Love Makes A Family (Lonow Adoption)

Stephanie Lonow Asheville, North Carolina

We are Stephanie and Ralph Lonow and we are from Asheville, North Carolina.  I work as a PA Hospitalist and Ralph owns a local restaurant.  We have been married for 5 years and have one biological daughter Maddie Grace who is almost 4 years old.  We are matched for adoption with a beautiful and amazing expectant mom from Sarasota, Florida.  The baby is due in September and we could not be more excited to grow our family through adoption.

When Ralph and I were married we were prepared for and expecting fertility issues when we were blessed with our biological daughter, Maddie Grace. We started trying for a second child when Maddie was around 8 months old.  It soon became apparent that it would not be so easy the second time around.

We completed over 2 years of fertility treatments and have had 6 pregnancy losses.  In a way that we cannot quite explain, we truly knew after the first miscarriage that God was calling us to adopt. Now that we are on our adoption journey we couldn’t be more excited for the next chapters to unfold.  We are excited to welcome another child into our home and Maddie is beyond excited about having a brother or sister. We feel like Maddie was a miracle and a gift from God and we know our next baby will be a miracle and gift from God as well. Our family will be complete in the most beautiful and unique way by the beautiful paintbrush of God.

As many of you know, adoption can be quite the financial undertaking. Despite the financial ups and downs that we have faced during the COVID pandemic we have never lost sight of our goal for adoption as we know this is truly the plan for our lives. Our adoption will cost $43,500 + travel costs.  

We have been awarded a matching grant from Josiah’s Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Financial contributions will be matched by this amazing organization and immediately put to use for the cost of the adoption. If you so feel led, any financial support is truly appreciated and will help us complete our family through adoption. Also prayers for us and for our expectant mom and her children who have become an extension of our family are appreciated as well.

With Love,

The Lonows

 


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 “Lonow 09593”, 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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Raised to date by 61 people
 of  $20,000
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My Story

We are Stephanie and Ralph Lonow and we are from Asheville, North Carolina.  I work as a PA Hospitalist and Ralph owns a local restaurant.  We have been married for 5 years and have one biological daughter Maddie Grace who is almost 4 years old.  We are matched for adoption with a beautiful and amazing expectant mom from Sarasota, Florida.  The baby is due in September and we could not be more excited to grow our family through adoption.

When Ralph and I were married we were prepared for and expecting fertility issues when we were blessed with our biological daughter, Maddie Grace. We started trying for a second child when Maddie was around 8 months old.  It soon became apparent that it would not be so easy the second time around.

We completed over 2 years of fertility treatments and have had 6 pregnancy losses.  In a way that we cannot quite explain, we truly knew after the first miscarriage that God was calling us to adopt. Now that we are on our adoption journey we couldn’t be more excited for the next chapters to unfold.  We are excited to welcome another child into our home and Maddie is beyond excited about having a brother or sister. We feel like Maddie was a miracle and a gift from God and we know our next baby will be a miracle and gift from God as well. Our family will be complete in the most beautiful and unique way by the beautiful paintbrush of God.

As many of you know, adoption can be quite the financial undertaking. Despite the financial ups and downs that we have faced during the COVID pandemic we have never lost sight of our goal for adoption as we know this is truly the plan for our lives. Our adoption will cost $43,500 + travel costs.  

We have been awarded a matching grant from Josiah’s Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Financial contributions will be matched by this amazing organization and immediately put to use for the cost of the adoption. If you so feel led, any financial support is truly appreciated and will help us complete our family through adoption. Also prayers for us and for our expectant mom and her children who have become an extension of our family are appreciated as well.

With Love,

The Lonows

 


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 “Lonow 09593”, 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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$1,000

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Sep 19, 2021

$500

Clay

Sep 19, 2021

$100

Matt and Amanda

Sep 17, 2021

“We love y’all! May God bless your family!”

$100

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Sep 17, 2021

“It's not much, but good luck!”

$50

Laura

Sep 17, 2021

“Congratulations!”

$100

Tiffany

Sep 17, 2021

“Love you guys! Many prayers for you and your beautiful family 🖤”

$143

Cherylann

Sep 17, 2021

“We are sending all our best wishes for a smooth delivery and fast return home!!!! Luv you all Cherylann & Tim”

$7

Bobbie Ann

Sep 17, 2021

“Not much but couldn’t resist helping a bit. Prayers for strength and energy to get through it all.”

$50

Hannah & Mike

Sep 17, 2021

“We love you and are so happy for you and your family. ♥️”

$30

Wendy

Sep 17, 2021

“God bless you all!!”

$100

Adrian

Sep 17, 2021

“Wishing you and your family all of the health and happiness that you hope for!!”

$250

Marcy

Sep 17, 2021

“Love you guys!!! Congratulations!!!”

