Schroeder Family Adoption

Sarah Schroeder
Sarah Schroeder Bend, Oregon

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.

  • 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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Raised to date by 15 people
 of  $8,500
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My Story

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.

  • 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 Lord Keeps Providing

July 4, 2019

Due to our adoption circumstances changing so drastically, we were unable to receive a $5,000 grant that we were counting on. We also faced many additional bills that we didn’t plan on either. As you can imagine, finding out that we would lose the grant money was pretty upsetting. I don’t know why we ever worry though. The Lord already had things worked out. Within a few days the Lord provided $7,000. This was enough to meet the lost grant money as well as cover the additional unexpected adoption expenses. Our Lord truly cares about every detail of our lives. He knows what trials we will face, as well as how He will sanctify us and bless us through them. I am thankful that our faith was strengthened throughout this entire adoption process. It has not been an easy road, but it is definitely the road we were called to be on. We are most likely just weeks away from finalizing the adoption of our daughter, Roslynn. We can’t thank you all enough for your prayers, your gifts, and your love for our family!

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We have our Daughter!

April 3, 2019

It has been a very long time waiting for God’s perfect timing, but we have found our daughter! It is so interesting to watch how God works. He doesn’t work on our time table or how we expect. We started this adoption journey nearly two years ago. Our profile book has been shown to over 200 women seeking to make an adoption plan for their child. Yet God brought our daughter to us in a very different way.

We learned, through our family, of a young woman thinking about making an adoption plan for her 6 month old daughter. In February, we started communicating with her and sent her our profile book. After getting to know us a little bit, she asked us to adopt her daughter. She has made such a difficult and loving sacrifice for her daughter. We are so thankful that we will have an open adoption with her, and that we will be able to share pictures and videos, and stay in contact with her. We even hope to visit as we are able. We have greatly enjoyed getting to know her more over the last few months.

We marvel as God has walked through such an unexpected journey. I wish we could share with all of you every detail of how God has been working, and how He is proving Himself faithful to us, but we want to protect our daughter’s story as her own, to tell when she wants to. This hasn’t always been an easy road. We had an extended time away from our home, as we worked thorugh all the legal proceedings in order to return home with our daughter. We finally returned home yesterday. But we are so thankful, even for the hard times, because we see God’s hand in each step. We have found our daughter, the one God planned for our family.

Over the last couple of years, there were many time when I (Sarah) wondered if we ever would adopt a child. Many times I asked God if there even was a child that I was praying for, but now I have the privilege of being Mommy to a beautiful little girl who is such a gift and a miracle. Her beautiful eyes look deep into you. Her adorable smile and giggle melt your heart. She stepped into our lives just a short time ago, but I already wonder what we did without her.

Since our adoption plans changed rapidly, we have incurred more expenses than we previously expected we would. We had to hire more professionals to take care of all of the legal paperwork. And we have been away from home for much longer than we expected. The Lord has provided so graciously for the adoption expenses so far. We know that the Lord will provide even for these needs.

We are so thankful to all of you for your prayers, your encouragement, and your gifts to make this adoption even a possibility. We hope to share pictures and details in the coming months as we are able. We covet your continued prayers as we bond as a family of five. Pray for baby girl’s sweet birth mom. She has been so strong and so brave, but we know this was a very hard decision. Pray that we would continue to be a witness and testimony as we interact with others through this adoption. Pray for our daughter to know that she is loved by her birth family, her new family, and most importantly by God.

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We Are Matched!!!!

February 15, 2019

Our family has been matched for the adoption of a 6month old baby girl back in Wisconsin!!! We are very excited, though there is a legal process that still needs to be worked through. With that we hope to go back to Wisconsin next week, but we are still waiting to hear what would be best. Then we will be in Wisconsin for a few weeks to get all the paperwork accomplished.Thank you so much for all your prayers over the last couple of years! It has been a long road, but we are rejoicing in the Lord’s clear hand and timing in this story. We covet your continued prayers that the legal parts of the adoption would go smoothly, and that this process would not take too long! We are so thankful for how the Lord has and will continue to work in our family!

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Waiting for the Lord’s Timing

February 16, 2018

The Lord has continued to be faithful over the last couple of months. Waiting is not easy, but He is preparing our hearts and our family for just the right time to add our new little one! We are thankful that we can trust in His perfect timing and plan.

We receive reports every month or so from our agency, updating us on the progress of the wait. We have had to reorder our profile books twice now! As of the last report, our family had been profiled to around 50 mothers considering adoption for their children. We pray daily for these women who find themselves facing such a difficult decision. We are thankful that they are choosing life for the precious child they carry. Not every mother will choos to place their child in adoption through our agency, but we are encouraged that the opportunity to be matched is abundant.

Our agency recently placed a set of twins! What an exciting and busy time that adoptive family is enjoying as they bond with their precious babies! We also rejoice with several other families who have gotten to hold their sweet babies this year! The Lord is definitely growing familes through adoption!

So for now, we continue to wait for God’s perfect timing, and for the right child to join our family. We appreciate your prayers. Please, pray for these requests: that God would give us patience as we wait, that the Lord would prepare our family for our new child, that the timing would be just right, that  our child’s birthmom would be encouraged ( this is a time of high emotions and big decisions), and that God would be glorified in our adoption story.

