While they were in Eastern Europe adopting Wesley, Patricia found “Mercy” on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love with her! They began to pray for her and for her forever family. She began to weigh very heavy on both of their hearts and Patricia began to share her profile on Facebook and started advocating for her to be adopted. Deep down they both new that this was their daughter. They both were fearful of the unknown of another adoption so quickly and the fact that they are still planning on getting Mirabel as soon as she becomes available. Over time it became so crystal clear that God was saying the time is now! They both felt an overwhelming peace that this is what God was calling them to do.
They know that this journey will not be easy, but if they keep their eyes focused on Jesus He will provide a way. They both feel like Peter when he got out of the boat and walked on water, but their goal is to not take their eyes off of their precious Jesus. They were both recently reminded that in this teaching we often overlook the 11 other disciples who were too afraid to get out of the boat and missed the opportunity to walk on water. Even when Peter began to sink Jesus extended his hand and pulled him out of the water. He will never leave us or forsake us. Even though adopting again after being home from the last adoption for only six months may seem crazy in the world’s eyes the Hollands know nothing is to big if you are following God’s calling on your life.
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
(Oceans, Hillsong United)
Their daughter (almost 3 years old) already loves her sissy and they can’t wait to see the interaction and love shared between all four children when “Mercy” comes home. James’ and Patricia’s prayer for the last year has been for God to break their hearts for what breaks His and loving the “least of these” is exactly what God has called them to do. They suspect that their adoption process will go very quickly and to be honest they do not have near enough funds for this, but they know God will show them a way one step at a time. Step one was to step out of the boat and say “yes” to Mercy and they look forward to seeing God work the rest of the steps out. It’s hard for God to get the glory when you have every step completely figured out but when you step out in faith He receives all the glory for how the process works out. Thank you for getting to know their story and God bless!
The 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.
5/7/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.adopttimmy.com
Harlan and Andrea met in junior high, became friends in high school, started dating in college, and were married in June of 2012. They were both born and raised in rural North Dakota and attribute their values of hard work, family, friends, and faith in God to their upbringing in this area.
Harlan and Andrea developed a love and passion for working with individuals with special needs while working at a local summer camp devoted to providing services to children and adults with disabilities in North Dakota.
The subject of adoption came up frequently and was talked about as something they would do “some day.” A divine encounter with a mom of a child adopted through Reece’s Rainbow changed their whole outlook on the plan to adopt. This mom told Harlan about the journey they went through to bring their son home – sparking an urgency to their plan to adopt.
Harlan and Andrea made the decision to grow their family through adoption. They are very excited to make this dream of theirs a reality. They appreciate anyone who chooses to partner with them by supporting financially, emotionally or through prayer for their little boy.
“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14
5/19/15—USCIS APPROVED, DOSSIER EN ROUTE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.journeyforteddy.blogspot.com
When Randy and Kate married almost 22 years ago, they couldn’t wait to start a family and have children. They soon had four biological children and were a very a busy family. However, they knew there was room for their family to still grow and they all had a desire to adopt a child that had been waiting much too long for the love of a family. In 2012, they traveled to Russia to adopt their daughter, Olga. Olga has quadriplegic Cerebral palsy and has forever changed their lives. She has been such a blessing to them and has brought their family such joy over the past two years. They all agreed that they wanted to adopt and grow their family through adoption again. This time they feel called to adopt Lucille in China. Lucille has neurological issues and developmental delays, but they all feel that with love and proper care, she will thrive and be a wonderful addition to the family. They can’t wait for her to be her and join the family!
We have two beautiful homegrown girls and last year we were blessed to add our son Hironari to our family from Japan. We call him Hiro, and he truly is our little hero! He has come SO far in the year that he’s been home with us and we are so thankful God chose us to be his forever family! When he came home I mentioned in passing to our agency that if another baby with Down syndrome ever came available for adoption to please let us know because we’d love for Hiro to have someone to grow up with. Never did we think that call would come so soon. In June we were contacted about a baby who needed a family and quickly… she came home to us at the beginning of August and we were all so in love. She was pure perfection. We had her for 24 very short hours when we received the call that her birth mother had changed her mind and had decided to parent. When we brought her back a strong storm hit our area and the rain flooded the streets. The rain felt so fitting for the sadness that poured from our hearts and out of our eyes. We knew that the heavens were crying out, but as we started the drive home the rains stopped and a rainbow crossed the sky. God’s promise. We were and continue to be heart broken for the baby we prepared for. She will always hold a place in our hearts that no other child will fill. She was ours and we were hers. Just as before, we knew that there was a child out there waiting that needed us. So when a friend sent me a picture of the most beautiful baby boy my heart leapt. We prayed together about adding him to our family and the answer was yes. He will be ours and we can’t wait to welcome him into our waiting arms. Hold tight baby boy… Mommy and Daddy are coming!
Brian and Kathryn met as 6th graders and began dating their senior year of high school after many years of friendship. They tied the knot a few years later, and have been happily married for 14 years.
They have a shared desire for a larger family, and hoped to grow their family through birth and adoption. The couple was blessed with four biological children before they started looking into special needs, international adoption programs. Because Kathryn’s brother has Down syndrome, they felt this was a need they could handle.
In October 2012 they fell in love with a little girl in China who has Down syndrome. She faced some serious health issues while living in her orphanage, leaving the family racing the clock to bring her home. August 2013, Meghan was placed in her mother’s arms and forever welcomed into the family. Though her needs were great and at times overwhelming, this precious girl has absolutely thrived since adoption. She has an army of people who wholly love and treasure her, and see her for the blessing that she is.
Adoption changed the family forever, and Meghan’s older siblings frequently talk about how smart Meghan is, how wonderful she is, and how thankful they are that she is a part of the family.
Because of the impact of their adoption trip, and especially seeing firsthand innumerable children in orphanages, Kathryn began advocating for waiting-children, especially those with Down syndrome. It was on an advocating website in Fall of 2014 that she first saw Forest. The family requested his file, and began praying and talking about how to proceed.
On Christmas Day 2014, the family was granted pre-approval for this precious 4 year old boy. Forest has a different history and different needs than Meghan, but the family is completely committed to bringing him home. They can’t wait to show Forest what a family is. They can’t wait to show him what unconditional love means. They can’t wait for him to see how treasured he is, and they look forward to the day they are forever his.
5/22/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at notthecrazyone.com
The Brook family has had quite an eventful past few years! Isabella (Haliegh on RR) was adopted from Ukraine and home in 2012. Seven months later they adopted Kolya, (Tucker on RR), also from Ukraine, he was home in 2013. Also in 2013 Dawn’s oldest daughter Tiffany, married another Reece’s Rainbow family’s brother! Life has been eventful and beautiful the past several years! Dawn and Rich both said many times they were done with adoption and they would both just pray, share and give when they could to help other families in process. Then, a little girl’s picture and story showed up on their computer screen, and they knew it was time to go again. She also has that special “something” just like Isabella, and the joy that comes from having a child with Down syndrome is really a blessing. This little girl has waited so long for a family of her own, and she deserves to have one! You can follow them on their blog at
5/14/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.theyareprecious.wordpress.com
Kevin and Monica Gerber met in college at Liberty University and have been married for over thirteen years. They have 2 biological girls and 1 adopted son from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and have been amazed how God has grafted their son seamlessly into their family. God has used a simple act of obedience to love an orphan for his glory and they have watched with joy as countless others have had their hearts softened toward the plight of the orphans around the world.
They and their children are thrilled to be claiming York (Kennedy) and Flora (Ruthie) as their own from Asia. Kennedy is unable to walk due to post-operative hydrocephalus and Ruthie has Down syndrome. It is their sincerest hope that the gospel and God’s love for the fatherless would be made famous and multiplied. They would be so thankful for your prayers and financial support.
5/15/15—LOA RECVD, WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/gerber.family.adoption
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.
5/8/15—STILL WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
*** 1000 MATCHING GRANT! FSP needs to read $1718 to meet the match, please donate below! ***
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at evan4theortas.weebly.com
Two years ago Tim and Cathy set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. They jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God they arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later the couple was headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Their almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day they stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope.
Fast forward two years and here they are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. They are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. The three Daughton boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining.
Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The family is eager to bring her home and know that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of them.
The family humbly asks for your prayerful support as they continue along this exciting path that God has laid before them.
Mark and Mary have been married for 25 years and have 5 children, the last of which was adopted from China in 2013. They are in the process of preparing their dossier to bring sweet Linny home. Mark is a patient, stay-at-home dad, who provides care for the three remaining children at home. He has a history of Traumatic Brain Injury and leads an independent life including coaching baseball and basketball. His experience with therapeutic interventions will help him to be his daughter’s biggest cheerleader and support as she makes progress toward independence. Mary is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist who will assist their precious daughter to the highest level of communication independence. Mark and Mary look forward to bringing Linny home from China as soon as possible. Please help with your thoughts, prayers and support to bring sweet Linny home. She has waited way too long.
4/9/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at markandmaryaske.blogspot.com
Scott & Paula O’Brien adopted their first child from Kazahkstan in 2009. They’ve been in process nearly 5 years to adopt Adhyay from India! After getting caught in the program closures of Kaz (2010) and Russia (2012), they have persevered. Adhyay struggles with high thoracic kyphoscoliosis. He will greatly benefit from medical care and a forever family of his own. Please support them in these final weeks to help get Adhyay HOME!
5/7/15—COURT PASSED, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at alittlebrotherforcecelia.blogspot.com
Andrea and Jesse met and fell in love on a co-ed soccer team in 2004, he was great & she was not, but they’ve been teammates ever since. Jesse works in Property Management & is the Worship Leader at their church. Andrea stays at home with their son, Jackson (adopted), and any foster children they may be loving on at the time. While serving the homeless in their city the DeBoer’s became increasingly aware that most of the people they met on the streets came from broken homes or were lacking family. The DeBoer’s both come from large families & love family life, they recognize their adoption by God is the single most significant part of their heritages, and they realized that extending their family through adoption and foster care was one way they could stand in the gap between brokenness & life on the streets. Andrea and a friend came across Reece’s Rainbow, saw one beautiful smile that stood out in particular, and was heartbroken over the plight of orphans and orphans with special needs. The DeBoer’s had no intention of adopting internationally but continued to learn more about the orphan crisis. In the time since, they became licensed foster parents & adopted Jackson. In 2013 Andrea saw a face on social media that looked familiar, went back to RR & sure enough it was that same little boy. She asked, Jesse said ‘Yes!’ and they began the adventure to bring Jaeger home to their family!
The journey is long & complicated, and the costs are high, but the DeBoers know that Jaeger is worth it! They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little man.
5/1/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Ramil & Karen have been married for 13 years. They have two biological children named Joshua (12) and Jonah (10). They have always wanted to expand their family and were foster parents for two years. They are unable to have any more biological children and have always considered adoption. They saw Ned, an 11 year old boy diagnosed with Alopecia and immediately felt that he would fit in their family. Ramil & Karen live in the countryside where there are dogs, cats, donkeys, goats and other animals for young boys to love and play with. The whole family can’t wait for their new son/brother to arrive!
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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ahatchangedeverything.blogspot.com
David and Priscilla have always known that special needs adoption would be woven into their marriage somehow. Priscilla was adopted herself and grew up with a brother with significant special needs. David’s niece was adopted, and his father was differently abled. In November 2012 they brought home their daughter McKenzie, who was listed as Xenia on Reece’s Rainbow, and she has been the brightest light in their lives (along with their biological sons) ever since. McKenzie has taught them a lot about parenting a child with special needs, and they feel led to go back and give another child what McKenzie was denied for so long, hope. Life might now be easy when you choose to parent a child with significant special needs, but it is always worth it. The blessings they bring to your life absolutely overflow your heart each and every day. This time, a little boy grabbed at their heart strings, and they just knew they had to get him out of the situation he was in. No child deserves to be left in an orphanage, but this child reminded Priscilla so much of her own brother, that there was no way she couldn’t bring him home. Her brother had several of the same conditions, and passed away at the age of nine, but he left an imprint so deep on her heart, that she credits him fully with her passion for children with special needs. They are firm believers that God calls us to care for the orphan, in whatever capacity we can, and for them, that calling is through adoption. They are so excited about embarking on this journey (again!) and completing their family.
Please keep Cliff in your thoughts and prayers. He has a fighter’s heart, and we know he will bloom just like his sister once he’s home and experiencing the love of family for the first time in his life.
5/28/15—STILL WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 2byland-2bysea.blogspot.com
Hello my name is Terri and I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter adopted from the US. I am currently adopting a 13 year old girl from China with minor special needs. The greatest need that my daughter has now is that she is aging out and must be home from China before her 14th birthday. I have applied for several grants and I have contacted several different agencies that help families who are adopting, only to be told that they do not offer help to single parents. When I learned about Reece’s Rainbow I contacted them and they immediately told me to send my application in. As you know adoption is very expensive and requires a lot of faith. But, when you know that God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and answer His call, He will provide for you.
I have met some of the most amazing families through adoption sites and on Facebook. I am blessed beyond words for all of the prayers and support that I have received so far. I have also been criticized and asked by those who do not understand, “Why would you adopt a child with special needs?” For me this answer is simple, God has called me to do this. When my daughter Addison and I looked at the new children that were placed on our agencies site, we knew immediately that this precious child that looked so sad was ours. She was turning 13 in a couple of weeks and no one had requested her file.
So, it was with a Leap of Faith, that we submitted our LOI to China on Thursday, August 28th and on Tuesday, September 2nd we received our PA.
I have heard many times that it takes a village to raise a child. Now, more than ever, I need that village and their support.
