For several years, Phil and Kristie Graves had been discussing the idea of adoption. It would come up in conversation and then be put off for “later”. One day Kristie came across Reece’s Rainbow and found a girl named “Sage” and knew immediately that she was their child.
After beginning the process to adopt, “Sage” was adopted by a French family, leaving Phil and Kristie distraught and unsure of what to do next. Then their 11 year old daughter reminded them of another little girl they had seen in pictures with “Sage”. Her name was “Olivia” and they had considered adopting both girls. After much prayer and consideration, they decided that God had shown them “Sage” so they could discover “Olivia”.
The Graves’ have three biological children, Kara, Ethan, and Owen. Won’t you please help to take their family from five people to six? They have decided to call this process, “The Journey from Odd to Even.
3/30/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at philandkristie.com
Nathan and Amber have been together exactly half their lives. After all these years, their family is nearly complete (for real this time…). They have five children, ages 12, 9, 9, 9, and 5—the last two through Reece’s Rainbow. Their oldest is a precious daughter and budding paleontologist. Next are boy/girl twins adopted domestically who each plan to have their name in lights some day! Their inquisitive little guy came home from China in 2014, and their little sunshine girl home from Ukraine in 2012. The youngest daughter also has Down syndrome and is/was the only one without a roommate…
With multiple special needs amongst their five, their house is busy and loud and crazy and happy. They THOUGHT they were done…. And then they saw her. The timing seemed crazy, so when God whispered, they tried to argue with Him! He got louder. In an instant, it was clear that this was His call. Accepting and obeying sent a rush of peace and a gush of excitement for their newest daughter! They cannot wait to have this little girl in their arms and watch her blossom in family life, becoming everything she was created to be.
5/21/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at growingwests.blogspot.com
Bill and Nancy have been married for 27 years. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren.They have always supported charities involving children and are very passionate about a child’s right to feel safe and to be loved. Their oldest daughter, Audra, showed them a website, Reece’s Rainbow, and after seeing all that these children have endured knew they were ready to start the adoption process. They are so thrilled to be bringing home two more lovely daughters and an adorable son. The reality is this will not be easy but these children and every other child are worthy and deserve loving parents. They are asking for your prayers as they know this is what has brought them this far. If you feel led, any gift to bring their children home will be a huge blessing.
“You are the helper of the fatherless, Lord. You have heard the desire of the humble, You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed. That the man of the earth may oppress no more. psalms 10:14, 17-18
4/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at
David and Azalia have been married for 13 years, David has served in the US Army for 19 years and is almost ready for retirement. They have 3 biological sons, Jasson (15), Nathyn (11), and Dominik (4) who has achondroplasia. As a military family they have traveled around world and have exposed their children to different cultures, they enjoy traveling, going to the beach, playing board games on rainy weekends, and of course eating dinner all together. Going to Sunday service is essential, teaching their children to trust God and talk to Him is part of their everyday routine. Azalia home schools the 2 younger boys and takes them to do different activities during the day. Bringing another child into their home was something they always dreamed of doing, God spoke to them when they saw the picture of Isaiah and heard his story. He is destined to be their son, and they need all the help you can give them because Isaiah will age out in 5 short months. This little boy has achondroplasia, just like their youngest son Dominik, a condition they are very familiar with and know the proper care needed.
5/21/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
John and Christina Carter call their home “Glorious Chaos”. They have six children, ranging in age from 23 down to 3 years old and love big family life. Circumstances surrounding the birth of six child and fifth daughter, Nora meant that there would be no more biological children. John and Chris always knew, from the very beginning that adoption would be a part of their story and this just confirmed it.
It was a “someday” kind of idea, but then the three youngest children began praying for an adopted child to join the family. They had watched another family walk through international adoption, and these little ones knew that it was something they wanted to do too.
Chris went on Reece’s Rainbow, thinking to choose three profiles to post on the bulletin board for the family to pray daily for.
But there were four, not three, that jumped out at her. All four were printed and tacked up in the dining room and the family began to pray.
One of those four just stayed on their minds and in their hearts. Shyla.
