Luke and Jennifer Webster are the proud parents of 5 (soon to be 6!) blessings. Their 3 oldest children are 12, 9, and 6. Their two youngest children, adopted from China in July of 2012, are 4 and 5. The entire family is absolutely thrilled to be bringing home “Simon” who will be their Benjamin. The Webster family stepped out in faith to begin Benjamin’s adoption and have seen God’s hand in each and every step.
“Simon” is visually impaired and currently resides at a foster home for children with visual impairments. The Websters are not new to children with VI or with special needs in general. Their youngest two children have multiple special needs. Their son, Caleb, has low vision due to a traumatic brain injury and has opened their hearts to children with visual impairments. They look forward to welcoming “Simon” into their home and hearts. The Websters would love for you to follow in their walk to bring Benjamin home.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at faithwalkingfamily.blogspot.com
Nora and Patrick Tomasik have been married for ten years, and have three biological children, Patrick 9, Caden 6, and Eli 2. Family is always the first priority for the Tomasik family, and the only thing they put above family is God. Nora had prayed for years for God to use her in His way, and to have the blessing of glorifying Him. That chance came when she stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow, and in particular Kory. Although the thought of adopting a child had never occurred to either Patrick or Nora, once they saw Kory, they knew that he needed a home.
Kory, a beautiful boy in Eastern Europe that just happened to have Down syndrome. A beautiful gift from God, who simply needed the love and support of a mother and father. Nora could not get this small boy out of her head. Daily the thought of him hit her over the head. While at dinner with her family, she thought of Kory, at the zoo, thoughts of Kory, at the library, thoughts of Kory. What was Kory doing now? What was life like for him in that orphanage? What kinds of activities was he missing out on every single day of his life? How will he reach his full potential without the supports and therapies that he needs? There were many heartfelt conversations between Nora and Patrick. Was this God’s plan? How could they possibly afford it? How would they get others to understand why they were perusing the adoption? All of those questions, without any real answers. Doubt and worry started to enter their minds.
Sitting in church one day, their Pastor started to talk about God being the leader of your life, and that he had plans for your life. Plans that would glorify Him. Plans that you would prosper and not fail. This conversation spoke to the Tomasiks. This was what they needed to hear. God had a plan for them, this adoption was His plan for them. God WILL find the way for them to prosper in this endeavor. Kory had been given what he needed from God, the love and strength of a family in a northern suburb of Illinois. Parents willing to put in the work, effort, worry, tears, and strength to proceed through the process, even with so many obstacles in the way.
Will you help the Tomasik family follow through God’s plan? Will your family help bring another family together forever? Can you help Kory come home?
1/7/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://noratomasik.blogspot.com
Kris and Kecia Cox have been married for 16 years. They have 6 daughters. Their third daughter, Bree was born with down syndrome and drew up a new set of blueprints for their life then they had ever anticipated. When she was 4 they were led to adopt another little 4 year old girl , Mia, with down syndrome from Ukraine in 2011. The Cox’s were very blessed through Mias adoption and feel her entire adoption journey was orchestrated by God and was miraculous and life changing. To this day they are still humbled and grateful for all those who were part of Mia’s miracle. And they recognize that they could not have brought Mia home without the love and support of so many, both friends, family and even strangers, all working together to save a little girl.
And just when that journey ended, another miracle began. A week after returning home with Mia, they found out they were expecting twins. A few months into the pregnancy with the twins they found out the twins had a condition called twin to twin transfusion syndrome and needed a life saving in utero surgery at 20 weeks gestation or they wouldn’t survive. Thanks to the Lords hand, some amazing doctors, the prayers and faith of many, and 5 months of bedrest, they were blessed with healthy identical twin girls.
Although the Cox family knew how important adoption was and knew first hand how hard it was to leave Mias’ orphanage and all the other children left behind, they never imagined they would be doing it again. And now almost 5 years later, here they are again.
This time they have been led to a little boy with down syndrome. The Cox family has seen how the threads that weave the path to these children are nothing short of miraculous and can only be Gods hand and Gods will. And so although it may sound crazy to go down this road again, sometimes crazy is the right thing to do, and so you do it.
