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The families listed on this page have made it to “the end of the rainbow”. They have endured many long months of paper-chasing and fundraising in anticipation of bringing their new child home quickly.

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Your sponsorship is most critical now, as their final agency, country, and travel fees are coming due. Your help will make such a huge difference!


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MALACHI for the Clark family — VA

MalachiJim and Valerie met when they were 13 and kept in touch writing letters all through high school. They actually didn’t start dating until many years later. Having been married for almost 14 years now, Jim and Valerie feel so fortunate with all that God has blessed them with! God has blessed them with 5 biological children and Jim and Valerie could not be more grateful. Yet they feel called to reach out to children who need a family. It breaks their hearts to see so many children with no families. Another adoptive mom on Reece’s Rainbow recently said that they didn’t need another child in their home but there was a child out there who needed a home. The Clarks want to help a little boy with special needs to join his forever family. They have been considering this for many years and are taking a leap of Faith that God will help them down this daunting path with the emotional and financial struggles. Their children couldn’t be more excited to welcome their new sibling home! And their son can’t wait to play football with his little brother!

4/27/15—FIRST TRIP MAY 15

$2,430.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PAYTON and YANA for the Robinson family — WA

Payton (1)YanaGrowing up in a house with six younger siblings forces you to learn a lot of responsibility. At just 12-years-old, Kristin was rocking a colicky baby back to sleep, wiping runny noses and jumping into a convertible-shaped toddler bed with her brother to comfort him after the house rumbled at 6:30am. So, she learned some handy “mom-tricks” before even hitting puberty. Needless to say, she felt that being a mom was in her blood and she yearned for the day that she would be a mother to her own kids.

Fast-forward to Halloween 13 years later, when she met the-one-she’d-been-waiting-for, Bill. When she walked into that Saddleback Church singles Bible study for the first time, and saw him across the room dressed in his military blues, she couldn’t be sure if she was dreaming or if he was a cardboard cut-out. (Backstory: there had been a similar cardboard cut-out of her cousin in his military attire made for her grandfather’s 80th birthday party, since he was off at military training somewhere, so it was not totally cuckoo to think that Bill was a cardboard cut-out.) When he came over and introduced himself as the leader of the study, her heart jumped. He shared his testimony that night, and she got a peek at the character and passion that this man had, in spite of hardships. She was smitten. They were married seven months later on May 20, 2006.

A few years after having their own biological children, they began to look into adoption. Kristin had been aware of the millions of orphans and foster kids who are looking for forever families, so she would frequently check out sites like http://reecesrainbow.org/. In the process, she would occasionally bring kids or stories from Reece’s Rainbow to Bill, but he was not yet ready to begin the adoption process.

In the past year, though, God started working on Bill’s heart with respect to the adoption idea. He began reading sites like http://ellerslie.com/, which explain God’s heart for adoption. Then, one day, he sent Kristin a link to the “Depraved Indifference” video, and said that he knew that God wanted them to adopt some day soon.

Fast-forward to November 9th, 2014, when Kristin came across a blog post called “The Short List.” This powerful post mentioned a sweet boy named Whitaker, who was on the Reeces’ Rainbow website. The boy caught her attention because he looks so much like their son, William, but the post was devastating! It explained that, if not adopted soon, Whitaker would be transferred to a mental institution. The Crunchy Lutheran Mommy wrote that “Between neglect, abuse and starvation, well over 90% of these precious ones die within a year of transfer.” She had never heard of such a thing!

Kristin shared the story with Bill and his heart immediately began to soften. He asked her, “Does this little guy have a picture?” She ran for her laptop and opened up to the post- never thinking that they would actually consider adopting Whitaker at that time. Bill began to seriously think through the possibility of adopting right away, and, that evening, they prayed and researched together.

The next day, she contacted Reece’s Rainbow to ask about Whitaker and learned that a family had stepped up to adopt him that weekend. Bill then asked to look at other kids listed on the Reece’s Rainbow site. After a couple of days of searching and praying, they began the process of adopting Payton and Yana. They hope to have both kids home by the end of the summer.

4/25/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$796.99 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Little Girl for the Brockhaus family — CA

BrockhausBefore Amy and Andrew had kids and went to bed nightly before 10pm, they used to travel the world and visit orphanages. It was there that they discovered the needs of vulnerable children and how even two young people can make a small difference for kids in need. Fast forward to now, they have 3 kids, a couple of them adopted from Russia a year and a half ago. These kids have made such a profound difference in their lives as they grew and experienced real love, that here Andrew and Amy are again, one more time. Although they have a fun and busy family life, they knew that they can provide a family for one more little one.

And when they told the kids it would be a little sister, they FLIPPED and talk about and pray for her daily, “Get one more apple sauce — for me LITTLE SISTER!”

She will be loved, she will be cherished. She will be read to, cuddled and eat a variety of home grown healthy food, go to the beach and have dance parties at home with her siblings. For anyone who donates to our little girl and helps us bring her home, we will love you forever. Literally.

4/9/15–STILL WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog tinygreenelephants.com

$20,604.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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COMFORT for the Lee family — MI

ComfortGrant and Susan Lee have been married for 10 1/2 years and currently have six children. The breakdown of the half a dozen kids includes, four children from prior marriages, one child of our own, and one adopted child. Susan has always had a passion to adopt in her heart at a very young age, while Grant did not. When we, as a family adopted our youngest child Soo Min from South Korea seven years ago, Susan was elated as her dream of adopting a child finally came true. Grant was excited but did not share the same passion as Susan. As time passed by, Grant realized the passion for adoption and began to share these same feelings. The idea of giving his son a new life full of unconditional love became very important and special to Grant and he knew that they would adopt again.

This feeling is shared passionately with our children. Our kids realize that they are so fortunate that God has provided all of them with a life full of love, grace, and opportunity. They also realize that they are all children of God and they need to have open sensitive hearts, to bring another one of God’s children to our family. A baby girl named Comfort is our child who were are bringing home. Comfort is HIV positive, our family knew immediately just by looking at her that she is the chosen one to join the Lee family. We will work together as a family to make sure she has all the medical care and love she deserves.

We are often reminded of Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. We are all children of God and we need to help other children. The Lee siblings help each other, Grant and Susan help each other. It is now time for our entire family to bring Comfort into our home through the grace of God.

4/27/15—TRAVELING MAY 25

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

$779.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FLORA and YORK for the Gerber family — TX

555forfamiliesprofileFloraYork (2)Kevin and Monica Gerber met in college at Liberty University and have been married for over thirteen years. They have 2 biological girls and 1 adopted son from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and have been amazed how God has grafted their son seamlessly into their family. God has used a simple act of obedience to love an orphan for his glory and they have watched with joy as countless others have had their hearts softened toward the plight of the orphans around the world.

They and their children are thrilled to be claiming York (Kennedy) and Flora (Ruthie) as their own from Asia. Kennedy is unable to walk due to post-operative hydrocephalus and Ruthie has Down syndrome. It is their sincerest hope that the gospel and God’s love for the fatherless would be made famous and multiplied. They would be so thankful for your prayers and financial support.

3/19/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/gerber.family.adoption

$2,212.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARIELLA and VALLEN for the Karrick family — GA

mariella-2014-update4_20141104164511830VallenSteve and Ginger were married in 1995.  Between 1995 and 1997 they had two biological children.  also they began looking into adoption in 1997 and knew that they wanted to adopt.  In 2000 they had their third child.  It was in 2004 when their third child was diagnosed with an auto immune disease.  That is when the Lord placed on their hearts adopting children with special needs.  It wasn’t until January 2008 when the Lord led them to a little girl’s picture that they had fallen in love with and knew this was their daughter.  So in June 2009 they brought their sweet Kimmie home from China.  Nine months after being home the Lord led them to Libbie’s picture and they knew that She was part of the family.  So off to China once again.  Once home Ginger started advocating for several children in China.  She found Opal on an advocacy blog that was shutting down, they fell in love right away.  After advocating for Opal continuously and praying for a family to find this sweet little girl they realized a family had been found…and the family was them.  It’s been two years since they’ve adopted.  They are happy to announce they are adopting again.  The little girl they are adopting is named Mariella.  She is six years old.  She has some undiagnosed medical needs, she has been unable to eat properly due to her condition and her health is deteriorating.  Because of her medical condition they are hoping to expedite her adoption.  They can not wait to have their precious little girl home in their arms.  Any donation would be a blessing and appreciated very much and an answer to their prayers…getting their girl home.

3/16/2015—LOA RECVD

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$1,245.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OCTAVIAN + WHITAKER for the Harlin family — WI

Octavian update20141017_100945A six year old boy, an ocean away
Lay in his crib day after day
Never a touch or an I love you
Not enough food, neglect and abuse
And then by God’s amazing grace, his mama from afar saw his face
And now today, home at last
A little boy is full of life and happiness!
Adoption is the reason he lives……

Sergei and Crosby, 2 former Reece’s Rainbow kiddos came home spring of 2014! Only by God’s goodness and grace and support of all of you was this possible and two lives were saved. So stepping out in faith again, Brian and Laurie are adding number 10 and 11 to their family! Prayers and support are very much needed to make this happen the second time around! They would be honored for you to join them on this journey. The blessings from adoption are too numerous to count!! Brian and Laurie and their family want to say thank you in advance for donations and prayers that help lives change and miracles happen.

John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

4/9/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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

$5,413.68 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TRUMAN for the McIntee family — AZ

40913163929Kyle and Kara have been blessed with 6 beautiful children. A few years ago, they discovered the plight of orphans around the world, and committed to adopting a little boy in Russia after Kara saw his picture on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love. Unfortunately, this little boy is still stuck in Russia, and their hearts will never forget him.

They went on to adopt the sweetest little boy from Ukraine in 2013. Kara couldn’t imagine adopting again at first, but the faces of the children left behind haunted her. She kept advocating for the children of Reece’s Rainbow and then one day it happened, a little baby boy was posted and she fell in love again.

After much prayer and planning, the McIntees are ready to hit the ground running with paperwork and fundraising to bring little “Truman” home.

They are so proud to be part of this community and to be adopting again. They hope you will pray for them throughout the process and that you will consider donating.

Their family thanks you so much for being the voice of the voiceless and for any support you can offer.

“Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.” – Mother Teresa

4/16/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at catholic-kara.blogspot.com  and their FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BringingTrumanHome

$11,336.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Cloward family — TX

Ben and Sarah met in a college art class early in 1996. A snow day where no one else showed up and an assignment to look into each others eyes and make a facial sketch helped along their already emerging relationship. They married in June of that year and embarked on a happy life together.

