Team Sheehan Adoption Fund

$12,288 of $31,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 39 months
For her fourth birthday, Eliza has asked for a baby sister or brother!  We really feel that God is continuing to lead us to grow our family through adoption.  We have selected an adoption agency and have officially begun the process today (March 6th), and here we are!  

For the past nine months, we have been saving our resources... Even selling a few things (Chris doesn't really need two kidneys, does he?!)...  We fully believe that God will provide the resources as he grows our family, but our desire is to invite our friends and family to partner with us in His vision for our family.  Will you join and celebrate with us?

Thank you for your continued prayers, love, and support!

Joyfully and expectantly,
Chris, Emilie, and Eliza
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Hello wonderful people! I wanted to let you know that the baby boy we thought we were going to be adopting will not be becoming a part of our family. We are heartbroken over this fact. As it turns out, the family never intended to place their child with us. We were lied to and our desire to become parents was exploited. The loss and deception is overwhelming. Needless to say, we are still so stunned by all the details.

Not only did we lose the hopes and dreams of having this son, we also lost a lot of financial headway we had made towards paying for our adoption. Talk about salt in the already gaping wound....You lose a lot of money when you have a disrupted adoption. Fundraising is even more important now as we continue on this journey to building our family through adoption. We have had to adjust our fundraising goal to help us make up for all the money lost. We know God will provide. Our faith is being stretched in the midst of that knowing.
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We are closing in on the final countdown! Baby boy is due on May 26th! We are hoping and praying for earlier and have been glued to our phones just waiting for the phone call that our Birth Mom is in labor.

I spoke with our social worker in FL on Thursday and she said that our birth mom was in the ER on Tuesday night with bad contractions. They ultimately sent her home because she was only dilated to 2cm. BM decided that if she does not go in to labor over the weekend, she is going to talk to her doctor on Tuesday (during her scheduled check up) and schedule an induction! I'm thrilled with both of those options! I'd love it if our son came this weekend, but I would also love it to have a firm date to go by and then get plane tickets and a place to stay! This whole not being able to plan part has been faith building to say the least and having a date to work with would be a huge sigh of relief! We are planning on staying in Melbourne for the entirety of our stay in Florida and will more than likely try to find an inexpensive vacation rental so that we will have access to a kitchen (which will greatly offset the cost of feeding ourselves).

We are so thankful for your support and prayers. Thank you for coming along side of us and rejoicing with us. We are still trusting God to provide around $13000 and know that it will come one way or another!

Much love,
Chris, Emilie, and Eliza
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I'm so sorry this update is so long coming! After we met our sons birth parents over Skype it took a few days to really process everything and then we (Emilie and Chris) got hit with two different nasty bugs. I'm pretty sure the stress had finally caught up with us and our bodies raised a white flag to whatever bug was at the ready. Ugh. I (Emilie) was in bed for 6 days and Chris was in bed for 3. Eliza was brave and very self sufficient (if you know her, that should come as no surprise). She was very comfortable coming upstairs to our room and asking permission to do whatever it was that pleased her. She did watch a lot of TV...

We are better now, thank God, and are ready to share with you how things went. All in all, it was a great conversation! Birth mom (BM from now on) was pretty sick with bronchitis and strep and was not her normal self. We were so blessed that she still attended our Skype meeting in spite of her illness. Birth dad (BD from now on) was so personable and had some really good questions for us. One thing that we were not expecting but were very blessed by, was the fact that BM and BD brought BM's children with them to the meeting. It was amazing to meet 3 of our sons siblings. The siblings were very excited to "meet" Eliza and drew her pictures to show her over the Skype screen. It was such a blessing. We didn't talk for long, maybe 25 minutes, I think it was because all of us were nervous. We decided that we would do it again and try to meet up over Skype a few times before our son comes. I'm happy for that.

