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Be a Part of Mighty Mary's Story

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Raised by 64 people in 12 days
Created December 3, 2018
Fundraising Team
This campaign is for our coworker and friend, Cullen Wilson, his wife Michele, their daughter Clare, and their soon-to-be daughter Mary.  

So, about Mary…we like to call her “Little but Mighty Mary” because she was born prematurely.  Mary is still in an Oklahoma NICU doing her best at growing but will remain there for some time yet.  Her soon-to-be adoptive parents, Cullen and Michele, are the kind of people who don’t know what it means to be closed off to blessing and loving others, others like sweet little Clare and Mighty Mary.  Because of the loving choices of her birth mom and the Wilson’s, Mary has an opportunity to write a whole new amazing book in her family history. 

Right now, Cullen and Michele are focused on getting Mary healthy enough to come home, but unfortunately mounting medical and travel costs are a reality.  Please consider donating to help offset Mary’s NICU and medical costs, and the family’s travel and other costs of being so many miles away from their South Dakota home.

We are so grateful for every person who donates!  Together, we can be a part of Mary’s story, so we ask just one more small favor…along with your donation, if you feel moved to do so, please write a few words of encouragement to Mary for her new life adventure. 

These words of encouragement will be assembled together and given to Mary in a special little book that she can cherish and read throughout her life whenever she needs a little lifting up or a reminder that she is supernaturally loved!


Here are a few words from Cullen:

It's humbling to receive generosity like this from friends, you should know, Michele and I freely chose this endeavor,  nevertheless here is Mary’s story…

“What are your hopes and dreams for your child?”, I asked Mary’s birth mom.

“I want Mary to have opportunities that I did not have.  I want her to be raised in a family with a mom and a dad. I do not want the cycle to be repeated,” birth mom responded.

Mary’s seventeen year old birth mom was born to a seventeen year old mother also.  She never attended the same school more than a year. Mary’s birth mom came through a tough upbringing to become a strong young lady.    

Adoptions are not natural.  We all know how couple a grows their family naturally.  We feel adoptions have touch of the supernatural. In our experience, the seeds of adoption begin with two struggles of two families.   A birth family is in a situation where they can’t care for a child.   An adoptive family lacks fertility and desires to add children to their household.   Michele and I are eight years married and eight years infertile. 

We were connected to the Oklahoma adoption agency by word of mouth.  The agency asked if they could keep our profile on file.  We have been waiting for two years for a South Dakota adoption.   With nothing materializing, we said yes.  

In October, we were matched with Mary’s birth mom.  She had good prenatal care and baby was healthy.  We connected well with the birth mom on our first communication and baby was due December 21st.  We assumed babies come on their due dates and discharge from the hospital a few days after birth. 

On November 8th, the birth mom experienced spotting and checked herself into the ER.  Her doctors decided to do an emergency c-section.  Mary was born 3lbs 1oz and has been in NICU since.  She is a strong little girl and has been breathing on her own since the day she was born.  She just needs to grow and take all her feedings by bottle.

Michele and I planned for a lot of things but we did not expect an extended stay in the NICU out of our home state.  We have been in Oklahoma since the day Mary was born.  Grandma Darla was with us the first 12 days helping with our three year old, Clare.  Michele is a stay-at-home mom and I am employed at Dakota Plains Ag.   My employer is generous, letting me use earned paid-time-off  blended with time working in Oklahoma.  A good amount of my work, but not all,  can be done on the phone and computer. 

 I returned to work unannounced on Monday, November 19th to preserve PTO and work the three day week before Thanksgiving, with plans to return to Oklahoma the evening before the holiday.  That morning, Matt W.,  CEO of Dakota Plains stepped into my office and said,

“What are you doing here?  Get back to Oklahoma and take care of your family.  Do as much work as you can from your phone and computer, but get down there and take care of Michele, Clare and Mary.”  

Matt later shared that the Dakota Plains team started a GoFundMe account for us.  He shared how the employees came together to raise funds.  Michele, I or Matt did not expect or ask for the team to do this.  Matt asked if we would write down Mary’s story to share.  We are blown away by the generosity of the Dakota Plains team as well the support of our family and friends.  We will be forever grateful.   

Adoptions are supernatural.  Love is a decision. These are the two mottos we keep through this journey.   Adoptions don’t always make sense in how they come about.  Folks of reason-alone would not undertake what we are undertaking.  Mary’s birth mom made a loving decision for Mary’s sake.  We believe we have a home to offer Mary, to grow and find opportunity.  We made a decision to love Mary, as we have been loved in our lives.  We believe Someone’s supernatural grace brought us here and will sustain us to the end.  

Thank you to our Dakota Plains Family and to All whom have prayed for and supported us.  

The Wilsons:
Cullen, Michele, Clare & Mary

P.S.  Adoptions are sensitive matters and we choose not to post a picture of Mary publically online.  Enjoy our most recent family picture.
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12/13/18 update:

Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to our Dakota Plains’ co-workers, farmer-customers, friends, family, grain industry folks and anonymous people for all acts of kindness and encouragement: donations, prayers, gifts, cards, texts and phone calls to our family during this adoption process for Mary. We want to express special appreciation to Matt Winsand and the leadership team at Dakota Plains for the opportunity to spend some extended time away from work for this special family endeavor. Our family is now home and Mary is healthy and doing well.

Yours Truly,

The Wilson’s
Cullen, Michele, Clare and Mary
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Raised by 64 people in 12 days
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