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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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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

$5,561.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STEVEN for the Davis family — UT

7626_13Taylor and Katie met at Brigham Young University on the very first day of college as freshmen. After a couple of really fun years dating and Taylor serving a mission for the LDS church, they were married in August of 2005. They have four incredible children ages 8, 6, 4, and 2, and are excited to make it five. Katie is a stay-at-home mom and loves it. Taylor works as a Statistician at KLAS Research. As a family the Davises are happiest when they are spending time together. For the past few years Taylor and Katie have felt that adoption would be part of their family’s story and they are thankful for the experiences they are having as they work to make Steven part of their family. They have already learned a lot from their adoption journey and they love this little boy and look forward to their future with him.

6/9/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED; MATCH APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tkdavis.blogspot.com

$2,667.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAURENCE’s family — IL

 photo fwbutton150.pngLaurence 2We are so excited to have Laurence/Lance join our family. I have had a heart for orphans starting at a very young age. I currently enjoy working in the field of special education, and have a great schedule for raising a family. I went back to school to get my Masters in Social work to hopefully start a ministry for orphans/foster kids someday. Although I have these big dreams, for right now, I am using what God has given me in the present moment. I didn’t really plan to adopt overseas, mostly because of the huge expense. In fact, I got my foster care license so that I can adopt a child from foster care in this country. I guess God has other plans at this time, and I am trusting in Him to provide. Lance will join two brothers. My biological son is 8 years old and he is half-Chinese. Lance’s other soon-to-be brother joined us in June of 2013 through a program called Safe Families and will be with us long-term. We are all looking forward to meeting Lance and have enjoyed the pictures and stories from so many people who have already met him and love him.

 

11/14/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

$497.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CARRIE ANN + KITT for the Davis family — LA

 photo fwbutton150.png40402200842 Carrie Ann40427101745 Kitt (1)As the years passed and many miles between them both had married other people and lost touch.  In 1989 Denise’s husband Tim had passed away and a few years later while shopping once again they both crossed paths and fell back in love. With Gary being a single parent they raised 6 children who are now grown.  During the years the Davis Family mission in Ukraine and brought medical supplies to orphanages.

During 22 years of marriage the Davis Family  raised 4 children from Denise’s first marriage, two children from Gary’ first marriage and have 15 grandchildren they love.  Through years of infertility treatments, IVF, several miscarriages, the loss of twins Gary and Denise decided to adopt.  After studying adoption for 10 long years they decided on Ukraine. After visiting the many orphanages they knew in their hearts their children were waiting for them.

In May of 2001 they took a Leap of Faith and went independently to Ukraine.  They compiled all their own paperwork and visited the National Adoption Center in Kiev.

They traveled to Odessa where they met their precious Makayla. At that time Makayla could barely walk nor could she talk. Makayla is now 16 years old dances and does not shut up.   Makayla’s diagnoses are Beckweider Syndrome and NF1.

The Davis’s decided to return to Ukraine to adopt a child they met during a visit to an orphanage in Uzhgorod and they returned on May 2002 where they adopted their son Patrick.  Patrick weighted less than 8 pounds at age 2 years and Patrick now age 14 years weighing almost 100 pounds.  His diagnoses are Aspergers, Mild CP, Epilepsy and seizure disorders.  Both children are beautiful and loving children which the Davis’ thank the Lord daily for his blessings.

As time passed they met Andrea the founder of Reeces Rainbow and viewed her site over and over.  A few years later as much heart searching they decided to adopt a child Reeces Rainbow had listed. With their hearts for children with special needs they knew this was the organization to find their next child. As both their hearts lead them to travel to Bulgaria to adopt the most beautiful little girl curly headed, silly girl there was.  And they decided to named her Chrissie after a dear friend’ daughter Chrissie that passed.  And on May 2012 they brought home Chrissie from Bulgaria and their lives have never been the same.

With their hearts still in love with the many children in Bulgaria they returned to adopt Jake and Gennie in 2013. Both Gennie and Jake have cystic fibrosis and very malnourished.  Shortly after their arrival home their precious baby girl Gennie has passed from CF complications and her small heart had failed.  During this pass year their hearts have ached for their little daughter Gennie.  As her bed sits filled with dolls and teddy bears they knew it was now time to adopt another little girl.

With three precious little Angels in Heaven they have led us back to go back to Eastern Europe and decided to chose another little girl off of Reeces Rainbow name Carrie Ann. Little Carrie Ann has Spina Bifida like the Davis’ daughter little Chrissie.  With their being over 147 million orphans in our world our Lord has guided our family to this little girl to bring home.  Please follow the Davis’s Adoption Blog and follow their journey in bringing home this precious little girl Carrie Ann.

