Pull-ups for Tiny Bug 🐛

Connor Martin Houston, Texas

Tiny’s story

On April 26th 2018 we adopted our daughter, Avalon Adalia Martin (A.K. A Tiny Bug). I can say that not only was it an amazing blessing but the process was one of the hardest I’ve ever experienced. The story that follows honestly is still hard for me to talk about because it’s so emotionally charged. Over the course of that year long battle, I had the opportunity to see angels first hand acting as the hand of God and I’m convinced I also saw one of the more ugly sides of humanity.

At 3 days old, we received a call saying a beautiful baby girl needed a home. They asked us if our home was open and we said yes. The next day we had a baby. It was a shock to say the least, what most people have 9 months to prepare for, we had a day. Because my oldest daughter was breast fed and was a horrible sleeper for the better part of 15 months, I volunteered to do night feedings with Tiny. I slept with her by my bedside, woke up every night and fed her, holding her in my arms each day and growing more and more attached to this beautiful blessing God brought into my life. At 3 months Tiny was sleeping through the night, and we got a visit from  her case worker, she said we should start preparing the paperwork for Tiny’s adoption because we would likely become adoptive parents. My heart was hers already but if I’d held any reservations until that point they were now gone. The next few months were bliss as we prepared our new family for legal confirmation.

In the blink of an eye everything changed. On a Friday at about 5 months we got a call. The case worker said there’s an adoption agency who has moved for placement of Tiny, we’re going to relinquish custody so say goodbye to her because  we will be there Monday morning to pick her up. That night I hit my knees and prayed like never before, prayed for her future, prayed to God that i’d never ask for another thing but to let me raise her, prayed that if it was His will that she’d remember us. We took to social media and asked anyone and everyone we knew for advice, thankfully someone gave us a family lawyers number. We filed an injunction that weekend and on Monday they didnt come to get Tiny. We had bought some more time.

Weeks passed and it became clear that despite us maxing out our credit cards to pay for the legal fees associated with our lawyers retainer that she was in over her head. One of our good friends Josh Wilson luckily had some advice for us and pointed us in the direction of a woman who could win. At that point we had a decision to make because the retainer was another 20,000 and we’d loose the money we had paid the first. I say a decision but it really wasn’t one, we applied for the loan, liquidated ALL of our savings and retirement funds within the week.

The next year was spent knowing that at any minute the tide could turn in favor of this agency, I savored every moment with Tiny and got more attached every day. We went to court countless times that year. God was there the whole time, our lawyer Valeria Brock was incredible and somehow kept me calm through the storm, Josh Wilson dedicated many hours of his time showing up to every court date just to translate legal speak to us so we understood what was going on the entire way. Ultimately Tiny was adopted and she got to keep her forever family that day, though regardless of the outcome we would always have been.

After the adoption we were left with a bill that was pretty crushing, but God once again said trust me. A friend mentioned in passing that our Church had a seed fun for adoption through an NPO agency that aids adoption and foster care. So, we went in and talked to our missions pastor and he gave us an application. We sent in the application and waited a few weeks, when we heard back from Lifesong I cried. We had 14,000 remaining on our loan. During the process I had made it clear that I didn’t want a full payoff because I knew that we had the means to pay the loan if we budgeted correctly. They respected that and gave us 12,000 with 2,000 interest free loan. God had in an incredible, and so tangible way spoken.

On August 17th I’ll be attempting the 24hr pull-up record where I’ll have to complete 7,601 strict pull-ups to officially beat the record. There are so many amazing causes out there, and clearly adoption is one that’s close to my heart. With Lifesong lifting this financial burden off of my shoulders I wanted to raise awareness for them and dedicate the pull-up attempt to them. My goal is to raise the entire 20,000 that was needed to save Tiny, so that maybe I can be a blessing someone the way others have blessed my family.

Oh and by the way Tiny is the best… she loves dancing and hugs so tight. She likes to annoy her big sis sometimes and has the best laugh you’ll ever hear. She wears her hair in a million different styles all of which are impossibly cute. You can always tell when she’s about to be naughty. She loves spicy food, unicorns, her family and every animal she comes in contact with. She’s my daughter and I thank God every day for her.


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 “Lifesong Adoption Fund – Ref: Martin”, 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 project.

  • 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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Tiny’s story

On April 26th 2018 we adopted our daughter, Avalon Adalia Martin (A.K. A Tiny Bug). I can say that not only was it an amazing blessing but the process was one of the hardest I’ve ever experienced. The story that follows honestly is still hard for me to talk about because it’s so emotionally charged. Over the course of that year long battle, I had the opportunity to see angels first hand acting as the hand of God and I’m convinced I also saw one of the more ugly sides of humanity.