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Fully Funded!

December 20, 2017

Wow! Praise the Lord! We have met our Matching Grant! With this matching grant and with the other fundraising and grants that we have received, we believe that we are fully funded for our adoption! There could be more expenses in the future that are currently unforeseen, but at this point we feel it would be presumptuous to raise any more money! The Lord has graciously supplied! He is a good God, and we are so thankful for His provision for us and for our child. We are so thankful to all of you who have partnered with us on our journey so far. Your generosity and love for us and for our future child is humbling and such an encouragement to us!

The next step now is just to wait for a match with our child. The Lord’s timing will be perfect in this as well. It is hard to wait, but we know that the Lord will be teaching us through this time, even as He has been growing us through the fundraising process.

Again, thank you so much for your prayers and support! We need God’s stength and provision through all of these steps, and we need God’s people to pray for us! Thank you!

Psalm 138:1,8 “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart…The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

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Another Grant

December 19, 2017

Praise the Lord! We were able to lower our goal amount again! The Lord has provided us another grant! This grant has been given through the JSC Foundation!

We don’t know how much the adoption will actually cost, but at this point, we are nearing the end of our fundraising goals! Once we complete our matching grant through Lifesong, we will be fully-funded (unless there are unforeseen larger expenses that come up).

Praise the Lord for His provision through this portion of our adoption journey!

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Financial Update

December 11, 2017

We are excited to see how the Lord is providing for our journey. Over the last couple of months, we have received donations and funding from different avenues. We updated our goal amount to reflect our new calculations. The Lord has provided a couple of grants (through Show Hope and Families Outreach as we mentioned in an earlier update), and He has been providing through our church and indiviuals, as well as through our part time job. We will not know how much the adoption will actually cost until we have our child in our home. But we are trusting the Lord’s timing and provision as we move forward.

Our first $3,000 given through Lifesong will be doubled via a matching grant! If you would like to partner with us, there is still some room to be doubled!

Please continue to pray for us as we wait for a match. Pray for God’s timing. Pray for patience for us as we wait. And pray for God’s glory in our adoption story and in our family! Thank you for your continued prayers and your partnership with us.

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Waiting List Update

December 3, 2017

Thank you for your continued prayers for our adoption process! We are still waiting for a match with a birth-mother and baby. We have been encouraged by recent updates from our agency. Our agency has been very proactive in keeping our profile book and our family in front of birth-mothers as they make an adoption plan for their child. Since the end of September, our profile book has been given to around 20 birth-mothers. Obviously, they have many other wonderful families to choose from as well. Many of these women have not chosen an adoptive family yet.

Please continue to pray for these women as they have many difficult decisions over the next few months. We shared the Gospel very clearly in our profile book, so we are also praying that seeds would be planted, and that souls would be saved. We know that the Lord will bring our book to the right birth-mother and child. Please continue praying for the Lord’s perfect timing and for our patience as we wait!

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Matching Grant Progress

November 27, 2017

Thank you so much to our supporters so far! We are grateful to several new donors since our last update. So far we have raised $1,200 toward our matching grant! We still have $1,800 to go! Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement!

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God is Providing

November 20, 2017

Thank you so much to those who have partnered with us so far. We have received a total of $700 toward our matching grant! We are so grateful for the Lord’s provision as we wait for our child! We still have $2,300 that can be matched! If you want to give today, your dontation will be doubled!

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Our First Donation and Grant Money!

October 28, 2017

Hey everyone! We recieved our first donation toward our matching grant! We are excited to see how the Lord is providing through this journey. We also revieved two other grants which total $5,500! Thank you to Show Hope and Families Outreach for partnering with us! That grant total will be refelcted on our page at a later date, but we wanted to let you in on the excitement and the Lord’s blessings. If you would still like to partner with us on this journey, we still have a matching grant of $2,800 left. We thank you for your prayers and the encouragement we have recieved from you all. God Bless.

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$7,000

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Jun 3, 2019

$50

Lorrie & Alyssa

Apr 3, 2019

“Congratulations!! We are so excited for you!”

$100

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Dec 20, 2017

$3,000

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Dec 20, 2017

$1,500

Philip

Dec 19, 2017

“This is from the family of Grace Bible Church of Bend. We are excited to help support adoption in Central Oregon. Thankful for your partnership in the Gospel”

$1,000

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Dec 18, 2017

$100

Daniel

Dec 6, 2017

“Praying for you and your family.”

$100

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Nov 27, 2017

$400

Elizabeth

Nov 26, 2017

“Love all four of you and so excited to live on a fifth.”

$50

Nathan

Nov 25, 2017

$50

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Nov 20, 2017

“So excited for you guys. Wish we could do more. Prayers”

$200

Scott

Oct 29, 2017

“Praying for you guys...”

$100

Sheri and Jim

Oct 28, 2017

“Love ya...that baby is going to be so blessed!”

$200

Aaron & Patricia

Oct 26, 2017

$200

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Oct 26, 2017