What an incredibly exciting time for the whole Cater family! A sweet baby is coming soon!
Laura, Dan and Thatch have been approved for the next steps in adopting their new little one! The last several months have confirmed to them both that they are ready to adopt and raise their second child. It has been a journey of ups and downs - but ultimately trusting in God's plan for their lives as a family. The excitement is oozing from the Caters as they talk about their little one that will arrive one day. To hear more about their story and their specific call to adopt, check out their blog: Bringing Home Baby Cater
Now is the time for us, as the "village," to step in. We have all heard that "it takes a village to raise a child," and this situation is no different. Laura and Dan need tons of prayer and encouragement as they enter into this next season as a family. And since we are their family, friends, church and community, it's time for us to be the biggest supporters! Little baby Cater is coming soon!
When asking Laura about their needs at this time, here is what she says, "first and foremost, PRAYER is needed. Be in prayer for that sweet little one that will one day be ours. Pray for their health, safety, growth, and their future salvation in the Lord. Pray for their birth mother. Pray that the Lord will give her wisdom and comfort as she takes steps and makes decisions for herself and for the child. Pray for her health, safety and salvation. Pray for us as the we complete the home study process and await the arrival of our child. Pray for our hearts to be filled with peace as we wait upon the Lord and his perfect timing. Pray that the Lord would prepare our family for this new addition." Prayer is needed now.
Setting aside a time each day or each week to pray for these specific things that they are asking would be amazing - nowadays, we can set alarms on our phones to pray for this exact situation! The Caters have trusted God along the way, and this new season is no different.
What you may not know about adoption is this: it is quite expensive.
Not just getting the nursery ready, or the formula and diapers, but the legal process beforehand. There are many social workers, lawyers, and counselors to make this the smoothest and safest transition possible for the birth parents, and also Laura and Dan. The amount needed before January 2018 is this: $25,000.
The Caters are working hard alongside Lifeline Children's Services
to make sure every dollar is spent wisely. You can find out more about the Lifeline adoption program on their website: www.lifelinechild.org
. (If you have questions about how this "youcaring" free online fundraiser works, feel free to email me, Cher, at [email protected]
. If you want to know other ways to donate and help out, I can help you too!)So, now is the time for us to rally together, pray for the Caters, encourage them, and give financially toward this amazing family!
The funds are all needed early next year as the baby can come at any time. This child is so loved already, and the Caters are already so appreciative of any gift that can be made toward this process.
We can't wait to meet the little one!