The Carls Adopt Again!

Jonathan Carl
Jonathan Carl Hodgenville, Kentucky

We are adopting again!!! Currently, we have been pre-approved to adopt a beautiful 11 year old girl from China, who will be joining our family hopefully around the Spring of 2019!  

We wanted to share a small bit of our adoption journey with you:

Our Adoption Journey: Back in 2006, we felt we were ready to begin a family we never knew it would take us 3 years.  After being in and out of doctor’s offices and each month coming up not pregnant, we began discussing the possibility of adoption. Having watched several families in our community and circle of friends adopt, we knew what an amazing gift adoption is to both the forever family and the adopted child.

Our Adoption Commitment:We made a commitment that whether or not God chose to bless us with a child biologically, we would choose to help a child in need of a family and make them a part of ours!  After we prayerfully turned over the stress and worry of not getting pregnant to Jesus, we became pregnant.  God blessed us with two amazing biological daughters, but we never forgot our adoption promise to God!

Our First Adoption: Over four years ago we had the joy of following through with our commitment to God and welcomed Alia Joy into our family when she was 2.5 years old.  The journey to adoption was full of its own unique challenges, but we received so much encouragement and support along the way.  During this season, Jesus clearly showed His powerful hand and affirmation in many ways. Alia is such a gift from God.  Her personality is sweet, fun, and joy-filled.  She is a resilient, intelligent and hard working young-lady, who has endured 10 surgeries in her time with us.  Although she likely has many more surgeries ahead, Jesus has carried us through so much already that we are confident in Him for whatever lies ahead.

Our Next Blessing: The blessings we have received from God through our first adoption have shown us God’s clear will for us to adopt again.   In our second adoption process God gave us a heart for a particular young lady in China. Our new 11 year old daughter has been looking for and praying for a forever family for a long time.  All of the pictures and descriptions we have of her show her to be joy filled with an ever-present smile.  We know God has connected her to our family for a lifetime of blessings for both us and her.  We are in love with her!  We are thrilled and excited for the future with our future daughter 🙂

Can You Help? Many friends and family members came alongside and encouraged us through their words, prayers and financial support with our first adoption.  It truly was an overwhelming blessing we will cherish always. So far with this adoption, we have already personally contributed over $15,000, but we still need to raise about $20,000.  We would love for you to be in prayer for us as we continue in this exciting journey and if the Lord lays it on your heart to support us, whether through words of encouragement, prayer or financially, we would greatly appreciate it.  

WE HAVE A MATCHING GRANT!!  We have been so blessed with a $4,000 matching grant from the Chosen & Dearly Loved Adoption Fund that is being administered by Lifesong for Orphans.  What does this mean?  Our first $4,000 of donations will be DOUBLED, allowing us $8,000 of support!! God is so good and we are so thankful to so many adoption-loving generous souls out there!

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your outpouring of love and kindness!  God bless!

In Christ,

Jonathan, Brittney, Sophia, Lydia, & Alia Carl

p.s. If you are curious about our previous adoption journey with Alia Joy, here is a blog we did journaling our journey in 2013 & 2014 https://thecarlhome.blogspot.com 

p.p.s.  In our pictures there are Mud Love Bracelets – Sophia, Lydia, & Alia are selling these for $10 each in order to help support their sister’s adoption (each bracelet raises $5 for us and also supports 1 week of water to a person in need in the Central African Republic).  They are awesome & high quality and our girls would love to give one to you if you donate towards our adoption…just let us know the next time you see us so they can hand one your way (until we run out)!

If you prefer to give by check, please make it payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” and mail it to: Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.  In the memo please write “Preference 8087 Carl” so that the gift is posted to our account.  Thank you 🙂

 

 


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 “Carl 8087”, 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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My Story

We are adopting again!!! Currently, we have been pre-approved to adopt a beautiful 11 year old girl from China, who will be joining our family hopefully around the Spring of 2019!  

We wanted to share a small bit of our adoption journey with you:

Our Adoption Journey: Back in 2006, we felt we were ready to begin a family we never knew it would take us 3 years.  After being in and out of doctor’s offices and each month coming up not pregnant, we began discussing the possibility of adoption. Having watched several families in our community and circle of friends adopt, we knew what an amazing gift adoption is to both the forever family and the adopted child.

Our Adoption Commitment:We made a commitment that whether or not God chose to bless us with a child biologically, we would choose to help a child in need of a family and make them a part of ours!  After we prayerfully turned over the stress and worry of not getting pregnant to Jesus, we became pregnant.  God blessed us with two amazing biological daughters, but we never forgot our adoption promise to God!

Our First Adoption: Over four years ago we had the joy of following through with our commitment to God and welcomed Alia Joy into our family when she was 2.5 years old.  The journey to adoption was full of its own unique challenges, but we received so much encouragement and support along the way.  During this season, Jesus clearly showed His powerful hand and affirmation in many ways. Alia is such a gift from God.  Her personality is sweet, fun, and joy-filled.  She is a resilient, intelligent and hard working young-lady, who has endured 10 surgeries in her time with us.  Although she likely has many more surgeries ahead, Jesus has carried us through so much already that we are confident in Him for whatever lies ahead.

