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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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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.

11/16/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED


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

$6,044.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA ROSE for the Eby family — MI

Lydia RoseRon and Laura have been married 22 years. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. Their two youngest daughters were born in China. The Eby family likes to spend time together, outside if possible! Laura has always dreamed of a large family with bio as well as adopted children and was blessed to marry a man who is wonderful with kids and willing to help her make that dream come true. Ron is a fireman and one of his favorite parts of the job is the fire safety demos he does at our local school and churches. They are excited to be making one last trip to China to add another daughter to their family!

2/18/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$233.77 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.

11/16/14—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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HARPER for the Nalle Family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.png20419135635 Harper-croppedRob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 22 years, and have two biological sons: 19-year-old Benjamin, who attends Liberty University, and 16-year-old Elijah. Five years ago, in late 2009, Rob and Julia learned about a 5-year-old boy named Aaron who was living with arthrogryposis (a.k.a. AMC), a condition that causes stiff joints and poor muscle development in the affected limbs. Even though Aaron’s difficulties were physical, not mental, he had just been transferred to an Eastern European institution for boys with severe mental disabilities. Unless someone adopted him, Aaron would never leave that sad place, except to go on to an even sadder one as an adult. Once Rob and Julia learned of Aaron’s plight, they decided to do whatever they could to bring him home.

Bringing Aaron home turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron— for it opened their eyes to the tremendous suffering of institutionalized orphans all over the world. Aaron’s institution was the saddest place Rob and Julia had ever seen, filled with lovable boys who were living in desperate poverty through no fault of their own. The Lost Boys of Aaron’s world had neither toys, nor books, nor stimulation of any kind. They wasted their days in open sheds, doing nothing, seeing and hearing nothing, idly waiting for the next meal or snack time to arrive. After witnessing the Lost Boys’ sad plight, Rob and Julia committed to helping more of them find homes. Since bringing Aaron home in 2010, they have done their best to raise awareness and funds for special needs orphans overseas.

For financial reasons, Rob and Julia have been unable to adopt again until now. In timing that only God could design, the possibility of adopting again arose just as they finished an enormous writing commitment this fall. Adopting a little girl felt right to both of them, and seeing Harper’s sad little face sealed the deal. Although Harper’s special needs are different than Aaron’s, she needs a loving family just as much as he did. Rob and Julia are also excited about adding the first girl to their family. They are stepping out in faith to adopt Harper, trusting God to carry them through.

2/24/15—APPOINTMENT IS THE END OF MARCH

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

$15,075.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LORA and LOVEDAY for the Clark family — IL

40225195110 (6)LovedayGrant and Bobbie, best friends for almost 24 years, adopted their son (listed as “Robert” on Reece’s Rainbow) from Eastern Europe in 2011 and they feel like they are the luckiest parents in the world!

Being first time parents in 2011 did take some getting used to – after spending almost 20 years together with just each other to take care of! But after learning some of the parenting ropes, and with their little one finally beginning to have better health and getting ready to start kindergarten, their life seemed on its way to becoming more predictable and settled . . . maybe even, could it be, “easy?” Uh oh! The two of them knew they wanted to adopt again someday, but was that time now? They hadn’t really planned on “right now.” But while recently reading the blog of an adoptive parent and child advocate, one young girl’s description grabbed their hearts – Bobbie and Grant just knew that “Loveday” belonged in their family. Grant’s words as soon as he listened to the description that Bobbie read to him were, “We should go get her.” They later learned that it would be possible to bring little sister “Lora” home during their journey if they could obtain home study approval for two children – and they did! Now all three of them are excited to be bringing home their girls – a big sister and a little sister!

Although Bobbie and Grant are a little nervous to be climbing onto the adoption roller coaster ride again, they both have felt an overwhelming sense of peace about their decision to once again venture into the world of being new parents. And they are excited to get their girls home, where they belong. Thank you for being a part of this family’s journey!

2/18/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

Follow the adoption journey of the Clark family on their blog at gethimhome.blogspot.com

$78.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSAN for the Colfack family — NE

 photo fwbutton150.pngSUSAN 4Rex and Melissa have a wonderful family and have been blessed with three biological children, but adoption has always been in the forefront of the couples mind as a way to grow their family.  Melissa, especially, has been thinking of adopting since she became familiar with Reece’s Rainbow back in 2007.  In her early career, Melissa worked with many young children with special needs and was drawn to the work being done through Reece’s Rainbow.  After filling their tree with ornaments of the precious kids that had touched their hearts Rex and Melissa were drawn into the idea of adoption after falling in love with one of the children featured on the website, Susan.  After much discussion and prayer, the couple, along with the support of their children and families, made the decision to look into adopting the little girl that had captured their hearts.  After contacting the placing agency they began researching the adoption process and decided to make this precious little girl part of their family.