Within the first five years, three beautiful boys joined their union. Days were filled with collecting rocks (and later finding them clunking around in the dryer!), long walks with the stroller, and exploring the greatness of life. When a daughter joined the family, her feminine touch permeated everyone’s hearts. Not long after, one more son blessed their home. They had never been busier, or happier.

But the daughter kept wondering where her sisters were. Her mother had promised that she would have sisters. Over 15 years ago, Sarah had been sent a sweet image from Heaven of two of her future daughters playing together, and this little girl was feeling impatient!

When the next pregnancy ended prematurely, and an emergency hysterectomy was necessary to save Sarah’s life, everyone mourned. What had become of the girls Sarah had seen? What about all of the feelings that their family wasn’t complete?

Thus began their interest in adoption. As they searched for the programs that felt right, they became discouraged. It seemed as though a loving Heavenly Father just kept telling them to wait, to keep preparing, and to trust Him.

Finally, Sarah was awakened one night with a need to view a blog she hadn’t looked at for years, and it reintroduced her to Reece’s Rainbow. This time, as she looked through the waiting children, she found one that looked just like one of the little girls she had seen so long ago. After years of searching and seeking, Ben and Sarah feel that they have finally located one of their daughters and the whole family is rejoicing!

“Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth!” (Isaiah 12:5)

 

4/16/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$10.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LINNY for the Aske family — FL

Linny 3Mark and Mary have been married for 25 years and have 5 children, the last of which was adopted from China in 2013.  They are in the process of preparing their dossier to bring sweet Linny home.  Mark is a patient, stay-at-home dad, who provides care for the three remaining children at home.  He has a history of Traumatic Brain Injury and leads an independent life including coaching baseball and basketball.  His experience with therapeutic interventions will help him to be his daughter’s biggest cheerleader and support as she makes progress toward independence.  Mary is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist who will assist their precious daughter to the highest level of communication independence.  Mark and Mary look forward to bringing Linny home from China as soon as possible.  Please help with your thoughts, prayers and support to bring sweet Linny home.  She has waited way too long.

4/9/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 

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

$58.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NADIA for the Daughton family — NY

OTwo years ago Tim and Cathy set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. They jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God they arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later the couple was headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Their almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day they stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope.

Fast forward two years and here they are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. They are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. The three Daughton boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining.

Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The family is eager to bring her home and know that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of them.

The family humbly asks for your prayerful support as they continue along this exciting path that God has laid before them.

4/3/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$9,250.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUPERMAN for the Kreb family — CO

KrebChris and Yvette met in college and have been married 20 years. They have 3 biological children 16, 13, and 8. Their youngest was born with a rare form of dwarfism. Along their journey they learned how bad conditions are for people with dwarfism, all over the world. Their adoption process began simply by wanting to open their home to one of these children, anywhere in the world. Eventually, they received their referral for a little girl with dwarfism. She came home December, 2011 along with their son who is a double amputee.

Yvette began advocating for children with dwarfism, as many orphanages still viewed this need as unadoptable. As she advocated and found families for many children with dwarfism, they have also grown their family with 2 more boys with this need. Tao is now 4 and came home 11/2012, and Dawson now 12 came home 4/2014.

They are unexpectedly in process for one more little boy. The more they learned of this child’s potential condition, the more they knew that although it wasn’t their plan, it was most definitely God’s. Their new son just turned 4 and obviously has albinism (meaning he will most likely be legally blind.) It was Chris who noticed he looked like he also had dwarfism. After researching the two conditions together they found he probably suffers from a rare syndrome that falls under the OCA-ID diagnoses. The most concerning part is they he is chronically and severely immunocompromised. Last year he almost died from a basic childhood illness. Treatment in the US is available, however left untreated it is expected he will die by age 6.

The Kreb family is racing to bring him home by summer to start treatment before fall. This adoption is unexpected and there is little time for them cut back and save has they have for the previous 4 adoptions. They are asking that you partner with them in raising the much needed funds, and praying Superman home (that is the exact translation of his Chinese name!!!)

4/9/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$1,676.16 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NOAH and PAXTON for the Matthews family — ME

 photo fwbutton150.pngNoahPaxtonAddison and Kristen have been married for almost 4 years and have 5 children between the two of them. Addison raised two girls who are now 26 and 24 years old. His daughters are both married. The oldest has two sons and the youngest has one son. Addison and Kristen adore all three of their grandchildren and are praying for more! Kristen raised three children. Her oldest daughter is 21, her son is 20, and her youngest daughter is 18. They started talking about the possibility of having a child of their own but because both of them thought they were “done” years ago, that wasn’t possible. Adoption and fostering had been on Kristen’s heart for many years, she just had to convince her husband! They became licensed foster parents a little over a year ago and since then have had 8 foster children in their home. The first time they brought a newborn home to foster, Addison heart began to open to the idea of adoption. As you can imagine, their hearts were broken when they had to say goodbye to that little one. They knew then that they had to start the adoption process, they just didn’t know how they would come up with the money. Kristen began to research special needs adoption, specifically Down syndrome adoption when she came across the Reece’s Rainbow web page. After looking over the page and falling in love with several of the children, she just knew that THIS was what she was called to do. She showed her husband some of the babies she fell in love with and although his response was warm, he didn’t show the excitement that Kristen felt. Kristen decided to do what she could, and at the time, that was to make small donations to families that were in need. Then one day Kristen saw Greta’s profile and read several blogs about her and she knew she had to do something more. She talked to Addison again and showed him some of the pictures of some of the available children. She also showed him a blog that was written for Greta and she could not hold the tears back. Kristen’s heart was broken for the many orphans that needed a family so desperately and Addison could see how important this was to her. That day Addison’s heart began to change and eventually he was open to getting more information on some of the children. Although he was afraid because of the cost, they agreed to commit to a child and they chose Noah from PRC. They struggled with the thought of the cost and the mounds of paperwork but are convinced that they are meant to do this.

After committing to Noah (soon to be named Corbin), they saw the face of another boy they just KNEW was their son. They received PA for their second child, they call Paxton, about a month after receiving PA for little Noah. They are so excited and can’t wait to get their boys home. Addison and Kristen have stepped out in faith for these two boys and would appreciate any help they can get whether it be prayers, thoughts, or donations. They wish to send thoughts, prayers, and words of thanks to those that have and will be there to support them and to all the other families that are in this process. God Bless!!

3/20/15—LOA RECVD

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

$19,075.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIJAH and ANTHONY for the Howell family — MI

ElijahAnthonyWe have two beautiful homegrown girls and last year we were blessed to add our son Hironari to our family from Japan. We call him Hiro, and he truly is our little hero! He has come SO far in the year that he’s been home with us and we are so thankful God chose us to be his forever family! When he came home I mentioned in passing to our agency that if another baby with Down syndrome ever came available for adoption to please let us know because we’d love for Hiro to have someone to grow up with. Never did we think that call would come so soon. In June we were contacted about a baby who needed a family and quickly… she came home to us at the beginning of August and we were all so in love. She was pure perfection. We had her for 24 very short hours when we received the call that her birth mother had changed her mind and had decided to parent. When we brought her back a strong storm hit our area and the rain flooded the streets. The rain felt so fitting for the sadness that poured from our hearts and out of our eyes. We knew that the heavens were crying out, but as we started the drive home the rains stopped and a rainbow crossed the sky. God’s promise. We were and continue to be heart broken for the baby we prepared for. She will always hold a place in our hearts that no other child will fill. She was ours and we were hers. Just as before, we knew that there was a child out there waiting that needed us. So when a friend sent me a picture of the most beautiful baby boy my heart leapt. We prayed together about adding him to our family and the answer was yes. He will be ours and we can’t wait to welcome him into our waiting arms. Hold tight baby boy… Mommy and Daddy are coming!

3/31/15—AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

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GEOFFREY and ZOE for the Trimbach family — OH

Geoffrey 2ZoeAs a family, we have traveled through many unexpected roads. We began dating at the end of high school and married four years later. Two years into our marriage and after a challenging, high-risk pregnancy, our first child, Jacob, was born. Our concept of life and love was completely altered the moment we met him. Nothing would ever be the same.

When Jacob was just a few months old, Denise left her career and began the stay-at-home mom journey, and eventually the homeschooling journey, that now stretches over two decades. Five more high-risk pregnancies resulted in four more children and one miscarriage. We were a family of seven, and we felt complete; but God had new roads for us to travel that we could not yet imagine.

When our youngest son was 9, Denise felt God tell her that there was a child who needed us and she was waiting for us. We knew then, that we were to adopt. Eventually, we were led to China; and our daughter, Joy, came home in 2011, followed by our daughter, Hope, in 2012. Again we thought our family was complete. Yet God made it clear we were not.

Last spring, Denise saw a little boy on a China waiting child advocate site, and felt sure he was meant to be our son. We discussed it, but decided we were not yet in a financial position to start another adoption. A week later, another family submitted paperwork to adopt this child.

A few weeks later on the same advocacy site, Denise found a little girl she recognized as the very first adoption file we had ever viewed some four-plus years ago. We did not move forward at the time because her medical needs seemed more than we could handle. We had hoped she had gone on to be adopted by a braver family, but here she was still waiting. In fact, she was coming to the U.S. through a hosting program, and her original host family had just backed out. We decided that this was too coincidental. We needed to host her. She returned to China at the end of the 3-week hosting program and we have been working as fast as we can to get her back home permanently as our daughter.

Shortly after our dossier was logged in to China in late February, we learned that the little boy mentioned above had just suffered a disrupted adoption. The other family traveled to China, but after two days decided not to go through with his adoption. Because of that, he was not permitted to return to the wonderful non-profit organization’s foster program where he had lived for years. He would now be required to live at the orphanage. So here was the child Denise felt sure was our son, now with no family and living in the orphanage. We made the decision to step way out in faith and bring him home at the same time as we bring home our daughter. We just submitted our paperwork for him and received pre-approval from China. We were already so far along in the adoption road that we are just a few months from travel. We expect by summer we will be bringing our two new children home.

Our Christian home has evolved over the years. We began as a small family with typical worldly values. As we surrendered to him, God opened our eyes to His heart; and our passion for Him grew. We try to demonstrate to our children what it means to be Christ-like by the way we treat them and each other. We want them to see love most of all. We want our home to be an environment that invites healing to their hearts, a place where they don’t have to perform to win love and acceptance. We teach our children that their value is in the fact that God made them and not in the lies the world may have told them about their existence. We want them to experience compassion here and patience as they work through what is, at times, really hard stuff. Some of our children are now grown. Some of our children were adopted at older ages. Our family dynamics have changed over the years, but what remains consistent is that we long for our children to see God working in our lives and in our hearts, changing us, so that they witness transformation first hand and can trust that it is there for them, too.

4/1/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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SIMON for the Burckhard family — ND

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Simon L“Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in His majesty
When we love the least of these….”

