Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m WinterMommy. I am a wife, mother, and a follower of Christ. This blog was started as a means to get the widest dissemination of a fundraising request for my daughter’s adoption. Her adoptive father (my husband) and I have been working very hard to let everyone know how great and wonderful this cause is and how much we truly love out family. We hope you’ll visit this blog and take the time to get to know us.
We are a loving family of three (Daddy, Mommy, and a handsome third grader) who believe with every fiber of our being that we have been called to adopt. After lots of prayers, a few tears, and some disappointments in placements that were not to be, we were blessed to have a legal risk placement of our daughter in March 2014! We then became a loving family of four!
Our daughter is the most amazing and wonderful infant girl you would ever want to meet with an infectious smile and beautiful dark and endearing eyes! We were overjoyed to bring her home, but the journey is not yet over!
We still have to have her adoption finalized. The anticipated finalization date is Sep/Oct 2014 and we are fortunate that her agency offers payment plans that will allow us a small amount of time to pay everything off. The costs are well over $18K including legal fees. That’s a lot of money, but we are doing whatever it takes to make those costs attainable so that we can have our daughter stay with us in her forever family.
We love our daughter. We can’t wait to teach her how to ride bikes and tie her shoes. We can’t wait to take family pictures with her that we’re able to share with all of our family and friends (we can’t now because of confidentiality agreements). We can’t wait to teach her the rivalry in our household that is the Chicago Bears and everyone else :). We can’t wait to for her to be legally ours as she already is in our hearts.
This is where we humbly ask your help. Can you please help our dream become a reality sooner than later? Should you feel moved to donate even $1, it would be a great help and wholeheartedly appreciated.
If you are not in a position to donate, you can certainly help us in other ways.
1. Pray. Pray. Pray. During the particularly hard days waiting for a match during this journey, Phillippians 4: 6-7 remained in our spirit, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We gained peace, left our concerns with God, and shortly thereafter received the call about the match for their daughter.
2. Share, Share, Share. If you know of anyone who would be interested not in the gossip of what is going on, but in supporting a movement that will assist in making our family whole, please share this site with that person. Perhaps they will be moved to donate. Perhaps they will be moved to pray.
3. Keep visiting. We’re applying for grants. We’re looking for adoption assistance. We’re doing it all. In the event a grant is awarded, we’ll post it here, let you guys know, AND will show how the grant has helped reduce adoption costs (meaning the goal amount will be reduced!).
We’re really excited about the remainder of this journey! We hope you are too.
Thank you so much and so sincerely for all of your help.
We truly appreciate you!