Why I’m Hiking a 10K on Lookout Mountain

On December the 18th, 2010, I am going to be hiking a 10K (6.2 miles) on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The last time I went hiking was in the summer of 2009 in Colorado. That’s me in this photo. I have to say, it was a pretty easy hike. And it’s a good thing, because it had been a long time since I had been hiking.

This one will be much more grueling and it will be in December. YIKES! But I’m up for it and so is Michael (my husband) as well as my daughter, Megan. Her husband, Joel, was going to join us but … conveniently … broke his foot. 🙂

(Anyone else want to come along? Click here to register.)

Why did I sign up for this 10K in the mountains? Because I want to help bring my newest grandbaby home … from Uganda.

I’m going to be a Grandma again!! And I’m thrilled. If you are a grandparent, or if you have one, then you know how excited I am. And … I’m still relishing in the arrival of our 5th grandchild, Benjamin Caleb Spradlin (son of our daughter Mindy and her husband, Nathan Spradlin), who was just born on October the 1st. Here’s his smiling one-month-old picture!

Our daughter Megan, and her husband Joel, are in the process of adding to their family as well, only this time by adopting a precious baby from Uganda.

God has called each of us to care for the orphans. For some, like Megan and Joel, that means adopting. For others, like you and me, that means enabling another family to adopt. Together, we are answering God’s call to place the fatherless in families.

Until Megan and Joel began this process, I didn’t realize how expensive it is to adopt. In order to bring their baby home they need to raise a total of $25,000. They have about $20,000 left to go.

We’re so proud of Megan and Joel and we want to help them in any way we can. So …  Mike and I have decided to hike a 10K, in Chattanooga, TN,  to help them raise the remaining funds for their adoption. (They are hoping to adopt this spring. They are awaiting their referral now.) There were no half-marathons that we could run before then so we found this 10K hike. Oh, my! We’re going to need to do some serious training right away! But we’re going for it!!

Will you sponsor me in the 10K hike to make sure there is one less orphan in the world, one less child who will not know the love of a forever family? I’d like to personally raise $2500. Please click here to contribute.

All donations will be received on the Miller’s behalf through LifeSong for Orphans, Inc., a 501(c)3 ministry. This enables you to make a 100% tax-deductible donation. Please keep this in mind as you consider year-end contributions to reduce your tax liability.

For me to meet my $2500 goal, it will take only 100 people at $25/each. Will you be one? Click here.

For more information about the Miller’s adoption journey, expenses and timeline, please visit: http://www.meghmiller.com/help-bring-our-baby-home/

Many thanks for your support — and don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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9 Responses to “Why I’m Hiking a 10K on Lookout Mountain”

  1. Hi Mary,

    Thank you so much for visiting and thank you, thank you, thank you for your contribution to the adoption fund. This process is changing me and I know we’re just seeing the tip of the iceburg.

    Less than 10 days to the hike. I’m honored to do it.

    By the way, if you haven’t seen this video, take a look.
    P O W E R F U L. (http://www.meghmiller.com/cant-go-back/)

    Like Mary Graham says, “One person may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for one person.”

    Thanks again.


  2. Thanks for bringing this to my attention (and to everyone’s attention.) God’s redemptive story is so evident through adoption. I’m thankful to be a small part of the story.

  3. Keith, thank you so much for sharing part of your own story about adoption. I can already sense this “kindred spirit” among those who’ve adopted. I love that.

    We’re excited to be on this journey and are already watching the Lord do amazing things.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    God’s blessings on you and your family.

  4. Hi Gail,

    I happened upon this post through your comment on Randy Elrod’s post this morning. Having grown up in Dalton, GA, seeing “Lookout Mountain” caught my eye.

    And what a great discovery this post was! I have two biological sons (9 and 6) and an adopted daughter (2). My daughter is from the People’s Republic of China. I understand the mixed bag of emotions your daughter is experiencing, and the process is certainly a test in faith and patience!

    The good news is that in the year the adoption is finalized, there is a significant federal tax credit that will sure help. I think it’s around $13K these days. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help get you down the road.

    We’ve discovered that there’s a “kindred spirit” shared among adoptive families. And we’ve made more friends than we could ever have imagined along our journey. Plus, two of our closest friends have chosen adoption following our experience. God works is amazing ways!

    I have no doubt your daughter will find her way through the obstacles and meet the child God has placed on this earth specifically for her. Enjoy your hike!!! (And I’ll talk to my wife about contributing.)

  5. Hi Donna.

    Thank you SO much for your encouragement regarding the hike. I am really excited to do it. My only concern is the weather. The weather in the mountains in December is anyone’s guest. But, honestly, having the new baby in mind will be such an amazing motivation, no matter what the conditions.

    The photos of the Ugandan babies above were taken by my daughter Mindy when she was in Uganda in 2009. Megan and Joel have not gotten their referral yet. So they don’t know which baby will be theirs. They have said they will take twins if available. So, for now, they are waiting. Could be any day..

    Thanks again for your enouragement. It’s so important.

  6. What beautiful babies! I know you’ll be blessed to hold them in your arms and sing over them!

    Every step of the 10K will be worth it, I’m sure. And though I’ve not been to Lookout Mountain, I’ve hiked several other mountains and the views of God’s creation kept me going. Plus, of course, the added reward of getting back to civilization and a nice restroom. 🙂

    I’ll definitely pass along this info to others and will be praying for you all!

    ON a side note: You might want to check that “broken foot” excuse. They do sell fake casts, ya know. 😉

  7. Hi Melody,

    Thanks so much for your encouragement. It’s a daunting goal, but I love the fact that each of us can have a part in something so important and so Biblical. It’s going to be fascinating to watch this story unfold.

    Also, I’ve just started using Google Reader myself. I love having everything in one place. And I love putting the different blogs into categories. I’m all about lists and categories. 🙂

  8. What an awesome reason to hike, Gail! May God bless the hike, the fundraising and, most of all, the family being built!

    For another random comment — I don’t know if your site “lets you know” when people unsubscribe, but just in case… I just unsubscribed. Not because I don’t want to get your blogs, but because I followed your husband’s advice and set up Google Reader. (Wow! Where has that been all my life?!) Am loving it already!


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