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Neigh Adoption - Bring Fern Home

$31,720 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 51 people in 14 months
BIG news—we are adopting a daughter from China!

We're excited to announce that we're bringing a new daughter into our home. Her name is Fern. She turned four in November. She lives in the Fujian province of China. And even though we haven't met her, we love her.

We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to prepare for welcoming her home. As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign. It may surprise you to hear that adoption related costs can easily total up to $40,000 or more.

This is why we're asking you to help us raise $35,000 to cover some of the costs to introduce our little girl to her new family.

As you become part of this process—through updates and announcements—you will be investing in the community we hope to build around our child as she grows.

Will you please give to help us bring our new daughter home? Any amount will help.

Thanks!

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Tomorrow we fly home from China with our new happy little daughter/sister. Thank you all for all the different ways you've supported us. We couldn't have done it without you.

Fern is so happy because of that lady she's with—Mrs Fu. She cared for her from two-days-old through the day we got her. She named her: Yue Mei (Happy Plum Blossom). She hugged her and through everyone's tears told her we were her Mama and Baba. We're so grateful to her and all the caring people at the Fuzhou Children's Welfare Institute.

So we're working to raise $5,000 to send to Fern's orphanage. This institute receives many children with cerebral palsy, so we are designating this gift to support rehabilitation services for those children.

Will you help us send these much needed funds? Maybe ask a friend or parent to help support the great work of this orphanage.

Thank you.
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In a sweaty room in China, at a civil affairs office, we became parents again. Impossible to describe a day like this. We were strangers. She was curious and afraid. She fought, screamed and sobbed for her foster mother when we left. Our hearts broke for her and we became sure of our love.
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Hello dear friends. We finally got our VPN to work. Now that I am able to share parts of these past few days I’m really not sure how to.

This is a shot from the bus ride to the Civil Affairs office where we met Fern. I mostly took it to distract myself. We are crossing a bridge that was built as a monument to a rebellion that led to the new China. It fits. We are taking action, an action that resists convention. Becoming family to Fern is our rebellion. For me,this photo captures the feelings of this moment so well.
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We can hardly believe that we'll be heading to China in just a few weeks to bring our little Fern home. Thank you for all the ways you've supported us on this long journey.

The video above is Fern in her preschool class showing off her counting skills.

We've got all our travel booked but still need to raise the last bit of funds to pay for our time in China while Fern gets everything she needs to become a US citizen.

They suggest that it will be about $80 a day to stay in China. We will be there for 14 days. Would you consider sponsoring a day in China to bring Fern home?

As this part of our journey starts to come to an end we're so looking forward to Fern being part of our family and getting to meet all of you.
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