We had been dating for a couple of months and were driving down a windy, scenic highway between Athens and Augusta. We were talking about family and siblings and other families we knew, and we happened upon the topic of adoption. We quickly found out that each of us had a desire to adopt children someday. Perhaps together?
Fast forward through the rest of dating and engagement and a little over 5 years of marriage. We had one son who was approaching 2 years old. We had desired to grow our family quickly and to have children close in age. At this point, we had experienced one miscarriage and several months of secondary infertility. We were in the middle of a season of fertility treatments and were on family vacation at the beach. We had both been noticing families there who had 1 or more adopted children, playing on the beach. Amanda had been thinking and praying about adoption again and prayed that if it was the Lord’s timing to pursue adoption for our family, that our hearts would clearly be unified. One afternoon, as we sat building a sandcastle on the beach with our son, Marc pointed out several of the families we had been observing and said, “I wonder if now is the time for us to consider adoption?” We began to dream and pray together about what our family may be like one day. Perhaps soon?
We returned from vacation and, within the week, found ourselves at an informational session about adoption with Lifeline Children’s Services. We stopped fertility treatments and began to take steps towards adoption. And, a few weeks later, were excited and surprised to discover we were pregnant again. Several weeks later, we were heartbroken to discover we had lost another child to miscarriage. After taking time to grieve and pray together and with our community, we decided to resume the process of adoption. The Lord’s call on our family to adopt was confirmed to our hearts at Lifeline’s domestic adoption conference, and we quickly completed our homestudy, to find out that we were pregnant once more. We “paused” the process and anxiously awaited the unfolding of God’s plan. We have had to trust the Lord all along this journey, and we were hearing Him say to us, “Wait patiently. I am writing your family’s story of adoption.” Perhaps later?
We have since welcomed our daughter into our family and are thriving as a family of four, though we still feel our family is incomplete. We are very much “expecting” another child, though not biologically this time. Our excitement to welcome another child into our family through adoption has only grown, and we are eager to meet the gift whom God has already chosen for us. As we wait until October of 2017 (when our daughter will be a 1 year old and when our agency will allow us to resume the process), we are pursuing fundraising, finalizing paperwork, and creating our profile books. We are excited to invite others into this journey as we raise the funds needed to bring our little one home. We anticipate that many will be a part of his or her “story” and of our story as a family. Perhaps you?
(Below is information on the different options that exist for giving. Online donations will be charged a fee to process. If you send in a personal check through the mail, then 100% of your donation will go to our account.)
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 “LeDuc 6789”, 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.