Matthew and Kimbra met in 2008 while working at an inner city ministry. In 2013, they started to talk about adoption and decided that there was no time like the present so they started the process to adopt a little boy from Eastern Europe. In the middle of the process they found out that the toddler was no longer available and they were matched with two baby girls. While this was not who they were expecting, each girl captured their hearts. The girls came home in the summer of 2014. Matt and Kimbra thought they had their hands and hearts full. They didn’t realize someone was missing from their family until they found this sweetie. Matt and Kimbra are currently working to raise funds as fast as possible to get this sweetie home!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at kimbrajohnson.wordpress.com
Lawrence and Michele Conklin met as teenagers at Church youth group. They started with a friendship that gradually became a relationship. They have now been married over 20 years.
Lawrence worked hard at providing for their family as they welcomed Lawrence Jr in 1992 and Zachariah in 1995. They thought their family was complete however God had other plans. Michele felt a strong pull to do foster care and they began their foster care journey in 2007. Since that time they have fostered over a dozen children, adopting 4 of the children.
Emily is 14, Jack is 8, Nickolas is 7 and Michael is 5. And in 2011 they added a daughter in Law to their family when Lawrence Jr. married Kimberlee and they welcomed their first child the Conklin’s first grandchild Jayda Renee in 2013.
In the summer of 2013 God rocked their world once again, they were called to host a sweet 14 year old boy from Eastern Europe. Igor filled a spot in their family they did not know existed all the kids got along and when he had to go back the family soon realized the family would not be complete without Igor.
It has been long hard process raising funds etc. to bring him home and God in his wisdom decided to speak to their hearts once again and to compel the Conklins to rescue a child from RR while they were over there and that is when sweet Janelle caught their hearts. The Conklins feel strongly that the Lord has brought them this far and he will continue to grow their family as he sees fit.
4/14/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Mike and Amy met through a mutual friend in college 10 years ago…the rest is history! They have been married for 8 years now and have had many adventures and been fortunate enough to travel and even do some missions work together. They have two cute biological children: Abigail who is four and David who is 2. They have been open to the idea of adoption for several years, but finally feel like it is God’s timing to move forward with their first adoption. After a friend posted Kathleen’s picture on Facebook, Amy hasn’t stopped thinking about her sweet face, & dreaming about getting her the surgery she needs to finally have a voice of her own. Amy is a Registered Nurse and feels like they are equipped to open their home to a child with special needs like Kathleen. They are so excited about the plans God has for their family and can’t wait to welcome Kathleen into her forever home!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theglanzfamily.com
Glory is a two year old little girl with so much life to live. She suffers from chronic brain hemorrhage and cerebral atrophy. The Knapp family is working diligently to bring her home for much needed treatment, so that she can live a life full of love and family.
John and Takisha Knapp have been married for nearly 13 years. They have five children, two via adoption and three biological. This is their second adoption, they adopted two children with Down syndrome five years ago. The whole Knapp family is looking forward to adopting Glory from Africa. Just last year John became a saved man, and they have thrown themselves into various local and international ministries, working together as a family to reach out to those in need.
They thank you for your support and would covet your prayers for their journey, for Glory to make it home in time for the necessary medical intervention, and for her recovery.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at dailybeginagains.blogspot.com
Amy and Jason are a non-traditional couple who met at their children’s Catholic school. They met each other after both going through very heartbreaking divorces. After leaning on each other for help and comfort as single parents, they decided to blend the families together. Although they have a beautiful blended family with 3 at home and 3 in Florida, their hearts felt like the family wasn’t complete. Being unable to have any more children, Amy suggested adoption, as both her mother and brother were adopted, and Jason agreed without hesitation.
Amy and Jason’s children have loved spending the past several months discussing the situation, choosing genders, making suggestions as to special needs, and arguing over who gets to play with their new sibling first! The children are 100% supportive of the choice.
They are doing everything in their power to expedite the process and bring Poppy home as fast as possible.
UPDATE: The Koomen family will also be bringing home CHERIE!
5/12/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Jeremy and Aubrey met in 2006 and married in 2008. They are both from upstate New York. Jeremy enlisted in the Army in 2007 as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember. In 2009 they PCS’d to Germany. Inspired by Jeremy’s hard work, Aubrey joined the Air Force. Today, they are still living in Germany. Aubrey is a Dental/Prophylaxis Technician for the Air Force and Jeremy is in the Army Reserves and attending college. They have a one year old daughter.
While living in the military communities of Vilseck & Ramstein, they have been blessed with many good Christian friends who took the time to mentor them in God’s Word. One such family adopted 7 children and showed them the important role faith in God has had in their decision to adopt from around the world. After many wonderful Tuesday night dinners with them and learning about their unique family, Aubrey & Jeremy wanted to follow their example.
Ellis’ sweet little smile and the sparkle in his eyes melted their hearts, and they knew the time to adopt is now.
