Adoption #2 – Another Chance to Trust

Happy New Year! It’s 2019. A time of new beginnings and possibilities. As I stand at the beginning of this year, I find myself looking up at another giant mountain. This mountain is called Adoption #2. Ben and I have been here before – and yet we haven’t. This is a brand new Mountain with a trail all its own.

Every adoption is different. There are different people involved each with their own stories. As I look back at Jonathan’s adoption story, I see a crazy roller-coaster journey. I see God’s fingerprints all over his story and I start to wonder: Will God do it again? Is it possible that He could do it again? Can He move us over this new, unknown Mountain?

The new Mountain I’m looking at has a clear path up and over:

  • Step 1: Renew Home Study.
  • Step 2: Create Profile Book for Birth Families.
  • Step 3: Start Matching.
  • Step 4: Get Chosen by Birth Mother.
  • Step 5: Get Finances in Order.
  • Step 6: Welcome Baby into Family.
  • Step 7: Wait for Adoption Finalization.

This Mountain’s trail also has unknown places in the form of questions:

  • Will all of the funds come together to pay for this adoption?
  • How long will it take to be chosen by a Birth Family?
  • Will Baby #2 be healthy?
  • Will Birth Parents chose to parent instead of going ahead with our plan?

As we ask these questions we know that God already sees the path ahead, and we’re moving forward in faith. He has proven to us that He is worthy of our trust. That He is able to do more than we could even think to ask Him for.

I know this new Mountain trail cannot be taken on without our community. The emotional and prayer support we received with Jonathan’s adoption was literally invaluable. In addition, we could not have completed Jonathan’s adoption debt-free without the help of our family and friends.

The cost of this adoption will be anywhere from $35,000-$50,000. We are seeking to have $40,000 before we are matched and we are already half way to our goal thanks to a recent family inheritance. We are amazed to be here already! If you have a desire to financially partner with our Adoption #2, the link below leads to our GoFundMe page. The service does take out a 2.9% service fee plus $0.30 per donation. If you want, you can also give us a check directly. All funds given will go directly to the costs of our adoption.

Ben + Liz Adoption #2 GoFundMe Page

I will be keeping you updated here on my blog over this next year. There’s no way to know when we will have our baby in our arms but we’re hoping to have Baby #2 by the end of 2019. Thank you for following along with us as we see what God will do.


2 thoughts on “Adoption #2 – Another Chance to Trust

  1. Doris Stanford says:

    I just went back and read the story of Jonathan’s birth and re-read the story of the finalization of his adoption. Gotta tell you … Psalm 37:5 is special to me, too … it was the promise from the Good Lord to me, about 55 years ago, that I wouldn’t spend my life as a single girl. I have that verse on a plaque in our home, too; it was a gift from Bill the first year that we were married. Something that you and I share! May God bless you in your plans for your second adoption!

  2. Liz Udall says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Doris! It’s so good to hear that that verse is special to you too. God is so faithful! Thanks for reading and for your comment!!

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