Looking back at some old family photos….when there were only four of us and before adoption rocked our world. Wow, what we would have missed if we had kept our world small!
Asking for help is humbling. So you can imagine what a blessing it has been to have folks contacting us wondering how they can help us as we adopt #5. How do we have such a great community?! We are totally blessed. Many people don’t feel called to adopt, but are able to give and pray for a family who does. Thank you – from the bottom of our hearts. We could not do it without you.
We are about half-way through the adoption process and are hoping to be matched to our new son or daughter soon. Even though we live in Asia, we have to go through the adoption process like any other American couple. You would think there would be some perks of already being here, but nope. I take that back – travel to meet our child might be cheaper and we won’t be dealing with jetlag and getting to know our new child. That is a win!
What can you do to help?
1. Pray for God’s direction for our family at this pivotal point in adding #5. It is overwhelming to look at files and “choose” your child. Pray for wisdom and God’s clear direction. Not so ironically our family is memorizing the hymn “He Leadeth Me” by Joseph H. Gilmore as part of our homeschooling. Perfect timing Perfect words.
2. Give towards our adoption. Adopt Together has graciously offered to gather funds for our adoption. You can designate funds to our family through Adopt Together and they will send your gifts to our adoption agency to go towards our next fees. Your gift will be tax deductible. You will get a receipt immediately if you donate using a credit card or a PayPal account. If you donate by check, you will get a receipt at the end of the year. You can donate here.
3. One more way you can help….share our story. Point others to our blog or to our story on the Adopt Together website.
Adoption is expensive. Some have asked why? Here is approximately where it all goes:
Agency Application: $1000
Children’s House International (our U.S. Agency): $6,550
Home study: $3,000
Translation/Document/Dossier Expenses: $1,770
China Program Fees: $2,660
China Orphanage Fees: $5,600
Visa Fees for Child: $400
Travel in China: $3,000
Flying Child Home: $800
In-Country Costs: $3,000
Post-Adoption Report: $500
Re-Adoption in U.S.: $3,000
Approximate Total: $30,000
One way God has confirmed in our hearts that this is the time for us to add #5 has been through His provision. In the past 6 months as fees have come up to start us on this journey, the funds have been there – extra teaching jobs for Hubby, generous gifts from friends and family who had no idea there was a need, and the support from another adoptive family who felt led to give to us. We stand amazed. Actually, it is one of the blessings of adoption – seeing how God cares for His children and provides to set them in families. We are looking forward to seeing how He provides for us in the coming months as we finish this journey.
Thanks again for standing with us. We will keep you posted on our journey.
**Photo Credit — Ben Hall — B’s Photography**