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WILLOW +1 for the Quinn family — FL

41022134950 WillowThe Quinn Family adopted Dunham and Edgar from Ukraine Spring of 2014. Their two oldest children had begun their own journey to adulthood and God laid it on their hearts to adopt following the birth of their son Gage in 2013. Their three boys ages 1,2, and 3 keep their hands busy and their hearts full! Jennifer and Marty felt once again called by the Holy Spirit to adopt. This time a girl! They fell in love with Willow and know she will bring just the right amount of Pink to their house of Blue! They invite you to LIKE their Facebook page at Facebook.com/growingupwithdowns and visit their blog.

 

11/24/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at walknfaithquinnfamily@blogspot.com

$284.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TATIANA for the Darrow family — OH

Tatiana 2013The Darrow family met Tatiana when they were in Eastern Europe several years ago, adopting their twins. They came home anxious to see Tatiana with a family of her own. As they have watched the twins blossom, Tatiana has remained on their hearts. Eventually they realized that the time was right to add Tatiana to their family, as well!

 

11/13/14—USCIS APPROVED, COMPILING DOSSIER

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog iveyrock.wordpress.com

$1,396.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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REBECCA for the Bowen family — PA

Rebecca 2014Joe and Jaime have been happily married for twelve years and are the proud parents of five children who range in age from 14 to 3.

After reading a friend’s blog post about their impending adoption of a special needs child Jaime found a link to Recce’s Rainbow and their lives were forever changed. There was one little girl that they could not get off their minds.

Rebecca has meant so much to the family after they participated in Angel Tree and raised funds for her adoption grant last Christmas. They prayed for this sweet little girl every day and one day God made it very clear that Rebecca was not just a little girl on a computer screen, she was to be their daughter!

After many months of prayer and consideration Joe and Jaime decided to proceed with their dream of adopting this little girl and bringing Rebecca home.

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Matthew 18:5

11/21/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$33.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MADDOX and AMOS for the Stickley family — MD

Amos“Mom, we need to talk. I don’t know if it’s a thought that God keeps putting in my head or a thought that I keep putting in my head, but I think we should adopt a little boy.” “I don’t care which of you put it there, you need an eraser!” This was the conversation between my then 10 year old daughter and I in November 2009; a conversation that changed our lives forever. It was the springboard that flung us into the world of adoption! Within two weeks I went from being a single divorced mom of two biological daughters, to a committed adopting mom of a Russian son with Down Syndrome. Fourteen months of paperwork, praying, fundraising, paperwork, praying, 2 trips (5 weeks!) in Russia, and oh, paperwork and praying, my daughter and I brought home our little prince, Maxim Alexey.

After a crazy journey, I was committed to a 5 year old little boy in China, but his file hadn’t been prepared because “he isn’t as smart as the other children so nobody will want him.” Well, that was all it took for me to know that he’s a Stickley! They said that it would take a year to get his file prepared and that I would be looking at almost 3 years for the adoption to be complete. Did they really think that was going to scare me off? I decided that not only is he not “unlovable,” he is worth the wait!

Then, less than a month later, I was approached about adopting a little girl from China who was 13 and only had 5 months to be adopted. The timing was perfect in that I could adopt her while waiting for the little boy’s file to be compiled. Several agencies told me that it would be impossible to complete the adoption in the 4 month time-frame. Well, we proved them wrong! We have now had Ava Monet home for two months! God’s timing is perfect!

While in China, I got to meet some of the wonderful orphanage workers from Ava’s orphanage. I told them that I advocate for families for these children and asked if they had any other children for whom they would like for me to try to find families. They said that they would give me a website, but then we just all stood around socializing for a long time. Next thing I knew, they introduced me to a seven year old little boy, and the power between us silenced the room! “Mom, we have to come back for him!”

So, I am a blessed mom of two biological daughters (22 and 14), an adopted son from Russia (5), an adopted daughter from China (14), and I’ve just been approved to adopt BOTH little boys! Oh, did I mention that all 4 of my children from another mother have DS? Three of the four of them were listed on Reece’s Rainbow. So, adopting two little boys right on the heals of a previous adoption has caused me to reach beyond my financial comfort zone and step out in faith. Any help and support will be greatly appreciated and I pray that God multiplies it in return to all donors! Thank you!

11/16/14—DOSSIER COMPLETE

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

The Stickley family has a $5000 matching grant!  Once their FSP reaches $5,246, they will receive an additional $5000!

$353.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEARSON for the Drake family — TX

family pic30520132428Caleb and Mehgan met at a bowling alley over a dozen years ago. He was so smitten, that he proposed to her that night with a plastic vending machine ring–they have been together ever since. During the past eleven years of marriage, they have had four precious children. Andi is 8, Lilly is 5, and Sawyer is 4, and our newest addition is Boden, 13, who God graciously gave them last year. Caleb works for a popular soda company, and Mehgan is a crafting-cooking-homeschooling-stay at home mom.

They are a Christian family, who began to pray that God would direct them in the way they could best serve Him, show His love to others, and help others. They now have a God-given passion for serving those who are lonely and fatherless, and feel like adoption is something after God’s own heart. The past year with their new son home has showed them what the power of love and a family can do for a child who has been forgotten. It changes everything. And now they’re ready to go back for their waiting child. They love this child so much already, and they cannot wait to have their family grow again!

