Olson Family Adoption!

For: Tilly Pearl Olson
Minnesota
Organizer: David Olson
$14,890
of $19,100 goal
77% Complete
Raised by 141 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

The journey began May 21st, 2005 when David + Sarah started their little family.  While both David and Sarah wanted kids, they wanted to build a solid foundation to their relationship first.  When their first son, Zakary was born in February 2009, they were so excited to have their family grow!  Zakary went everywhere they went.  He was their little sidekick.  After several years passed, they introduced Levi into the world in March 2012.  Zakary was so excited to have a little brother!  The brothers quickly became inseperable and to this day are best friends.  

Levi was born with Spina Bifida.  This was discovered during birth when they found the meningocele on his lower back.  He had neurosurgery at nine days old.  Doctors told David and Sarah that he may never walk.  The doctors could not be more wrong!  Levi is walking, running, and even has broken his foot a couple times already.   The kid that wasn't supposed to walk actually broke his foot from jumping too high!  Levi has had several surgeries over the last couple years, but is doing very well given this disability.

There are several reasons for adoption.  Sarah is the poster child for difficult pregnancies.  During both kids, more often than not she was in the hospital for fluids as her body was having a difficult time keeping them in her system.  Levi went into false labor almose every week during the third trimester.  The medical history could continue, but suffice it to say she has had incredibly difficult pregnancies.  Several doctors have concurred that there is a significantly increased chance our next child would have Spina Bifida with an incredibly high chance it would not be as mild.  One doctor even went as far as saying another natural child would most likely be paralized due to Spina Bifida.  Although David and Sarah respect advice from doctors, there was one final factor that pushed them toward adoption.

The idea of adoption had been on both of their radars.  David's dad and sister-in-law was adopted.  Sarah's niece was recently adopted from China.  Then they heard a talk from Bob Goff.  Bob Goff wrote a book called, "Love Does" and in it he talks about his journey of adoption and how you just take action because that is what love does when it stirs something in you.  As if on cue, that talk flipped a switch.  

After months of praying and conversations, the decision to adopt was made clear and David and Sarah began the process of adoption. They are leaning toward domestic adoption of a minority girl, but are open to international adoption as well.  Either way, the next big obstacle is financing.  Both domestic and international takes money.
Your contribution of any kind will help towards the costs involved with this process.

Thank you for your time and contribution!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 4, 2015

Posted on May 4, 2015

We have hired Christian Adoption Consultants to help us navigate these unchartered waters.  It is incredible how we THOUGHT we were doing all the right activity.  With years of experience, our consultant, Katie, gave us a list of things to prioritize and get done right away.  Grants, applications, and more research to do.  One step closer kiddo.  We're coming for you!


Posted on March 16, 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015

For the remainder of March, our friend and author Lizzy Charles will be donating half the proceeds to her new book, "Bring the Rain."  We are SO excited not only to partner with Lizzy, but because it really is a fantastic book!

Buy one, spread the word and get your friends to nab one!  Thanks for partnering with us!

http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Rain-Lizzy-Charles-ebook/dp/B00SHPCC74/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1426535576


Posted on March 4, 2015

Posted on March 4, 2015

Help bring their little girl home!

The journey began May 21st, 2005 when David + Sarah started their little family.  While both David and Sarah wanted kids, they wanted to build a solid foundation to their relationship first.  When their first son, Zakary was born in February 2009, they were so excited to have their family grow!  Zakary went everywhere they went.  He was their little sidekick.  After several years passed, they introduced Levi into the world in March 2012.  Zakary was so excited to have a little brother!  The brothers quickly became inseperable and to this day are best friends.  

Levi was born with Spina Bifida.  This was discovered during birth when they found the meningocele on his lower back.  He had neurosurgery at nine days old.  Doctors told David and Sarah that he may never walk.  The doctors could not be more wrong!  Levi is walking, running, and even has broken his foot a couple times already.   The kid that wasn't supposed to walk actually broke his foot from jumping too high!  Levi has had several surgeries over the last couple years, but is doing very well given this disability.

There are several reasons for adoption.  Sarah is the poster child for difficult pregnancies.  During both kids, more often than not she was in the hospital for fluids as her body was having a difficult time keeping them in her system.  Levi went into false labor almose every week during the third trimester.  The medical history could continue, but suffice it to say she has had incredibly difficult pregnancies.  Several doctors have concurred that there is a significantly increased chance our next child would have Spina Bifida with an incredibly high chance it would not be as mild.  One doctor even went as far as saying another natural child would most likely be paralized due to Spina Bifida.  Although David and Sarah respect advice from doctors, there was one final factor that pushed them toward adoption.

The idea of adoption had been on both of their radars.  David's dad and sister-in-law was adopted.  Sarah's niece was recently adopted from China.  Then they heard a talk from Bob Goff.  Bob Goff wrote a book called, "Love Does" and in it he talks about his journey of adoption and how you just take action because that is what love does when it stirs something in you.  As if on cue, that talk flipped a switch.  

After months of praying and conversations, the decision to adopt was made clear and David and Sarah began the process of adoption.  They are leaning toward domestic adoption of a minority girl, but are open to international adoption as well.  Either way, the next big obstacle is financing.  Both domestic and international takes money.  

Help David and Sarah complete their family and bring their little girl home!  Your contribution of any kind will help towards the costs involved with this process.

Thank you for your time and contribution!

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