Schlender Adoption

Rebecca Schlender
Rebecca Schlender Bozeman, Montana

Our Story told by Rebecca

When I was 12 years old our church had a guest speaker come and talk about adoption. The speaker passed out a little flyer with the precious faces of two babies on the front and spoke about the many children just like these that needed a safe and loving home to grow up in. I couldn’t take my eyes off that flyer and in that magical moment, my heart confirmed that I would adopt someday. After my first year of college, I decided to travel to Southeast Asia with a team of people to work in aids orphanages and hospitals. This experience was beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. In the months I spent with those amazing Cambodian children, my deep desire to adopt grew stronger and my love for orphans overwhelmed every part of my heart. 

Shortly after I returned to the United States, I met my soon to be husband through some mutual friends. The next day we bumped into each other at a coffee shop and Jared told me about how he had just gotten back from Southeast Asia as well and was in the process of planning a trip to Sierra Leone, Africa. Jared and a few of his friends wanted to share their love of art and the healing that takes places through art therapy at an orphanage there. They also wanted to get to know the village with the hopes of opening up a center for women with disabilities. When women are unable to provide for their children due to disabilities, many of those children become orphaned. I left the coffee shop that day wanting to be a part of Jared’s life. He had the most beautiful, kind heart and his desire to help those in need was contagious.

While we were dating, we had all the typical conversations couples have about their dreams for the futures. During one of these converstations, I asked Jared how many children he wanted. This question felt exceptionally important because Jared comes from a big family! I love big families, but also never wanted to have more than one biological child. I nervously shared my adoption dreams with Jared and as I spoke, his eyes lit up and a huge smile formed across his face. Jared said, ever since he was young he has wanted to adopt too! My heart leaped out of my chest because I knew we were a match made in heaven! Jared and I married a year after that fateful day in the coffee shop and we will celebrate our 10th anniversary together this summer. A year and a half ago we welcomed a beautiful biological baby girl into our family and we cannot wait to welcome another precious baby girl into our family through adoption!

The cost of a domestic infant adoption can be upwards of $45,000. Over the last few years, we have been diligent with saving and we were able to put away $10,000 to cover all of the expenses thus far. We are hoping to receive some grants, as well as your generous donations to cover the rest. Our goal is to have $35,000 by April 1, 2019 and funds will be accepted until our adoption is complete. Many of you have asked why adoption is so expensive and we have asked the exact same question. We thought it might be helpful to see a breakdown of estimated expenses.

Homestudy- $2,000, Documentation and Authentication – $1,000, Postage- $200, Post Placement Fees- $1,000, Attorney Fees- $13,000, Agency Fees- $9,000, Birth Family Counseling- $2,000, Birth Mother Medical Expenses- $14,000, Travel- $3,000

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story and consider helping us in whatever way you feel led to give!


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 “Schlender 8213”, 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.

  • 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 told by Rebecca

When I was 12 years old our church had a guest speaker come and talk about adoption. The speaker passed out a little flyer with the precious faces of two babies on the front and spoke about the many children just like these that needed a safe and loving home to grow up in. I couldn’t take my eyes off that flyer and in that magical moment, my heart confirmed that I would adopt someday. After my first year of college, I decided to travel to Southeast Asia with a team of people to work in aids orphanages and hospitals. This experience was beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. In the months I spent with those amazing Cambodian children, my deep desire to adopt grew stronger and my love for orphans overwhelmed every part of my heart. 

Shortly after I returned to the United States, I met my soon to be husband through some mutual friends. The next day we bumped into each other at a coffee shop and Jared told me about how he had just gotten back from Southeast Asia as well and was in the process of planning a trip to Sierra Leone, Africa. Jared and a few of his friends wanted to share their love of art and the healing that takes places through art therapy at an orphanage there. They also wanted to get to know the village with the hopes of opening up a center for women with disabilities. When women are unable to provide for their children due to disabilities, many of those children become orphaned. I left the coffee shop that day wanting to be a part of Jared’s life. He had the most beautiful, kind heart and his desire to help those in need was contagious.