The Cox family is a houseful of girls and they cannot wait to give this little boy the love, the family, and the life that he deserves. He will have many “mothering sisters” ready to make up for the time he has been without love. This little prince is about to have a whole lot of princesses show him what happy endings are all about.
1/26/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.findingbabybrother.blogspot.com
My husband and I have been married for twenty five years. He was my high school sweetheart. We married and had five beautiful bio kids. We felt a very strong calling for the orphans of the world. God was very strong in speaking to our hearts that there were children who needed Moms and Dads. I would like to say we obeyed immediately but we wrestled with it for a year or two. We are a home schooling family and felt we were finally “arriving” where we could have some time to just enjoy the kids. But God was faithful and patient. We became foster parents and got a call for placement of micro preemie twins. One was with bio Mom and the other waiting to be discharged with nowhere to go and would we take them? Well of course, the answer was yes! Haylee had a brain bleed, she needed a shunt and has cp. She got the shunt and walks with a walker. Baylee is healthy.
Having Haylee as a special needs placement changed me. I knew when I walked in the hospital I would never be the same. My heart grew 1000 times bigger in a matter of seconds. So we got little Miss Baylee on a Thursday night. The smallest baby I had ever seen and Haylee the next Saturday. We adopted the girls on Dec. 1 2014. Well Bio Mom had preemie baby twins again 11 ½ months after Haylee and Baylee. She requested we take them as well. So Joy and Jessa joined our family and became ours June 2015. All I can say is it is a life full of extreme craziness! It really is like having quads!
But I still felt like a special needs child needed me. I just did not feel complete. Which is weird and kind of scary considering we added four babies in a year and a half. So I have always followed Reece’s Rainbows. I saw Darren last Saturday and I knew he was my son. I have never in my entire life felt the way I felt when I saw him. Immediately I went before the Lord. I had so many questions…. How can I do it? The time, the money, the extreme amount of rehab he needs. But the Lord made it very clear that I would be doing all of that. I fell prostate on the the floor and the emotions that came over me are like nothing I have ever experienced. I know now, God was breaking my heart for what breaks his. It was hours before I could compose myself and days before I could stop crying. Just thinking about him all this time laying in that bed. My heart felt like it was in a vice. But then God showed me what his life is gonna be and I had hope and joy and then the “Momma Bear” kicked in and I worked 8 hours straight on Sunday readying all those forms to put a legal hold on him. We barely made it. His file was going back on Wednesday. By Wednesday, I have hired Datz foundation and express mailed the 2500.00 for an expedited home study. Of course, I borrowed the money with the promise to pay it back.
Now I feel like I have no other calling but to bring my son home. We are a family of 12. Soon to be 13. That is our story, his Dad and I are changing his name to Nathanial James. Nathaniel means Chosen by God! And that he was. Hang on little guy Momma is on the way!!
2/10/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Joe and Audra May knew that a seed had been planted in their hearts and that adoption was in their future when they left a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in February of 2002. Expecting their first of what was to be 3 biological daughters at that time, they didn’t know when that might be. However, they committed to praying and seeking the Lord. 10 years later their bio daughters now 9,6 and 3, God had indeed called them forward to adopt, as they had already started the process in July of 2011. They were seeking to adopt a special needs little girl through China’s waiting child program. At the end of February 2012, they had found their daughter, Emmalin. She was living at Maria’s Big House of Hope, the same home co-founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth Chapman in honor of their daughter Maria. God had brought the connection to Steven and the seed for adoption had blossomed in their hearts and came full circle.
After traveling to China and visiting not only the orphanage Emmalin spent time in but also Maria’s Big House of Hope, as well as experiencing the miracle of adoption, their hearts had been forever changed. Joe and Audra began to pray and seek the Lord’s plans for their lives and whether God was calling them to adopt again. They had also learned and were very heartbroken for the thousands of little boys, more than little girls waiting for their forever family in China. February 2014, Audra stumbled upon the picture of a little boy on a waiting child page and she was immediately smitten. She was also surprised to realize that he was the same age and had the same medical condition, a form of Spina Bifida, as their daughter Emmalin. After sharing the little boy’s picture with Joe, who wasn’t ready to leap yet, they committed to praying. After a few weeks of prayer God revealed to them that the little boy was indeed their son and they were blessed to be able to pursue adopting him. This adoption, as was Emmalin’s was a complete leap of faith. Having no adoption funds to begin, God continued to pour out his blessings and opened the doors as they pursued Samuel. Joe and Audra knew that God can easily call the able to adopt but he often calls the willing and that’s what they are, willing to do the Lord’s work and to go where he calls them. They brought Samuel home in March 2015!