11/12/14—APPOINTMENT IS DECEMBER 20

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

$2,553.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LYDIA for the Whicker family — MT

LydiaThe Whicker family is excited to be bringing Miss “Lydia” into their family!  Since adopting their daughter Thalia (who also has Down syndrome) from China just over a year ago, they have experienced joy they never could have imagined!  Although they thought their family was complete, Lydia quickly changed their minds about that!  The Whickers know that God placed her in their path for a reason and look forward to the day that they can finally be together.  Once home, Lydia will enjoy a house full of fun siblings, laughter, pancake breakfasts, blanket forts in the basement, backyard water fights, family talent shows, movie nights, cookie making sessions, snowman building contests, picnics in the park, and Saturday morning snuggles.  She will be showered with love and affection by her big, crazy family!  You’re invited to follow along with the Whickers via their blog as they work to get Lydia home where she belongs.

11/18/14—LOA RECVD, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY

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

$453.61 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

$16,434.77 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALEJANDRO for the Greene family — MO

 photo fwbutton150.pnggreene-alejandroAlthough his country’s guidelines won’t allow us to show you little “Alejandro’s” face, we CAN tell you that he is an adorable, energetic and and quickly growing 5-year old who deserves and desperately NEEDS a family of his own! This precious boy is Deaf and has been diagnosed with Autism and global development delays. He was a mere 2.2 pounds when born and has endured several surgeries as a toddler and has shown what a fighter he is! To see him doing somersaults now, you’d never guess the tough start to life he has overcome !

The Greene family has been married 7 years and has always considered adoption to grow their family. They were busy pursuing domestic adoption through the state of Missouri when they stumbled upon Alejandro. They were quickly smitten and soon realized they had been led to their son. Last summer they began the long process to adopt him and now they are finally THIS close to traveling to get their precious son and bring him home! (As soon as September 2014)!

Charles was adopted as a child and knows firsthand the blessings that come from finding your forever family and realizing how loved you are. Denise has spent over 20 years working within the Deaf community and with individuals with special needs. She is anxious to introduce Alejandro to basic Sign Language to help him communicate for the first time. Both are very prepared to offer this amazing boy a home full of the love, support and 1:1 care he needs to thrive and to start to understand his confusing and silent world!

This is their first child and first adoption and they are anxious to secure the remaining funding to allow them to complete the process!! Every single dollar donated is appreciated and needed! The Greene’s have exhausted all possibilities for further loans and grants, and have held numerous fundraisers. They now are praying for their story to reach those in a position to give and help them cross the finish line!

Their goal to be fully funded is $18,000.

9/4/14—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$4,101.92 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DANIEL and the Davis family — CA

RRDavisBio2RRDavisBio1Ronnie and Kim have been married since 2009 and are the parents of a sweet 3 year old boy. A few years ago, they found their way to RR and fell in love with a boy they only saw a photo of. Immediately they knew they had to start advocating to help find a family for him. When they learned that many other children with dwarfism and various special needs were laying in orphanages across the world, God started leaning on their hearts that an adoption into their own family was inevitable. Then one day a picture of a little boy with dwarfism was placed in front of them, and they knew he was born for their family.

Now seeing their little one in person can’t come soon enough! He will be snuggled, and loved, and probably bossed around a (tiny) bit by his older brother.

They truly thank you for all your prayers and support. They will be forever indebted to anyone who helps Danny become a Davis!

11/18/14—RECEIVED LOA; WAITING on ARTICLE 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at borntobeadavis.blogspot.com

$622.74 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.

11/19/14—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

$2,739.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PHINEAS and LOVE for the Lee family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngPhineasLeeKelly and Kevin (K.C.) have been married for 10yrs and have 3 children Kendall (8), Kopelan (6) and their newest blessing whom they just finalized on this past month Karis (1). They have been blessed by adoption 2x now and know the love and joy it brings to a family. They were foster parents for over 9 years in the past and worked/volunteered in various fields with children who needed a little extra love. To say their life has not been surrounded by children would be an understatement. Recently moving from the East coast to the West coast to be closer to Kelly’s family, they have just bought their dream house in the country. They now have the house, and the land and have even added some goats and chickens to the mix. After years of advocating, praying and donating to families bringing children home to their families Kelly and K.C. are stepping out in faith as they not only plan on bringing one, but two sweet song birds into their family! They are so excited and the older children are overjoyed at the prospect of a new brother and sister. Especially Kendall, she is enjoying the fact that she may become a little sister!

Committing to “Phineas” is very special to us. Kelly being his Guardian Angel has prayed and advocated for months for him. She has raised funds and talked to families late into the night that were so close to committing, but never did. Now we know why. He was our son. God was preparing their hearts. It was not until they committed to host two children through a hosting program P143.org and the hosting did not work out that they really felt the tug. Why wait? Why should we wait until summer hosting? Why should we make the kids wait? We prayed and struggled with what to do. It was K.C. that said, ” Why don’t we just adopt then”. So here they go…. Please Pray as they step out in Faith in this brand new journey of International Adoption!!