 

2/11/15—LOA RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at all4hannah.blogspot.com

$2,432.18 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.

2/17/15—DTC (DOSSIER EN ROUTE)

$4,519.53 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHAWN and MURRAY for the Warren family — AZ

Shawn (4)Murray (3)Scott and Lisa grew up in the same small town and attended church together. They started dating in college and have been married for 16 years. They have 6 children; Noah – 15, Luke – 12, Jack – 10, Kaia – 9, Josiah – 8 and Asher – 4. Adoption has always been on Lisa’s heart. When their second son was born with complications, they were thrown into the world of parenting a child who had special needs. When they began their first adoption in 2005, their experiences with their son led them to pursue a child with special needs. They brought home their first and only daughter from China the following summer. Adopting their daughter changed their family in ways they couldn’t imagine. They felt so blessed to be her parents. In 2008, Lisa traveled to China a second time to bring their 4th son home. Over the next few years adoption continued to be on Lisa’s heart and specifically, HIV adoption. It was during the summer of 2013 that “Shawn” first caught her attention. He looked so much like their son Jack. When she sent his picture to Scott, he though it was their son! She watched “Shawn” and waited for him to find his family, but he continued to wait. She contacted RR on 8/8/13 and asked about him. Scott was still certain that their family of 8 was complete, so Lisa continued to pray for the Lord’s direction. She couldn’t seem to shake this little guy and thought about him daily. Over the next few months, the Lord began to work in both of their hearts. Little by little the doors opened and hearts were changed. Scott surprised Lisa on Valentine’s Day with a journal that said, “Let’s go!”. After a lot of prayer and seeking, Scott and Lisa both knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that “Shawn” was their son. This will be a journey of faith from start to finish as they bring Shawn home. Scott and Lisa are trusting the Lord for his provision and direction every step of the way.

2/24/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 17

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

$6,941.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

 

2/17/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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

$2,346.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNAMARIE and ETHAN for Kelli and Dustin – KS

 photo fwbutton150.pngannamarie-2Ethan Oct 2013 (3)Dustin and Kelli met 18 years ago at college. It was love at first sight! They were married 1 ½ years later in a simple, outdoor ceremony. A few years later, they became pregnant and lost their first precious joy in an early-term miscarriage. Shortly thereafter though, God blessed them with a healthy baby boy. They went on to have five more children, one pregnancy providing a set of twins! Dustin and Kelli feel blessed to have their dream jobs. Dustin is running his seventh generation, family farm. While Kelli is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom.

Adoption had always been on their hearts, but it was just never the right time. Until one day, a photo of a beautiful 15 year old girl came across Dustin’s Facebook page. He knew immediately that God was calling them to travel to Eastern Europe and bring her home. Shortly after committing to AnnaMarie, God also showed them a second child. After much prayer, the family has also committed to Ethan. They are sure that this is just the beginning of their adoption journey and look forward to expanding their brood, by traveling to whatever country God calls them to next. Their children are the joys of their life and the whole family is very excited to meet their new members. They ask for your prayers during this new season of life.

2/23/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 16

$106.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVAN for the Orta family — GA

Evan 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.

2/6/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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

$403.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ZOLA for the Obenauf family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pngZola Photo 2 Apr-2013Stephani 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. When a friend posted about “Zola”, Stephani knew instantly that hits little girl was meant to be her daughter.

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 “Zola” with a bright and happy future.

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

2/10/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$3,500.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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XAVIER for the Butler family — NY

butler 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.