6/2/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
The Doloski family is growing again! Michael and Jennifer have been married for 20 years. Their children are Rebecca (17), Anna (14), Pavel Joshua (9) and Daniel (8). Joshua (formerly “Patrick” on Reece’s Rainbow) came home from Eastern Europe in 2012. While Michael and Jennifer were visiting with Joshua, they had a chance to meet and bond with his best buddy in the Baby House. “James” was funny, polite, kind, and so very handsome. Months after coming home, they were still talking about him, wondering how he was, and feeling like they had left him behind. They have made many inquiries over the last three years, hoping to bring “James” into their family as well. Each time, they were told “James” was not available to be adopted, his paperwork was not in order, and, finally, “this boy is not available and probably never will be.” As “James” moved from Baby House to older children’s orphanage and in and out of the care of his family, the Doloskis tried hard, with the help of a local charity, to keep track of the boy they loved. Hoping to help him stay in his family’s care, they even offered to raise the funds necessary for surgery to correct his special need – an issue routinely repaired successfully on infants in the United States. Many months ago, they were told “James” was back with his family. They thought – hoped – that his story had a happy ending. On Christmas Eve 2014, however, they received a picture from the local charity. “James” was back in the government’s care, this time for good, as his family could no longer care for him. However, he was not pictured alone. He was photographed embracing his little brother, “John.” After weeks of prayer and discernment, knowing they could not leave behind the boy who won their hearts so long ago, the family decided that the only thing to do was put up another set of bunk beds and do everything they can to bring these boys home. These adoption plans were, truly, unexpected, and, as a result, the family is hoping to earn and raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now and the beginning of September. Donations are sincerely appreciated. (Philippians 2:12-13)
5/6/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING STATE APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at doloski.blogspot.com
Mark and Mary have been married for 25 years and have 5 children, the last of which was adopted from China in 2013. They are in the process of preparing their dossier to bring sweet Linny home. Mark is a patient, stay-at-home dad, who provides care for the three remaining children at home. He has a history of Traumatic Brain Injury and leads an independent life including coaching baseball and basketball. His experience with therapeutic interventions will help him to be his daughter’s biggest cheerleader and support as she makes progress toward independence. Mary is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist who will assist their precious daughter to the highest level of communication independence. Mark and Mary look forward to bringing Linny home as soon as possible. Please help with your thoughts, prayers and support to bring sweet Linny home. She has waited way too long.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at markandmaryaske.blogspot.com
Michael and Maggie Perry were married in June of 2011. Both Michael and Maggie are teachers, and they share a deep passion for children with special needs. Throughout their relationship, they have known that one day they would adopt a child with Down syndrome. The two even talked about their desires to adopt on their first date! The Perry’s feel especially called to adoption because it mirrors God’s love for his children, as he has adopted his sons and daughters into his kingdom. Though the two frequented the profiles of children on Reece’s Rainbow often, they did not feel that it was their time to adopt in the years prior to now. In order to still support the children on Reece’s Rainbow, the Perry’s ran a half marathon two years ago to help waiting children. At the beginning of 2015, God made it clear that this was their time to finally adopt. The Perry’s quickly fell in love with Royce and knew without a doubt that he was their son. They cannot wait to welcome sweet Royce into their home! All prayers and support are greatly appreciated!
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”- John 14:18
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
6/2/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the Perry family’s adoption journey on their blog at perryadoptionjourney.blogspot.com
After a wild roller coaster adoption ride that ended in heartache, the Isom family is back and ready to go full force in their new adoption process. Through a selfless and heartfelt act by another RR family … the Isoms are beyond grateful and overjoyed to have the honor of one day calling this sweet little girl their Daughter.
John and Jenny met in high school and became instant friends. After high school John served a full time mission for their church. When he returned 2 years later the two ran into each other and the rest is history. Ten years later htey have two awesome little boys. Linkon is 5 years old and Hank is 2 years old … both wild energetic funny little boys. Their family also consists of a little dog named George, one rabbit named Rosie, a bird named Pecky and a bearded dragon named Turbo.
They are all excited to share this amazing journey with you and appreciate your love and support.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis
6/9/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED
In 2007 by Gods grace my husband and I brought our two family’s together and became one. I had six children, three biological and three adopted, he had one daughter. Sense then we’ve adopted two children and have recently been called to adopt three more from Eastern Europe. This is our first international adoption and we are so thrilled to be a part in Gods perfect plan. We are adopting two girls and one boy, Velia and Emil are from Reece’s rainbow. Our hearts have felt for these particular children because they will be aging out of there orphanages soon. We are blessed to have been given this opportunity. Wouldn’t want to leave out how extremely thankful we are for the people who have and will help us in our journey. If God leads you, please lift us up in prayer.
6/2/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Joel and Stephanie Conner met at Calvary Chapel of Charleston, S.C., but fell in love while on a short term mission trip to a Mexican orphanage. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 children, both with special needs. Their first child was adopted from Mexico while they were teaching for 3 years in the same orphanage where they had first fallen in love. After the adoption was complete, they had to return to the USA because of their son’s medical needs. But orphan care and adoption was still their passion. They’ve experienced first hand the need for adoption, and also the JOY of adoption, especially regarding orphans with special needs. They have wanted to adopt another child with special needs for a long time and are excited that the door is finally opening! They are so thankful for God’s gift of little “Zhen” and can’t wait to bring him home to join Team Conner! They’ve decided to name him Gideon Gui Conner.