11/7/14—LOA RECVD, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY

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

$3,381.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KELLIN for the Kehoe family — MN

KehoeKathleen has had a desire to adopt ever since she was a teenager. Before marrying, Kathleen and Eric discussed the family they envisioned and agreed that an adopted child would be part of that family. Kathleen and Eric have now been married for 11 years and have 3 biological children (ages 9, 6, and 2). About a year and a half ago, Kathleen discovered Reece’s Rainbow and learned that children with special needs are routinely abandoned in some countries and have little hope for a productive and happy future, surrounded by the love of a family. It was with that discovery that Kathleen and Eric decided their adopted child would have special needs. Recently Kathleen came across the picture and description of a little boy (Kellin) who touched her heart. She shared this little boy’s information with Eric, who agreed that this was the child they had been waiting to add to their family.

Kathleen and Eric believe that they have a wonderful, comfortable life and have room in their hearts and lives for another child. They believe with all of their hearts that Kellin is the child that is meant to complete their family. They look forward eagerly to the joys and challenges of adding another child to their family!

While Kathleen and Eric are able to pay for about half of this adoption themselves, they will need to fundraise the rest. Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your prayers and support!

10/31/14—LOA RECEIVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog racing2kellin.blogspot.com

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$2,739.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CALLIE for the Maples family — FL

Callie 2011photoJonathan and Sarah met on Mother’s Day 1999 and were married less than a year later. Almost from the start they knew that adoption was going to be the method they would use to grow their family. In 2005 they brought home Samuel from India and through an odd set of occurrences Ivy from China at the end of the same year. While on these trips they saw the huge need of the orphans looking for a forever family, and felt especially connected to children with special needs. So in 2006 they adopted Ian from China who was born with sever bilateral cleft lip and palate. In 2008 they felt the call to adopt again and brought home Iris, who has a hand deformity, from Guatemala. Most recently in 2009 Jonathan and Sarah adopted Grace, who has Down Syndrome, from Serbia.

Now Jonathan and Sarah are feeling the call again to adopt a child with Down Syndrome. They immediately fell in love with Callie from China and have started down the path to bring her home. In addition to being an amazing addition to their family she would be a wonderful companion to grow together with Grace.

10/21/14—USCIS APPROVED

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

$15,896.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEPE for the Nelms family — VA

Since she was a little girl, Tiffany wanted a large family. At 30, Tiffany decided to adopt as a single mother. With a degree in social work and a love for international travel, she traveled most of Latin America over the last 10 years. International adoption from a region of the world she loved so much seemed a great way to start a family.

A friend shared several waiting children in Latin American and Tiffany immediately fell in love with Pepe. Having traveled to Pepe’s country in the past as a tourist (and loving it), it was an even better fit. Tiffany’s work with immigrant children in the US keeps her well connected to the Latin culture, a part of her life she wants to share with Pepe.

Pepe has some delays, but is a “people person” and makes friends easily. He is an active boy and his momma cant wait to get him home and keep him busy making friends and seeing the world.

 

Follow the Nelms family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://mipequenitocolombiano.wordpress.com/ 

10/1/14—OFFICIAL REFERRAL RECVD, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY

$4,066.34 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.

10/27/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeastor.wordpress.com

$15,592.32 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.

10/20/14—MATCHING APPROVAL RECVD

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

 

$2,138.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAMARIS and JAGGER for the Enberg family — MN

40502230723 Damaris (1)jagger2Eric and Tam have adopted previously and were not looking for another adoption situation.  They were busy raising their ten kids.  Then a little girl caught their eyes and they couldn’t forget her.

 

10/30/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,810.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALIA and OCEAN for the Snow family — WI

Ari in ChinaOceanMichael and Julie Snow were married in 1999. They became foster parents in 2000. They spent the next eight years actively fostering children of all ages with a variety of needs. Their eyes were quickly opened to the many children in need; so they set aside any pursuits to conceive biologically. They became aware of the unplanned pregnancy of a foster child’s birth parent, which led to their first adoption of a domestic infant in 2001. While most of their foster children did not remain in their home permanently, they also adopted four children through foster care from 2005-2008. In 2006, they felt God stir their hears in a new direction and began the process to adopt internationally from Ethiopia. Having eight children in the home closed the door on their foster care ministry; the diversity of their adoptions and family gave them a worldview vision of the need. Julie’s involvement in and connection to the adoption circle provided an opportunity to reach out to other adoptive families. Serving in that role brought three more Ethiopian born children into their family, whose first adoptive families had decided to dissolve their adoptions. The Snows completed two more domestic processes to finalize these adoptions making their own family now a family of thirteen!

The Snows have parented over sixty children in their home. Michael and Julie have found that helping to heal children who have suffered trauma is what they do best. They have dedicated their lives to this purpose. They don’t believe they are special, but that God has called them and equipped them through education and experience.