2/3/15—DOSSIER IN TRANSLATION

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

$1,992.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

2/10/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$2,182.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/6/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$10,599.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRAVE and SAIGE for the Wetherington family — FL

 photo fwbutton150.pngBraveSaige (1)We are the Wetherington Family. We have been married for 15 years and have 7 amazing children. Our journey into the world of special needs began long ago, but never did we imagine that we would one day become the parents of our own children with special needs. Nearly 4 years ago, our youngest son, Isaac, was diagnosed with many special needs in utero, including a very severe heart defect, and was not expected to survive until delivery. Not only did he survive, but we were gifted with 18 AMAZING months with him. He had numerous open heart surgeries and other numerous surgeries and procedures during his short lifetime, and spent many of those months recovering in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU, and we were so thankful for every moment we shared with him. Never could we have imagined the immense joy and unimaginable heartache that would come from birth of our amazing boy. He was such an INCREDIBLE gift who forever changed our lives. In our complete heartbreak, we knew we had two choices. We could either choose to be angry at God for taking our sweet son from us, or we could be thankful for privilege of being his family, even though our time with him on this earth would feel far too short. We knew we needed to choose the latter. We knew that we had to do something with the lessons that our amazing son taught us. As we were learning to live our lives without our son, we knew that there were children in the world who were learning to live their lives without a family by their side. They had no one to fight for them…..no one to be their voice….no one to love them every second of every day…..and no one to show them their incredible worth. We knew we had to do something, and thus began our journey into the world of adoption. In October of 2012, we brought home our two incredible sons from Ukraine, Max and Ryder. Ryder has Down syndrome and Max has a complex heart defect and other genetic syndrome. They are both 3 ½ years old now, and are such amazing blessings in our lives. Once we were home with Max and Ryder, we knew even more how desperately children needed families, and in July of this year, we welcomed our newest son and daughter, Anchor and Stori, into our family from China. Our daughter just turned 14 years old, and she has Cerebral Palsy, and our son is 5 ½ years old and he has Down syndrome. They are both so amazing, and we are so blessed to have them in our lives. While in China, we were able to meet our daughter’s friend who had recently aged out. In that heartbreaking moment we knew that we could do more….that we had to do more. Shortly after coming home, we saw someone advocating for an incredibly brave little boy who has been longing for a family. But, his chances of finding a family were pretty slim because most would consider him too risky. He was considered too risky because he had a serious heart defect that had gone unrepaired for nearly 10 years. He has been deemed inoperable and terminal in China. I pleaded for people to be willing to take the chance on him…..that he was worth it. We knew how incredible of a blessing he would be to a family if they would be willing to push their fear aside and take the risk. As I pleaded for others to be willing to take the risk, I wondered if we would be willing to do the same if God asked us to take the risk. And in that moment, we knew that He WAS asking us. We are so excited to push our fear aside to welcome our incredible son, Brave, into our family. “You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way.” (Bethel Music)

 2/17/15—LOA RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeyoftheheart5.blogspot.com

$3,147.59 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.

 1/22/2015—DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING LOA
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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JUSTICE for the Scriven family — CO

JusticeScrivenWe are the Scriven family. We have two biological little girls, three and six, and recently adopted our 14 year old son Luke from China four months ago.

We were in the adoption process for almost three years. For two of those years we were geared up to adopt a baby from the special needs waiting child list. Little did we know there would be no baby in our future, instead we fell in love with a 13 year old boy, and it was the BEST decision we ever made as Luke is joy and light to our family.

We thought we would wait a couple of years to help Luke bond and settle into our family, and then possibly adopt a baby. Once again, a baby is not in our future, nor is waiting. 13 year old Cole (who was listed as Justice), Luke’s best friend from the same orphanage, has stolen our hearts. We first ‘met’ Cole back when were making the decision to adopt Luke. We thought Cole seemed like such a sweet boy and were sure someone would adopt him quickly. Cole must be adopted before May 1st before he ages out and is no longer eligible for adoption. We never in a million years would have thought we would go back to China so quickly.

Luke and Cole have similar special needs. Both boys have heart conditions are small, each only coming in at 4’ 3” inches. How amazing is it that God put these two boys together with similar conditions, who are best friends, and then moved our hearts to adopt BOTH of them!

We could use all of the support you are willing to give. We cannot gather the funds to go back to China by April this quickly to adopt Cole after Luke’s adoption without your help. If you donate, please know that we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for helping these two boys to reunite, for Cole to have a family, and get the medical attention he needs.

2/19/15—LOA RECEIVED

$16,124.73 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JACKSON for the Bouchard family — MO

021Rick 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.

12/21/2014—DOSSIER in COUNTRY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.changetheworld147.blogspot.com

 

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LADYBUG for Chris and Kami — CO

 photo fwbutton150.pngChris, Kami, and their two young daughters’ journey toward adoption started before they even recognized it as such. Even upon marriage, Chris and Kami talked hypothetically about a desire to adopt “one day.” In the midst of losing three sweet babies to miscarriage over the course of 12 months in 2011-2012, God revealed that “one day” was much sooner than they would have guessed. Slowly and surely, they have been reading and researching, praying for waiting children, supporting others’ adoptions, and prayerfully seeking God’s timing for their blessed opportunity to give a child a family. They are excited that the time has come!

