2018

$1,000

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Jul 9, 2018

$1,000

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Jul 9, 2018

$400

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Jul 8, 2018

“Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. We love you! the Lees”

$500

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Jul 6, 2018

$103

Barbara

Jul 5, 2018

“Bless you both on your journey. I believe strongly this path will give you more joy than you can imagine. So excited for you both.❤️💙”

$300

Dorothy

Jul 4, 2018

$500

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Jul 3, 2018

$400

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Jul 2, 2018

“Caleb and Angie, We love you guys so much! We're with you all the way. May the Lord richly provide all that you need. Romans 8:32.”

$100

Kendall & Olivia

Jul 2, 2018

$100

Jo

Jul 2, 2018

“Best wishes in your adventures as parents and as a family.”

$100

Corey

Jul 2, 2018

“I keep the faith! Your prayers will be answered no doubt. I comend the both of you for your focus on such a trying situation. Love Corey, Dawn and kids”

$511

Cameron and Elizabeth

Jul 2, 2018

“We are so excited for you two and the journey that God has you on. You both will be the best parents that will love with such unconditional love and a heart for Jesus.”

$50

Jake

Jul 2, 2018

“Caleb, so sorry to hear of your difficulties. May God grant you both peace and joy with your adopted child! Know that God always has a plan and he never stops blessing us. All the best.”

$100

Gayle

Jul 2, 2018

“Wish I could give more. Maybe later. I love you 2 very much.”

$40

Jennifer

Jul 2, 2018

$50

Danielle

Jul 2, 2018

“Best of luck! :)”

$100

Chris and Katie

Jul 2, 2018

“The child who gets you two as parents will be very blessed! Congrats in advance and best wishes!”

$3,000

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Jul 1, 2018

$1,000

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Jun 28, 2018

$150

Zachary

Jun 28, 2018

$500

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Jun 28, 2018

$5,000

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Jun 28, 2018