Lucy is a bright six-year-old girl who has lived in a Chinese orphanage from the time she was abandoned as a sick infant. As a young toddler, Lucy underwent open heart surgery for a condition that has since been corrected. Her updated medical reports show she is in good health, but she will receive followup cardiology care once we are stateside.
Lucy currently attends public school and is described as social with her peers and teachers. She enjoys dancing and singing. And while Lucy seems to receive adequate care for her basic needs at the orphanage, she has never known the love of a mother or father. She owns nothing—not a toy, not a book, not a shirt. Everything in her world is shared government property.
We are very much looking forward to helping her thrive inside our family. Her new brothers have made quite a long list of things to show and teach her--near the top of that list is their love of Donut Saturdays.
We are the Deese family—Tim, Nicole, Preston (11) and Lincoln (8).
For the past several years our family has openly discussed the possibility of adopting an orphaned child. We’ve experienced the beauty this process firsthand as many of our friends have answered a similar call via foster care, respite care, domestic and international adoption. And while we have prayerfully considered all options, this past summer we felt a strong nudge in the direction of international adoption. Our first step was to partner with a trusted and reputable adoption agency.
In August 2016, we began our early application paperwork with Holt International. Only a couple of weeks later we were matched with Holt’s China Program, and not even 4 weeks later we saw the first pictures of our beautiful daughter via an agency email spotlighting older children. There was not a dry eye among us as we read through her file, studied her pictures, and watched her videos.
We hope to bring her home spring/early summer of 2017!!!
While international adoption has many wonderful advantages, the costs involved in bringing an orphan home from overseas can feel a bit daunting. We believe God is a part of this and He will make a way, but part of that way might be through your generosity!
Our total adoption expenses (including home study fees, immigration fees, China program fees, and travel fees) will be somewhere around $35,000. Through the sale of our rental property and our own savings, we’ve been able to self-fund many of the fees associated with Lucy’s adoption, yet we will still need to raise approximately $16,000 before we can travel next spring. This amount will cover Lucy’s remaining 6-7 months of orphanage care, embassy fees, and our flights and travel expenses inside of China for those three weeks as we finalize her adoption.
All of the items in this auction were very generously donated to us to help fund the adoption. So 100% of the winning bids goes directly towards helping bring Lucy home! Thank you for bidding generously!
Most of our generous donors have also offered to ship the items to the US and Canada for us! Some items cannot be shipped and are noted in the item title that they are Local Only.
After the auctions close, we will email the winning bidders a PayPal request for the winning bid amount. You are welcome to pay via PayPal or we will also include a mailing address if you prefer to send a check. Once we receive payment, we will coordinate with the donor to get it shipped to you!