They feel unequivocally called to adopt a waiting child from an Eastern European orphanage. They are excited to pursue little Ladybug to give her a family, the chance to learn about Jesus, and the opportunity to reach her highest potential. They acknowledge that this will be difficult work. But they know that our God is our Redeemer, our Comforter, and our Strength. And, they simply believe that every single child is a blessing – regardless of his or her abilities, history, future, or labels the world has attached to them. They covet your support in this endeavor and ask for your prayers for Ladybug and their family.

2/12/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$14,565.58 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARIELLA for the Karrick family — GA

mariella-2014-update4_20141104164511830Steve 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.

2/12/2015—DOSSIER IN COUNTRY

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EZRAH and EDEN for the Thew family — CA

 photo fwbutton150.pngEzrah2EdenNathan and I have been married for almost 10 years. We have 4 super fun kids. Three were born here in america and one was born in Uganda and adopted by us two and a half years ago. My husband is a United States Marine and I am a Waiting Child Advocate helping to find families for “harder to place” children.

We saw the files of these two children in China and fell head over heels in love with both of them. The boy is two years old. He has “joint contracture of both knees” and very low muscle tone so at this time, he cannot crawl, stand or walk. This could stay the same once he gets home, or seeing a doctor here and getting therapy may be a huge game changer for this little guy. Either way, he will be very loved and he will still have tons of fun. :) The girl we are hoping to adopt is six years old and she has brain abnormalities (listed in her cart are: hydrocephalus, hydrocephalus-UP bypass, atelencephalia, arachnoidcyst of left side). She needs to get into a family fast so she can also be loved, seen by doctors and have daily therapy to help her reach her full potential. She will fit right in with our eight year old and our five year old. They are super excited. :)

Thank you for reading this and considering helping us. We know that this can only be done by the grace of God, the approval of China and our “village” here. Without one of these three, we cannot do this. It feels vulnerable, but at the same time exhilarating to get “out of the boat” and “walk on the water.” Scary and amazing

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Meade

 

 1/12/2015—LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptfunding.blogspot.com

$6,186.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ASHER for the Mack family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngAsher Photo 2 May-2013Justin and Lindsay have been married for almost 4 years. They have always had a special place in their hearts for individuals with special needs but never knew the true reason why until now! They finally heard God’s calling loud and clear and took a step in faith & began the process of adopting this sweet little boy.

The Macks currently do not have any children of their own but they are excited to start their family with such a precious gift. They look forward to filling their house and hearts with an angel like Asher.

The Macks will be able to provide Asher with a loving and caring home where he will be loved by many! The family greatly appreciates prayer warriors through the process and any financial assistance they may receive.

1/8/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghappinesshome.org

$3,418.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PATTON for the Lanz family — OH

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn July of 2014 the Lanz family attended a reunion for children from the orphanage where two of their girls spent the first six/seven years of their lives. There were many other adopted children in attendance with their families. It was so much fun to meet online friends and give the girls a chance to reconnect with children they knew.

Also at this picnic were a group of children who are still orphans but who were being hosted in the states for a few weeks for the cultural experience. One of these children rated a GASP from their daughter Abigail when she saw him. Later when he saw their girls, he took Jen’s hand and quietly said her Chinese name. It was a very sweet moment! It seemed obvious that there was a “connection” between him and their daughters. After all, they were infants together and grew up in the same place. He even shared a room with Jennifer until she was adopted in 2013.

They had the unusual opportunity to spend many hours with “Pat” over the course of the next three weeks and came to love this gentle boy who seemed to genuinely care about the people around him. He was quick to share and didn’t demand his own way. He was cheerful and happy and had a smile that lit up their world. He was helpful, and especially looked after Jen. He fit in so well with their other children, and they dreaded the day that they had to tell him, “goodbye”. He returned to China at the end of July.

What followed were days of heart searching and questioning themselves and wondering how in the world they could do this again one more time. They adopted two girls in April of 2013 and returned in March 2014 for Isaac. Again?

BUT, they spend hours with Pat. They spent days with him. They know this child! In his book, “Radical” David Platt wrote, “We learned that 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.” On August 19, 2014 they received their pre-approval from China to proceed with Pat’s adoption.

