Pitzer Family Adoption Journey

Sara Pitzer Rockford, Michigan

OUR STORY:

This past fall, God called us to Journey with him through the process of adoption!
Now, although this news is new, and huge, unknown and crazy! – this isn’t exactly “new” news to us.

Our story starts almost 3 years ago…
God broke my (Sara) heart and very clearly called me to orphan care in January, 2015. He gave me the promise that one day he would add more children to our family.
At that point Matt was not on board. For months, I struggled and prayed thru my frustrations, until God confirmed that I was in a season of waiting. So I listened, I didn’t push. (Which is a miracle in itself!)

Although I was willing to wait, doing nothing felt disobedient. So I searched for places to volunteer or ways to become involved. By fall of 2015, I had found my place in the Refugee Housing Dept at Bethany Chr Svcs. And my heart has been there ever sense!

In January of 2016, I met a very special girl in my sons class at school. Within minutes, God began to tear apart anything I thought I knew about adoption; through my interaction with this little lady.
A few months later, I became her “Big Sister” (via BigBrothersBigSisters). Although she is incredible, we have not been called to be her forever family.

This season of Waiting HAS proven to be fruitful. We were able to host our third set of Chinese exchange students and provide short term housing for refugees.

I know now, that without waiting, we would have lacked the experiences, growth and a joined hearts desire to walk this path of adoption.

In the fall of 2016 when God literally sold our house and moved us into a larger one in our neighborhood (within 5 weeks), I knew it was beginning of him fulfilling his promise.

Fast forward a bit to January (2017). While out for a run, God touched Matt’s heart and literally called him to adoption with the words “It’s time”.  He spoke to Matt, not just to his heart – but audibly. (Makes me a bit jealous as I have yet to hear from God this way.)

As he heard the words, “it’s time”. 

 

After ignoring Gods quiet whisper of “its time” a couple times (and thinking that that wasn’t what he was hearing) he kept running… 

Until he heard the final “it’s time” so loudly that it was like a slap in the face. Matt even stopped running to turn and look behind him to be sure no one was talking to him!

He raced back to then car and texted me to say God had told him that it’s time for us to move into the process of refugee foster care and/or adoption.

 

I figured once Matt got on board, God would work quite quickly. But he didn’t.
For the next 10 months, we anticipated direction of some sort and anxiously awaited for God’s plan to roll out… It was slow going. Until it wasn’t!

In October (2017), I received my normally, scheduled email of the weeks “waiting child”. Now sometimes I delete these emails before opening, some I open and read, occasionally I even watch the attached video. But this day – I read the bio, watched the video and something inside of me immediately stirred. I watched the video again, yup – same feeling. At that time, I wasn’t sure if the feeling was for this particular little girl, the country or for the agency itself.  I sent it to Matt. I asked him to read the bio watch the video and let me know what he thought or if he had any feelings about it. Two days later, he told me that something stirred within him too! And that we should email for more info.

Over the next few days, and tons of crazy happenings, God confirmed our call to adoption as well as a specific country in Latin America. He also put on Matt’s heart that we needed to adopt a sibling group (most likely 3 kids) and that keeping a family together was important.

We have been approved to adopt from the US government and have completed our Dossier (Colombian paperwork) and are awaiting their approval.

At this time, we don’t know much more than that. Like which kiddos, how we will even afford it and how we could possibly spend up to 4 weeks out of country?!

What we do know is that this IS the path God has for our family. And that the process can be long and unsure. Thankfully, where the Lord guides, He provides.

The most recent evidence of that provision is that we have just been awarded a $5000 matching grant from the generous folks at “We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund” out of Indianapolis, IN. (administered by Lifesong for Orphans) This means that for every dollar we raise, it will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $5000). Thank you Lord!

So join us, on our crazy adventure!
We would love your prayers, support and encouragement. Ha! We’re going to need it!


