I realize there are some who follow along here that may not be on our mailing list or personal social media pages where we update adoption happenings, so here’s our little update of sorts.
We’ve been active with our domestic adoption consultant agency for about 2.5 months now (and they are incredible). I’m not sure what we expected, but it’s been fairly active in terms of presenting our profile to birth mothers. While we’ve presented numerous times, we’ve yet to match with a mama. There’s an intensity to the pace of domestic adoption… receiving information about an expectant mom, praying over whether or not we’d like to present, then waiting for her decision. And while we wait, maybe we dream/imagine/plan out what it might look like if this is our baby and this is the due date and this is where we’d be traveling to meet her. While the “no”s have been hard, I think they give us all the more hope that there is someone very specific meant for our family and we just haven’t found her yet. At least that’s what I tell myself.
While things feel quiet some days, God continues to show up. He meets us in the waiting. In the quiet. In the wondering. He calls us to a deeper faith and trust and hope in Him alone.
He’s also showed up by way of financial provision. We’re overwhelmed with gratitude to have received not one but two matching grants, one of which has already been fully funded. ONLY GOD! Little by little, we are getting closer to being fully funded for this adoption. While we will not know the exact cost of our situation until we match, we think we’re about $10,000-$12,000 away from the majority of situations we have seen.
We are incredibly grateful to have received a matching grant of $2500 from Lifesong for Orphans, funded by the Fathered Fund in Richmond. Lifesong is a non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. Any funds raised will be released directly to the adoption agency to cover our fees (we will not get any money directly). 100% of donations go to our adoption since all administrative costs are underwritten by Lifesong partners.
So many have given, and we are so thankful. As I recently shared with our prayer list, we will be very happy when we are done asking for money, too ;) It’s not easy or pleasant, yet, through people like you, the Lord has continued to provide miraculously for this adoption.
If you would like to partner with us to help us raise this remaining amount, we would be unbelievably grateful. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS (& is doubled thanks to this grant)!
To Make A Tax Deductible Donation
You can make a tax-deductible donation via Lifesong in one of the following ways:
via this link (use our family number #5196 & last name “Mills“)
Checks may be made payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” and mailed to PO BOX 40. Gridley, IL 61744
***Include #5196, Mills on memo line.
Individual donation of $50 or more and yearly donations totally $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
Again, thank you for considering partnering with us financially!
The waiting continues to be a challenge. Time frames we imagined being matched by have passed. The kids are in their last week of school. Entering summer without any idea of when this baby might come into our lives feels a bit heavy. We’re seeking contentment and trying to readjust our expectations.
Continued prayers for all these details would be so appreciated.
We know He holds us.
We know He has a beautiful story in it all.