Adoption Update

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I was at the Gulf Coast Getaway listening to Randy Harris talk about cruciform living. Cruciform living, he said, is living a life that constantly points people to the love and grace and mercy of God that was shown to us on the cross. When we live this way our lives point people to God’s story of love and redemption. God had been working on us for years but it was in that moment that I knew God was calling us to adopt. That was January.

We spent a few weeks praying about it and it became obvious to Katie and me that the time was right. We decided to do a domestic, newborn adoption, we picked an agency in Abilene, TX, and attended an adoption orientation in April. We left the orientation with a mountain of paperwork. We finally finished the paperwork last night! In the next few days Katie and I will take a CPR course and once we’re certified, we’re mailing everything in!

The next step is our home study. After that, we’ll submit a family scrapbook and a “dear birthmother” letter. One of the things we love about the agency we’re using is that they allow the birthmothers to choose the family that will adopt their child. Hopefully by the beginning of next year, our scrapbook and letter will be looked at by some birthmothers.

It costs between $20,000-$30,000 to do a domestic adoption. God has already begun to provide through some incredibly generous donations as well as Katie’s hard work as an Arbonne consultant. In the next month we plan to start selling t-shirts to raise money and we need your help. Thanks to Cecily Breeding we have two designs to choose from. Please let me know which one you like by leaving a comment. Have a great day!

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  17 comments for “Adoption Update

  1. Jovan
    October 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    the one with the heart!

  2. Benjamin Neeley
    October 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I like the second one. Count me in to buy a couple when they’re ready

    • October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Awesome! I’ll let you know when they’re ready. Hopefully it won’t be too long.

  3. Christina Betterton
    October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    The shirt with the heart is legit! I want a few!

    • October 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks! Hopefully we’ll make an order before too long. I’ll keep you posted.

  4. Sunnie Bexley
    October 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I like the one with the heart. Sunnie

    • October 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      That’s my favorite, too. Everyone has said they like that one!

  5. October 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I like the one with the heart as well.

  6. Lacy Hefley
    October 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I like them both and would love to help you with your adoption. Can you mail one to Portland? I’m willing to pay for shipping.

    • October 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Hey, Lacy! It’s great to hear from you! We’ll definitely send one to Portland. Tell all your friends in the Northwest about it and we’ll send a bunch up there. We’ll start taking orders in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.

  7. October 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    The Hendersons will buy two.
    And we want a Leeland shirt too. šŸ™‚
    Bring em up when we have our getaway weekend.

  8. Cary Smith
    October 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

    We will both have one!!! Large and medium for the Smith’s please!!! šŸ™‚

    • October 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Awesome! I’ll put you guys on the list. Not sure exactly when we’ll order them but we will keep you posted.

  9. October 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Just found your blog while searching for other families doing adoption t-shirt fundraisers. Do you still have any t-shirts available?

    • October 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Hey, Jenny! Unfortunately we don’t. Sorry!

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