Baby O

For: O'Kelley Family
Organizer: Ross and Sally O'Kelley
Baby O (O'Kelley Family)
of $28,000 goal.
Raised by 250 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Update...Big update! We have been approached by the adoption agency about a baby...this baby is due in one week.  As in... the birth mother will be induced in exactly one week.  She wants her baby to go to a couple who has been unable to have their own children...THAT'S US! We are the only family the agency is currently working with that fits that description.  The agency says they could have our paperwork/home study complete this week if we had the money ready.  Frankly, the thought of that is overwhelming.  VERY overwhelming.  We have been examining the numbers, looking at options on what we could sell, what we could cut, etc... but there is still no equation that adds up with just our own resources. We know it would take a miracle for this to happen in only the next 5-6 days, but we also know that our God is sovereign.  We have faith that if this is what He is calling us to do, then He will provide the way, as only He can.  Thank you again for your prayers and support.  We love you all and are so blessed to be surrounded with the friends God has placed in our lives.

Original Post:

Well...surprise! The O'Kelleys are beginning the process of adoption.  Do you know what we have discovered...adoption is EXPENSIVE!

How expensive? $24,500+ expensive! Plus birth-mom expenses (her rent, food, utilities, etc while she is pregnant).  These are about $1,300 a month.

We have made many budget cuts (much to the dismay of local clothing and sporting goods stores) and are in the process of making more (anybody interested in buying a vehicle?).  Though we both agree that it would not bother us a single bit for someone ELSE to ask US to help them in the same situation, we have REEEALLY struggled with the thought of asking people for money.  We have sought advice from some of our friends and family who assured us there is nothing wrong with it, yet we still get anxious every time we talk about it (it makes my stomach hurt!).

Nevertheless, we are 100% sure that this is what God is calling us to do.  We are also 100% sure that we do not have the finances to do it on our own.  Proverbs 11:2 says, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." Therefore, it is with great humility that we ask for your prayers, and if possible, financial assistance for the future family that God has planned for us.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, just call/text us at 501-909-9561.

Note: This website was provided to us at no cost, and all of your donations go straight to the O'Kelleys, but there is a credit card processing fee if you do not have a PayPal account.  Of course, you can skip this whole process of online donating and contact us directly if you would like.

Note 2: If you do want to donate, there is a section that comes up to donate to the company that runs this website.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DONATE TO THE COMPANY.  You can click on that and change it to $0.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 2, 2013

Posted on October 2, 2013

Baby Owen Michael was born September 29 at 9:32am.  He weighed 6 pounds and was 18.5 inches long.  Thank you for all your prayers and support! The fundraiser closed yesterday at the exact total of the adoption.  God is so good, and we are just so overwhelmed and thankful for each and every one of your contributions: money, items, prayers, and encouragement.  Our heart for adoption was to affect a child's future but more importantly to affect a child's eternity.  What a beautiful picture that all of you got to help us provide that.  We pray every day that God will bless you each many, many times more than you have blessed us!

We know you have all been praying, and we ask that you continue to pray, especially through this Friday at 4:30.  That is how long the birth mom has to change her mind.

Posted on September 30, 2013

Posted on September 30, 2013

Baby O (Owen Michael) is here! He was born on 9/29 around 9:35am. 6 pounds and 18 inches long. Everybody's doing great! Thank you so much for your prayers. Please continue to pray!

Posted on September 24, 2013

Posted on September 24, 2013

HUGE praise! Our portfolio was presented to the birth mother a couple of minutes ago, and we passed with flying colors! Praise God! This woman, who is apparently very picky, loves every detail about us...including Ross's red hair! So...I guess we are full throttle ahead! LET'S GO! Thank you, God! Share share share!

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