Hello! It’s us, Barry and Megan! Thank you for taking time to learn more about our story and who we are as a family. We cannot wait to get to know YOU! We already have so much respect for you and often wonder what interests you have, what makes you laugh, and what goals you have in life! We understand this may be a very difficult decision and we pray you find clarity and peace with the direction God leads you.
Our love story began in 2008 at the Christian high school we both attended. What started as freshman Megan crushing on the upperclassman Barry, quickly became a friendship through seeing each other at basketball games. It also led to an official dating relationship on Valentine’s Day 2009! We continued to date as Barry went off to college in Iowa and Megan stayed for college in Michigan. Long-distance dating taught us great communication skills with one another! Once Barry graduated college in 2014 with a youth ministry degree, he moved back to where we grew up and proposed. We said “I do” in July 2015!
In the beginning of 2019, God nudged us towards adoption. It was something we had always chatted about before marriage and wanted to be part of our story. We started the adoption process and were surprised early on in the journey- we were pregnant! We put our adoption journey on hold as we welcomed our daughter, Brynlee Mae, into this world in January 2020. The desire to adopt has not left our hearts and we are excited to grow our family this way!
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 “Dykstra 10474”, 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.
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