Adoption has always been something we have talked about as we have always wanted to explore expanding our family through adoption and just didn’t know when that would be. For Kelsey, having two adopted sisters, the seed to adopt was planted in her childhood. Drew knew this was a desire for Kelsey, and as the years of infertility and infant loss went by, it was Drew who encouraged our first step, as a couple, toward adoption. The Lord has made it fully aware to us that His timing is now. So, here we are.
Waiting is hard, but He is present…even in the waiting. Getting to share our story as we connect with other couples at our church or in our community has been such a gift. When Drew and I met, we soon realized that before we started dating we had chosen the same EXACT first and middle name for our daughter. That name has now been prayed over for over 20 years! What a precious thing to think God began her story LONG before she was even a thought.
The name we both chose is Madeline Virginia. Madeline means “strong tower” or “elevated”. We love the idea of thinking that the Lord has already elevated her beyond what we can even comprehend. We are so excited to get to partake in her journey. Virginia happens to be both our grandmother’s name. Both these women love the Lord and are great role models for our dear sweet daughter to follow.
We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign. It may surprise you to hear that even domestic adoption related costs can easily total up to $25,000 or more. This is why we have set a goal of 12,000 to help ease the financial burden.
We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as she grows up.
*Please note, your gift through Pure Charity and AdoptTogether is tax deductible