At 3 days old, we received a call saying a beautiful baby girl needed a home. They asked us if our home was open and we said yes. The next day we had a baby. It was a shock to say the least, what most people have 9 months to prepare for, we had a day. Because my oldest daughter was breast fed and was a horrible sleeper for the better part of 15 months, I volunteered to do night feedings with Tiny. I slept with her by my bedside, woke up every night and fed her, holding her in my arms each day and growing more and more attached to this beautiful blessing God brought into my life. At 3 months Tiny was sleeping through the night, and we got a visit from  her case worker, she said we should start preparing the paperwork for Tiny’s adoption because we would likely become adoptive parents. My heart was hers already but if I’d held any reservations until that point they were now gone. The next few months were bliss as we prepared our new family for legal confirmation.

In the blink of an eye everything changed. On a Friday at about 5 months we got a call. The case worker said there’s an adoption agency who has moved for placement of Tiny, we’re going to relinquish custody so say goodbye to her because  we will be there Monday morning to pick her up. That night I hit my knees and prayed like never before, prayed for her future, prayed to God that i’d never ask for another thing but to let me raise her, prayed that if it was His will that she’d remember us. We took to social media and asked anyone and everyone we knew for advice, thankfully someone gave us a family lawyers number. We filed an injunction that weekend and on Monday they didnt come to get Tiny. We had bought some more time.

Weeks passed and it became clear that despite us maxing out our credit cards to pay for the legal fees associated with our lawyers retainer that she was in over her head. One of our good friends Josh Wilson luckily had some advice for us and pointed us in the direction of a woman who could win. At that point we had a decision to make because the retainer was another 20,000 and we’d loose the money we had paid the first. I say a decision but it really wasn’t one, we applied for the loan, liquidated ALL of our savings and retirement funds within the week.

The next year was spent knowing that at any minute the tide could turn in favor of this agency, I savored every moment with Tiny and got more attached every day. We went to court countless times that year. God was there the whole time, our lawyer Valeria Brock was incredible and somehow kept me calm through the storm, Josh Wilson dedicated many hours of his time showing up to every court date just to translate legal speak to us so we understood what was going on the entire way. Ultimately Tiny was adopted and she got to keep her forever family that day, though regardless of the outcome we would always have been.

After the adoption we were left with a bill that was pretty crushing, but God once again said trust me. A friend mentioned in passing that our Church had a seed fun for adoption through an NPO agency that aids adoption and foster care. So, we went in and talked to our missions pastor and he gave us an application. We sent in the application and waited a few weeks, when we heard back from Lifesong I cried. We had 14,000 remaining on our loan. During the process I had made it clear that I didn’t want a full payoff because I knew that we had the means to pay the loan if we budgeted correctly. They respected that and gave us 12,000 with 2,000 interest free loan. God had in an incredible, and so tangible way spoken.

On August 17th I’ll be attempting the 24hr pull-up record where I’ll have to complete 7,601 strict pull-ups to officially beat the record. There are so many amazing causes out there, and clearly adoption is one that’s close to my heart. With Lifesong lifting this financial burden off of my shoulders I wanted to raise awareness for them and dedicate the pull-up attempt to them. My goal is to raise the entire 20,000 that was needed to save Tiny, so that maybe I can be a blessing someone the way others have blessed my family.

Oh and by the way Tiny is the best… she loves dancing and hugs so tight. She likes to annoy her big sis sometimes and has the best laugh you’ll ever hear. She wears her hair in a million different styles all of which are impossibly cute. You can always tell when she’s about to be naughty. She loves spicy food, unicorns, her family and every animal she comes in contact with. She’s my daughter and I thank God every day for her.


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 “Lifesong Adoption Fund – Ref: Martin”, 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 project.

  • 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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$75

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12 hours ago

“Bless you and this wonderful organization brother!”

$50

Hidden

22 hours ago

“So proud of you, Connor!”

$70

Craig

Aug 18, 2019

$150

Robert

Aug 18, 2019

$50

Martha

Aug 18, 2019

$400

Martha

Aug 18, 2019

“This donation is because of some members of Crossfit Caveman that have done pullups for the last month”

$200

Ken

Aug 18, 2019

“Connor, you are an inspiration”

$54

Nancy

Aug 18, 2019

$525

Brian

Aug 18, 2019

“Congratulations Connor!”

$100

Howard

Aug 18, 2019

“Great effort! Great cause!”

$256

Lily, Coco, Leash & Wendy

Aug 18, 2019

“Great Job, Connor! We are all very proud of you.”

$50

Teal

Aug 18, 2019

$200

Brian

Aug 18, 2019

$20

Nathan

Aug 17, 2019

$100

Bryan

Aug 17, 2019

“Awesome story. You got this!”

$100

Susie

Aug 17, 2019

“Tiny is so lucky to have such a committed dad! Congratulations Connor.”

$25

Emily

Aug 17, 2019

$30

Carly

Aug 17, 2019

$100

Karen

Aug 17, 2019

“Best of luck to you Connor!! Break that record!”

$20

Nancy

Aug 17, 2019

$50

Brent

Aug 17, 2019

$35

Sara

Aug 17, 2019

$50

Lia

Aug 17, 2019

“You’re incredible, so proud of you friend! Keeping you and your family in my prayers!!”

$100

Phil & Jen

Aug 17, 2019

“We’re so proud of you! Sending all the love to you & Tiny!-Phil & Jen”

$100

Susan

Aug 17, 2019

“What a fine cause! Lia told me about your story.”

