On February 1, 2010 we were in a hospital waiting room as our first son was born. Even though Emily wasn’t the one in that hospital bed, Jadon was no less our son and has been such a wonderful part of our family. Two years ago we started the process to add to our family once again. After a lot of adoption paperwork, we got onto the waiting list at the beginning of 2013 and have been waiting on God’s perfect timing ever since.
In the end it was a friend of Emily’s mom who introduced us to our new birth family. Andrew is already 3 months old and is currently living with his grandmother. She is a lovely Christian lady who is looking forward to being a grandma to Jadon as well – we’re excited to pursue an open relationship with her and her family! 🙂 We were able to meet Andrew and his biological family on May 4 in a park – Jadon had fun playing and we got to hang out and hold a cute baby. 🙂
We really hit it off and after a few counseling sessions with our adoption agency the family made the decision that they wanted us to adopt Andrew! Placement will be next week or the week after (May 21 at the earliest) and at that point we’ll owe $16,000, then in 4-6 months we’ll owe attorney fees as we pursue finalization.
God has already blessed us with a $4,000 grant from Show Hope and a $2,500 matching grant from Lifesong – both agencies that helped fund Jadon’s adoption. In order to receive the funds from Lifesong, however, we need to raise at least $2,500 so this is where you all come in! We have to have the full placement fee before we can take Andrew home, so please pray about what you can donate in the next week or so.
Take a look at the attached documents for ways that you can donate – you can send them a check or get online and use Paypal to pay with a credit card or your Paypal account – however you donate, all donations are tax deductible. To make sure your donation goes toward our adoption, you just need to put “Preference: #3538 Hopping” in the memo of your check or use the online button below:
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We’ve actually created a Facebook event with all the fundraising information as well. If you haven’t been “invited” to that online event and want to be, just let us know and we’ll add you.
Thank you all for your support and your continued prayers – especially as we adjust to having a 4th member of our family. We love you all and are so blessed to have you in our lives. May the Lord bless you all richly in the year to come!
~ Josh, Emily & Jadon ~