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We are blessed to have the amazing opportunity to build our family and adopt a baby boy who is due October 10th. Not just any baby boy, but Lola's biological brother! We are looking for support in order to make this dream come true.

Last year, we began building our family when we adopted our beautiful baby girl, Lola Jane. When we got the call that Lola’s birth parents had chosen us to be her adoptive parents, we were thrilled, overjoyed and a bit shocked: “The baby is due next week.”

Needless to say, it was the most amazing blessing and we were able to make it all work. Lola is now 9 months old and has brought so much joy to our lives. And now, we’ve been given another incredible opportunity to grow our family. Lola's birth parents called us about a month ago and shared with us that they were expecting a baby boy in October. (Yes. The children will only be 11 months apart)! They were looking for a family to adopt him, and asked if we would consider it.

While we hadn’t planned to grow our family so soon after Lola came into our lives, we know in our hearts that adopting her baby brother is the right thing to do. We would love nothing more than for Lola and her little brother to grow up together, as biological siblings, in our adopted family. It is perfect.

Besides the challenge of having two babies under a year old, we are faced with financing baby’s adoption. The adoption costs and legal fees will run upwards of $20,000.

We simply don't have the financial means to cover the expense of the second adoption. We did a lot of tightening of the belt and significantly cut our monthly budget. Even with Julie’s teaching position being cut to half-time and paying for Lola's adoption, we have half the costs covered. Now, we are looking for support from our family and friends to help fill the gap. The balance of the adoption fees will be due in full when he is born. His due date is 10-10-10 (How cool is that?!) We are working through an adoption agency, so be assured that the money will be used appropriately.

So although this is a hard thing to ask, we are asking. We appreciate ANY level of support that you can give to help with baby’s adoption. With our hearts full of hope and gratitude, we thank you. We cannot put into words how much your love and support means to us.


Julie, Rick and Lola

p.s. We've set up an account here on to make it easier for folks to make their donations. If you'd rather send your gift another way, please let us know.

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