We are excited to share that April 23rd, was adoption day for the Smith Family. Thad & Loryn, and Peggy & Jacob are so grateful for this new step in their journey as a family and everyone's love and support. We have raised $30,000 of their $40,000 goal to date and hope to complete fundraising for them the end of this month, there's still time to donate here!
With a home full of love and laughter, Evelyn and Zack Long are so grateful to have been blessed with their adopted children Carson, Stella, and Jackson, in addition to baby Judah. They began adopting over four years ago, and since then they've loved seeing their children initiate prayer, smiling until their adorable dimples show, and greeting dad when he comes home from work with excited hugs. Evelyn and Zack can't imagine their lives without their children- there's always something new and exciting going on!
The Longs credit the Promise Love foundation as a source of support through their adoption process, and encourage anyone who wishes to help families like them to go out and donate to the Promise Love foundation today, through Give Day Tampa Bay!
When their youngest daughter was nine months old, Paul and Ivanka Pucovsky felt their hearts stir with the desire to adopt children into their family. Throughout the span of two years, the family struggled to adopt through birth moms, and finally decided to explore the foster care system. After attending a match meeting with the intention to adopt a younger child, they arrived home to discover a lovely teenage girl had expressed interest in joining their family. After discussing their next step, the Pucovsky family decided to go forward with the adoption, and since then they have discovered that adopting a teenager was one of the best decisions of their lives. Their family couldn’t be more thankful for the blessing of their adopted daughter, and they describe Promise Love Foundation as an instrumental part of their adoption process.
If you’d like to support families like the Pucovsky’s who have been lead to open their hearts and homes, make sure to contribute to the Promise Love Foundation on Give Day Tampa Bay, May 1st, in an online fundraising event. By supporting the Promise Love Foundation, you support the building of families and bonds that last forever.
In October of 2015, Josh and Cricket Boyer partnered with us and opened their hearts to a new addition to their family: a sweet newborn girl named Breeja. Since then, Breeja has grown into a rambunctious, lovely little lady who loves bouncing around with her brothers and cuddling with her parents. Blaine and Braden adore their sweet sister, and Breeja loves her home with her loving parents and siblings to play with!
The Boyer family made us this adorable video in order to encourage everyone to give to families, like the Boyers, by supporting the Promise Love Foundation on Give Day Tampa Bay, an occasion in which over five hundred nonprofits will join together for a 24 hour online giving challenge on May 1st. If you enjoyed hearing about the Boyer family’s story and wish to contribute to families like them, make sure you mark your calendar for Give Day Tampa Bay on May 1st!
We love telling stories of these amazing families who step out of their comfort zone and head straight for the will of God to love and help children heal through adoption. Today we present to you some people who are very near and dear to our heart who have done just that over and over again throughout their lives. And they are doing it once again with a sibling group of 9! Here is the story, straight from Loryn!
"Several months ago, we were sent a picture of a sibling group of 8 with the a message attached....'Will you consider this?' We were done adopting, because most of our children were grown and out of the house. We were looking forward to a new phase of life....but after 4 or 5 similar messages about this group of siblings, we knew we HAD TO pray about this situation! As we prayed, we felt very led that God was asking us to be open to this. As Thad and I prayed and talked and talked and prayed, we knew 8 was just too challenging to be able to ensure everyone's needs were met. As we sat in our living room and discussed this with our adult children, our son Jacob and our daughter-in-law Peggy spoke up and said 'We will take some of them!' As they said this a peace settled over all of us. We each knew we could do 4 children well, while allowing them to grow up in the same family together. It was time to move forward!
Then there were 9! Baby number 9 was born as we moved forward with the adoption process. It was determined that Jacob and Peggy would take the youngest 4 children and Thad and I would take the 5 older children.
We began moving slowly and cautiously to ensure we were directly in the center of God's will, we were not wanting to hurry this process without that! But then all the sudden things snowballed! An emergency in the foster home the younger 4 were placed in necessitated that they needed to be moved immediately!
Jacob and Peggy accepted the placement and overnight went from a family of just 2 to a family of 6!!! When that happened we knew God was asking us to be the parents of the other 5 children.
Our children have a target move in date of December 22nd, just in time for Christmas! This also allows them to finish this semester in school before they move. We have started visits with them already and are preparing as much as we can before then.
We've heard so many people say 'You're crazy! What are you thinking? You were down to one child!' and 'Don't you know you can't save the world!' Our response is, there is no doubt we are crazy we have parented 15 children full time and fostered over 100 children through our years as foster parents. But we choose to be crazy for the sake of the Gospel rather than living and empty and self-centered life. We feel it boils down to this....If not us, then who?