$100

Morgan

Sep 17, 2021

“I’ll be praying for your family ❤️”

$75

Susan

Sep 17, 2021

“God bless your family!❤️”

$50

Karen

Sep 17, 2021

$150

Amy

Sep 17, 2021

“Love you guys! Best of luck on your upcoming and exciting adventures with a family of 4! Love, Chris, Amy, Quinn, and Max”

$100

Thorne

Sep 17, 2021

“So very happy for you guys!! In honor of this precious baby and in memory of Jim. Much love, Thorne & Lorrie”

$250

Jarica

Sep 17, 2021

“Can’t wait to meet this sweet boy! Love - Aunt Jare”

$30

Claudia

Sep 17, 2021

“Love you Stephanie!! I'm sooo Happy for you and your family. God sure is blessing you 🙏🏽”

$50

Heather

Sep 17, 2021

“Today is my late husband's birthday, and I woke up wanting to share joy with someone else today in honor of him and this was on my newsfeed. It may not be much, but praying blessing on this new little bundle of joy and you expand your family. Both of our girls have been such a blessing to see grow up together, excited for your little one to add a sibling to the mix. In memory of my Geoff Sadler.”

$100

Kelly, Pat, & Emma

Sep 6, 2021

“Jameson, we can't wait to meet you!”

$100

Karen

Sep 5, 2021

“This donation is given in memory of Jim Cutlip and in honor of Stephanie and Ralph Lonow.”

$100

Bethany

Aug 22, 2021

“Congratulations! So happy for your family!”

$100

Kim and Bruce Jenkins

Aug 20, 2021

“Congratulations on adding to your family!!”

$25

Brian Robin

Aug 12, 2021

“Congratulations! Love you All ❤️”

$50

Jennifer

Jul 29, 2021

“Love you guys!!”

$500

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Jul 28, 2021

$50

Tera

Jul 27, 2021

“TDT people and critters love y’all!!!!”

$50

Clara

Jul 26, 2021

“Excited for your growing family through the gift of adoption! Praying for both your family and for the expectant mom in the months to come. What a gift!!”

$50

Valentina

Jul 25, 2021

“So happy for you all! Congratulations 💗”

$25

Heather

Jul 24, 2021

“So happy to help you welcome your newest family member!”

$50

Andria

Jul 24, 2021

“Such a beautifully blessed family and a lucky little one.”

$100

Saysa & Shawn

Jul 24, 2021

“Saysa and Shawn love you so much!”

$25

Peter, Shelley and Clare

Jul 24, 2021

“From my family to yours. Love and miss you Steph!”

$300

Carolyn

Jul 21, 2021

$100

Scott, Mel, and Aunt Mary

Jul 15, 2021

“We love you and congrats!”

$50

Linda

Jul 14, 2021

“So happy for all of you!”

$100

Robin

Jul 14, 2021

$20

Jennifer

Jul 13, 2021

“Love you!”

$50

Kortney

Jul 13, 2021

“I am so excited for you and your sweet family! I love following your journey, thank you for sharing it with us!”

$100

Bren

Jul 13, 2021

“So excited for you!!!”

$30

ashley

Jul 12, 2021

“So happy for your little family !”

$100

Graves

Jul 9, 2021

“Praying for your family and your sweet baby boy!”

$52

Chris

Jul 9, 2021

“Praying for your family as you embark on this adventure!”

$1,023

Hidden

Jul 9, 2021

“Congrats!!”

$50

David & Tracey

Jul 8, 2021

$100

Brannen, Jennifer, Quinn, Katie

Jul 7, 2021

“I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!”

$100

Tiffany

Jul 7, 2021

$50

Megan

Jul 7, 2021

“So happy for you and your sweet family! So proud to have met and worked with someone as amazing as you ❤️”

$50

Christine and Jason

Jul 7, 2021

“We're so happy for you! Maddie will be a great sister! ❤️”

$50

Alicia

Jul 7, 2021

“I was so sorry to hear about your dad! He was a wonderful man. I am adopted so I’m glad I can help in this little way- good luck and I’ll be keeping your family in my prayers! Give your mom a hug from me. ❤️”

$50

Hidden

Jul 5, 2021

“Best wishes to your family”

$75

Jennifer Heaberlin

Jul 3, 2021

$60

Delisa

Jul 3, 2021

“Congratulations on your adoption! So happy for you! I know this baby will be loved and I pray God blesses you and everyone involved in this miracle!”

$100

Megan

Jul 3, 2021

$300

Terry and Sherry

Jul 3, 2021

“Congratulations to your beautiful family! We know Papa Jim is smiling!”

$200

Hidden

Jul 3, 2021

“Thank you for sharing your family’s journey! Sending you love and prayers!”

$150

Kathleen

Jul 3, 2021

“We’re so excited to see your family grow!! We love y’all !”

$30

Stephanie

Jul 3, 2021

$150

Shaun

Jul 3, 2021

“Congratulations! We love you!”

$50

Liz/James

Jul 3, 2021

“We are donating in memory of your father. Congratulations!”