by Melissa Duerr 1 Lives Impacted
The Duerr family has some BIG news! We are adopting a baby! We have talked about adopting since our early college dating years. It has been some...
The Duerr family has some BIG news!
We are adopting a baby! We have talked about adopting since our early college dating years. It has been something laid on hearts and within the last year we have felt the Lord stir it up and say "Let's do this thing" or perhaps something more eloquent :) Either way we are so excited to find a baby that needs a family, and that God thinks is just the perfect fit for the Duerrs. Lillian is hoping for a baby sister. Micah is hoping for a baby brother AND a baby sister. We will see what God decides! They are looking forward to having a baby in the house and have already started talking about names and who is in charge of dirty diapers.
This journey is completely unknown, completely unpredictable, and has the potential to be bumpy. We could have a baby as quickly as in a couple months or it could take some time. Either way, we ask for our prayer warriors to pray specifically for baby's health and birth mom's support during this incredibly challenging time in her life. Pray for our hearts as well as Lillian and Micah's hearts, for peace amidst a crazy eventful journey!
We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home.
As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign. It may surprise you to hear that adoption related costs can easily total up to $45,000 or more. This is why we have set a goal of $30,000 to help ease the financial burden that often overwhelms adoptive parents.
We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up.
We plan on doing a few fundraisers before the end of the year and up until we bring our baby home. If you feel called to give and would like a tax credit, this is a great way to do so (for donations of $250 or more, a tax credit is sent :))
If you are curious about learning more on adoption appropriate language: please check out this resource here!
Here are some quotes and scripture that reflect our heart towards adoption:
"We loved you before we even knew you, even when there was just a hope for you, we loved you.
"Adoption is not charity, it is spiritual warfare."
"I wondered if I was called to adoption but then I realized no child was ever called to be an orphan"
“A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.” — Jody Landers
"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” — Ephesians 1:5
“My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed him.” — Derek Loux