While we were dating, we had all the typical conversations couples have about their dreams for the futures. During one of these converstations, I asked Jared how many children he wanted. This question felt exceptionally important because Jared comes from a big family! I love big families, but also never wanted to have more than one biological child. I nervously shared my adoption dreams with Jared and as I spoke, his eyes lit up and a huge smile formed across his face. Jared said, ever since he was young he has wanted to adopt too! My heart leaped out of my chest because I knew we were a match made in heaven! Jared and I married a year after that fateful day in the coffee shop and we will celebrate our 10th anniversary together this summer. A year and a half ago we welcomed a beautiful biological baby girl into our family and we cannot wait to welcome another precious baby girl into our family through adoption!

The cost of a domestic infant adoption can be upwards of $45,000. Over the last few years, we have been diligent with saving and we were able to put away $10,000 to cover all of the expenses thus far. We are hoping to receive some grants, as well as your generous donations to cover the rest. Our goal is to have $35,000 by April 1, 2019 and funds will be accepted until our adoption is complete. Many of you have asked why adoption is so expensive and we have asked the exact same question. We thought it might be helpful to see a breakdown of estimated expenses.

Homestudy- $2,000, Documentation and Authentication – $1,000, Postage- $200, Post Placement Fees- $1,000, Attorney Fees- $13,000, Agency Fees- $9,000, Birth Family Counseling- $2,000, Birth Mother Medical Expenses- $14,000, Travel- $3,000

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story and consider helping us in whatever way you feel led to give!


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 “Schlender 8213”, 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.

  • 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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The whole story!

November 16, 2020

When I was 12 years old our church had a guest speaker come and talk about adoption. The speaker passed out a little flyer with the precious faces of two babies on the front and spoke about the many children just like these that needed a safe and loving home to grow up in. I couldn’t take my eyes off that flyer and in that magical moment, my heart confirmed that I would adopt someday. After my first year of college, I decided to travel to Southeast Asia with a team of people to work in aids orphanages and hospitals. This experience was beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. In the months I spent with those amazing Cambodian children, my deep desire to adopt grew stronger and my love for orphans overwhelmed every part of my heart. 

Shortly after I returned to the United States, I met my soon to be husband through some mutual friends. The next day we bumped into each other at a coffee shop and Jared told me about how he had just gotten back from Southeast Asia as well and was in the process of planning a trip to Sierra Leone, Africa. Jared and a few of his friends wanted to share their love of art and the healing that takes places through art therapy at an orphanage there. They also wanted to get to know the village with the hopes of opening up a center for women with disabilities. When women are unable to provide for their children due to disabilities, many of those children become orphaned. I left the coffee shop that day wanting to be a part of Jared’s life. He had the most beautiful, kind heart and his desire to help those in need was contagious.

While we were dating, we had all the typical conversations couples have about their dreams for the futures. During one of these converstations, I asked Jared how many children he wanted. This question felt exceptionally important because Jared comes from a big family! I love big families, but also never wanted to have more than one biological child. I nervously shared my adoption dreams with Jared and as I spoke, his eyes lit up and a huge smile formed across his face. Jared said, ever since he was young he has wanted to adopt too! My heart leaped out of my chest because I knew we were a match made in heaven! 

 

Our story is dreamy, isn’t it?! However, we all know that isn’t how life actually works. When we decided to begin growing our family, we struggled for years with infertility. It was incredibly discouraging and because I had always desired to adopt, I wanted to quit trying and being the adoption process. However, Jared was not ready to venture down that road. This caused a lot of conflict in our marriage. I felt helpless and broken. Why couldn’t my body just make a baby? We kept trying and eventually I got pregnant a month after I had miscarried at 11 weeks. I was overjoyed and completely terrified the entire pregnancy. 

 

I have always felt like names were incredibly significant. They hold a lot of power and meaning. I had been praying for a name for our daughter, but nothing was coming. One evening I was very anxious and asked Jared to read me a children’s book. This always calmed my spirit. He went upstairs and grabbed a book. It was Alice in Bible Land, the story of Esther. This was my absolute favorite story book as a child. Who doesn’t love a Bible, Disney princess?  While he was reading to me, I said, “I wish the name Esther wasn’t so old fashioned. I would name my daughter that.” Jared leaned his head back and shut his eyes. Then he looked at me and said “what about Estelle”?! I had never heard that name before, but I loved it! We looked it up and it means Star, just like Esther did. The summer before I got pregnant we were camping in the back of our truck. We saw so many shooting stars, and of course, we had to make a wish. I wished for a baby, and Jared said he wished for one too. I knew that name was a promise that our little “star” would be ok. It didn’t stop me from worrying during my pregnancy, but deep down, I knew this baby would be safe. 