I think it took us awhile to really process how things went because it is all so sad and all so wonderful all at the same time. God uses adoption to show a form of redemption, but there are never any beautiful situations that need redemption and normally that redemption comes with great sacrifice.

While I was laying in bed sick on Tuesday a little girl in our neighborhood rung our doorbell to see if Eliza could play. I, of course, said yes and told the girls to play with the Legos in Eliza's room. I went back to my room and as I was laying in bed I was able to hear their conversations while they were building a Lego world. One went like this.

Eliza: "I'm getting a baby brother!"
Neighbor girl, sounding very confused: "your mom has a baby in her belly?"
E: "no, my baby brother isn't in her belly."
NG: "How are you getting a baby brother?"
E: "Well, it's kinda sad, but it's also very happy!"

The subject was changed right after that because there was some kind of drama in the Lego world, but I could not help but be struck by the deep understanding that Eliza had with that very last sentence. She is so right. It is sad and happy all at once. I've cried many tears for the loss of our birth parents. That day, while laying in my bed, I sobbed many tears for our sons biological siblings. They are loosing something too, it's not just the birth parents who are. Then I think of what devastating loss they chose against. When they met with the ladies at our agency, they were seeking an abortion - to terminate our sons life. But with loving counsel, they cancelled their appointment with planned parenthood and they chose a different path of loss, one that would impact their lives AND their children's lives greatly. Though our son was granted life, it is not without another form of devastating loss on their part. This fact will never be lost on me. Redemption never comes to beautifully tied up situations, it's always messy and it always will be.

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." Psalm 38:14

I'm begging that God would draw near to our sons biological family. That his siblings would come to know and love God, that his parents would be drawn to the ocean of grace God so freely offered to those who put their trust in HIM.

I've said it once and I'll say it again, our family is growing by more than one. Our hearts are making room to love our sons biological family as well, just as we love Eliza's birth mom and little sister.

Thank you so much for walking with us through this uncharted passage. Thank you for supporting us with your prayers and thank you for supporting us with your finances. We are so blessed by YOU!

Love,
Chris, Emilie, and Eliza
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Hello Team Sheehan Supporters!

We "meet" our birth parents (birth father is involved) over Skype tomorrow. We are very excited to talk with the people who are allowing us to be parents again. We are also a little nervous. We could use your prayers.

Chris was reading over all the information we were given on them (family history and names of extended family members) a few nights ago and he looked up and said "It's kind of amazing realizing that these names are our family too. They are now very important to us, because they are our sons family." It's true. Family is built by God and really has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with His will. Our family isn't just growing by one, our hearts are making room for our sons biological extended birth family too, even if we never actually meet them.

I'm so grateful to be a part of this miracle of adoption.

Love,
Chris, Emilie, and Eliza
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Mistie Fair Ranjbar
26 months ago

I'm a friend of Megan. I will be praying for y'all and this amamzing journey. Peace and hope for the birthmom, trust and strength for you, and that you will connect and bond and attach well with this sweet baby boy. May The Lord continue to fix your hearts on Him and bind your hearts together.

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Raised by 69 people in 39 months
Created March 6, 2015
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Aubree Keys
23 months ago

Yay for adoption!

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23 months ago
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Stephanie Nortier
23 months ago

Love you guys!

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Rebekah Grant
24 months ago

I'm so excited for you guys to have your baby boy! It's inspiring to watch you pursue him and love Eliza so much!

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Rachel Winslow
24 months ago

I can't wait to meet him!! I love you guys :)

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Candis Avalos
24 months ago

Our finances are in a bit of a limbo right now, but when it all gets sorted out we'll give more if we can. Love you all!!

Mistie Fair Ranjbar
26 months ago

I'm a friend of Megan. I will be praying for y'all and this amamzing journey. Peace and hope for the birthmom, trust and strength for you, and that you will connect and bond and attach well with this sweet baby boy. May The Lord continue to fix your hearts on Him and bind your hearts together.

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