11/19/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

$2,856.77 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHAWN and MURRAY for the Warren family — AZ

Shawn (4)Murray (3)Scott and Lisa grew up in the same small town and attended church together. They started dating in college and have been married for 16 years. They have 6 children; Noah – 15, Luke – 12, Jack – 10, Kaia – 9, Josiah – 8 and Asher – 4. Adoption has always been on Lisa’s heart. When their second son was born with complications, they were thrown into the world of parenting a child who had special needs. When they began their first adoption in 2005, their experiences with their son led them to pursue a child with special needs. They brought home their first and only daughter from China the following summer. Adopting their daughter changed their family in ways they couldn’t imagine. They felt so blessed to be her parents. In 2008, Lisa traveled to China a second time to bring their 4th son home. Over the next few years adoption continued to be on Lisa’s heart and specifically, HIV adoption. It was during the summer of 2013 that “Shawn” first caught her attention. He looked so much like their son Jack. When she sent his picture to Scott, he though it was their son! She watched “Shawn” and waited for him to find his family, but he continued to wait. She contacted RR on 8/8/13 and asked about him. Scott was still certain that their family of 8 was complete, so Lisa continued to pray for the Lord’s direction. She couldn’t seem to shake this little guy and thought about him daily. Over the next few months, the Lord began to work in both of their hearts. Little by little the doors opened and hearts were changed. Scott surprised Lisa on Valentine’s Day with a journal that said, “Let’s go!”. After a lot of prayer and seeking, Scott and Lisa both knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that “Shawn” was their son. This will be a journey of faith from start to finish as they bring Shawn home. Scott and Lisa are trusting the Lord for his provision and direction every step of the way.

11/6/14—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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

$3,373.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NOAH and PAXTON for the Matthews family — ME

 photo fwbutton150.pngNoahPaxtonAddison and Kristen have been married for almost 4 years and have 5 children between the two of them. Addison raised two girls who are now 26 and 24 years old. His daughters are both married. The oldest has two sons and the youngest has one son. Addison and Kristen adore all three of their grandchildren and are praying for more! Kristen raised three children. Her oldest daughter is 21, her son is 20, and her youngest daughter is 18. They started talking about the possibility of having a child of their own but because both of them thought they were “done” years ago, that wasn’t possible. Adoption and fostering had been on Kristen’s heart for many years, she just had to convince her husband! They became licensed foster parents a little over a year ago and since then have had 8 foster children in their home. The first time they brought a newborn home to foster, Addison heart began to open to the idea of adoption. As you can imagine, their hearts were broken when they had to say goodbye to that little one. They knew then that they had to start the adoption process, they just didn’t know how they would come up with the money. Kristen began to research special needs adoption, specifically Down syndrome adoption when she came across the Reece’s Rainbow web page. After looking over the page and falling in love with several of the children, she just knew that THIS was what she was called to do. She showed her husband some of the babies she fell in love with and although his response was warm, he didn’t show the excitement that Kristen felt. Kristen decided to do what she could, and at the time, that was to make small donations to families that were in need. Then one day Kristen saw Greta’s profile and read several blogs about her and she knew she had to do something more. She talked to Addison again and showed him some of the pictures of some of the available children. She also showed him a blog that was written for Greta and she could not hold the tears back. Kristen’s heart was broken for the many orphans that needed a family so desperately and Addison could see how important this was to her. That day Addison’s heart began to change and eventually he was open to getting more information on some of the children. Although he was afraid because of the cost, they agreed to commit to a child and they chose Noah from PRC. They struggled with the thought of the cost and the mounds of paperwork but are convinced that they are meant to do this.

After committing to Noah (soon to be named Corbin), they saw the face of another boy they just KNEW was their son. They received PA for their second child, they call Paxton, about a month after receiving PA for little Noah. They are so excited and can’t wait to get their boys home. Addison and Kristen have stepped out in faith for these two boys and would appreciate any help they can get whether it be prayers, thoughts, or donations. They wish to send thoughts, prayers, and words of thanks to those that have and will be there to support them and to all the other families that are in this process. God Bless!!

11/13/14—USCIS APPROVED

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

$5,213.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SALLY for the Stum family — CO

Sally (1)Chris and Jennifer were married in 2010. They talked and dreamed about the size their family would be like many newlyweds do. Adoption was never considered an alternative for them but something they wanted to pursue in God’s time. Since then they have been blessed with three beautiful biological children (two boys and a girl). After their second child was born the real pull towards adoption started.

Jennifer found Reece’s Rainbow and began praying for children listed. Much time was spent by Chris and Jennifer researching many types of adoption and special needs seemed to pull at their hearts. When Chris was five he lost his foot in an accident. He has undergone many surgeries and therapy and today it does not hinder him. Seeing the life Chris leads and knowing the difference a family makes led the Stums to start looking at children with limb differences. Yet it still didn’t appear to be God’s timing. When they saw Sally they both knew that God planned for her to be their daughter. So, with much prayer and consideration the family stepped out in faith and started their journey of adoption to bring their beautiful daughter, Sally, home.

With God’s provision the Stums are excited to provide Sally with a loving home, the knowledge and love of Christ, and the care and support she needs to overcome the many obstacles she will face. Chris and Jennifer feel very blessed to be able to add Sally to their family and are very thankful for your prayers and support.

11/20/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cayleighscurlz.blogspot.com

$55.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FRANKIE for the Deerman family — AL

Frankie 2

God has richly blessed our family. God allowed me the honor of marrying my “high school” sweet heart. He blessed us with two children who are an amazing gift to my wife and I. We are a close family who loves time together and are thrilled to be in the process of bringing home our son from China! We began our adoption journey with a beautiful little boy we met on Reece’s Rainbow by the name of “Ellison”. The door to adoption closed when the Russian adoption law changed. Like many families our hearts were broken and we grieved…but God in his wonderful timing led us to this precious little guy who we can not wait to bring home as part of our family. I am a pastor in Alabama and my wife is a social worker. We, along with our children, are grateful that God in His great mercy is allowing us the privileged of adopting Frankie. I can not wait for the day when we are able to bring Frankie home. We love him dearly and he already is being used by God to teach us more about God’s great love and mercy.