In early October 2015, Audra was reading on an adoption blog when she came upon the picture of a little girl who had the same medical condition as Emmalin and Samuel. The little girl was being advocated for and Audra was able to read about her and watch her video. Heartbroken after watching her video and seeing her pictures, the May family committed to praying for her family to find her. They would continue to pray for over a month or more, only to find out that God intended they be her family and her parents. They are naming their new daughter, Violet Joy, which is a name they have had in their hearts since Emmalin’s adoption.
The May family is very excited and eager to bring Violet home. They will become a family of 8! They have trying to expedite this adoption process, as Violet is 2 years old and severely malnourished, weighing only 13 lbs. at two years of age. They are praying to travel to bring Violet home this summer!
The May family would so appreciate your prayers for their family and Violet as they journey to bring her home. Having just traveled in March of 2015, 9 months before God revealing Violet to them, they have no adoption funds saved. This adoption journey as were the two before is a complete leap of faith! They would be so very thankful for any financial blessing they receive, no amount is too small.
1/13/16— HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.mayblessingsflow.com
Meet Saam. He is one of a group of seven older boys who were friends from the same welfare center. He’s watched as six of his friends over the past several years were adopted one-by-one, and has been waiting patiently for his own forever family…until now!
This past year, we (Laura and Brandon) watched as Laura’s brother and his wife adopted two of Saam’s teenage friends from his Chinese orphanage. When they started advocating for Saam, the last boy left, and mentioned that they wanted to find someone like us to adopt him something sparked in our hearts, and we began to pray. Our prayer was for Saam to find his forever family, and if it was to be us, that God would let us know. There were a few challenges to overcome, but prayers took care of those, and soon enough, we found ourselves starting the paperwork to begin the adoption process. That means that these three friends, Saam and our newly adopted nephews from the same welfare center, will be cousins and live across town from each other!
Our three biological children are on-board and excited about the process. Saam’s sister Hayley even started telling people that we were adopting before we had made the final decision. In many ways, our children, and their cousins, were the catalysts for adopting Saam. The love these kids have for others and each other is inspiring to the adults in this family. In addition to being excited about having a new brother, our kid’s each have opinions about what English name to give Saam. Much to their dismay ‘Bruce Wayne’, even though we love Batman, has been vetoed. Fun discussions continue as to what Saam’s name should be as we journey through the paperwork and adoption process in this upcoming year and pray as a family for his safety and wellbeing until we can travel to make him ‘ours’.
Adoption was not in our original plans for our life, but God knew it was in our hearts. Seeing the impact it had on other families who have adopted touched us in ways we never imagined. One of the scariest parts of this process for us is finances, but God put this opportunity in front of us, and even though we don’t have the money saved to pay for this adoption, we know we have to take a step of faith knowing know that God will provide. Please consider helping to bring Saam home to his forever family. Our entire family truly appreciates your help and prayers and can’t wait to reunite three friends who will now be cousins, and welcome him home as a son and
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
Two years ago, Alyssa and Drew made the decision to grow their family through adoption. While working in an orphanage in the summer of 2005, Alyssa’s heart was burdened for all the waiting children who wanted nothing more than a Mommy and Daddy to tuck them in bed at night. After following the journey of family friends who found their son on Reece’s Rainbow, Drew and Alyssa discovered the profile of a sweet, older boy who stole their hearts.
In 2014, they brought home the ten-year-old bundle of energy, “O” (Hogan on Reece’s Rainbow). O has taught his parents a lot about parenting a blind child. Most importantly, they’ve learned that blindness isn’t something to be feared.
O loves to swim and competes with the local swim team. He plays audio games and enjoys rock climbing, camping, and reading. O is learning to ride a bike and rollerblade, as well. An excellent student, O is better at math than a lot of adults.