The rest is history! John and Chris can not wait to get this little girl in the midst of their Glorious Chaos and be the family that she deserves. It turned out that Somday was now!
“We can make our plans, but the Lord God determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9NLT
“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6
4/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the Carter family’s adoption journey at www.joel2twentyfive.com
Addison and Kristen are so excited to announce that they are adopting again! Addison and Kristen were married in August of 2010 and have five biological children ages 28, 26, 23, 22, and 20. In June 2015 they traveled to China to adopt 7 year old Paxton and 3 year old Corbin (Noah on RR), two precious boys with Down syndrome.
Paxton and Corbin are their only children that live at home and they have been such a huge blessing to their life. During their adoption of the boys, they felt the pull to also adopt a daughter but they knew they had to wait until their current adoption was complete before beginning the process again. They thought they would bring the boys home and possibly in a year they would begin the process to adopt again but God had other plans. Kristen felt the strong pull towards adopting a girl right away but since Addison wasn’t quite ready yet, she continued to pray for God to lead them to their daughter when the time was right. They continued to view the newly listed children on Reece’s Rainbow and hoped to see the little face that spoke directly to their hearts. One day Kristen came across a profile and she immediately sent it to Addison. Even though that child did not end up being their daughter (she already had a family waiting on PA), she was the one that unlocked his heart and he was ready to move forward.
Shortly after getting pre approval, from China for their daughter they heard about a little boy, with a complex heart defect, that lost his family right before that family was to travel for him. They knew this child needed medical care in the U.S. as soon as possible if he were to survive because the second heart surgery he so desperately needs cannot be done in China. They prayed for days over this child and decided to move forward. They felt if God wanted them to be this child’s family they would get pre approval from China for him as well. Two weeks after sending a letter of intent to China, they received PA for him. God had spoken.
Kristen has a huge heart for those with special needs. She also has a huge heart for orphans and seeing children in orphanages without families just breaks her heart. Addison and Kristen know that they cannot “save them all” but they know they can do their part and they will let God decide what that means. For now it means bringing these two children home as soon as possible and they know they can’t do it without God, their friends, family, the adoption community, and Reece’s Rainbow as each of you play your part in being the hands and feet of Jesus for this family. They are so happy to have you come along beside them in their journey. They ask you to hold their family up in prayer until their children are safely in their arms and for their children as they wait and as they adjust to their new lives once the adoption is complete.
Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me – Matthew 18:5
3/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourjourneytoowenandaddilyn.blogspot.com
“When are we coming back?” was the question a husband asked his wife as they completed their first adoption of two girls from a rural region in Eastern Europe. Two beautiful children, perfectly created with Down syndrome had opened their eyes and hearts to adoption. The trip hadn’t been picturesque. The rural region got dark at 3:30 PM in the depths of winter, and their four bio kids at home missed them terribly. But in the end, the memory of that moment lingered, their connection to the children they were leaving behind as their daughters left their old lives in the orphanage.
The little ones soon became vivacious, loving, and beloved additions to the family. The realities of the adoption process seemed so much more doable now that they allowed themselves to believe that it truly did bring children home. And although the house is a little fuller now, the family, who has stayed active in the HHA community, began to ask themselves if this was the time to answer the question the husband had asked more than two years ago on the steps to the orphanage.
When the mom and dad saw this child’s picture again online, this time they saw their child. They knew the mountain they were agreeing to climb. They knew they could make it happen, so that mom and dad said yes, “now is the time.” Because for a little child who has spent their whole life waiting, the only time they knows is now and then. But soon, the child they hope to call theirs will learn for the first time what it means to look forward to life, to a future, to a family.
Though this family needs to commit anonymously for now, they are so grateful for any support offered in faith for this adoption.
5/21/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
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The Anderson family isn’t new to international adoption, or special needs adoption for that matter. They have been to Eastern Europe to adopt twice. They feel called to return, there still is room at the table and love in their hearts for more children in need. Dane and Misty dreamed of a big family and always knew adoption would be a part of that dream. In 2013 they brought home two beautiful girls blessed with an extra chromosome. Upon returning, they felt they might go back, if ever God called them. They knew too much, they saw too much, too many children suffering, too many laying alone and unloved. And before they knew it, they were headed back! Another sweet girl with lower limb paralysis joined the 6 boys and 5 girls. A perfect dozen! But God wasn’t through with them yet, a move to a roomier house and the knowledge of children still suffering gnawed at their hearts. Every night the children would pray for those left behind at the orphanage, the ones without a family to cherish them. As Dane and Misty were praying about going back, they received news that one of the children they were considering was gravely ill and had been hospitalized. They knew then that they must go! That there was space at the table and love in their hearts for two more!
The Andersons are needing to move fast, they want to get to their sweet girl quickly before her health deteriorates any further, and they can’t wait to tell their new son that he has been chosen! Their home study is nearly done, they are moving right along!
What an amazing opportunity you have to partner with them and help bring home two orphans, to bring them into a family to be loved and cherished to know that they are chosen!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thesassafraschronicles.blogspot.com
April will make 10 years Stephen and Rachelle have been married. They have 3 biological boys (1 is from Rachelle’s first marriage.) And four adopted boys from Eastern Europe through Reece’s Rainbow. Yes, that is a total of 7 boys ages 4 years to 17 years old: Maben is 4, Andre is 7, Silas, Felix and Tage are 8, D.J. is 13 and Ruslan is 17. Here is our story:
We came across Reece’s Rainbow in such a carefully weaved web of fate that only God Himself could create that has changed the course of our lives, the friendships that we have made and of course the way in which we have grown our family, live our everyday lives and bear witness to Jesus’ unconditional love and answer to God’s calling. And I just love to tell the story of how each person played a role in leading us to this very special place in our life in an amazing community of people whom I might never knew existed if things might not have happened exactly the way that they did.
A few years ago we were introduced to a blog by a family member went to school with the author of a popular blog, “EBing A Mommy” and the disease EB that her sweet baby boy Tripp was born with. Tripp won the hearts of so many. We began participating in fundraisers for Tripp and EB Awareness and also made some amazing friends within the EB community, both advocates and parents. A blog entry about a sweet boy in Russia by the name of Anton who was in the process of being adopted by an amazing family led us to the Reece’s Rainbow website.
WOW did we learn A LOT that we never ever knew even existed when coming across Reece’s Rainbow! Of course, like many, we became fascinated with the work of Reece’s Rainbow and hoped to one day become a part of the beautiful story that was written into the colors of that rainbow.
Many people we come across ask us the same questions “Why?” A popular Matthew West Song puts it so perfectly:
If not us, then who?
If not me and you?
It’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when?
Will we see an end?
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
Well, sooner came rather than later, as when they saw Silas’s picture they had to DO SOMETHING and in 2012 Rachelle and Stephen embarked on their first adoption adventure.
We thought we would be adopting one child, Silas, a little boy with Cerebral Palsy. God made better plans, we came home with two little boys: Silas and Andre. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,”
Andre has Down Syndrome. Silas was very sick when he came home, weighing 17 pounds at 5 years old, and suffering violent drug withdrawals, spent a few weeks in the hospital upon coming home. He now has a severe movement disorder as a result of the high dosages of medication given to him by the orphanage. He has had brain surgery to try to help relieve the disorder, with not much help but doctors are still working on a possible solution. Andre was our surprise added child in country while some paperwork issues were worked out for Silas. Andre is a ball of energy ready to take you for a ride anywhere and everywhere you want to go!
In 2014 we adopted again. Originally we thought we might adopt a girl or two but again, God made other plans. Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” We adopted two more boys instead as the girls we had committed to had other families adopt them. One of them was a little boy whose file we were shown in 2012. He was adopted at one time but was disrupted in country. His name is Felix and he has Cerebral Palsy. His transition has been a roller-coaster but one well worth the ride. He is a sweet, loving child with an enormous amount of potential that we see no end to anytime soon! The other boy we adopted, Ruslan, was 15 and a half, just 6 months away from aging out. Ruslan is so smart, funny, happy, lively and social. He lived in a place called the “Happy Home.” While there I met several other very sweet boys. One very lively boy has stayed on our hearts and minds since coming home. We have decided it is time to go back and reunite two former roommates as brothers!