Please pray for us as we continue in the adoption process. Pray for “Ellison” and the other children of Russia that God would provide loving homes for each child. Pray for Frankie… God has wonderful plans for the wonderful little boy and I am honored to have a front row seat to watch His beautiful work unfold.

10/2/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$1,178.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVERETT for the Johnson family — ND

 photo fwbutton150.pngEverettBlake and Crystal have 2 young biological daughters and thought their family was complete. Little did they know that God would lead them to Reece’s Rainbow through friends who adopted a little girl from Eastern Europe last Christmas. Crystal scrolled through the many faces of children who need families and read many blogs of adoptive parents. After learning about the neglect of these children, they prayed. A lot! They had never seriously considered adoption. Especially international adoption. They are planners. They are not risk-takers. But they love children. They love God. They want to be obedient to God’s calling.

Since they have two girls they decided if they were to adopt they would like to add a boy to the family. They were waiting for clarity from God of what age of boy, from which country, what type of special needs, when to start the process. One day the older daughter talked of a discussion she had with Blake about getting a boy in the family. Blake said they never had the discussion so they believe it must have been a dream. They were wondering what God was up to! Then about four days later they were presented with Everett’s information and fell in love. The decision was prayerfully, fearfully, obediently made to add this precious little boy to their family.

They appreciate your prayers for provision, protection, unity, peace, and health.

11/14/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

$405.46 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELIJAH for the Howell family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pngElijahWe have two beautiful homegrown girls and last year we were blessed to add our son Hironari to our family from Japan. We call him Hiro, and he truly is our little hero! He has come SO far in the year that he’s been home with us and we are so thankful God chose us to be his forever family! When he came home I mentioned in passing to our agency that if another baby with Down syndrome ever came available for adoption to please let us know because we’d love for Hiro to have someone to grow up with. Never did we think that call would come so soon. In June we were contacted about a baby who needed a family and quickly… she came home to us at the beginning of August and we were all so in love. She was pure perfection. We had her for 24 very short hours when we received the call that her birth mother had changed her mind and had decided to parent. When we brought her back a strong storm hit our area and the rain flooded the streets. The rain felt so fitting for the sadness that poured from our hearts and out of our eyes. We knew that the heavens were crying out, but as we started the drive home the rains stopped and a rainbow crossed the sky. God’s promise. We were and continue to be heart broken for the baby we prepared for. She will always hold a place in our hearts that no other child will fill. She was ours and we were hers. Just as before, we knew that there was a child out there waiting that needed us. So when a friend sent me a picture of the most beautiful baby boy my heart leapt. We prayed together about adding him to our family and the answer was yes. He will be ours and we can’t wait to welcome him into our waiting arms. Hold tight baby boy… Mommy and Daddy are coming!

11/14/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

$2,388.18 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NED for the Strong-Ibanez family — VA

Ned (2)Ramil & Karen have been married for 13 years. They have two biological children named Joshua (12) and Jonah (10). They have always wanted to expand their family and were foster parents for two years. They are unable to have any more biological children and have always considered adoption. They saw Ned, an 11 year old boy diagnosed with Alopecia and immediately felt that he would fit in their family. Ramil & Karen live in the countryside where there are dogs, cats, donkeys, goats and other animals for young boys to love and play with. The whole family can’t wait for their new son/brother to arrive!

11/14/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

$232.22 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SILVIE for the Schultz family — WI

Silvie (2)Kelly and Bill met at a 4th of July celebration 3 years ago.  Mutual friends decided to play matchmaker and succeeded!  Bill asked Kelly out for coffee the next day and they spent the night talking about everything!  The coffee shop closed and they moved on to McDonald’s to finish off the night and the “rest is history!”  Kelly was quite the package deal bringing 7 children into the relationship; she knew Bill was “the one” when he jumped right in and became an instant part of the family!  They were married on May 04, 2013 and moved into their new house in June.  In July Kelly asked him if he was ready to start an adoption.  He didn’t say no (Lol) so she called and set up a homestudy for the beginning of August.  Rowen joined their family from Serbia on January 30, 2014!  Rowen has that extra special 47th chromosome and everyone fell instantly in love with him so they quickly decided that Eight Was Not Enough and they are heading to China to bring home Silvie as soon as possible!  Any help with fundraising is greatly appreciated since they so recently completed Rowen’s adoption.

10/7/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$3,111.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VIOLET for the Greene family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.pngAlison is a single Registered Nurse. She has always dreamed of having children, but has not been so blessed. Alison has worked with children and adults with special needs in the past, including Down syndrome, and has always enjoyed it. One night, she had a dream that she and her sister were looking at a website of children for adoption with Down syndrome. When she woke, she did a search on her computer, and found Reece’s Rainbow. After years of looking at the site, and much encouragement from family and friends, she decided to give it a try! There have been many roadblocks in the process, but she has finally fallen in love with the little girl she feels was meant to be her daughter!

9/13/14—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$2,013.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TIMMY for the Abrams family — CA

TimmyThe Abrams have been married for 22 years and have been blessed with 3 amazing daughters age 20, 16 and 12.  They live in San Diego, CA where Tim is a firefighter and Michele homeschools their daughters.  They are a silly family with lots of joy and they have always wanted to adopt.  The Lord opened a door when their 16 year old daughter, Ember went to China on a mission with close friends.  The Abrams fell in love with all of the disabled orphans Ember cared for.  But one sweet blind boy stole their heart and the Lord began to give them faith to adopt him.  They are working hard to get their dossier finished and bring their son home.

 10/10/2014—COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.adopttimmy.com

$10,247.06 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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XAVIER for the Butler family — NY

butler family 5Joe and Hannah are specifically hoping to adopt a child with special-needs. Their youngest child has several special-needs of his own, including prematurity (born at 26 weeks) and Down Syndrome. They have already learned so much through caring for their son, who is now 4 years old, and therefore feel as though they are equipped to take on the responsibility of caring for another special little blessing. Joe and Hannah also have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son.

Both of them want to add to their family. They had talked about adoption before they even had biological children, so they knew it was always something they wanted to do. They had always dreamed of having a large family and when they realized Hannah would no longer be able to have more biological children (Hannah had to have an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 23), they knew that we were meant to adopt! They love kids and feel as though their family is not yet complete. Adoption is the perfect option for them! They have the space, the time, the desire, and most importantly, the love to give. Adoption has become a passion and a calling for their family.

Many people have asked Joe and Hannah “why are you choosing to adopt?” To them, the reason is simple – because their hearts are telling them to!

Joe and Hannah have open hearts and arms and look forward to adding an addition to their family.

9/15/14—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thentherewas6.blogspot.com

$348.23 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BECKHAM for the Groen family — SD

BeckhamChad and Kayla have been together for 10 years, and just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary. Kayla has and in home daycare, and Chad works for a local coal mining company. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful children. Bella is 11, and Chad adopted her when they got married. Asher is 7, Cylus is 4, and Peerson is almost 2.

Chad and Kayla always knew that they would adopt. A friend was in the process of adopting and added them to a group on facebook that had profiles of waiting kids. 6 months later they saw a 3 year old boy named Beckham that was beautiful. They knew he would get a family quickly, but every time they would see his picture, they couldn’t help but think he could be their son. He had a family committed to him, but something happened and he was listed as available again. Chad and Kayla talked about whether now was the right time to adopt. Beckham has untreated hydrocephalus, agnesis of the corpus callosum, and a cyst on his 3rd ventricle, so they had to make sure the care he needed would be available in their area. They got the confirmation that every month a team from mayo would be 45 minutes away, and wanted to take Beckham as a patient. This was the time, this was their son! He would finally have his forever family, and they would have the final piece of their puzzle.

10/11/14—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$3,237.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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YULIA and FINN for the Kellogg family — IN

Yulia update (2)FinnPaul and Ashley met in college while both studying elementary education. Their love for children is what ultimately brought them together! They have been married for 12 years now and have 5 biological children. Their two boys are 11 & 6 and their three girls are 10, 8 & 5. Paul is an elementary school teacher and Ashley is a stay-at-home/homeschool mom. Adoption was something they had talked about from early on in their marriage.

Their lives were forever changed when their youngest daughter had a difficult birth that resulted in cerebral palsy and a host of other disabilities. Myra’s life has brought blessing after blessing to their family, and they became very familiar with the world of special needs. They already had a passion for underprivileged children and orphans, and now they had a passion for children with special needs. For years they had been trying to adopt domestically through the foster care system, but felt a pull to look internationally after many years of road blocks.

After watching a Gotcha video of a family adopting a child with Down Syndrome from Reece’s Rainbow, they searched the site and almost immediately found Yulia. After watching her videos, they fell in love! They received PA in June 2014!

Being open to adopting two children, Ashley found a profile of a little boy with albinism on an advocacy site. Because Paul had 4 aunts and uncles with albinism, she immediately fell in love and they pursued his file. On October 23rd, they received PA for Teddy!

Their children are so excited to have another little brother and sister! They have since named these children Frannie and Finn. God’s hand has been so clearly a part of this adoption and they are amazed at how He’s provided for and guided the adoption process so far!

11/3/14—HOMESTUDY APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mommykellogg.blogspot.com

$5.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JAEGER for the Alford-DeBoer family — CA

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Andrea and Jesse met and fell in love on a co-ed soccer team in 2004, he was great & she was not, but they’ve been teammates ever since. Jesse works in Property Management & is the Worship Leader at their church. Andrea stays at home with their son, Jackson (adopted), and any foster children they may be loving on at the time. While serving the homeless in their city the DeBoer’s became increasingly aware that most of the people they met on the streets came from broken homes or were lacking family. The DeBoer’s both come from large families & love family life, they recognize their adoption by God is the single most significant part of their heritages, and they realized that extending their family through adoption and foster care was one way they could stand in the gap between brokenness & life on the streets. Andrea and a friend came across Reece’s Rainbow, saw one beautiful smile that stood out in particular, and was heartbroken over the plight of orphans and orphans with special needs. The DeBoer’s had no intention of adopting internationally but continued to learn more about the orphan crisis. In the time since, they became licensed foster parents & adopted Jackson. In 2013 Andrea saw a face on social media that looked familiar, went back to RR & sure enough it was that same little boy. She asked, Jesse said ‘Yes!’ and they began the adventure to bring Jaeger home to their family!

The journey is long & complicated, and the costs are high, but the DeBoers know that Jaeger is worth it! They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little man.

 9/13/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$779.88 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVAN for the Orta family — GA

Evan March 2014 Christie and Raymundo met in June 2000 while they were both living in Hilton Head, SC. It was a chance meeting that changed their lives forever! Two people who probably would have passed each other on the street and not given it a second thought, were now on a path that neither would have predicted.

Raymundo (Mundo) was born in Mexico and always had a passion for learning English and traveling to the United States. When the opportunity arose to come to the US, he seized it! The hardest part of the trip was leaving his family. However, they were (and still are) very supportive of his dreams and urged him to go. Christie is also from a loving family and, at the time had been moving around the country working for Marriott.

Skip ahead almost 14 years later – Christie and Mundo have been married for 11 years and have biological daughter named Laura. Laura is 7 years old and in the 1st grade. Christie now works for the public school system in Savannah, GA as a special education teacher and Mundo works within the hospitality industry. They had been thinking of expanding their family for several years, but wanted to do it through adoption. They both felt that there were too many children who were already here in this world that needed a home and a mom and dad to call their own. They thought of fostering to adopt and made several attempts through the local social services, but it just wasn’t the right time or place.

