We are very excited to share that we are in the process of growing our family through Adoption! Many of you already know our adoption story, but several years ago we were told that we have a very slim chance of having biological children. Although we had talked about the possibility of adopting before then, this is when we seriously started considering and researching this as an option for our family. We started working with a wonderful Adoption agency, Bethany Christian Services, in Lancaster, PA, and in 2016 we brought home our beautiful daughter, April. Her adoption was finalized later that same year. As we have learned more about adoption through trainings provided by our agency as well as our personal experience, God has really given us a heart for adoption and providing a stable, loving, forever family for children.
Now it is time for our family to grow again. We have spent the better part of the past year chipping away at mountains of paperwork, training hours, saving and budgeting, and preparing for an addition to our family. Our home study is complete, and we have been waiting in anticipation to watch for God’s timing for a placement. The week of Thanksgiving this year we met with a birth mother, and she has chosen us as part of her adoption plan. It is exciting to be able to share that she is expecting twins, due in January 2019! A double blessing that we were not expecting, and definitely something to be thankful for during this holiday season! We are very excited to be adding two new members to our family!
We have been blessed to be able to cover the first $16,500 of the adoption costs from our personal funds which has allowed us to get to this point in the process. However, our adoption fees will total just over $31,000 and bringing home twins adds an additional $6,000. This can seem like a daunting number at times. Still we have faith that God will provide in his timing and have already been amazed at how he has provided for some of the extra expenses just when we need them!
We have applied for several grants to help us offset the adoption costs, and through the generosity of Lifesong for Orphans, have been awarded a matching grant! Every dollar donated will be matched up to $3,500! We ask you to pray with us as we prepare to open our home and hearts to these two precious babies.
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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.
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