Michael and Julie previously explored adopting from China, but it wasn’t until a friend traveled to China in late October, 2013, and met this little angel, that they felt compelled to respond. the Snow children are very excited to welcome a new sister, soon to be named Ariomi! The Snows are also bringing home a son, Ocean. Well aware of the work and sacrifice involved, they know they will be the most blessed by this. They have total trust in God’s provision, but would like to invite others to share in the blessing by having an opportunity to give.

11/20/14—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD

$395.76 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.

9/8/14—USCIS APPROVED, DOSSIER EN ROUTE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog hopeinadoption.blogspot.com

$771.24 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.

10/10/14—DOSSIER IN COUNTRY (LID)

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

$8,171.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EMMA and SHAILEY for the Dubbs family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngEmmaShaileyBrad and Lori were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 28 years. They have adopted 9 daughters from China – the first three through the traditional program and the other six through the waiting child program.

Brad works from an in-home office doing risk management for a company, and Lori is a stay-at-home mom.

Brad and Lori did not set out to adopt again, however, this one special little girl kept coming to their attention. First, they saw her on a waiting child list and advocated for her. Later, they decided to sign up for a hosting program, although they did not realize at the time that the child needing hosting was the same child they had advocated for previously. Unfortunately, the hosting program was closed and they were unable to host her. Once she was listed with her current agency for adoption, they saw all of her photos and realized that this was the same child that Lori had been advocating for months earlier and the same one they would have hosted. It was then that they realized that she was their daughter! Brad and Lori applied and were matched with “Emma”, and they began compiling their dossier.

They became aware of another adorable little girl named “Shailey” who had the same special need as “Emma” (deafness). They quickly applied for her and have received pre-approval for her as well!

Brad and Lori are so excited to be blessed with two more daughters! All of the Dubbs children are very happy and eagerly await their arrival as well!

 

11/12/14—TRAVELING DECEMBER 18

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

$3,650.58 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.

10/22/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

$48.50 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.

9/4/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

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

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CHANCE and CALLIE for the VanHalle family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngChance Photo 7 Jun-2013Callie Photo 2 April 2014 - April 2014 cropIt’s only been 9 months since Angie and Jason brought their first daughter, Claudia, home after finding her on Reece’s Rainbow, but once again, they feel God calling them to abandon their plans, and to bring their son Chance home. Neither thought that they would be pursuing adoption again so soon after the first, but after seeking God’s will, and with the counsel of their close friends and family, they are ready to once again step out in faith.

 

Update, May 2014:  Angie and Jason have felt God calling them towards older children since shortly after starting the adoption of Chance, and they made the decision to add Callie to their ongoing adoption after praying and seeking the council of friends and family.

Callie is going to be their oldest child (by almost 6 years!) and Angie and Jason are actually just barely old enough to be able to adopt her. They have high hopes that she will be a great big sister to Claudia and Chance, and look forward to seeing her thrive in a loving family. The VanHalles would greatly appreciate your prayers, and can’t wait to see God in action this time around.

 

10/21/14—WAITING FOR DOSSIER APPROVAL

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

$3,502.83 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.

10/27/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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ARAN for the Bishop family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngAran (2)Aaron and Leslie have been hoping, dreaming, and praying for their child for the last three years. Initially, they started the traditional route of domestic adoption and opened themselves up to many special needs. Leslie is a special education teacher and Aaron’s uncle was adopted and has Down Syndrome. He has also worked with adults with varying special needs. They discussed their lives with children of varying needs and what they would be comfortable with; they soon found themselves open to almost everything in their grids. Eventually they were matched with a baby boy who was going to have Down Syndrome and they were overjoyed at the prospect. They made their travel arrangements and left home dreaming of bringing home their son. Unfortunately, the birth parents were not able to let him go and decided to parent. It took time and prayer to accept and to understand God’s plan and why that happened to them. The best part of that situation was the knowledge that they had an abundance of love to share and they were more determined than ever to find their child.

Aaron and Leslie started to look at Reece’s Rainbow and all of the children that needed homes. It was overwhelming the number of children that were in orphanages and they felt a calling that this was the way to go. It saddened them that these children were thought of as less than perfect in their countries and seemed entirely unfair at such young ages to go through so much. They started to research the different countries and requirements for each. Finally, at the end of February they saw him “Aran” and knew that he was destined to be theirs. Quickly, they began the process and were soon matched officially with him. It was a wonderful day when they received their Pre-Approval and knew that he would be their son.

Aaron and Leslie are completing their home study and dossier requirements in hopes of traveling in the fall of 2014. They continue to hope, pray, and dream of bringing their son home and sharing their lives with him through God’s grace.

