The Warinners are happy to announce their commitment to adopt an orphan girl from Eastern Europe. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring her home! Derek and Sarah became interested in adopting from Eastern Europe through a large family newsgroup, when a prayer request introduced 4 brothers who needed a family. As they followed this story until they were adopted by another family – they got to know about orphans in the region including several with special needs. After several months they were introduced to “Casey” and “Iggy”, two orphans with cerebral palsy who were nearly too old to be adopted (both were 15 years old at the time). Derek and Sarah felt that Casey and Iggy would have difficulty thriving in an adult institution, so they acted quickly to make the proper government filings to become eligible to adopt them before they “aged out”. After completing their home study and fundraising, they made the trip to meet them. They bonded quickly with the children and, after prayerful contemplation, decided they should become part of the Warinner family! In March 2014, Casey and Iggy became Lucas and Matthew, the newest (and oldest) Warinner children. Derek and Sarah have enjoyed having Lucas and Matthew in their family and have put considerable effort into accelerating their development. After only a year it’s clear the kids are making great progress!
Derek, Sarah, and their 7 children Maria, Jeremiah, Michael, Daniel, Gabriel, Lucas, and Matthew, anxiously await the adoption process approvals and arrival of a new daughter into their family. They are fundraising to obtain resources to cover the international adoption costs, travel expenses, and her process to enter the US. Thanks for your partnership and support!
We are a family of 8, soon to be 10.
I’d like to tell a little story if I could so please bear with me. A month or so before Xavier went into the hospital Andrew and I had come to the conclusion that we were going to go back to China. It had been 2 years since the boys came home and everyone was healthy and calm. We had our schedules down, we weren’t scheduled for any surgeries, the kids were rocking in school. We were a family of 8.
It was time. And so we started the paperwork for a special someone who has been in my heart since I started advocating 4 years ago. And then Xavier went into the hospital.
And the world stopped turning. It never crossed my mind in that first week and even into the second week that we wouldn’t be leaving the hospital with him. He had pneumonia. RSV. That was it. Lots of kids get it. We would just get through this, go home, obsess over the medical bills and quietly panic every winter when the other kids got sick. And then it started getting weird. They started pulling in specialists from every department to try and figure out what was going on. Heart, kidneys, genetics, autoimmunity, GI, and on and on. And even when his kidneys failed and they put him on the ECMO machine, I lived in denial. He was coming home and worst case scenario was that we would have to do dialysis short term. My husband allowed me to live there because it kept me sane. And best case was that we now had every department on board and we would finally be able to figure out why he wasn’t growing, why he wasn’t thriving… Something I had been working to get since he came home! And frankly denial is a good place to live in when your head is telling you one thing but your heart won’t listen. Life without my guy just wasn’t an option. We had always known he wouldn’t have a long life like the other kids, but two years?? TWO YEARS?? No. Not happening! And so we fought. And fought. And God let us fight. We had hope. It was a daily roller coaster. Sometime hourly. And just when we had climbed the mountain and could see the other side (the lungs were clearing and they were going to slow down dialysis), we found the spot on his cheek. And then they realized that the spot on his hand had grown 10x larger within a day. And we fell back down the mountain never to find our footing again. We prayed, we cried. I made deals with God. So many deals. Anything to not lose my son. Anything to take him home with me. Please just don’t take him. Give me another 2 years with him. Another 6 months. Anything but now.
And everything was quiet. He was still.
We came to a point where we knew we had done everything we could. We had a meeting with all the doctors and they said the same. And so we made the decision to end life support. It was the hardest thing I will ever do. Ever. Even once the decision was made in my mind, it was getting the words out. Because once it’s said…
I kept wondering how I got here. We just came in for pneumonia. A cold. And now we were having to say goodbye? How could that be?
But as painful as it was, I was at peace. I don’t know how that could be, but I was. I knew we weren’t alone. We felt the prayers, I felt my Grandma close by, my best friend, Kim, my MIL. I go through so many emotions every day. I cry, I laugh, I hide. I keep expecting to see him when I enter the kitchen, when I go into his room in the morning to wake up Ethan. And I miss him so much. Sometimes my heart aches because I miss him so much.
In those moments I have to remind myself that our lives aren’t over and his has just begun. And that is my one comfort. I WILL see him again. I know I will. And I know he is whole now. He is running and jumping and laughing and singing. And as someone pointed out to me, he is pointing down at me from heaven and telling people “That’s my mommy and she loves me so much!”
It’s crazy to think that all roads lead back to adoption. We took a beautiful risk when we adopted him and we have been forever
blessed because of it. In fact, so many people have been blessed because of Xavier. The messages and letters I have received from people saying that they are going into nursing, physical therapy, missionary work, advocating, special needs teaching and so on because of Xavier has been incredible! We’ve seen it in our own children. My Maeve is set on becoming a special needs teacher because of her love for him. To think that our son was on this earth for 5 short years and he accomplished more than some do in their entire lives. He has changed lives for the better and all because of his smile, his innocence, his love of life, his will to live. And so I will continue to advocate for orphans in his name. And we will continue to adopt as God sees fit. We will continue to bring children home, whether into our family or by helping others, because that is what life is all about. Moving forward. Bringing families to children. James 1:27 “To look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
And so with that being said, yes, we do have an announcement. We are continuing our paperwork and bringing home two children. Yes, two. We had started the paperwork for one but when Xavier passed away we felt like we could now give this second one the attention and medical that was needed. A child that I wouldn’t have dared to bring home in my past life. And so we are bringing home two. We need prayers. We need prayers for calm, for peace, for certainty. The children are excited for their new siblings and I think this will really help with the healing process. Because of Xavier’s special needs, no child is now a “special need”. They are a child. And so whatever the future brings, it brings hope. It brings family. Our daughter, Bevin Grace, is one that I have been advocating for over 4 years! I have watched her go from a sweet little toddler to a beautiful young girl. And our +1 is a sweet child who will be the baby of the group and spoiled rotten. They will both have family and we are so excited!