 

It was chilly day in November, a month after my daughter had turned one. We were all snuggled up together in her nursery contemplating how lucky our family was. Then a deep pain filled Jared and I’s heart as we were reminded of all the children we had seen over the years that would never have a life of safety, security, love and opportunities. In that moment we agreed that it was time to start our adoption journey. 

 

We started our contract with Faithful Adoption Consultants in January of 2018 after 3 months of filling out paperwork. This included countless background checks, visits with a social worker, trainings, medical evaluations and full disclosure of all of our finances. It was invasive, but understandably necessary. We were told that we would have a baby within a year and by March we were matched with a birth mama through an agency from Kansas. Her baby was due in July. I was incredibly uncomfortable with a 5 month march period, but I was reassured by the agency that this was an ideal case and I didn’t need to worry. We spent countless hours on the phone getting to know the birth mama, as well as flying out to see her in Kansas. I liked her a lot. She was funny, and sassy. 

 

As the months went by, I could tell the birth mama was changing her mind. I believe all the financial and emotional support gave her the strength to consider raising this baby. I told the agency multiple times that she wanted to keep the baby, but I was reassured over and over again that her lack of communication and weird interactions were totally normal. At the beginning of July a nurse from the hospital called our agency to let us know that our baby was born. In Kansas there is no time limit to how long a mama has to decide to sign over her rights. So we waited for days and days. The birth mama disappeared with the baby and we never heard from her again. A police report was filed and the case was label adoption fraud. We lost $20,000 and experienced months of emotional turmoil. There are hundreds of details that I have left out as I am still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened. 

 

We stayed with our agency in Kansas until January of this year in hopes that we would be matched again, but we never saw a single case. Faithful Adoption Consultants took us back on and began showing us cases from all over the country. Every week we would get two or three cases. We had 24-48 hours to say yes or no to the case. If we said yes, the birth mama would get our profile, which was full of pictures of our family and our story. She would also get four to five other profiles. Then she would pick a family. Sometimes this would take a few days and other times it would take a week. We did this for months, saying yes to over 30 cases. I have never experienced anything like this before. The up and down and weekly uncertainty was pure hell. I couldn’t sleep at night and all my joy for life was gone. 

 

We finally decided in June of 2020 to leave our agency. I couldn’t physically do it anymore. We didn’t have a plan, but we knew we couldn’t keep doing what we were doing. A week after we left our agency I was standing in the kitchen and Adoption Choices of Kansas flashed in my mind. I had seen this agency before when we were being presented cases. I called the social worker and told her everything that was going on. She said she remembered us, and ironically, there was a baby girl in the hospital right now that they were trying to find families for. I called Jared and asked if he felt comfortable saying yes, and he did. We were both sure this was our baby, how random was that? Three long hopeful and anxiety provoking days passed. Finally the social worker called and said she was so sorry but the  mama had chosen another family. There are no words to describe the feelings that came after. The look in my husbands eyes reflected mine and it was full of pain and defeat. We were done. We could not put our family through this any longer. I cried for days and then felt a deep sense of relief. 

 

It was exactly three weeks later on July 15th. I received a text message from that same social worker in Kansas. “I emailed you a case. There is a baby being born in Oklahoma right now and we need to find families”. The reason they need to find families for cases like this is because there are things like drugs, STDs and other potentially dangerous things that could cause health issues. If we would have seen this case when we first started the process, we would have never said yes, however, we were immune to it all by this point. We submitted our profile, but had zero expectation. The next day at 4:30, the social worker asked how soon we could get to Tulsa, we had been chosen. 

 

Our baby girl is perfect in every way. She is beyond beautiful and she was always meant to be a part our family. Her adoption will not be finalized until this January, but God gave us a name for her to calm my anxious heart. 