5/13/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Craig and Michelle were high school sweethearts at the age of 15. During their senior year, Michelle’s family was transferred from North Carolina to Ohio. Because they lived so far away from each other, they ended up going their separate ways. After about 8 years and a few twists and turns along the way, they finally figured out a way to be together. They got married in 1992 and have been married for almost 23 years. Craig and Michelle have two biological daughters; Laura, 19 and Christine,15. They adopted their 6 year old daughter, Ava, from China in 2012 and they are waiting to adopt their first son, Andrew Lawrence, 4 years old from China in the Fall of 2015. Andrew needs a family who can give him the individual love and attention that he deserves. His nannies say he is already working hard to overcome the many delays and challenges that he has. Andrew will have three sisters to spoil him and help him. He has spent almost four years in an orphanage and this family can’t wait to bring him home to his “forever home” and teach him about God’s love and grace. HOW IT ALL STARTED: The Hyatt’s ADOPTION STORY Craig’s job moved them to Georgia (from NC) in 2004. Soon after they moved to Georgia, they started feeling like they wanted to add to their family through adoption. Several years passed and in December of 2011 their paths crossed with several families who had adopted from China. God made it very clear to them that that was the way they were supposed to add to their family. What started out as a journey to add to their family, has turned into so much more. It’s not about “them” any more…..it’s about the sweet babies who are abandoned, who don’t have a mommy or a daddy, or a silky (blanket), or even enough food to grow. It’s about the babies who are born with medical needs and their parents don’t see any way to take care of their children so they abandon them at the gates of the orphanage or leave them in the streets and pray that a family who can give them a better life will adopt them. It’s just not about “what they want” anymore. It’s about how they can follow the path that God has set before them. Before they adopted Ava they were not familiar with words like orphans, abandoned, fatherless, one child policy, special needs, and many other words pertaining to China’s Special Needs adoptions. But their eyes have been opened and now they feel accountable. God has instilled a passion in them to care for the orphans! After they got back home with Ava there was a deep desire to adopt again, but financially it just didn’t seem possible. They exhausted all their resources when they adopted Ava. But they kept hearing God’s voice, and He kept saying to trust Him and He would provide a way. So they are totally trusting Him to provide for their needs by fundraising and being creative in raising the money to bring their little Andrew home! The entire family is so excited to add a little boy to their family. They covet your prayers as they continue on their adoption journey. Thank you, and May God Bless you. Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
5/22/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hyatt-house.blogspot.com
Darrell and Angel met before either was in their twenties and married in August of 1995. Darrell is a Bio Medical Electronics Technician and Angel has a degree in Accounting. After a few years of marriage, they were blessed with their two biological children. Mason was born in 1999 and Madisyn in 2001. God placed it on their hearts to become foster parents around the time Mason was 9 and Madisyn was 7. In 2009, they attended the classes and received their foster parenting license with no intention of adopting. They just wanted to be a safe, healing home for hurting kids until they were reunited with their families. Little did they know that the decision to become involved in the lives of orphans was only the beginning phase of an amazing journey that God had planned for their family.
Darrell and Angel had two little boys placed with them in the summer of 2009. Austin and Alex are biological brothers and joined the Maas family forever when the adoption was final in 2012. In late 2013 they adopted their second placement, a sibling set of 5! After adding 7 kids to the family in a few short years, the couple said their family was completed….or so they thought.
God is amazing and knows that you can only handle so much at once. Never in a million years would the Maas’ have dreamed they would have 9 children, but they do! The nine children are: Mason (15), Joseph (14), Madisyn (13), Jacob (11), Austin (8), Alexander (7), Jaylie (6), Joshua (5) and Julia (5). God showed them that anything is possible with HIM! Angel saw “Caleb’s” picture on the Reece’s Rainbow sight a few years ago while looking at a picture of her now nephew. Scrolling down through the list, Caleb caught her eye because he looked so much like the son, Alex. “I can remember thinking that I would snatch him up if I had the money!” After running into Caleb’s picture a few other times over the last year, a few big signs that this adoption is God’s will, and a lot of prayer, they are stepping out in faith and calling Caleb their son. They are so excited to bring this little guy home!
5/5/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the Maas family adoption journey on their blog at www.maasfamilyof4.blogspot.com
The Stephens family’s adoption journey began over two years ago. What an eventful two years it’s been! They met and fell in love with a beautiful little girl in Russia, lived through the toughest times in their lives as they experienced losing her because of the adoption ban, committed to “Connor James” in China, then lost him as well as he passed away before they could ever hold him in their arms. Their journey finally ended happily as they traveling to China in March 2014 to pick up their precious Milo! He has brought such light and joy to their whole family, and he was worth the wait and fight! With four children now at home, their family felt pretty complete. While deciding as a family which Angel Tree child to sponsor, they very unexpectedly realized they had room in their lives for one more child. After much prayer and talking through their fears, they decided to say yes! They believe, now more than ever, in the importance of family. There is nothing more valuable in the world. They have witnessed firsthand the miracles that happen for a child as they go from being an orphan to being a beloved family member. After paying for two adoptions in the past two years, they very much appreciate any help they can get so “Todd” can finally have the life full of love he deserves!
5/28/15—TRAVELING JUNE 24
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at amiracleformeg.blogspot.com
James and Holly have been married for 18 ½ years, and have been blessed with 5 awesome biological children: Christian – 17, Caleb – 15, Cheylyn -12, Colton – 10, and Caden – 18 months. James is privileged to work from home when he isn’t traveling, and Holly has the most awesome job in the world as a “Stay-at-Home Mom”! They have been considering adoption for a long time now, and have even tried to adopt out of the US foster system on several different occasions, but to no avail. Even with all the heartbreaks, Holly continued to look at all the adoption websites on a weekly (daily most times!) basis, and pray that they would find the children that God had already planned for their family, and also pray for all the children to find their forever homes. That’s when Holly finally saw “Lexi” (9), and after finding out which agency was listing her, she got signed up on their website, where she also found “Laurel” (3), and just knew they were meant to be sisters! The entire family is super excited to finally be able to get farther than the homestudy, and are committed to bringing these two little girls home from China! They are already super thankful for any support that you may be able to provide to help them finally bring two more girls into their family, as they know that every bit counts!
5/28/15—WAITING FOR LOA
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at facebook.com/pages/This-Is-Our-Mandate
Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.
Stephani found Reece’s Rainbow in 2011, through a friend that was adopting, she would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. In late 2013, Stephani started the process to adopt a little girl from Eastern Europe who had Down syndrome. Unfortunately, a month after her dossier was submitted, she learned that another family had officially committed to adopting this little girl. Despite this, Stephani is still determined to complete the process.
Stephani was raised by a single parent and understands the struggles that lie ahead but knows that with God’s blessing and the love and support of her family, she is ready to provide this child with a bright and happy future.
A sincere thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support.
4/4/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at snowandhotcocoa.blogspot.com
Joe and Hannah are specifically hoping to adopt a child with special-needs. Their youngest child has several special-needs of his own, including prematurity (born at 26 weeks) and Down Syndrome. They have already learned so much through caring for their son, who is now 4 years old, and therefore feel as though they are equipped to take on the responsibility of caring for another special little blessing. Joe and Hannah also have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son.