The song played from Kevin’s phone. He felt Audio Adrenaline’s song was speaking right to his soul. And then, after he played the song for Paula for an untold number of times, she felt the familiar stirring as well. Up until this song pierced their hearts, they both thought their family was complete.

After praying, they returned to the place where they found their two youngest children—Reece’s Rainbow. There, they found a little boy who needed a family to save him from being sent to an institution: little Simon.

Living in North Dakota, the Burckhard family includes Kevin and Paula and their five children: Elizabeth (20), Samuel (17), Grace (14 w/Down syndrome), Bella (9 w/DS, adopted from Ukraine in 2009), and Nole’ (7 w/DS, adopted from Serbia in 2011).

Won’t you join them in this unexpected journey to bring Simon home and help him become a king? Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support are so appreciated and represent a tangible way to partner with the Burckhards to “love the least of these.”

4/27/15—USCIS APPROVED

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

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RUTHANNE for the Enger family — UT

Ruth (1)If you knew me you would know that I have a rather shy personality. I don’t like to share personal experiences or do things that might draw too much attention to me. But if you knew me you would also know that I LOVE being a mom more than anything else in the world. I LOVE having babies. I love the entire process. I pray daily for the blessing of more children. I can’t wait until I can have another baby. I know it might sound crazy when I already have 5 beautiful children, but I dream every day about having more children. I have always wanted 7 children, my 7 beautiful dwarfs in my fairy tale life. My children bring me more joy than I ever knew existed, and they make my life perfect, each in their own unique way.

I have always thought about adopting a child. I can do without all the different social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, but I find myself searching Reece’s Rainbow constantly. Even though I have this overwhelming desire to adopt, the thought of not going through my favorite part of being pregnant got in the way of really considering it. I worried that by adopting a child I would be taking away from my family, and I was afraid.

In November of 2013, I came across a little girl on Reece’s Rainbow that stole my heart. She is a Down Syndrome girl from China that is 2 years old. It was love at first sight. Her eyes were calling to me and I felt an instant connection to her. I really don’t know how to fully explain it even now, but I knew in an instant that she was meant to be a part of my family. I sent her picture to my husband and told him that this was our baby. He didn’t know whether to take me seriously or not, but he fell in love with her on that day, too. Time went by and I looked up this baby daily, and my husband, seeing that I was indeed serious, agreed that we needed to look into making Ruthanne a part of our family. We inquired about her, but did not hear back.

The next thing I knew I was pregnant. I was SO excited, but something inside told me something wasn’t quite right. I could not stop thinking about Ruthanne, but thought that because I was pregnant that I was not meant to adopt her. I tried to move on, but I still had a nagging feeling that something was not right. It was so hard to let go of my thoughts of Ruthanne and it was very confusing for me. I also knew in my heart that my pregnancy was not going to be okay.

I remember lying in my bed, so scared because I felt inside that the road I wanted to take was not the one that my Heavenly Father had planned for me. The next day I started to miscarry my baby, and I was beyond devastated. I have never felt such pain and heartache. As I prayed for comfort I had an overwhelming feeling that Heavenly Father had a different plan for me, and later that day I received a phone call from an adoption agency telling me about Ruthanne. When I got off the phone I knew from the top of my head to the tip of my toes that this was the plan my Heavenly Father had for me. I remember dropping to my knees and praying and feeling complete peace. As the weeks went on I tried to convince myself that I was just emotional and was making myself grasp onto something to try and get over losing a baby, but tiny miracles each day verified that this truly is a divine plan.

I have never had to have faith to this degree. I am terrified and excited, both at the same time. I will be adopting a child from China with Down Syndrome. How will she fit in with my curlyhaired, green-eyed children? Will I be able to care for a child with special needs? This beautiful girl will be with me forever and she will need my full attention, will I be able to give her what she needs and deserves while still having enough left inside to give to the rest of my family? How will this change my perfect family? Will I feel the same about her as my naturally born children?
What will my family picture look like? Will people think I am crazy? After all, I will have 3 year old twins, two 2 year old girls, one with special needs, and yes, I still hope to have one more. How will we pay for the large adoption fees? These are all the thoughts that have been racing through my head. And every time I pray about it, to seek the confirmation that I am doing the right thing for my family and Ruthanne, I receive the same answer. Have faith, and everything will be as it should be.

So, here I am. I am adopting a beautiful Down Syndrome child from China. Right now I don’t understand why I am supposed to do this or why I am worthy of this important task. I am terrified. What I do know without a doubt is that I am meant to take this road, and Ruthanne is meant to take this journey with me. I know that if I have faith in my Heavenly Father and his divine plan for me and my family then we will all be blessed. This is not where I thought I would be in my life, but I now truly understand what it means that “My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are my ways your ways” and that sometimes you must forward with faith even when, or perhaps especially when, you can’t quite clearly see why. I will move forward with faith that I have never had before. I am afraid, but I have trust in the Lord and know that He is leading me on this journey. I know with all my heart that this is the path my family is destined to take, and I know that we will not take this journey alone.

4/27/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog itstartedoutasafeeling.com

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POPPY for the Grover family — MT

PoppyAnd 1… Makes 15. Alan and Karrie are the proud parents of 14, soon to be 15, beautiful children and 9 grandchildren. They have been married for 32 years and believe that Gods’ greatest gifts and happiness come through the family. Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them…

After their last biological daughter Disney was born, they felt strongly that there were still children missing from their family. They were drawn to 2 children living in an orphanage in Liberia, Africa. That started a process of adoption that has continued for the past 13 years. Over that time they have adopted 6 children from Liberia, 1 from Hattie, and 1 from Montana. They feel that each child, and their journey home to their forever family, has been filed with miracles and Gods’ tender mercies.

They are currently working on the adoption of “Poppy”, a 20 month old baby girl with Down Syndrome from China. It’s been a long and drawn out process for them with many challenges and road blocks. They are so anxious now to get this little angel home where she belongs.

4/10/15—DOSSIER in COUNTRY

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SALLY for the Stum family — CO

555forfamiliesprofileSally (1)Chris and Jennifer were married in 2010. They talked and dreamed about the size their family would be like many newlyweds do. Adoption was never considered an alternative for them but something they wanted to pursue in God’s time. Since then they have been blessed with three beautiful biological children (two boys and a girl). After their second child was born the real pull towards adoption started.

Jennifer found Reece’s Rainbow and began praying for children listed. Much time was spent by Chris and Jennifer researching many types of adoption and special needs seemed to pull at their hearts. When Chris was five he lost his foot in an accident. He has undergone many surgeries and therapy and today it does not hinder him. Seeing the life Chris leads and knowing the difference a family makes led the Stums to start looking at children with limb differences. Yet it still didn’t appear to be God’s timing. When they saw Sally they both knew that God planned for her to be their daughter. So, with much prayer and consideration the family stepped out in faith and started their journey of adoption to bring their beautiful daughter, Sally, home.

With God’s provision the Stums are excited to provide Sally with a loving home, the knowledge and love of Christ, and the care and support she needs to overcome the many obstacles she will face. Chris and Jennifer feel very blessed to be able to add Sally to their family and are very thankful for your prayers and support.

3/19/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$2,316.42 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JAEGER for the Alford-DeBoer family — CA

jaeger-2014Andrea and Jesse met and fell in love on a co-ed soccer team in 2004, he was great & she was not, but they’ve been teammates ever since. Jesse works in Property Management & is the Worship Leader at their church. Andrea stays at home with their son, Jackson (adopted), and any foster children they may be loving on at the time. While serving the homeless in their city the DeBoer’s became increasingly aware that most of the people they met on the streets came from broken homes or were lacking family. The DeBoer’s both come from large families & love family life, they recognize their adoption by God is the single most significant part of their heritages, and they realized that extending their family through adoption and foster care was one way they could stand in the gap between brokenness & life on the streets. Andrea and a friend came across Reece’s Rainbow, saw one beautiful smile that stood out in particular, and was heartbroken over the plight of orphans and orphans with special needs. The DeBoer’s had no intention of adopting internationally but continued to learn more about the orphan crisis. In the time since, they became licensed foster parents & adopted Jackson. In 2013 Andrea saw a face on social media that looked familiar, went back to RR & sure enough it was that same little boy. She asked, Jesse said ‘Yes!’ and they began the adventure to bring Jaeger home to their family!

The journey is long & complicated, and the costs are high, but the DeBoers know that Jaeger is worth it! They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little man.

4/3/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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JACKSON for the Bouchard family — MO

021bouchard-jacksonRick and Chante were married in 1999, and have been blessed with three biological children, Triston, Hadassah, and Kyron.  The Bouchard’s live on a farm, and love anything they can do together as a family.

Adoption was something that God had laid on their heart even before they were married, and in 2001, when they  heard about the children on Haiti, God led them to adopt their son, Ben.  Four years later, they adopted Nesanet from Ethiopia, and thought their family was complete.  After meeting some children with Down syndrome, they began feeling led to adopt a child with DS.  When they saw little YiXi’s picture, they were in love!  Six months after they welcomed YiXi home from China, some friends told them about a little girl they met in China, who also had DS.  While the Bouchards were in China, picking up Amy, they met an amazing seven-year-old boy with CP.  He stole their hearts, with his smile and loving personality, and they realized that even though they thought their family was complete, God had other plans.  They have realized that God’s plans are so much more incredible than any plans they can make for their own future, and they are so thankful for the amazing kids He has brought into their lives.  Their kids all have a heart from adoption and an incredible love for each other.

4/3/15—AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.changetheworld147.blogspot.com

 

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TATIANA for the Darrow family — OH

Tatiana 2013The Darrow family met Tatiana when they were in Eastern Europe several years ago, adopting their twins. They came home anxious to see Tatiana with a family of her own. As they have watched the twins blossom, Tatiana has remained on their hearts. Eventually they realized that the time was right to add Tatiana to their family, as well!

 

4/14/15—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 19

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog iveyrock.wordpress.com

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ERIX for the Yager family — IN

ErixYears ago before Matt and Mandi were married they talked at length about adopting a little girl from China. Mandi expressed her desire to Matt that somehow, someway, she would have a daughter from China. So, they came up with a plan. They would get married, save up some money, have a couple of kids of their own and then look into adoption. Thirteen years later, they had three beautiful, healthy biological children and not a penny in savings, but Mandi’s desire to adopt was stronger than ever. In 2008, they turned their dream into a reality when they brought home their daughter from China. At the same time, Mandi knew that there was more to adopting than she could have ever imagined. When she left China with their daughter, she knew without a doubt that she would return.