Ethan and Randi appreciate your prayers and support as they work to bring Pat home and welcome you to follow the journey.

2/18/15— TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

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

$3,109.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JULIANA for the Knight family — VA

JulianaGalin and Emily have dreamed about adopting for as long as they have known each other.  They have two adorable little girls and are excited about adopting the rest of their children!   They learned of Juliana through some homeschool friends who have recently adopted Juliana’s former roommate.  As they heard about Juliana from her best friend and ached for the situation for orphans in this part of the world, they quickly fell in love with Juliana and knew she was the daughter they’d been looking for!  Please help us reunite these precious teens that grew up together on the other side of the world!  Please help the Knight family bring home their daughter before she turns 16!

2/5/15—DOSSIER  SUBMITTED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at trusting3-5.blogspot.com

$20,169.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABBI for the Noll family — FL

AbbiJoshua 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!

2/9/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$210.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JANIE for the Long family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngJanie Photo 2 - April 2014The story of redemption is powerful. One that speaks to the heart of all men and begs the question, “why me?” Yet in the life and very death of Jesus Christ – we see the act of redemption, reaching out to the poor and desperate, seeking those who needed to be found, healing those who were sick, sinful, and hopelessly lost. Ultimately Christ gave the ultimate gift, His very life, to redeem all people from sin and He continues to give the gift of eternal life to all who believe.

The theme of redemption echoes in our very souls, moving us forward to show the love of God to others – just as Jesus did for us. In Hebrews we are commanded, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16.

It is with this in mind, that Matt and Katie have begun a new journey that God has laid before them. It will be a long road, with possible disappointment and frustration, but overflowing with blessing beyond measure and the fulfillment that comes when obedient to God’s leading. Adoption.

A little girl has been calling to their hearts, “come, take me home.” She is an orphan. She has been waiting her entire life for her very own family. She has Down syndrome and cataracts and needs a family who will love her, support her, and help her reach her full potential.

God has uniquely equipped them to understand the needs of children with Down syndrome, by giving them a son with Down syndrome. They are surrounded by an amazing network of family, friends, church members, doctors and educators who share the same passion for helping those in need. They have been uniquely prepared to welcome another child into their home, because they have 5 children of their own and have experienced a myriad of trials and tribulations .

Matt and Katie are anxious to meet their new daughter and covet your prayers, words of encouragement and partnership with them on this new journey.

1/8/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$5,110.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NIGEL and NELLIE for the Gadbois family — MA

NandNbirthdayBrian and Nissa have been married for 23 years and are the parents of nine children. Adoption was always part of the plan for the Gadbois family, since before they were even married. They have been around adoption for many years as orphan hosts and adoption advocates.

Brian is an ordained deacon and an electrical engineer. Nissa is a stay-at-home mother and a professional photographer. The Gadbois Family operates a 300 acre farm in central Massachusetts with the help of their adult children. They make maple and birch syrups and honey, raise vegetables, dairy goats, and sheep. They also run a herd of cattle for another local farmer. All nine children still live at home and lend a hand on the farm.

Their special ministry is to the family, believing firmly in the mandate to care for widows and orphans, and in their responsibility to build up and strengthen all families. The Gadbois’ eldest daughter Catherine is in homeless ministry, working with expectant mothers.

“Nigel” and “Nellie” came to the Brian and Nissa’s attention at a time they didn’t think they could adopt. Many weeks had passed when someone else recalled this beautiful brother and sister to them. It was obvious that the Holy Spirit was prompting them to move forward. After some prayer and discussion, they decided to step out in faith to make these two beautiful children a part of their family. Thus far, as needs have arisen, God has provided. They are trusting in His goodness, and to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who will read about them and their children to bring to fruition what God has planned for this family.

2/12/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

$13,267.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA JOY for the Pace family — SC

LydiaJim 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.

2/6/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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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SALLY for the Stum family — CO

Sally (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.

