Adoption comes at a great cost. It will cost you money, time and energy. It will mean extra work, extra laundry, and more dishes. Adoption is one more chair at the dinner table, one more bedtime prayer, and one more seat in the car. Adoption has cost us financially, emotionally and physically. And when I’m asked what it costs to adopt, I say that the price tag is great; but the cost is greater.
This season you have an amazing opportunity to choose one of 5 families to support in the adoption of an orphan, just like our Israel. We have handcrafted 150 ornaments and they will be available to take from our local church along with biographies of each child. Many have asked if we can ship an ornament, unfortunately, they are too fragile to ship, but we would love to mail out biographies. The biographies are great for placing on your fridge or your dining room table as a tangible reminder to support and pray for an orphan. If you are interested in receiving a family biography (example pictured below), please email me your address and the name of the family you’d like to pray and support at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact information on this page. There is no donation obligation, just a chance to pray and follow a beautiful journey of adoption.
Here are the children and their families that we will be featuring this year. If you’d like to donate, I have placed the links for donation.
THE McAndrews for KIARA
Joseph and Katie met while working at a feed store and going to college in northern Arizona. They have been happily married for three short years and have been blessed with a one year old daughter.
Katie has always had a heart for adoption and Joseph agreed that one day they would adopt. Neither of them expected to be called to adopt so soon into their marriage! While browsing through Facebook one day, Katie saw Kiara’s picture posted. Katie couldn’t get Kiara and her immediate need for a home out of her head for the next couple of days. She sent Joseph Kiara’s picture and, after much prayer, they knew that she was meant to be part of the McAndrew family.
Joseph and Katie are anxious to finish their paperwork, raise their funds, and bring this little girl home. They know that God is in control and He is able to do abundantly more than they could ever ask for or think of. Joseph and Katie simply request your prayers and support as they journey through adopting Kiara.
You can support Kiara and her adoption through prayer and donations. To donate, Kiara can be found on Reece’s Rainbow here. If you’d like to follow their adoption, you can go to the McAndrews Adoption Journey, here.
THE Pucketts for WEN and LEVI
From The Pucketts Adoption Journey on Facebook –
Today I signed paperwork to refinance the house. If that’s what it is going to take to bring our boys home, then that’s what Thomas and I will do. It is not what we want to do, but we will do whatever we have to, to bring them home.
I want to be completely transparent. Adoption is expensive. It shouldn’t be, and I honestly can not tell you where all the money goes. But the fact of the matter is, it just is. And I hope that one day that changes. But right now, it is what it is, and there are two boys that have waited long enough! And I will not be the one to tell them that their lives “were too expensive”.
Thomas has been deployed in Kosovo while Shannon is home with their children. They are fundraising and saving in order to get the boys home.
THE Turners for MARCUS
From his adoptive mommy’s blog –
We would like to introduce you to a very special little boy named Marcus we are adopting from Eastern Europe. We cannot wait to bring Marcus home, to hold him in our arms, to read stories with him, to watch him play with Marissa, to take him to Sunday School, and always provide a hand for him to hold as he grows. No words can capture the true joy and excitement we feel as we anticipate the blessing of his presence in our home.
We would like to invite you to be a part of our adoption. We have two goals, the first is to create a community of friends, family and neighbors, locally and globally, who are ready and excited to welcome our son into their lives and will commit to pray for our family over the next few months. Our other goal is to raise $20,000 to bring him home. It is approximately 4,800 miles from the orphanage to our home in Bel Air. Approximately $5 a mile will bring our little one home. Would you consider sponsoring a mile or more?
THE Petersen Family for ROMAN AND LYNDA
From their adoptive mommy’s blog:
Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes life picks you up and Hulk-smashes you into the ground so hard that you don’t even realize how low you’ve sunk.
A couple of months ago my husband landed what we thought to be an amazing job. So we picked up and moved an hour away from family because this meant we could finally proceed in getting our Lynda and Roman home. Without going into too much detail, I will say that he was basically lied to and we have been struggling because of it. Not long after we realized his job wasn’t going anywhere, but still unwilling to admit it, I went and found myself a part time job.I know that we’ll be ok. By the end of this month, things are going to get back on track and we’re going to make it out of this. Heck, it might just take a few weeks. But it’s just getting there. It’s accepting the fact that what I thought was hard is only going to get harder.
But then I remember my kids. Then I remember Roman and Lynda. I remember that they’ve spent their entire lives waiting for me to show up and save them from their own personal hell. I remember that Roman has been waiting for me for over two years, and Lynda almost eight. Our struggle, it’s just for now – it’s just for the season. It’s just until I can get my kids home in my arms forever.
God promised He’d get them home, but He never said it was going to be easy. There is so much that has to be done, and it’s hard to keep up with it all. But that’s part of being a mamma. Dishes and grant paperwork and background checks and laundry and meal prepping and grocery shopping and fundraising. It’s a lot, but it is just a blip in what my children are having to endure while they’re waiting for me.
THE Shupe family for BRIANNA
Jeff and Wendy were married in 2010. Having both come from previous marriages, they each brought with them 3 children…..six all together. Wendy had experienced the joy of adoption in 2003 when her daughter Cassie was adopted from Kazakhstan. Jeff and Wendy knew that God was calling them to bring another child into their family, so they started on the journey to find the child that God had for them. One evening, while researching adoption from Eastern Europe, Wendy came across a website that changed everything. Reece’s Rainbow lead them down the path that brought them to their beautiful children…..Avery and Caden. Avery is a sweet, spunky little girl who has Dwarfism and Caden is a precious boy with Down Syndrome, who is truly all boy! They have been such a blessing to the Shupe family! But, God wasn’t done adding to this family. The Shupes were recently contacted about another little girl with Dwarfism in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.
What a miracle it was to find out that this little girl was Avery’s biological sister. The Shupes were shocked and amazed that she had been located, and even more amazed that they made the family connection to their daughter Avery. Jeff and Wendy did not know that adoption was in God’s plan for them again, but they have committed to follow God’s will for their lives. The Shupe’s have started their fundraising and are appreciative of your support and prayers as they raise the funds to bring their new daughter home.
You can donate to Brianna’s adoption on Reece’s Rainbow here.
Again, if you’d like to choose a family to support, we will send you a biography page(see example below). Just email the name of the child you would like to support, and your address.