In September, Christie welcomed a new student into her classroom who had been recently adopted from Ukraine. After getting to know his family and learning about the conditions that children with disabilities face and the grim outlook for their future if not adopted, Christie felt the calling to find a child for she and Mundo. Upon finding Reece’s Rainbow and searching for children with Down Syndrome, Christie and Mundo found Evan! After much discussion, tears, and prayer, Christie and Mundo made that first step to bring Evan home to live with them. Their daughter, Laura, is beside herself with excitement and cannot wait to be a big sister! Every day she talks about the things that she is going to teach Evan to do.

The Orta’s believe that they were led to Evan and that God is calling them to adopt this sweet boy into their family. Many fund-raisers have taken place with LOTS of support from friends, family, and the community! They have loved getting updates on his progress and seeing his pictures as he has grown the past several months. However, no update or picture could ever take the place of holding your child in your arms. They are anxiously waiting for the day when they can board the airplane to bring their son home.

9/4/14—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at evan4theortas.weebly.com

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DELLA for the Isom family — ND

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

8/27/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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ANNAMARIE for Kelli and Dustin – KS

annamarie-2Dustin and Kelli met 18 years ago at college. It was love at first sight! They were married 1 ½ years later in a simple, outdoor ceremony. A few years later, they became pregnant and lost their first precious joy in an early-term miscarriage. Shortly thereafter though, God blessed them with a healthy baby boy. They went on to have five more children, one pregnancy providing a set of twins! Dustin and Kelli feel blessed to have their dream jobs. Dustin is running his seventh generation, family farm. While Kelli is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom.

Adoption had always been on their hearts, but it was just never the right time. Until one day, a photo of a beautiful 15 year old girl came across Dustin’s Facebook page. He knew immediately that God was calling them to travel to Eastern Europe and bring her home. They are sure that this is just the beginning of their adoption journey and look forward to expanding their brood, by traveling to whatever country God calls them to next. Their children are the joys of their life and the whole family is very excited to meet their new member. They ask for your prayers during this new season of life.

11/6/14—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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JONNY for The Baird Family – GA

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Beth is a single mom of two who brought home her son Bobby in March of 2013. Bobby loved having a big sister, but began asking about a brother a few months after being home, but Beth thought her family was complete. Bobby continued to ask and Beth had to admit that the faces of those they met on the orphanage visit, still haunted her dreams. An opportunity arose for Bobby to be able to visit with several of his friends from his orphanage while they were in the states for summer hosting. Bobby was thrilled to see his friends and Beth was smitten with a kind hearted little boy who grew up with Bobby at the orphanage. Beth is hoping the process moves quickly as Bobby asks every day “Is he here yet? Is he here yet?”

11/11/14—COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bairdsfaithtrustandpixiedust.blogspot.com

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TARAN + 1 for the Davenport family —

 photo fwbutton150.pngTaran-smilingThe Davenport’s are a family of four, soon to be six that live and serve in Central China (since 2012). Eric and Wendy have been married for 13 years and have two sons that are 11 & 12 years old. They have been touched by and passionate about orphan care since 2009. That’s when they spent time in an orphanage in Africa and then later that year welcomed their first foster baby into their home. They fostered 5 children over a two year period. Those years spent as foster parents were treasured times. They continue to reminisce about the little ones that God placed in their home and in their hearts. They didn’t initially feel led to adoption but, after moving to China and working with orphans in 2012, God did a mighty work in them and in their hearts to draw them towards the decision to provide a permanent home to children who need a home. For that they are so thankful! They feel so clearly directed by God to adopt that they want to obey Him. God desires for orphans of all nations to be loved, cared for, and adopted into families.

They are well into the long process of providing a ‘forever home’ to two boys in China. They have been matched with one child and are awaiting a match to the second. They will be traveling to get their first Chinese son in the spring of 2014. He was involved in an accident at the age of two that nearly took his life. He spent 6 months in the hospital and was abandoned during that time. He had multiple surgeries to help repair his injuries. He has recovered and can walk, talk, run and play. He is incontinent and wears a diaper. His incontinence prevents him from attending school.

The biggest challenge is not opening their hearts and home to adopted children (God has already taken care of that!), but it is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated total cost for the adoptions is $40,000. That’s certainly money they don’t have. Actually it’s laughable from an earthly standpoint. But they know God is faithful and the call to adopt was so strong that He won’t leave them alone in this. He is a God who provides.

They are overwhelmed by the support they have been given through encouragement, funding, and prayers. They would like to ask for continued prayers as the process unfolds. Please also pray that their boys in China will be loved and cared for in their absence and daily feel His presence.

Caring for the fatherless is a mark and responsibility of His people and they believe God is moving through the Kingdom in a profound way to care for these precious ones. Perhaps your role is adoption or fostering. Maybe it’s being a prayer warrior for the least of these. Or maybe you are called to use the resources He has entrusted to you to help welcome children into Christian homes. If so, please consider helping them overcome this financial hurdle.

Please pray this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes. Thank you for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances—it will be an investment with an eternal return!

2/4/2014—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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LINNY for the Aske family — FL

Linny 3Mark and Mary have been married for 25 years and have 5 children, the last of which was adopted from China in 2013.  They are in the process of preparing their dossier to bring sweet Linny home.  Mark is a patient, stay-at-home dad, who provides care for the three remaining children at home.  He has a history of Traumatic Brain Injury and leads an independent life including coaching baseball and basketball.  His experience with therapeutic interventions will help him to be his daughter’s biggest cheerleader and support as she makes progress toward independence.  Mary is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist who will assist their precious daughter to the highest level of communication independence.  Mark and Mary look forward to bringing Linny home from China as soon as possible.  Please help with your thoughts, prayers and support to bring sweet Linny home.  She has waited way too long.