Follow the Conner family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.conneradoption.nationsbridge.com/
Britt and Jaime have a lot of little kids. Daisy (Libby on RR) came home from Ukraine in 2013. As they stood outside that door, holding their daughter for the first time in a little hallway, they felt something they didn’t know was real. Never before had they held a child who had no one. And in that instant, the little girl whose name they hadn’t even chosen…was theirs. She was a frail, tiny 18 month old infant, and has blossomed into a toddler with a sassy attitude and love of swinging. A year after she came home, little Seabee was born, joining her big siblings Cal (9), Jedi (7), Lumpy (5), Hoss (3), and Daisy (now 3). The Vanchuras continue to wait for Russia to reopen so they can bring home the son who began their adoption journey, Mac (Thadius on RR).
As you might imagine, with 6 kids, Britt and Jaime don’t get a lot of sleep some nights, the house is usually messy, and you don’t want to see their grocery bills. They drive a passenger van, homeschool, and teach second grade Faith Formation classes together…with two babies in tow. They recently moved to the country to raise the crew of six and some goats, maybe. Everything they do is busy and a little chaotic and costs just a bit more than they’d like. Everywhere they go they get don’tyouhaveyourhandsfull-ed. But that’s ok.
Because their hands may be busy, but they aren’t full. There’s still room for one more.
A little boy, lovingly nicknamed Nugget, has been in their prayers and on their minds. Three days before the first family who tried so hard to bring him home announced they couldn’t complete their adoption, Britt and Jaime had decided to start a new homestudy. They had just moved to a farm, and the timing wasn’t right at all, and the finances were going to require a leap of faith to make happen…but they could do it for Nugget. This little boy has been without a family for 6 birthdays. They hope he will be home forever on his seventh.
The Vanchuras named their farm Open Hands Acres, because the best things in their life together have been given and received with open hands. They thank you all for your support and encouragement as they bring their little boy home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at openhandsacres.blogspot.com
This was the third trip to China for the Hall family. With each trip, Josh and Shauna volunteered at the same orphanage installing wood floors and working with the children. And with each trip, a seed of love from god was planted in their hearts. The Halls knew it was a blessing and an honor to travel to China to help change the lives of the children for the better, but little did they know that one of those children was going to change the Hall’s life forever. The trip was getting near to the end and the job was almost done before Mrs. Hall walked up on Wyatt standing outside of his home with his nanny. And from that moment, it was love at first sight for Shauna. Shauna grabbed Josh to introduce him to Wyatt and the trio seemed like an instant family and that’s when they knew god’s seed bloomed in their hearts and he was to be their son. The Hall’s proceeded with the adoption the minute they got home and the rest is history. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the Hall’s story as they hope it might plant a seed of love from god in your hearts. In remembrance of the “Waiting Children”.
3/31/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; USCIS APPROVED
Bryan and Jenifer Parris had known for a long time that their family would grow through adoption. They also knew that it would be a child with Down syndrome. They assumed they would adopt through our local foster care system and that God would just deliver to us a baby with DS…probably leaving him or her on our doorstep in the middle of the night. Crazy thought, huh?
They got the paperwork to begin the process of foster care to adopt. They never even filled out one form and they found out they were pregnant! It made sense to get their new baby home and settled and then Bryan and Jenifer could pick up with their plans to adopt. Then Neely was born…and she just so happened to be born with DOWN SYNDROME!!
Was God really calling them to adopt or just trying to prepare their hearts to be Neely’s parents? They had to figure that part out. Then…..they saw MinLan’s (Laura on Reece’s Rainbow) picture….they knew she was part of their family. Moving forward, they have settled in as a family and were doing well. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done, but definitely enough love to go around.
Around Christmas time, their family chose sweet Timothy on RR to sponsor for the Angel Tree program. They put his picture on the refrigerator, asked for donations to help his account and even hosted a big giveaway right at the end to hit our $1000 goal. They did it!
Ruby Kate,their five year old daughter, walked around declaring that their family was going to adopt Timothy. Ethan their seven year old son, wanted to know why he did not have a brother at home and if Timothy needed a family, why couldn’t they become his family.
Then God began to work…Bryan and Jenifer began to see God going before them to make the impossible possible. He began to make a way where they had seen NONE. Bryan and Jenifer are trusting the Lord to continue to make a way. They are trusting that God will provide the funds needed to complete this adoption. One way may be through people like you. Please pray with faith that God would move mountains to bring their son home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.thestoryof1000.blogspot.com
Yeah know, Its never easy when God closes doors.But I have learned over the years that His will is always BEST.We have had a few doors close when it comes to adoption…Gods peace was always there,and I knew God would reveal the child He has chosen for our family .I am NOT a patient person and quite often infact I speed ahead of God and THINK I know who that child is.Now you would think I would know better,because we have traveled this road many times,knowing we were called to adopt again,feeling it in our hearts and hearing Gods voice clearly every time.Once I KNOW that..Im all over finding THAT child..hehehe…Oh how God must grow weary dealing with me and my crazy heart for orphans! With all that said..Here we go again..Clearly we have heard Gods call once again and we are honored and in awe of who God is bringing into our family!! Sweet precious Harley,you have waited so long,I cannot wait to wrap my arms all around you .To look into your beautiful precious brown eyes and tell you that you matter and that you were created in the very image of Jesus! What a treasured,blessing you are sweet girl! We are working fast,to get all the paperwork going and we pray Harleys 15th Birthday will be with us in June.We covet all prayers,and help to get our girl home.