Matt and Mandi have now been married 20 years and have 7 beautiful children (3 biological, and 4 adopted from China), that bless them every day. After returning home with their last daughter in 2012, Matt was adamant that they were done. Mandi on the other hand knew she had another daughter somewhere. After months of trying to convince Matt of adopting “just one more time,” Mandi came to the realization that maybe they were done. She stopped asking Matt about adopting and became content with the 7 children they already had. That is until Matt came to her and said that he had been thinking and praying and he came to the realization that if adopting was what Mandi was supposed to do, and this is what God was telling her to do, then who was he to stand in the way?

They began to review files of little girl in the 4-6 age range, but nothing felt “right.” They were recently review a file of a 6 year old little girl when there was a boy being shared on multiple Facebook pages, and advocating sites. They all said the same thing, “URGENT, this boy ages out in 3 months, and is desperate need of a family.” Mandi posted how handsome he was and she how wished they could bring him home. She knew that adopting another aging out boy was out of the picture for them at this time. Adopting in general can be challenging, but adopting an older child comes with a whole new set of challenges. Anyway, she shared on her Facebook about this boy in hopes that someone would see him and immediately start the process to adopt him.

Several families were showing interest in him, but no one was committing. Mandi talked to Matt as soon as he got home that night, knowing what his initial reaction was going to be. Of course it was a “no,” but after getting over the initial shock, they sat and talked about it for hours. Matt is not a spontaneous person. He does not make decisions based on emotions. He is definitely the more logical person in their marriage. Knowing that everything would have to be done in 3 months, it was all about the money to him. He said he needed some time to think it over, and to not push. Of course Mandi knew that time was not something that could be wasted. The next day she kept checking with people to see if his file had been locked, hoping and praying that it had so she could move on. As much as she wanted him to be a part of their family, at the end of the day she just wanted him to have A family.

To make a long story short, within 72 hours of bringing it up to Matt, they were saying “YES!” So, it is with complete faith that they are once again answering the call to open their hearts and their home to another of God’s children. Unfortunately, this journey is nothing like any of the others they have taken. They have less than 3 months to get a year’s worth of paperwork done. Instead of having a year to save, and fundraise, they have less than three months. Their journey is just beginning, and knowing that they are moving at warp speed both excites and terrifies them. Knowing that this boy still has hope, that his family is out there is motivating Matt and Mandi to get all the necessary paperwork done and whatever it takes to get the money to bring him home. They are racing against the clock to bring him home. They are 100% committed to doing whatever it takes to add this handsome young man to their family.

They want to bring Erix — soon to be named Owyn — home to a big, loving, crazy family. They want to fulfill his hope of being adopted. They found out from another visiting parent that he wants to be adopted and is terrified because he knows his time is running out. He dreams of living in the middle of the United States, and becoming a doctor someday so he can help others. Matt, Mandi, and all 7 of their children are completely in love with a child they have never met. They are all completely invested in making this boy’s dreams come true.

One thing is for sure, when Matt and Mandi started the process to adopt, they had no idea the twists and turns that would be involved. But with every door that closed, another was opened. Adoption is not easy, in fact, it can be quite difficult physically and emotionally. However, the end result is worth the sacrifices, the worry, the unknowns, the up and downs, and anything else in between. They cannot imagine their family without all of our kids. In fact, when asked how many kids we have that are adopted or bio, many times they have to stop and think, because to them, there is no difference.

4/14/15—LOA RECVD

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

FULLY FUNDED!!!

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HOPE for the Farley family — KY

hope2Married in 2003, Adam & Cynthia Farley knew that it was Gods plan to create His ultimate masterpiece of their family through adoption.

Their first adoption journey began in 2005 when they traveled to China for their daughter Keegan. Wanting to expand their family further, they were back in China just 13 months later bringing home their second daughter Romy.

A few years had passed and they felt God nudging at their hearts again so in 2010 they traveled to Taiwan for their son Asher. It wasn’t long after Asher arrived home, they returned to China “one last time” to bring home little Lucy in 2011.

With four speedy adoptions and four young kids, the Farley’s THOUGHT their precious family was complete until…

Cynthia came across an adoption blog one day featuring a precious little girl named “HOPE” and felt an instant connection to this sweet girl even with her a world away. The blog listed her as having untreated hydrocephalus and due to it being “untreated” Hope had suffered a “massive stroke-like event” in May of 2014. She was expected to die. Hope was unable to swallow, talk, walk, eat, hold her head up, etc. This precious little girl had gone from a rather normal 22-month old toddler to literally no hope.

It is obvious God has bigger plans for this sweet girl. It is a miracle she is even alive. Today she is no longer considered a “waiting child” because now she has a family and SHE is waiting on a THEM. THEY ARE THE FARLEY’S AND THEY ARE HER FAMILY! As long as HOPE keeps fighting, they will keep fighting to get to HER!

HOPE needs medical attention and she needs it FAST! Adam & Cynthia are expediting this adoption in all areas possible. Every day Hope is left untreated means more fluid builds up causing more brain damage. Hope has many other special needs as well: CHD, PFO, external hydrocephalus, enlarged ventricles, brain damage syndrome, porencephaly and hearing impairment of the right ear.

The Farley’s are expecting to travel in April. They said YES when they knew funds would be tight but they knew this little girl just needed someone to take a chance on her. Time is running out and they still have a long way to go financially to make this adoption happen.  You can read more about Hope (her name to remain HOPE when she comes home) and the Farley’s on their blog.  God has been preparing the Farley’s for this journey to HOPE…won’t you join them in helping them bring her on home?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11

4/6/15—LOA RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thefarley4.blogspot.com

$9,484.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JONNY for The Baird Family – GA

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Beth is a single mom of two who brought home her son Bobby in March of 2013. Bobby loved having a big sister, but began asking about a brother a few months after being home, but Beth thought her family was complete. Bobby continued to ask and Beth had to admit that the faces of those they met on the orphanage visit, still haunted her dreams. An opportunity arose for Bobby to be able to visit with several of his friends from his orphanage while they were in the states for summer hosting. Bobby was thrilled to see his friends and Beth was smitten with a kind hearted little boy who grew up with Bobby at the orphanage. Beth is hoping the process moves quickly as Bobby asks every day “Is he here yet? Is he here yet?”

3/30/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

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MAEY for the Snyder family — AR

Maey (1)Daniel and Abby met as freshmen in college.  Both moved from more urban areas to attend a smaller, close-knit university, Southern Arkansas  University, where they enjoyed being muleriders and ambassadors for the university.  After two years of dating and six months of engagement, Daniel and Abby were wed.  During nearly eight years of marriage, Daniel and Abby have enjoyed many adventures, the greatest yet has been the adoption of their daughter, Evalena Claire, from Ukraine.  Eva is an absolute delight.  She was a Reece’s Rainbow child and has arthrogryposis.  After being home with Eva for two years, Daniel and Abby are excited to bring their second daughter, Audrey Mae, home from China.  Audrey, too, has arthrogryposis.  Daniel, Abby, and Eva are so glad to welcome Audrey to their family.  Adoption is full of surprising joys.

 

3/18/15—LOA, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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WHITLEY for the Graham family — SC

graham-77The Grahams are a family of six living in South Carolina. Simon and Kelli have been married for 14 years and it was this summer that the Lord placed a burden on their hearts to pray for a bright-eyed, sweet-smiling girl in a pink skirt and purple tights. “Whitley” is six years old and deaf.

The journey they are on is one that they had never imagined for themselves, but the Lord is providing all needs as they step out in faith. Kelli is a former sign language interpreter and flight attendant turned homeschooling mom while Simon works hard for the family. They enjoy time together at home and with their fabulous family and friends as well.

They look forward to traveling to Poland to bring “Whitley” home in late Spring of 2015.

4/7/15—HOPING TO TRAVEL IN MAY!

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/graham-family-adoption/201171

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KENDALL, DILLON, and GIDEON for the Sotolongo family — FL

Kendall-2014dillon2014-4Gideon6The Sotolongo family recently adopted their son “Nevada” as named on Reece’s Rainbow. The Sotolongo’s have four other children all under 6 years old. Nevada’s first year has been nothing short of a miracle. He has undergone corrective heart surgery, which in his country was deemed impossible based on his condition. He is flourishing in a  photo fwbutton150.png family, learning to sign words and perform daily tasks. He bond’s and interacts very well with his siblings. While adopting Nevada, the Sotolongo’s met a few other children at the orphanage that grabbed their hearts. When leaving, the Sotolongo’s already felt that they would be back. The Sotolongo family is very excited to revisit Nevada’s orphanage and leave with new additions to their family. The Sotolongo’s want to thank you for your support and prayer as they continue on this adoption journey.

4/15/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

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EVAN for the Orta family — GA

 photo fwbutton150.pngEvan March 2014 Christie and Raymundo met in June 2000 while they were both living in Hilton Head, SC. It was a chance meeting that changed their lives forever! Two people who probably would have passed each other on the street and not given it a second thought, were now on a path that neither would have predicted.

Raymundo (Mundo) was born in Mexico and always had a passion for learning English and traveling to the United States. When the opportunity arose to come to the US, he seized it! The hardest part of the trip was leaving his family. However, they were (and still are) very supportive of his dreams and urged him to go. Christie is also from a loving family and, at the time had been moving around the country working for Marriott.

Skip ahead almost 14 years later – Christie and Mundo have been married for 11 years and have biological daughter named Laura. Laura is 7 years old and in the 1st grade. Christie now works for the public school system in Savannah, GA as a special education teacher and Mundo works within the hospitality industry. They had been thinking of expanding their family for several years, but wanted to do it through adoption. They both felt that there were too many children who were already here in this world that needed a home and a mom and dad to call their own. They thought of fostering to adopt and made several attempts through the local social services, but it just wasn’t the right time or place.

In September, Christie welcomed a new student into her classroom who had been recently adopted from Ukraine. After getting to know his family and learning about the conditions that children with disabilities face and the grim outlook for their future if not adopted, Christie felt the calling to find a child for she and Mundo. Upon finding Reece’s Rainbow and searching for children with Down Syndrome, Christie and Mundo found Evan! After much discussion, tears, and prayer, Christie and Mundo made that first step to bring Evan home to live with them. Their daughter, Laura, is beside herself with excitement and cannot wait to be a big sister! Every day she talks about the things that she is going to teach Evan to do.

The Orta’s believe that they were led to Evan and that God is calling them to adopt this sweet boy into their family. Many fund-raisers have taken place with LOTS of support from friends, family, and the community! They have loved getting updates on his progress and seeing his pictures as he has grown the past several months. However, no update or picture could ever take the place of holding your child in your arms. They are anxiously waiting for the day when they can board the airplane to bring their son home.