11/23/15—WAITING ON LOA
Steve and Trisa along with their four daughters are eagerly anticipating the adoption of these four brothers in Eastern Europe. “I saw the pictures of Luke and Jason and knew they were supposed to be a part of our family. Then to our surprise and delight found out that they have two older brothers! Caleb and Tyler both with cognitive delays.”
Steve and Trisa believe God has allowed them this amazing opportunity and are believing that He will provide as the expenses for adopting four children at once will be great.
They are currently working hard to get all the paperwork and Home study complete and are hoping for a travel date in the next 6-9 months.
Jay — soon to be named Dominic — is vision impaired, with a diagnosis of Congential microphthalmus . He is currently being cared for in a facility dedicated to the blind and vision impaired orphans. When Dominic saw a friend recently go home with his new forever family, he asked, “When will my Mommy come?”
“Mommy is coming, Dominic!” Heidi would like him to know.
Please consider helping to bring Dominic home.
Heidi is the loving single Mom to two wonderful sons adopted from China. Ben (cleft l/p) was adopted at 3 ½ in 2006, and Evan (profoundly deaf) was adopted at age 6 in 2012. Heidi is a former elementary school teacher with a huge heart for children and passion for advocacy for orphans with special needs.
“Being Mom is the greatest blessing of my life,” she explained. “I saw my new son Dominic’s profile, and immediately new he was meant to join our family. As a single mother, the expenses to adopt can be scary, but one morning I passed a church sign that said, “God doesn’t ask if you are ready, He asks you to trust him.”
Dominic will be a part of a loving family with 2 terrific older brothers and a loving Mom. He will have a loving extended family with Aunties and cousins to dote on him. He will get the medical and educational support he will need to thrive in life. Thank you and God Bless you for all that you do to help children join forever families!
11/21/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Paul and Katherine met in 1989 at their local church and were married in 1994. Their Christian faith and family life have always been integral parts of their marriage. They’ve been blessed by God with a beautiful daughter and two handsome sons. As a couple, Paul and Katherine have always been open to life as a true gift from God and sought to do His will. This openness to God’s work in their life has led them to answer the call in their hearts to expand their family through the wonderful gift of adoption.
By the grace of God and the support of like-minded Christian friends, Paul and Katherine learned of Reece’s Rainbow and the wonderful ministry of special needs adoption. When they first learned of Barnaby, a handsome 18 month old boy with Down Syndrome, their hearts stirred as they believed their prayers had been answered. Since, they’ve been working hard to be able to bring Barnaby into their active, loving family environment. They seek to shower him with love and support, to help him in his development toward his full potential, and to allow him to share the love he has to give to all those who meet him.
Paul and Katherine and their children are prayerfully and joyfully awaiting the time when Barnaby becomes a part of their family in this journey of life. The family requests and sincerely appreciates the prayers and financial support of friends and family around the world. Please consider a donation to assist them with their adoption expenses. They thank you for your support and continued prayers as they journey toward bringing Barnaby home to his loving, forever family.
11/20/15—COURT DATE SCHEDULED
Rachel Lawrence is beyond excited and blessed to soon be a mother for Austin. She is an intervention specialist (special education teacher) and also runs a horseback riding program for kids with special needs. God is in control and he has been blessing and paving the path to help bring Austin home. This is her first adoption and she is beyond grateful for all the support and prayers of those around her. Rachel is a single mother who has always known that she wanted a family through adoption. When she came across Austin on Reece’s Rainbows, she just knew it was time to begin her family and Austin was who she needed to bring home! Rachel can’t wait to meet and hold Austin. He will be growing up on a small farm with family and friends close by. Thank you for your prayers and support during this process!
You can follow our adoption at rachelsadoption.weebly.com
The Allen family is adopting again! This will be their 2nd (& 3rd) adoption of a deaf child. Their story really began 21 years ago, when Jamie went to college to be a Sign Language Interpreter, but then became a stay-at-home Mom; always wondering why she was given such a passion for the Deaf community. Eleven years ago, John and Jamie met. When they married a year later, they were immediately thrown into the life-long task of “blending” their family, since John had 2 children and Jamie had 3. Through 4 additional years they added 2 more biological children to their blender. Fast forward to 3 years ago, when John and Jamie went with a group from their church to an adoption conference to see what the group could do to help in Orphan Care. During that conference, John & Jamie were both lead to adopt. They thought God would want them to adopt through the US Foster Care System. They quickly realized, as doors shut in their face, that God wanted them to go to China to adopt a particular little boy, who was deaf. Tobias has been home 11 months now and is thriving! They are going back to China to adopt Devin, a 5 yr old girl, and Archer, a 12 yr old boy, who are both deaf. Deafness is a special need that seems to cause undue fear in people, which is apparent in the amount of waiting deaf children in China. They weren’t sure which child they should bring home, knowing both needed language as soon as possible. God has opened the doors wide to adopt both children at once! Their family knows American Sign Language to some degree, which will give both of the children, parents, and siblings they can communicate with, laugh with, and blend with. Soon the Allen family will have 5 boys and 5 girls. Lord have mercy, that’s a lot of noise, fun, and love in one 2500 sq. ft. house!
11/13/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
The Robinson family began their adoption family almost four years ago. While going through the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriages, they started to think perhaps they were meant to add to their family in a different way. Surprisingly, after reaching out to several adoption agencies, they learned they were expecting a daughter. Then, very shortly after her birth, (as these things sometimes seem to happen), they learned a son was on his way. Several months later, Mike (active duty Army) received orders to Germany. Not forgetting the plight of orphans around the world, adoption still weighed very heavy on their hearts and they assumed they would continue on the process when they returned stateside in several years.