11/16/14—STILL COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at maryaske.blogspot.com

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CHARLOTTE and JADEN for the Holt family — TX

Charlotte 201110825223610 2011Jacob and Sarah had that “love at first sight” moment 10 years ago at Dallas Baptist University and never stopped living the fairytale. Jacob is a risk manager at Alliant Enrisk and Sarah stays home with their 4 children ages 2, 4, 6 and 7. After the birth of number 4, they knew they had room in their hearts and home for one more and started looking at Recce’s Rainbow for the perfect child with “something extra.” They were surprised when the “something extra” turned out not to be a chromosome but a sibling. Their plans changed the moment they laid eyes on them and suddenly their hearts and home found room for 2 more. The whole family is so excited to welcome their new brother and sister.

9/4/14—ON HOLD

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

$6,373.79 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ZOLA for the Obenauf family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pngZola Photo 2 Apr-2013Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.

Stephani found Reece’s Rainbow in 2011, through a friend that was adopting, She would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. When a friend posted about “Zola”, Stephani knew instantly that hits little girl was meant to be her daughter.

Stephani was raised by a single parent and understands the struggles that lie ahead but knows that with God’s blessing and the love and support of her family, she is ready to provide “Zola” with a bright and happy future.

A sincere thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support.

9/13/14—USCIS APPROVED, COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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RUTHANNE for the Enger family — UT

Ruth (1)If you knew me you would know that I have a rather shy personality. I don’t like to share personal experiences or do things that might draw too much attention to me. But if you knew me you would also know that I LOVE being a mom more than anything else in the world. I LOVE having babies. I love the entire process. I pray daily for the blessing of more children. I can’t wait until I can have another baby. I know it might sound crazy when I already have 5 beautiful children, but I dream every day about having more children. I have always wanted 7 children, my 7 beautiful dwarfs in my fairy tale life. My children bring me more joy than I ever knew existed, and they make my life perfect, each in their own unique way.

I have always thought about adopting a child. I can do without all the different social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, but I find myself searching Reece’s Rainbow constantly. Even though I have this overwhelming desire to adopt, the thought of not going through my favorite part of being pregnant got in the way of really considering it. I worried that by adopting a child I would be taking away from my family, and I was afraid.

In November of 2013, I came across a little girl on Reece’s Rainbow that stole my heart. She is a Down Syndrome girl from China that is 2 years old. It was love at first sight. Her eyes were calling to me and I felt an instant connection to her. I really don’t know how to fully explain it even now, but I knew in an instant that she was meant to be a part of my family. I sent her picture to my husband and told him that this was our baby. He didn’t know whether to take me seriously or not, but he fell in love with her on that day, too. Time went by and I looked up this baby daily, and my husband, seeing that I was indeed serious, agreed that we needed to look into making Ruthanne a part of our family. We inquired about her, but did not hear back.

The next thing I knew I was pregnant. I was SO excited, but something inside told me something wasn’t quite right. I could not stop thinking about Ruthanne, but thought that because I was pregnant that I was not meant to adopt her. I tried to move on, but I still had a nagging feeling that something was not right. It was so hard to let go of my thoughts of Ruthanne and it was very confusing for me. I also knew in my heart that my pregnancy was not going to be okay.

I remember lying in my bed, so scared because I felt inside that the road I wanted to take was not the one that my Heavenly Father had planned for me. The next day I started to miscarry my baby, and I was beyond devastated. I have never felt such pain and heartache. As I prayed for comfort I had an overwhelming feeling that Heavenly Father had a different plan for me, and later that day I received a phone call from an adoption agency telling me about Ruthanne. When I got off the phone I knew from the top of my head to the tip of my toes that this was the plan my Heavenly Father had for me. I remember dropping to my knees and praying and feeling complete peace. As the weeks went on I tried to convince myself that I was just emotional and was making myself grasp onto something to try and get over losing a baby, but tiny miracles each day verified that this truly is a divine plan.

I have never had to have faith to this degree. I am terrified and excited, both at the same time. I will be adopting a child from China with Down Syndrome. How will she fit in with my curlyhaired, green-eyed children? Will I be able to care for a child with special needs? This beautiful girl will be with me forever and she will need my full attention, will I be able to give her what she needs and deserves while still having enough left inside to give to the rest of my family? How will this change my perfect family? Will I feel the same about her as my naturally born children?
What will my family picture look like? Will people think I am crazy? After all, I will have 3 year old twins, two 2 year old girls, one with special needs, and yes, I still hope to have one more. How will we pay for the large adoption fees? These are all the thoughts that have been racing through my head. And every time I pray about it, to seek the confirmation that I am doing the right thing for my family and Ruthanne, I receive the same answer. Have faith, and everything will be as it should be.

So, here I am. I am adopting a beautiful Down Syndrome child from China. Right now I don’t understand why I am supposed to do this or why I am worthy of this important task. I am terrified. What I do know without a doubt is that I am meant to take this road, and Ruthanne is meant to take this journey with me. I know that if I have faith in my Heavenly Father and his divine plan for me and my family then we will all be blessed. This is not where I thought I would be in my life, but I now truly understand what it means that “My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are my ways your ways” and that sometimes you must forward with faith even when, or perhaps especially when, you can’t quite clearly see why. I will move forward with faith that I have never had before. I am afraid, but I have trust in the Lord and know that He is leading me on this journey. I know with all my heart that this is the path my family is destined to take, and I know that we will not take this journey alone.

9/14/14—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$6,903.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LADYBUG for Chris and Kami — CO

Ladybug Photo Dec-2013Chris, Kami, and their two young daughters’ journey toward adoption started before they even recognized it as such. Even upon marriage, Chris and Kami talked hypothetically about a desire to adopt “one day.” In the midst of losing three sweet babies to miscarriage over the course of 12 months in 2011-2012, God revealed that “one day” was much sooner than they would have guessed. Slowly and surely, they have been reading and researching, praying for waiting children, supporting others’ adoptions, and prayerfully seeking God’s timing for their blessed opportunity to give a child a family. They are excited that the time has come!