P.S. Oh yea,we are the Steinhoff family.We have adopted children from Ethiopia,China and from foster care.We LOVE how God builds families !!!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steinhofffamily22.blogspot.com
Adam and Karen LaDuke have been married for 16 years. They have two daughters- ages 12 and 10. They have so enjoyed parenting and feel so strongly for the plight of the orphan that they hoped to add to their family by adopting again in 2013. After attempting to adopt little sisters and having the process end differently than they had planned, they were put on a waiting list. For seven months they waited and prayed and mourned, not knowing what God had in store for their future. Finally, “Julia” was informally referred to them. Without much initial information, they prayed over the situation and asked God to show them if she was meant for their family. While praying, Adam felt he suddenly knew “Julia’s” name. Within hours of telling Karen, an email arrived confirming Adam’s realization. This little girl was meant to be theirs! “Julia’s” soon-to-be older sisters are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little sister, as are Adam and Karen. God’s plan is always best- even when it catches us by surprise!
Eric and Jasmine met in high school and quickly became close friends. After two years their friendship blossomed into a relationship and the couple was happily married in 2007. Adoption had always been on their hearts, and more recently special needs adoption. The family is blessed to have Jasmine working as a full time homeschooling mom and Eric works from home 4 days a week so taking children to appointments is much easier to manage. They currently have 4 children with at home, a son (7) and daughter (4) born in Ethiopia, a daughter (5) born in Utah and a daughter (2) born in Hong Kong.
After having read through many of the child profiles, Eric and Jasmine felt God leading them to adopt again. Over their last 4 adoptions they have learned to trust more and more in God’s leading and are taking a leap of faith as they pursue adopting an older child. They are looking forward to adventure God has in store for their family!
1/8/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at countitalljs.blogspot.com
Stephanie and Sean are at it again. They have been married since the beginning of time and have 5 children. Their oldest, Danielle, is 22 years old, a recent college graduate and growing into a fine young lady. Next is Cody. He is 20 years old and in college now and working with special needs adults. The youngest three came to the family through adoption. Cole is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 4. Caden is 6, adopted from Ukraine at age 2. Cooper is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 5. We thought we were done, but God had another plan. They both love Ukraine and thought if they ever adopted again, it would definitely be from there, but when they saw Noah, they knew he should be part of the gang. The little boys are affectionately called the “DS Mafia” and we are all excited for Noah to be a part of that. Please help offset the cost of the adoption by donating to Noah’s grant. Thank you in advance.
5/6/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com
Derek and Kaylee got married in 2012 were so excited to start a family. They were blessed with a little boy in March of 2014 and have had their hands full ever since. Kaylee has wanted to adopt for most of her life inspired by mission trips and her love of children, she knew that somehow orphan advocacy would be a part of her life and her family. Derek took a little more convincing and as Kaylee waiting “patiently” for God to move in Derek’s heart she kept a close eye on RR and soon she fell in love and could not hold back and neither could Derek. It was amazing how quickly their hearts attached to the little faces they saw and they decided it was time to move forward. It has already been an amazing journey watching God lead their hearts towards their little boy, Kaylee and Derek are so very excited to see this redemption story continue to unfold as they strive to bring him home.
6/10/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at immeasurablymorejourney.blogspot.com
Jason and Erin first got to know each other in high school on a missions trip to Lithuania. Over the years they have been back several times and involved in English Bible camps and DVBS in a Children’s Home. Having seen the children and their needs first hand, adoption has been on their hearts for quite some time.Shortly after they were married they became pregnant with their 1st son. Erin had Hyperemesis Gravidarum, like Princess Kate, and they struggled with whether or not to try for another pregnancy. They did, and she again had the same medical issues with their 2nd son. After much prayer they decided to adopt a daughter from the country that means so much to their family.
The plan had been to start the process in 2016. God had other plans and made it clear that now was the time. They found the agency that works with L adoptions and applied. The new plan was to take this year to get through the paperwork and home study and save the needed finances. Again God’s plans were much better and different! They saw a picture of Kasmira and were in love! Their 4 year son is very excited about his new sister, he has been praying for her for months. The little 1 year old son has no idea what is happening but they are sure he will love another sibling to play with.
The Ballards are now moving as quickly as they can to get through all the required paperwork, home study, ect and bring their little girl home by the end of 2015.
5/27/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING STATE APPROVAL
Follow the Ballard family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.tobelongandbeloved.wordpress.com
Effie was found abandoned at the age of 2 months and she was placed in an orphanage where she currently lives. She turned 4 in October, 2014.
Effie has a Tessier Facial Cleft and congenital malformation of her nose which has not been corrected.
Effie’s country has granted me preliminary approval to adopt her and bring her home to live with our family. Because Effie has significant special needs, all of my paperwork and a significant portion of the fees associated with the adoption, must be submitted prior to July 1, 2015.
As a single parent, I created my family through the miracle of adoption and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and a fabulous young son, all from Asia. I also have a wonderful adult son who I adopted as a toddler here in the United States.
There is still plenty of love to spread around and we look forward to giving this little girl the life she deserves.