As often happens, their ‘plan’ was not the one in action and Alexandria received an e-mail from a stateside agency that they had spoken with years before – completely out of the blue. It had a picture of a beautiful little boy and she knew with the same certainty that she did when she saw their biological son after his birth, that this was their son as well. After many a “can we do this” discussion, they decided to take on an international adoption while living overseas themselves. Several weeks later, intent was submitted to his country and accepted.
Alexandria, though licensed as a nurse, stays home with the children while they are so young and has recently joined the ranks of a homeschooling mom (a title she never thought she’d have, but once again, “plans” change!). Mike is a Warrant Officer with the US Army and thoroughly enjoys his career. Once home, their son will join two sisters and a brother. They hope to travel for the first trip later this year and have him home by the beginning of next year. This process is surely a test in fortitude and patience but they know this sweet boy’s life will be forever blessed by a family to tuck him in at night, comfort him when he cries, and have the medical care he desperately needs (he has a diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta) to have a healthy and fulfilling life.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourbulgarianadoptionstory.wordpress.com
The adoption journey started several years ago. Having 2 beautiful biological children but feeling that the Lord wanted us to use some of our circumstances to help other children.
On a cold January day our 4 month old son, became the victim of abuse. What occurred after that was a numbing event of emergency craniotomy surgery, several eye surgeries, years of therapy and legal battles.
During the several years that we had intense therapy and medical issues with our son we learned how frustrating and hopeless parenting a special needs child can be BUT we also learned that love has no bounds and our love for him did not wavier based on his ability to walk, talk, swallow or learn. We were blessed with a group of friends that came beside us and provided support in unimaginable ways. We learned the ropes of applying for Medicaid, maneuvering thru the school system special education programs and working with insurance companies to ensure therapy sessions for our son. We also feel immensely blessed that we were able not only to see God’s grace but we were able to experience it firsthand. Having gone thru this with our son has strengthened our walk with Christ and we have learned to lean on him for all things, giving thanks always. Although we would not wish this circumstance on anyone we see the experience as a gift from the Lord. Thru this life experience we changed, grew and learned to love more deeply.
Fast Forward several years, our son went thru years of therapy and although we were told his prognosis was grim and he probably would never walk or talk, he entered 1st grade at a Christian School and was a “normal” student for the first time ever.
He plays sports, sings in the choir and makes straight A’s in school.
It was about this time that we began to seriously consider adoption and using the knowledge we had gained to help another special needs child. We researched several programs and decided on adoption from foster care. It was a year long process and although there were ups and downs we were very blessed to be able to adopt an 8 year old boy. Our son was considered special needs as well since he had encopresis and often soiled himself many times a day.
We have now had our adopted son in our home for 5 years and he was legally adopted on 12/20/2010. He has been such a blessing and our biological children have done very well “sharing” their parents. Our adopted son’s encopresis has all but stopped. We worked with him diligently using positive reinforcement and making changes in his diet and at this time he seems to be symptom free.
After our sons adoption we found ourselves with 3 happy healthy children and we still feel the call to help special needs children. So we decided to adopt internationally this time because we know that every child deserves to have a family and to know what love is. We choose to adopt our 4th child, a girl with down syndrome and many other medical problems. We were privileged to bring our daughter home in November 2012 and we treasured the sweet beauty that the Lord blessed us with. In March 2013 our daughter passed away. Although she was with us such a short time we count it one of life’s greatest gifts to have been her family. During her short time with us she impacted many lives and upon her death we worked with the school she attended to build a special needs playground in her memory.
In many countries these children are unwanted and seen as a hardship and we feel this is our opportunity to extend the Love of Christ to a child that might otherwise never get to experience that. Although we will never lead a large congregation and we may never see hundreds saved on the mission’s field, we can serve one. We can bring the Love of Christ to this child; we can offer her medical care and a loving family. Her future will be bright for we firmly believe that “I can do all things thru Christ which strength me” Phil 4:13.
As a family we are confident that this is what the Lord has called us to do and we are filled with anticipation as we follow his leading in this next chapter of our lives.
Brian and Lora have been married for almost 25 years. They have three children at home, including two that are adopted, one domestically, and one internationally. They decided to continue building their family by adopting from the special needs program in China. They fell in love with “Eden” after seeing her sweet smile and bright eyes on their agency’s waiting list. She has hydrocephalus, and has had surgery to add a shunt to help her condition. Just a few weeks after connecting with “Eden,” Brian and Lora saw “Wyatt’s” picture on their agency’s page, and once again fell in love! They had not planned on adopting two at this time, but his sweet face stole their hearts. “Wyatt” also has hydrocephalus, although it has not yet been treated. Brian and Lora have already seen so many miracles and answers to prayer since beginning the process of adopting these two beautiful children!
We are Sam and Stacie Morgan. Sam is a US Army helicopter pilot and I am a stay-at-home mommy We have a 20 year old daughter, a 9 year old daughter, a 5 year old son (adopted from China in 2014), a 3 year old son (adopted from China in 2013) and our waiting son who is almost 13 (in China). We have always had a heart for the aging out children and as soon as we saw “Gene’s” face we knew he was ours. We can’t wait to bring him home.
11/24/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Michelle is a single mother to her seven children. She has four biological children and three children that were added to her family through adoption. Her oldest daughter and son-in-law have blessed her with a four year old granddaughter, a one year old grandson and another granddaughter due in 2015. She has a son currently completing the Police Academy and is top of his class. She has a daughter who is going to school to get her degree to work as an adoption social worker. She states she plans to have 3 biological children some day and 3 children who join her family through adoption. She has a son who will be graduating high school in a few months and plans to complete his college studies with a major in Equine Studies. Michelle adopted a medically needy sibling group from the US Foster Care system. They were biological siblings but never lived together until she adopted them. Her son has Arthrogryposis of his upper and lower limbs and is a double amputee with amazing Iron Man prosthetics. He is no longer medically needy. Her daughter has had numerous surgeries on her hip, has lower limb difference, wears leg braces, has had ankle reconstructions, and her cancer is in remission. She is also no longer medically needy. She adopted a 3 year old little boy from China in 2014. She traveled with her second oldest daughter and fell in love with the culture and her heart hurts for those left behind. Before her trip to China she fell in love with a beautiful bald little girl with amazing dimples who had waited on the shared list for over 5 years. When she saw how there was no future for her in China she knew she had to return to adopt her. She received an update shortly after submitting her letter of intent and she now has a beautiful head of hair and the same glowing dimples!