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 “Pitzer 7880”, 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

OUR STORY:

This past fall, God called us to Journey with him through the process of adoption!
Now, although this news is new, and huge, unknown and crazy! – this isn’t exactly “new” news to us.

Our story starts almost 3 years ago…
God broke my (Sara) heart and very clearly called me to orphan care in January, 2015. He gave me the promise that one day he would add more children to our family.
At that point Matt was not on board. For months, I struggled and prayed thru my frustrations, until God confirmed that I was in a season of waiting. So I listened, I didn’t push. (Which is a miracle in itself!)

Although I was willing to wait, doing nothing felt disobedient. So I searched for places to volunteer or ways to become involved. By fall of 2015, I had found my place in the Refugee Housing Dept at Bethany Chr Svcs. And my heart has been there ever sense!

In January of 2016, I met a very special girl in my sons class at school. Within minutes, God began to tear apart anything I thought I knew about adoption; through my interaction with this little lady.
A few months later, I became her “Big Sister” (via BigBrothersBigSisters). Although she is incredible, we have not been called to be her forever family.

This season of Waiting HAS proven to be fruitful. We were able to host our third set of Chinese exchange students and provide short term housing for refugees.

I know now, that without waiting, we would have lacked the experiences, growth and a joined hearts desire to walk this path of adoption.

In the fall of 2016 when God literally sold our house and moved us into a larger one in our neighborhood (within 5 weeks), I knew it was beginning of him fulfilling his promise.

Fast forward a bit to January (2017). While out for a run, God touched Matt’s heart and literally called him to adoption with the words “It’s time”.  He spoke to Matt, not just to his heart – but audibly. (Makes me a bit jealous as I have yet to hear from God this way.)

As he heard the words, “it’s time”. 

 

After ignoring Gods quiet whisper of “its time” a couple times (and thinking that that wasn’t what he was hearing) he kept running… 

Until he heard the final “it’s time” so loudly that it was like a slap in the face. Matt even stopped running to turn and look behind him to be sure no one was talking to him!

He raced back to then car and texted me to say God had told him that it’s time for us to move into the process of refugee foster care and/or adoption.

 

I figured once Matt got on board, God would work quite quickly. But he didn’t.
For the next 10 months, we anticipated direction of some sort and anxiously awaited for God’s plan to roll out… It was slow going. Until it wasn’t!

In October (2017), I received my normally, scheduled email of the weeks “waiting child”. Now sometimes I delete these emails before opening, some I open and read, occasionally I even watch the attached video. But this day – I read the bio, watched the video and something inside of me immediately stirred. I watched the video again, yup – same feeling. At that time, I wasn’t sure if the feeling was for this particular little girl, the country or for the agency itself.  I sent it to Matt. I asked him to read the bio watch the video and let me know what he thought or if he had any feelings about it. Two days later, he told me that something stirred within him too! And that we should email for more info.

Over the next few days, and tons of crazy happenings, God confirmed our call to adoption as well as a specific country in Latin America. He also put on Matt’s heart that we needed to adopt a sibling group (most likely 3 kids) and that keeping a family together was important.

We have been approved to adopt from the US government and have completed our Dossier (Colombian paperwork) and are awaiting their approval.

At this time, we don’t know much more than that. Like which kiddos, how we will even afford it and how we could possibly spend up to 4 weeks out of country?!

What we do know is that this IS the path God has for our family. And that the process can be long and unsure. Thankfully, where the Lord guides, He provides.

The most recent evidence of that provision is that we have just been awarded a $5000 matching grant from the generous folks at “We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund” out of Indianapolis, IN. (administered by Lifesong for Orphans) This means that for every dollar we raise, it will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $5000). Thank you Lord!

So join us, on our crazy adventure!
We would love your prayers, support and encouragement. Ha! We’re going to need it!


