Shands Adoption Fund

People have been so great to us, however our loan to finish up the adoption isn't looking great. We know God has a plan. We have edited our Wish List to include payment for our last three post placement visits. They are $350 each, and we have 4 left. If God is laying it on your heart to give, this is where you would do so. Thanks again so much for all the prayers. The girls are 6 months today! 

Shands Baby Adoption Update, March 16, 2012

In the event you haven't heard:we're parents! Not only are we parents, but we are
parents to TWO beautiful baby girls! The twins, Taylee Anne and Lillie Kate were born
on January 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada! We found out on the 6th that the twins had been born and by Monday afternoon the 9th we were in Las Vegas to meet our two sweet preemies. And preemie they were! Taylee Anne weighed in at a whopping two
pounds and one ounce. Lillie Kate weighed in a colossal two pounds and five ounces!









We have great news to share with you! We are starting a family!  Our dreams are coming true as we have the opportunity to adopt an infant. We don't know if we will be blessed with a boy or girl, or even in what state the adoption will occur. However, we are excited about our journey!  What you probably know is that we have been married for five years. What you might not know is that we haven't been able to start a family. This has been a source of discouragement and sadness for us.  


After continuing to seek God's will and not fully understanding what His plans were for us, we realized He wants us to have a family, but not in the way we were thinking! You might wonder what made us decide to adopt, and all we can say is that it was God who put this desire into our hearts. We are excited about the opportunity to offer at least one child-in-need a family to love and the chance to learn about Jesus. We know God has a special child chosen just for us and we are eager to be completely faithful to what He is calling us to do. It will be exciting to see how He works out the whole adoption process.    


Adoption is a wonderful way to add to a family, but it is an expensive venture. Our adoption expenses include: Out of Agency Home Study, Application, Birth Parent Social Services, Adoptive Parent Social Services and Legal Fees.  It also includes document preparation, hiring of attorneys and other professionals, travel, hotels, and other expenses that could be in excess of $30,000.  


Our consulting company is A Step Ahead Adoption. For more information about them please visit http://www.astepaheadadoption.com. Once we have chosen each other, we will be able to meet with the birthmother and be at the baby's birth. Our baby will be released to us from the hospital (which is super exciting!).  The one part of adopting that is difficult for us, other than the waiting,  as you might imagine is the expense of it all. 


Over the past four years we have put into action "Financial Peace"  from Dave Ramsey's organization.  These principles have enabled us to save and to make the necessary first installments toward adopting our child.  However, by faith, we would ask that if God leads you, to assist us financially towards the adoption.  We are convinced that God has led us to this point and we believe that "He will supply all our needs according to His riches".


We are humbled to find it necessary to ask for others assistance, but we pledge to you that if God should lead you to assist, that we will continue to put God first in our lives and that we will teach this child to walk in His steps with us. In order for us to be accountable with funds received for the adoption, we have asked Pam Brooks to be a third party who will serve as auditor of the adoption fund that we have set up.  Ms. Brooks will oversee the deposits and along with us, keep an accurate record of the funds both those coming in and those going out.  When the adoption occurs, we will be glad to send to you an accounting of the funds.  We merely want to make sure that you know that we take it serious that you may want to give and we want to make sure that you know that we have in place a system of accountability.  Again, we thank you for prayerfully considering a donation to "Baby Shands"!!


By the way, we have developed a video that will be used in the adoption process by our agency.  If you have not seen this please check out our facebook pages.   This video will give you a glimpse into our lives and our desire to find God's child for us.

      

If, after praying about it, you feel you are able and interested in helping us out please use the paypal link or feel free to message us for our address. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail us!       

Thank you for being in prayer with us!

We are excited to see how God will work to bring a child into our family! 


Love and Prayers,  


 Bobby & Leslie Shands

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