11/16/15—LID (DOSSIER SUBMITTED)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com
The Doloski family is growing again! Michael and Jennifer have been married for 20 years. Their children are Rebecca (17), Anna (14), Pavel Joshua (9) and Daniel (8). Joshua (formerly “Patrick” on Reece’s Rainbow) came home from Eastern Europe in 2012. While Michael and Jennifer were visiting with Joshua, they had a chance to meet and bond with his best buddy in the Baby House. “James” was funny, polite, kind, and so very handsome. Months after coming home, they were still talking about him, wondering how he was, and feeling like they had left him behind. They have made many inquiries over the last three years, hoping to bring “James” into their family as well. Each time, they were told “James” was not available to be adopted, his paperwork was not in order, and, finally, “this boy is not available and probably never will be.” As “James” moved from Baby House to older children’s orphanage and in and out of the care of his family, the Doloskis tried hard, with the help of a local charity, to keep track of the boy they loved. Hoping to help him stay in his family’s care, they even offered to raise the funds necessary for surgery to correct his special need – an issue routinely repaired successfully on infants in the United States. Many months ago, they were told “James” was back with his family. They thought – hoped – that his story had a happy ending. On Christmas Eve 2014, however, they received a picture from the local charity. “James” was back in the government’s care, this time for good, as his family could no longer care for him. However, he was not pictured alone. He was photographed embracing his little brother, “John.” After weeks of prayer and discernment, knowing they could not leave behind the boy who won their hearts so long ago, the family decided that the only thing to do was put up another set of bunk beds and do everything they can to bring these boys home. These adoption plans were, truly, unexpected, and, as a result, the family is hoping to earn and raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now and the beginning of September. Donations are sincerely appreciated. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at doloski.blogspot.com
Stephanie and Sean are at it again. They have been married since the beginning of time and have 5 children. Their oldest, Danielle, is 22 years old, a recent college graduate and growing into a fine young lady. Next is Cody. He is 20 years old and in college now and working with special needs adults. The youngest three came to the family through adoption. Cole is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 4. Caden is 6, adopted from Ukraine at age 2. Cooper is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 5. We thought we were done, but God had another plan. They both love Ukraine and thought if they ever adopted again, it would definitely be from there, but when they saw Noah, they knew he should be part of the gang. The little boys are affectionately called the “DS Mafia” and we are all excited for Noah to be a part of that. Please help offset the cost of the adoption by donating to Noah’s grant. Thank you in advance.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com
Mike and Shannon met in 2005 while working together as singers at a theatre in Savannah, GA. They were married 5 years later, had their first daughter in 2011, and their second in 2012. Both Mike and Shannon have always felt the pull to adopt, separately in their lives, and then surprised when the other also felt that calling.
Through many months of research, they decided on China as the country they would adopt from, and through advocacy, they decided that they were comfortable with the special needs program.
They found the profile of a Chinese boy who was blind and loved music, and were in love with him from the start. He was the same age as their oldest daughter, and he was from the same province as Shannon’s distant relatives in China, and shared a birthday with Shannon’s only brother. While not believing in signs, but not disbelieving, they requested his file, consulted specialists, and spoke with friends and family about this child. They are confident that he will blend perfectly into their family.
Their oldest daughter has told them numerous times that THIS boy is her brother, long before Mike or Shannon had made a decision. She is excited to teach him how to sing and dance, and hold his hand to teach him to walk around the city. She is also very excited about learning Chinese.
Before submitting for Donnie, however, they decided to wait and see if their agency could find them a second child that would fit their expanding family. In June of 2015, they saw their first video of their one year old little boy who has no special needs. After reviewing his file and talking with their family about this child, they decided that this boy would complete their family. Their children are very excited to have a new baby to take care of!
The Zaller family is excited to expand their family, and is thankful to everyone who has helped them thus far on their journey!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thethousandmileblog.wordpress.com
In life there are numerous things we miss because we are not willing to step out and be obedient. Fear sets in and we just become frozen in that fear. Greg and Kim Franks are no different in those fears, but the couple press forward in the clear call God has placed upon their lives. Ahead to what? Another adoption. Without a doubt, they both knew when they saw little Hava Rose’s face (aka Lila), that they had stared straight into the face of their child.
Throughout each of their adoptions, many have questioned why they were adopting again. With two healthy older biological children and 20 years serving in the U.S. Army, one might ask why now… but they both would consider it disobedience to their Lord if they did not go. Greg and Kim echo a good friend who said, “Obedience looks similar to insanity, and to some people it may be perceived as insanity… BUT… walk forward in insane obedience.” They continue to walk forward in insane obedience out of love.
Furthermore, the precious children within their home would not have been there without the calling. From two dear biological children to four blessings from China, they both learned over and over again that God knows best. On each journey to China, their hearts became burdened more and more each time. As David Platt has said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”
As they have looked back over the adoption journey, they have seen how God has stretched them and they have opened themselves up to whatever the Lord has – no matter what. Humbled and amazed, the couple saw over and over undeniable evidence that God was pointing straight to Hava Rose (Lila). Out of all of God’s promptings, Greg and Kim reflected back to one that they would like to share.
