The Linebaughs are Adopting!

Christopher Linebaugh Washington, District Of Columbia

Throughout our 10+ years of marriage, whenever the topic of growing our family came up, our conversation always led to adoption. We never felt particularly called to have biological kids, but the thought of adoption has always pulled at our heart strings. We’re often asked why this is the case, and it’s hard to give a simple answer. What we do know is that when we think about kids who grow up without parents, it makes us sad. We also believe adoption is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, since we are adopted children of God. And adoption seems like a little bit of a crazy thing to do, and we tend to gravitate towards crazy things.

Over the past six years we have hosted young adults, college students, and high school students in our home. In September of 2019, we became host parents to two fifteen year old boys (one from France and one from Japan). Over the 6 months they lived with us we became their “American family” until the pandemic cut our time short. Host parenting wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, though. There were awkward parent-teacher conferences, occasional door slamming, and heavy use of the internet kill switch. But we loved sharing meals around our table, exploring DC together, and creating memories. Through this experience our hearts increasingly desired to have a more permanent family structure, where we could pour into a child’s life from a young age and watch them grow and mature into a young adult within our home and community. Looking back, it is clear to us that this was the adoption seed being fully planted in our minds and hearts.

In late 2020, when Emily transitioned from active duty Air Force to the Maryland Air National Guard, the last puzzle piece fell into place. This gave us stability and assurance that we could stay in our house and remain in our community in DC for the long haul. And shortly thereafter, about ten months ago, we began the adoption home study and application process.

So that’s our adoption story in a few paragraphs! We hope that you can become part of it too. If you’re interested in giving to help us cover some of the cost, we would deeply appreciate it. Domestic adoption is expensive. Our estimated total expenses range from $55,000 – $71,000. This cost includes things like medical care, housing, food, basic needs, counseling, and birth- related expenses for the birth mother, agency fees, legal fees, profile book preparation, travel expenses for us to receive the child, post-placement social worker vists, and finalization.

So many of you have already partnered with us in prayer, provided reference letters, or have encouraged us along the way and and we’re so grateful. Please continue to pray for for the birth mother, the child, the process, and our family. Send us a note or drop by our place for a drink. Our door’s always open.

Love,

The Linebaughs


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 “Linebaugh 10076”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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My Story

Throughout our 10+ years of marriage, whenever the topic of growing our family came up, our conversation always led to adoption. We never felt particularly called to have biological kids, but the thought of adoption has always pulled at our heart strings. We’re often asked why this is the case, and it’s hard to give a simple answer. What we do know is that when we think about kids who grow up without parents, it makes us sad. We also believe adoption is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, since we are adopted children of God. And adoption seems like a little bit of a crazy thing to do, and we tend to gravitate towards crazy things.

Over the past six years we have hosted young adults, college students, and high school students in our home. In September of 2019, we became host parents to two fifteen year old boys (one from France and one from Japan). Over the 6 months they lived with us we became their “American family” until the pandemic cut our time short. Host parenting wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, though. There were awkward parent-teacher conferences, occasional door slamming, and heavy use of the internet kill switch. But we loved sharing meals around our table, exploring DC together, and creating memories. Through this experience our hearts increasingly desired to have a more permanent family structure, where we could pour into a child’s life from a young age and watch them grow and mature into a young adult within our home and community. Looking back, it is clear to us that this was the adoption seed being fully planted in our minds and hearts.

In late 2020, when Emily transitioned from active duty Air Force to the Maryland Air National Guard, the last puzzle piece fell into place. This gave us stability and assurance that we could stay in our house and remain in our community in DC for the long haul. And shortly thereafter, about ten months ago, we began the adoption home study and application process.

So that’s our adoption story in a few paragraphs! We hope that you can become part of it too. If you’re interested in giving to help us cover some of the cost, we would deeply appreciate it. Domestic adoption is expensive. Our estimated total expenses range from $55,000 – $71,000. This cost includes things like medical care, housing, food, basic needs, counseling, and birth- related expenses for the birth mother, agency fees, legal fees, profile book preparation, travel expenses for us to receive the child, post-placement social worker vists, and finalization.

So many of you have already partnered with us in prayer, provided reference letters, or have encouraged us along the way and and we’re so grateful. Please continue to pray for for the birth mother, the child, the process, and our family. Send us a note or drop by our place for a drink. Our door’s always open.

Love,

The Linebaughs


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 “Linebaugh 10076”, 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
Read more

Comments

$100

Mary

Jun 27, 2022

“We love you guys and can’t wait to meet the little one God is preparing for you.”

$250

Elisha

Jun 27, 2022

“Love you guys so much. Your going to be amazing parents!”

$100

Brett

Jun 26, 2022

$1,000

Katherine

Jun 26, 2022

“Friends, we are so excited for you! It has been wonderful getting to know you both better and we are looking forward to walking through this next stage with you!”

$50

Liz

Jun 26, 2022

“Emily and Chris, I can’t wait to see you become parents as you grow your family. What a blessing you will be to a child—and they to you. Praying for peace and joy as you wait for the baby God has for you. Love you so much!”

$238

Matt and Ellie

Jun 26, 2022

$250

Andrew

Jun 26, 2022

“So excited for your journey! Praying for you both.”