$100

Kres

Aug 17, 2019

“Best wishes from the Sanchez Family. What a wonderful story to share.”

$250

Patrick

Aug 17, 2019

$100

Ann

Aug 17, 2019

“Best of luck Connor! I met you YEARS ago while attending a kids very at your family’s gym in 2008... I was so impressed with you then and even more so now! What a great organization for you to focus your training and talents on... best of luck to you and your family and Tiny Bug!😉”

$100

Kyle

Aug 16, 2019

$100

Tony & Katie

Aug 16, 2019

$100

Jacqueline

Aug 16, 2019

“Rooting for you Connor!”

$150

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Aug 16, 2019

“Harrowing story with happy ending. Heard about your family through Kyle. Good luck tomorrow!!”

$100

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Aug 16, 2019

“We are Katie’s parents. Such a touching story. Blessings to you all!”

$100

Chuck

Aug 16, 2019

$25

Tim

Aug 16, 2019

$200

Sara

Aug 15, 2019

$200

Turner and Kelley

Aug 15, 2019

$25

Marilyn

Aug 15, 2019

“This story touched my heart. May God continue to bless you.”

$100

Jim

Aug 15, 2019

“Great testament shared to me by my son, Jeff Hurlbert”

$100

John

Aug 15, 2019

“Good luck, Connor!”

$25

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Aug 14, 2019

$100

Scott

Aug 13, 2019

$100

Cynthia

Aug 13, 2019

“I’ll be pulling for ya!”

$50

Ryan

Aug 12, 2019

“Get that record!”

$15

Hidden

Aug 12, 2019

$50

Hidden

Aug 12, 2019

“Go, Connor!”

$75

Matt

Aug 12, 2019

“BEST OF LUCK CONNOR This is an incredible endeavor and you’re the man for making it happen. Love ya bro! Matt”

$50

Carrie

Aug 12, 2019

“What a wonderful cause.”

$100

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Aug 11, 2019

$100

Nancy

Aug 11, 2019

$100

Cathy

Aug 10, 2019

$100

Shardul

Aug 9, 2019

$750

Offline Donation

Aug 9, 2019

$500

Michael

Aug 7, 2019

$50

Melinda

Aug 6, 2019

“Go, Connor (and Tiny Bug), go!”

$100

Margaret

Aug 6, 2019

“So proud of you, Connor”

$150

Beth

Aug 6, 2019

$100

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Aug 6, 2019

“You are an inspiration!”

$150

Geraldine

Aug 6, 2019

$100

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Aug 2, 2019

“Wish you all the best on breaking the record, thank you for sharing your incredible journey with Tiny Bug.”

$55

Nick

Aug 1, 2019

“Truly and inspiration.”

$150

Yuval

Aug 1, 2019

$100

Anthony

Jul 31, 2019

$50

Sean

Jul 31, 2019

“Good luck Connor! Not that you'll need it.”

$100

Kristin & Gus

Jul 31, 2019

“This is an amazing thing you're doing Connor! Your girls are so lucky to have you as a dad. Good luck!!”

$50

Beth

Jul 30, 2019

“Go Connor!!!”

$100

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Jul 18, 2019

$50

Susan

Jul 11, 2019

“Connor you got this ! Sending love and prayers that you meet your goal . Love that Tiny Bug she sure is worth it .”

$100

Michelle

Jul 9, 2019

“Thank you so much for adopting and supporting others who adopt. I was adopted at birth and am so thankful for my family.”

$10

Jessica

Jul 5, 2019

“Good luck, Connor!”

$25

Alexander

Jul 4, 2019

“Sorry I can't send more. Good luck with the challenge.”

$500

Offline Donation

Jun 25, 2019

$100

Lynne

Jun 2, 2019

“Lots of love, Granny.”

$100

Adam

May 9, 2019

“You got this!”

$100

Darrell and Beth

May 9, 2019

$50

Margaret

May 8, 2019

“Wonderful!!”

$100

Dan and Lisa

May 8, 2019

“What a beautiful story! #payitforward”

$10

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May 8, 2019

“It’s awesome what you’ve done, and are continuing to do... congrats on being good people, it’s rare today”

$100

Kenn

May 8, 2019

“We are cheering for you and for the great cause you are supporting!”

$50

Barry

May 7, 2019

$50

Peter

May 7, 2019

$150

Elias

May 3, 2019

“Beautiful story Conner. Thank you for sharing.”

$100

Tim

Apr 30, 2019

“Great story Connor! You're daughters will be very proud of you when they are old enough to understand the story. And you will own the pull-ups. You're training alone is extremely impressive.”

$250

Christine

Apr 30, 2019

“Words can't express how touched I was by your struggle to adopt and provide a loving home for Tiny. Here is to helping other loving parents provide safety and security for other tiny blessings.”

$100

Karen

Apr 26, 2019

“Amazing story and great cause! Good luck”

$100

Mikki

Apr 26, 2019

“We could not be happier that Tiny is part of our family ❤️”

$50

Alison

Apr 26, 2019