You heard it right. We are adopting !
This last year has been a crazy whirlwind of hardship, tragedy, near death experiences and then healing. Sarah and I found it hard at times to even catch our breath during this marathon year. One of the harder things that has happened is the news that we most likely will not be able to have biological kids as a result of the cancer. This is a death of sorts- death of a hope and dream of having a big, Christ-centered family. Even in this, however, God’s hand of goodness has been present. Even before the cancer, Sarah and I had been talking about adoption. We love the idea of welcoming into our hearts and home kids who have been unloved and broken. This is a clear picture of the love Christ has shown to us His children. We began to develop a heart for adoption because we ourselves have been adopted into the family of God. Instead of being disappointed at the news of infertility, by God’s grace, we have been excited at the prospect of adoption.
Back in October we started the paperwork process and within a few months we all set to go. As you may know, the adoption process is a waiting game. So we prepared to wait. We started to raise money, pursuing different adoption avenues and simply trust the Lord would provided the right situation in His time. In late March, just a few weeks ago, we got a call from our adoption agency that we had been chosen by a birthmother and were being placed to adopt a newborn baby. That’s right. Sarah and I will be parents of a little baby from here in Kentucky in just a 4 weeks! We don’t know yet whether its a boy or a girl and some details are still a bit fuss but so goes the adoption process. The baby will be born right here in Louisville and we will bring him or her home from the hospital.
We are both super excited and a bit overwhelmed. We have just a month to finish out remaining paperwork, get our home ready and raise the additional support. We are thankful our adoption will only cost $18,000 and that we already have $9000 in place. We just received an additional matching grant of $2500 from LifeSong for Orphans. That means that every dollar people give will be matched unto $2500 ($5000 total). Would you consider giving to our adoption through LifeSong? Your money will be doubled and it will also be tax deductible.
How to Give:
Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.”In the memo, write “Sloan #4329” to assure it goes to the our account.Mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. 100% of your donations will go directly to our adoption.
Another option is to give online. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number” and “Family Name” Fields. In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. Individual donations of $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. 100% of your donations will go directly to our adoption.
Thank you for standing with us through our suffering and now in our joy. One of our great hopes is to be able to tell our son or daughter one day that they are apart of our family through the prayers and sacrifice of so many others. I don’t know if it takes a village to raise a child but it sure takes one to bring them home.