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Butler Family Adoption

Cory and I met in 2005 through some mutual friends and immediately hit it off. I loved how confident he was. I loved how he communicated so clearly to me. I loved how affirming he was. I loved how much he loved the Lord. Cory was everything that I was not. I was everything he was not. A perfect match. We dated around a year and a half before getting engaged in New York City under the Christmas Tree in 2006 (brownie points!) We have been married 7 years now, and he is the greatest husband I could ever ask for. He is an amazing spiritual leader, selfless servant, and awesome affirmer. He has been a huge source of encouragement as I grow in my relationship with Christ.

In 2010 Cory and I were given an amazing gift, a heritage from the Lord. Our son Liam is brilliant, compassionate, tender, so healthy and so strong. What a blessing he is. He came so easily, so healthy and so perfectly. In 2012 we hoped to add to our family only to experience the tragic loss of miscarriage. I suffered another miscarriage in 2013 that ravaged my body, heart, mind and soul. I burned with loss and disappointment. Why God? Why me? Why us?

The past two years, God has been teaching us about waiting on Him and trusting His sovereign hand. We want another baby desperately, and we don’t understand why two of them never quite made it into our arms. Our hearts ache and the unknown is so difficult. The Spirit reminds us that God has not forgotten us (Isaiah 49) and that nothing is too hard for the Lord (Gen 18:14). He is sovereign and he has filled our cups. We need His strength to drink from it most days because our flesh gets in the way. Our Spirit and our flesh contend, but ultimately we want our eyes upon the Lord and our hands available to others. We want this time to be used by Him. God’s methods are supreme. We are learning to trust the Lord with all of our heart and lean not on our own understanding of things. It is so incredibly difficult, but God is more trustworthy than any human being. We trust that when our circumstances seem to shatter us, His glory is on the horizon. He is with me. He cares for me. He carries me. He sustains me.

In May of this year (2014), Cory received a phone call from our reproductive endocrinologist. He was seeking answers for our current state of infertility. We were in Florida, enjoying a fantastic beach vacation with our family when we received the disheartening news. Basically, he told Cory that the miscarriages I had were a result of an inherited chromosome disorder called a ‘balanced translocation’ that Cory tested positive for. Long short, it makes it terribly hard to get pregnant and if you do get pregnant the child usually has some type of physical impairment and/or disability…or the pregnancy ends in miscarriage. Y’all…Liam is 100% miracle. I praise My God for him daily.

Our desire to have another child has remained unrequited. After hearing the news about Cory’s diagnosis, I wanted to jump quickly to adoption, but Cory’s heart was not ready. I patiently asked him to pray. He patiently asked me to wait. The Lord gave us both clarity this summer (2014) in startling fashions. We know God has called us to this place to adopt. We are His adopted sons and daughters (John 1, Ephesians 1). How can we NOT do the same for another? This journey to adopt scares us and excites us all at the same time. We cannot wait for that day. We cannot wait to hold that child, and to love it as Jesus loves us.

We humbly request your financial support. Adoption is incredibly expensive. We are in need of financial donations to help defray the cost of adoption expenses. We are working to raise our goal of $33,600 by living frugally, applying for grants and loans, savings account and fundraising. The funds will cover things like application fees, legal fees, training for us, counseling for the birth mother, mediation, our home study, travel and more.

Would you be willing to partner with us through ABBA Fund in reaching our goal?

Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.
As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family.

Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption.

ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in 780 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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