Brice and Jessie are an ASL fluent family pursing a deaf toddler. Having been married for almost 5 years, they always knew they wanted to expand their family through adoption one day, but had no idea God would have it happen quit this soon. Shortly after experiencing their second miscarriage they were contacted about this child. They have been working hard on their house ever since in pursuit of this child ever since! As they begin preparing to move and spend the required 4-6 months in country to bring this precious child into their home, they covet your prayers. They are in desperate need of funds as the in country stay and fees required are quite staggering, an estimated $40,000.00! Having exhausted their resources in order to get their home ready by adding bedrooms to meet adoption requirements, they are trusting God for the money to bring this child home!
6/2/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourdeaflife.blogspot.com
If you asked Rich and Vicki if they ever thought they would be parents to 14 children, they would both have given a resounding NO! They will be married 38 years, this September. Rich said on the night he was introduced, “I am going to marry you” and Vicki laughed and walked away.
Their oldest 5 children were born in Korea, and the oldest has blessed them with 2 grandsons, who they help watch some afternoons. Vicki always “felt” she was going to have 6 children, and when she learned that China was open in 1992, she went to find out some information from a family who had just returned. The youngest 9 were all born in China. They will have soon have 8 sons and 6 girls! Most came through the special needs programs and the last 6 have come home older. Their new son will be almost 13 when he arrives home.
Stepping out in faith, Vicki prayed about Matson for a number of months, before even approaching Rich with the notion that she knew he was meant to be their son. He had surgery for 2 of his special needs, and will require open heart surgery, once home to further repair and help heal. That was something that spoke to them, since their last daughter, who arrived home 2 years ago at 12, needed heart surgery that they were unprepared for, since that was not one of the needs she was said to have.
The sign in their den reads, “Some call it chaos, we call it family.” They both think that sums up their often crazy, wouldn’t change it for the world, life.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at oddsforus.blogspot.com
Here they grow again! The Williams bunch is expanding! John and Sarah have been married for almost 19 years and have 2 biological daughters and three adopted children. Their oldest girls have fully embraced their siblings and have been a great help with the younger children. Their oldest daughter, Imani, is in her sophomore year at the University of Michigan. She loves to visit and see her siblings! Isabel is a junior in high school and has a soft spot for children with Down syndrome. Landie, age 9, is their “mother hen” and was adopted from Haiti at the age of 3 ½. She was lucky to be in a wonderful orphanage there because she was extremely sick as a baby and would likely have not made it without their quick thinking and access to medical care! Isaiah is 3 and is a sweet, sensitive boy who was adopted domestically. He LOVES his brother Ashton age 1 ½! Ashton has Down syndrome and he was also adopted domestically at 3 ½ months. They are best buddies and love to play together.
Over Christmas, the Williams were able to host a little girl from China who they call Ya Ya. She is almost 9 years old and has Down syndrome. Ya Ya is a bright and determined young lady! They loved having her here and are missing her terribly! Everyone was very surprised at how well she adapted while she was here and how they were able to overcome the language barrier. She is very expressive and they used a lot of charades and Google translate, but they did very well! They made the decision to adopt Ya Ya because she is such a sweet, loveable girl and they were able to see what a wonderful fit she was for their family.
The Williams would be honored to have others come alongside and partner with them in their adoption. This will be their third adoption in 3 years and they know they can’t do this alone! Adoption is such a life changing gift for everyone involved! They can’t wait to see how much Ya Ya grows and learns when she has the opportunity to be loved by a family.
Follow the Williams family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://wiredhill.com/adopt/
Matthew and Christy Sellers are excited to bring Rayne into their family. She will be welcomed with loving arms by 3 big brothers and a sister. One brother, like her, was adopted and also has Down Syndrome. Matt and Christy have known since before they were married that God had called them to adopt and more specifically adopt a child with Down Syndrome. After the adoption of their first child, they knew this is the calling God had for their family and were excited to open their hearts and home to another child with Down Syndrome. Matt is a pastor and Christy is a stay at home mom. She also home schools the children. Adoption has changed their family for the better and they can’t wait to see God write the rest of Rayne’s story.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.longingforlillyandlevi.blogspot.com
Jacob and Sarah live in Texas with their 5 little ones. Sarah is blessed to stay at home with the kids and Jacob works in Oil and Gas Risk Management. They are a very active family and most days can be found at the ball fields or park. While they have always dreamed of adopting, they got serious about it about 3 years ago. The first 2 children they fell in love with will always be a part of their family. Although politics and war have prevented them from coming home, there is still a dream of bringing them home some day. For now they are thrilled beyond measure to add baby Joy to the family. After viewing many files with no one jumping out, they saw Joy and immediately started paperwork. Everyone is so excited and the kids already talk about her as if she’s always been in the family.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at justusholts.blogspot.com
