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July 22, 2016

How a Village Raises Funds: 3 Resources | Family Friday


Our adoption journey to bring Shambo and Kemal home began less than 6 months after we arrived home with our first adopted son, also from Ethiopia. We had absolutely no idea how we were going to fund the adoption costs, but we knew that if God was calling us to it, He would lead us through it. When we were able to travel to Ethiopia less than a year after seeing their photo for the first time, we were amazed by how God weaved everything together. We spent nearly 3 ½ weeks in Ethiopia, as a family of 8, completing the process to bring Shambo and Kemal home. From the first moment we met them at the Care Center, we knew that God had put everything in place for that moment. It was an instant connection. Now, home almost 2 years, we can’t imagine life without them in our family. We are amazed that … Continue reading

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July 15, 2016

Breakdowns, Breakthroughs, and Joy | Family Friday

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Adoption is a journey, but the steps and the destination are known by your Heavenly Father Who will sovereignly lead you to the child of His choosing in His time. Joe and Leah tell their story– It was a long, rough road, and when we started we had no idea. Shortly after receiving and accepting the referral for our daughter, we received several email from the Department of Justice (and a bunch of other frantic, hopeful adoptive parents). The head of our agency was indicted and the whole operation was being shut down. What about our little girl?! Who would fight for her if we didn’t? After weeks of praying, emailing, and phone calls, we were blessed to be able to transfer her, and us, to another agency. Our case was handled with extra scrutiny and after 2 years of fighting and waiting … having break-throughs and break-downs, we were able to … Continue reading

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July 8, 2016

A Word to Waiting Families | Family Friday


We have had adoption in our DNA since before we met or married. As singles, Peter and I had the desire in our hearts to, yes, have biological children if the Lord provided in that way, but also to grow our future family through adoption! And when we met and married this was a major confirmation that we were made to find each other! Our biological children, Lily and Liam, have grown up from their earliest memories hearing mom and dad talking about how we would one day add a brother or sister to our family that didn’t come from mom and dad but from somewhere far away. To see this become a reality through God’s grace and sovereignty and care is one of the wildest most incredible answers to prayer we’ve ever received. While adopting isn’t easy, and requires more time and money and headspace than you think you … Continue reading

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July 1, 2016

Perfect Timing | Family Friday

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Our adoption was a little nuts. We had been waiting for about 6 months to be matched with a domestic birthmom, expecting the process to go pretty slowly once we were chosen. Amazingly, our adoption began and ended VERY quickly. We had some money saved, but not enough to fund our adoption in such a short time frame. A friend of mine had told me about Lifesong, so I sent an email to them asking if they might be able to help. We ended up qualifying for a matching grant and raised a total of about 10,000.00 with our online mySTORY account and the matching grant. God provided PERFECTLY for us, financially and emotionally. Our interactions with Lifesong were positive, encouraging, and extremely fruitful. Several times, I was able to email our lawyer bills, and Lifesong had a check in the mail that same day. It was such a help … Continue reading

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June 10, 2016

How to Raise $11,000 | Family Friday


Finances and paperwork are two of the greatest hurdles for adopting families. Brian and Rebecca found this to be true. In their words … We were towards the end of our adoption journey when a friend, who was also a pastor of a church, told us about their Lifesong matching grant money. At the time, we were overwhelmed at the thought of having to fill out more paperwork, but at our friend’s insistence, we went ahead and did it. We were able to get processed quickly, which was a huge blessing! Over all, we raised $11,000 through the Lifesong mySTORY Crowdfunding website, including the matching grant money we received. It got us to exactly what we needed to finish our Chinese adoption. What a blessing! Lifesong was the conduit for being able to raise the rest of what we needed for our adoption. We had a place people could go and directly give knowing … Continue reading

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June 3, 2016

Hope Through Hosting | Family Friday

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We initially met our daughter, Stacey, in the summer of 2013 through an orphan hosting program. She was considered “host only” which means she was not available for adoption, so unlike other times we have parented other children in our home through foster care, there was never even a concurrent adoption plan. We just enjoyed the time we had with her. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to be in contact with her once she returned to her home country, Ukraine. The next summer, we discovered that Stacey, then called Nastya, and two of her older sisters would be participating in the same hosting program. They would be spending the summer with a wonderful family in Michigan. Just as I had been in contact with Stacey’s first host mom, who advised, prayed, and donated to our hosting, we did the same for the Michigan host mom. One … Continue reading

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May 27, 2016

The Last 2 Seats | Family Friday

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When we started the adoption process we really had no idea where all the money was coming from. It was one of my personal reasons for not considering it for a long time. The cost was nearly an entire year’s worth of salary. We are on the low income end of the wage spectrum, actually, but we have always been blessed with plenty. Plenty of food on the table, plenty of time to love each other. The Lord has blessed us abundantly, and when Paul and I felt drawn to adopt, we knew we already had His blessing in the area of finances too. In every step along the way, He has proven Himself faithful to provide all we need financially, emotionally, and physically. We brought four-year-old Asher home in April of 2015, nearly a year ago. It has been an incredible year. This little boy is so full of … Continue reading

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