Gililland Family Adoption

For: Taylor Nicole Gililland
Organizer: DJ & Andrea Gililland
Gililland Family Adoption  (Taylor Nicole Gililland)
$27,170
of $35,000 goal.
Raised by 68 donors
77% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Dear Family & Friends,

HOWDY!  We are DJ and Andrea Gililland from Abilene, TX., and we are called to adopt.  Andrea and I have a struggled for six years to successfully become pregnant. We have overcome many trials and heartaches along the way, yet we know that God is calling us to adopt one of his very own.

A little bit about us:  I (DJ) am an athletic trainer for a small university and Andrea is a first grade teacher. We met through mutual friends and have been married for seven years. Though we met later in life we are both proud graduates of Hardin-Simmons Universirty and Texas A&M University.  Andrea and I are actively involved with our local church, South Side Baptist Church. Andrea serves in the women's ministry and nursery programs and I teach university Sunday school and serve in men's ministry. We believe strongly in the local church and are blessed by a wonderful church family.

Andrea grew up in San Antonio and I grew up in White Deer, Tx (a small farming community in the panhandle). Our home in Abilene is situated exactly half way from our familes in the middle of West Texas. Many of you know God is doing BIG things in our life right now.  We have felt Him calling us to adopt for sometime, but somehow fear continued to hold us back.  Finally, His voice became so undeniably loud that we could wait no longer.  We are so excited about the awesme plans He has to grow our family!

We excitedly began the adoption process in December of 2011 with an adoption agency here in Abilene, Christian Homes and Family Services. Through this first adoption, we will be able to provide a home for an infant born in the United States.  We chose this agency for our first adoption because their vision is to provide a Christian home for every child. 

We know that God doesn't call everyone to adopt but he does call us all to care for the orphans.  We want to give you the opportunity to take part in caring for orphans even if you are not called to physically adopt a child yourself.  

One way you can do this is by praying for us as we walk through this process. We need to be lifted up in prayer for wisdom in our decisions, and for God to make our paths clear.  We know that this is not an easy road, but we are so humbled by the opportunity only God can provide. 

In addition, we need support with our fundraising efforts.  We are working on numerous avenues to help us raise the $30-40,000 we will need for this adoption.   Some of the fundraisers you might consider supporting include:

  • Donate money on this website 
  • Purchase a Gililland family adoption t-shirt
  • Purchase a worship CD of our dear friend Katie Cruddas
  • Purchase a jar of the legendary DAG Ranch Spaghetti Sauce (a recipe 15 years in the making)

Originally, we felt quite a bit of trepidation in asking people to support us in our efforts to bring our baby home; however, through wise counsel and much prayer, we have realized that it is important to allow you to partner with us in this important mission and we would be robbing you of an incredible blessing if we did not give you the chance to take part in caring for the orphans.  We would be so humbled if you would pray about any ways God might be calling you to help us provide a home for a child.   

God already knows each of our children. We don’t know if he has picked boys or a girls, we just know that they belong in our family. They are His children and he has hand picked us to care for them here on earth.  We humbly ask for your help to bring them home.

We are so excited to share our journey with you!  You can follow along on our blog at: http://gilillandsisland.blogspot.com.  Thank you in advance for your prayer and support as we grow our family! 

Much love and blessings,

DJ and Andrea Gililland

“Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”  James 1:27

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 2, 2014

Posted on June 2, 2014

Adoption timeline

We get asked all the time about the length of the adoption process. I have had emails from perfect strangers and even got to share our story with a sweet girl in the Hallmark store the other day who was interested in adoption. I love that! The biggest reason I share so much about our journey here is to be an encouragement to others... Maybe it's someone considering adoption, or someone struggling with infertility, or maybe it's someone desperately needing to see how faithful Our God is even when we are sometimes lacking in faith... So please, share on! I hope our journey is an encouragement to you and feel free to email me if you have other questions: dagfam212 at gmail dot com

Our adoption timeline
(please know that every adoption has a different timeline, but this was ours.)

June 17, 2006 - Got married in San Antonio, TX

January 2007 - We began trying to start our family. We knew before we married that God was calling us to adopt whether or not we had biological children as well.

February 2010 - Miscarried our first child

Dec. 2, 2011 - After much research and prayer, we made the call to our agency, Christian Homes requesting information to begin the adoption process

December 7, 2011 - Submitted preliminary application to agency

January 13-14, 2012 - Attended adoption orientation

February 2012 - Found out we were pregnant (and had been pregnant at the orientation)

April 2012 - Miscarried our second child, paused adoption process to grieve

Feb 2013 - I was walking through the Beth Moore James Bible study (specifically James 1) and DJ was in a men's study - on the same night, God used our individual Bible studies to clearly speak to both of us telling us it was time to trust Him and step out in faith, He did not want us to wait any longer!  (This will require its own blogpost later - I wish I had written it right when it happened while it was fresh on my mind because I am afraid I may have forgotten some of the amazing details.)

June 2013 - We met with a birth mom who was looking for a family to adopt her precious little one - ultimately this birth mom did not choose us but the cool part about this is that from that day forward we commited to faithfully pray daily for our birth mom and our child -  little did we know that our daughter would be born later that same month.  This is so unbelievable to me!

June 29, 2013 -  Taylor was born prematurely weighing 3 lbs - she was in the NICU for a month

July 2013 - working hard to complete all the steps in the application process (you can read about it here)

July - December 2013 - Began faithfully fundraising for the adoption - this was our biggest fear and what kept us from stepping out in faith sooner, but God continued to show us that He had it in complete control.

