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A CHILD for the Hefner family — WV

Nate and Cassie have been married for almost 7 years with two biological children, Noah (5) and Sophie (2). This will be their first adoption and what a journey it has been. Adoption laid heavy on their hearts in early 2014 and after much prayer and trusting in God’s plan, they took a leap of faith to adopt from Eastern Europe. They had found a beautiful four year old girl who they were sure to bring home. With the help of family and friends, they bathed that child in prayer. Nearing the end of the process (after they received their invitation to travel), they found out that she had been adopted by a Eastern European family. While they were grateful that she was given a loving home, their hearts were broken. They pressed on determined to pick up the pieces and follow God’s plan for their adoption. Finally, after a year of preparation and roadblocks, they are ready to go to Eastern Europe and meet their child. The couple can’t wait to see the child that God has picked to be part of their growing family.

4/27/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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KOLBY and SADLER for the Quesenberry family — PA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASadler 1049Eric and Natalie have been married 24 years. They met coincidentally as both of them were supposed to be be meeting dates that never showed up. Eric is a co owner of a machine tool repair and sales business. Natalie is an OB/Gyn nurse.

Adoption is an issue close to her heart as she was adopted by her maternal grandparents at the age of 11. They became aware of the plight of special needs orphans from watching a documentary called “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. An Internet search led them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their boys.

They are a Christian family who believe that they are amply blessed. After having their eyes opened forever to the plight of special needs orphans they felt as though they had to do something to share these blessings.

All help and prayers are welcome and appreciated.

 4/27/15—USCIS APPROVED; AWAITING TRIP ONE

Please follow our blog and join us on our journey! www.bulgariabound2015.blogspot.com

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TAMARIX for the Hutson family — MD

TamarixWe love our life!

God has used the trials and challenges in our life to strengthen us and show us his purpose for our family. Adoption is a glorious gift that we feel so lucky to be a part of. We have four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons who have Down syndrome. We all feel like we won the lottery when they joined our family. They have been an amazing gift to us all. Their sisters love watching them grow and learn new things and they have become strong advocates for people with special needs. The boys have made us all better people.

This time we weren’t looking for a child to adopt when a video of Tamarix was shared by a friend who thought she would fit perfectly in our family. God began to work in our lives and made it very clear to us that this was our daughter and we must go and get her!

Tamarix is deaf, and so is our 12 year old daughter. We all use American Sign Language in our home. Tamraix now uses her home country Sign Language. We love to debate, What American sign will we show her first?

We have stepped forward with faith, trusting in God’s grace that he will make a way.

There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this…

An invisible read thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.

We hope that you might somehow be a part of our story, and we thank you for any donation you can make to finally give Tamarix what every child deserves, hope for her future.

4/27/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thehutsonfamily.wordpress.com

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MARK for the Soto family — WA

SotoMarkAdrian and Ali have been married for 7 years and have 4 biological children. Their youngest child, Jack, was born with Down syndrome. Adrian and Ali have always had a heart for helping children and fostered for a short time in 2011. It was not until after Jack’s birth in 2013 that they began their journey of international adoption.

Ten months after Jack was born, Ali happened upon the Reece’s Rainbow website. She knew instantly that her family was supposed to adopt a person with Down syndrome. Ali and her husband know that their son Jack was given to them for a greater purpose than just brightening their family. He was given to them so they would feel equipped to care for other special needs children.

Mark, as he is known on RR, is a 7 year old boy from Latin American who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He has been in institutional and foster care since he was 12 days old. As Adrian and Ali were looking at the countless faces and biographies of children, Mark’s face was the face that would not leave their minds. He is the child meant for their family and they can hardly wait to bring him home!

The Soto children are excited to travel to Latin American as a whole family! Besides bringing home a new brother … they are also REALLY excited to fly in a plane and look out at the clouds!

 4/23/15—DOSSIER COMPILED; AWAITING TRANSLATION
 Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lovemercylivejustly.wordpress.com

$101.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KIT for the Sanborn family — MN

Kit (1)The Sanborns are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Kit, an orphan boy from China with Down Syndrome. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and to bring Kit home!

