Our precious family consists of myself, Tiffany, my amazing husband of 10 years, Robert (Dwayne), our outgoing yet preciously sweet 6 year old daughter, Bailey, who is inquisitive, bold and yet humble and gracious. To say our child is excited to adopt her sister would be an understatement! She often "discusses" (ok, always) how she is excited to be a big sister, read to her sister, play with her sister, cuddle her sister. We are assured our little girl will be showered with lots of love, attention, guidance, and patience, while leading her to the love of Christ, which is the most important thing we can impart to our children. Without the love of Christ and knowing him personally as our Savior, our saving grace, our world is a dark and hopeless place. Knowing Jesus loves us and died just for us, to give us everlasting life is a precious gift I pray our adoptive daughter is as eager to receive as her older sister.
As a child I always knew I would someday adopt an orphan. God prepared my heart then and placed a desire there as a child, before I even knew Him personally. I had this child-like idea that I once I was an adult and married, I could just walk into an orphanage and bring a child home. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I became familiar with international adoption and was still intrigued with the thought of someday adopting an orphan. Once I met my husband and we were married, we longed to have a child of our own. Trying to get pregnant seemed to be almost impossible, many years of failed attempts, thousands of dollars sunk into doctor’s visits and procedures. We were about to give in to the thought that maybe we wouldn't ever be parents. We didn’t think there was a way possible to adopt after just spending all our money on medical appointments. Several months passed and I had fallen and fractured my foot causing me to be immobile for several weeks while my bone was regenerating in my foot. During this time my best friend approached me announcing that she and her fiancé were expecting. My heart was crushed. I remember lying on the floor in my Living room numb crying out to God. LORD WHY NOT ME! LORD I DESIRE TO BE A MOTHER! I DESIRE TO BE A MOTHER WHETHER IT BE TO A BORN CHILD OF MY UTERUS OR SOMEONE ELSES! My husband just laid on the floor beside me, reminding me that God isn't done and that he hears us and it’s all in His timing. About a week later I became sick after picking out some shampoo for my husband. I was very nauseated, and I can still remember the smell of that shampoo. My husband thought I was crazy when I told him I needed to take a home pregnancy test. I walked away from the test only for my husband to find it was positive! We were finally pregnant! It was a challenging pregnancy with many issues, but Bailey was born completely healthy, but Mommy went downhill fast. I lost consciousness and started to hemorrhage. After several blood transfusions and regaining consciousness and some extra days in the hospital, I improved but was devastated to learn I could no longer have more children. That was a very hard pill to swallow. As, Bailey grew she longed for more siblings. My step dad had been adopted, he was blessed with parents that loved and cared for him. But just how in the world would we afford adoption. Then I met a family that had come into my work at the right time and were sharing their adoption testimony, and without me saying anything she looked me in the eyes and said The MONEY is there. You have the love in your heart. That day changed everything for my family. My heart raced God had just spoke right through this stranger, whom now is my Best friend Dayna. I went home and sat down with my husband, and with hesitation about money he said yes “How would we come up with that much money?” My Response “Its God’s money, Its God’s Child he will provide. Let’s trust and let God.”
Dwayne and I have prayed that God would reveal a way to make adoption happen for our family. We applied to adopt from India with WACAP adoption agency. We were very excited but also worried about how we could afford it. It was certainly a leap of faith. Unfortunately, our savings was not able to support a $35,000 adoption process. The previous year My grandmother Mimi (Kathy) was diagnosed with breast cancer. Me and my husband had to help provide for her with the treatments and providing transportation, and all medical funds for her, even allowing her to live with us temporally until she reached remission. Then, July 2017 Dwayne’s mother become terminally ill with cancer and her battle ended and she got her healing on November 28,2017 with our Lord Jesus Christ taking her home. Unfortunately, she was the only one working in their house hold so me and my husband had to also help them. God completely provided for us. We never went hungry, all our bills were paid on time, and we didn't go without much. I have no way to explain how that happened other than to say God provided it all. We were reminded in Philippians 4:19 God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus - and that certainly applied to our family! Going through these challenges, reminded us to trust Him and His promises because HE is always faithful. We have approached our adoption journey much the same way and He has been so faithful! God has provided every penny so far towards our adoption expenses. We've held a huge garage sale, sold several unused household items, started a donation website. Making different items that I have been selling online, as well as just putting as side every penny, also hosting change campaigns. God has picked out our perfect girl. She has Down Syndrome, and She is a ray of sunlight. Unfortunately, she isn’t getting proper care at the orphanage she’s at. In fact, none of the children are. She’s lived at the orphanage her entire life – all 3.5 years of it. We are very thankful that God has provided for many of our adoption fees through various fundraisers. We still are short in funding to help cover the adoption expenses owed to India for court fees, documents, orphanage fees, travel fees, as well as post-adoption costs like attorney fees and court costs. We would appreciate your consideration in providing a grant to help us bring our chosen beautiful girl home!
Penny has a friend whom we have nicknamed Little bit. She is in all our videos and pictures they have been together couple years. She is dwarf that is it, and people passed her by as well. Little bit takes care of Penny in the orphanage. We have pictures and video with proof that they are meant to be not just best friends but Sisters. Our family desires the day we go to the orphanage to get Penny our plans are to tell her best friend that we will be back for her. We can’t leave her behind. So not just financially raising money for this adoption but for the next one, because this adoption will open the doors for many to come into that orphanage so we have to be ready. I don’t want the girls to be separated forever. We will be starting her paperwork immediately once we get home.
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