Adoption Update #1

The other day someone asked me, “Do you have kids?” and I said, “Yeah, I have two daughters.”  Then it hit me: I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS!

The easiest way to sum up the last 14 days would be this emoji: 😭


You guys have been so so so generous.  Some of you even too generous.  And some of you so surprisingly generous.  And… so encouraging.  

Every gift we receive makes us more and more overwhelmed by the community God has put around us, and overjoyed at the community Lucy is joining.  She is one lucky girl.  And we are lucky parents.  

We got to send Lucy a care package last week which was so much fun.  We sent a camera and some clothes and toys.  Amy basically packed that shoebox to overflow status.  


We are also working on getting a room set up for Lucy.  We will share photos in upcoming weeks as we get it going.  

Some of you have asked questions and I think it would be helpful to address them all here:

When do we go to China and get Lucy? 

Our agency told us 9-12 weeks.  That means we could travel sometime between late March and May.  They will tell us a month out when we get approval and we can buy our plan tickets then.

What happens once you travel to China? 

We meet Lucy and take her in the same trip.  We are in country for two weeks, staying in a hotel, doing final paperwork and processing, but it’s a pretty fast turnaround. 

Why is adoption so expensive?  

I don’t know.  I wish it was cheaper.  Everyone I tell the cost to has the same reaction.  And I get it.  It’s costly for sure.  There is a lot of paper work involved, multiple home studies, lawyers, agencies, visas, citizenship documents, orphanage fees, etc.  

Here is the link to our websites cost page:

Truth is, the total cost will likely be somewhere in the $40,000 range, and Amy and I have already spent somewhere close to $13,000 so far out of pocket.  It’s our joy to feel the financial burden for our girl, but we couldn’t cover the whole cost, therefore the fundraising was necessary.  

Is the gift tax deductible?

No but possibly yes.  

No, they are not tax deductible through youcaring. 

But, if you’d like to “join our support team” and give a gift through Resonate Church that will be tax deductible.  It’s really easy to give that way, just follow these directions:  

Here is the link to join my support team:

Page 1: Fill out your contact info

Page 2:  Select my name from the dropdown menu, then select “both financial and prayer partner”

Page 3: Fill in your “Pledge Amount” and select Monthly or Annually depending on how you prefer.