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By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Wes and Meaghan Gordon have been working for months to bring a boy they know in their hearts is their son from the African nation of Ethiopia to his âforever homeâ right here in Starkville.
âMy husband, Wes, has always wanted to adopt. We started looking into it and talking to other families that have adopted. We just realized that was Godâs plan for the rest of our story,â Meaghan Gordon said. âWe started looking into different countries â every country is different, has different requirements based on age, how long youâve been married. We had such a heart for (Ethiopia) to begin with and then we qualified, so it was like thatâs where weâre supposed to be.â
The Gordons have a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son, and have qualified for a boy 2 years old or younger. They are not yet finished with the paperwork which will allow them to be put on a list, but they already have a name for the son they havenât yet met: Max.
âWe have already named him Max because both of our kidsâ names start with âM.â Weâre going ... keep his Ethiopian middle name,â Meaghan said. âWe went ahead and named him just because we feel like that gives everybody a chance to pray for him by name and it becomes more real, you know?â
International adoption is very expensive, and the Gordons have looked to their community of family and friends to help bring their son home.
They are working to raise the $30,000 needed to complete the adoption.
Last night, Coldstone Creamery donated 20 percent of its profits from 5-8 p.m. to the Gordon family to help the two reach their goal.
âWeâre raising money for our adoption, but itâs also about adoption awareness. We thought whatâs more fun than ice cream? Thatâs our familyâs favorite treat. Coldstone graciously and generously agreed to let us have this fundraiser,â Meaghan Gordon said. âWeâve had so many friends and family come out tonight â just all kind of people. Weâre raising awareness for adoption and orphan care, and weâre raising for our travel needs to go to Ethiopia.â
The money they raise will help fund the two trips they have to make to Ethiopia, fees for paperwork and other expenses.
In the last four months, theyâve raised approximately $10,000 through fundraisers, a garage sale and generous donations from friends and family.
âItâs difficult, but weâve been fortunate. Theyâve bent over backwards to help us tonight, so thatâs big,â Wes Gordon said.
It is unclear how long it may take for the family to adopt him, but the Gordons write about their journey to bring Max home on their blog at http://www.thewesgordonfamily.blogspot.com.