We have learned so much through this wonderful journey, met so many wonderful people, made so many friendships, more like formed new family and we are so thankful to be once again embarking on this journey to add to our family once again! Never in a million years could we have imagined how our lives would have changed so drastically (in the most amazing way) and the wonderful path we would be taking! We love this life God planned for us!
5/21/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at piecingourpuzzletogether.blogspot.com
The Masse family completed their first adoption in June of 2015 but knew even before they left that this was not the end of the story. After having 5 children Jeff and Julie felt like maybe their family was complete, or was it? Married in 2000, they had occasionally talked about the possibility of adopting one day. It wasn’t until they saw a video advocating for orphans in China that they really began to seriously discuss the possibility that God was calling them to adopt. As they prayed about it, God used the parable of the Good Samaritan to confirm that a little girl with special needs in an orphanage somewhere in China was indeed their neighbor – and more than that – their daughter! God placed a desire in their hearts to love their “neighbor” by adopting a child into their family, loving her unconditionally and without any expectations.
The process to adopt their daughter Lila took about 15 months and they arrived home in June 2015 with their precious girl. But all through the process as they became more involved in the adoption community they were struck by the tremendous need!! There are many orphan statistics and the sheer numbers can be staggering but as David Platt has said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” The Masses began to see the faces, hear the stories and realized that there was more they could do! Their transition home with their daughter was going very well, so after a few months they began praying and seeking who God would have them adopt. Through many circumstances they were led to the file of sweet Tessa, a beautiful 2 year old girl with an extra chromosome and lots of extra love to give!
Jeff and Julie and their children can’t wait to have Tessa home to be part of their family forever! Thank you so much for helping them in their adoption journey!
5/21/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at masseadoption.blogspot.com
If you would have asked them a year ago, what they would be doing today, in the throws on an international adoption would probably not have been their answer. God truly works in mysterious ways! The Davis family suffered through the premature birth of their youngest child in January of 2014, followed by two miscarriages in 2015. After emotionally recovering from the pain these situations created, they were able to step back and see that God actually had a very different plan than they had originally believed. They thought they had figured it all out when they were given the opportunity to host an amazing little girl “A” from Eastern Europe. They fell in love through pictures, and just knew this was what God had instore for their family. When “A” arrived their feelings remained strong, but the situation also became clearer. Adoption to American was not her dream. The Davis’ remain in contact with “A” and support her from afar. Although the hosting experience did not turn out exactly as they had planned, their hearts and lives were definitely changed through the experience. With a lot more prayer…. The true plan became clear. This is when we saw her picture, and knew that sweet “E” (RR as Bethany) was to be our daughter. She now has a momma, daddy, sister, and brother who can’t wait to get her home where she belongs!
4/11/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Jeremy and Heather Fillmore began their adoption adventure in 2010. At the time, they had five children, ages 1-14. Heather had always had a heart for adoption, but when she found Reece’s Rainbow on the internet, she was hooked. Seeing all of those precious, “discarded gems” changed her forever. A few days later, she found Tatiana’s photo and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Tatiana (now named Anya) was five years old and lived in a Russian orphanage because she has Down syndrome. The world of adoption and special needs was new to this family, but they instinctively knew that this less traveled, beautiful road is one that God had planned for them. Anya joined their family almost a year later.
Two years later, they returned to Russia for another little angel. Hazel stepped off the plane on December 24, 2012. It turns out that a few days later, a law was passed in Russia that halted all adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans. The Fillmores are humbled by their Christmas miracle of 2012 and often think about all of their girls’ friends who were left behind and are hopeful things will change someday soon.
There is a Chinese Proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread will stretch and tangle, but it will never break.” Jeremy and Heather are feeling this thread gently guide them to a sweet little boy. They can make another spot at the dinner table, get one more bed, and drive two cars to go to Grandma’s. Their hands are never too full for a child in need. Their kids have experienced first-hand, the joy that comes from watching a little person take their place in their busy family, then literally come to life before their eyes. They are elated that Liam will get to join in the fun! He has mild hydrocephalus and this adoption will not only give him the opportunity for good medical care, but also the gift of seven doting brothers and sisters and a Mom and Dad who will love and cherish him forever. Every child, no matter where they are born, or what needs they have, deserve the love of a family. Every child needs to feel precious, valued and treasured.