2/11/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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

$1,309.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TWO BOYS for the Pellegrino Family

Pell boysAlthough Kim and Eric met in middle school, they married later in life (ok, so meeting in middle school is a stretch as they were both teachers there). Once they were married they left their home state of New York to move to Maryland. They continued to teach with the hopes of filling their home with the blessings of children. As the years passed they came to realize that birth children were not in God’s plan for them. Rather than search for answers in biological terms, they chose to begin their search in the many faces of orphaned children. In September of 2012, they brought their first son Anthony home from China. His cleft lip and palate was likely the reason he was abandoned and his age was likely the reason he was still available. Knowing the joy that Anthony brought to them, they soon found Anthony’s little brother. Gabriel came home from China exactly one year after Anthony. He too is considered by China to be special needs with psychomotor developmental delays. While they were considered “special needs” all Eric and Kim know is that they are SPECIAL. Both boys are so full of life and personality! Eric and Kim only wish that the boys birth parents could see the thriving, happy, beautiful children they have become. Anthony is now five and Gabriel will soon be three. As time went on Eric and Kim knew that they had the space in their hearts and home for an older child who didn’t know the love of a forever family. It wasn’t long after their second that they knew God was guiding them to their next child. Little did they know that it was actually TWO and yes, boys again! Michael and Matthew are from the same orphanage and are friends. They have been waiting too long for a family and China only recently decided to process their paperwork and let them be known. Michael will be 10 in July, 2014. Although he was born without feet, he runs, jumps, and plays with the energy of a 10 year old. Matthew recently turned nine and has the most precious smile. While he can hear well, his special need is the absence of an ear. While in China these children have three strikes against them – their special needs, their age and the fact that they are boys – little do they know that they are already loved by a family that is eager to bring them home. Can you imagine the look on these boy’s faces when they are told they are being adopted AND together as brothers?! Please take a second to think about the moment they get the wonderful news……and consider helping the Pellegrino’s make it possible.

2/13/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD

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

 

$10,813.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHUCK for the Pitcher family — MT

ChuckNate and Julie have been married for nearly 17 years now.  They love their chaos filled life; chasing their five biological children from sports, to spelling bees to piano. It’s a simple life, but it’s what they would choose over and over again. Life is about faith and family. It’s about talent shows, Disney sing-offs, homemade pizza, family home evening, wrestling and yes, basketball.

Adoption was not part of their immediate plan when two years ago they stumbled across the profile of a child meant to be theirs on Reeces Rainbow.  They spent a week in country meeting and falling in love with her, and then the birth country formed a law that banned this adoption. Their hearts, and those of  their biological children, were broken. She would never come home. Starting another journey has been a difficult decision.

The knowledge that there was another child for their family nagged at them.  After a few months, Julie and Nate began to study the profiles of children waiting for their forever families. This little face became familiar. And tender. And then, it became theirs

This journey has taken such different direction that what they would have imagined. But they acknowledge their Heavenly Father’s hand in it, and are so excited to add to their family by bringing this little man home. He has NO idea how life will change with 2 brothers, 3 sisters and a mom and dad.

Bring on the ‘firsts’….

2/17/15—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN MAY

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

$19,492.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

 

12/15/14—STILL WAITING FOR NATIONAL APPROVAL

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

 

$407.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

 

2/20/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at awhiteriverrunsthroughit.blogspot.com

$106.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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

2/20/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thefarley4.blogspot.com

$582.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

12/18/14—DOSSIER APPROVED; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/graham-family-adoption/201171

$4,275.71 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)

 

2/24/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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

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

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SHELBY for the Patrick family — NC

ShelbyinChinaRandy and Angela Dawn Patrick have been married 18 years and have 6 children ranging from the age of 3-20.  God has truly blessed them allowing them to care for these children.  Adoption has always been a plan of theirs that is why they have 3 belly babies and 3 chosen from their heart and minds babies.  All have been equal blessings and the occasional trials as well.   They look forward to adopting from China and seeing how the journey unfolds.    Please join them in prayer and support as they work hard towards bringing Sunshine to Shelby.

2/5/15—LOA RECVD, AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$6,553.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GEORGE for the Northrop family — GA

GeorgeScott and Teresa began dating when Teresa was just a freshman in high school and Scott was a sophomore.  They have been together ever since.  They have five biological children ranging in age from 22 to 7 years old, and a beautiful daughter-in-law.  About six years ago, God added another young lady to their family who will graduate this May from college.  A little over a year ago, they adopted two children with special needs from China, ages 8 and 4.  Their adopted daughter has a rare form of dwarfism, which has led them to reach out to other families and organizations for support.  That’s how they learned about “George”.  His photo and information was on a blog advocating for orphans with dwarfism.  Something about his smile drew them in.

Last time they adopted, the entire international adoption process took just under a year.  This time, because “George” ages out in mid-March, they have to complete everything in less than two months.  They must be in China and have physical custody of “George” no later than March 9th.   This doesn’t leave much time to raise the funds necessary.  Please prayerfully consider helping to bring this handsome young man home to his happy new family.  His siblings and parents are so excited and thank you for your prayers!

