Dear friends and family,
As many of you know, we embarked on pursuing our dream of adoption last Fall. We knew that this was a God-given dream planted in our hearts a long time ago.
In June 2016 we met our sweet Haylee via pictures and videos. We knew the moment we saw her file that she was ours. On June 23rd, we received confirmation back from China that they had granted us permission to adopt her.
Since that day, we have been on a wild, extremely time consuming, sometimes frustrating and sometimes thrilling, paper chase. We have been fingerprinted by several levels of government, submitted so many forms, and sealed each document with a local notary, then the State of Illinois, and lastly, with the Chinese Consulate. Haylee is waiting for us in China and we have been in a “hurry up and wait” period trying to get to her as quickly as we can. We are now estimating to FINALLY be able to travel to make her a forever part of our family in November.
The first thing we ask from you is that you pray for us. Pray that our final documents are processed smoothly and quickly. Pray for travel mercies when we finally go. Pray for favor with the Chinese government as we finalize her adoption. Pray for patience from our children as we travel with them (new foods and a 16 hour flight!) And lastly, pray for sweet Haylee as her world is about to be rocked. While it’s a very exciting time for us, it will also be a time of confusion and grief as she loses the only world she has known in exchange for a life in America with her new family.
Our second request is for finances. We estimate this adoption to cost around $32,000. We have been extremely blessed and have raised, funded ourselves, and received grants totaling $27,000. In our last month before we leave for China, would you consider being a part of the last $5,000 to bring our daughter home?
Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo of the check, note (Tanner/#6292) to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
Another option is to give online. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Adoption” then “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number” 6292 and “Family Name” Tanner.
In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
Thank you for loving us, and already loving Haylee. Thank you for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances—it will be an investment with an eternal return!
Family Name: Tanner
Family Account Number: 6292
Nick & Bryanna, Alexis and Caden Tanner