We are the Cookman family--Lee, Rory, and our four beautiful girls Elisha, Eva, Maisey, and Willoughby. God placed adoption in our hearts long before our girls were born and even before we were married. We both knew there were millions of children all over the world in need of forever homes. We have seen first hand the longing in the eyes of these children to be loved by a mama and daddy.
We have held them in our arms in Haiti, Africa, El Salvador, Mexico, and Peru. Through missions, child sponsorship, and community involvement we have seen many lives changed for the better.But at the end of the day, when we lay our heads down to sleep we know that there are thousands more out there in orphanages whose only real hope is through adoption. We are not out to do a good deed. We are compelled by a Greater Love to do whatever it takes to get to our son or daughter who waits. We don't know who they are or what they look like but we have intense love for them already.
We have recently decided to stay in our rental home and put the money we had saved for our own home to bringing home our child from China. Previous to this decision we had been dreaming for several years of owning our own home and settling down with our children. We had gone so far as to lock in an offer and were waiting for the rest of approvals to go through so we could be homeowners. In that time God got a hold of our hearts and wouldn't let go. We felt complete peace as the Lord showed us we will never regret walking away from buying a home, but we would forever regret not giving a child a home.
We knew that money would only cover a portion of the cost of international adoption, and so we are humbly asking for those who would joyfully partner with us to do so. Some of you might not know that international adoptions can range anywhere from $25-35,000 or more. We are thrilled to be bringing home a child with special needs and our process is going much faster because these children are already waiting.
When we look at our girls we can't imagine any one of them waiting. Who rocks those children to sleep at night? Who feeds them tenderly and dries their tears? We long to hold them, love them, and trust God to help mend the brokenness.The next set of fees we need to cover is $14,500.
We know that's a LOT! That's a little less than half what we are projecting this adoption to cost. It would take a huge burden off and help us tremendously to have folks like you contribute to bringing our child home.
No donation is too small. Really. All contributions are tax deductible and go directly to our agency. We wish money wasn't needed to release a child and bring them home. We understand that budgets are tight for most and don't want anyone to feel pressure in any way.
We know not everyone is called to adopt, but we are thankful for those who have come alongside in prayer and support to help our family do so. From the bottom of our hearts ~THANK YOU!~