Michelle is a single mother to her seven children. She has four biological children and three children that were added to her family through adoption. Her oldest daughter and son-in-law have blessed her with a four year old granddaughter, a one year old grandson and another granddaughter due in 2015. She has a son currently completing the Police Academy and is top of his class. She has a daughter who is going to school to get her degree to work as an adoption social worker. She states she plans to have 3 biological children some day and 3 children who join her family through adoption. She has a son who will be graduating high school in a few months and plans to complete his college studies with a major in Equine Studies. Michelle adopted a medically needy sibling group from the US Foster Care system. They were biological siblings but never lived together until she adopted them. Her son has Arthrogryposis of his upper and lower limbs and is a double amputee with amazing Iron Man prosthetics. He is no longer medically needy. Her daughter has had numerous surgeries on her hip, has lower limb difference, wears leg braces, has had ankle reconstructions, and her cancer is in remission. She is also no longer medically needy. She adopted a 3 year old little boy from China in 2014. She traveled with her second oldest daughter and fell in love with the culture and her heart hurts for those left behind. Before her trip to China she fell in love with a beautiful bald little girl with amazing dimples who had waited on the shared list for over 5 years. When she saw how there was no future for her in China she knew she had to return to adopt her. She received an update shortly after submitting her letter of intent and she now has a beautiful head of hair and the same glowing dimples!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com
Joe and Jenny met working EMS and fell in love. They have always known they wanted a big family. They started creating their bundles of joy and now want to add more. They have been together almost 20 years and love their family with all of their hearts. They have 5 beautiful children who are so alike, but so different. Three are home grown and two are Ukrainian Princesses. They have meshed into one big, happy family. Now the kids are wondering when the family can bring more love into their home. They live in the wild wonders of the UP of Michigan where they live life to the fullest. Their children are well loved and accepted in the community and are missed when they are unable to attend events. They are excited to begin this newest adventure for their family. Adoption can bring such exciting adventures and bring so many people together.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at vandyckfamilyofhowmany.blogspot.com
Nathan and Tina met in high school. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader. They were married in 2004 and have had 10 lucky, wonderful, always changing, years together. Shortly after being married, they found out the were expecting the first of their three daughter’s. Nathan lost his job and was having a difficult time finding another one that would support their family. This lead them down the road of being a military family. They’ve been a military family now for over 9 years and life’s been an adventure. They can’t wait to go on this new adventure that the Lord has put before them. There are three little girls that can’t wait to have a little brother, and two parents who are so excited to have a son! Please pray for them as they go on the adventure they have become calling, Operation Scheid Family, to bring home little Tobias.
5/4/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING STATE SPPROVAL
Follow the Scheid family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.operationscheidfamily.blogspot.com
Chris and Amy are excited to bring home two beautiful siblings! The have ten kids, Britney 25, Pam 23, Sierra 16, Ainslee 13, Kara 10, Reagan 8, Lawson 6, Annabelle 5, Hadley 5, and Jackson 3. After being blessed through adoption last year, they knew that God was calling them to adopt again, and excitedly started the process! Amy’s favorite part of the adoption process is not just being blessed with children, but also growing their children’s hearts to be loving and compassionate and seeing God work in amazing ways! Chris is a farmer and Amy is a stay at home mom and runs a gymnastics program with her daughters. The kids are very excited to bring home their brother and sister, and Chris and Amy can’t wait to bring home their son and daughter! Please pray for Trisha and Tyler and for the Cowan’s through this adoption process!
6/2/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the Cowan family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://youwillalwaysbemuchmoretome.blogspot.com
Trevor and Jodi met in Scotland while Jodi was studying abroad in 1998 (Trevor was a native Brit!), and their adventure as a married couple began in 2000. The Lord blessed them with four daughters by birth before God first knocked on their hearts about adoption. They adopted their one and only boy (so far!), Niko, from Bulgaria in 2012. While they were meeting him, a little girl also stole Trevor’s heart. They went back and brought Delia home in 2013. (And in the meantime, God graciously also gave them two more daughters by birth!)
At first, they thought they might be done adopting with their two Bulgarian blessings now home, but Jodi was never able to make herself stop looking at faces on Reece’s Rainbow, and we all know where that leads! A casual chat on a long road trip over the summer revealed that both Trevor and Jodi were feeling more open to adopting again than they expected. “Maybe someday” quickly turned into “let’s pray about Caden until Christmas!” (This was in September.) Less than a week later, Trevor sat down at the lunch table and announced, “I was thinking at church this morning…” We all held our breath and waited, until our oldest daughter Pippa (10) finished his sentence hopefully,”…that we should adopt Caden?!” And that was it! We called our social worker the next day to begin the process. We are all so very excited to bring this little boy with the sweetest face ever home as our son. Probably no one is quite as excited as Niko, our only boy among seven sisters, who will finally have someone to share bunk beds with.
4/4/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theyoungpages.com/jodis_blog
Jon and Carly have been married for 10 years. They have known each other since grade school and started dating in high school. They have 3 biological children, ages 9, 8, and 6 and they adopted their 8 year old son with Down syndrome in November of last year. They found their son through Reece’s Rainbow and they thought they were done, but God had other plans! Just 4 months after bringing their son home they saw the picture of Hannah Joy (Bree on RR), also with Down syndrome, and they knew God was calling them to go back and bring her home. Their first adoption took a year and a half, but this adoption will be much faster. Hannah Joy (Bree) will be aging out when she turns 14 on December 1st of this year, so Jon and Carly need to travel before that. That gives them less than 8 months to complete this process. Jon and Carly are once again stepping out in faith, trusting that God is going to provide the needed funds just like He did with their son. They ask for your prayers and they would be so very blessed if you would be a part of their journey to bring their daughter home.
6/17/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the Duvall family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeasher.blogspot.com
The adoption journey started several years ago. Having 2 beautiful biological children but feeling that the Lord wanted us to use some of our circumstances to help other children.