$250

Lynn & Dan

Jun 26, 2022

“We’re excited for you on this journey and know you will be wonderful parents. Lynn is a great babysitter (and Dan is a pretty good dog sitter)!”

$500

Matthew

Jun 26, 2022

$100

Melissa

Jun 25, 2022

$512

Hidden

Jun 25, 2022

“We are so excited for you and praying for you and this adoption journey! You're going to be amazing parents!”

$100

Liane

Jun 25, 2022

“Yay so happy! You’re going to be the best parents, I’m so excited.”

$500

Kent & Rebekah

Jun 25, 2022

“We could not be more excited for you guys, and know you will love and cherish both Baby Linebaugh and his/her biological mom so well. Praying for you during this waiting season and trusting that God will complete the incredible work he has begun in you. We hope our littles will be the best of friends and never know a day that they don’t worship our Savior!”

$55

Rikki

Jun 25, 2022

“Love you dearly and praying fervently for your sweet child! You are going to be incredible parents.”

$250

Jilane & Dan

Jun 25, 2022

“Wishing you all the best! xoxo Dan, Jilane, Alden and Eli Petrie”

$550

Hidden

Jun 25, 2022

“Emily & Chris, we are so encouraged by your boldness and faith. As you are right now pouring into others as leaders in our community, we can't wait to watch you grow your family and will be praying for you and all those involved in your adoption process every step of the way--that this experience would lead you and those with whom you interact to a more profound understanding of our Father's love us, His adopted children!”

$100

Hannah and Josh

Jun 25, 2022

“So thrilled to be with y’all as you go through this journey. Thanks for giving us all an opportunity to support you.”

$200

Hidden

Jun 25, 2022

$100

Darryl

Jun 25, 2022

“Hi Emily & Chris, Here’s a little donation from Renee and me. Miss Betty will be sending you guys a little as well. Let us know if there is anything we can do. Can’t wait to meet the child God blesses your family with. Good luck!🍀”

$200

Hidden

Jun 25, 2022

$200

Hidden

Jun 25, 2022

$500

Alvin

Jun 25, 2022

“Praying for y’all ❤️”

$250

Sean

Jun 25, 2022

$100

Amy

Jun 25, 2022

“Excited for your growing family! Love, The Minishs”

$200

Hidden

Jun 24, 2022

“Praying for you, Linebaugh’s! Much love, Hailie & Ollie”

$247

Andrew & Jane

Jun 24, 2022

$200

Leigh & David

Jun 23, 2022

$500

Hidden

Jun 21, 2022

“Praying for you both on this awesome journey! The future baby Linebaugh is the luckiest!”

$100

Stephynie

Jun 21, 2022

“Love you guys! You’re going to be great parents!”

$50

Violet

Jun 20, 2022

“We know you will become wonderful parents! Steve, Violet, Apollo, & Andromeda”

$100

Hidden

Jun 20, 2022

$75

Chris and Jennie

Jun 20, 2022

$700

Logan

Jun 20, 2022

“So excited for y’all!”

$694

Matt and Ellie

Jun 17, 2022

“We're praying for y'all in this time of waiting, we're excited for God to bless y'all in this opportunity!”

$200

Pamela

Jun 17, 2022

“So excited for you guys! Partnering with you in prayer as well!”

$50

Amy

Jun 16, 2022

$300

Josiah

Jun 16, 2022

$50

Melissa

Jun 16, 2022

“We're so excited for you both to become parents and support you through this process!”

$50

Maribor

Jun 16, 2022

“I pray for this journey to be smooth. May God grant your wishes.You are doing an amazing thing. God bless you.”

$500

Kelsey

Jun 16, 2022

“So happy you two are pursuing this - we can't think of a better home for a child to find its way into! I've also submitted this for matching from my company (Mastercard) so assuming I did everything right, you should see another payment come through in the next month or two. If not let me know and I'll follow up about it. Love, Kelsey & Mike LaCroix”

$200

Andrew and Megan

Jun 15, 2022

“We love you both and so excited for you to become parents!”

$100

Jamie

Jun 14, 2022

“Praying for you two - and mostly your sanity :)”

$1,000

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Jun 13, 2022

$300

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Jun 13, 2022

$150

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Jun 13, 2022

$50

Shane and Stephanie

Jun 12, 2022

$500

Richard

Jun 12, 2022

“Praying for this incredible journey!”

$100

Amanda

Jun 11, 2022

“Congratulations you guys! Can’t wait to meet your new addition!”

$1,000

Hidden

Jun 11, 2022

“We are so very excited for you both! We will continue to pray that God brings you patience as you wait and that you see Him working in all aspects of this process!”

$300

Hidden

Jun 10, 2022

“Cheering you on!”

$2,500

Offline Donation

Jun 9, 2022

$200

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Jun 8, 2022

$1,000

Offline Donation

Jun 7, 2022

$200

Laura

Jun 5, 2022

“We are joining you in prayer and support! We love your heart for the orphan and children who need homes! Yes, it may be hard work!!! However, What God calls you to, He will equip!”

$100

Sarah

Jun 5, 2022

“The Reaper Family is cheering you on!!”