 

Like young couples always do, Jared and I picked out our favorite baby names. We both loved the name Lucy and agreed that this would be our baby girls name someday. As I mentioned earlier, we had a few miscarriages. One of the babies we miscarried we decided to name Lucy. Estelle also had a cabbage patch doll that she has been playing with for the last 2 years named Lucy. When I got to the hospital, I looked above our new baby’s crib and it said Baby Girl Lucy. The babies in the NICU are identified by the birth mom’s last name. This is another promise that my baby girl is going to be ok. As we wait these next few months out, I have made a vow to stay present, trust in the beauty within all the pain, and surrender my need to know how and when all the details will unfold. Every time I look into my children’s eyes, I am reminded that we are living in a miracle. 

 

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Mountain baby!

August 2, 2020

We have been home for a few days now. Everyone is doing amazing. Figuring out the new “normal” has been interesting to say the least, but we could not be happier to be back in Montana with our little Lucy.

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Adoption Fees and Costs

July 21, 2020

As we all know adoption is incredibly expensive. Our plan was to “self match” so we could avoid hefty agency fees or apply for grants and loans like we had done previously so we would have the funding to work with an agency that offers financial protection in the case of a failed adoption. After our financial loss of $17,000 in the last failed adoption, we wanted to be very wise in our next steps.

The national average for an adoption through an agency is $45,000-$55,000. Holy cow, right?!

When we got the call to present our profile to Lucy’s birth mama, we had just narrowed down our list of agencies and had started applying for grants. Although, we weren’t ready to spend that much money, we also knew in our hearts that we needed to say YES to this case.

Once a placement happens, you are no longer eligible for a grant or loan. Lucy’s adoption through the agency will cost $37,000 ish. On top of that we have two plus weeks of our stay in Oklahoma and a NICU bill that we are praying insurance will cover part of. I have attached part of our contract with Adoption Choices so you can see where all the funds are going. Although, I don’t agree with every fee, there isn’t anything we can do about it at this point.

Any donation will make a HUGE DIFFERENCE for our family!! 

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Meeting Our Brave Birth Mama.

July 21, 2020

Last night we met our baby’s brave birth mama. There are no words to describe the emotions we all felt that evening, but I will try. Gratitude overwhelmed our hearts for the gift we had been given and at the same time a deep sorrow for what this beautiful gift costs her felt suffocating. Although she is unable to parent for numerous reasons, the love she felt towards Lucy was evident.

To be honest, I was scared to meet her. I knew the reasons she had to place her child, and I felt myself wanting to make judgements about her life choices. However, as I sat there and listened to her entire life story, all the judgements melted away and I looked at her with admiration at how strong she has had to be to get through the life dealt to her.

You always hear, “We create our lives, and we have the power to become whatever we want”. Although I believe this to be somewhat true, as the years go on, I am realizing that we truly have NO IDEA what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes. At the end of the day, we are all doing our very best. My best looks different than your best and some people have such bigger mountains to climb than others.

This whole adoption journey has been exhausting and heartbreaking, but I would not have had it any other way. I don’t want to hide my eyes from the pain and suffering in this world. I want to know what it really means to LOVE others and I want to see the beauty and wonder that every person posses. This happens by listening and getting to know people we might not encounter in our daily lives, like our brave birth mama.

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Lucy Jo.

July 18, 2020

We got to meet our precious baby last night!! We couldn’t hold her, but she is darling! She has a full head of dark hair just like Estelle and I did when we were born. With all the Covid restrictions we are not allowed to bring Estelle into the hospital and only one of us can be with baby at a time. I am not going to lie, it is a weird and sad way to introduce the newest member of your family. 

This afternoon we will be going over a ton of paperwork with the social worker and then Jared will head up to the hospital to hopefully hold baby. I will get a turn this evening! 

We decided to name her Lucy Jo. When Jared and I were first married, we talked about baby names…like young couples always do😉. We both loved the name Lucy and decided that we should name our baby that if we ever had a girl. As you all know, trying to get pregnant was not an easy journey for us. One of the babies I miscarried, we named Lucy. 

