In December 2019, our family felt God was leading us, through a series of specific circumstances, to adopt a child. Though we were already blessed with seven wonderful, healthy biological children, we felt God was blessing us to be able to provide a safe, loving home for at least one more child. With domestic adoption ruled out because of our family size, we began the process to adopt internationally, a process estimated to cost $35-40,000.
In June 2020, through a family friend, we heard about Connected Hearts Ministry, and how they help adopting parents raise money for adoptions. Connected Hearts went to work right away. They helped us set up a fundraising page, provided recommendations and advice for fundraisers, shared our information with potential donors, and linked us with other organizations that offered grants for adoptions. Through the help of Connected Hearts Ministry, we were able to raise over $40,000 in only 12 months!
In December 2020, we were asked if we would be interested in adopting a specific little girl, and we said, “Yes!” By June 2021, we were officially matched, and traveled to Bulgaria to meet her in August. We agreed to continue with the process to adopt her, and the adoption was made official in November 2021. We traveled to Bulgaria a second time and picked up our new daughter, Alayna, just in time to celebrate her first Thanksgiving with us, in Bulgaria.
We are now home, and Alayna (along with the rest of our family) is adapting to her new life. We are excited to celebrate Christmas with her this year, and are deeply thankful for the Lord’s blessings throughout the entire adoption process. We are thankful for significant help from Connected Hearts Ministry, that made this process financially possible. And we are thankful for the opportunities to share with others the good news of God’s love for us, as it is so beautifully depicted Alayna’s adoption story. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 1:3).
The Little Family