It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Did you miss me?
As some of you know, I’ve had a lot going on. (My book is almost ready. Woot! Woot! Hence, the reason for my absence.) But when I heard about the following adoption story, I just had to bring this to your attention.
This is the Burch family – Lance, Amy, Hannah (18), Rachel (16) and Chloe (11). Aren’t they a beautiful bunch? (Don’t ask me why, but the Brady Bunch just came to mind. Except this family would be the Burch Bunch.) :-)
After looking at this photo, you might think, But, Deb, you only mentioned five people in this family, not seven.
Exactly, but that’s because two of the girls, Tatiana and Karen, aren’t home yet. This picture was taken during a visit. But with your help, the Burch Bunch, I mean, this family can be together—permanently—in time for their next holiday photo. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Oh, in case you’re wondering which ones Tatiana and Karen are, here’s a snapshot of them.
Aren’t they beautiful? Tatiana, 14, is pictured on the left. To the right is Karen, age 13.
I’m so jealous. Do you know how many hours I’d have to lay out in the sun to get such a beautiful complexion? And because I’m much older now, well, it wouldn’t be a good idea.
Sorry, I’m getting off track.
Here’s Amy’s words, which will be much better than mine.
A Family's Adoption Story
Our adoption journey began years ago as we talked and dreamed about some day adopting children. Then, in July 2010, Lance spent time in an orphanage in Ukraine and returned home with an increased desire to adopt. We decided that it was time to begin the process. Since each member of our family speaks some Spanish and we have always loved Latin American culture, we were interested in adopting from a Latin American country. In August 2010, we applied and were accepted to adopt from Peru.
We decided early on that we were interested in adopting older children who would not have as many options as those who are younger. We worked toward—and invested over $7,000 from our savings—the adoption of 12-year-old Natalia. Two years later, we were given the devastating news that we would not be able to adopt from Peru. Even though our dossier had been in this country and all of our paperwork was in order, the Peruvian government was making changes and decreasing their number of international adoptions. We filed an appeal, but they refused to change their decision. We also weren’t able to recover the money we’d spent from our savings.
But our family decided that this would not be the end of our journey, and that as painful as it was to lose Natalia, we would press on. We were not sure how we would be able to afford the process again, but we decided to trust that God would provide if we continued to follow him.
We immediately applied to adopt from Colombia. After a year of hard work, our dossier was in this country. In August 2013, we were approved. In the same month, we were given information on two sisters, Tatiana (14) and Karen (13). We decided to pursue their adoption. Through a hosting program for older children, the girls were able to travel from Colombia to spend 3 weeks with us at our home in Omaha the following December. Here are a few pictures of them. The first shows Tatiana making a snow angel. In the next, Karen is playing in the snow.
Participating in the hosting program was the only way that we could pursue the adoption of Tatiana and Karen. And, although it cost us over $7,000 more than we were planning to spend, it proved to be an amazing time of bonding for our family and for our Colombian girls. Another benefit was that now, because we have hosted Tatiana and Karen, we will be able to bring them home within seven months from the time of our referral instead of the usual two years. After having them here with us, we know that these girls are our daughters and that they belong in our family. We love them, miss them terribly, and cannot wait to bring them home.
We received our official referral of Tatiana and Karen in March, and should be traveling to Colombia to finish out the girls’ adoptions by July. Lance and I will be in Colombia with the girls for 2-3 weeks. Then Lance will return home to go back to work and I’ll stay in Colombia for another 5-6 weeks to finish the adoption process before coming home with Tatiana and Karen.
Thank you, Amy. Like I said, you put it much better than I could have.
Okay, y’all. Can you help to bring the Burch’s daughters home? Any amount will be appreciated. If you can’t afford to give, would you please pray for this family?
Thank you so much. The fundraising details are listed below.
Reunite the Burch Bunch! Reunite the Burch Bunch! (Sorry, Amy, I couldn’t resist.)
Options for giving:
Note: We just received a $2,500 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans. This will greatly help with our travel expenses. We have until we get home with the girls (about 3 months or less from now) to raise the $2,500 that will be matched.
Checks should be payable to “Lifesong for Orphans." In the memo, note “Burch Family" and account number "Burch #4412" 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.
To pay online, go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number” field with "Burch #4412" and “Family Name” field with "Burch". Note: PayPal charges an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.