Amanda has been of my best friends since elementary school, and I can remember her saying that she has always wanted a large family someday. I don't know if Spencer necessarily wants quite as many children as Amanda does, but I know that he would give her the moon if he could.
When Spencer was 19, he became very ill and was diagnosed with leukemia. After 2 years of treatment, Spencer was told that the cancer was gone. He has been cancer free for about 8 years now. (YAY) And while that is terrific news, he has been robbed of the chance to now have children naturally with his wife. Knowing that this could happen, Spencer was allowed to save some of his sperm prior to chemo. Amanda and Spencer are currently looking into invetro fertilization and they been told that they have exactly 2 tries to make a baby. While they have not received an exact quote on the price of this procedure yet, it has been estimated to be about $20,000.
Additionally, whether or not it is in God's plan for them to bear children of their own, they have already filed an application for adoption with an agency in Indianapolis. Adopting a child has been part of Amanda and Spencer's plan since the beginning of their marriage and they have agreed to adopt regardless of their own childbearing capabilities. The agency they are going through has quoted them a price of $25,700 to adopt a child in the United States.
As their friend, and with their consent, I would like to personally invite anyone to donate to this cause. For those of you that know Amanda and Spencer, you know that they are truly an amazing couple and they deserve the chance to expand their family. They just need a little help from their friends!
While donations are helpful, I ask that you please add Spencer and Amanda to your prayer list as we know that God will ultimately direct their path. Thank you!!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
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