Ryan and my journey toward adoption dates back to October 26, 2013–the day Ryan and I first met in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ryan and I met in college during our junior year of school. A dear, mutual friend of ours invited us to go apple picking with some friends, a seemingly quintessential fall activity in Virginia. At the orchard, we were introduced, and, from our very first meeting, found out that we both had adopted siblings.
During that first meeting at the apple orchard, we had a great conversation about adoption and about life, and decided to pick the conversation back up over coffee the following week. Not only did we discover that we have a lot in common, but we also discovered that we were born hours apart. Ryan was born in the evening in December and I was born across the country the next morning. We have shared a birthday cake and family celebration every year since.
After dating, getting engaged during our senior year of college, and then graduating, we got married over Labor Day weekend surrounded by our family and friends. We will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary this coming September!
Adoption has been on our hearts since we first met. Fast forward from meeting in October 2013 to October 2021–nine years almost to the day we met–we officially applied and started the adoption process with Holt International based in Eugene, OR.
We currently do not have any children at home (we do have a lovable black lab named Judd who thinks he is a baby) and are excitedly awaiting a match from Thailand! We expect that the entire process will take about 3-3.5 years from when we first submitted our application in October 2021 with Holt to traveling over to Thailand.
UPDATE 7/31/23: We are beyond excited to share the news that we have just been matched! We are going to be parents!
As we are working through this lengthy process, we would love for you to walk alongside us. First and foremost, we need prayer. We ask that if you think of us, you would cover our future family separated many miles apart in prayer. Second, we are seeking financial partnership as this process involves significant costs. We expect the total cost of this adoption to be approximately $46,000. We have been working diligently to apply for grants and currently have a total of $12,500 in matching grant funds from Lifesong for Orphans, Traders Point Christian Church, Diversity Church, and Hands of Hope awarded to us that will match the first $12,500 in donations made on this site dollar for dollar. We have also received a generous $10,000 gift from La Via de James Foundation. Every dollar donated on this site directly helps us cover the adoption expenses.
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We want our future family to know that they have always been in our hearts, in our prayers, and in our dreams when we envisioned the future.
Thank you for being such a special part of our adoption story. Here’s to the exciting journey ahead as we grow our family!
All of our Love, รัก
Ryan and Lindsey
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