#LeDucAdditionByAdoption

Marc LeDuc
Marc LeDuc Augusta, Georgia

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.
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My Story

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.
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Getting so close!

October 3, 2017

Many of you have been asking where things stand with us in regards to our adoption, so here is a little update.

We had our update meeting with our agency’s social worker this past Friday. We have done almost all of the required paperwork updates that are necessary to re-open our file. Just a few things left to be checked off the list (fingerprinting scheduled to be done this weekend!). 

We have almost reached our fundraising goal! Praise the Lord! We would love to be fully funded after all of our registrations come in for those who join our team for this year’s Trot to Adopt. Would you consider joining our team (see previous post)? 

After hours and hours of work, we finished our profile book and ordered them TODAY!!!!! Whew! This is a picture and story book of our family that tells about our family: how we met, when we got married, what we love to do together as a couple, how we came to the decision to adopt, what our family loves to do together, what our children are like, what our extended families are like, our house/neighborhood, our church, our friends, and a letter to our child’s birth parents. 

So, now we recruit for Trot to Adopt, we check off a few more to-do’s, our home study gets updated a bit, and then we become a waiting family in just a few weeks!

Thank you for praying for us and being a part of this journey!

 

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Trot to Adopt

September 23, 2017

Come join our team! We would love for you to come be a part of our family’s story of adoption by running (or walking) with us in this year’s Trot to Adopt 5k and Family Fun 1 mile run. There are lots of reasons to join us: 

1. Everybody loves a 5k

2. You may not be called to adopt, but you can support people in this community who are and be a part of caring for orphans.

3. You get a T-shirt

4. It is a fun family fall activity

5. You get to be part of a bigger story

6. Exercise

Please go to www.trottoadopt.org to register. It’s easy to sign up. If you join our team, all of your registration money goes directly towards our adoption! 

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Unexpected generosity

July 28, 2017

Several weeks ago, we completed another packet of paperwork for a grant that Amanda’s mom told us about. We researched the ministry and were immediately won over by their mission to act out James 1:27. Chosen for Life Ministries is based out of Athens, GA and actively cares for orphans and widows both in their local community and beyond. Athens friends, if you are looking for a way to serve locally, consider volunteering your time with them. Anyways, back to the grant. We submitted our paperwork and waited. Yesterday, we received an email from them saying that we were approved! We were blown away, once again, by the Lord’s provision through His generous people. We’re encouraged to be several steps closer to our little one because of the open handedness of others. 

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Yard Sale 2.0

May 8, 2017

We had our 2nd fundraising yard sale on Saturday, May 6th. I am not exaggerating when we say we had SO. MUCH. STUFF! We were so grateful for over 35 families who donated items to be sold at our sale, and our storage shed was bursting at the seams. Friends and family showed up in a big way before the crack of dawn to help get all of the treasures out of the shed and into the yard (and to keep our children), and we could not have done it without them. We were praying that we’d make $3000, but we made $4000. What a gift. And, the Lord blessed us with beautiful weather (though the forecast looked a little dismal earlier in the week). We finished the day exhausted and thankful. 

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Exciting news! We have a matching grant!

April 27, 2017

Hello everyone!

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a matching grant of $2000 through an organization named Small Bridges who partners with Lifesong. So whenever you give to our adoption, your money is doubled! Below is information on the different options that exist for giving.

Thank you so much for partnering with our family!

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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.
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Comments

$1,000

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Oct 16, 2017

$200

Stephen and Kristyn

Oct 4, 2017

“Praying for y'all and are so grateful for your friendships!”

$2,000

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Sep 27, 2017

$7,534

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Sep 1, 2017

$2,900

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Jul 27, 2017

$150

Pete

Jul 18, 2017

“We're so encouraged by your willing, joyful hearts for adoption. We're excited to be able to join with you in this small way. - Pete & Sheri”

$35

Heather

Jul 13, 2017

“Looking forward to seeing the completed family God gives y'all. <3”

$500

Lauren

Jul 7, 2017

$75

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Jun 23, 2017

$1,500

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Jun 12, 2017

$2,000

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Jun 1, 2017

$500

Lauren

May 29, 2017

“May the Lord bless this little one!!”

$100

Joseph

May 9, 2017

$30

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May 6, 2017

$37

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May 6, 2017

$100

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May 6, 2017

$25

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May 6, 2017

$200

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May 6, 2017

$25

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May 6, 2017

$2,825

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May 6, 2017

$108

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May 6, 2017

$550

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Mar 7, 2017

$2,175

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Jun 1, 2016

$4,059

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Apr 24, 2016