The Bakers Are Adopting!

Greg Baker
Greg Baker Des Moines, Iowa

The Bakers are adopting! We were married on June 3, 2012. We dreamed of beginning a life together and raising a family in the Lord. Our first few years of marriage went great. Though we greatly wanted a family, we were okay that we were not able to conceive just yet. Early in marriage it was easy to wait on the Lord’s timing for a family. We pressed on growing in loving and getting to know each other and laying down our lives for our local body of believers.

As time continued on, and a few years turned into more than 7 years, it became harder to wait. Deep down we continued to believe that children come from God, but we were struggling. At first it was friends who got married around us that were having kids, then it became friends who got married well after us who were having kids. We couldn’t help but ask, “Why not us?”

We knew the Lord had a plan, and we had to stay committed to prayer and wait for his timing. From day one of our marriage, we have always been open to foster care and adoption, but we knew if we were going to pursue either of these it would be in His timing. Though at times we wanted to jump in quickly, we knew we must wait on Him, so we waited on the Lord.

During the waiting, God has been able to use this time in so many ways and has been so gracious to us. This time has allowed us to labor deeply with our community in church. We have committed to pour our lives into people. Whether we have kids or not, we want to be committed to raising spiritual children, and God has blessed us with an amazing church family to serve alongside.

But this past year we have felt a change. After so many years of waiting in prayer, we have felt the Lord leading us to move toward becoming parents. The past year has been spent seeking Him to see what that would look like, whether adoption or foster-care. No matter its form, we want to provide a loving home for a child to grow up in. After much prayer and receiving much counsel, we have decided to move forward at this point in time with adoption and a future open heart to foster care.

We could not be more excited! Not only do we know that adoption is close to the heart of God, as we ourselves have been adopted by God, but it’s close to us personally, as Ashley has been adopted by her father. We cannot wait to see what the Lord has for us in this journey, and no matter what happens we will trust in Him.

For the past few months, we have been working with Lutheran Family Service to help make this adoption a reality. After passing our homestudy and being accepted into their program, we are now able to officially move forward with the adoption process. We covet your prayers during this next season of our lives.

This page includes a link if you'd like to contribute to support our adoption. We have been awarded a $3,000 matching grant from Lifesong and Lutheran Family Services Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. 


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 “Baker 08522”, 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 20 people
 of  $17,000
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My Story

The Bakers are adopting! We were married on June 3, 2012. We dreamed of beginning a life together and raising a family in the Lord. Our first few years of marriage went great. Though we greatly wanted a family, we were okay that we were not able to conceive just yet. Early in marriage it was easy to wait on the Lord’s timing for a family. We pressed on growing in loving and getting to know each other and laying down our lives for our local body of believers.

As time continued on, and a few years turned into more than 7 years, it became harder to wait. Deep down we continued to believe that children come from God, but we were struggling. At first it was friends who got married around us that were having kids, then it became friends who got married well after us who were having kids. We couldn’t help but ask, “Why not us?”

We knew the Lord had a plan, and we had to stay committed to prayer and wait for his timing. From day one of our marriage, we have always been open to foster care and adoption, but we knew if we were going to pursue either of these it would be in His timing. Though at times we wanted to jump in quickly, we knew we must wait on Him, so we waited on the Lord.

During the waiting, God has been able to use this time in so many ways and has been so gracious to us. This time has allowed us to labor deeply with our community in church. We have committed to pour our lives into people. Whether we have kids or not, we want to be committed to raising spiritual children, and God has blessed us with an amazing church family to serve alongside.

But this past year we have felt a change. After so many years of waiting in prayer, we have felt the Lord leading us to move toward becoming parents. The past year has been spent seeking Him to see what that would look like, whether adoption or foster-care. No matter its form, we want to provide a loving home for a child to grow up in. After much prayer and receiving much counsel, we have decided to move forward at this point in time with adoption and a future open heart to foster care.

We could not be more excited! Not only do we know that adoption is close to the heart of God, as we ourselves have been adopted by God, but it’s close to us personally, as Ashley has been adopted by her father. We cannot wait to see what the Lord has for us in this journey, and no matter what happens we will trust in Him.

For the past few months, we have been working with Lutheran Family Service to help make this adoption a reality. After passing our homestudy and being accepted into their program, we are now able to officially move forward with the adoption process. We covet your prayers during this next season of our lives.

This page includes a link if you'd like to contribute to support our adoption. We have been awarded a $3,000 matching grant from Lifesong and Lutheran Family Services Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. 


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 “Baker 08522”, 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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Radio Interview

August 13, 2019

Happy Tuesday friends and family! 

We’re so thankful for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received since our announcement!

I wanted to send out a couple of updates. 

A few of you have asked how you can help other than a financial contribution. Certainly, we appreciate your prayers first and foremost. Also, if you’d like to help us stock up on essentials in the event we receive an emergency placement, here’s a link to our “essentials” registry: https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/ashley-baker-december-2019-desmoines/36YAPV6N74O5P

Also, Greg and I had the opportunity to appear on 99.3 to talk about adoption and it was a true blessing. You can see the Facebook live of the interview here: https://www.facebook.com/993KTIA/videos/503605426878842/?comment_id=503714610201257&notif_id=1565660511938629&notif_t=comment_mention

Thank you for all of your support!

Greg & Ashley

 

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Comments

$500

Mitchell

Sep 13, 2019

“Love you guys and so happy to be able to support you! We are excited to see how God grows you both in this journey and will be continuing to pray with you through the adoption process! - Mitch and Allison”

$1,000

Hidden

Sep 8, 2019

“Praying you have a swift answer to your prayers for a family.”

$1,000

Stephanie

Sep 2, 2019

“We love you guys!! - Seth & Stephanie Mommsen”

$50

Hidden

Sep 2, 2019

$3,000

Offline Donation

Sep 2, 2019

$2,500

Offline Donation

Aug 23, 2019

$3,000

Offline Donation

Aug 22, 2019

$300

Hidden

Aug 17, 2019

“So thankful for you two! We are praying for you!”

$2,500

Offline Donation

Aug 16, 2019

$100

Nick & Carol

Aug 14, 2019

$10

Nathan

Aug 13, 2019

“I will be praying!”

$55

Robby

Aug 12, 2019

“You're going to be great parents!”

$1,000

Sarah

Aug 11, 2019

“love you long time”

$25

Deborah

Aug 10, 2019

“Praying for you!”

$100

Dean & Julie

Aug 10, 2019

“Praying for you!”

$200

Lawrence

Aug 7, 2019

$100

Nicole & Patrick

Aug 7, 2019

“<3”

$100

Hidden

Aug 7, 2019

“I am so very for the two of you as you move forward toward adoption! You will no doubt show the child God has for you all that God has for him or her and I can't wait to be his or her neighbor!”

$25

WanChin

Aug 7, 2019

“Certainly it’s not an easy process and journey. But, really happy that you two are considering option on adoption and never giving hope on raising a family.”

$20

Leah

Aug 6, 2019

“Can't think of a better couple for the job! So happy for you two!”