Through a mutual friend Kim was connected with another China adoption mom, Sarah. She and her husband had adopted a child with Down’s Syndrome. She gave Kim all sorts of information and encouragement. Three weeks went by, and the Franks had already moved forward to adopt this little gem when Sarah contacted Kim to ask if they had made a decision regarding the adoption. Kim quickly answered yes. Sarah began questioning what orphanage the child was from and when Kim told her she was thrilled to learn that her daughter and Kim’s future daughter were from the same orphanage. Soon, Sarah connected Kim with a mission group that goes to the orphanage on mission trips to love on and serve these dear children. Through their conversation, Sarah and Kim discovered that Sarah sponsored a child there. Guess who that child was?
YES! Sarah and her husband were the sponsors for little Hava.
When things get overwhelming and fear sets in, Greg and Kim go back to the numerous ways the LORD has pointed them straight to their little Hava Rose, who is across the world, waiting for them in China. She is chosen and dearly loved. They are beside themselves with excitement to get her home as quickly as possible. They would be blessed to have others join in to help bring this precious little girl home. Greg and Kim have requested, first and foremost, for others to pray for this adoption and if one feels led, to help with the costs of bringing Hava (aka Lila) home.
Resting in this verse, they know that God walks with them at each step: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
11/30/15— LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at kimfranks.blogspot.com
“Care for the orphans in their distress!” James 1:27. 160 million orphans in this world! Love at least one!
Adoption is the mission field of the Winslow family of New Hampshire. With nine adopted children (one of which lives in heaven!) and 2 biological children, they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives!
Last year they brought home their 2 Bulgarian blessings! What a joy this has been for them! God has told them that they are NOT done yet! They said, “send us God”, and He is sending them again. To familiar territory for yet another blessing!
This one is a precious 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome. They already love her!
Thank you for taking the time to encourage and support the Winslow family! They sure do appreciate it and love you all greatly!
10/27/15— DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at winslowsix.blogspot.com
Effie was found abandoned at the age of 2 months and she was placed in an orphanage where she currently lives. She turned 5 in October, 2015.
Effie has a Tessier Facial Cleft and congenital malformation of her nose which has not been corrected.
Effie’s country has granted me preliminary approval to adopt her and bring her home to live with our family.
As a single parent, I created my family through the miracle of adoption and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and a fabulous young son, all from Asia. I also have a wonderful adult son who I adopted as a toddler here in the United States.
There is still plenty of love to spread around and we look forward to giving this little girl the love and medical attention she needs to reach her full potential.
Aaron and Michelle were married in 1999 in Minnesota. They have moved to SW Missouri after graduating from college in 2003, and have been blessed thus far with six children. They have one daughter and five sons, ranging in age from 2 ½ -15 years of age, whom they homeschool. Their son was adopted when he was 5 years old from the U.S. in 2013. Adoption is an act of rescuing – for everyone (parents, siblings, relatives, child…) willing to partake in it. It requires a willingness to not have all the answers, to learn, to grow, to change, to stand on God’s promises, to face your fears, to pour yourself out, to weep, to laugh, to repent, to forgive, to be uncomfortable, and to know a depth of His Love and beauty you cannot comprehend. We are so blessed to be partaking in it again. Aaron and Michelle and their children now live in the country with some chickens, cats, a dog, a hamster and whatever critters the kids happen to bring home. They love learning together, reading, playing games, going for hikes and walks, talking, singing and playing music, working together, and traveling. About a year and a half ago the Lord laid it on Michelle’s heart to pray for a baby. She did not have any idea who or where this baby was, but she prayed. Aaron and Michelle have had quite a few conversations regarding adoption, and recently they were told about a little boy in China in need of prayers. They prayed for him and prayerfully considered him, even though they had never really considered adopting from China before. In the midst of this, they were led to pursue sweet Laine in China. Laine has Down syndrome and the Jaeger’s are excited to meet their daughter and sister and help her reach her full potential, and they can’t wait to discover and embrace what she will teach them. They recently read a statistic saying that children who have Down syndrome in foreign countries, and are not adopted by the time they are 4, are many times placed in institutions for the rest of their lives; and that sadly 95% of these children die. This all the more confirmed their decision to pursue their daughter in China! Of course their beautiful niece, Hannah, influenced them greatly, as did some other special children in their lives over the years. Hannah was adopted in November of this year and has Down syndrome as well. So, they move forward trusting and hoping in the Lord and resting in His Love. Please keep Laine in your prayers, and consider helping us bring her home! Psalms 82:3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
We are Jordan and Bethany Whiteley, and we are so excited to announce that we are adopting Mikah! When he joins our family, Mikah will become a brother to our two biological children — Jimmy (5) and Katherine (3). We are a happy family that loves God, loves life, and loves each other. We look forward to making Mikah a loved and valued member of our family!
For a number of months, we saw Mikah’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow, and along with many others, wished that a family would step up for him. We had no clue that we would be that family! Recently however, we received word that Mikah was suddenly being moved into a bad situation, and God laid it on our hearts to adopt him! After much prayer and discussion (and some encouraging words from some close friends), we made the decision to make him our son! We are now working to get him home as soon as we can.
Through all of this, we remember the compassion and love Jesus Christ had for us when He sacrificed His own life for us, and see how we are called to give the same love and compassion to those in need around us.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:16-18
To us, adopting a child is wonderful picture of what God has done for us — He adopts us to be His children, loves us unconditionally, and makes us heirs to eternal life. In the same way, we plan to take Mikah up into our arms, and give him a new life where he is loved and valued, and able to reach his full potential. We thank you for your help!
11/23/15—FIRST TRIP JANUARY 1
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardboardfort.net/adoption
Leon and Sheri Ricord have been married 10 years. They have an 8 year old daughter Lauren who is in the 3rd grade and attends a Spanish Immersion elementary school. The Ricords also have a 3 year old son Aaron who will begin Chinese Immersion Preschool this fall to prepare him for his future Chinese Immersion elementary school.