International adoption is very costly. Your donation will help Liam to have this gift…one that he will not receive from a family in his own country. The Fillmores thank you from the bottom of their hearts for any amount that you can share for the cause.
Update: the Fillmores will also be adding Louie to their family!
3/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
We are proud to announce that we are adopting two precious little girls from Eastern Europe! We are the Howard/Price family. We live in Wisconsin with three of our sons, two dogs, two cats, several rabbits, a bearded dragon and a few fish. We have two sons that live near us, one of whom is married to our lovely daughter-in-law. This will be our second adoption, but first international adoption. We love these little girls and desperately wish to go get them as soon as we can!
We thank you for taking a look at our page and hope that you will be able to help us out!
4/18/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Hugh & Rachael Lynn have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with four soon to be five children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting their daughter with cerebral palsy a year and a half ago from China.
The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God showed them another daughter with cerebral palsy that needed a family. The Lynn family have Pre Approval to proceed with adopting Audrey.
Audrey is a ten year old little girl with cerebral palsy. Audrey has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. Hugh and Rachael feel God leading them to go and bring her home. The Lynn’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for this adoption.
The Lynn’s have a Facebook page that follows their journey of adoption called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.
5/21/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook page called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.
The Wolfenbarger family is no stranger to adoption or to Reece’s Rainbow. They have adopted 3 children and Eve (featured as Allison on Reece’s Rainbow), their youngest, was the reason they discovered this wonderful advocacy organization. She arrived home in July 2013 and her transformation has been incredible to witness. Their hearts have remained open to another child with special needs as they continued to wait for the right time.
Just a few months ago, a little girl made her way into their hearts. Josie has brain and spinal tumors and her future without medical care is devastating. The Wolfenbargers know they can provide Josie love of a family and the necessary medical care for her to thrive for hopefully many years to come. Josie’s cancerous tumors have caused her to be paralyzed and like Eve, she will use a wheelchair for mobility. Josie will have 5 siblings who are so excited to welcome her home.
The adoption process will be expedited due to Josie’s urgent medical needs and this is the reason the Wolfenbargers are in need of fundraising for the adoption related costs. They know God has provided before and will do so again. Thank you for your consideration in joining their journey!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: http://joyfuljourneymom.blogspot.com/
Ben and Brandi Cantrell have always known that they would adopt. After each of their biological children they talked about adopting. After their fourth biological child, they adopted domestically. When he was just a few months old, Brandi felt like they were supposed to adopt again. This time, a child with special needs. Ben wasn’t on board just yet to adopt a child who has down syndrome. Brandi saw a little girl on a waiting child page and felt like that she was suppose to find out about this little girl. Brandi showed Ben. Shortly after, the kids started playing basketball for the season. There were two kids playing and cheering. Ben had never been around a child who had down syndrome. Brandi saw him watching the two kids closely. Shortly after, Ben told Brandi, that he thought they were suppose to adopt the little girl that Brandi saw on the waiting child page, that has down syndrome. Ben and Brandi and their five children are so excited to bring home Sarah Jane, later this year. Any donations, are greatly appreciated!
5/16/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://ilovemylifeasawifeandmommy.blogspot.com
Gary & Karen Rubenstein have been married for 18 years and have been blessed with (12) twelve soon to be (15) fifteen children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting one daughter through a domestic adoption as a special needs infant. They have been blessed with 8 children from China with special needs ranging from missing limbs, missing fingers/toes, cleft lip/palette, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Peter’s Anomaly, Blindness, Ptosis, Tethered Spine Syndrome, and developmental delays.
The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God has shown them three more daughters from China! Two of their daughters have limb difference, including missing fingers, club feet, and enlarged lower extremity that will more than likely require amputation. Their third daughter that they have added has epilepsy and will age out in August, 2016. The Rubenstein family has Pre Approval to proceed with adopting all three girls.
