When we got married, we always knew that we wanted to have children. We both grew up with siblings, and we desired for our children to have that joy as well. Our plans were to have at least three or four kids, but our plans are not always God’s and we are learning that His ways are always best. During her pregnancies, Sarah suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition resulted in extreme morning sickness, significant medical intervention, and even hospitalization for a time. Yet, God was faithful as He walked us through those two difficult pregnancies, and He strengthened our faith. He has richly blessed us with two wonderful little boys who bring much joy into our home. Through much counsel we concluded that the risk to Sarah’s health was too high to have additional children biologically. We experienced much sorrow over our plans falling apart, but God has shown us that He has different plans.
We talked on and off about adoption, but we figured that we would not be able to afford such an expensive process. However, in January of 2017 we began seriously looking into the possibility of adoption. We knew that we had room in our home and in our hearts for another child. In April of 2017, we stepped out in faith and began the home study process to pursue domestic infant adoption. By September of 2017, we had completed our home study, all the necessary paperwork and our profile books (which is a picture and story book about our family). We are now waiting for a match with a birth mother. The birth families receive profile books from adoptive families, and they will choose a family to adopt their child. This process will take, on average, 6 months to 1 year. The agency we are using does almost exclusively cross-cultural adoptions, so we will be adopting a child with a different ethnicity than our own. We are excited to embrace a new ethnic identity into our family. We hope to be matched with a birth mother soon, and we are excited to welcome a new little one into our home.
During this time of waiting, we are praying and preparing our family and our home for our new child. We also are working hard to raise the necessary funds to finalize the adoption. The Lord has already been providing through a variety of means. One way He has provided is through a matching grant of $3,000 through We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We are currently raising this matching sum and pray we can receive the full grant. We invite you to be a part of our child’s story through a financial gift. We are grateful for your prayers as we wait and prepare for our child. We are excited to see how our adoption story will unfold, as the Lord unites our child with our family.
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 “Schroeder 7156”, 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.
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