Some of our fundraisers included:
T-shirt sales
Parents night out fundraiser at Beamer's Gymnastics Center
Garage sales
Spaghetti Dinner
You caring website
And a Money Tree shower given by our church family

I will write a more exstensive post soon about the fundraising process, but I just want to say really quickly if you feel God calling you to adopt and your are fearful of the cost... don't be! He will take care of it! He completely amazed us with His faithfulness!!! Through these fundraisers, we were able to raise over $27,000.  That is so hard for me to fathom!  Please do not hesitate to email me if you have more questions about ideas to help you fundraise for your adoption.  God has called us allto care for the orphans, so He will provide the funds to be able to do this if He is calling you to adopt. 

January 7, 2014 - Submited adoption applicationand all that this entails

February 3, 2014 - fingerprinting and FBI clearance

February 20, 2014 - Home Study Part I - adoption interviews

March 6, 2014 - Home Study Part II - house visit

March 28, 2014 - Received unofficial word that we were approved, but still had a few details to officially finalize

April 1, 2014 - Received officially letter we were approved but our photo albumhad a few typos so we were working to get it reprinted

April 2, 2014 - Our birth mom had a friend call the agency to inquire about adoption (we found this out later)

April 2, 2014 - our profilewent live on the Christian Homes website

April 2, 2014 - (or it might have been April 3) finally got our photo album reprinted typo-free and submitted (I couldn't understand why our case worker was in such a hurry to have it but now I get it!)

April 3, 2014 - Maternity case worker drove to our birth mom's town to go over process and present stack of adoptive family profiles (including photo albums and birth mom letters)

April 7, 2014 - Our incredible birth mom made the most selfless decision to relinquish her parental rights. Taylor went into temporary foster care this day with an incredible family who happen to live 2 blocks away from us!

April 10, 2014 - Paternity registry checked and birth father's rights were terminated

April 11 - 20, 2014 - The agency and lawyer took care of the legal details before notifying us (the court docket in Abilene had over a month wait, but thankfully our agency also has a location in Fort Worth and they were able to get on the court docket there much more quickly.)

April 22, 2014
  • {9:30 AM} - Received the phone call that a birth mom had picked us
  • {4:00 PM} - Conference call with the agency to hear the family history, health history, and other         information - the agency asks you to pray about it for 24 hours before making a decision
April 23, 2014 -
  • {AM} -  notified agency that we felt God calling us to adopt Taylor
  • {3:30 PM} - Signed the paperwork to adopt Taylor 
  • {4:00 PM} - Met our birth mom
  • {4:30 PM} - Met our daughter for the first time! 
  • {5:30 PM} - 1st supervised visit at the home of our amazing temporary foster family 
April 24, 2014 - 
  • {4:30 PM} - 2nd supervised visit (required by the state)
  • {5:00 PM} - We brought Taylor home!  
It has been an amazing journey so far and we know God has even bigger plans for Taylor's life!  If you have not had a chance to read my blogpost "The Gift of Taylor" yet, you definitely want to.  I have included all the incredible God-sized details there.  Thank you for sharing our joy in this incredible journey of adoption!  We are truly HUMBLED and AMAZED by God's provision through the gift of sweet Taylor but also the incredible support we have received.  It is so COMPLETELY humbling to be on the receiving end of so much love and support, but that is what the body of Christ is all about.  I can't imagine trying to go from 0 - 60 (more like 6,000) in 2 seconds flat without all the amazing support.  Thank you EVERYONE SO much!  We literally have hundreds (if not more) of thank you notes to write, but I promise we have not forgotten you.  We hope to have them in the mail before the end of June (is that wishful thinking?), but this is a wonderful problem to have! We love y'all! 

Posted on April 24, 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014

Howdy!!!  Update on our Adoption... On April 1, 2014 we received our approval letter!  So now we begin our final push to reach and complete our fundraising goal.  We know that God doesn't call everyone to adopt but he does call us all to care for the orphans.  We want to give you the opportunity to take part in caring for orphans even if you are not called to physically adopt a child yourself.  

One way you can do this is by praying for us as we walk through this process. We need to be lifted up in prayer for wisdom in our decisions, and for God to make our paths clear.  We know that this is not an easy road, but we are so humbled by the opportunity only God can provide. 

In addition, we need support with our fundraising efforts. We are $12,760 short of our final fundraising goal. So if you feel led to support our adoption through fundraising here are a few of some of the fundraisers you might consider supporting:

  • Donate money on this website 
  • Purchase a Gililland family adoption t-shirt
  • Purchase a worship CD of our dear friend Katie Cruddas

However there is one small detail I have left out....Yesterday (April 22, 2014) we received word that a birthmother had chosen us!!!!  Today at 4:00 PM we met our daughter!!!  She is the most precious baby ever and we are so amazed at God's loving kindness!!!  Taylor is 9 months old and will join our family forever on Friday April 25, 2014!!!!  WHOOP! So the final fundraising push begins NOW!  

When we started this journey we were told it might take up to 2 years for a birth mother to choose our family.  Little did we know what God had in store for us.  Here we were thinking we had plenty of time to complete the baby’s room, put together a few more fundraisers and have everything perfect for when we would be chosen... oops!  God's plan is always bigger!  We are excited, joyful, amazed, and humbled by His precious gift. 


Posted on April 3, 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014

Our adoption profile is live on the Christian Homes website!



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