They feel unequivocally called to adopt a waiting child from an Eastern European orphanage. They are excited to pursue little Ladybug to give her a family, the chance to learn about Jesus, and the opportunity to reach her highest potential. They acknowledge that this will be difficult work. But they know that our God is our Redeemer, our Comforter, and our Strength. And, they simply believe that every single child is a blessing – regardless of his or her abilities, history, future, or labels the world has attached to them. They covet your support in this endeavor and ask for your prayers for Ladybug and their family.

11/16/14—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog forgoodblog.wordpress.com

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HARPER for the Nalle Family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.png20419135635 Harper-croppedRob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 22 years, and have two biological sons: 19-year-old Benjamin, who attends Liberty University, and 16-year-old Elijah. Five years ago, in late 2009, Rob and Julia learned about a 5-year-old boy named Aaron who was living with arthrogryposis (a.k.a. AMC), a condition that causes stiff joints and poor muscle development in the affected limbs. Even though Aaron’s difficulties were physical, not mental, he had just been transferred to an Eastern European institution for boys with severe mental disabilities. Unless someone adopted him, Aaron would never leave that sad place, except to go on to an even sadder one as an adult. Once Rob and Julia learned of Aaron’s plight, they decided to do whatever they could to bring him home.

Bringing Aaron home turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron— for it opened their eyes to the tremendous suffering of institutionalized orphans all over the world. Aaron’s institution was the saddest place Rob and Julia had ever seen, filled with lovable boys who were living in desperate poverty through no fault of their own. The Lost Boys of Aaron’s world had neither toys, nor books, nor stimulation of any kind. They wasted their days in open sheds, doing nothing, seeing and hearing nothing, idly waiting for the next meal or snack time to arrive. After witnessing the Lost Boys’ sad plight, Rob and Julia committed to helping more of them find homes. Since bringing Aaron home in 2010, they have done their best to raise awareness and funds for special needs orphans overseas.

For financial reasons, Rob and Julia have been unable to adopt again until now. In timing that only God could design, the possibility of adopting again arose just as they finished an enormous writing commitment this fall. Adopting a little girl felt right to both of them, and seeing Harper’s sad little face sealed the deal. Although Harper’s special needs are different than Aaron’s, she needs a loving family just as much as he did. Rob and Julia are also excited about adding the first girl to their family. They are stepping out in faith to adopt Harper, trusting God to carry them through.

11/6/14—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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

$2,267.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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YULE and SEFF for the Buckley family — KY

Yule (2)Seff (2)Jamie and Kerry have been married for 23 years. They have seven biological children, Coty, Conner, Baylee, Colton, Cayden, Cashton, and Casey. They have two additional daughters, Briley and Breanna, that they adopted and just brought home from China in December of 2013. The Buckley family lives in Central Kentucky.

Adoption is something that Jamie and Kerry had spoken about to each other for years. It is definitely a calling from God for them. That is why they feel so compelled to get back to China as quickly as possible to bring their new sons, Christian and Creed, back to Kentucky with the rest of their children. Both of their new blessings have down syndrome so there are certainly going to be new challenges. But challenges are something that Jamie and Kerry are accustomed to. Two of their biological sons, Conner (19) and Cashton (6), are autistic. Also, the two girls that they just adopted from China have hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. Having children with various special needs have taught Jamie and Kerry what unconditional love truly is; that a child with special needs is a special gift from God. Jamie oftentimes tells people that Kerry, “…was placed on this earth to raise children. She has been blessed with patience, understanding, and a loving presence that any child would benefit from with her as their mama.”

God has directed them to these two precious boys and just like with Briley and Breanna, Jamie and Kerry are answering that call. All of Christian and Creed’s brothers and sisters are just as excited as Jamie and Kerry to get them home as soon as possible. The Buckley Family is very appreciative of any financial help provided here.

11/16/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

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REED for the Thornton family — OH

Reed Dec 2013Doug and Jackie have been married 31 years and have been blessed with four children, two adopted and two biological, and one grandson. They live in a rural community in Southern Ohio where they are active in their church and community. They live a simple life that revolves around faith, family and friends. Doug and Jackie have continued to feel a desire to add more children to their family even though they were older than the traditional adopting parents. They felt that God was preparing them for an exciting adventure. After being asked to accompany a friend on two pick-up trips, Doug and Jackie felt even more strongly that more children were in their future and were praying for God’s guidance. When they saw Reed’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow they knew that this was the child that God had for them. They anxiously await their journey to meet the child that God is giving them.

11/14/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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A Child for the Cloward family — TX

Ben and Sarah met in a college art class early in 1996. A snow day where no one else showed up and an assignment to look into each others eyes and make a facial sketch helped along their already emerging relationship. They married in June of that year and embarked on a happy life together.

Within the first five years, three beautiful boys joined their union. Days were filled with collecting rocks (and later finding them clunking around in the dryer!), long walks with the stroller, and exploring the greatness of life. When a daughter joined the family, her feminine touch permeated everyone’s hearts. Not long after, one more son blessed their home. They had never been busier, or happier.

But the daughter kept wondering where her sisters were. Her mother had promised that she would have sisters. Over 15 years ago, Sarah had been sent a sweet image from Heaven of two of her future daughters playing together, and this little girl was feeling impatient!

When the next pregnancy ended prematurely, and an emergency hysterectomy was necessary to save Sarah’s life, everyone mourned. What had become of the girls Sarah had seen? What about all of the feelings that their family wasn’t complete?