 2/11/15—LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ready4leapoffaith.blogspot.com

$1,906.95 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.

1/8/15—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN MARCH

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

 

$5,779.22 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEANDRA for the Averett family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngLeandra (1)Dean and Tori have been happily married for 25 years and have 6 beautiful biological children, 4 boys and 2 girls. They recently adopted 1 amazing little boy with Down Syndrome that they found here on Reece’s Rainbow (Percy on RR) and are now adding to lifes adventure by adopting Leandra. They always knew they wanted a large family. Dean and Tori talked about adopting several times throughout their marriage because they love children and love sharing their lives with them. They are active and have many passions and hobbies and do everything together. Their youngest son with Down Syndrome has lightened their lives and brings more happiness and laughter to the family everyday. After finding and donating to Leandras Angel Tree Grant they knew that she too belonged in their family.

Please consider helping Leandra and the Averetts unite as a family and contribute with a tax-deductible donation. They are very grateful for everyones help, prayers, support and blessings as they embark on there next adoption journey.

 

12/1/14—USCIS APPROVED 

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

$6,826.19 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FRANKIE for the Deerman family — AL

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God has richly blessed our family. God allowed me the honor of marrying my “high school” sweet heart. He blessed us with two children who are an amazing gift to my wife and I. We are a close family who loves time together and are thrilled to be in the process of bringing home our son from China! We began our adoption journey with a beautiful little boy we met on Reece’s Rainbow by the name of “Ellison”. The door to adoption closed when the Russian adoption law changed. Like many families our hearts were broken and we grieved…but God in his wonderful timing led us to this precious little guy who we can not wait to bring home as part of our family. I am a pastor in Alabama and my wife is a social worker. We, along with our children, are grateful that God in His great mercy is allowing us the privileged of adopting Frankie. I can not wait for the day when we are able to bring Frankie home. We love him dearly and he already is being used by God to teach us more about God’s great love and mercy.

Please pray for us as we continue in the adoption process. Pray for “Ellison” and the other children of Russia that God would provide loving homes for each child. Pray for Frankie… God has wonderful plans for the wonderful little boy and I am honored to have a front row seat to watch His beautiful work unfold.

2/16/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN APRIL

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

$1,178.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

12/9/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID), AWAITING 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!

$3,881.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVERETT for the Johnson family — ND

 photo fwbutton150.pngEverettBlake and Crystal have 2 young biological daughters and thought their family was complete. Little did they know that God would lead them to Reece’s Rainbow through friends who adopted a little girl from Eastern Europe last Christmas. Crystal scrolled through the many faces of children who need families and read many blogs of adoptive parents. After learning about the neglect of these children, they prayed. A lot! They had never seriously considered adoption. Especially international adoption. They are planners. They are not risk-takers. But they love children. They love God. They want to be obedient to God’s calling.

Since they have two girls they decided if they were to adopt they would like to add a boy to the family. They were waiting for clarity from God of what age of boy, from which country, what type of special needs, when to start the process. One day the older daughter talked of a discussion she had with Blake about getting a boy in the family. Blake said they never had the discussion so they believe it must have been a dream. They were wondering what God was up to! Then about four days later they were presented with Everett’s information and fell in love. The decision was prayerfully, fearfully, obediently made to add this precious little boy to their family.

They appreciate your prayers for provision, protection, unity, peace, and health.

2/5/15—DOSSIER  SUBMITTED

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

$1,229.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KEEGAN for the Vantrease family — KY

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Keegan (1)Mike and Anita have been married for 28 years. Anita was adopted at 11 months old. Her dad was also adopted but at the age of 3. He actually was one of the last orphans to ride the orphan train. Anita and Mike had a heavy heart to adopt as it’s always been a part of Anita’s life. They have 4 children all adopted from China and began the journey back in Dec. 2000 when they brought home their first daughter Emmi from Nanchang at the age of 12 months with the nsn program. She is now 14 yo. In 2003, they found their second daughter Maggie on the first sn listing. Her need was cl/cp. She is filled with energy and bounces through the house twirling and doing cartwheels. Not even thinking about a son, they felt the call again to adopt. But this time, God had a different plan for them, it was a son. They found Jacob at the age of 3 also on a sn list. He had a club radial hand. Anita advocated for him and didn’t even realize he was to be their son. Then God layed it on her heart and she knew!!! Trusting in Him, they started the journey to bring him home. Again, what a joy he has been to their family. In 2009, their heart became heavy for the older child. With prayer and trusting in God, in 2010 they found their daughter, Faith, age 12 yo. She was listed with Sequalae from a brain injury, cp. Since coming home, Faith has adjusted very well and is learning with leaps and bounds. It is with great joy that she is coming to know Jesus and attends a Friday night Chinese worship group and then of course on Sunday too. Now as the Vantrease family starts the journey again to their second son, the entire family is giddy to get him home. As with the previous 4 children, Keegan will be loved and adored. He will grow and learn about the love of Jesus in a home where He is present everyday.

