I would like to introduce you to my family the Van Winkle's, Kelli (writer), Lucas, and our daughter Corinne. Adoption has been such a blessing for our family and we're happy to share that we have begun the adoption process for a second time. We are anxious to bring home our newest addition, who was or will be born in Korea. You see we have yet to see the shining, beautiful face of our newest:the paperwork is a tedious process. But with our home study, initial forms, and I600a completed, we now sit and wait to be matched with our son or daughter. Corinne can hardly wait and has already begun to "shop" for baby items!
We met Corinne for the 1st time in October of 2008 in Vietnam. Words cannot truly express the emotions we had on that day:purely amazing. And now that 4 years has come and gone so quickly, we prayerfully realized that it was time to get the adoption ball rolling again. Corinne is more than ready to be a big sister, and we are more than ready to watch our family grow.
Our jobs and financial circumstances are different than with Corinne's adoption, so we are humbly asking for any support that you can give to help us bring home our new son or daughter. We have $30,000 of upcoming expenses and could use all of the support that we can find. Here is a poem that a good friend of mine shared with me that portrays how blessed we are that adoption is our forever family's way of coming together.
Not flesh of my flesh,
Nor bone of my bone,
But still MIRACULOUSLY my own.
Never forget for a single minute,
You didn't grow under my heart,
But in it.
Fleur Conkling Heyliger
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider our plight and for your potential support. Also, if you have any other fundraising ideas that you would like to share I would be more than happy to hear them!
Kelli, Lucas, & Corinne
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