God has blessed us with so much! Even in the disappointments, we know he is only further clarifying HIS plan for our family. This weekend God gave us a tangible blessing that we really needed.

Here’s the story…

This past Friday night was a pretty chill evening as I roamed through Kroger looking at cleaning supplies. (I’m crazy like that :-)). I happened to look down at my phone and saw an email from Hand in Hand Adoption.

Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. is a non-profit private operating foundation that offers grants to adoptive families. (handinhandadopt.org) We had applied with them for an adoption grant and were anxiously waiting to hear whether or not we were awarded one.

As I scrolled through the email, my heart was racing and I couldn’t read fast enough. Then I saw it, the news we were waiting for…we were approved for a $5,000 matching grant!!!!! I almost started screaming in Kroger but instead I cried…seriously! What a huge blessing and what an amazing organization. Hand in Hand will never know what a gift this grant has and will be for Stuart and I.

Hand in Hand not only matches dollar for dollar up to the awarded amount but any funds received over $5,000 go to our specific adoption expenses such as agency fees, attorneys, airfare, etc. Our adoption will be around $40,000 so the opportunity to raise funds through Hand in Hand is the greatest blessing yet. The even better news is that all these donations are tax-deductible!

For the first time in awhile, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Before getting the news, I knew God was with us but upon receiving the news I was reminded that God is for us. It’s almost as if this email was a whisper from him to say, I’m still in this with you and working on your behalf. He truly is the one who knows how to supply all our needs.

So, it was an amazing trip to Kroger that night and a much needed reminder that He is at work! Now we can really start fundraising. With every open door this precious child seems closer and closer to be in our family.

Thank you for praying for us even when you don’t know what you are praying for specifically. God is using your prayers to give us favor and wisdom in these days. He is at work to place the lonely in families (Psalms 68:6) and we are honored to be a part of his plan.


Lauren and Stu

*For those of you interested in contributing to our adoption journey, thank you! Here’s more information:

Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by August 30th to: (for tax purposes please include our name on the outside of the envelope only…do not put our name on the check itself).

Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.      

Attn: Lauren and Stuart Espy

18318 Mimosa Court                                                                                                                   Gardner, KS  66030