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 “Pitzer 7880”, 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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Last leg of the race…

December 13, 2018

Got a few sweet pics today of “the brothers” opening the care package (photo book, skittles a few small toys and a video/family intro & house tour) that we sent. 💗💗

 

They now know that we exist and that they’re going to be adopted.

 

We are waiting for our last round of government documents to be approved before we can get an exact travel date, but still plan to be leaving for Colombia to pick up our boys some time between January 16-February 1.

 

 

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. We are so close to the “finish line”! 

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We’ve been matched!

November 30, 2018

On Halloween we received a call from our caseworker saying that our letter of intent was received and Colombia had sent our official referral.

Over the next few days we reviewed “the brothers’” full files – over 90 pages in total. After much prayer and consulting with our pediatrician and trauma therapist we accepted! 💗

We are expected to travel to Colombia at the beginning of February to pick up our boys. Matt, Addi and Colin will be in country for the first 2 weeks then return to Michigan. While the boys and I will remain for the last 1-2 weeks and finish up Visa and US Embassy appointments.

The next few months are going to fly by and will be busy with lots of preparation. So Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.  

Here’s how you can pray for us:

– That the Lord will continue to provide the remaining $30k necessary to bring our boys home.

– That he will prepare our family and the hearts of “the brothers” for this huge life change.

– That we would enjoy our time in Colombia as a new family unit, that memories would be made and for safe travels.

– That our transition when we return to the states would be as smooth as it can be.

 

We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your prayers, encouragement and support!

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Our Dossier and letter of intent have been approved!

October 18, 2018

Just got word from Bethany Global that our Dossier and letter of intent for “the brothers” have been approved by Colombia!! 🇨🇴🇨🇴                Thank you Lord! 

Now we wait 1-2mos to hear if ICBF, CRAN and the adoption house where the brothers are living approves our family as a match. If so, they would then send us a “formal referral”. Once we accept, we could find ourselves in Colombia 8wks later. Which could mean we would be in country picking up our boys in February! 💗

There are many details that are still unknown, but we can now rejoice and let our hearts go as the risk of anything falling through is very slim!

Thank you for your encouragement and for keeping us in your prayers.            

Please continue to pray that:                  – God continues to prepare our hearts and the hearts of “the brothers” for this big transition.     – We would find a few people that would be willing to walk alongside us when the boys are home and support us as “helping hands” to provide consistent, support in our home one day a week (4-7pm-ish) for the first month or so after returning from Colombia.            – Future fundraisers would be a success, that we would be awarded more funds through adoption grants and that God would provide a way for us to raise he remaining $45k that is needed to bring our boys home!

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Grant application Approved!

October 15, 2018

Thank you Lord!

We received this letter in the mail on Saturday approving our grant application through the Tim Tebow Foundation (aka Show Hope) and awarding us $5,000!!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve spent hours and hours on grant applications. It has become a full time job – but is proving to be oh so rewarding! We have submitted two other grant applications and when we receive a “formal referral” from Colombia we can then apply for three more. 

Please continue to pray over our finances and fundraising efforts. $75k is an unbelievable amount of money, but I’m happy to report that we are almost halfway there!! 😊

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Its it’s a small world!

October 3, 2018

 

Over the last few days my Colombian – American world has gotten even smaller! 

 

A few friends sent me this precious video yesterday, only to discover that this particular family is actually part of the Columbian adoption Facebook page I am a part of! 

 

I was also connected to a family in Grand Haven, who is adopting a nine-year-old boy from the SAME adoption house (orphanage) as our boys! And, they are also planning to be in Colombia in Jan/Feb!

 

Thank you Lord for facilitating these much needed connections! 💗

 

http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/rtmtv-loving-family-offers-orphan-forever-home

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GOLF SCRAMBLE

September 19, 2018

Come one come all – youth, adults, seasoned golfers and rookies alike!

 

Join in on the fun! We’ll play 18 holes of golf, eat and help raise additional funds needed as we get even closer to bringing their kids home.

 

Door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and golf cheat packages will be available for cash purchase at the course.

 

Price: $60 per per person

 

Pay to play via ebrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitzer-family-adoption-fundraiser-golf-scramble-tickets-49986534069

OR 

by cash at the event. If paying by cash, please RSVP to Travis at: travismikulenas@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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Update

September 14, 2018

It’s weird not being pregnant but still waiting, expectant and in hopeful anticipation of adding children to your family just as you would if that child were growing in your womb…

 

Some of you have asked how we’re feeling and if we’re excited. The short answer is YES! But the whole truth is, right now I’m only allowing my heart to be half happy when I think of the real possibility of “the brothers” becoming a part of our family. 

The other half I am keeping in reserve (for the next 2-3 months), as not to get my hopes up for fear of possible disappointment or heart ache. That is until we receive our “formal referral”. After that, I’m doomed- my heart will be all in! 😜

 

But then there are little things that happen along the way like this update from our caseworker that steal a bit more of my heart out of reserves. 💗

 

Update:

 

Colombia confirmed receipt of your letter of intent today and now we’ll be waiting on dossier review. They confirmed the boys’ match will be held until it can be reviewed with your dossier, so there are no concerns about them being matched with other families from here.

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Big News!

September 4, 2018

Waiting to hear from God can be a funny thing… 

Sometimes he prepares you for something (without your knowing it) even before the opportunity arises. There are times when he leaves the answer up to you, times where he may not answer how you had hoped, times when he calls you to spend lots of time just being with him (in prayer, reading the Bible, etc) and other times when prayers for wisdom and direction are answered in minutes! And then, there are the times when it’s not so much about what he says but what he’s not saying.

 

And that’s what life has been like at the Pitzer house for the last 5 days.

 

We know that he’s called us to Adoption. And He’s clearly directed us to specifics like; the country, ages/medical openness of kiddos, sibling group of 2-3 and the adoption agency. 

But since we received a “soft match” of the brothers” from our caseworker last week, we have been awaiting his response. What makes the decision making of the “who(‘s) a bit tricky, is that from the start – we’ve given that over to Him.

 

The last 5 days we’ve prayed for direction and wisdom on whether these could be our kiddos. We’ve gotten many small signs (like “the brothers” falling in line with the silly Pitzer birth date phenomenon, a friend having a dream and seeing our family with two small boys, both Matt and I having a sense of peace, no anxiety and surprised by how good of a fit they seem to be for our family, words of affirmation spoken and Bible verses shared with us from friends, Addi deciding a few weeks ago that she didn’t want a sister – only brothers, etc) all pointing us in the direction of yes, but nothing loud and clear like we’ve experienced in the past…

 

But what is loud and clear anyway?! 

I’ve found It’s in situations like this where it’s not what God’s saying but more importantly what he isn’t. And in our case, he isn’t telling us NO. (Not at this point anyway.)

So today, during our conference call after getting the last bit of reassuring information I was hoping for – Matt and I felt led to say YES! 💗

 

We will be sending a letter of intent along with our Dossier to the specific adoption house where “the brothers” are living in hopes of getting approved and matched with these sweet, little guys!

 

Our Timeline:

It could be another 2-3 months before we would get our approval and formal referral. Then 2-3 months before we head to Colombia… But today, we are saying yes and moving forward!

 

 

Please keep us in your prayers and hold on tight – things are about to get crazy! 😜

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Update 😊

August 29, 2018

Update from our caseworker yesterday:

 

 

Your dossier has been sent to your country — Congratulations on completing this important step of your adoption process!

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Dossier (Paperwork) Update

August 18, 2018

These piles pretty much sum our life for the past 3.5 months… 😞

 

The good news is, these babies will soon be out of “translation” with the hope of sending them off to Colombia next week! Thank goodness! This means we should be receiving files of potential sibling group matches real soon. 

 

Now it’s waiting on God’s plan and His timing. 🙏🏻

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