Sarah and Bryan have always had a heart for adoption. Sarah knew she would adopt a child since she was a little girl, it had always been her dream. Bryan on the other hand, didn’t fall in love with the idea of adoption until he met Sarah in 2003 – and everything changed.

They fell in love with individuals with Down Syndrome many years ago when Bryan began coaching Special Olympics Swimming. Throughout the years they met many wonderful kids and adults with Down Syndrome and knew that someday they would adopt a child with that very same special need.

Bryan and Sarah met and began dating in 2003. They were married in 2009 and welcomed their daughter Kate in 2013. Kate is an amazing, funny, smart, loving, and vivacious little girl and is very much looking forward to having a ‘partner in crime’.

Kit is a beautiful, healthy little boy with Down Syndrome and no other known medical needs. He is very smart, sweet, and deserves a loving home. There’s no doubt he will thrive at home in Minnesota with a loving family and access to exceptional medical care (OT, PT, Speech Therapy).

Bryan, Sarah, and Kate just can’t wait to bring Kit home! They are all very excited and look forward to experiencing this journey of a lifetime.

4/23/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$509.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TOMAS for the Fix family — ND

TomasMike and Wendy Fix recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

As they anticipated this milestone over the years, Mike often talked about wanting to celebrate their 25th in Hawaii. Instead, God pierced their hearts for the cry of the orphan domestically and abroad, and just months before their anniversary, they traveled – not to Hawaii – but to China to adopt their daughter, Selah AiJing, who came home in April 2014. Mike and Wendy agree the trade-off was well worth it. China gave them something a Hawaiian beach vacation never could: a beloved daughter.

It was during Selah’s adoption process in January 2014 that Wendy first saw Tomas’ file and photos. Something about his smile and countenance grabbed hold of her head and heart and wouldn’t let go. Approved to adopt one, she knew it wasn’t possible to add him to Selah’s adoption. Months after they were home from China, she still thought about Tomas frequently. Every time she saw an advocacy post for him on Facebook, her heart lightened a bit, and she prayed for his family to find him quickly.

It was on the evening of October 19, 2014 that Wendy realized Tomas was waking up to his 8th birthday in China. Suddenly, it was as if God struck her with this thought: “Don’t mamas think about their babies on their birthday? Why can’t I be his mama?”

Though the idea of returning to China so quickly seemed an impossible task because of the financial strain, God impressed a peace upon Mike and Wendy that compels them to move forward. They decided it was a step of faith they needed to take, and are trusting the Lord to provide. Through a twist and turn of events and answered prayer, the Fixes submitted their Letter of Intent to adopt Tomas in December, and received their Pre-Approval just in time for Christmas.

Mike and Wendy are parents of 8 children; 4 grown and 4 at home, ages 16, 16 (boy-girl twins), 3-year-old boy, and 3-year-old Selah AiJing. One of their children has Mild Mental Retardation, Global Developmental Delay, and an Unknown Genetic Syndrome. Because of this, the Fixes learned long ago that along with raising special needs children come many blessings and joy! The Fix Family is very excited for Tomas to join their family, that he may be ONE LESS ORPHAN and know the stability and comforts of unconditional love. Once home, they will name him Levi – which means “united, joined, adhered.” The Fixes thank you and covet your prayers and support on this journey of faith to bring Tomas home.

4/22/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.PrairieInk.com/blog

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABIGAIL for the Kupper family — US Military

Abigail Photo 16 Nov-2014 - Nov 2014 - AKupperWhen Nickolas Kupper makes a decision, he does it quickly. When he was 14 and in freshman Honor’s English, for example, he saw Crystal and decided on the spot that they would someday marry. She, however, needed convincing. After three years of intense research on “How to Woo a Wife in 137 Easy Steps,” (a book that has yet to be written; he doesn’t want to give away his secrets!), Nick was stunned when Crystal took a cue from the whole Laura-and-Urkel saga and caved. It was the best defeat and sweetest victory either of them have ever had.

With all the wisdom of teenagers, they married at 19. Today, at the much wiser age of 30, they are parents to Jack (7), Jude (4) and Avinly (2). As an Air Force family stationed in England, Crystal had no idea how literally she would have to take the “I will go wherever you go” part of her vows. Nick, meanwhile, had no idea that he would still be in the military after his first six-year commitment. But 11.5 years later, he’s still one of the Air Force’s best.