3/30/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at evan4theortas.weebly.com

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YULIA and FINN for the Kellogg family — IN

Yulia update (2)FinnPaul and Ashley met in college while both studying elementary education. Their love for children is what ultimately brought them together! They have been married for 12 years now and have 5 biological children. Their two boys are 11 & 6 and their three girls are 10, 8 & 5. Paul is an elementary school teacher and Ashley is a stay-at-home/homeschool mom. Adoption was something they had talked about from early on in their marriage.

Their lives were forever changed when their youngest daughter had a difficult birth that resulted in cerebral palsy and a host of other disabilities. Myra’s life has brought blessing after blessing to their family, and they became very familiar with the world of special needs. They already had a passion for underprivileged children and orphans, and now they had a passion for children with special needs. For years they had been trying to adopt domestically through the foster care system, but felt a pull to look internationally after many years of road blocks.

After watching a Gotcha video of a family adopting a child with Down Syndrome from Reece’s Rainbow, they searched the site and almost immediately found Yulia. After watching her videos, they fell in love! They received PA in June 2014!

Being open to adopting two children, Ashley found a profile of a little boy with albinism on an advocacy site. Because Paul had 4 aunts and uncles with albinism, she immediately fell in love and they pursued his file. On October 23rd, they received PA for Teddy!

Their children are so excited to have another little brother and sister! They have since named these children Frannie and Finn. God’s hand has been so clearly a part of this adoption and they are amazed at how He’s provided for and guided the adoption process so far!

4/25/15—LOA RECVD; TRAVELING in JUNE

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

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ANIBEL for the Vogelzang family – MI

AnibelAdam and Carin have been married for 17 years and have 5 amazing children ages 13, 11, 8, 5 and 4. Their youngest child, Pearl, was adopted from China in 2013. She has Down Syndrome. Carin imagined she would adopt children when she was a child. She also wanted to mother a child with Down Syndrome. Sometimes, dreams do come true!

Adam and Carin live an alternative lifestyle due to Adam’s job as a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department. Their family has lived in 5 foreign countries over the past 11 years. These experiences have opened their hearts and minds to the issues of poverty and orphan care.

Carin worked in an orphanage in Mexico and taught a music class in an orphanage in Armenia. Adam volunteered at an orphanage in Russia. Together, they are trying to live out their faith in Christ and show others that each child has infinite worth and value.

They are now pursuing an adoption for a second daughter from China with Down Syndrome. They fell in love with her beautiful smile the minute they saw her picture. The entire family is very excited to add a new sister.

We are humbled and grateful that God would allow this chance once again.

3/20/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

$9,815.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABBI for the Noll family — FL

 photo fwbutton150.pngAbbiJoshua and Sara met at a small Christian college. They soon got married and had 4 biological children. They had always known, as a couple, adoption and/or fostering children would be something they would do in the future.

The Bible says in James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” They are blessed with the love of children and believe adoption is one way God wants them to fulfill this command. There are so many kids that need a loving family, they want to provide that to as many children as they can. But they had no idea God had wanted them to take the leap to adopt when their kids were so young. But they are trusting God and moved forward to adopt.

In 2012 they took the leap and started the process to bring their son and daughter home from China and came home on Thanksgiving day of 2013. They know the ups and downs and ins and outs of bringing home a child who has special needs and suffered loss, and while they agree that it is not easy, the lessons they learned from watching their children thrive despite such obstacles has been amazing!

Once again they have felt God move them to bring home another child.

Sara has grown up around children who are deaf at different times in her life, and has seen what a chance at living a life like any other child, who is given the opportunity, can do for them. To see this sweet child, and know she is living in a world that she can not hear and is unable to communicate, all because of circumstances beyond her control, is heart breaking. They are both so excited about bringing home sweet Abbi and making her a part of their family and giving her every chance to thrive!

3/27/15—LOA RECVD

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

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LUCILLE for the Barth family — KS

Lucille (1)When Randy and Kate married almost 22 years ago, they couldn’t wait to start a family and have children. They soon had four biological children and were a very a busy family. However, they knew there was room for their family to still grow and they all had a desire to adopt a child that had been waiting much too long for the love of a family. In 2012, they traveled to Russia to adopt their daughter, Olga. Olga has quadriplegic Cerebral palsy and has forever changed their lives. She has been such a blessing to them and has brought their family such joy over the past two years. They all agreed that they wanted to adopt and grow their family through adoption again. This time they feel called to adopt Lucille in China. Lucille has neurological issues and developmental delays, but they all feel that with love and proper care, she will thrive and be a wonderful addition to the family. They can’t wait for her to be her and join the family!

4/24/15—LSC RECVD

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MADDOX and AMOS for the Stickley family — MD

Amos“Mom, we need to talk. I don’t know if it’s a thought that God keeps putting in my head or a thought that I keep putting in my head, but I think we should adopt a little boy.” “I don’t care which of you put it there, you need an eraser!” This was the conversation between my then 10 year old daughter and I in November 2009; a conversation that changed our lives forever. It was the springboard that flung us into the world of adoption! Within two weeks I went from being a single divorced mom of two biological daughters, to a committed adopting mom of a Russian son with Down Syndrome. Fourteen months of paperwork, praying, fundraising, paperwork, praying, 2 trips (5 weeks!) in Russia, and oh, paperwork and praying, my daughter and I brought home our little prince, Maxim Alexey.

After a crazy journey, I was committed to a 5 year old little boy in China, but his file hadn’t been prepared because “he isn’t as smart as the other children so nobody will want him.” Well, that was all it took for me to know that he’s a Stickley! They said that it would take a year to get his file prepared and that I would be looking at almost 3 years for the adoption to be complete. Did they really think that was going to scare me off? I decided that not only is he not “unlovable,” he is worth the wait!

Then, less than a month later, I was approached about adopting a little girl from China who was 13 and only had 5 months to be adopted. The timing was perfect in that I could adopt her while waiting for the little boy’s file to be compiled. Several agencies told me that it would be impossible to complete the adoption in the 4 month time-frame. Well, we proved them wrong! We have now had Ava Monet home for two months! God’s timing is perfect!

While in China, I got to meet some of the wonderful orphanage workers from Ava’s orphanage. I told them that I advocate for families for these children and asked if they had any other children for whom they would like for me to try to find families. They said that they would give me a website, but then we just all stood around socializing for a long time. Next thing I knew, they introduced me to a seven year old little boy, and the power between us silenced the room! “Mom, we have to come back for him!”

So, I am a blessed mom of two biological daughters (22 and 14), an adopted son from Russia (5), an adopted daughter from China (14), and I’ve just been approved to adopt BOTH little boys! Oh, did I mention that all 4 of my children from another mother have DS? Three of the four of them were listed on Reece’s Rainbow. So, adopting two little boys right on the heals of a previous adoption has caused me to reach beyond my financial comfort zone and step out in faith. Any help and support will be greatly appreciated and I pray that God multiplies it in return to all donors! Thank you!

4/9/25—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

The Stickley family has a $5000 matching grant!  Once their FSP reaches $5,246, they will receive an additional $5000!

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AUTUMN and ABBY for the Fraley family — OH

FraleyAaron and Julie first met in seminary and have been married for 17 years now. They have two biological children – Winter (12) and Noah (10). Aaron is a pastor and Julie is working for the local school system.

When Aaron was in seminary he tried to make a few deals with God. First, he told God that he would do anything for Him – except be a youth pastor. Second, he would do whatever that was anywhere in the world- except India. Well, God has a really great sense of humor. After graduating from seminary, Aaron took a job as an accounting clerk with the University of Maryland, biding his time and waiting for a ministry opportunity to open up. Four years later, he really was ready to do anything just to be in ministry…. even be a youth pastor in the inner city. And guess what, he loved it! During those years working for the university, Aaron met his best and lifelong friend, Suresh, whose family is from India. Do you hear God giggling yet? Because this man who wanted to do anything but work with kids or go to India is now desperate to go to India and become a father to more kids.

For Julie, it began at age 12 when her mom took the family on a missions trip to Mexico. It was there in the hotel pool that she was baptized and felt that she was called to the ministry. Every summer following this, Julie traveled with missions teams working in orphanages throughout Mexico and Guatemala. She attended seminary and married Aaron and 2 kids later, the passion for orphans and adoption was still burning in her heart. Right around the time that things were looking financial stable and they were ready to pursue adoption, Julie’s father became ill. She quit her job so that she could care for him in his own home, as was his wish. Julie’s father was also adopted (domestically as an infant). The years caring for him were overwhelming, but priceless. When he passed away, Aaron and Julie took the inheritance they received and used it for the upfront adoption costs. Now, not only will a lifelong dream of Julie’s heart be fulfilled, but her father’s legacy will be carried on as his granddaughters are adopted into this loving family.

3/31/15— NEXT COURT IS APRIL 28


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

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Little Brother for the O’Brien family –

 photo fwbutton150.pngOBrienHi! I’m Cecelia! My mommy and daddy adopted me from Kazakhstan back in 2009. I came to my forever home a week before my first birthday. Mommy and daddy have been trying very hard since soon after I came home to adopt a sibling for me. They say that countries have closed and referrals have been lost (whatever that means). But FINALLY, we have found my little brother in India! While we aren’t allowed to publicly share his photo, you can take my word for it, he’s a cutie! Mommy and I have been working on a list of all the things we need to teach my brother when he gets home. Priority number one is to teach him how long we’ve wanted him here and how much we love him!

Will you please consider making a donation to help get my brother home? I’m dying to be a big sister! Thank you!

 

3/24/15—COURT IS MAY 2, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JUNE

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

 

$1,771.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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REED and BRANDON for the Thornton family — OH

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Doug and Jackie have been married 31 years and have been blessed with four children, two adopted and two biological, and one grandson. They live in a rural community in Southern Ohio where they are active in their church and community. They live a simple life that revolves around faith, family and friends. Doug and Jackie have continued to feel a desire to add more children to their family even though they were older than the traditional adopting parents. They felt that God was preparing them for an exciting adventure. After being asked to accompany a friend on two pick-up trips, Doug and Jackie felt even more strongly that more children were in their future and were praying for God’s guidance. When they saw Reed’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow they knew that this was the child that God had for them. They anxiously await their journey to meet the child that God is giving them.

4/24/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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TRUE for the Wallace family — MO

WallaceBen and Nicole were married in March 2008. Prior to starting a family, they both agreed adoption would be part of their story. Before their second daughter was born in September 2011, adopting a child with special needs had never crossed their minds. After Reese came along, they knew adopting a child with Down syndrome was the only way to go.

Ben & Nicole have been blessed with three amazing biological daughters (ages 5, 3 & 21 months) and are currently in the process of adopting a three year old girl with Down syndrome, True, from China. Soon they will have four girls, all five and under, running around the house and they can’t wait. Their already chaotic life is about to get a little crazier!