For many years now, the Ricords have seriously contemplated special needs adoption as they currently feel their family is not quite complete. Sheri, being a nurse, felt confident she could provide care and support to a child with special needs. In 2011, they began the journey of foster care parenting/adoption but that journey was cut short due to their wonderful surprise pregnancy of their son. The adoption journey was then halted but not forgotten.
Sheri first came upon the Reece’s Rainbow website and Facebook group in April 2014. She has felt very blessed and thankful to follow so many amazing adoption journeys. Sheri then became more and more involved in the Reece’s Rainbow adoption community and discovered the courage to possibly consider international adoption for her own family. The Ricords are no strangers to special needs care as both of their children were born extremely premature, requiring complex healthcare support following their births. Thankfully, their children are healthy and thriving, despite their very rough beginnings.
In January 2015, the Ricords discovered Perry, a precious beautiful 5 year old boy in China who has been waiting for an adoptive family his whole life. Perry has never experienced or understands what it means to have a mother and father care for him. Despite this harsh reality, Perry’s smile lights up a room. He is described as a true delight and joy to those who care for him in China.
Leon, Sheri, Lauren and Aaron cannot wait until they bring Perry home to be a part of their family. The Ricords look forward to providing him a loving and nurturing home life with the added comforts of the Chinese culture and language at his future public school! We trust he will truly thrive and grow in our humble little family.
10/19/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at … Coming Soon!
Because they are led…Cecil and Cathy met 15 years ago of all places commuting back and forth on the bus for their jobs. They have been married now 13 ½ years. Cecil has grown children, in addition to a grandson and Cathy is now a stay-at-home mom and homeschools their two youngest. They started their family through adoption in 2007 with their daughter at 16 months old, now 9, then again in 2009 for their youngest son at 22 months old, now 7, and one more time in 2011 for their son at 12 years old, now 16. They have all been adopted from China with various special needs.
Adoption has always been a part of Cathy’s life as she is adopted also. She knew she always wanted to adopt at least once and here they are adopting #4!
They believe this is their calling in life and very excited to be adding another daughter and sister to their growing family and they feel led to add as many children as God wants them to have! They would be grateful for prayers and support to help bring their daughter Ceilie into their family.
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. James 1:27
11/2/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site?pg=747782
Frank and Melissa have been married 24 years. They have a 21 year old daughter Emily, who is in college. Emily spent the spring 2014 semester in China learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. The Tilton’s have a homegrown son, Frankie who is 11 and in 6th grade. In August 2014, the Tilton family traveled to China for the adoption of Oliver and Gracie. Oliver is 6 and is in Kindergarten.Gracie is 5 and she is our Reece’s Rainbow sweetie.
In 2013 the Tilton family fell in love with a picture of Gracie on RR and she started this amazing adventure of adoption. She spreads love everywhere she is. Even though they have only been home a a year, the Tilton’s are thrilled to be returning to China. They are adopting Tori and she will be named Ruby. That name was chosen because Frank and Melissa believe she is a precious gem to be treasured and adored. The Tilton’s have a passion for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. Melissa is a special education teacher, specializing in working with children with emotional and behavior disorders and children from hard places. Frank and Melissa believe every child has value and unlimited potential. Their heart’s desire is to pour their love into their children and they are thrilled to be growing their family through adoption.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tiltonfamily5.blogspot.com
Colleen and James first met in college. Colleen was a freshman and James was a junior. After James graduated, they parted ways, then five years later they started dating. Two years after that, they got married, and they have been married for two years. After exploring state adoption and not really agreeing with their system, Elijah’s file basically fell in their lap, and James and Colleen knew he was theirs. Colleen and James have always wanted a big family, through adoption and biological children. Elijah will be their first child and they couldn’t be any happier. They cannot wait to show him the world.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://elijahsjourneyhome.blogspot.com/
When Nickolas Kupper makes a decision, he does it quickly. When he was 14 and in freshman Honor’s English, for example, he saw Crystal and decided on the spot that they would someday marry. She, however, needed convincing. After three years of intense research on “How to Woo a Wife in 137 Easy Steps,” (a book that has yet to be written; he doesn’t want to give away his secrets!), Nick was stunned when Crystal took a cue from the whole Laura-and-Urkel saga and caved. It was the best defeat and sweetest victory either of them have ever had.
With all the wisdom of teenagers, they married at 19. Today, at the much wiser age of 30, they are parents to Jack (7), Jude (4) and Avinly (2). As an Air Force family stationed in England, Crystal had no idea how literally she would have to take the “I will go wherever you go” part of her vows. Nick, meanwhile, had no idea that he would still be in the military after his first six-year commitment. But 11.5 years later, he’s still one of the Air Force’s best.
Crystal is a freelance magazine writer who grew up in a foster and adoptive family. Besides the Oregon Ducks winning their first national football championship, the thing she has wanted more than anything is to use her special needs experience through adoption. Despite that obvious decades-old passion, Nickolas played it cool until he saw Abigail on Reece’s Rainbow. He asked a few questions about her medical needs and possible future treatments. Approximately five seconds later, he asked, “What would you think about us adopting her? Look into it.” And just like the first time he saw Crystal, he knew that this girl was supposed to be with him.
Abigail has extensive medical needs. She also has an extensive ability to melt your heart with her smile and voice. Won’t you join the Kuppers on their adoption journey to the most beautiful girl in Eastern Europe?
11/30/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.crystalkupper.net/blog
When Ben & Jen met in high school in 1994 they had no idea the adventures God would lead them on. They got married in 1997, and went on to have 5 home grown children over the next few years. Pregnancy complications put an end to growing their family in the “usual way” and they started to look into adoption. Their house was tiny though and they were already cramped, so they knew it would have to wait till they could move.