When we got to the hospital, the nurse said, “would you like to meet baby Lucy?” The babies in the NICU are identified by the birth mom’s last name. We smiled the biggest smile you ever could thinking about how gracious God was to us in that moment. He knows ALL the pain we have walked through and wanted to remind us that he remembered and cared. Jo, is also a special name. It is my mom’s middle name. When we named Estelle, her middle name came from Jared’s side, so we thought it was only fitting to honor my side as well!  
Lucy Jo. It has a cute little ring to it, doesn’t it?! 

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Oklahoma, here we come!!

July 17, 2020

We are headed to Oklahoma in a few hours! Baby girl is in NICU, but she is healthy and doing great!! We were told that it might take a couple of weeks to clear everything medically and legally before we can bring her home. We are so thankful to all of our friends and family who are willing to hold down the fort in Montana!! We will miss you all! 

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The call.

July 16, 2020

Last night we received a phone call from an agency that knew about our adoption journey. The social worker said they were looking for families to present to a birth mom in labor. We of course said YES!!

Thar night we could hardly sleep. In the morning we were told that the little baby girl had been born and mama was deciding on a family to place her baby with. Fingers crossed, we prayed that this time we would be the one! 

The day seemed to last forever, but we finally received the call that we needed to jump on a plane as quickly as we could!! We had been chosen! 

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Changing our strategy!

June 20, 2020

As many of you know, we have spent the last year and a half trying to adopt. This journey has been full of unfulfilled promises and heartbreak. We decided to leave the agency we were working with and have been advised to do an independent open adoption. This means that we will find our own expectant mama instead of using an agency. 

 

We are so grateful for social media and our amazing support system. We need your HELP to share this post with anyone/everyone so we can connect with our expectant mama and her family. We are open to any gender, age, sibling groups, race, and location within the USA! 

 

Even though this journey has been a lot more challenging than we could have ever imagined, we are still hopeful and so excited to welcome another kiddo into our family!

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We still have hope!

April 15, 2020

Hey Friends!

I am sure some of you are wondering what the heck we have been up to and if we are still in the process of adopting. YES, we absolutely are! It has been a crazy year and half since we started this journey. We have shed many, many tears, got our hopes up, had them shattered, and have hoped again. To be honest, we had no idea how heartbreaking and draining this entire process would be. 

Shortly after our failed match with Jody, Rebecca started to struggle with some pretty bad insomnia. It continued to get worse as the time went on and we saw case after case, but never being chosen. Sometimes you start to wonder, “is there something wrong with us?” Of course there isn’t, well maybe a few things, ha! So we decided it would be best for our family to step back from everything and re-evaluate. We spent the begining of this year just enjoying our little family and asking the hard questions around why we even decided to adopt.

As you know, this has been a desire in hearts since both Jared and I were little kids. We have talked about it our entire married life, and still feel as strongly as ever that this is truly a calling. By April 1st we knew we were ready to start seeing cases again. Ironically, COVID19 turned into a pandemic that has been sweeping the nation and we thought, “isn’t this just life”?

Yes, the adoption journey in specific is full of ups and downs, but so is every day life. You never know what tomorrow brings or what uncertainties you will face. We could choose to step away from this process, but it would by no means make our lives easier. The only choice we really feel like we have is to be resilient. We will keep hoping. We will still shed tears when we hear another, “no”, but the next day we will wake up and anticipate another opportunity to possibly hear a “YES”!

Thank you for loving our little family so well. Your prayers and words of encouragement have kept us strong. We feel now more than ever that we truly are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. 

Much Love from Team Schlender!

 

 

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Still waiting…

October 2, 2019

Hey friends!

We are still waiting to be matched with a birth mama. The reality of what happened with Jody is beginning to set in. Unfortunately we find ourselves discouraged more often than not.

This month marks the year anniversary of when we started this process. We are coming up on the renewal of our home study and we are  frustrated that there will be more paperwork and more waiting ahead of us. 

Please pray for renewed strength and gobs of HOPE.

xoxo

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Failed Adoption

July 16, 2019

Three weeks ago today, our birth mama Jody had her baby girl. We did not find out about the birth until late Thursday night when a nurse from the hospital called our agency to let us know. Jody has not contacted anyone since that time. 

Our hearts were sad about the way this adoption case ended, however, we know that Jody has the ability to parent this precious baby well. There is not doubt that she loves her and it is a beautiful thing when a mother decides to keep her baby. 

We will continue to work with our agency in Kansas, trusting that God will bring our baby to us when the time is right!

 

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Getting to know our Birth Mama

June 4, 2019

Dear friends and family!

We have had so much fun getting to know our birth mama over the last few months. We even had the opportunity to travel to Wichita, KS and meet her! She is so kind, absolutely hilarous, and full of love for this precious baby girl coming in July. 

Can you believe that we have fundraised over $15,000??! Between grants and your generous donations we are well over half way to our goal! YAY!!! 

Please continue to pray for our precious baby, the birth mama, and our little family as we prepare to bring this baby home.

xoxo

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Baby Girl Coming in July!

March 16, 2019

We Are Matched!

This past week we were matched with a brave birth mama from Kansas. Our little girl is due in July! We are so honored to have the next few months to get to know the mama and hear her story. 

We would love your contiuned prayers for the health of this baby. As well as patience and trust for us during this time of waiting. 

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Aug 14, 2020

“So very happy for you and your family. God is so good.”

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Susan

Aug 11, 2020

“I wish you all the best, and I can't wait to see pictures of Lucy! See you soon, Sue”

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Jul 28, 2020

“So happy for your little family. Praying for you all!”

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Jul 27, 2020

“So happy for you!”

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Sarah

Jul 27, 2020

“Congratulations on your sweet baby girl! xoxo”

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Tyler

Jul 24, 2020

“We are so excited for you two!”

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Jul 23, 2020

“We are so happy for you and thank Jesus for this sweet addition to your family and His plan for adoption.”

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Charlotte

Jul 23, 2020

“Jenny is my niece and I love what she is doing for your family. I didn't want a T- shirt but wanted to help you. What a beautiful story ❤️”

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Kiersten

Jul 23, 2020

“We are so happy for you guys and cannot wait time meet Lucy!”

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Bridget

Jul 22, 2020

“Congratulations!!!”

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Liz

Jul 22, 2020

“Congratulations and praying for you all as you begin life as a family of four ♥️”

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Amy

Jul 22, 2020

“Congratulations on your sweet baby girl💕”

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Linda

Jul 22, 2020

“Thank you for asking and letting us be part of God’s provision! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd daughter!!💖🙏🏼”

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Emily

Jul 21, 2020

“Congratulations on finding your little one!”

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Jul 21, 2020

“We are so happy for your family to welcome Lucy Jo! I can't wait to meet her and watch her grow. Praying for you four during her time in the NICU and through this transition. All our love.”

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Taylor + Cally

Jul 21, 2020

“We are really happy for your family! Praying for a smooth transition and for God's hand to be seen in this whole process. Love you guys!”

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Jul 21, 2020

“So happy for your family! God is good.”

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Jennifer

Jul 21, 2020

“We are so excited for you!!! Prayers for many many blessings for your family!!! Love, Jenn”

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Stephanie & Dillon

Jul 21, 2020

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Mariah

Jul 21, 2020

“Love you guys! Prayers all around for your new addition! I am so happy for your family!”

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Lauren

Jul 21, 2020

“Jared, it’s been a long time since we’ve been in each other’s lives. I saw your post on Instagram, and I’m so happy for you and your family. Adoption is a wonderful thing! Congrats on your new baby girl!”

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Ryan and Crystal

Jul 20, 2020

“We’re inspired by your commitment to the baby girl and are cheering for your family!”

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Lena

Jul 20, 2020

“Congratulations!”

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Melissa

Jul 19, 2020

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Marci

Apr 15, 2020

“Rebecca, Hello from a fellow FAC family! Courtney shared your site with us and we are so happy to be able to support you on your adoption journey. I'm sorry for all you have experienced. That is hard. We are believing God is going to do big things for you and through you.”

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Arlan & Dana

Jun 18, 2019

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Donna

Jun 14, 2019

“Congratulations!”

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Christy

Jun 14, 2019

“Congratulations!”