Preston Party of Six

Preston Party of Six

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Gift That Keeps on Giving

This past Wednesday was my birthday and our three children presented me with a special "Momma's Birthday Coupon Book" filled with things such as "Wrap Around Hug," "Cuddle Time," "Do a Drawing," and "Clean Back Porch."  Needless to say, I look forward to cashing in on these special coupons, especially the hugs and cuddles! 

I also received a gift on my birthday that I didn't anticipate receiving.  Jason and I applied for adoption fundraising support from Lifesong for Orphans (, a wonderful non-profit Chrisian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphans around the world...and I found out on my birthday that we were approved! 

What does this mean?  Lifesong has created an account for us by which individuals who want to support our adoption with a financial gift can do so and it will be tax deductible.  We estimate our total cost for adoption fees, document preparation, home study, airfare, travel, and other fees to be approximately $30,000.  While this is certainly money we don’t have, we know God is faithful and is calling us to trust Him.  Through God’s provision we have been able to pay the initial $10,000, but that leaves a balance of $20,000 that we need in order to bring our precious daughter, Jenna Jean, home from China.   

It is hard for us to ask for help (because of our pride), but we also know that many people want to help in our adoption process, and this is one tangible way to support our family...and it is definitely a gift that will keep on giving!   Lifesong is a trusted organization administering the funds on Jenna’s behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds received.

So if you'd like to contribute financially to help bring Jenna home from China, here is the information you need to know:
Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.”  In the memo section of your check, please write “Preference: Preston #3393 Adoption"  Mail your check to:
Lifesong for Orphans
Att: Preston/Acct #3393
P.O. Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

If you would prefer to contribute online through Paypal*, you can go to  Under "Gift Preference" you would select "Adoption Funding."  Then under "Adoption Gift Preference" you would select "Family Specific."  Our Family ID Number is 3393 and our Family Name is Preston. 

*Please note that PayPal will charge an administrative fee (2.9% + $0.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you in advance for your support.  But more important to us than any financial gift is the gift of prayer.  Please pray for God to care for Jenna, wherever she is in China, and pray for Jason, Nathan, Shelby, Andrew and I during this time of waiting and preparing for the changes that will come to our family in 2013.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Big Week!

This week has been a big week with more progression towards bringing our daughter from China HOME!!!  As of last night, our home study is fully approved and on its way to Birmingham to Lifeline, our adoption agency.  This 18 page document that tells our life story...the good, the bad, and the ugly...will be submitted along with other documents to the U.S. Center for Immigration Services (USCIS).  After their approval (I am thinking positively!), the home study and several other documents make up our dossier, a collection of documents necessary for international adoption, will be submitted to China in order for us to be approved for adoption.  So although we have many more steps in the process of the Lord uniting us with our daughter, I am elated that as of last night, we are moving one step closer to that glorious day!

Not only was our home study approved this week, but Jason and I made it public this week that we are organizing a race that will serve as a fundraiser to help us bring our daughter from China home.  R.A.C.E. for the Orphans will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.  There will be a Tot Trot (ages 4 and under), a 1 mile Run for Fun, and a 5K race.  Walkers are welcome, too!  Not only will the inaugural R.A.C.E. for the Orphans be a fundraiser for our family’s adoption, but our greater goal is to Raise Awareness, Compassion, and Education with regards to the 153 million orphans worldwide in need of a loving, forever family.  Jason and I are very excited about this opportunity and pray the Lord will be glorified through our efforts now and in the coming years, as we would love for R.A.C.E. for the Orphans to become an annual event in our community to help fund adoptions for other children needing a forever family. 

Finally, we are excited to announce that our daughter’s name will be Jenna Jean.  We believe a person’s name is important and should have meaning, and the name Jenna Jean definitely has meaning for Jason and I.  We have always liked the name “Jenna,” but it also has significance to us.  A dear family friend of ours from college is named Jenna and she was adopted as a baby.  She grew up in a wonderful, loving Christian family and once she was married and a mother herself, she embarked on a journey to try to find her birth parents.  Her adoptive parents were fully supportive of Jenna doing this, and not only was Jenna successful at finding her birth parents, but her birth parents and adoptive parents have spent time together over the past several years, enjoying life with their daughter, her husband, and their grandchildren.  To Jason and I, this is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and how He delights in adoption. 

The name “Jean” is also very meaningful because it was my mother’s middle name.  As I sit here writing this in Ohio from the home she lived and died in, I think back to this past summer when I told her about our decision to adopt.  She was so excited for us to welcome a daughter from China into our family.  My mom’s legacy will not only live on in the lives of our three amazing biological children, but also in the life of our precious Chinese daughter that never got to meet her “Mimi,” Linda Jean.

In order to preserve Jenna’s Chinese heritage, we plan to incorporate part of her Chinese name into her American name.  But just as God changed the names of several people in the Bible after a significant encounter with Him (Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, Saul became Paul), our prayer is that Jenna’s new American name will be one way that demonstrates her new life.  Ultimately, our prayer for Nathan, Shelby, Andrew, and Jenna is that they will each experience the reality of II Corinthians 5:17, which says “...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  The Lord doesn’t just want to change our name, but our entire life.  Our prayer is that Jenna Jean’s life will be forever changed by becoming our daughter and a daughter of the King!