In 2011 God brought them to the small farm with a big house that they had been dreaming about for all of those years and the doors opened to adoption at last. In 2013 He led them to adopt a precious little boy with cerebral palsy and profound hearing loss through Reece’s Rainbow. When they met him he was vacant, sickly, and thin. In just weeks of them meeting him he started to come alive. Over the 16 months in their care he grew and flourished. He was a changed child and they were a forever changed family. In early 2015, just after his 4th birthday, their hearts were broken as he was taken to Heaven suddenly in his sleep due to some medical complications. Their world was shattered. But the Kroll family knew that God had more in store for them. They had started to feel the pull to adopt again just months before the loss of their son. They put their trust in God and have stepped out in faith again, this time to adopt two children. They invite you to join them in this new adventure and help them bring them home!
10/26/15—AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at a-sparrows-nest.blogspot.com
Dennis and Rita have been married for 14 years, and are parents to five biological children, between the ages of 11 and 1 year. They had casually discussed adoption for several years, but late in 2014 felt compelled to look into more seriously. They didn’t know exactly what type of child they were looking for, only that God had asked them to, and that they would keep an open mind and heart to whomever God had in mind for them. When they saw Louise’s file, they felt strongly like she was the one they were being led to.
Dennis is a program manager for the local electric company and Rita is a registered nurse, though she is blessed to only have to work one day per week outside the home. They both come from very large families. They are an active family that enjoys the outdoors and traveling.
10/4/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at merrickfive.blogspot.com
Joey and Laura have been married for 31 years and were blessed with three biological children who have all grown up and now have families of their own. In 2012 the couple found themselves experiencing the typical empty nest syndrome but instead of putting together a bucket list and focusing on retirement, they felt like God was calling them to adopt a child. It took a few months to really come to terms with the idea of adoption because of their older age, but once they did God led them to a little boy in Haiti. After several trips to visit their son in his orphanage they were finally able to bring Beaux home with them to Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. Life with a preschooler in their home again has been adventurous. Beaux has a great sense of humor, loves life and keeps them laughing!
For the past few months Joey and Laura had been considering adopting another little boy so Beaux would have someone to play with everyday. But then they felt God was leading them to adopt a beautiful little 10 year old girl living in China who has Down Syndrome. You could say it was love at first sight! After much research and consulting with their adult children they decided to start the adoption process to make this special child their daughter.
The Davis’ appreciate your prayers and support to bring Noa-Grace home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey online at facebook.com/TheRaceforNoaGrace
Along with their children Pearson, Henry and Winnie, Chris and Stephanie are thrilled to announce their intention to adopt “Penny” from China, and she will be named STELLA!
Chris and Stephanie have been married 16 years and have 2 wonderful biological boys who are 12 and 10. In 2013, they travelled to China to adopt Winnie, a beautiful 5 year old with Down syndrome. Winnie is the light of their lives, and she brings so much joy and sunshine to everyone she meets. Since bringing Winnie home from China, this family has been so fortunate to experience the tremendous blessing of adoption. Parenting Winnie for the past year and a half has been such a gift, but Chris and Stephanie know that her life has not always been full of happiness and love. After their visit to the orphanage in China, Chris and Stephanie are heartbreakingly aware of the orphan crisis that remains in China and throughout the world.
Chris and Stephanie saw “Penny” listed on Reece’s Rainbow just two months before they travelled to China meet Winnie. She has been on their hearts and minds for all this time, and they are so excited to be able to bring her into their loving family now. Pearson and Henry are overjoyed to have another little sister, and they cannot wait to see “Penny” and Winnie grow up together forever.
Thank you for your love, prayers and support during this journey of a lifetime. Chris and Stephanie know they couldn’t do this without the wonderful community support of their family, friends and Reece’s Rainbow.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mamaonawire.blogspot.com
Robert, Elizabeth, and their children are a loud, vivacious, always-busy family of eight. Robert and Elizabeth met as young teenagers at their local shopping mall. Their first encounter, at the Blockbuster music store, consisted of Elizabeth questioning Robert with, “What are you listening to?” And his enduring reply, “Skee-Lo”. It was a genuine alignment of the stars.
In 2001, at the ages of 20 and 18, Robert and Elizabeth were married. A year and a half later they had their first biological child and then, one by one (except the last two… they came together!), five more followed. With such a busy household, they thought they were in for a nice, lengthy break from adding more children to their family.
They were wrong.
In March 2014 God got their attention in an undeniable way and told them: “You’re adopting from Latin America”. After the shock began to die down, they somewhat skittishly agreed. Very soon afterward God once again got their attention in a way they could not work around and He informed them (and confirmed in multiple ways) that they were to pursue a particular little girl. Her name is Lene. If they were to be totally honest, they’d have to admit to being caught by utter surprise that God pointed them in this little girl’s direction. Why? Because Lene has Down Syndrome. A child with that type of special needs was never on their radar. While God was busy softening their hearts toward what this would entail, He also began building a love for Lene inside them. Once they laid all of their fears and hesitations down at the feet of their Lord, they were changed. God had done a work in their hearts that was not possible in the natural realm. Not only did they say yes to God and to sweet little Lene, but suddenly they saw themselves with only her in mind. Regardless of legalities, this family feels that Lene is already a part of them and they are doing everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible!
11/23/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.amerrychaos.blogspot.com/
Jason and Erin first got to know each other in high school on a missions trip to Lithuania. Over the years they have been back several times and involved in English Bible camps and DVBS in a Children’s Home. Having seen the children and their needs first hand, adoption has been on their hearts for quite some time.Shortly after they were married they became pregnant with their 1st son. Erin had Hyperemesis Gravidarum, like The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, and they struggled with whether or not to try for another pregnancy. They did, and she again had the same medical issues with their 2nd son. After much prayer they decided to adopt a daughter from the country that means so much to their family.
The plan had been to start the process in 2016. God had other plans and made it clear that now was the time. They found the agency that works with L adoptions and applied. The new plan was to take this year to get through the paperwork and home study and save the needed finances. Again God’s plans were much better and different! They saw a picture of Kasmira and were in love! Their 4 year son is very excited about his new sister, he has been praying for her for months. The little 1 year old son has no idea what is happening but they are sure he will love another sibling to play with.