Crystal is a freelance magazine writer who grew up in a foster and adoptive family. Besides the Oregon Ducks winning their first national football championship, the thing she has wanted more than anything is to use her special needs experience through adoption. Despite that obvious decades-old passion, Nickolas played it cool until he saw Abigail on Reece’s Rainbow. He asked a few questions about her medical needs and possible future treatments. Approximately five seconds later, he asked, “What would you think about us adopting her? Look into it.” And just like the first time he saw Crystal, he knew that this girl was supposed to be with him.

Abigail has extensive medical needs. She also has an extensive ability to melt your heart with her smile and voice. Won’t you join the Kuppers on their adoption journey to the most beautiful girl in Eastern Europe?

4/20/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.crystalkupper.net/blog

$543.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIZABETH JANE for the Anderson family — NM

Andersons Andersons-001In 2014, the Anderson family felt the call to adopt two children from China, a 12 year old boy with moderate CP from the bottom of the shared list, and a 6 year old boy with a severe genetic condition who was close to death. Jake (Danny on RR) and Finn (Wayne on RR) are growing and thriving every day. No, they were NOT named for Adventure Time, but they make every day an adventure. The Andersons also have homegrown kids, making their total three boys and two girls between the ages of 14 and 5. With the majority of their kids now in their double digits, they are at maximum teen/tween capacity, and are looking to add a little pink and tiny to their lives! Elizabeth Jane is only 2 and also has brain differences and hemiplegia, just like big brother, Jake. With just six months since their last adoption, the Andersons would love any help and prayers friends and family members feel moved to give. Thank you all so much for sharing in our adventures!

4/21/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at whereyouwantmetogo.blogspot.com

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MATSON for the Van Nostrand family — NY

MatsonVan NostrandIf you asked Rich and Vicki if they ever thought they would be parents to 14 children, they would both have given a resounding NO! They will be married 38 years, this September. Rich said on the night he was introduced, “I am going to marry you” and Vicki laughed and walked away.

Their oldest 5 children were born in Korea, and the oldest has blessed them with 2 grandsons, who they help watch some afternoons. Vicki always “felt” she was going to have 6 children, and when she learned that China was open in 1992, she went to find out some information from a family who had just returned. The youngest 9 were all born in China. They will have soon have 8 sons and 6 girls! Most came through the special needs programs and the last 6 have come home older. Their new son will be almost 13 when he arrives home.

Stepping out in faith, Vicki prayed about Matson for a number of months, before even approaching Rich with the notion that she knew he was meant to be their son. He had surgery for 2 of his special needs, and will require open heart surgery, once home to further repair and help heal. That was something that spoke to them, since their last daughter, who arrived home 2 years ago at 12, needed heart surgery that they were unprepared for, since that was not one of the needs she was said to have.

The sign in their den reads, “Some call it chaos, we call it family.” They both think that sums up their often crazy, wouldn’t change it for the world, life.

4/20/15–HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at oddsforus.blogspot.com

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Happy 13th Birthday, Reece!




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Meet Oliver! Oliver is a boy with Down syndrome who is also 13!


$805.00 donations will be gifted to an adoption grant for Oliver. Oliver is a waiting orphan in Eastern Europe with Down syndrome who is also turning 13 this year.


Happy Birthday to Reece Roberts! The 13 Year Old we named Reece’s Rainbow after… ;)

April 26, 2002 was a day that changed the world!
We are so proud of Reece! For his birthday, any donations made through the link, above, in his honor, will be gifted to Oliver!

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Happy 13th Birthday, Reece!





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Meet Oliver! Oliver is a boy with Down syndrome who is also 13!


$805.00 donations will be gifted to an adoption grant for Oliver. Oliver is a waiting orphan in Eastern Europe with Down syndrome who is also turning 13 this year.



Happy Birthday to Reece Roberts! The 13 Year Old we named Reece’s Rainbow after… ;)

April 26, 2002 was a day that changed the world!
We are so proud of Reece! For his birthday, any donations made through the link, above, in his honor, will be gifted to Oliver!