As stated above, adopting a child with Down syndrome has been their goal since their middle daughter was born. Reese was diagnosed with Down syndrome and an AV canal heart defect on her birthday & underwent open heart surgery when she was seven months old. Although True has no diagnosed heart issues, Ben & Nicole feel prepared & confident in parenting a child with special needs and in navigating the world of therapists, specialists and IEPs. They have a wonderful support system in place who are all desperate to bring True home.

4/3/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$4,744.32 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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THEA for the Williams family — MO

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdoption has been heavy on my heart for the past few years but has always been a hope since I was young. After a year of researching and praying over the souls of so many children to have a family, the only thing that stood in the way was myself. I feared that even though God had placed this desire in my heart that I would never be able to gather the resources to pay for the process of adopting a child in need of a family to nurture them and lead them towards His love. But as soon as He placed this precious little girl in front of me I knew I could no longer let fear stand in the way of moving towards the promise God had for her: a family, our family.

As a single mama to one beautiful little girl, I am so joyful to be able to start the journey towards adopting another beautiful soul.

 

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Follow the Williams family adoption on their blog at www.thelittlegirlinstripesandpolkadots.blogspot.com

4/20/15— TRAVELING MAY 25

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JAYDA for the Simonsen family — WA

JaydaDavid and Lu have always wanted a big family. Before they knew it they had six kids. What they didn’t realize is that when their sixth child was born it would open their eyes up to a whole new world. Their sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Despite the initial shock of the diagnosis, they as well as the rest of the family realized the unique blessing of this daughter. As they got to know others in the Down syndrome community they bumped into several families that had adopted from overseas. This began their thinking about adopting themselves. Specifically adopting a young child with Down syndrome. After months of talking and looking through Reece’s rainbow they decided to stop talking about it and take action. They are now in the process of adopting a 3 year old girl from Eastern Europe who happens to have Down syndrome.

 

4/3/15—AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

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ADELINE for the Bearce family — MA

Adeline (3)Heather and Stephen are pleased to announce that they are adopting a sister for Zee!

Their little family has been through a lot! Stephen and Heather’s first baby girl was stillborn and the grief that followed was unimaginable. Having a baby after a loss is called a ‘rainbow baby’ to show the beauty after a terrible storm, so it only made sense to look to Reece’s Rainbow to help heal their hearts and build their family.

Heather found a beautiful baby girl on Reece’s Rainbow and was convinced that she was meant to be her daughter. Much to their surprise, after teams of doctors told them they would never conceive another baby, Heather found herself pregnant for a second time with a baby girl! After an emotionally difficult pregnancy, Heather gave birth to a healthy baby last December. Their story does not end there! You see, the beautiful baby girl that is listed as Adeline on Reece’s Rainbow had worked her way into their hearts and Heather and Stephen felt very strongly that she was to be their daughter!

Please consider adding to their account, any amount is helpful.

4/3/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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LYDIA JOY for the Pace family — SC

IMG_0011Jim and Wendy Pace have three children (all adopted). They adopted their boys (now 19 and 21) at ages 2 and 4 through DSS. Much later they adopted their 10 year old daughter from China at 11 months. Each time they adopted, they thought they were finished. When they adopted their boys it was hard for a long time. But love of a family and learning of God’s love provided lots of healing. In 2004, God very clearly directed them to China and they were blessed greatly with their daughter. They have seen all three of them grow into amazing people that love the Lord. But a few months back God began to burden their hearts and direct Jim toward adopting again.

They have been working very hard for the extra monies needed. They have sold items online and at the flea market, sold t-shirts and craft items, sold puzzle pieces, and most recently began applying for grants.

They are adopting from China. Their new daughter is 17 months old and has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Disease and Cerebral Dysplasia. For the CHD, she will likely need a heart catheter but could require surgery. Cerebral Dysplasia is a very broad diagnosis determined from a CT Scan. They do not truly know and cannot know until she is home what this will entail. Physicians have told them that she could have seizures or Cerebral Palsy, but it is a catch all type diagnosis leaving much unknown to them. Both situations require evaluation and medical treatment once home. Early treatment could make all the difference! This makes them eager to fund her adoption and get her home as soon as possible.

3/20/15—LOA RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at the127mandate.com

$276.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FRANCINE for the Wassink family — MO

Francine Photo 2 March 2014Once upon a time, in the wild land of Montana, there lived a young boy named Chad. He grew up with two brothers and loved playing sports and exploring the mountains around his home. There also lived a young lady named Whitney who grew up in the land of Kansas, far far away. Growing up among the wheat fields, she played sports along with her brother and sister and helped around the house. Little did Chad and Whitney know, God had a very special plan in store for them.

Among many other pursuits, each of them learned to throw the javelin. Each having shown a talent for the sport, a college recruiter named Robert whisked them off to the exotic land of California where they met for the first time. Competing together for the track team, they fell in love and were married in September 2000.

They had many adventures together over the next years and moved to the land of Oklahoma, where they decided to start a family of their own. They were blessed with a son, Finley (now 6) and a daughter, Delaney (now 4) before moving again. They settled in the land of Missouri, a short journey to the east of her home land.

It was at this time that God started to open their eyes to the very special path that he had in store for them. He blessed them with another son, Grady (now 2). Now Grady would prove to change the course of their lives forever. He opened their eyes to a world that had been around them all along, but they had never truly seen. Grady, you see, had Down Syndrome. Grady, and this newly discovered world brought untold treasures and blessings into their lives. But God was not finished yet.

Over the next years, God opened their eyes to lands across the vast oceans that had countless children like Grady, that were without families. They were not seen as another of God’s precious children, but as outcasts. As mistakes that were not worthy of love and were to be discarded to the edges of society. But what Chad and Whitney saw were thousands of amazing children who had been made in God’s image, with his loving hand crafting each of them just as he meant them to be. Children, whose potential and gifts could be unlocked through simply giving them the loving family that they so desperately wanted and deserved.

One little girl touched their hearts and they knew that God was calling them to travel across the ocean to a far off eastern European country and bring her home as their daughter. They knew they couldn’t help all of the children, but they could give this one child a life and allow her to become who God had created her to be. But the ruler of this distant land would not allow them to come. They were heartbroken and pray to this day for the situation to be put right.

Time passed and Whitney continued to watch the children on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering when the time would be right. After being blessed with another son, Kelby (now 8 weeks), the day came when they knew. They saw another little girl, Francine. God gave them a peace that day, for she was the one that was meant for them. For that moment, all of the excuses, hesitation, and fear melted away and they knew that the time had come. God was calling them down this path, and they had faith that He would provide the strength, wisdom, courage and endurance to meet the challenges and obstacles to come. Only God knows what is to come for their family, but as this beautiful journey unfolds, they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

4/10/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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TALIA and CAITLYN for the Reed family — PA

 photo fwbutton150.pngReed GirlsWendy and Jeff Reed have been abundantly blessed with 9 precious children, four born to them, and five through the miracle of adoption! Many of you are very familiar with the Reed’s last adoption journey to China in February 2014 to bring their son Joel home as well as their loss of their sweet daughter Sophia who passed away just days before they were to travel for both of their children. The Reed’s are so very thankful to all who were a part of helping to bring Joel home and were a tremendous support in their time of loss and grief. Jeff and Wendy are so very excited to introduce you to their newest treasure, Miss Talia Grace, and the incredibly amazing journey God has set them upon to bring their daughter home.

“Beauty from Ashes” has been a theme that has been entwined throughout the Reed’s journey to Talia since they first found out about this beautiful little girl, and from the very beginning of her tiny fragile life. Talia was born with a life threatening condition called biliary atresia that really has no treatment options in the area of China where she is from. Since surgery was not performed at an early age, Talia’s liver sustained severe damage, and her only hope for survival was to receive a liver transplant (almost completely non-existent in China!). Her story could have ended there in despair and ashes, but she was given hope when she was moved to a Foster Home in Beijing, China where she miraculously received a liver transplant. Talia has continued to recover and BLOSSOM from that life-saving surgery…a beautiful story of” beauty from ashes” only made possible by God’s intervention!

The Reed’s were originally in process to adopt BOTH Joel and Talia when they began their adoption journey two years ago. Talia’s adoption file was just being compiled and they were eagerly awaiting its completion so that they could adopt both Joel and Talia at the same time. As time went on, there were issues that arose that would stop all adoptions coming out of Talia’s region.

After a year into the adoption process, Joel had already been waiting far too long and the Reed’s had to make the heartbreaking decision to move forward with his adoption without Talia. The Reed’s attention was then turned towards a beautiful little girl on their adoption agency’s waiting child list who desperately needed a family that was traveling soon to come for her. Sweet Sophia had a serious heart condition that was inoperable in China and her only hope was for a family that was close to travel to come for her as quickly as possible so that she could receive life-saving heart surgery here in the US. The Reed’s wanted to give sweet Sophia the same opportunity for the hope of a healthy future that Talia received with her life-saving liver transplant surgery and so they agreed to move forward towards bringing precious Sophia home. Jeff and Wendy were just 6 days from traveling for both Joel and Sophia when they received the devastating news that Sophia had suddenly passed away. Their sweet baby girl had gained her heavenly Princess Tiara and was now in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Heartbroken over the loss of Sophia, Jeff and Wendy clung to their faith that in time God would bring “beauty from ashes” once again. Our God is FAITHFUL and He did just that! Shortly after Sophia’s passing, the Reed’s found out that Talia’s adoption paperwork had been released and was finally moving forward again! It took a bit of time and a great deal of patience, but on May 30th the Reed’s FINALLY received Talia’s adoption file from their new adoption agency and submitted their request to make Talia part of their family!!! They have received Pre-Approval from China to move forward towards bringing Talia home, and so the Reed’s begin one last journey to China for their precious daughter! Wendy and Jeff are so excited to see the beautiful painting that God is creating from those ashes and are looking forward to having Talia home in their arms!

Wendy and Jeff invite you to follow along on their journey for Talia Grace, and covet your prayers and support as they work towards bringing her home! Your encouragement and support have been instrumental as they worked towards bringing each of their beautiful treasures home from China and they would not be here without YOU!

 

4/22/15—TRAVELING JUNE 3

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.paintingbeautyfromashes.com

$6,902.58 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SCARLETT for the Valenzuela family — UT

555forfamiliesprofilevalenzuela-scarlettFSP-2Robinson and Marcy met at church, and became engaged after only 1 month of meeting. Robinson immigrated from Chile in 1997, started college and learned English. He now holds a bachelors in 3-D animation and works as a special effects technician, loves gymnastics, martial arts and being outdoors. Marcy was a nanny in Switzerland after high school, became a pharmacy technician then a massage therapist. She has been involved with music, singing and theater her whole life and loves the arts. Robinson and Marcy were married October 2006. A year after being married they were expecting their first child, a baby boy. Juan Armando was unexpectedly delivered via emergency C Section. It was unknown to them until the birth that little Armando had severe heart issues, and Down Syndrome. He lived only 3 short hours, but left an imprint on the entire family that changed everyone’s world. Days before his birth, both parents unexpectedly lost their jobs. Through a series of miracles, they grew and got on their feet again.

