Baby Thomas!

Y'all - adoption is stupid expensive. We're adopting domestically and we're looking at at least $30,000! Sadly, this truth is the #1 hurdle in keeping couples from adopting.  I'm already getting anxious, as we are currently presenting our profile to a birth mom, that if she chooses us, will require us to come up with half of the money within 24 hours of notification. Gag! I don't know about you, but I sure don't have that kind of money hanging out in the bank. But we definitely know that if God provides the baby, he'll provide the money.

Making the decision to adopt has always been much more worrisome over the cost rather than the act.  In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to ask for help. There aren’t many things more humbling than asking other people for money! Truthfully, It sucks! It's awkward and awfully uncomfortable. As we go deeper into this journey, we are realizing more and more  that it isn’t about asking people for money, but asking them to be a part of our story. Our baby's story. And we're stepping hurling ourselves out there in faith.

So we are so excited about this PUZZLE FUNDRAISER! Here's how it works:

1. We had a 252 piece puzzle created on Shutterfly. It says "Love you to the moon and back". We each have plenty of friends and family, so we thought we could at least get half of them, right? 2. We are “selling” each piece for $50. You can choose to buy 1, 2, 3, or 10! There is no limit! You can even go halvesies with someone. 3. To purchase via our GoFundMe account, click HERE or you can email me (heylaurenthomas@gmail.com) for our address and send a check in the mail. 4. Once you purchase a piece, we will write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces and send you a picture. 5. Once every single piece has been “sold”, we will put the puzzle together and hang it in a double-sided glass frame for baby's room so that our little Amos or Evie can always look back and be reminded of who had a “piece” of bringing him/her home!

It's exciting to think about sitting down with our Amos or Evie, reading the names to him/her and explaining that these are all of the wonderful people who loved him/her to the moon and back before they even arrived. These are all the people that helped create a forever home. Isn’t that the cutest?!?! I just love it!

So, our goal with this Puzzle Fundraiser is to sell all 252 pieces which will raise $12,600!!!! That will take care of almost half of our entire adoption. How amazing would that be?!?! We’d be honored and humbled to have you be a part of this story.

Want to help us bring our baby Amos or Evie home? Click HERE. Seriously, any amount helps. If you wish to make an additional donation above the $50 price of a puzzle piece (first of all, that is awesome!), simply put the desired donation amount in the box and proceed to process your payment. The other amazing thing that you could do to help would be to spread this! Share it with your families and friends. Thank you! We love you! And we are forever indebted for your kindness.

Chris & Lauren

A quick overview of expenses:

Homestudy $1500 - Done!

Agency fee $25,000-$30,000

Travel expenses (we are adopting out of state and will have to stay in the other state up to 2 weeks until both states give us approval to come home) $5,000

Finalization fee $3,000-5,000