Salinas Family Adoption Journey - Puzzle Fundraiser

For: Edward and Miranda Salinas
Anchorage, AK
Organizer: Christine Tallieu (Excited Nana)
$3,380
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 27 donors
22% Complete
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The Story

Hello! My name is Chris Tallieu and I am a very excited nana to be! My daughter and son in law, Miranda and Edward, have been on a journey to grow their family and have just been MATCHED with a wonderful expectant mother due early this spring. With their permission, I am starting this fundraiser and want to share a small part of their story with you all. 

For those who do not know them well, Miranda and Edward are coming up on their 6th wedding anniversary and have always wanted to be parents. That was a priority to them. They are both family oriented people and wanted a large family with both adoption and biological children (if possible). They always told me they believed in the value of blending cultures, homes and love and that it was a blessing regardless of how a little one entered their family. They spent several years trying naturally, followed by many different fertility treatments and interventions while praying so hard for children. Unfortunately, in that period they also lost 5 pregnancies along the way for unknown reasons and were heartbroken. As a parent, it is hard to watch your children struggle to become parents, especially when there is little you can do as a parent to fix it.

Along the way they decided that they were going to explore adoption. After a lot of research and prayer, they completely embraced the possibility of building their family in this very special way. Although emotional and unpredictable at times, they both felt that their hearts were being called this direction and followed God's lead. In 2015, they became VERY blessed and proud parents to their son and daughter, Baine and Honor. Baine and Honor have brought so much joy and excitement to their lives and to all of their family and friends lives. Its been amazing to watch Edward and Miranda transition into parenthood and grow together as a family and they are very excited to grow again! 

While adoption is beautiful and a true testament to God's grace, healing and mercy, it can also be difficult. Unfortunately the reality is that adoption is very expensive. Some more then others but nonetheless expensive. Along the way and amongst the joy, they did have 2 failed adoptions (1 fraudulent) which were very difficult and expensive for them. I am starting this fundraiser to hopefully help bridge some of the costs associated with adoption but also to ask for prayers and petition of support for this new part of their journey as they continue to grow their beautiful little family.

Miranda has asked this expectant mother for a favorite quote of hers. With this quote, Miranda and Edward will have a custom puzzle made for his/her nursery as a special reminder of the love this first family has for him/her. On the back of the puzzle, on each puzzle piece, will be the name(s) of each person or family that donated and/or prayed for this sweet new arrival. Each puzzle piece will represent a $15.00 donation, 2 puzzle pieces for $30.00, 3 puzzle pieces for $45.00, etc. Once the puzzle is complete, it will be hung between 2 pieces of glass in the nursery so that both sides may be read. 

I ask that you keep in your prayers Edward, Miranda, Honor and Baine, as well as this expectant mother, her baby and her family as they continue their journey together. If in prayer, you feel led to donate and are able to do so, thank you. If unable to do so but still are praying, thank you as well. Please let them know so that they may add your name to the puzzle as well. It takes a village, so thank you in advance for all of the love, support and donations offered to all of them during this very special time. 

Every Good and Perfect Gift is from Above
James1:17

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 29, 2017

Posted on April 29, 2017

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your continued prayers for Miranda and Edward and their growing family. The responses through shares and the amount of love demonstrated for them has been outstanding and they have been blessed by so many of you already. Their sweet expectant mom is due in approximately 2 weeks (just around the corner). They ask that you all continue to keep her, her family and her baby in your thoughts and prayers as she walks this difficult journey. We pray that she finds peace and feels loved and supported.  

I update today to also ask for prayers and continued shares of this fundraiser. Miranda and Edward have nearly 2 weeks until delivery and are approximately $3500.00 short of their goal to grow their family. We know that many of you have already donated, thank you. We ask that you consider sharing this puzzle fundraiser and praying for their family that God will provide the remainder they need for their adoption. They have been saving every extra penny and Miranda has been picking up extra shifts at the hospital to help. But they need the help of their village at this time. Unfortunately adoption is expense. The average adoption in the United States ranges from 30,000 to 65,000. Every single share, prayer and donation matters here and will directly impact the growth of this family. We ask that you hold their situation in your hearts in prayer and let God lead. If you feel called to support bringing home this sweet baby, thank you. If not, we are so grateful for your consideration. 

Again thank you to all of you for helping Miranda, Edward, Honor (Big Sister), Baine (Big Brother) and Bizun (furry creature) add to their family. As a nana, THANK YOU for bringing me the joy of adding another grandchild to love. BIG PRAYERS to bring this baby home!

Love,

Nana

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