O looks forward to being a big brother, sharing his love for story telling and music, and showing “Gabriella” how great it is to be part of a forever family. Knowing how much O has blessed their lives, Alyssa and Drew can’t wait to see what joys baby “Gabriella” will bring to their family.
1/8/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Timm (with 2 m’s) and Hannah Heath have a habit of saying yes to life. They said yes to tossing wedding planning out the window and threw a simple wedding together in one week, yes to spending a year studying in Cambridge, England, yes to moving five times in their 5 1/2 years of marriage, and yes to settling down in small-town Wisconsin. They had often dreamt of one day adopting, but it was not until Hannah became a part of the Reece’s Rainbow Facebook community that they felt a sense of urgency for orphans with special needs.
This year Hannah, an occupational therapist, began advocating on her blog for children listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Timm, who is a pastor, began including prayers for orphans around the world each night during family devotions. The couple began talking about goals to accomplish before starting the adoption process; they had a few vague timelines, and felt like they were steadily heading in the right direction. If you had asked them if they were ever going to adopt their answer would have been “hopefully someday!”
But it was the words of their 3 1/2 year old daughter that called them to say yes once more. One night while tucking her in for bed, their daughter whispered in Hannah ‘s ear, “We need to get in the car right now and get Angelina because she doesn’t have a mommy or a daddy.” Angelina was one of the first children Hannah advocated for and those pure blue eyes and ready smile had haunted the Heaths for months as they prayed for a family to commit to her before she was transferred to an adult mental institution. When Hannah shared the words of their little daughter with Timm his response was perfect: “It isn’t a question of if we will try to adopt Angelina, but how, because of course the answer is yes.”
The Heaths pray Angelina joins their family soon where she can hear that yes, she is cherished, yes, she is worth it all, and yes, she has a worthwhile life to live!
1/26/16— COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at heathandhome.wordpress.com
Palmers are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Ahren, and love him all the way home from China. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of international adoption to bring him home! Ahren has a cleft palate and will need surgery shortly after coming home.
Jordan and Melissa have been married 12 years and have 2 daughters 6 and 4 years old. The girls are so beyond excited to have a little brother, they carry his picture around the house with them as they play and eat.
The Palmers believe that adoption was part of God’s plan for their family, leading them to Ahren and having no doubt that he is their son.
Palmers ask for prayer during their adoption journey and hope to bring Ahren home spring/summer 2016.
Isaiah 40:31 Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
12/28/15— HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Hi! We’re the Pattersons. We’ve been married for 22 years (Wow, time flies!) and currently have five children. Our two oldest are in college, our next two are in high school and our youngest is in fourth grade. Two years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph (Igor on Reece’s Rainbow) from Ukraine. The past two years have been challenging but SO rewarding.
For over a year we have wanted to adopt again. When we saw Vienna’s picture on Reece’s Rainbow we were so excited! We had been praying about who our next child would be and hoping that we could adopt a little girl with Arthropryposis. Joseph was born with Arthropgryposis and we have become quite familiar with the ins and outs of the medical procedures and therapies that are necessary. So, when we inquired about Vienna and were accepted to pursue her adoption we were thrilled! Despite the unknowns, we are ready to plow through the paperwork to bring our little girl home as soon as possible!!
We appreciate your prayers and support so much as we begin this journey.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com
After much prayer, Jeremy and Nicole have decided to begin the adoption process. They have been approved for TWO boys, a 4 year boy with Cerebral Palsy, and a 3 year old boy with severe prematurity and microcephaly. In Jeremy’s words, “It is our chance, by the grace of God, to change the future of at least two of His children and to show them the love they may not have received from a loving family. Unfortunately, adoption can be extremely expensive but we are both trusting that God will provide through whatever means necessary.” The Clarks are (im)patiently waiting to hold their little boys in their arms and be one big happy family.
1/26/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Tim and Janice have been married for 20 years and are the parents to 13 children, 4 biological and 9 through adoption. Although they knew they would adopt someday from the moments they discussed it during college, they never thought their family would be quite this big! Though after looking into the eyes of so many children they had to leave behind in the orphanages, they knew that as long as they were able, they should be advocating and adopting, and caring for God’s children.