Both of them want to add to their family. They had talked about adoption before they even had biological children, so they knew it was always something they wanted to do. They had always dreamed of having a large family and when they realized Hannah would no longer be able to have more biological children (Hannah had to have an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 23), they knew that we were meant to adopt! They love kids and feel as though their family is not yet complete. Adoption is the perfect option for them! They have the space, the time, the desire, and most importantly, the love to give. Adoption has become a passion and a calling for their family.
Many people have asked Joe and Hannah “why are you choosing to adopt?” To them, the reason is simple – because their hearts are telling them to!
Joe and Hannah have open hearts and arms and look forward to adding an addition to their family.
5/7/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thentherewas6.blogspot.com
Justin and Codi Howell are high school sweet hearts. They have been best friends for 12 years and married for 8. Codi has wanted to have a large family and to pursue adoption ever since she was a little girl and Justin was adopted himself so adoption has always been “something for some day” for them. In 2010, their daughter Emelyn was born with a very rare birth defect and died one hour and six minutes after she was born full term. Since then, their hearts have been turned toward individuals with special needs. When their fourth child, Claire, was born with Down syndrome, Hirschsprung’s disease and heart defects, they jumped right in, ready to embrace her and to help her reach her fullest potential. The couple also has a daughter Anna, who is five, and a son, Levi, who is three. Codi’s heart began stirring toward adopting a child with Down syndrome specifically while Claire was still in the NICU and when the couple found Mimi on Reece’s Rainbow, they knew it was their time. They are already connected with a phenomenal medical team and therapy center and have created a support network for Claire that Mimi will easily fit right into! They were even chosen by Claire’s care team as the “featured family” for their local Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Trees last Christmas for their positivity and commitment to advocating for Claire, something that they are excited to do for Mimi as well. If you were to ask the Howells why they are pursuing international, special needs adoption, they would answer that it is what they were made to do.
5/6/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED, AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Derek 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.
5/14/15—TRAVELING END OF JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog weareembry.blogspot.com
Once upon a time, in the wild land of Montana, there lived a young boy named Chad. He grew up with two brothers and loved playing sports and exploring the mountains around his home. There also lived a young lady named Whitney who grew up in the land of Kansas, far far away. Growing up among the wheat fields, she played sports along with her brother and sister and helped around the house. Little did Chad and Whitney know, God had a very special plan in store for them.
Among many other pursuits, each of them learned to throw the javelin. Each having shown a talent for the sport, a college recruiter named Robert whisked them off to the exotic land of California where they met for the first time. Competing together for the track team, they fell in love and were married in September 2000.
They had many adventures together over the next years and moved to the land of Oklahoma, where they decided to start a family of their own. They were blessed with a son, Finley (now 6) and a daughter, Delaney (now 4) before moving again. They settled in the land of Missouri, a short journey to the east of her home land.
It was at this time that God started to open their eyes to the very special path that he had in store for them. He blessed them with another son, Grady (now 2). Now Grady would prove to change the course of their lives forever. He opened their eyes to a world that had been around them all along, but they had never truly seen. Grady, you see, had Down Syndrome. Grady, and this newly discovered world brought untold treasures and blessings into their lives. But God was not finished yet.
Over the next years, God opened their eyes to lands across the vast oceans that had countless children like Grady, that were without families. They were not seen as another of God’s precious children, but as outcasts. As mistakes that were not worthy of love and were to be discarded to the edges of society. But what Chad and Whitney saw were thousands of amazing children who had been made in God’s image, with his loving hand crafting each of them just as he meant them to be. Children, whose potential and gifts could be unlocked through simply giving them the loving family that they so desperately wanted and deserved.
One little girl touched their hearts and they knew that God was calling them to travel across the ocean to a far off eastern European country and bring her home as their daughter. They knew they couldn’t help all of the children, but they could give this one child a life and allow her to become who God had created her to be. But the ruler of this distant land would not allow them to come. They were heartbroken and pray to this day for the situation to be put right.
Time passed and Whitney continued to watch the children on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering when the time would be right. After being blessed with another son, Kelby (now 8 weeks), the day came when they knew. They saw another little girl, Francine. God gave them a peace that day, for she was the one that was meant for them. For that moment, all of the excuses, hesitation, and fear melted away and they knew that the time had come. God was calling them down this path, and they had faith that He would provide the strength, wisdom, courage and endurance to meet the challenges and obstacles to come. Only God knows what is to come for their family, but as this beautiful journey unfolds, they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
4/10/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
David and Lu have always wanted a big family. Before they knew it they had six kids. What they didn’t realize is that when their sixth child was born it would open their eyes up to a whole new world. Their sixth child was born with Down syndrome. Despite the initial shock of the diagnosis, they as well as the rest of the family realized the unique blessing of this daughter. As they got to know others in the Down syndrome community they bumped into several families that had adopted from overseas. This began their thinking about adopting themselves. Specifically adopting a young child with Down syndrome. After months of talking and looking through Reece’s rainbow they decided to stop talking about it and take action. They are now in the process of adopting a 3 year old girl from Eastern Europe who happens to have Down syndrome.
4/3/15—AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at https://www.facebook.com/BabySophiaJoy
Ben and Nicole were married in March 2008. Prior to starting a family, they both agreed adoption would be part of their story. Before their second daughter was born in September 2011, adopting a child with special needs had never crossed their minds. After Reese came along, they knew adopting a child with Down syndrome was the only way to go.
Ben & Nicole have been blessed with three amazing biological daughters (ages 5, 3 & 21 months) and are currently in the process of adopting a three year old girl with Down syndrome, True, from China. Soon they will have four girls, all five and under, running around the house and they can’t wait. Their already chaotic life is about to get a little crazier!
As stated above, adopting a child with Down syndrome has been their goal since their middle daughter was born. Reese was diagnosed with Down syndrome and an AV canal heart defect on her birthday & underwent open heart surgery when she was seven months old. Although True has no diagnosed heart issues, Ben & Nicole feel prepared & confident in parenting a child with special needs and in navigating the world of therapists, specialists and IEPs. They have a wonderful support system in place who are all desperate to bring True home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at babyreesereport.blogspot.com
Paul and Elizabeth have been together for 8 years and have three wonderful bio kids between them Carl 25, Bethany 21 and Ethan 17. Carl is in school to be a child psychologist, Bethany just finished 4 years at a local university (she will begin her Master’s program in public health and is on her way to becoming a physician) and Ethan is in high school and is a talented musician and computer geek like his father.
This family of five started their adoption journey 2 years ago when asked to adopt a little girl from Ecuador. Ultimately the laws would not allow an identified child adoption. They were heartbroken this little girl would not become part of their family. It was then the Staley’s realized they were in fact missing a piece or two from their family.
They did a lot of research on adoption, although for some reason Elizabeth kept coming back to Asia over and over again. She had always wanted to adopt internationally and more specifically from Asia. Finally speaking with a couple of agencies and getting some very good advice, they decided to proceed. Originally they had planned on adopting one child with a mild special need, but sometimes you don’t get to make the plans.
After seeing receiving an e-mail about a little girl with a serious heart problem in October of 2014 they decided it would be too serious a special need for their family. Then little “Elsa” popped up on the advocacy page. Elizabeth kept coming back to check on this little girl every day, watching the videos and peeking to see if anyone had stepped forward for her. Several families reviewed Elsa’s file but there were no takers.