We received a card tonight from our 10-year old soon to be daughter, in it she wrote 'Thank you for letting us be in your home, you saved us from being separated!' Isn't that what Jesus did for us? So we move forward in hope and confidence that adoption is God's story and His story is playing out in our family's life through the additions of 9 beautiful children!"
We had actually seen this sibling set of 9 in the Heart Gallery and were ecstatic to hear that they would have the opportunity to grow up all together with this amazing family. THEY BOTH HAVE AN IMMEDIATE AND CRITICAL NEED FOR LARGER VEHICLES! SO WE ARE LOOKING TO RAISE $40,000 FOR 2 NEW OR GENTLY USED HONDA ODYSSEY'S OR TOYOTA SIENNA'S SO THESE FAMILIES CAN ACCOMMODATE THEIR NEW AND MUCH BIGGER FAMILIES. YOU CAN DONATE HERE OR PLEASE REACH OUT TO US AT INFO@PROMISELOVEFOUNDATION.COM IF YOU HAVE CONNECTIONS FOR THESE VEHICLES TO BE DONATED.
Please help us welcome 2 amazing families today to the Promise Love Family! Thad and Loryn Smith and Jacob and Peggy Smith! These 2 families are actually part of one larger family that has decided to adopt 9 beautiful siblings between them both! Yes, you heard that correctly....NINE CHILDREN!!! Because of these 2 families and their willingness to answer God's call, these siblings who have been in separate homes in foster care, are now going to be able to come together so they will no longer have to be separated!
We can assure you, this is a story you DO NOT want to miss!! Stay Tuned...the story will be right here, live tomorrow.
In the meantime, here's what they need! Both families are driving smaller vehicles and are unable to transport all the kids together.
They both have an immediate and critical need for larger vehicles! So we are looking to raise $40,000 for 2 new or gently used Honda Odyssey's or Toyota Sienna's so these families can accommodate their new and much bigger families. You can donate here or please reach out to us at email@example.com if you have connections for these vehicles to be donated.
Please come alongside us to help these families have a family vehicle that can fit everyone! Stop by tomorrow for the full story!
After about a month in the NICU little miss Eliana is home! She was born 8 weeks early at just over 3 pounds and she is doing very well at home with Mary Jo and Gil! They've had lots of love and visitors as you can see:-) They have just over $12,000 left to raise to meet their adoption goal. We thought today was the perfect day to give you an update as it's World Adoption Day! Will you celebrate with us by donating to their adoption? DONATE HERE
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support of Mary Jo and Gil we know they have felt it the whole time!!!
Mary Jo and Gil had a little surprise happen last week! On 9/15/17 little miss Eliana Isabel decided to come 8 weeks early. She was a born at 3 lbs 4 oz and 16 inches long and is doing well and Mary Jo and Gil are officially parents!! They got to meet her yesterday, here's a little video and photo of her. They chose the name Eliana in December last year before they were matched and before they knew if their baby would be a boy or a girl. It means, "My God Answers", and He did! She will have to stay in the hospital in Panama City for a few weeks until she is 5 lbs. If anyone has a contact of somewhere they could stay up there during that time, they would be so appreciative. They still need about $22,000 to reach their adoption goal, so if you would like to be a part of their story donate HERE!! We so appreciate your continued support and prayers for them. Congratulations Mary Jo and Gil we are SO incredibly happy for your family of 3!!!
This event hosted by Michele Renee the Studio and Sarah Sukhram was amazing! Sarah wanted to be in a fun class about makeup, Michele taught it and they raised $1000 for Mary Jo and Gil! It was awesome! We are so thankful and humbled by people like these 2 ladies who support what we do and spend their time giving back. Michele Renee the Studio for hosting and Nothing Bundt Cakes for the sweet treats! Photography by Carrie Wildes Photography
Guess what? Mary Jo and Gil are officially matched with a birth mom! She is due on November 29th with a little girl:-) We need you to keep up the prayers for them through this journey as well as donating to their adoption goal which they are $24,584 away from reaching. Help them reach this goal by donating HERE!! Thank you all for your love and support it means so much to them and us!!
Today was the day! Adoption day for Evelyn & Zach's 3rd adopted child, 3 year old Carson! So we wanted you to give you a little fundraising update!
So far we have raised $1171 of the $5000 goal that they need to complete this adoption!
That's $3829 that we are hoping to raise in the next few weeks. You can help this family by donating here.
I can't tell you enough how amazing this family is. Please partner with us to bless them by completing their fundraising goal. God has put them in our path and on our hearts to help as they so selflessly help children who need a forever family! Thank you so much for all of you who have walked along side them and donated already.