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Reece Through the Years!


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Zayne #11-50

ZayneBoy, age: 1
Diagnosis: Atresia of the esophagus – not corrected

Zayne has been through several surgeries in his young life. He was born with VACTER-association. He has had 2 successful cardiac surgeries with a follow-up appointment scheduled in May 2015. He also had two surgeries for reconstruction of the digestive system with output of esophageal stoma and gastric stoma, ligation of two tracheoesophageal fistulas, and pyloroduodenal plastic. He needs surgery to reconstruct his esophagus. Doctors believe that this is best done in the US. He’s currently being fed through a G-tube and his medical needs are well monitored.

Despite all the medical procedures in his young life, Zayne is a happy and interactive little boy. He is well loved by his caregivers, who believe that his delays are due to the amount of time he’s been hospitalized. He rolls over, sits with assistance and is starting to learn to crawl. He moves around in a walker He plays with toys, interacts with caregivers, smiles and vocalizes when spoken to, and enjoys playing peek-a-boo.

Members of the agency staff have met Zayne and have an understanding of his medical needs. Additional information, along with photos and videos will be available in May 2015.

$27.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

EPHRAIM for the Watkins family — WY

30626164933 smThe heart wants what the heart wants. When in Eastern Europe for their second adoption in 2013 Kevin and Andrea both fell in love with a little boy and felt that they were supposed to be his parents. Finding it hard to believe that God was leading them to adopt again before they even got home with the girls, Masha and Kylee (Charity) was hard to believe. Given the opportunity to add him to the adoption they did everything they could but were unable to make all the puzzle pieces fit in time. Since then their whole family has felt that he was missing and have been striving to get back to bring their son home. Andrea’s grandmother had a son with Spina Bifida that passed away when he was just three years old and after she passed away they felt even stronger that they needed to go now. She was such an example of selfless love and adopting is the best way they could honor her memory.

4/17/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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Kandie #45-3

KandieGirl, age: 13
Diagnosis: Down syndrome

Kandie is currently living in a group home. She has well developed gross motor skills(walks, runs, etc). She talks using simple phrases and questions. She can memorize poems and songs. She understands everything that is said to her, though like some kids with Down syndrome, she has difficulty with inferring, so the staff uses short simple sentences and concrete vocabulary when providing directions. She can count to 5 independently and to 10 with some assistance. She can write a few letters. She works hard while in school and does not have any behavior issues. She is completely toilet trained. She bathes herself with supervision from an adult. She serves and cleans off the table after meal time when it is her turn (all the children in the group home take turns doing this). She makes her own bed. She enjoys playing with the other children, watching TV and listening to music.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

Josie Lynne

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Josie Lynne 3Girl, born September 2001
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postoperative varus of feet

Josie Lynne needs a family PRIOR to her birthday in September 2015!

Josie Lynne cares for each person around her and loves to help. She helps her foster mother because she is concerned that her foster mother may get too tired from all the household chores. Her foster brother is blind and she always, on her own initiative, helps him to do things such as preparing toothpaste, getting water, clothes, and shoes, holding his hands and leading him when being outside. When celebrating the National Day they visited the zoo, she would tell her foster brother what was happening and the appearances and living habits of all kinds of animals. They even saw the pandas’ performances. She happily told him how a panda turned a somersault. She happily told him how a panda turned a somersault. He was excited and happily said, “a panda is so cute, Josie, you are very good at telling those things, it seems I see the panda.” Josie Lynne has studied in the Little Sister program for 2 years. She really likes school. Although she has poor ability of understanding, she loves studying with good learning habits and attitude. The teachers love reviewing her homework because she writes down words neatly and formally. Josie Lynne especially loves dancing with beautiful gestures. Josie Lynne is best friends with Elizabeth who is her foster sister.

$112.50 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

LENE for Robert and Elizabeth

NE243a Lene (2)Robert, Elizabeth, and their children are a loud, vivacious, always-busy family of eight. Robert and Elizabeth met as young teenagers at their local shopping mall. Their first encounter, at the Blockbuster music store, consisted of Elizabeth questioning Robert with, “What are you listening to?” And his enduring reply, “Skee-Lo”. It was a genuine alignment of the stars.

