Love for Lydia

There are 147 million orphans in this world. And we are working with all of our might to reduce this enormous statistic by one child.

“Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” – David Platt, Radical

Adoption has always been a part of plan A for B and me.

B’s family protected, raised, and welcomed approximately 20 foster siblings into their home during his childhood and teen years. I volunteered in an orphanage in Thailand when I was 14 years old.

We knew as children that we would adopt. The Lord is sovereign that way. He puts these desires in our hearts many, many, many years before we ever meet the man we will marry and before our doctor ever tells us to his amazement that BOTH of us are infertile. Not only infertile, but a 0% chance of having a child naturally.

We know that our God is passionate about the orphan and He wants us to join in His work of caring for and defending them. We believe that God is calling us to reflect something very close to His heart–welcoming orphans into His family and into ours. In Arkansas, a family of two is working very hard to adopt a little girl from Ch*na–a little girl we will name Lydia “Lyddie” Grace.

Throughout the past few months, we have felt the love and support of hundreds of people. Each time someone stops us at the grocery store to tell us they are praying or a student goes out of her way to say, “I cannot wait to meet your daughter” it reminds me that this story involves more than just three people. Thank you for being a part of Lydia’s story. Thank you for caring. Thank you for praying. Thank you for being a community. We feel so loved and supported.

Today, I was talking to my friend Eva about the adoption bills and how I was overwhelmed. Last week, we paid nearly $2,000 to our adoption agency and next week we need to pay $6,000 to our home study agency for our home study and post-adoption reports. Eva reminded me that God supports matters close to His heart and said, “M, people have communicated the desire to support this. Ask. People want to be a part of it.”

So B and I are humbly asking people to help bring Lydia home.

Each night when I pray for Lydia, I ask God to protect her, and to allow her to feel the prayers of all of us who are praying for her and loving her even though we’ve never met her.

So we are doing a fundraiser, “Love for Lydia.” For each family who donates $10 or more, we will write your name on a heart. We will then frame all of the hearts and hang it in Lydia’s nursery.

We know that not all people feel called to adopt. However, B and I would be so honored if you would join us in bringing Lyddie home.

Please pray for Lydia.

(Note: Donations are not tax deductible because we are not a 501c3. Your contributions will go into a separate account that we have set up just for Lydia.)


  1. says

    M and B,
    I love being able to follow your story through your blog. A new friend said one afternoon “Every answer to unasked questions are always ‘no’.” I’m glad you are asking! You are often in my prayers as you go through this long but good process.

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