You may remember our Valentine's Day surprise where Carrie and I went to Zack and Evelyn Long's with a BIG check for the remaining balance of their adoption of little miss Stella! Stella has been doing amazing as a part of their family, and the Long's finalized her adoption just a few weeks ago! Here's a photo of everyone there to see them officially become a family of 4.
BUT.....that's not the end of their story! Just a week or so after this finalization with Stella, they got a call out of the blue, asking if they would be willing to take Stella's 3 year old brother. After much thought and prayer, they decided to accept placement of Carson just a couple of days ago. This means that Stella and her little brother will get to grow up together as a part of the Long family.
As you know, the cost of an adoption is not easy to come up with especially when it's unexpected, so we are asking for you all to walk alongside this amazing family and give as they have given their hearts to these beautiful kids so willingly!
They need $5000 to pay for this adoption that will not only keep these siblings together but also change their lives forever. We are so honored to get to know this sweet forever family and are encouraged by all they are doing to help kids! Let's get this done, come join us! DONATE HERE!
We are so excited to share with you our 2nd Promise Love Family for 2017! Check out Gil and Mary Jo's family story below. We are partnering with them to raise the $27,000 they need to make their adoption possible! Click HERE to donated and help be a part of their adoption story!
Happy 2017!!!! This thank you is a little over due but we wanted to share what our photos with Santa event looked like this year. We had some very cute Santa lovers and haters! It was so much fun and we can not thank everyone enough for their time and help in pulling this off. Jeanna Graham created the fabulous decorations for our set with Santa. Laura Walsh, from Olympia Catering, had a super fun cupcake decorating station with all different festive toppings. And of course Jordan Prosser (AKA Santa), the team at Ivy Astoria for the perfect space, and Kandice Helms from Carrie Wildes Photography. These people all made it amazing and everyone who attended, we so appreciate your love and support.
Venue | Ivy Astoria | Cupcake Station | Olympia Catering | Linens | Linens by the Sea | Face Painting | Sarah Sinteff | Photography | Carrie Wildes Photography
If we are being completely honest, 2016 has been a bit of a rough year for Promise Love and a few of the families we are privilege to walk alongside in their adoption journey. There are so many happy endings we are privileged to be a part of and share with all of you, but there are losses that come with stepping out in faith to bring kids into forever families. Sometimes, decisions are made we don't understand, cases are dragged on longer than ever anticipated, and children are left waiting once again for their forever family. We just haven't shared much with you this year, simply because its been tough. Its hard to put into words the loss families feel when these things don't play out the way we were hoping. But the reality is it happens.
However, a new year is upon us and no matter what 2016 has thrown at us, we will not give up on the pursuit of helping families bring kids home! And as I pray over Promise Love and our direction for 2017, the verse that comes front and center is from Isaiah 40:31! It says, "But they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." For 2017 our plans are to be renewed by His strength. We will not grow weary or faint in doing what God has before us because our hope is in HIm!
So in order to usher in the New Year on wings of Hope, we want to bring you the amazing story of The Calzada family! This is a story of a family who in their waiting allowed God to renew their strength. They did not grow weary of following the path God set before them! This is one that's been in the works for a very long time, but the evidence of God's hand throughout this adoption journey has been so evident. We have felt beyond blessed to watch these boys come home forever!
Although fundraising may seem like our main focus, its actually not what we do the most of. Alot of time is spent connecting with families, helping families figure out which adoption path to take and advocating for kids. Early on, the Calzada's had felt God was calling them to foster care/adoption. While they were in the process of getting licensed, God was already preparing the right kids for their family. Promise Love became connected with a family who was a relative caregiver to 2 brothers, Angel, 9 years old and Alonso, 4 years old. This family was in a tough spot and knew they couldn't provide a forever home for them, but loved them dearly and desperately wanted to see these boys thrive in a forever family. As the picture of the boys came through, God put on our heart The Calzada family. Although they weren't completely licensed yet, the striking resemblance of these boys and their family was undeniable and we knew God was up to something. After praying and talking together, The Calzada's agreed, God was definitely up to something!
So they began the very long journey to bring these boys home! I can't even imagine the tireless effort that was put in as they maneuvered all the twists and turns of the state. But they never gave up on them and their love and acceptance of these boys is beyond measure. I have seen it first hand and truly they are one of the most inspiring families you will ever meet! On October 18th, 2016 that journey finally ended at the courthouse with the adoption finalization!! Angel, 12 years old now and Alonso, 7 years old are officially Calzada's, 2 years after their first visit!! And all the glory goes to God for this amazing story and journey. And how adorable is this family?!!