*The name of this sweet girl I’m about to tell you about has been changed for sharing purposes.  I will explain more about that later. 🙂

One day, not very many days ago, my sister called me.  I answered thinking it was just another one of those times when we try to catch up with each other and fill each other in on the busy-ness of our lives.  I have four children, one of whom was adopted from China in 2015.  She has six children, two of whom were adopted through the US foster care system.  We have a lot in common as we parent our kiddos, and so we try to chat at least once a week.

This particular call was a leeeetle bit different.  She started telling me a story about how God had been opening doors for them to adopt again, and in a completely different way than she or I had adopted before.  She explained about how there was a little girl who had been adopted internationally (also from China!) and who had an adoptive family who had decided to dissolve the adoption after being home a while.

Side note:  dissolving an adoption can bring out the opinions and voices loud and clear.  I’m not going to entertain any of the negativity here.  The bottom line is that adoption starts with brokenness and some stories are brutally difficult.  Could things have been done differently?  Maybe.  But that’s in the past.  I’ve used a different name for the little girl who will be my niece to protect her, her story, and her initial adoptive family.

This little girl had been brought to my sister’s attention in the most unique set of circumstances, and she and her husband felt compelled to pray about bringing her into their home as their daughter even though they already have six children and not the largest budget.  In her words…

“We may not have much to offer in the way of material goods, but we have lots of love to share.”

So, they prayed.  Before they knew it, sweet little Abby* was staying for a week in their home to see if her special needs would be able to be handled by their family.  My sister’s worst nightmare was to say “yes” and then realize that Abby’s needs were beyond what they could meet.  Her heart was 1000% behind preventing more chaos in this little girl’s life.

It was a little crazy, that week, but they ended it knowing without a doubt that Abby was meant to be a part of their crew, and so they began the paperwork.

Abby’s situation and re-adoption is unique.  The lawyer my sister’s family is working with says it’s the most complicated situation he has seen in a while.  For obvious reasons, I’m not going to share all of the details involved, but it’s an extremely tangled case.  They are working to get this all processed as quickly as possible so that Abby can get covered by their insurance and have full access to the medical and behavioral specialists she needs.

It’s a little blurry because she is always on the move, but this girl is so SO sweet, y’all.  I cannot wait for Julianne to have a cousin also born in China! 


My sister is just about the sweetest and most generous person I know.  Her husband is quiet and soft-spoken and pastors a small country church which they love dearly.  The congregation has gone above and beyond in supporting them as they pursue this unexpected addition of a child to their family, but they still need financial help to reach their goals.

Currently they still $1,500 to be able to pay the fees to cover Abby’s adoption.  If 150 people donate $10 each, that would get them to the goal in a snap.  Or if you can do more, go for it!

They have a puzzle with little Abby’s picture on it, and for every donation made, they will write your name on the back of a puzzle piece.  They cannot do this without help, and if anyone deserves it, it’s this family, and this new daughter of theirs.

They have a PayPal account you can donate directly to.  Believe me when I say that they will use every penny donated for Abby’s adoption costs and her future medical care should the donations exceed the total needed.

If you can, please consider donating.  The PayPal link is paypal.me/mckinneyfam06

Please use the “friends and family” option.

THANK YOU, friends.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about this miracle story in the future!


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