Thus began their interest in adoption. As they searched for the programs that felt right, they became discouraged. It seemed as though a loving Heavenly Father just kept telling them to wait, to keep preparing, and to trust Him.

Finally, Sarah was awakened one night with a need to view a blog she hadn’t looked at for years, and it reintroduced her to Reece’s Rainbow. This time, as she looked through the waiting children, she found one that looked just like one of the little girls she had seen so long ago. After years of searching and seeking, Ben and Sarah feel that they have finally located one of their daughters and the whole family is rejoicing!

“Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth!” (Isaiah 12:5)

 

11/16/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

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SUSAN for the Colfack family — NE

SUSAN 4Rex and Melissa have a wonderful family and have been blessed with three biological children, but adoption has always been in the forefront of the couples mind as a way to grow their family.  Melissa, especially, has been thinking of adopting since she became familiar with Reece’s Rainbow back in 2007.  In her early career, Melissa worked with many young children with special needs and was drawn to the work being done through Reece’s Rainbow.  After filling their tree with ornaments of the precious kids that had touched their hearts Rex and Melissa were drawn into the idea of adoption after falling in love with one of the children featured on the website, Susan.  After much discussion and prayer, the couple, along with the support of their children and families, made the decision to look into adopting the little girl that had captured their hearts.  After contacting the placing agency they began researching the adoption process and decided to make this precious little girl part of their family.

 

8/30/14—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at all4hannah.blogspot.com

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LAYLA for the Horn family — IA

LaylaKatherine has worked with children as a social worker for almost 14 years. Around 6 years ago she decided she was ready to become a mom. After carefully researching different options she decided on international adoption. She was hoping and praying for the perfect toddler to add to her life. After waiting for a referral for a year she found her first daughter in Bulgaria on the waiting child list. Katherine quickly updated her dossier to match her daughter’s age and special needs and excitedly prepared for her. Maria came home from Bulgaria June 2012 and Katherine entered parenthood with a preteen. The past two years Katherine has been focusing on managing Maria’s spina bifida and ensuring that Maria has the opportunities to experience life fully. Katherine also spent time helping Maria’s close friends find from the orphanage adoptive families. Over the past two years it has been obvious to Katherine that their family is not complete and that Maria misses having the close sibling relationship she had with specific peers in the orphanage. Over the past year Katherine has considered starting the adoption process, but that was put on hold this past spring due to Maria needing 3 unexpected surgeries. Thankfully Maria is recovering well. This summer Katherine saw Layla and knew that she would be the perfect little sister for their family.

10/22/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

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NADIA and NANCY for the Collier family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngMarc and Becky Collier began a relationship in the summer of 2003 and were married in August of 2005. God gave them two beautiful little boys, one in 2008 and one in 2010. After the birth of their youngest, they were sure they were done having biological children, but they were also sure that God had more children in store for them.

From an early age, both Marc and Becky understood the importance of God’s call to care for orphans in James 1:27, and they both wanted to be used of God to reach out and care for orphans. They just weren’t sure how that would look.

Throughout the year of 2013, both Marc and Becky, through studying God’s word, praying, and receiving Christian counsel, felt as though God was bringing them nearer to the world of adoption, but they had so many unanswered questions. How would this fit into their world financially? How would this affect their two boys, one of whom has his own set of special needs? Should they adopt internationally or domestically? Two things they knew for sure: they would NEVER adopt special needs, and they would NEVER disrupt their children’s birth order.

Ha, ha.

God placed two families into their lives who were starting the adoption process near the end of 2013. One family adopted a girl domestically; the other family planned to adopt two boys internationally. When shown the two situations, God immediately drew Marc and Becky to the pictures and the stories of the chilren who were wasting away in institutions, who were born into countries that chose not to see the beauty and importance in all human life. And it was apparent to them both that God was softening their hearts towards international adoption.

Early in January of 2014, their friends posted a blog called “Perfect Timing.” On it were links to several other children that were in need of homes. All of them had special needs. Becky read the blog and clicked on the links. She went through them once, and said a prayer for each child, asking God to find them a family. When she was finished, she clicked on the last link for a second time. It led to a set of twin girls, born in August of 2007. And though she had just read their bio and seen their pictures, something happened the second time she looked at them.

Becky immediately sat down and wrote out a list entitled “Ten Reasons Why We Should Adopt Nadia and Nancy Now.” She hung it on the door for her husband to see when he came home from work. He read it, chuckled, and hung it on the fridge.

The next four months were a time of very difficult growth for both Marc and Becky as they realized that the note on the fridge meant more to each of them than they wanted to admit. They began discussing the possibility of adopting children with special needs who were, in fact, older than their boys. Several times they decided that the idea of adoption needed to be put on hold for one reason or another, but the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the words of scripture would weigh so heavily on their hearts that the idea would once again be brought out for discussion.

Finally, in May, God made it clear that it was time for them to step forward, and so in faith, they committed to adding two to their family.

9/6/14—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the Collier family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.Rebeccathesaint.blogspot.com

$6,808.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FLORA and YORK for the Gerber family — TX

FloraYork (2)Kevin and Monica Gerber met in college at Liberty University and have been married for over thirteen years. They have 2 biological girls and 1 adopted son from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and have been amazed how God has grafted their son seamlessly into their family. God has used a simple act of obedience to love an orphan for his glory and they have watched with joy as countless others have had their hearts softened toward the plight of the orphans around the world.

They and their children are thrilled to be claiming York (Kennedy) and Flora (Ruthie) as their own from Asia. Kennedy is unable to walk due to post-operative hydrocephalus and Ruthie has Down syndrome. It is their sincerest hope that the gospel and God’s love for the fatherless would be made famous and multiplied. They would be so thankful for your prayers and financial support.

11/16/14—DOSSIER COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/gerber.family.adoption

$2,212.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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