In March of 2013, we had our first official conversation that we were both ready to start a family! I remember that day so clearly as tears flooded both of our eyes as we talked about feeling ready to expand our family. We shared our hearts, our expectations, embraced and prayed that God would bless and grow our family. We decided that day that in a couple months we would begin trying. Months of trying turned into a year and no baby yet. A year turned into 2 and 2 years turned into 3 and we are now coming on 4 years of trying but no baby. The excitement turned into heartache and months and years of difficulty. There were times where we thought we could be pregnant and would buy pregnancy tests only to be left disappointed by a negative result. The road of infertility is not an easy road but it has taught us to cling more closely to Jesus. It has taught us that even though “The heart of man plans his way, …the Lord establishes his steps.” Psalm 16:9 Before we were even married God had placed adoption on both of our hearts. In our ‘plan', we would have biological children first and then pursue adoption. In this last year, God has opened our hearts to pursue adoption first and to lay down our plans of conceiving. He has given us so much excitement to pursue adoption and has given us so much peace knowing that at the end of this process we will hold in our arms our son or daughter.
So we have started the adoption process! It takes anywhere from 6 months to a year, and costs between 30-45 thousand dollars. We’re working with Christian Adoption Consultants in order to help us through the process. The majority of the money will be used for:
- Application Fee
- Expectant Mother’s Support & Medical Expenses
- Social Service Fees
- The Baby’s Medical Expenses
- Legal Fees
- Agency Administration and Advertising Fees
- Home Study & Post Placement Fees
We are so grateful for any and all support we receive. Financial gifts, prayers, and sharing the fundraiser with friends are all appreciated. It’s not easy for us to ask for help, but we have seen people who share their lives authentically and we want to do the same. This is something our hearts are longing for, and we are not able to do this alone. So thank you for helping. Thank you for donating. Thank you for asking questions. Thank you for sharing our story. And thank you for all your prayers.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21