In the meantime a little girl with Albinism also popped up on the advocacy page with another agency on December 1st, they requested “Paisley’s” file. At that time they were told there were 7 families waiting to see her file. Elizabeth wanted to be on the list no matter what (“I just had a feeling” she says). They pressed on continuing to look at little faces and learning about all the special needs. Out of the blue on Dec 15th Paisley’s file was in her in-box. They knew this little angelic girl was their daughter.
They had been talking about adopting two. Both Paul and Elizabeth were only children and knew they did not want that for these kids. The couple wanted two and the only consideration would be one trip or two? There are pretty big pros and cons on both sides.
Even with all of this going on Elizabeth is still checking Elsa’s page and reporting everything to Paul every night. When a new update came out Paul then said they should see if Elsa could be transferred to their agency. When BAAS was contacted they said another family has the file but we will let you know. Waiting was really hard.
That family passed on Elsa’s file and the file was pulled before it could be transferred and Elsa was gone. She was nowhere. The not knowing was the worst. They questioned if maybe they were pushing something that was not meant to be.
Out of the blue Elsa popped up on the Shared file and their agency snapped her up for the Staley’s. They wrote the LOI the next day. Elsa’s heart issue is really big and really scary, Elizabeth talked to several other moms with heart babies, she wondered “Could we do it?”, “Can we handle it?” It was one of those moments where adoptive parents are on the ledge and need a minute and to hear from the “Been there done that” moms. Paul told her that Elsa was already meant to be in the family no matter what happens. It has been full steam ahead ever since.
A very gracious mom to several heart babies from Asia referred them to a cardiologist at Children’s. This doc is going to assist in requesting “Elsa’s” file be expedited for the family and the treat “Elsa” as soon as she arrives home. “Elsa” has TOF with Pulmonary Atresia. This means there are 4 structural abnormalities of the heart and a malformed or missing pulmonary artery.
They are ready to be family of seven, the girls’ room is almost ready. There are books and puzzles, blocks and stuffed animals and a rocking chair for story time. There are bottles, sippy cups, little plates and bowls all ready. Two highchairs stand ready and waiting in the dining room. A double stroller in the hall is waiting for trips to the zoo.
Paisley will be named Isabella and Elsa will be named Gabriella. The family is still working on middle names. Dad is very fortunate to have a flexible position working in IT and mom will stay home with the girls. They believe every single child counts and should be treasured because they are our future.
Now the family is scrambling to get all the funds together so the girls can come home and Elsa can get the medical care she so desperately needs.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bissynut.com
Ron and Laura Eby have been married for more than 22 years. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. Their 2 youngest daughters were born in China. The family likes to spend lots of time together, outdoors if possible! Laura is a stay at home mom who has always dreamed of a large family with bio as well as adopted children and was blessed with a husband who loves kids and is willing to help make that dream come true. Ron is a fireman in his “spare” time and one of the favorite parts of his job are the talks he gives to the local kids during Fire Safety month. The Eby’s thought that their family was complete until they saw Lydia Rose’s beautiful smile. While gathering their dossier documents to bring Lydia Rose home Laura saw a little girl who was being advocated for. The little girl had many families look at her file but wasn’t chosen. Laura started advocating for her too but eventually they knew that this little girl was meant to be their youngest daughter and final child. No child should be left in an orphanage, considered unable to benefit from the love and care of a family. Especially when there is a family that wants them. Very, very much. Ron and Laura are so excited to be adding Lydia Rose and Lacee to their family and can’t wait for them to come home!!
5/19/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD
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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog dancingwithstarfish.blogspot.com
Joshua 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!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hisgranddesign.blogspot.com
Matt & Sara met in college and have been married for nearly 13 years. They have 5 biological children ranging in ages from 11 down to a newborn, 3 girls and 2 boys. They had discussed the possibility of adoption in the past, but thought it was a long time away, someday after they were done having children of their own – and then domestically.
A few weeks after their son was born, a friend happened to post a picture of Eloise. Sara passed it along to Matt, praying hard and hoping against hope that he’d feel what she felt – a strong bond & connection. Surprisingly to both of them, he did! It was completely out of the blue, and they had no inkling God was about to add to their family again so soon and in this way, which is why they decided to pursue adopting Eloise.
The kids are very excited to have another sister and have been asking tons of questions. The whole family is excited to meet Eloise and bring her home where she belongs as quickly as possible before she is transferred out of the orphanage and no longer available for adoption. That is a very real possibility as it sounds like she is the oldest there.
Please pray as Matt, Sara, and family take up this journey for a child in need. Your support and prayers are appreciated!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at postzero.com/adoption_journey/
Robinson and Marcy met at church, and became engaged after only 1 month of meeting. Robinson immigrated from Chile in 1997, started college and learned English. He now holds a bachelors in 3-D animation and works as a special effects technician, loves gymnastics, martial arts and being outdoors. Marcy was a nanny in Switzerland after high school, became a pharmacy technician then a massage therapist. She has been involved with music, singing and theater her whole life and loves the arts. Robinson and Marcy were married October 2006. A year after being married they were expecting their first child, a baby boy. Juan Armando was unexpectedly delivered via emergency C Section. It was unknown to them until the birth that little Armando had severe heart issues, and Down Syndrome. He lived only 3 short hours, but left an imprint on the entire family that changed everyone’s world. Days before his birth, both parents unexpectedly lost their jobs. Through a series of miracles, they grew and got on their feet again.
Marcy had several health issues after this dramatic unexpected trauma and her body was not able to sustain a pregnancy. She had numerous early miscarriages, and one 19 week miscarriage, then FINALLY was able to sustain a pregnancy to full term. It was a little baby girl, delivered at home with a midwife. A dream come true. Ariana looked exactly like Armando, but the parents were in denial that they could have 2 children born to them with Down Syndrome. It took the couple 2 months to finally consent to getting genetic testing done, where it was confirmed that YES Ariana did have down Syndrome, a miracle that only time was able to disclose.
This couple has been through some amazing strengthening trials, including a full recovery from testicular cancer in 2012. They have felt that if the Good Lord blessed them with two Children born into their family with Down Syndrome, that they were intended to raise two children with Down Syndrome… and then they found her.
When Marcy saw Scarlet (Who will be named Sofia Ava) it was like lightning. Through a series of miracles and personal revelation, the couple knew that adopting this little girl was always meant to be. Marcy and Robinson have been interested in adoption since the time they were engaged, but until only recently the puzzle pieces started falling into place. Location didn’t matter, only the child mattered. The couple would go to this little girl, with a heart defect and Down Syndrome, no matter where in the world she was, which means a journey to Eastern Europe.
Despite the fact that they have no idea how adoption would be possible financially, they RAN forward with faith, praying like it’s all up to God and working like it’s all up to them. Having full faith that somehow, someway the Lord will provide a way for this little girl to come home to the family she was always intended to have. Marcy and Robinson have full faith that this miracle will happen, it is happening. They have no idea where their feet will take them next, They have met many wonderful people that have helped along the way and are prayerfully searching for others to help this journey have a happy ending. They have seen too many miracles in their lives to believe otherwise.
3/30/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ShoutingForSofia.com
Joe and Jaime have been happily married for twelve years and are the proud parents of five children who range in age from 14 to 3.
After reading a friend’s blog post about their impending adoption of a special needs child Jaime found a link to Recce’s Rainbow and their lives were forever changed. There was one little girl that they could not get off their minds.
Rebecca has meant so much to the family after they participated in Angel Tree and raised funds for her adoption grant last Christmas. They prayed for this sweet little girl every day and one day God made it very clear that Rebecca was not just a little girl on a computer screen, she was to be their daughter!
After many months of prayer and consideration Joe and Jaime decided to proceed with their dream of adopting this little girl and bringing Rebecca home.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”
5/1/15—STILL AWAITING LOA
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringrebeccahome.blogspot.com
The Sotolongo family recently adopted their son “Nevada” as named on Reece’s Rainbow. The Sotolongo’s have four other children all under 6 years old. Nevada’s first year has been nothing short of a miracle. He has undergone corrective heart surgery, which in his country was deemed impossible based on his condition. He is flourishing in a family, learning to sign words and perform daily tasks. He bond’s and interacts very well with his siblings. While adopting Nevada, the Sotolongo’s met a few other children at the orphanage that grabbed their hearts. When leaving, the Sotolongo’s already felt that they would be back. The Sotolongo family is very excited to revisit Nevada’s orphanage and leave with new additions to their family. The Sotolongo’s want to thank you for your support and prayer as they continue on this adoption journey.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuedandtreasured.blogspot.com
Chris and Yvette met in college and have been married 20 years. They have 3 biological children 16, 13, and 8. Their youngest was born with a rare form of dwarfism. Along their journey they learned how bad conditions are for people with dwarfism, all over the world. Their adoption process began simply by wanting to open their home to one of these children, anywhere in the world. Eventually, they received their referral for a little girl with dwarfism. She came home December, 2011 along with their son who is a double amputee.
Yvette began advocating for children with dwarfism, as many orphanages still viewed this need as unadoptable. As she advocated and found families for many children with dwarfism, they have also grown their family with 2 more boys with this need. Tao is now 4 and came home 11/2012, and Dawson now 12 came home 4/2014.
They are unexpectedly in process for one more little boy. The more they learned of this child’s potential condition, the more they knew that although it wasn’t their plan, it was most definitely God’s. Their new son just turned 4 and obviously has albinism (meaning he will most likely be legally blind.) It was Chris who noticed he looked like he also had dwarfism. After researching the two conditions together they found he probably suffers from a rare syndrome that falls under the OCA-ID diagnoses. The most concerning part is they he is chronically and severely immunocompromised. Last year he almost died from a basic childhood illness. Treatment in the US is available, however left untreated it is expected he will die by age 6.
The Kreb family is racing to bring him home by summer to start treatment before fall. This adoption is unexpected and there is little time for them cut back and save has they have for the previous 4 adoptions. They are asking that you partner with them in raising the much needed funds, and praying Superman home (that is the exact translation of his Chinese name!!!)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeholland.blogspot.com
Adam and Carin have been married for 17 years and have 5 amazing children ages 13, 11, 8, 5 and 4. Their youngest child, Pearl, was adopted from China in 2013. She has Down Syndrome. Carin imagined she would adopt children when she was a child. She also wanted to mother a child with Down Syndrome. Sometimes, dreams do come true!
Adam and Carin live an alternative lifestyle due to Adam’s job as a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department. Their family has lived in 5 foreign countries over the past 11 years. These experiences have opened their hearts and minds to the issues of poverty and orphan care.
Carin worked in an orphanage in Mexico and taught a music class in an orphanage in Armenia. Adam volunteered at an orphanage in Russia. Together, they are trying to live out their faith in Christ and show others that each child has infinite worth and value.
They are now pursuing an adoption for a second daughter from China with Down Syndrome. They fell in love with her beautiful smile the minute they saw her picture. The entire family is very excited to add a new sister.
We are humbled and grateful that God would allow this chance once again.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.diplofam.blogspot.com
Ann and Lam have always wanted a big family and knew they wanted to adopt one day, but were amazed when God showed them just a year after being married that they would be adopting their first.. and now second child through the miracle of adoption! Through an amazing series of events in their lives last year, the Lord led Lam and Ann to a precious treasure named Ruthie, their first daughter. Since bringing her home from China, their eyes have been opened to the tremendous blessing of adoption and the heartbreaking orphan crisis that remains in China and through out the world. Their adventure continues with the adoption a sister for Ruthie also from China, the beautiful Glory. Glory is a sweet six year old who has severe congenital glaucoma of the eye and a tumor on her tongue. Doctors suspect she has a Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic neurological disorder. The Hoang’s are eager to bring Glory home so that she can receive the treatment she needs and so that she can know the love of her forever family. Please join them in their journey through prayers and support. Many thanks and blessings from their family to yours!
5/5/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at childlikehope.wordpress.com
Steve and Deanna Keir met in tech school for the Air Force 20 years ago, and a special connection was born. The military took them their separate ways, and life threw in some curve balls, and 10 years later they reunited and fell in love and began a life together. While pregnant with their 3rd child, they felt called to grow their family even more, and refused any preventative measures after his birth. Within 2 years they discovered their next children would not come through traditional biological methods. They knew the call of God was for them to grow and provide love and nurture to children, so they began to explore adoption. Steve shared his call for special needs, specifically for a child with Down Syndrome. Through Reece’s Rainbow they fell in love with their 3 year old Gwendolyn and committed to bring her home. Only a few days after submitting a letter of intent for Gwen, Deanna saw the file of a 13-year-old boy and she couldn’t get him out of her head and heart. He has hemophilia and will age out of the adoption system on his 14th birthday in July. Reading his file she discovered he has lived a life of fear, cautious of any injury. Thirteen years of reading and playing chess, because other activities could lead to a bleed and death. Having 3 boys at home, who are all very active on their 7 acres of land with 3 wheeling, sledding, football and more left her sobbing for this child. You see, in his country, the life expectancy for a child with untreated hemophilia is age 24. At his 14th birthday he would lose the support of his foster family and with no medical care his future looked bleak. This was not only a matter of providing a home and family, but providing him life. After 3 days of feeling the Lord say, GO, she confided in Steve. At first, they hesitated because the cost of two international adoptions seemed insurmountable. When they spoke with their pastor he said, “Adopting one child is a step of faith. Two would certainly be a leap.” After more prayer they realized where the Lord leads He would provide, and they were called to cast aside fear and step out in faith. So they moved forward to save Cody’s life, to give him a chance at growing into a man and experiencing a life with joy and free from daily pain from his treatable illness. It is not by accident the Lord placed them within an hour of quality medical care for both hemophilia and Down syndrome. They are excited to welcome these two blessings into their home, to care and share Jesus with them, to live out the call to care for orphans in need. But they need your help. Due to his age, their process is expedited and they have only a few months in which to raise the needed funds of over $50,000. The love story of an active duty firefighter and a health coaching nurse is still unfolding as the Lord grows their family in number, faith, and love. Having lived overseas multiple times and seeing the poverty around the world, they knew they wanted to make a difference and give back in a long lasting way. Very few times in life do you get the opportunity to actually save a life….this is one such opportunity. Won’t you be a part of this legacy, offering two children hope and a future?