Our Next Blessing: The blessings we have received from God through our first adoption have shown us God’s clear will for us to adopt again.   In our second adoption process God gave us a heart for a particular young lady in China. Our new 11 year old daughter has been looking for and praying for a forever family for a long time.  All of the pictures and descriptions we have of her show her to be joy filled with an ever-present smile.  We know God has connected her to our family for a lifetime of blessings for both us and her.  We are in love with her!  We are thrilled and excited for the future with our future daughter 🙂

Can You Help? Many friends and family members came alongside and encouraged us through their words, prayers and financial support with our first adoption.  It truly was an overwhelming blessing we will cherish always. So far with this adoption, we have already personally contributed over $15,000, but we still need to raise about $20,000.  We would love for you to be in prayer for us as we continue in this exciting journey and if the Lord lays it on your heart to support us, whether through words of encouragement, prayer or financially, we would greatly appreciate it.  

WE HAVE A MATCHING GRANT!!  We have been so blessed with a $4,000 matching grant from the Chosen & Dearly Loved Adoption Fund that is being administered by Lifesong for Orphans.  What does this mean?  Our first $4,000 of donations will be DOUBLED, allowing us $8,000 of support!! God is so good and we are so thankful to so many adoption-loving generous souls out there!

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for your outpouring of love and kindness!  God bless!

In Christ,

Jonathan, Brittney, Sophia, Lydia, & Alia Carl

p.s. If you are curious about our previous adoption journey with Alia Joy, here is a blog we did journaling our journey in 2013 & 2014 https://thecarlhome.blogspot.com 

p.p.s.  In our pictures there are Mud Love Bracelets – Sophia, Lydia, & Alia are selling these for $10 each in order to help support their sister’s adoption (each bracelet raises $5 for us and also supports 1 week of water to a person in need in the Central African Republic).  They are awesome & high quality and our girls would love to give one to you if you donate towards our adoption…just let us know the next time you see us so they can hand one your way (until we run out)!

If you prefer to give by check, please make it payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” and mail it to: Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.  In the memo please write “Preference 8087 Carl” so that the gift is posted to our account.  Thank you 🙂

 

 


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 “Carl 8087”, 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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Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry Grant

December 28, 2018

Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry (http://www.katelynsfund.org) has again blessed us in our family’s adoptions from China!  Their generosity is amazing, but what we loved most was their heart for the families and for Jesus’ love to flow into the hearts of orphans.  They took such sweet time listening to Brittney and I and then offered powerful prayers to God on our behalf.  We were truly touched by their sincere and compassionate hearts!

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$4,000 Matching Grant MET! from Chosen & Dearly Loved through Lifesong :)

December 22, 2018

We are rejoicing!  We have recieved so many generous donations with such love and encouragement!  Thank you to the strangers, friends, and family who have supported us.  We are almost out of MudLove bracelets again and hope to order more in the New Year to continue our fundraising.  You helped us meet and exceed our matching grant of $4,000 so quickly.  We are humbled and can’t thank you enough!

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Grant from Southern Baptists – Adoption Fund for Ministers

December 22, 2018

We recieved a generous grant from our denomination, Southern Baptists.  We are so thankful for how they support their pastors and minsiters in pursuing adoption.  They supported us generously in our first adoption with Alia and we are overjoyed and encouraged by their ongoing love and provision.  THANK YOU SOUTHERN BAPTISTS!!  

Adoption Fund for Ministers

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$2,500 Matching Grant MET – Hand in Hand Christian Adoption & South Fork Baptist Church

December 18, 2018

We were so blessed by a matching grant of $2,500 from Hand in Hand Christian Adoption (https://www.handinhandadopt.org) who supported us in our first adoption of Alia.  Our church family at South Fork Baptist Church (www.southforkbaptistchurch.com) met our whole matching grant goal through its generous heart for adoption 🙂 We are so blessed and thankful for the combined $5,000 towards our adoption!

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Bracelets!! Wow, thank you!!!

December 18, 2018

We have sold out of 150 bracelets ($1500 raised because of a matching grant) but have 150 more on the way.  We can’t thank you enough for how you are supporting our adoption process.  From senior adults to young children you have sacrificed and given generously, warming our hearts with God’s love!  Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙂

We can’t wait to introduce you to our sweet daughter and to bring her home in the months ahead.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

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Another adoption milestone = LID: Log In Date

December 16, 2018

So our paperwork made it to China on December 10th and was officially “logged in” a few days later on December 13th.  Since we have already “accepted a referal”, being pre-approved to adopt a specific 11 year old girl, our next step will give us full approval to adopt her.  Prayerfully we will recieve our “Letter of Acceptance” (LOA) in 6-8 weeks (end of January through mid-February).  Once we have our LOA we can share pictures of our daughter-to-be 🙂

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Date to China!

December 7, 2018

Our Dossier (informally know as our “paperwork pregnancy”, the paper application for adoption) is complete after 5+ months of hard work.  It made it through the levels of certification authentication (notarization and then certification through our county and state clerks before being authenticated at the U.S. State Department and Chinese Embassy in DC) and is now on its way to China, hopefully arriving on Tuesday 12/11/18 and logged in within a few weeks!!! This is a BIG milestone on our way to recieving our new daughter 🙂

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