Aria “Ruthie Joy” is a thirteen year old little girl with epilepsy. Aria has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. She will no longer be eligible for adoption after August 21, 2016.
Lily (“Evie”) is a two year old with deformed limbs, including club foot, ectrodactyly and syndactyly and sinus tract in lumbosacral. She is in need of much medical attention and will require many surgeries once she is home.
Kora is a two year old with bilateral feet deformity, right leg is larger then left and will more than likely require an amputation once she is home. She has missing fingers on her right hand.
Gary and Karen feel God leading them to go and bring their daughter’s home. The Rubenstein’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for these adoptions.
5/21/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at chopsticksandchickensoup.wordpress.com
We are the Huizinga family from Virginia! We are excited to announce we are adopting “Saleena” and “Polly”! They will join Dad & Mom, Paul & Maureen, as well as siblings Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julia, one big fat dog named Ellie, and a silly barn kitty named Dingo (Mom says, don’t ask…) We have been married for 16 years. 2 years ago, we brought Penny and Fanny home to join our family, and our entire heart for orphans/orphan care was forever changed. We have waded through some challenging transitions and scary health concerns with Penny in particular and patiently waited to see if or how God might allow us to care for more children.
Thus enters two sweet tiny girls….
Saleena and Polly reside in Pen’s previous orphanage facility. This particular orphanage is near and dear to our hearts, and we have been blessed to see huge progress in the quality of care that is being provided there. The best facility in the world, however, can’t replace a FAMILY as the best place for children to grow & flourish! Saleena and Polly have some special challenges and delays, but we are familiar with the types of needs which are currently known (and know well enough to be prepared for more need, less need, or completely different needs, as they are revealed in the process!) Thank you for supporting our family. James 1:27.
5/21/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.zingermama.blogspot.com.
The entire Bloom family is thrilled to be adopting again! In 2014, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, they added four older boys with special needs to their family. 2 of them had been living in a group home, 1 had spent his entire life in a crib in a laying down room, and 1 had already aged out and would have been transferred to a very bad place. All 4 of them have thrived since coming home. Now they can’t wait to do it again with your help!
They sent in paperwork to be able to adopt another aging out child, a friend of their son who is headed to the same place. They are moving as quickly as possible to get to him because he has already turned 16. Any prayers and support you can offer are very appreciated!
Update: The Bloom family will also be bringing home Daisy!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at handsfullofblooms.blogspot.com
David and Tracy Wiggs are returning to Reece’s Rainbow for their second and third and fourth adoptions. They adopted in late 2014 and their new son is thriving in his new family. David and Tracy have five biological children and three adopted children and know that this is their calling, to love the orphaned and welcome them into their loving family. David and Tracy would humbly ask for your support both financially and spiritually and would ask for your prayers as they once again set out on this new journey to adopt Gracelynn and Kristopher and Lazarus. Thank you, and God bless.
4/7/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Manny and Lynn have been together for 13 years. They have a family of 4 adult children, Manny, Fatima, Angie, Yudith, a teenager, Aly, and a preteen, Rebeka. Rebeka has Down syndrome. They love all their children equally, but having a child with Down syndrome forever changed their lives. Lynn had always wanted to adopt, but shortly after Becky was born they both knew they would adopt a child with Down syndrome.
Manny is an automotive technician. Lynn is an office assistant for their church. She is also a full time student, just a few classes from a degree in Psychology. They own a business and work to provide a future for their family.
Lynn is the eternal optimist. Manny is the realist. For years she’s been showing Manny pictures of children on Reece’s Rainbow and praying about the day they would adopt. Manny kept saying, it’s not time, one day, “I’ll pray their families find them.” One night a friend posted a picture of a gorgeous girl on RR. As the couple looked at the picture and read her story, the tears started flowing. The next day Manny wanted to know when they could “go get their girl!”
This is how the Fleites family found Jenny. Her smile grabbed at their hearts. They decided to keep on praying and take the chance. If God meant it to be their path, it would happen. And happen it did!
Jenny, soon to be Lucy, has no other known medical concerns. She lives with foster parents and seems happy and cheerful. In videos, she is always smiling, singing and dancing. Her family is anxious to have her join them! Her room is prepared, her siblings are ready to spoil her, and her parents are counting down the days.
Every step has been slow and steady. Every financial deadline has been a testament to God’s faithfulness. Almost every step has been fully paid with donations so far. The blessings keep coming! They have met so many amazing people that have been on this journey. They still have $28,000 to go, but the burning desire to bring their daughter home propels them forward!
They are very grateful for the support they have received and thank you in advance for your support! They covet your prayers and for you to share their story!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: punkymonkeychronicles.blogspot.com
Jeff and Tammy Jarrett are so excited to be growing their family again! This time with 2 little ones from Asia!
Jeff and Tammy were high school sweethearts and got married while they attended college. They have 3 biological boys, but always felt God was calling them to adopt. In 2008 they completed their first adoption and brought Jasmine home from China. Jasmine is legally blind and in bringing her home, the Jarrett’s lives have been completely changed.
In 2010 the Jarretts went back to China and brought home Jewel. Jewel was born without eyes and has multiple other disabilities. The Jarretts don’t like to look at her disabilities though. They believe that children with special needs shouldn’t be defined by the things they can’t do, but rather by what they can. To the Jarretts, Jewel is the happiest person they have ever met. She laughs all of the time and loves everyone. Jewel is an inspiration to anyone who has gotten to know her.
The Jarretts have prayed, asking God to lead them to adopt again if that is his plan for their lives. They KNOW that God loves ALL children and are so excited to announce that God has answered their prayers and they will be adding 2 more children to their family!
Annabelle, who the Jarretts will name Teagan, has been the Jarrett’s daughter in their hearts for a long time. They have prayed persistently for her for and are so blessed to FINALLY be able to bring her home and make her a loved daughter, and sister. Annabelle is already so deeply loved by her forever family!!
The Jarretts are also excited to announce that they will be bringing home Joey, a precious 6 year old boy with Down Syndrome. Joey has attended the Bring Me Hope Camp in China, and those who have met him say he one of the most loving boys. He loves bubbles and playing in the sand. They can’t wait to make Joey a part of their growing family.
The Jarretts are adopting on a complete leap of faith, and trust that God will provide for them financially. They also know that a lot of times God provides for his children through other people! If you feel led to give toward their adoption, please know that it will be SO appreciated!!
Follow the family’s adoption journey at www.jarrettfamilyadoption.blogspot.com
Todd and Lindsey first met while living in New Orleans 10 years ago. They now live in Southwest Michigan with their two preschool age sons, and just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to sharing their many life blessings with Ben, giving him the unconditional love of his family, and being by his side as he is receives the medical attention and therapies he needs to thrive. They are so thankful for the many people who have given their talents, time, love, prayers donations, and advocacy for sweet Ben even before they found him. They know God has intentional plans for Ben’s life and feel honored and humbled to be a part of it. Their prayer is for God to continue to be with their son and every child waiting for their family, so they may be safe, brave and loved. Every bit of support and every prayer you could offer for Ben and his family would mean so very much to them!
Brent and Mary met in vet school and married in 2009. After their daughter was born in 2010, Mary stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow. After following a number of families over the years, a beautiful little girl named “Celine” caught Mary’s heart. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, her country banned adoptions to American couples. Her picture still hangs on the fridge. Mary continued to follow many of the Reece’s Rainbow families and, through the blog of an adoptive family, saw a picture of a handsome young man named “Charlie” who she immediately knew belonged in their family.
The Sanders’ have four daughters and are excited to be adding a boy to the mix. The girls cannot wait to have a brother and now Brent and Mary finally have an answer to the question, “so when are ya’ll gonna try for that boy?!”
4/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at asonforthesanders.blogspot.com
We arrived home with Adhu from India on July 17, 2015 after a long, faith-shaking process. We thought we were done – our family was complete.
Big sister, new little brother, father and mother were settling into our new normal. We were bonding and getting ready to live our lives as a family of four.
But God had plans that we could not forsee. Plans bigger than us, plans for another child in need – of a family, of a future. Please pray for our family as we step out in faith once again.
Big sister, Big brother – waiting for “Mickey”.
4/20/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey at http://and-now-there-is-a-third.blogspot.com
Kim and Nathan Woods have been married for almost 10 years. Kim is originally from Canada and Nathan is from New Hampshire. They have been living in Florida for the past 9 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters living at home, Lydia (9), Chloee (7), and Chanelle (5). Since the moment they met they both knew that one day they would adopt. They didn’t know how, when, or who but God has miraculously opened the door and they know that this is His perfect timing. They are very excited to begin their adoption journey by adding two beautiful sisters “Kaila” and “Connie” to their loving family.
Please consider helping them as they step out in faith to accomplish God’s will in their lives. Help them make these beautiful girls orphans no more.
4/28/2016—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
My name is Jennifer and my husband’s name is Kacey. We grew up in the same area in Oregon. Kacey and I would often see each other at school or church events, we knew of each other, but that was it. After high school, we both served missions for our church. Luckily, we were sent to the missionary training center at the same time. We swapped addresses and wrote to each other throughout our missions. When we returned home, we started dating and got married in 2007. We have been blessed with three, loving, kindhearted children who have kept us busy—too say the least.
I had been feeling like there was someone missing in the family for several months then my husband Kacey mentioned something about the importance of families and children. With that tiny spark of interest in having more children, I decided to fan the flame of adoption and ask if we could look into building our family that way. Kacey agreed and I spent the next several weeks pouring over hundreds of deserving children in need of loving homes. I felt impressed to move forward with an international adoption, and started looking into pictures on the Reece’s Rainbow site. That’s where I saw sweet Ulysses. The moment I saw him I started to cry. I sobbed and sobbed to think that this sweet child with so much potential was stuck in a crib all day. Then I felt strongly that I should be his mom. I stopped crying and felt peaceful, calm and happy. I emailed my husband to tell him that this was the boy we were going to adopt. My loving, supportive husband heard me out and agreed to take this leap of faith with me.
5/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
You can follow the family’s journey at macpackblog.wordpress.com
Russ and Jody met in a blind date. They hit it off right away and were married nine months later. After two years of marriage they were blessed with a son, Jakob. Jakob was a preemie and had five holes in his little heart. It was a tough two years but Jakob overcame all obstacles. Russ and Jody knew they wanted more children, so they became foster parents in 2003. When their first foster child went home it left them feeling sad and their home felt very empty. So Russ and Jody made the decision to adopt internationally. In 2005, they brought their 9 month old son, Joshua home from Guatemala. Life was good, over the next ten years Russ and Jody added four more children – Julia, Jenna, Jordan and Jaxson – all of them adopted through Foster Care.
They were feeling complete. But God has a great sense of humor and a different plan for the Navratil family. You see, Jody’s father passed away the previous year, they were very close. One night in July Jody’s father came to her in a dream and told her; “Jody, your family is not complete.” Jody was a bit stunned and laughed it off and thought it was just a crazy dream. But, then her dad began bringing her a little girl every night in her dreams. Jody began researching adoption again but was not ready to share all this to her husband as Jody was afraid he would say, no way. Then one day Russ asked Jody if she felt like their family was complete because he didn’t and felt they should adopt again. Jody was thrilled, so she began searching a little harder and then one night she came across the little girl in her dreams! This little girl was Clover. Jody was in tears and over joyed. Jody shared the picture with her nine year old daughter, Julia. When Julia saw the picture she says, “that’s my sister!” When shared with Russ after work they all knew she was meant to be a part of the Navratil family.
Russ, Jody and their six children can’t wait to get her home where she will be loved unconditionally and will be a part of a forever family. As it says in John 14:18 “I will not leave you orphans I will come to you” God has not abandoned us, he has called us by name and through his sacrifices we are called chosen and adopted by God.
Won’t you consider a donation, so Clover can be an orphan no more and know the love of a family. No amount is too small. If you are unable to support financially please keep the Navratil family in your prayers. Thank you.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeytojazlyn.blogspot.com