On a cold January day our 4 month old son, became the victim of abuse. What occurred after that was a numbing event of emergency craniotomy surgery, several eye surgeries, years of therapy and legal battles.
During the several years that we had intense therapy and medical issues with our son we learned how frustrating and hopeless parenting a special needs child can be BUT we also learned that love has no bounds and our love for him did not wavier based on his ability to walk, talk, swallow or learn. We were blessed with a group of friends that came beside us and provided support in unimaginable ways. We learned the ropes of applying for Medicaid, maneuvering thru the school system special education programs and working with insurance companies to ensure therapy sessions for our son. We also feel immensely blessed that we were able not only to see God’s grace but we were able to experience it firsthand. Having gone thru this with our son has strengthened our walk with Christ and we have learned to lean on him for all things, giving thanks always. Although we would not wish this circumstance on anyone we see the experience as a gift from the Lord. Thru this life experience we changed, grew and learned to love more deeply.
Fast Forward several years, our son went thru years of therapy and although we were told his prognosis was grim and he probably would never walk or talk, he entered 1st grade at a Christian School and was a “normal” student for the first time ever.
He plays sports, sings in the choir and makes straight A’s in school.
It was about this time that we began to seriously consider adoption and using the knowledge we had gained to help another special needs child. We researched several programs and decided on adoption from foster care. It was a year long process and although there were ups and downs we were very blessed to be able to adopt an 8 year old boy. Our son was considered special needs as well since he had encopresis and often soiled himself many times a day.
We have now had our adopted son in our home for 5 years and he was legally adopted on 12/20/2010. He has been such a blessing and our biological children have done very well “sharing” their parents. Our adopted son’s encopresis has all but stopped. We worked with him diligently using positive reinforcement and making changes in his diet and at this time he seems to be symptom free.
After our sons adoption we found ourselves with 3 happy healthy children and we still feel the call to help special needs children. So we decided to adopt internationally this time because we know that every child deserves to have a family and to know what love is. We choose to adopt our 4th child, a girl with down syndrome and many other medical problems. We were privileged to bring our daughter home in November 2012 and we treasured the sweet beauty that the Lord blessed us with. In March 2013 our daughter passed away. Although she was with us such a short time we count it one of life’s greatest gifts to have been her family. During her short time with us she impacted many lives and upon her death we worked with the school she attended to build a special needs playground in her memory.
In many countries these children are unwanted and seen as a hardship and we feel this is our opportunity to extend the Love of Christ to a child that might otherwise never get to experience that. Although we will never lead a large congregation and we may never see hundreds saved on the mission’s field, we can serve one. We can bring the Love of Christ to this child; we can offer her medical care and a loving family. Her future will be bright for we firmly believe that “I can do all things thru Christ which strength me” Phil 4:13.
As a family we are confident that this is what the Lord has called us to do and we are filled with anticipation as we follow his leading in this next chapter of our lives.
Along with their children Pearson, Henry and Winnie, Chris and Stephanie are thrilled to announce their intention to adopt “Penny” from China.
Chris and Stephanie have been married 16 years and have 2 wonderful biological boys who are 12 and 10. In 2013, they travelled to China to adopt Winnie, a beautiful 5 year old with Down syndrome. Winnie is the light of their lives, and she brings so much joy and sunshine to everyone she meets. Since bringing Winnie home from China, this family has been so fortunate to experience the tremendous blessing of adoption. Parenting Winnie for the past year and a half has been such a gift, but Chris and Stephanie know that her life has not always been full of happiness and love. After their visit to the orphanage in China, Chris and Stephanie are heartbreakingly aware of the orphan crisis that remains in China and throughout the world.
Chris and Stephanie saw “Penny” listed on Reece’s Rainbow just two months before they travelled to China meet Winnie. She has been on their hearts and minds for all this time, and they are so excited to be able to bring her into their loving family now. Pearson and Henry are overjoyed to have another little sister, and they cannot wait to see “Penny” and Winnie grow up together forever.
Thank you for your love, prayers and support during this journey of a lifetime. Chris and Stephanie know they couldn’t do this without the wonderful community support of their family, friends and Reece’s Rainbow.
6/26/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mamaonawire.blogspot.com
The heart wants what the heart wants. When in Eastern Europe for their second adoption in 2013 Kevin and Andrea both fell in love with a little boy and felt that they were supposed to be his parents. Finding it hard to believe that God was leading them to adopt again before they even got home with the girls, Masha and Kylee (Charity) was hard to believe. Given the opportunity to add him to the adoption they did everything they could but were unable to make all the puzzle pieces fit in time. Since then their whole family has felt that he was missing and have been striving to get back to bring their son home. Andrea’s grandmother had a son with Spina Bifida that passed away when he was just three years old and after she passed away they felt even stronger that they needed to go now. She was such an example of selfless love and adopting is the best way they could honor her memory.
6/24/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Robert, Elizabeth, and their children are a loud, vivacious, always-busy family of eight. Robert and Elizabeth met as young teenagers at their local shopping mall. Their first encounter, at the Blockbuster music store, consisted of Elizabeth questioning Robert with, “What are you listening to?” And his enduring reply, “Skee-Lo”. It was a genuine alignment of the stars.
