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KATHLEEN for the Glanz family — CA

KathleenMike and Amy met through a mutual friend in college 10 years ago…the rest is history! They have been married for 8 years now and have had many adventures and been fortunate enough to travel and even do some missions work together. They have two cute biological children: Abigail who is four and David who is 2.

They have been open to the idea of adoption for several years, but finally feel like it is God’s timing to move forward with their first adoption. After a friend posted Kathleen’s picture on Facebook, Amy hasn’t stopped thinking about her sweet face, & dreaming about getting her the surgery she needs to finally have a voice of her own.

Amy is a Registered Nurse and feels like they are equipped to open their home to a child with special needs like Kathleen. They are so excited about the plans God has for their family and can’t wait to welcome Kathleen into her forever home!

3/18/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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EMMA GRACE for the Brook family — FL

 photo fwbutton150.pngemmagraceThe Brook family has had quite an eventful past few years! Isabella (Haliegh on RR) was adopted from Ukraine and home in 2012. Seven months later they adopted Kolya, (Tucker on RR), also from Ukraine, he was home in 2013. Also in 2013 Dawn’s oldest daughter Tiffany, married another Reece’s Rainbow family’s brother! Life has been eventful and beautiful the past several years! Dawn and Rich both said many times they were done with adoption and they would both just pray, share and give when they could to help other families in process. Then, a little girl’s picture and story showed up on their computer screen, and they knew it was time to go again. She also has that special “something” just like Isabella, and the joy that comes from having a child with Down syndrome is really a blessing. This little girl has waited so long for a family of her own, and she deserves to have one! You can follow them on their blog at

4/13/15–USCIS APPROVED

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

$1,001.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FOREST for Brian and Kathryn — OK

Forest1Brian and Kathryn met as 6th graders and began dating their senior year of high school after many years of friendship. They tied the knot a few years later, and have been happily married for 14 years.

They have a shared desire for a larger family, and hoped to grow their family through birth and adoption. The couple was blessed with four biological children before they started looking into special needs, international adoption programs. Because Kathryn’s brother has Down syndrome, they felt this was a need they could handle.

In October 2012 they fell in love with a little girl in China who has Down syndrome. She faced some serious health issues while living in her orphanage, leaving the family racing the clock to bring her home. August 2013, Meghan was placed in her mother’s arms and forever welcomed into the family. Though her needs were great and at times overwhelming, this precious girl has absolutely thrived since adoption. She has an army of people who wholly love and treasure her, and see her for the blessing that she is.

Adoption changed the family forever, and Meghan’s older siblings frequently talk about how smart Meghan is, how wonderful she is, and how thankful they are that she is a part of the family.

Because of the impact of their adoption trip, and especially seeing firsthand innumerable children in orphanages, Kathryn began advocating for waiting-children, especially those with Down syndrome. It was on an advocating website in Fall of 2014 that she first saw Forest. The family requested his file, and began praying and talking about how to proceed.

On Christmas Day 2014, the family was granted pre-approval for this precious 4 year old boy. Forest has a different history and different needs than Meghan, but the family is completely committed to bringing him home. They can’t wait to show Forest what a family is. They can’t wait to show him what unconditional love means. They can’t wait for him to see how treasured he is, and they look forward to the day they are forever his.

4/17/15—USCIS APPROVED

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

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LAURA for the Barrett family — FL

LauraMichelle is a single mother to her seven children. She has four biological children and three children that were added to her family through adoption. Her oldest daughter and son-in-law have blessed her with a four year old granddaughter, a one year old grandson and another granddaughter due in 2015. She has a son currently completing the Police Academy and is top of his class. She has a daughter who is going to school to get her degree to work as an adoption social worker. She states she plans to have 3 biological children some day and 3 children who join her family through adoption. She has a son who will be graduating high school in a few months and plans to complete his college studies with a major in Equine Studies. Michelle adopted a medically needy sibling group from the US Foster Care system. They were biological siblings but never lived together until she adopted them. Her son has Arthrogryposis of his upper and lower limbs and is a double amputee with amazing Iron Man prosthetics. He is no longer medically needy. Her daughter has had numerous surgeries on her hip, has lower limb difference, wears leg braces, has had ankle reconstructions, and her cancer is in remission. She is also no longer medically needy. She adopted a 3 year old little boy from China in 2014. She traveled with her second oldest daughter and fell in love with the culture and her heart hurts for those left behind. Before her trip to China she fell in love with a beautiful bald little girl with amazing dimples who had waited on the shared list for over 5 years. When she saw how there was no future for her in China she knew she had to return to adopt her. She received an update shortly after submitting her letter of intent and she now has a beautiful head of hair and the same glowing dimples!

4/4/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$226.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GARY and MARTY for the Lowman family — NH

Gary and MartyDarrell and Louisa met in college and have been married for 26 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters and 7 amazing adopted children from foster care. Their journey towards adoption started in their hearts long before they ever took their first steps in the adoption process. They have been on an amazing journey that has blessed their socks off! We love each of our unique children and seeing how God is working in their lives. Recently, Louisa was in the Reece’s Rainbow aging out file praying for the children who are about to lose their chance at a family when she spotted Marty and his best friend Gary. She prayed for a few days and felt they were part of there family. She presented it to Darrell and he too took it to prayer. When presented to the kids it was a unanimous decision to pursue these 2 boys. They are excited to welcome Marty and Gary home and thank you for your prayers and support.

4/7/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL 
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hoperisingfarm.blogspot.com

$76.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HARLEY + 2 for the Steinhoff family — WI

Harley-2015Yeah know, Its never easy when God closes doors.But I have learned over the years that His will is always BEST.We have had a few doors close when it comes to adoption…Gods peace was always there,and I knew God would reveal the child He has chosen for our family .I am NOT a patient person and quite often infact I speed ahead of God and THINK I know who that child is.Now you would think I would know better,because we have traveled this road many times,knowing we were called to adopt again,feeling it in our hearts and hearing Gods voice clearly every time.Once I KNOW that..Im all over finding THAT child..hehehe…Oh how God must grow weary dealing with me and my crazy heart for orphans! With all that said..Here we go again..Clearly we have heard Gods call once again and we are honored and in awe of who God is bringing into our family!! Sweet precious Harley,you have waited so long,I cannot wait to wrap my arms all around you .To look into your beautiful precious brown eyes and tell you that you matter and that you were created in the very image of Jesus! What a treasured,blessing you are sweet girl! We are working fast,to get all the paperwork going and we pray Harleys 15th Birthday will be with us in June.We covet all prayers,and help to get our girl home.

P.S. