Thanks for taking the time to read our story! We hope that we’re able to communicate why and how we’ve developed a heart for adoption, and how God has continued to open our hearts to this exciting venture.
We are Matt and Chelsea Termeer. We have three biological kids - Abigail (7), Samuel (5), and Ezekiel (2) - who keep us busy, but also keep us joyful. We make our home in Columbus, OH - a house where Chelsea homeschools our kids and Matt works from home. We officially started our adoption journey in the summer of 2022, and we couldn't be more excited! (The kids ask us constantly about when they'll get a baby sibling.) But unofficially, the journey started over a decade ago.
Even before we were married in 2012, when we discussed what we wanted our future family to look like, we would mention that adoption could be an option for us. In our first years of marriage, we were members of a church that was very passionate about adoption, and very supportive of its adoptive families. It was then that we began to see the theological reasons behind adoption: that it is an expression of true religion as mentioned in James 1:27; and that it is an imitation of God the Father, who has graciously adopted us into his family. As our family has grown through the addition of our three biological children, we see that God is clearly leading us to adopt our next child, again for a couple of reasons. First, Chelsea has had increasingly difficult pregnancies and deliveries, to the point that Ezekiel, our third child, was delivered purposefully a month early to avoid complications. The second reason is the Supreme Court’s decision in the summer of 2022 to overturn Roe v. Wade. We felt God telling us to act, and so that very day, we decided to start the adoption process, in order to give a home to a newborn baby that might not otherwise have had the chance to live. And third, we feel that God has challenged us to open our home to others, and now we have the chance to include another child in that.
We know that this process will be both joyful and difficult, and we know that welcoming a newborn into our family will be bittersweet as we celebrate his or her arrival while also considering the tough decision that the birth mother has had to make. But we trust that God is faithful, and that he will provide wisdom, patience, compassion, and love. We are excited about this journey (our kids even more so)!
We are thrilled to have been awarded an $8000 matching grant through Hope That Binds Adoption Fund and Lifesong for Orphans. However, our overall fundraising goal for our adoption is $45,000. We would be honored if you would prayerfully consider partnering with us in achieving this goal. All donations made are tax-deductible.
And please join us in prayer! We have been going before our Heavenly Father, constantly asking that he would prepare us, our kids, and the baby to be united as a family. We pray for the birth mother, whoever and wherever she may be, that God would give her peace and wisdom and health. We would love for you to partner with us in this way, too.
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 “Termeer 10376”, 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.
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