Marcy had several health issues after this dramatic unexpected trauma and her body was not able to sustain a pregnancy. She had numerous early miscarriages, and one 19 week miscarriage, then FINALLY was able to sustain a pregnancy to full term. It was a little baby girl, delivered at home with a midwife. A dream come true. Ariana looked exactly like Armando, but the parents were in denial that they could have 2 children born to them with Down Syndrome. It took the couple 2 months to finally consent to getting genetic testing done, where it was confirmed that YES Ariana did have down Syndrome, a miracle that only time was able to disclose.

This couple has been through some amazing strengthening trials, including a full recovery from testicular cancer in 2012. They have felt that if the Good Lord blessed them with two Children born into their family with Down Syndrome, that they were intended to raise two children with Down Syndrome… and then they found her.

When Marcy saw Scarlet (Who will be named Sofia Ava) it was like lightning. Through a series of miracles and personal revelation, the couple knew that adopting this little girl was always meant to be. Marcy and Robinson have been interested in adoption since the time they were engaged, but until only recently the puzzle pieces started falling into place. Location didn’t matter, only the child mattered. The couple would go to this little girl, with a heart defect and Down Syndrome, no matter where in the world she was, which means a journey to Eastern Europe.

Despite the fact that they have no idea how adoption would be possible financially, they RAN forward with faith, praying like it’s all up to God and working like it’s all up to them. Having full faith that somehow, someway the Lord will provide a way for this little girl to come home to the family she was always intended to have. Marcy and Robinson have full faith that this miracle will happen, it is happening. They have no idea where their feet will take them next, They have met many wonderful people that have helped along the way and are prayerfully searching for others to help this journey have a happy ending. They have seen too many miracles in their lives to believe otherwise.

3/30/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$451.88 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TIMOTHY for the Embry family — KS

EmbryDerek and Michelle are high school sweethearts who can’t wait to bring home a big brother for their two sweet girls, ages three and one. Their story began in 2006 and is still very much being written. Michelle remembers adoption being laid on her heart while she was still in the hospital after delivering their second baby (only one short year ago!). It may have been the anesthesia, or just God’s divine intervention that opened their hearts to adoption that day, but from then on they have been working tirelessly to make adoption a reality for their family. Michelle knew it was meant to be when she nervously told her husband she’d felt called to adopt a child with Down Syndrome and he replied “Let’s do it!”. They believe their love for all children (regardless of chromosomes) and Michelle’s experience as a nurse will help prepare them for welcoming an older child with Down Syndrome into their family. They are working day and night to bring home a son who they found through Reece’s Rainbow from a country in Asia. He has been waiting 5 long years for a family. It is unfathomable to the couple that he has waited this long, but know that God does nothing on accident and believe he has been waiting for them the entire time. Every day spent waiting is a day he goes without knowing the love of a family, and they are grateful for any donation, big or small, that will help them bring him home.

3/4/15—STILL WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

 

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GABRIEL for the Bird family — OK

BirdWhen Steve and Sheri visited China last September, they had no idea it would lead to an adoption. As parents of FIVE boys, many teased that they would come home with a baby girl, but that was not the case. While installing wood floors in an orphanage outside of Beijing, Steve and Sheri had lots of opportunities to play with the kids. They would step outside and were instantly smothered in little orphan love! Out of the corner of her eye, Sheri saw three teenage boys. She told herself, “If we adopt, it will be one of those boys.” After returning home, Sheri “liked” Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village on Facebook, just hoping to see some pictures from their trip. The first post she viewed was a video about Gabriel (Li Zhong Fu), and the urgent need for him to be adopted before he ages out in July. Sheri knew she could not watch this young man forever lose his chance of having a family. She shared the video with her husband, and they decided right then and there to pursue Gabriel’s adoption. Sheri’s prayer has been, “If this is meant to be, make it easy!” The first agency that Sheri called, had Gabriel’s file. Of the millions of orphans and the thousands of agencies, this was the first little miracle of many along the way. If you would like to be a little miracle in this family’s adoption, please donate below.

4/24/15—LSC RECVD

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XAVIER for the Butler family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngbutler family 5Joe and Hannah are specifically hoping to adopt a child with special-needs. Their youngest child has several special-needs of his own, including prematurity (born at 26 weeks) and Down Syndrome. They have already learned so much through caring for their son, who is now 4 years old, and therefore feel as though they are equipped to take on the responsibility of caring for another special little blessing. Joe and Hannah also have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son.

Both of them want to add to their family. They had talked about adoption before they even had biological children, so they knew it was always something they wanted to do. They had always dreamed of having a large family and when they realized Hannah would no longer be able to have more biological children (Hannah had to have an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 23), they knew that we were meant to adopt! They love kids and feel as though their family is not yet complete. Adoption is the perfect option for them! They have the space, the time, the desire, and most importantly, the love to give. Adoption has become a passion and a calling for their family.

Many people have asked Joe and Hannah “why are you choosing to adopt?” To them, the reason is simple – because their hearts are telling them to!

Joe and Hannah have open hearts and arms and look forward to adding an addition to their family.

4/10/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thentherewas6.blogspot.com

$3,537.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TIMMY for the Abrams family — CA

TimmyThe Abrams have been married for 22 years and have been blessed with 3 amazing daughters age 20, 16 and 12.  They live in San Diego, CA where Tim is a firefighter and Michele homeschools their daughters.  They are a silly family with lots of joy and they have always wanted to adopt.  The Lord opened a door when their 16 year old daughter, Ember went to China on a mission with close friends.  The Abrams fell in love with all of the disabled orphans Ember cared for.  But one sweet blind boy stole their heart and the Lord began to give them faith to adopt him.  They are working hard to get their dossier finished and bring their son home.

 3/8/2015— LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.adopttimmy.com

$12,217.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RENO and DARAH for the Maxwell family — ND

Reno 2014Ryan and Natalie were married June 2011, They planned on pursuing adoption soon after their marriage, but God had other plans. After only a couple months of enjoying their new married life, they got the surprise of a lifetime, Natalie was pregnant! Another surprise came when they found out about their bio son’s special heart. They did not feel qualified or ready to be special needs parents, but three open heart surgeries later, the young couple realized that the world of special needs parenting, although scary and painful at times, contained more beauty than they could of ever dreamed possible. When God began opening their eyes and stirring their hearts for special needs adoption, they were hesitant, but then Natalie found Reece’s Rainbow and laid her eyes on the most precious little boy with the deepest brown eyes. 10 months later they welcomed Ivan into their crazy family.

They knew they would adopt again and now one year after welcoming Ivan home, they are beginning the adoption journey again to bring two more beautiful children with special hearts into their family. Ryan and Natalie truly believe that EVERY heart needs a home and EVERY child deserves a chance. This young family has seen God level mountains before and they know He will be faithful again. Would you consider helping them bring these precious treasures HOME? Any gift you can give is an answer to prayer for this family and they thank you from the bottom or their hearts.

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places. So that you may know I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:2-3

4/23/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$7,864.99 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NED for the Strong-Ibanez family — VA

Ned (2)Ramil & Karen have been married for 13 years. They have two biological children named Joshua (12) and Jonah (10). They have always wanted to expand their family and were foster parents for two years. They are unable to have any more biological children and have always considered adoption. They saw Ned, an 11 year old boy diagnosed with Alopecia and immediately felt that he would fit in their family. Ramil & Karen live in the countryside where there are dogs, cats, donkeys, goats and other animals for young boys to love and play with. The whole family can’t wait for their new son/brother to arrive!

3/27/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$3,958.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SILVIE for the Schultz family — WI

Silvie (2)Kelly and Bill met at a 4th of July celebration 3 years ago.  Mutual friends decided to play matchmaker and succeeded!  Bill asked Kelly out for coffee the next day and they spent the night talking about everything!  The coffee shop closed and they moved on to McDonald’s to finish off the night and the “rest is history!”  Kelly was quite the package deal bringing 7 children into the relationship; she knew Bill was “the one” when he jumped right in and became an instant part of the family!  They were married on May 04, 2013 and moved into their new house in June.  In July Kelly asked him if he was ready to start an adoption.  He didn’t say no (Lol) so she called and set up a homestudy for the beginning of August.  Rowen joined their family from Serbia on January 30, 2014!  Rowen has that extra special 47th chromosome and everyone fell instantly in love with him so they quickly decided that Eight Was Not Enough and they are heading to China to bring home Silvie as soon as possible!  Any help with fundraising is greatly appreciated since they so recently completed Rowen’s adoption.

4/24/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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HALLIE and BROTHER for the Preciado family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngPreciado brotherUPDATE! UPDATE! After the Preciado’s family’s adoption agency visited their sweet girl’s center, they came to see how attached and bonded “Hallie” and one of her foster brothers are. “Hallie” and “Luke” have lived as brother and sister in this center for most their lives, and since there is no need to separate them now, Ryan and Carmen are excited and honored to be able to keep them as forever brother and sister, and adopt “Luke” too! This is a blessing beyond what words can describe, and Ryan and and Carmen are so happy to be able to share this story of God’s beautiful plan with you all!

 

Ryan and Carmen knew since their first date they would choose adoption to begin their family. Ryan was adopted from birth, and always knew he wanted to provide a loving home to a child in need the same way his parents did to him, and Carmen has always had a heart for children with special needs. She remembers volunteering her recesses in elementary school to work with the precious students in her school’s special education classroom, and kept her love for helping others through her life, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. (Fun fact: first date was June 28th 2012, engagement was August 4th, 2012, and their wedding was on January 19th, 2013!–even “funner!” fact: the daughter they are adopting’s birthday is Jan. 18 (2004) (that time of year is going to get way more expensive for Ryan!).