10/19/14—LOA RECVD, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY 2015

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

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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

 

 10/3/2014—DOSSIER IN COUNTRY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptfunding.blogspot.com

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OSCAR for the Stallmer family — NY

OscarJeff and Caroline Stallmer married in 2003, and have been blessed with 3 biological children Madeline 10, Thomas 8 and Oliver 2. Oliver was diagnosed with Down syndrome 10 days after his birth. It came as a complete surprise to the family. Not knowing anything about Down syndrome they were devastated. Thanks to modern technology they were able to sit by his little crib in the NICU and start researching. They came across countless inspirational videos of all the amazing things that children and adults with Down syndrome can do and how much love they give to their families and friends.  Oliver has changed their lives completely.  They are apart of a community of amazing people.  Not long after they brought him home from the hospital they came across Reece’s Rainbow and knew that someday they would adopt a child with Down syndrome.  Today is that day.  W hen they saw the picture of Oscar they just knew it was meant to be.  They have been praying everyday and receiving some almost unbelievable little signs from God daily that this is what they are supposed to do.  Please help them adopt Oscar from China!

10/14/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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TEMPERANCE for the Willock family — MD

Temperance (2)Brad and Becky first met in 7th grade, their lockers were nearly side by side. Throughout middle and high school they became good friends and eventually on graduation day they started to date. They dated long distance through college and then married just after their college graduation in June in 1999.

In the past several years God has blessed the Willock family with 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls. Their second son has a rare genetic disorder that limits his mobility but not his personality. In 2006 they were blessed with the opportunity to adopt their daughter who shares the same disorder as their son. Then in 2012 God once again blessed them with the addition of their youngest son through adoption.

This time the Willock’s are looking to adopt internationally and they girls (who are outnumbered 5 to 3) have requested they bring home a little girl and they are prepared to head halfway around the world to bring her home.

The Willock’s are trusting in God to open doors for this adoption as He did in the past and can’t wait to share the amazing miracles He works in this process.

11/18/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$791.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FELIX, GRETA, and ROMEO for the Barnett family — TX

 photo fwbutton150.pngGreta40804201205 RomeoDavid and Stephanie met in 1991 at First Baptist Church Frisco through David’s sister, Cindy, who was Stephanie’s Sunday School teacher. Stephanie grew very close to Cindy & her family as she began babysitting Cindy’s son & daughter. David & Stephanie were only initially family friends who only saw each other at church when David came to visit his family since David was in college & Stephanie was in high school. Once Stephanie graduated high school & began college, their relationship forged into a friendship. However, all of that changed in November 1996 when David’s mother was in the end stages of terminal cancer. Stephanie rallied around David’s family & became a strong support & source of comfort to David. It was during this time that God made it abundantly clear that their relationship would become more than “just friends.” In the month that followed, they began praying and seeking God’s will & timing for their new dating relationship. A month later, in January 1997, David and Stephanie became engaged to be married. Over the next eight months, as Stephanie finished her senior year in college, they continued to seek the Lord in their relationship & prayed for ways to serve Him together. In September 1997, David and Stephanie were married.

Initially they did not want children, so David continued his career as an accountant & Stephanie began her career as a secondary English and Reading teacher. For the next four years they happily continued on their career paths continually praying that God would open doors for them to serve Him in a mighty way through their daily lives. In May 2001, Stephanie’s life was shattered when her brother, Shane, tragically passed away. During this time of unspeakable grief, David & Stephanie sought comfort in God & remained steadfast in their desire to serve Him. God, in return, began to change their hearts in relation to their views on having children. Within a few short months, Stephanie was pregnant with their first child. What started as an uneventful healthy pregnancy changed when Stephanie entered her 2nd trimester. On December 23rd, during a routine sonogram, the Barnett’s were informed that their precious baby no longer had a heartbeat. They were completely devastated & in mourning, but found comfort in knowing that their precious baby was with Jesus & that they would one day be reunited as a family. The Barnett’s also found solace as they continued to place their trust in God & believe that, in His Sovereignty, God still had a plan for them that included children.

In April 2002, God widely opened the first door that would place David & Stephanie on their life ministry when Stephanie received a call. A family member knew of a perfect newborn baby who needed a family because his birth mother was unable to care for him. Immediately, Stephanie told the family member that she and David wanted this baby! It was only after she hung up the phone did the word “adoption” form in her mind and sear into her heart. Her very next thought was, “Oh my goodness, I just committed to this baby and did not even consult David!” Oops! When David got home from work later that night, Stephanie informed him that he would be a daddy in a matter of days. Thankfully, David reacted with more enthusiasm over adopting their son than Stephanie did! Several days later, the Barnett’s became first time parents through the beautiful world of adoption. They named their precious gift from God Copeland Shane after David’s grandpa, Copeland, and Stephanie’s brother, Shane. It was at this moment David & Stephanie knew their family would be built through adoption & not biologically. They could not believe that God would bless them in this way & could not wait to see how He would grow their family!

In 2004, the Barnett’s moved to San Antonio & began to earnestly pray that God would once again open the doors to adopt another child. Stephanie was teaching high school English & Reading and, in 2005, met a teenager with Down syndrome who changed her life forever. Although he was not Stephanie’s student, this amazing boy asked her to help him with his homework each morning. As Stephanie tutored him, she could not help but fall in love with him & marvel at just how perfectly & beautifully God had created him. So, for the next three years, David, Stephanie, & Copeland prayed that God would bless them with a child with Ds whom they could adopt. In 2008, their many prayers were answered when God blessed them with a beautiful newborn baby with Down syndrome! God had now wonderfully added the words “Down syndrome” to the word “adoption” while building their family. They named their new son Silas Eli. In the New Testament, Silas was one of the first Christian missionaries who served beside the Apostle Paul. It was only fitting that they chose this name because this was the missionary journey that they had been praying for and that God had called them to. Eli was David’s grandpa’s middle name.

From the moment the Barnett’s brought Silas home, he absolutely rocked their world! They now knew that God would call them to adopt more children with Ds. In 2010, Stephanie was led to Reece’s Rainbow through an article in People Magazine and the Barnett’s lives were forever changed. Through a series of miraculous events, the Lord completely opened the doors for the Barnett’s to bring home THREE more children. A few days after Christmas 2010, they officially committed to bringing home Igor, Tihon, and Leeza. In October of 2011, David and Stephanie landed on US soil with Igor (whom they named Teague Josiah), Tihon (whom they named Trenton James), and Leeza (whom they named Maclayne Faith – Mackie for short). The Lord had now graciously added the word “orphan” to the words “adoption” and “Down syndrome” as He continued to grow their family.

Now, a little over two years later, the Lord has answered the Barnett’s prayers of adopting again by opening doors for them to bring home three more orphans with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. The Barnett’s are absolutely head over heels in love with Felix, Greta, & Romeo and cannot wait to bring them home! Please join the Barnett’s on their journey through prayer and support as the Lord once again grows their family through “adoption,” “Down syndrome,” and “orphan.” The Barnett’s are forever blessed and humbled by all those who have joined and will join them on their beautiful journey to fulfill God’s calling for their lives and ministry. Thank you!

17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.” ~ John 14:17-19

11/5/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at obedient2hiscommand.blogspot.com

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LISA for the Bison family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngUpdated Photo 2 - LisaJohn and Heidi were married in 2001 and became proud parents of their daughter, Ariauna later in 2001 followed by their son, Jaeden in 2003. Heidi has a degree in psychology and has worked with the developmentally disabled population and John is a veteran with a degree in criminal justice. John currently works full time while allowing Heidi to stay home and homeschool their children. As a Christian couple, they attend and serve at a local church where Heidi just returned from a 15 day mission trip to Indonesia.

Heidi has always had a passion for the disabled, which prompted her search for a career in that field. The hands on work with these people only strengthened the love she felt. Growing their family through the miracle of adoption was something close to Heidi’s heart so when she felt the Lord was directing her to pursue that calling, she shared it with John. Through time and prayer, John felt the same nudge from God and as a couple, they knew they must be obedient to the Lord’s calling. John has a special love for folks, both young and old, who have a diagnosis of Downs Syndrome so it was without question that they would pursue a special needs adoption!

John and Heidi’s children could not be more excited to have a younger sister and are already advocating for her to be treated just like them. Their compassion and love will help their little sister to develop into all that God designed her for. She has no idea the impact she has already had on the Bison family and the Bison family has no idea the joy that this sweet little bundle will bring to their family.

The Bison family asks for your prayers as they venture through this journey. If you feel led to help financially, no amount is too small!

10/9/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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$10,088.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KEEGAN for the Vantrease family — KY

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.

11/18/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

$2,684.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JONAH for the Steele family — ID

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Rob and Morgan are high school sweethearts and have been married for almost 12 years. They have 6 amazing children – some biological and some adopted. Rob is an officer in the US Navy and Morgan stays home with their crazy bunch.

They didn’t set out to adopt again, but once they saw the Mr. Handsome’s photo listed on Reece’s Rainbow they fell in love. They decided to take that leap into a 12-passenger-van-type-of-family (Something they said they’d never do!) and add another little boy to the mix.

These two parents are beyond thrilled to be adding The-Cutest-Boy-In-All-Of-China to their family. Six brothers/sisters are eagerly awaiting their new brother. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins can’t wait to love on this special boy. His extra chromosome just gives everyone more to love.

 

11/6/14—LOA RECVD

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$1,700.73 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’….

11/24/14– LOA RECEIVED

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$19,492.75 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.

 

9/4/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE 

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$6,773.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HALLIE for the Preciado family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngHalliePreciadoRyan 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.

11/18/14—AWAITING LOA

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

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DIXIE and GENEVA for the Musk family — MI

photogirlJeff and Sabrina believe that children are a blessing and over the last 25 years they have been very blessed. They enjoy having a large family. They have grown children and little children and children in between. Last year, they experienced a whole new blessing through their first adoption. Alayna was adopted from Bulgaria and came home in 2013. Ally has settled in and has grown so much. She is such a joy and everyone loves her.

This year the Lord has called them to another little girl in another country in Eastern Europe. This time it’s an older child whose time is running out. The Musk family is so looking forward to bringing her home. It’s not easy, but those who walk with Christ aren’t called to easy paths. It’s going to be a fast and busy time and they would definitely be blessed by prayers and encouragement.

11/18/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

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SAMUEL for the May family — PA

Samuel MayJoe and Audra May knew that a seed had been planted in their hearts and that adoption was in their future when they left a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in February of 2002. Expecting their first of what was to be 3 biological daughters at that time, they didn’t know when that might be. However, they committed to praying and seeking the Lord. 10 years later their bio daughters now 9,6 and 3, God had indeed called them forward to adopt, as they had already started the process in July of 2011. They were seeking to adopt a special needs little girl through China’s waiting child program. At the end of February 2012, they had found their daughter, Emmalin. She was living at Maria’s Big House of Hope, the same home co-founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth Chapman in honor of their daughter Maria. God had brought the connection to Steven and the seed for adoption had blossomed in their hearts and came full circle.

After traveling to China and visiting not only the orphanage Emmalin spent time in but also Maria’s Big House of Hope, as well as experiencing the miracle of adoption, their hearts had been forever changed. Joe and Audra began to pray and seek the Lord’s plans for their lives and whether God was calling them to adopt again. They had also learned and were very heartbroken for the thousands of little boys, more than little girls waiting for their forever family in China. February 2014, Audra stumbled upon the picture of a little boy on a waiting child page and she was immediately smitten. She was also surprised to realize that he was the same age and had the same medical condition, a form of Spina Bifida, as their daughter Emmalin. After sharing the little boy’s picture with Joe, who wasn’t ready to leap yet, they committed to praying. After a few weeks of prayer God revealed to them that the little boy was indeed their son and they were blessed to be able to pursue adopting him. This adoption, as was Emmalin’s is a complete leap of faith. Having no adoption funds to begin, God continues to pour out his blessings and open the doors as they pursue Samuel. Joe and Audra know that God can easily call the able to adopt but he often calls the willing and that’s what they are, willing to do the Lord’s work and to go where he calls them.

The May family is very excited and eager to bring Samuel home. They are eager to have their first little boy in the family and their daughter Emmalin is especially excited. Joe and Audra have been very open with Emmalin concerning her adoption. Through many conversations she already understands and likes to share with others wherever they go, that Samuel is from China and will be adopted just like her!

The May family would covet your prayers for their family and Samuel as they journey to bring him home. They are also blessed and so very thankful for any financial blessing they receive, no amount is too small.

10/9/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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

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TALIA for the Reed family — PA

 photo fwbutton150.pngTaliaWendy 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!

 

10/27/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

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A Family For LETTIE and BRANDI

 photo fwbutton150.png40720105029 Lettiebrandidatabase-1Once upon a time, there was this hilariously not-so-little family, who kept thinking they were missing somebody. The sisters in the family kept voting for a little girl, to help even out the numbers, and the boys thought a baby sister would be awesome. So the mommy and the daddy prayed, and talked, and waited for God’s direction. Then one day, it came! And WOW- it’s time to go! There’s a little girlie waiting, fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator, just waiting to be snuggled and kissed and loved to pieces by her well-prepared and experienced soon-to-be family.

They’re ready to travel soon, so if you have a few dimes or nickels or a random unused inheritance (haha!) that you’d like to toss in to help them get her home quickly, it would be greatly appreciated! While they’re keeping it all rather hush hush right now, you better believe that once that referral is accepted and they can share that she’s theirs, you’ll be bombarded with pictures!

Thank you all for your prayers, and support!!!!

8/22/14—WAITING TO TRAVEL

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QUINNLEE & EVERLYSE for the Hurst family — MI

Quinnleehurst-everlyseQuinnlee has had a hold on so many hearts.  So many people loved her and prayed for a family to come forward for her.  She finally has a family that is moving forward to adopt her!

The Hurst family is so excited to announce that she is their daughter.  Their oldest daughter, Faith, prayed for a little sister fervently for so long and her three brothers are just excited that they still outnumber the girls!  Katie and Craig have prayed for Quinnlee for two years and finally realized that God was calling them to her.  They have loved her for so long that the whole process seems surreal to them.

They have kept a verse hidden in their hearts for her as they prayed.

John 1:5 “And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”  They are confident that while Quinnlee may never see light that she will be the brightest part of their lives.

10/23/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

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ARIC for the Kojak family — FL

HeinrichChris and Ali have been married for 7 years and have two beautiful children already entrusted in their care.  Their spirited little girl is three, and they have a sweet man cub who is one.  Adoption has always been on Ali’s heart and a number of years ago she somehow found Reece’s Rainbow.  The babies on this site haven’t left her thoughts since.  You can’t unknow what you know — and they both felt convicted to ACT as a result of what they learned about children with special needs in other parts of the world.  God has been working on growing their family biologically the last couple years, and recently made it clear that NOW was the tie to pursue adoption.  They are over-the-moon to be adding this little love muffin to their family, and would sincerely appreciate your prayers for him and their family as they learn and grow and stretch over the course of this journey.

 

10/14/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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Little Brother for the O’Brien family –

OBrienHi! 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!

 

8/8/2014—I800 SUBMITTED; AWAITING ARTICLE 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at alittlebrotherforcecelia.blogspot.com

 

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LENNY for the Nap family — WA

 photo fwbutton150.pngLenny (3)The Nap family found Lenny in June of 2013 on Reece’s Rainbow.  While compelled to be his prayer warriors, the Lord had not yet moved them to pursue his adoption.  Through a series of events and confirmations from the Lord in the beginning of 2014, they sent in their application to adopt Lenny themselves the beginning of March 2014.  He will be joining 4 brothers and 2 sisters that are so excited to be getting a new brother!!!  Please help them bring Lenny ho me.  He is greatly loved.

10/21/14—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

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ARMANDO for the Short family — OK

 photo fwbutton150.pngArmando (4)Margo is a Christian woman and family medicine doctor who desired to be a mother. God provided that opportunity in 2009 with her first adoption from Ethiopia. She now has three daughters adopted from Ethiopia, ages 9, 5, and 3. Her 3 year old has Down syndrome. By the grace of God and love of her family and ffriends, this little girl went from only being able to roll over, to being able to sit up, crawl, then walk, sign, and speak a few words, all within 1 year.

Margo and her daughters are excited to add a precious boy to their family!

8/6/14—HOPING FOR COURT IN OCTOBER

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CHARLEY for Aaron and Jenny

Charley2“Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.”-Isaiah 55:5

Aaron and Jenny live in beautiful north Georgia and have been married for almost nine years. God has richly blessed them with three precious children. Their oldest son is six, their second born son is four, and their newly adopted baby girl is two. In January 2011 Jenny read the book, “Choosing to See” by Mary Beth Chapman. Her eyes were opened to the plight of orphans worldwide and she knew in her heart that their next child would be adopted. Through much prayer and research Aaron and Jenny’s hearts became tender to, “defend the weak and the fatherless.” After only nine months, they welcomed their gorgeous daughter into their family through the miracle of adoption.

2013 was the hardest year of Aaron and Jenny and their children’s lives. They are grieved to be caught in the middle of the Russian adoption ban. They were in the process of bringing precious Vitaliy home when they were blind sided by the new legislation. Sweet Vitaliy is now five years old and has Down syndrome as well as several heart conditions. Vitaliy calls them, “Mama” and “Papa” and is waiting on them to come bring him home. A day after Putin signed the ban, they were given the opportunity to adopt their daughter’s biological brother. Their birth mother changed her mind the week he was due in March and they were unable to adopt him. And they committed to a little boy in Uganda with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus in June-but due to no fault of their own, his adoption fell through in late 2013. They were just one step away from bringing all three boys home.

Through their grief, they have clung to Jesus and hope in His promises for their little boys spread throughout the world. They pray that even if those precious boys never come to their home, that the Lord would adopt them as His beloved sons. And they trust that eternity is long enough to spend with their three lost boys. While Aaron and Jenny continue to wait on Russia, they have been led to bring home little Charley, soon to be Boaz, from China. He is nearing a year old and has Down syndrome and is the most adorable boy in the whole country. They are already so proud of him! The whole family is overjoyed at God’s unfailing love and new mercies He has poured out on them through the gift of sweet Bo. They cannot wait until he is united with his mama and baba and brothers and sister. They would be so incredibly grateful for your support in bringing him home.

“…In You the orphan finds mercy.” –Hosea 14:3

 

8/29/14—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)

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

 

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LILY for the Thomas family — TX

Lily photo fwbutton150.pngRob and Donna had the wonderful blessing of meeting “Anastasia” in Russia in September of 2012.  Having four days to be her Mama and Papa was a joy beyond words.  After the adoption ban, it has taken quite a while for them to discern what their next steps should be.  Although they would go back to get Anastasia tomorrow if possible, God has given them a peaceful release and a new direction – with the promise that He will continue to guide them.

So it is with great joy for the future that they are going to be headed to Asia to adopt 5 year old “Lily!”  What a blessing she will be to her new family!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  Psalm 32:8

11/18/14—AWAITING LOA

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

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VIOLET for the Littrell family — KS

VioletThe Littrell family is excited to be bring home “Violet” to her forever-family! They were not originally planning to adopt a child, let alone a special needs child, but God has other plans and when they found out about her through a friend, they knew she was meant to be theirs! This precious little girl has many diagnosis and multiple, complicated special needs. To be blunt, she is unwanted in her home country, she has been living in her orphanage for over 4 years and has no chance of a happy future without a family willing to go the distance with her to help her reach her full potential. They are committed to loving her and showing her how precious and valuable she is! The Littrells have 4 biological children who are all very eager to welcome her into their family.

11/25/14—TRAVELING in JANUARY 2015

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