Operation Davendarling

A little five-year-old girl had a big idea: when she grew up, she was going to adopt a child. Her dream was so big that she often pretended her Cabbage Patch Dolls were her adopted children, and as she held them she would tell them their special adoption stories of how they were chosen and loved. She grew up daydreaming about what her adopted child would look like and where it might be born. China? Uganda? The Philippines? Another American state?

When she was a teenager she began borrowing adoption books from the library and scouring adoption agency websites, and before she was even old enough to drive she already knew the ins and outs of the adoption process. Her parents, sisters, friends, and grandparents knew that she dreamed of adopting one day. It was her Biggest Dream Ever.  

Then one summer night at a picnic, she told her big dream to somebody new. This new person told her that everybody would love to adopt if they could afford it, but nobody can afford it, so nobody can ever adopt.

Her dream almost died that day. But the idea kept flickering inside her and she couldn’t get it out of her head. Even if it was true that she could never afford to adopt her child, she couldn’t stop hoping.

When she met the man she was going to marry, she asked him if he could ever love an adopted child. He had never thought of adopting before, but the more he considered the idea, the more he liked it. "Yes," he promised her. "I will love our adopted child as if it were born to us."

Her dream almost died another day too, the day she almost died. There was a crash, and sirens, and too much blood, and not enough air, and the man she was going to marry and her parents and sisters and grandparents and friends thought they might have to say goodbye to her that day. But so many people prayed that God decided to do a miracle and heal her, and she married the man she was going to marry, and for five years they have waited and prayed and waited and prayed for something very special, and now it’s time.

They are ready to adopt the child that they have wanted for so long. They call it their Davendarling. At first they were planning to adopt a baby born in the United States, but God brought their attention to a special little girl in an orphanage in the Philippines who needs a family, and they took one look at her and realized that she is the one they've been waiting for all this time. They have found their Davendarling. Now they just need to bring her home.

With the help of family and friends, they are confident that their daughter will soon be in their arms. Please help Donna and Jason bring home their Davendarling.

“Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely.”
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    • $20 (Offline)
    • 45 mos
  • Broscious Family  
    • $300 (Offline)
    • 45 mos
  • Pure Gift of God Adoption Grant 
    • $4,000 (Offline)
    • 48 mos
  • Booster Shirts Round 2 
    • $861 (Offline)
    • 48 mos
  • Caitlin Davenport's Etsy Shop  
    • $1,000 (Offline)
    • 49 mos
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Donna S. Davenport 
Luzerne, PA
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