Their adoption process began sooner than they imagined thanks to a dream Carmen had been having since before her and Ryan were married (or even knew each other!). Carmen had the same recurring dreams for several years where she arrived home to the Nashville airport with her newly adopted daughter. The beautiful girl had gorgeous darker skin and dark wavy hair on her sweet head, she also had significant special needs, and was met with tears of joy and prayers by Carmen’s family at the airport. Fast-forward a few years after having this same dream over and over again, and while looking at the sweet children on an adoption advocacy site, THERE SHE WAS! THE SWEET GIRL CARMEN HAD BEEN DREAMING ABOUT! Thankfully, she already had a family coming for her, but Ryan and Carmen took her to be their sweet little angel who was telling them now was the time to begin their adoption journey. And so they did. One day while praying for the children and families of Reece’s Rainbow, Carmen scrolled down a page to have her husband grab her hand and exclaim, “Why hasn’t anyone adopted her yet?!” he repeated this several time until Carmen smiled and said, “I don’t know, maybe because we’re supposed to?” And that was it-the beginning of the journey to bring “Hallie”/Lu (soon to be Lucy if she wants a new name!) home. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan are not actually that big of “I love Lucy” fans, they just thought giving her the name “Lucy” would be a great way to keep her Chinese name incorporated into a name given to her by her forever mommy and daddy)

See, Carmen is the weepy emotional sort and Ryan is the confident strong one–it makes for a great balance in this crazy little journey of life and adoption. Carmen is also the fiercely outspoken passionate one and Ryan is the gentle humble one–making yet another perfect balance in the crazy little thing called love. Carmen traveled to Afghanistan a year and half after 9/11/2011 to teach in newly gender-integrated classrooms, she has also been to Burma to set up day medical clinics in secret house churches, rocked babies in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and lived briefly in Uganda. After having seen so much pain and suffering, she decided she was either part of the problem or part of the solution–impassioning her even more. Once when talking to a friend about how she could possibly maintain a quiet and gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:4) when she’s seen so much injustice and suffering she was handed this ditty: “if you see suffering and injustice, you better shout it from the rooftops”-and that’s what she’s been doing ever sense, shouting it from the rooftops. (“fun” fact: while teaching in Afghanistan, Carmen had the taliban sit on on several of her classes; luckily she doesn’t scare easily, unless it involves spiders-then her life is over :) )

Ryan is the operations manager for the Home Depot and is always looking for ways to bless the immediate community around him, from donating crates upon crates of watermelon to the homeless mission to doing workshops with individuals with special needs. He is generous and humble-hearted: whenever Carmen approaches him with a way to “save the world (for somebody)” he listens and plans with her on how to do just that. (fun fact: Carmen sometimes convinces Ryan and a few of his coworkers to come and do a mini-workshop with her preschoolers, and one time they made bug catchers and told Ryan they wanted to catch black widows and poisonous snakes in it–Carmen did the important thing and taught them later that snakes are actually referred to as “venomous” and explained the difference–there is always a learning opportunity!).

Since Ryan and Carmen had only been married a year when they began the process to become a forever mommy and daddy to a sweet child on RR, they had to write a letter requesting a waiver (China requires you be married for 2 years). Remember how Carmen has a knack for writing with tons of emotion and being weepy and incredibly impassioned, well she wrote such a letter and pled her (and her husband’s) case, and…it was approved! Then a few weeks later the PA came, and now their are giddy new parents-to-be of a sweet 10 year old. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan’s first dance was supposed to be to “Fools Rush In”–because, well, that’s what happened, remember the first “fun fact”?, but someone started the playlist before they got to the reception, so they didn’t)

They feel truly blessed, and look forward to walking through this journey with such a beautiful community (Carmen wants to make sure you know that is you!)

Change the world, for somebody.

4/15/15—TRAVELING MAY 15

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

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A Child for the Obenauf family — MI

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Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.

Stephani found Reece’s Rainbow in 2011, through a friend that was adopting, she would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. In late 2013, Stephani started the process to adopt a little girl from Eastern Europe who had Down syndrome. Unfortunately, a month after her dossier was submitted, she learned that another family had officially committed to adopting this little girl. Despite this, Stephani is still determined to complete the process.

Stephani was raised by a single parent and understands the struggles that lie ahead but knows that with God’s blessing and the love and support of her family, she is ready to provide this child with a bright and happy future.

A sincere thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support.

4/4/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$6,049.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA ROSE and LACEE for the Eby family — MI

Lydia RoseLaceeRon and Laura Eby have been married for more than 22 years. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. Their 2 youngest daughters were born in China. The family likes to spend lots of time together, outdoors if possible! Laura is a stay at home mom who has always dreamed of a large family with bio as well as adopted children and was blessed with a husband who loves kids and is willing to help make that dream come true. Ron is a fireman in his “spare” time and one of the favorite parts of his job are the talks he gives to the local kids during Fire Safety month. The Eby’s thought that their family was complete until they saw Lydia Rose’s beautiful smile. While gathering their dossier documents to bring Lydia Rose home Laura saw a little girl who was being advocated for. The little girl had many families look at her file but wasn’t chosen. Laura started advocating for her too but eventually they knew that this little girl was meant to be their youngest daughter and final child. No child should be left in an orphanage, considered unable to benefit from the love and care of a family. Especially when there is a family that wants them. Very, very much. Ron and Laura are so excited to be adding Lydia Rose and Lacee to their family and can’t wait for them to come home!!

4/15/15—LOA RECVD

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

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MARNI for the Dunn family — CA

MarniAs Laura and Chris embark on their journey, they are so thankful for all of the support and love that has been shown to them. Reece’s Rainbow is an amazing organization that provides a tax-deductible way for family and friends to help. Fundraising has not been a part of Laura and Chris’ adoption plan, but with so many people asking if they can help, Reece’s Rainbow has offered a way for those who have inquired!

 

3/20/15—LOA RECEIVED; HOPE TO TRAVEL in MAY

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HOPE for the Peterson family — WY

HopeThe Petersons were high school sweethearts, and have been married for the last 13 years. They both work as special education teachers, and thoroughly enjoy the world of education. They have been blessed with 6 amazing children – 5 boys and one girl! They adopted their daughter, Addelyn (Heavenly on RR), from Eastern Europe in 2014. They have been home 9 months, and are now preparing to head back for their second daughter. Adoption has been an amazing journey for this family. The Peterson family is excited to return and expand their family once again!

4/16/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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YULE and SEFF for the Buckley family — KY

Yule (2)Seff (2)Jamie and Kerry have been married for 23 years. They have seven biological children, Coty, Conner, Baylee, Colton, Cayden, Cashton, and Casey. They have two additional daughters, Briley and Breanna, that they adopted and just brought home from China in December of 2013. The Buckley family lives in Central Kentucky.

Adoption is something that Jamie and Kerry had spoken about to each other for years. It is definitely a calling from God for them. That is why they feel so compelled to get back to China as quickly as possible to bring their new sons, Christian and Creed, back to Kentucky with the rest of their children. Both of their new blessings have down syndrome so there are certainly going to be new challenges. But challenges are something that Jamie and Kerry are accustomed to. Two of their biological sons, Conner (19) and Cashton (6), are autistic. Also, the two girls that they just adopted from China have hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. Having children with various special needs have taught Jamie and Kerry what unconditional love truly is; that a child with special needs is a special gift from God. Jamie oftentimes tells people that Kerry, “…was placed on this earth to raise children. She has been blessed with patience, understanding, and a loving presence that any child would benefit from with her as their mama.”

God has directed them to these two precious boys and just like with Briley and Breanna, Jamie and Kerry are answering that call. All of Christian and Creed’s brothers and sisters are just as excited as Jamie and Kerry to get them home as soon as possible. The Buckley Family is very appreciative of any financial help provided here.

3/26/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

$298.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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REBECCA for the Bowen family — PA

Rebecca 2014Joe and Jaime have been happily married for twelve years and are the proud parents of five children who range in age from 14 to 3.

After reading a friend’s blog post about their impending adoption of a special needs child Jaime found a link to Recce’s Rainbow and their lives were forever changed. There was one little girl that they could not get off their minds.

Rebecca has meant so much to the family after they participated in Angel Tree and raised funds for her adoption grant last Christmas. They prayed for this sweet little girl every day and one day God made it very clear that Rebecca was not just a little girl on a computer screen, she was to be their daughter!

After many months of prayer and consideration Joe and Jaime decided to proceed with their dream of adopting this little girl and bringing Rebecca home.

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Matthew 18:5

3/10/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

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TODD for the Stephens family — UT

555forfamiliesprofileToddThe Stephens family’s adoption journey began over two years ago. What an eventful two years it’s been! They met and fell in love with a beautiful little girl in Russia, lived through the toughest times in their lives as they experienced losing her because of the adoption ban, committed to “Connor James” in China, then lost him as well as he passed away before they could ever hold him in their arms. Their journey finally ended happily as they traveling to China in March 2014 to pick up their precious Milo! He has brought such light and joy to their whole family, and he was worth the wait and fight!

With four children now at home, their family felt pretty complete. While deciding as a family which Angel Tree child to sponsor, they very unexpectedly realized they had room in their lives for one more child. After much prayer and talking through their fears, they decided to say yes! They believe, now more than ever, in the importance of family. There is nothing more valuable in the world. They have witnessed firsthand the miracles that happen for a child as they go from being an orphan to being a beloved family member.

After paying for two adoptions in the past two years, they very much appreciate any help they can get so “Todd” can finally have the life full of love he deserves!

4/25/15—LOA RECVD

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

$1,360.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVAN and RAYMOND for the Allison family — OH

555forfamiliesprofile photo fwbutton150.pngEvan and Raymond_Sept2014Jared and Jamie met and fell in love in high school. It was love at first sight and they were living their happily ever after with their three biological children when they found the picture of a sweet little boy who just happened to have Down syndrome. They hadn’t planned on adopting at all but his picture rocked their worlds! They leapt in and rushed full speed ahead to bring home Eli in 2012.

Even though Eli was in a good place, their hearts were forever changed when they saw the other children who had to be left behind and so desperately wanted a mommy and daddy too. Once Eli was home and settled, they committed to bringing home two more children who also happened to have an extra chromosome. The girls came home in Feb 2014.

The family settled into a daily routine and was happily trucking along when they saw another little picture that stopped them in their tracks. A sweet little set of brothers who just needed a Mama and Papa to call their own. So they leapt once again, and are so eager to bring the boys home forever!

This will be their third adoption (4th and 5th adopted children) in 3 years and any financial help is most welcomed!

4/9/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$19,083.18 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELANA for the Fahey Family — FL

ElanaSean and Angela have been married for 17 years. They both knew since the beginning they wanted to grow their family through adoption. After being foster parents and adopting their foster daughter, they decided to pursue International Adoptions. After 12 years, Sean and Angela have four lovely daughters through adoption (ages 13, 12, 9, and 5). Three of their daughters have special needs and Sean and Angela continue to feel the need to add another daughter with special needs to their family. As soon as the family saw Elana’s picture, they knew she would be the new addition!

Please follow their journey to bring Elana home to her new family. Any prayers or support are greatly appreciated.

4/24/15—TRAVELING JUNE 10

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lovetoadopt5.blogspot.com

$304.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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