5/28/15—TRAVELING FIRST WEEK OF JULY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at keirjourneytoseven.blogspot.com
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Finley and Rebel have been married for almost nineteen years. They met in their junior year of high school. Finley was born in El Salvador and lived there during the Civil War; losing his mom to the war when he was still just a baby. He came to the United States when he was thirteen. Despite being on his own since he was fifteen, Finley put himself through college with the support of his wife, Rebel, and is now a firefighter and paramedic. Feeling blessed to have been able to escape the war, go to school, and make a better life for himself, Finley always wanted to help others to have a chance at a good life. After having three biological children, the Molinas became foster parents and adopted three beautiful children with special needs. The Molinas have always considered foster care and adoption to be their family ministry; using their family and all of their resources to live out 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.”
In 2011, Rebel became ill and had to be placed on a ventilator; she was not expected to make it. During her time on the ventilator, she asked God if she would live and he showed her seven little baby rubber ducks, Finley and Rebel always joked that they would have seven children, but at that time they only had four. After seeing the ducks, Rebel knew that she would survive, and on Thanksgiving day she came off the ventilator and told Finley what she had seen. By April, they had six children, and since that time, they have been eagerly waiting for God to send them number seven.
International adoption had never been contemplated by the Molinas. It was too costly and overwhelming. Until they saw Ebba; Finley could empathize with her. He knows what it is to be hungry, to be alone and afraid, and as a firefighter he understands the severity of her burns. Rebel wanted Ebba to feel loved, she wanted Ebba to experience the comfort of a mother and the support of a loving family. The Molina children also wanted Ebba to be a part of their family. They believe that God has big plans for Ebba, and they are excited to be a part of it! The Molinas have decided to trust the Lord on this adventure and eagerly await the arrival of their seventh little duck!
5/18/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 7littleducks.wordpress.com
Ben and Melanie have been together for close to 10 years, having met on a blind date. In that time we have been down some crazy roads that have grown us, stretched us, and bent our hearts more and more toward a life of surrender to the Lord. Early in our marriage we both shared our hearts toward adoption with one another, having no clue what the future would hold. In the last 8 years we have grown our family from 2 children to 6. In the fall of 2010 we first heard of Reece’s Rainbow. It wasn’t long before God broke our hearts for a little boy across the ocean with Down syndrome living in a mental institution. In the Summer of 2011 we were able to bring that little rascal home and it has been an amazing and wild ride ever since. He was known as Brady on RR and is now our beloved Judd. While we were visiting Judd in his institution we met another boy. We have prayed about him for the last 3 1/2 years and have told anyone that would listen about him. Just recently God began to make it very clear to us that we needed to go back for the one we left behind. His name is Grady on RR and we are committed to doing everything in our power to bring that boy home before his chances at a family are lost forever. Please pray for us and if God pricks your heart, help us. Thank You.
Follow the Hartman family’s adoption journey on their blog at happyhartmanfarm.blogspot.com
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.
5/26/15—USCIS APPROVED, AWAITING LOA
Paul and Ashley met in college while both studying elementary education. Their love for children is what ultimately brought them together! They have been married for 12 years now and have 5 biological children. Their two boys are 11 & 6 and their three girls are 10, 8 & 5. Paul is an elementary school teacher and Ashley is a stay-at-home/homeschool mom. Adoption was something they had talked about from early on in their marriage.
Their lives were forever changed when their youngest daughter had a difficult birth that resulted in cerebral palsy and a host of other disabilities. Myra’s life has brought blessing after blessing to their family, and they became very familiar with the world of special needs. They already had a passion for underprivileged children and orphans, and now they had a passion for children with special needs. For years they had been trying to adopt domestically through the foster care system, but felt a pull to look internationally after many years of road blocks.
After watching a Gotcha video of a family adopting a child with Down Syndrome from Reece’s Rainbow, they searched the site and almost immediately found Yulia. After watching her videos, they fell in love! They received PA in June 2014!
Being open to adopting two children, Ashley found a profile of a little boy with albinism on an advocacy site. Because Paul had 4 aunts and uncles with albinism, she immediately fell in love and they pursued his file. On October 23rd, they received PA for Teddy!
Their children are so excited to have another little brother and sister! They have since named these children Frannie and Finn. God’s hand has been so clearly a part of this adoption and they are amazed at how He’s provided for and guided the adoption process so far!
4/25/15—LOA RECVD; TRAVELING in JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mommykellogg.blogspot.com
Jim 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.
5/21/15—TRAVELING MAY 28
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at the127mandate.com
As a family, we have traveled through many unexpected roads. We began dating at the end of high school and married four years later. Two years into our marriage and after a challenging, high-risk pregnancy, our first child, Jacob, was born. Our concept of life and love was completely altered the moment we met him. Nothing would ever be the same.
When Jacob was just a few months old, Denise left her career and began the stay-at-home mom journey, and eventually the homeschooling journey, that now stretches over two decades. Five more high-risk pregnancies resulted in four more children and one miscarriage. We were a family of seven, and we felt complete; but God had new roads for us to travel that we could not yet imagine.
When our youngest son was 9, Denise felt God tell her that there was a child who needed us and she was waiting for us. We knew then, that we were to adopt. Eventually, we were led to China; and our daughter, Joy, came home in 2011, followed by our daughter, Hope, in 2012. Again we thought our family was complete. Yet God made it clear we were not.
Last spring, Denise saw a little boy on a China waiting child advocate site, and felt sure he was meant to be our son. We discussed it, but decided we were not yet in a financial position to start another adoption. A week later, another family submitted paperwork to adopt this child.
A few weeks later on the same advocacy site, Denise found a little girl she recognized as the very first adoption file we had ever viewed some four-plus years ago. We did not move forward at the time because her medical needs seemed more than we could handle. We had hoped she had gone on to be adopted by a braver family, but here she was still waiting. In fact, she was coming to the U.S. through a hosting program, and her original host family had just backed out. We decided that this was too coincidental. We needed to host her. She returned to China at the end of the 3-week hosting program and we have been working as fast as we can to get her back home permanently as our daughter.
Shortly after our dossier was logged in to China in late February, we learned that the little boy mentioned above had just suffered a disrupted adoption. The other family traveled to China, but after two days decided not to go through with his adoption. Because of that, he was not permitted to return to the wonderful non-profit organization’s foster program where he had lived for years. He would now be required to live at the orphanage. So here was the child Denise felt sure was our son, now with no family and living in the orphanage. We made the decision to step way out in faith and bring him home at the same time as we bring home our daughter. We just submitted our paperwork for him and received pre-approval from China. We were already so far along in the adoption road that we are just a few months from travel. We expect by summer we will be bringing our two new children home.
Our Christian home has evolved over the years. We began as a small family with typical worldly values. As we surrendered to him, God opened our eyes to His heart; and our passion for Him grew. We try to demonstrate to our children what it means to be Christ-like by the way we treat them and each other. We want them to see love most of all. We want our home to be an environment that invites healing to their hearts, a place where they don’t have to perform to win love and acceptance. We teach our children that their value is in the fact that God made them and not in the lies the world may have told them about their existence. We want them to experience compassion here and patience as they work through what is, at times, really hard stuff. Some of our children are now grown. Some of our children were adopted at older ages. Our family dynamics have changed over the years, but what remains consistent is that we long for our children to see God working in our lives and in our hearts, changing us, so that they witness transformation first hand and can trust that it is there for them, too.
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.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at makinganewforever.blogspot.com
“Mom, we need to talk. I don’t know if it’s a thought that God keeps putting in my head or a thought that I keep putting in my head, but I think we should adopt a little boy.” “I don’t care which of you put it there, you need an eraser!” This was the conversation between my then 10 year old daughter and I in November 2009; a conversation that changed our lives forever. It was the springboard that flung us into the world of adoption! Within two weeks I went from being a single divorced mom of two biological daughters, to a committed adopting mom of a Russian son with Down Syndrome. Fourteen months of paperwork, praying, fundraising, paperwork, praying, 2 trips (5 weeks!) in Russia, and oh, paperwork and praying, my daughter and I brought home our little prince, Maxim Alexey.
After a crazy journey, I was committed to a 5 year old little boy in China, but his file hadn’t been prepared because “he isn’t as smart as the other children so nobody will want him.” Well, that was all it took for me to know that he’s a Stickley! They said that it would take a year to get his file prepared and that I would be looking at almost 3 years for the adoption to be complete. Did they really think that was going to scare me off? I decided that not only is he not “unlovable,” he is worth the wait!
Then, less than a month later, I was approached about adopting a little girl from China who was 13 and only had 5 months to be adopted. The timing was perfect in that I could adopt her while waiting for the little boy’s file to be compiled. Several agencies told me that it would be impossible to complete the adoption in the 4 month time-frame. Well, we proved them wrong! We have now had Ava Monet home for two months! God’s timing is perfect!
While in China, I got to meet some of the wonderful orphanage workers from Ava’s orphanage. I told them that I advocate for families for these children and asked if they had any other children for whom they would like for me to try to find families. They said that they would give me a website, but then we just all stood around socializing for a long time. Next thing I knew, they introduced me to a seven year old little boy, and the power between us silenced the room! “Mom, we have to come back for him!”
So, I am a blessed mom of two biological daughters (22 and 14), an adopted son from Russia (5), an adopted daughter from China (14), and I’ve just been approved to adopt BOTH little boys! Oh, did I mention that all 4 of my children from another mother have DS? Three of the four of them were listed on Reece’s Rainbow. So, adopting two little boys right on the heals of a previous adoption has caused me to reach beyond my financial comfort zone and step out in faith. Any help and support will be greatly appreciated and I pray that God multiplies it in return to all donors! Thank you!
4/9/25—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog tinastickleyadoption.blogspot.com
The Stickley family has a $5000 matching grant! Once their FSP reaches $5,246, they will receive an additional $5000!
Beth is a single mom of two who brought home her son Bobby in March of 2013. Bobby loved having a big sister, but began asking about a brother a few months after being home, but Beth thought her family was complete. Bobby continued to ask and Beth had to admit that the faces of those they met on the orphanage visit, still haunted her dreams. An opportunity arose for Bobby to be able to visit with several of his friends from his orphanage while they were in the states for summer hosting. Bobby was thrilled to see his friends and Beth was smitten with a kind hearted little boy who grew up with Bobby at the orphanage. Beth is hoping the process moves quickly as Bobby asks every day “Is he here yet? Is he here yet?”
5/26/15 USCIS APPROVED, AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bairdsfaithtrustandpixiedust.blogspot.com
Eric and Natalie have been married 24 years. They met coincidentally as both of them were supposed to be be meeting dates that never showed up. Eric is a co owner of a machine tool repair and sales business. Natalie is an OB/Gyn nurse.
Adoption is an issue close to her heart as she was adopted by her maternal grandparents at the age of 11. They became aware of the plight of special needs orphans from watching a documentary called “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. An Internet search led them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their boys.
They are a Christian family who believe that they are amply blessed. After having their eyes opened forever to the plight of special needs orphans they felt as though they had to do something to share these blessings.
All help and prayers are welcome and appreciated.
4/27/15—USCIS APPROVED; AWAITING TRIP ONE
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We are Richard and Judy Turner. We have been married for 22 years and have 3 children- Michael, 21 (almost 22), Beth, 20, and Alicia 16. We met while we were both in the Navy. I became a sty at home mom for a while and Rich retired after 21 1/2 years in the Navy. We live in Virginia Beach and spend a lot of our free time volunteering at our church and in the community. Our daughter Alicia and I traveled to Eastern Europe last summer and spent time helping run a 4-day Bible camp at a Level III-IV orphanage. Rich and I were not planning on adopting, but there was something about this young man that I couldn’t shake. As our group traveled back to Kiev, I just knew that had I to know more- God was not letting me forget THIS child! When Alicia and I came home, we had already shared this desire with my husband. He was a bit reluctant, but quickly agreed that we had to go for it! All the kids were excited and ready to take the plunge into the world of adoption! Now, we eagerly await the next step and the day we get to fly over and make this a reality for us, but more importantly for him.
5/28/15—USCIS APPROVED, DOSSIER EN ROUTE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beleivinginfaith.blogspot.com
We have a sign in our home that says, “Our family ~one of God’s masterpieces.” He has truly done great things. We began as a couple struggling with infertility, thinking we would never have children to hold and love. But by His grace we now have 7 biological children and 7 adopted children. Our children have come from all over the globe with many different abilities and gifts. God has truly done more than we could have ever asked or imagined (Eph 3:20).
Now God has called us onward again. Each time it is a little greater step of faith…a little more to trust Him for. We added 4 children to our family within 14 months. He again has called us to go back for more. We are trusting Him for all that we will need.
We are so proud to introduce our two new daughters, Brooke and Jillian. Precious Brooke was blessed with an additional chromosome. She is 3 years old. Beautiful Jillian is just a year old and has Apert Syndrome just like our Serenity. We are so amazed that God is giving us such amazing treasures to care for. To Him be all glory, honor, and praise!
5/26/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.redemptionwhispers.blogspot.com
Alison is a single Registered Nurse. She has always dreamed of having children, but has not been so blessed. Alison has worked with children and adults with special needs in the past, including Down syndrome, and has always enjoyed it. One night, she had a dream that she and her sister were looking at a website of children for adoption with Down syndrome. When she woke, she did a search on her computer, and found Reece’s Rainbow. After years of looking at the site, and much encouragement from family and friends, she decided to give it a try! There have been many roadblocks in the process, but she has finally fallen in love with the little girl she feels was meant to be her daughter!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at achildforali.blogspot.com