In 2001, at the ages of 20 and 18, Robert and Elizabeth were married. A year and a half later they had their first biological child and then, one by one (except the last two… they came together!), five more followed. With such a busy household, they thought they were in for a nice, lengthy break from adding more children to their family.
They were wrong.
In March 2014 God got their attention in an undeniable way and told them: “You’re adopting from Latin America”. After the shock began to die down, they somewhat skittishly agreed. Very soon afterward God once again got their attention in a way they could not work around and He informed them (and confirmed in multiple ways) that they were to pursue a particular little girl. Her name is Lene. If they were to be totally honest, they’d have to admit to being caught by utter surprise that God pointed them in this little girl’s direction. Why? Because Lene has Down Syndrome. A child with that type of special needs was never on their radar. While God was busy softening their hearts toward what this would entail, He also began building a love for Lene inside them. Once they laid all of their fears and hesitations down at the feet of their Lord, they were changed. God had done a work in their hearts that was not possible in the natural realm. Not only did they say yes to God and to sweet little Lene, but suddenly they saw themselves with only her in mind. Regardless of legalities, this family feels that Lene is already a part of them and they are doing everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible!
6/25/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.amerrychaos.blogspot.com/
The Bowling Family has decided to adopt again!!!! This time they are committing to an eight year old boy from Eastern Europe with down syndrome. They just returned from Eastern Europe on January 1st of this year with a seven year old girl and eleven month old boy. Their daughter just turned seven in February with epilepsy and developmentally delayed. Their son will be one year old in a few weeks. He just had open heart surgery to repair a birth defect and has down syndrome. They were approved to adopt three children on their first trip and were only able to bring home two children. They believe and will follow this scripture:
Proverbs 3:27 (Amp) – Withhold not good from those to whom it is due (its rightful owners), when it is in your hand to do it.
Richard and Lisa have been married for almost 27 years and are blessed by having 11 children. They have 9 biological children and two adopted. There are 7 boys and 4 girls in total that range in age from 22 years old to 11 months. Richard is a Worship Pastor at their local church and Lisa works at home, caring for and teaching their children.
The entire family is very excited for this next journey in their lives. As a family, they will take this step of faith to bring good to their new son. They will follow this scripture that it is within their hands to do so. This is a journey they believe God is leading them on and they are responding by following His lead. Please consider helping this family financially as this is a BIG commitment for them so quickly after their previous adoption and in such a short time period they will be able to travel to complete this adoption as well.
They thank you in advance for all of your help!!!!
7/2/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thebowlingfamilyadopts.blogspot.com
Ernie and Jennifer have been married for 16 years and have 8 kids, 7 of whom have been adopted from around the world. After their most recent adoption (“Breck” on Reece’s Rainbow) they had planned to spend some time recovering from the financial challenges associated with so many adoptions. However, they couldn’t stop thinking about their daughter Hannah’s foster brother who continued to wait for a family long after they had brought her home. He was diagnosed with arthrogryposis and had limited use of both his arms and legs. Ernie and Jennifer knew there weren’t many people eager to adopt a child who couldn’t walk, had limited use of his arms, and would need numerous surgeries and lifelong treatments due to his special needs. However, they also knew that while his medical needs seemed significant, his need for a family was truly his greatest need. He and Hannah had been very closely attached to one another. Hannah continued to carry his picture around talking about him on a daily basis. Their other children had started asking to adopt him while Hannah was still in China (he was with Hannah in many of the pictures they received while waiting to bring her home). They couldn’t let this child spend another minute waiting for a family when they knew the only concern in adopting him was money. They would simply have to step out in faith that once again God would provide to get this precious boy home. At the same time, their hearts continued to be pulled towards older children with Down syndrome who had literally been waiting YEARS for a family. With each passing year these children become even less likely to find a family. Ernie and Jennifer knew they could easily love one of these children. Their other children were eager to have another sibling. It took only one look at Yvonne’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow for them to know SHE was the one they should adopt. The children all eagerly joined in praying for Yvonne to become their sister. After several weeks of hearing their children’s prayers Ernie and Jennifer knew THIS was the answer they had sought concerning God’s will for their lives and this adoption. While their initial pull to adopt yet again had been to bring home Hannah’s foster brother, they would also be bringing home a new daughter. Adopting even one child can be a huge financial challenge. These two newest children will bring the number of children adopted into this family to NINE. The family has worked hard to cover the financial expenses associated with so many adoptions, even moving to a smaller home to help financially, but they know that it’s only through God’s great provision they will be able to bring home these two new children. They greatly appreciate all who desire to be a part of God’s provision to help bring these precious children home to the love and care they so greatly need.
6/23/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mysonsfromafar.blogspot.com
Margaret and Danny have volunteered and worked with people with special needs since their high school and college years. They met 29 years ago while volunteering at the Special Olympics. After they married, Margaret took time off while they raised their 4 children. Benny and Sammy are working and living on their own. Helen is a sophomore in college and Harry is in middle school. Margaret and Danny talked about and looked into adopting a child with special needs. Their search started and ended with Reece’s Rainbow when one beautiful smile from Rania captured their hearts! The whole family is very enthusiastic and excited about adopting Rania and their children are looking forward to having a new sister!
6/24/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at margierose25mc.blogspot.com