God has blessed us in so many ways. One of those ways was the simple fact that God has led us to each other. Prior to meeting, both of us had been advised by medical professionals that if either of us ever wanted to have kids in the future that it would be through adoption or other than natural means. When we met we knew that is was God’s plan at work. Although Katy was unable to have any more children it wasn’t that which made her choose adoption. She too was adopted at birth into an amazing and loving Christian family and she could feel God leading her life towards providing the same for another child someday. Ryan has never been part of any type of adoption, nor had he given it much thought until the day he found out natural children would not be an option for him. At that point in his life he too felt God leading him down the beautiful path of adoption.
This is why we both feel our paths crossing was just another part of what God had in store for us and it all made so much sense. As we have made the start of our adoption journey we pray daily, with our family and our church group that God see us though on our journey and that whatever baby he has chosen for us he keeps healthy and safe. We have always known that God is the great provider and if it is in his will, it will be done
Many people have asked how they can help support us. First and foremost, we welcome your prayers and support through this journey for our future child, the birth family and our family. While a blessing to us, adoption can lead to much grief and heartache for everyone involved. Second, we would greatly appreciate any financial assistance you can give, should you feel led to do so. We feel that no matter what your personal financial situation is, adoption is expensive. We see ourselves as a very “financially stable” family yet there is no way we could do this on our own. While we have saved accordingly and raised some funds in other ways, we are still a ways off from our goal. We were blessed with a matching grant of $3,500 from Lifesong which means they will match all of our donations up to $3,500! Anything donated over that also goes 100% to our adoption. All donations are also tax deductible!
Lastly, We would like to thank each and every person who has taken the time to read our story and chosen to support us in any way you feel comfortable. We are forever grateful to you!
Ryan, Katy and Riley
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 “Cheney 6883”, 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.