Adopting Dallas

Mr. Right and I have been open about our intentions to adopt a baby at some point. Because of this, I’m fascinated by learning about other peoples’ adoption stories and love to cheer them on, whether in person or online. Adoption is such a beautiful thing and such a perfect picture of what God did for us – adopted us as sons and daughters and heirs.

I came across Bethany’s story on Facebook. A friend from high school shared a pic of the shirts they were selling to raise money to help pay for the adoption (which will cost them $30,000), and I totally dug the shirts. Like, I bought one just because it was so cool. And then I checked out Bethany’s blog and had a eureka moment. I want to be part of their story. I want to help them provide a home for Baby Dallas!

So here’s the Cliffs Notes version. You can read more about it on their blog, Life is Good. PS – They found out THIS WEEK that they’ve been matched with a birth mother and MAY have a baby in March! Which means we’ve got to get crackin’!


Chris and I have been married for 7 ½ years and we have had our first baby’s name picked out for over 9 years. Boy or girl, the baby will be named Dallas.

Chris and I have always wanted to be adoptive parents whether we conceived or not, and due to different fertility issues that I face, we decided to start the adoption process in October of 2013. The adoption process is not an easy road, and it requires a lot of resources, so we are asking for your help!

Our adoption is going to cost about $30.000, and as of now we have about $10,000 left to raise.  Here is how some of that is divided up:

Orientation fee
Home study fee
Agency application and program fee
Attorney fees
Document preparation and authentication
Traveling expenses
And much more

We’ve never felt an overwhelming peace like this about any decision before. We know that God’s got a awesome plan for us! We believe God already has our baby picked out; we just haven’t met him or her yet!

We would GREATLY appreciate your prayers and support!

Dallas shirtsSo, dear friends, this is where you come in. They are selling AWESOME t-shirts for just $20 over here. I’ve already bought one, and I’m going to buy another to give away to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name, t-shirt size, and an encouraging word for Bethany as she and her husband travel on this (long) journey toward adoption.

And even better… you can be part of their story by simply buying a shirt. How cool, to help a couple become a family, to give a baby boy or girl a forever home, simply by making a quick purchase. You can help change a family’s legacy for generations to come.

The deadline to buy a shirt is Feb. 9. The deadline to enter my contest is Monday, Feb. 2 at 6:00 p.m. Central. Let’s bless this family!


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  1. Camille – Size M – as a person who is adopted, please know that you are giving this child a gift he or she could never dream about! You are changing this child’s life in ways neither you nor the child will ever know. There will be struggles, but love and understanding always prevail. Many blessings on your journey!


  2. KC

    Love this! There are so many sweet babies that need loving parents / homes. Praying that God will provide for all their needs – financial, emotional, physical – in a way only He can.


  3. Brooke, size med
    Lifting Bethany’s family up! I’m confident God’s hand is all over them & it’s so exciting! I love when families are vulnerable enough to share their story!


  4. Diana-size Large. I grew up surrounded by families that adopted and have always been amazed at how fast the kids adapt and grow to love their new family! You will be dearly loved by your child!


  5. Some of my wonderful friends from OK just recently adopted their baby and named him Samuel! Praying for you, sweet Dallas, and your awesome parents! 1 Samuel 1:27

    Size medium


  6. Rachel, XL, I am a birth mom myself, and I remember those days of pouring over the books, wondering which family was the right one and just knowing it when I saw their book. You will be a blessing to that little boy, and to that momma as she leaves the hospital empty handed, but knowing that her little one is safe and loved. She will think of you all.the.time. I hope we get to follow in your footsteps one day, and provide a home for a little one in need, the same way that family did for mine. I’m praying for everyone involved!


  7. love this! I’m praying adoption is in Gods plan for our family’s future but if not I definitely want to help others!!



  8. What a sweet story, my prayers are with their family as well as yours…..adoption is such an incredible blessing. My husband and I adopted our beautiful son three years ago and it was the best decision we ever made. Our birthmother’s selflessness and courage amazes me. We can’t wait to adopt again in the future…it is such an incredible journey to go through…be patient and at peace and just know that is in God’s perfect time and he has the perfect child already chosen to be yours forever 😉
    Hold tight to our favorite verse Jeremiah 29:11 (which is the first bible verse our son has memorized)….brings tears to my eyes when he recites it each night!!


  9. Praying for this sweet family, that God will meet their needs spiritually, emotionally, and financially, and that He will bless them abundantly. What a sweet testimony they will have!




  10. Thank you all so much for all the super sweet words of encouragement! Through this whole process we have been overwhelmed by all the support from our friends family and even strangers. We know that God is completely in control and are soooo excited to see what the future holds for us.

    To follow our story you can go you my blog, facebook page, and/or our fundraising page:


  11. Wow, I wish I wasn’t just discovering this post! I have a heart for adoption (I’m adopted out of Amman, Jordan). Any update on their story? I’ll have to send you a photo of an adoption fundraiser shirt I purchased earlier this year. 🙂 I would love to know if/when you and Will begin this process. 🙂 #teamAdoption


    1. May – They got Baby Dallas about a month ago! It has been such a blessing to follow along their story on Facebook. He’s absolutely precious!


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