The Ballards are now moving as quickly as they can to get through all the required paperwork, home study, ect and bring their little girl home by the end of 2015.
11/24/15—TRAVELING JANUARY 6
Follow the Ballard family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.tobelongandbeloved.wordpress.com
The Laveys are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Ryan, a 5 year old boy from Eastern Europe with Down syndrome. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring Ryan home!
The Lord has blessed Andrew and Mary with 3 biological children and 1 adopted child: Abigail (17), Stephen (15), Lydia (12), and Jonah (4 1/2). Jonah came to our ho me when he was 1 mth old. Jonah has Down syndrome.
Their decision to adopt Ryan is not complete without telling the story of Jonah’s adoption. In 2009, the family cared for a foster baby who had Down syndrome. Their time with this precious baby lead them to start thinking about adopting a baby with Down syndrome. They realized Down syndrome was a condition they felt comfortable with and had some knowledge about. They were also made aware of the tremendous amount of resources such as early intervention therapies that are available to a child with Down syndrome. God worked in such amazing ways to bring Jonah to their family in the fall of 2010. They are extra blessed because of the beautiful relationship they continue to have with Jonah’s birth family.
Then in the fall of 2014, God started working on their hearts again – only this time instead of domestic adoption, God was pushing them towards international adoption. They “met” Ryan and fell in love and wanted him to be part of their family. Another driving force in their desire to adopt was when God revealed to them this difficult truth: The future for children like Ryan is that even if they are in good orphanages, this is not a substitute in any way for a way for a family. Also, eventually these children will age-out of the orphanage system. They next home for them will be a mental institution. The Laveys want to give Ryan a future with a family who loves him. They long for him to have a place to call home that is not an institution.
They are praying the same prayer for Ryan as they did for Jonah during his adoption process:
“Lord, you alone are [Ryan’s] portion and [his] cup; you make [his] lot secure. Let the boundary lines fall for [Ryan] in pleasant places; [and that he could] surely have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:5-6
It is the Lavey’s desire that their home would be Ryan’s “pleasant place”.
Follow the family’s adoption journey through their blog “His Pleasant Place”
9/1/15—USCIS APPROVED; DOSSIER in COUNTRY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hispleasantplace.blogspot.com
Joel and Stephanie Conner met at Calvary Chapel of Charleston, S.C., but fell in love while on a short term mission trip to a Mexican orphanage. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 children, both with special needs. Their first child was adopted from Mexico while they were teaching for 3 years in the same orphanage where they had first fallen in love. After the adoption was complete, they had to return to the USA because of their son’s medical needs. But orphan care and adoption was still their passion. They’ve experienced first hand the need for adoption, and also the JOY of adoption, especially regarding orphans with special needs. They have wanted to adopt another child with special needs for a long time and are excited that the door is finally opening! They are so thankful for God’s gift of little “Zhen” and can’t wait to bring him home to join Team Conner! They’ve decided to name him Gideon Gui Conner.
11/23/15—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY 2016
Follow the Conner family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.conneradoption.nationsbridge.com/
Glory is a two year old little girl with so much life to live. She suffers from chronic brain hemorrhage and cerebral atrophy. The Knapp family is working diligently to bring her home for much needed treatment, so that she can live a life full of love and family.
John and Takisha Knapp have been married for nearly 13 years. They have five children, two via adoption and three biological. This is their second adoption, they adopted two children with Down syndrome five years ago. The whole Knapp family is looking forward to adopting Glory from Africa. Just last year John became a saved man, and they have thrown themselves into various local and international ministries, working together as a family to reach out to those in need.
They thank you for your support and would covet your prayers for their journey, for Glory to make it home in time for the necessary medical intervention, and for her recovery.
11/3/15—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at dailybeginagains.com
Mark 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 as soon as possible. Please help with your thoughts, prayers and support to bring sweet Linny home. She has waited way too long.
11/23/15—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY 2016
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at markandmaryaske.blogspot.com
Bryan and Jenifer Parris had known for a long time that their family would grow through adoption. They also knew that it would be a child with Down syndrome. They assumed they would adopt through our local foster care system and that God would just deliver to us a baby with DS…probably leaving him or her on our doorstep in the middle of the night. Crazy thought, huh?
They got the paperwork to begin the process of foster care to adopt. They never even filled out one form and they found out they were pregnant! It made sense to get their new baby home and settled and then Bryan and Jenifer could pick up with their plans to adopt. Then Neely was born…and she just so happened to be born with DOWN SYNDROME!!
Was God really calling them to adopt or just trying to prepare their hearts to be Neely’s parents? They had to figure that part out. Then…..they saw MinLan’s (Laura on Reece’s Rainbow) picture….they knew she was part of their family. Moving forward, they have settled in as a family and were doing well. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done, but definitely enough love to go around.
Around Christmas time, their family chose sweet Timothy on RR to sponsor for the Angel Tree program. They put his picture on the refrigerator, asked for donations to help his account and even hosted a big giveaway right at the end to hit our $1000 goal. They did it!
Ruby Kate,their five year old daughter, walked around declaring that their family was going to adopt Timothy. Ethan their seven year old son, wanted to know why he did not have a brother at home and if Timothy needed a family, why couldn’t they become his family.
Then God began to work…Bryan and Jenifer began to see God going before them to make the impossible possible. He began to make a way where they had seen NONE. Bryan and Jenifer are trusting the Lord to continue to make a way. They are trusting that God will provide the funds needed to complete this adoption. One way may be through people like you. Please pray with faith that God would move mountains to bring their son home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.thestoryof1000.blogspot.com
Joe 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.
11/9/15—STILL WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thentherewas6.blogspot.com
Andrea 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 these boys are worth it! They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little men.
UPDATE: Jaeger has been adopted domestically, so the DeBoer’s will be bringing home Kjellsen and Robby!
11/20/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES