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On March 13th we got a phone call for a foster-to-adopt placement – a little three day old boy. Of course we said yes! (Well, Andrew said yes & then called me and said, “Hey, should I fly home from California?”) The  little girl and I frantically got the house picked up and headed out to Target and the mall to pick up a bunch of little blue outfits. After braving a morning in the rain and confused looks from salespeople we made it back home just before nap time and started getting everything washed up so the little boy would have something to wear home from the hospital that afternoon. I had just put the second load into the washing machine when we got the call that this little one no longer needed a home.

So, Andrew stayed in California and I called my sister in London as I started putting all the baby stuff back in the closet.

One week later we got another call – again for a boy, but this time a four month old. We said yes again, but didn’t really believe that he would be coming until the social worker called the next morning and said they were on their way. We didn’t even know his name until he came through he front door. Three weeks later we still don’t know much & have yet to meet his permanent social worker. It’s been crazy trying to get medical history and everything else figured out!

Of course we would love to be able to adopt this little boy, but for now we are just trying to enjoy whatever time we have with him . The two babies are just ten months apart, so we are getting some crazy looks from people when we go out! Our little girl has done a wonderful job adjusting to being a big sister! We are super proud of her. The house is fuller & messier, but the laundry is always done since this sweet boy throws up most of what he eats.

I’m taking both babies to Florida in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see how they react to the beach and pool! I’m not looking forward to the flights though!


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1 month challenge | adoption fundraiser

As you’ve probably heard me say too many times, international adoption is expensive! Over the past two months we have been incredibly blessed by grants that have come in and helped pay for 1/3 of our total cost….that’s 20K! Over the next month we have the opportunity to raise another $9k.

Over the next month we are launching a new fundraiser in connection with a matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans. How a matching grant works, is that for every dollar that is given on our behalf, Lifesong will match it dollar for dollar. Not a bad deal! To make the fundraiser a bit more interesting (as though a 100% increase on your generosity isn’t enough) we are introducing you to the flag of Kyrgyzstan

There are 200 tabs covering up the actual Kyrgyzstan flag. Each dot represents a number: 1 for $1, 2 for $2 … 200 for $200. You may not feel like what you have can make a difference, but with this fundraiser, particularly with the added donation from Lifesong, every dollar can make an incredibly difference! Clearing out the lose change in your purse or car can help us remove tabs off of this Kyrgyz flag and with each tab removed, we are one step closer to bringing our kids home!

To make things even more interesting, there are prizes to be had!!!

1-49 entered in a drawing for a $10 iTunes Giftcard

50-159 entered in a drawing for a $20 iTunes or Target Giftcard

160-195 entered in a drawing for a $30 iTunes or Target Giftcard

196-200 entered in a drawing for a $40 iTunes or TargetGiftcard


1. Mailing a Check:

– please make all checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo section of the check, please write the following “5076 McRae.” This is how they will know to credit the funds to our account.

– please mail checks to:

Lifesong for Orphans


Gridley, IL 61744

2. Paying Online**

– Click HERE

– Select Give to an Adoptive Family on the right side of the screen

– Complete online form and fill in Family Account # 5076 and Family Name McRae


other details and disclaimers

**please note that paypal will charge an administrative fee for each online donation of (2.2% + $0.30 per transaction. Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee)

Individual donations $50 or more will receive tax-deductible receipts. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent to you from Lifesong upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the name non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption! Nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans’ administrative costs.