2/18/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD

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

$4,292.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

1/16/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING LOA 

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

$6,903.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NOAH and PAXTON for the Matthews family — ME

NoahPaxtonAddison 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!!

2/20/14—AWAITING LOA

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

$7,708.32 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

***UPDATE! The Reed Family is THRILLED to announce that along with receiving their LOA for Talia, they also received another special gift for Christmas…PA (Pre-Approval) for their newest Princess, Caitlyn Nicole!!! Caitlyn just turned two and is just 10 months younger than her big sister Talia! These sweet sisters are going to have so much F~U~N playing together and growing up with one another!!! Caitlyn has “Designer Genes” (better known as Down Syndrome) just like her sisters Mikayla and Khloe at home. She is developing well and we can’t wait to see all that is in store for her with the love and support of a family as well as access to proper medical care and therapies! You can read more about the amazing way that God led the Reed family to Caitlyn on their blog!

The Reed’s are expecting to travel in just a few short months (end of April/early May) to bring Talia and Caitlyn home. EVERY single dollar donated to help them bring their darling daughters home is a HUGE BLESSING and so very much appreciated!

 

1/6/15—LOA RECVD for Talia/PA and USCIS Approval RECVD for Caitlyn!

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

$5,494.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEAH and ROXIE for the Foerch family — IA

 photo fwbutton150.pngLeah 1RoxieChad and Erin Foerch met at Cedarville University and became college sweethearts. They have been married 13 years and have four biological children: three boys ages 11, 6, 1, and 1 girl, age 8. Erin graduated with Elementary Education and planned to return to school for a degree in special education. She has always had a heart for kids with special needs. Erin currently home schools their children and plans to continue home schooling after the adoption. Chad and Erin planned to have another biological child, but God began stirring individually in both of their hearts towards adoption. They found their daughter on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love with her through her pictures and her profile. She will fit in perfectly in their family dynamic. Their children are all very excited to bring their new sister home, especially her big sister, Eden. They are currently open to adopting two children and are praying that the LORD will make His will clear. They greatly appreciate the financial support along with the ministry of prayer and encouragement that comes from Reece’s Rainbow.

2/13/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD

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

$3,192.93 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ASTOR for Eric and Blythe — SC

472_photo1_Jul14Eric and Blythe met in college in 2006 and soon married in 2007. While they were dating, they would talk about how they knew adoption would play a big part in our their family would grow. After their first son, Hendrix, was born in 2009, they started seriously looking into adoption and how the process of domestic adoption worked. God placed Emma Kate into their lives in 2011 and their family has never been the same! She is a spunky, loud, sweet, adorable, strong-willed little princess. When Emma Kate was 5 months old, Eric and Blythe got the surprise of their lives….they were pregnant! They had been told that they would never get pregnant on their own but it turns out that the Lord had other plans.

Bennett was born in 2012 and soon after his first birthday, Eric and Blythe started having friends who were adopting internationally. This really open their eyes to a side of adoption that they had never considered. After praying for several weeks, they decided this was the time and they would be adopting again!! They started looking at profile pictures on RR and just begging the Lord to show them their next child. Blythe was looking at the profiles during nap time and one day she came across Astor’s picture. She immediately called Eric and directed him to Astor’s profile. The rest is history!

They are extremely overjoyed to be starting the process of bringing him home. He already has two brothers and one sister that cannot stop talking about him. They are continually asking, ‘Does he get to come home tomorrow!?’. Astor is already loved by so many of our friends and family and now we are ready to fight to bring him home! Please consider helping us through prayer, encouragement, and financial donations. We are taking a huge step of faith and trusting that our Lord will provide everything we need.

2/15/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$16,164.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.”

2/20/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED, OFFICIAL MATCH RECVD

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

$5,520.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/26/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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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