In 2001, at the ages of 20 and 18, Robert and Elizabeth were married. A year and a half later they had their first biological child and then, one by one (except the last two… they came together!), five more followed. With such a busy household, they thought they were in for a nice, lengthy break from adding more children to their family.

They were wrong.

In March 2014 God got their attention in an undeniable way and told them: “You’re adopting from Latin America”. After the shock began to die down, they somewhat skittishly agreed. Very soon afterward God once again got their attention in a way they could not work around and He informed them (and confirmed in multiple ways) that they were to pursue a particular little girl. Her name is Lene. If they were to be totally honest, they’d have to admit to being caught by utter surprise that God pointed them in this little girl’s direction. Why? Because Lene has Down Syndrome. A child with that type of special needs was never on their radar. While God was busy softening their hearts toward what this would entail, He also began building a love for Lene inside them. Once they laid all of their fears and hesitations down at the feet of their Lord, they were changed. God had done a work in their hearts that was not possible in the natural realm. Not only did they say yes to God and to sweet little Lene, but suddenly they saw themselves with only her in mind. Regardless of legalities, this family feels that Lene is already a part of them and they are doing everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible!

4/15/15—HOME STUDY IN PROCESS, COMPILING DOSSIER

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.amerrychaos.blogspot.com/

$40.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Claire #45-2

CLaireAge:5
Diagnosis: Down syndrome and asthma

Claire is now living in a group home. She is completely toilet trained, is learning to feed herself and making progress in all areas of her development. She has just recently started learning to walk and has speech and delays in motor skills that are common in children with Down syndrome. She is described as happy, sociable and that she reacts with displeasure when she doesn’t get her way.

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!

Your gift will serve ALL of the children, as 10% of each Waiting Child Donation is shared with our Voice of Hope fund, as well!

KASMIRA for the Ballard family — IL

kasmira-2014Jason and Erin first got to know each other in high school on a missions trip to Lithuania. Over the years they have been back several times and involved in English Bible camps and DVBS in a Children’s Home. Having seen the children and their needs first hand, adoption has been on their hearts for quite some time.Shortly after they were married they became pregnant with their 1st son. Erin had Hyperemesis Gravidarum, like Princess Kate, and they struggled with whether or not to try for another pregnancy. They did, and she again had the same medical issues with their 2nd son. After much prayer they decided to adopt a daughter from the country that means so much to their family.

The plan had been to start the process in 2016. God had other plans and made it clear that now was the time. They found the agency that works with L adoptions and applied. The new plan was to take this year to get through the paperwork and home study and save the needed finances. Again God’s plans were much better and different! They saw a picture of Kasmira and were in love! Their 4 year son is very excited about his new sister, he has been praying for her for months. The little 1 year old son has no idea what is happening but they are sure he will love another sibling to play with.

The Ballards are now moving as quickly as they can to get through all the required paperwork, home study, ect and bring their little girl home by the end of 2015.

4/15/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

Follow the Ballard family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.tobelongandbeloved.wordpress.com

 

$22.31 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ISAIAH for the Hawkins family — ID

Isaiah-168x300-croppedNathan and Savannah have always had a heart for adoption. They are foster parents and have had many foster children over the past 5 years and have adopted two of those beautiful children, they know the pure love and joy that comes from bringing children into their family that maybe would not have had a mom and dad. The process is amazing and God’s hand has been all over their life in bringing these children to their forever family.  They also have 1 biological son who was an answer to many, many prayers and a true miracle from God.

Nathan and Savannah feel deeply that God is calling them to a new avenue of adoption and that is international adoption. They feel so deeply and so passionately about adopting a child with Down syndrome and cannot wait to be one of the lucky few blessed with Down syndrome in their lives.

Nathan and Savannah’s life has been blessed immeasurably and they cannot wait to bring another miracle into their family, so that he too can know the warm embrace of a mother and father and know what it’s like to be loved every day for the rest of his life. This truly is God’s work for this family and they couldn’t be more excited to begin this adventure!

4/14/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: www.samuelone27.blogspot.com

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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