This time around, the Rowe family is bringing home a 16 year old girl named Toma. Toma was hosted by the Rowes this past summer, and was about to age out of the orphanage. They knew they could not allow that to happen. She would have been faced with a scary and uncertain future out on the streets – a place where no teen should have to learn to survive on their own!
Please pray for Toma’s adoption, that all might go smoothly and quickly so that they might bring this girl home into a family full of love and security. And if you are able to donate to their FSP they would greatly appreciate the help as this will be their 5th international adoption in 4 years. Thank you!
1/25/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at weretakingbabysteps.blogspot.com
Adoption is the common “red thread” that has been woven through the fabric of Steve and Katie Goar’s life. They’ve been married 23 years and have been on numerous mission trips, visiting orphanages and doing community work. They even spent their 20th wedding anniversary in Honduras staying at an orphanage, digging a well, and doing general service work. Their love for each other, willingness to embrace adventure, and tolerance for dwelling among scorpions made their 20th anniversary most unique, but perfect for them. Their connection with adoption started long before marriage. Steve is an adoptee and a life-long advocate for the beautiful life opportunity of adoption. It wasn’t until after the birth of their fourth child, Bode Chai, when they started to realize their role was evolving from advocacy into participation. Bode was born with Down syndrome, and after being confronted with this information one day after his birth, the family was ushered into a world of new information, new medical acronyms, and the welcoming arms of the special needs community. The thread that started to bring the tapestry into view was Katie traveling to Asia with their 12 year old son, Asher. They were part of a team preparing adoption file assessments. Returning from the trip, pulling into the driveway, and not even having feet on the ground, Asher turned to his parents and said, “I believe we should adopt”. For several months, the family’s eyes began to widen even more. The point came when advocacy, contributing, and prayers were no longer enough, and it was time to respond. The love story of Steve’s own adoption, the divine message of Bode’s special chromosome, and the imprint of Asia, all converged and inked their hearts with the faith and passion to find June. A little six year old girl with Down syndrome, waiting for a forever family.
We (Tim and JoLynne) are thrilled to announce our commitment to adopt Marla! We want nothing more than to bring our little girl home and we are asking that you consider coming along side us with prayer, financial, and emotional support. God has been calling us to adopt for quite some time, and our answer is finally YES!
While on a recent trip, JoLynne got to see first hand the reality of orphanages in Eastern Europe. The call to adopt has always been there for her, but suddenly orphans were no longer a blurry image in her mind– but names and faces– hands she held and feet she washed. Her heart was broken for these children without parents. The call to adopt became urgent. When she arrived home she found comfort with her children, Dexter and Beatrix, but Tim could see her devastation. Unbeknownst to JoLynne, God had been working in Tim’s heart– growing in it a love for orphans.
Two years after JoLynne’s trip, and one more biological child later (Simon), We (Tim and JoLynne) are at last stepping out in faith and declaring that Marla will be an orphan no more.
The story of adoption is about so much more than us- so much more than our story. It is about a Father that seeks out His child. A Father who says, “No matter where you are and no matter where you have been- I long to call you My own. No matter the cost- you are wanted and you are LOVED more than you can possibly fathom. I will change your status from lost to found and I will keep you in the palm of My hand.”
Thanks to God who sent His son to die on a cross for our sin- we can claim this promise of a Heavenly Father. We want to be Marla’s earthly parents and to ensure she knows that she is loved and wanted.
1/6/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.writteninyourbook.blogspot.com
In the fall of 2015, Elizabeth saw precious “Heavenleigh” – a tiny, spunky five year old girl rocking her extra chromosome. Although this was not the path she planned, she knew it was time to say “yes.” Elizabeth raced to bring her fragile daughter home. On November 9, 2015, “Heavenleigh,” named Wren by her mama, went home to Jesus.
Throughout the sorrow and heartbreak of losing this precious daughter, Elizabeth is so thankful for the hard yes. Because of Wren, Elizabeth was prepared to open her doors and heart to another precious gift – this time, a son.
Elizabeth cannot wait to bring home Wren’s big brother! He has waited so long for snuggles and love and medical care, and of course, a family of his own.
Thank you so much for being a part of this journey!
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at spreadlovelikeglitter.blogspot.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.
2/9/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE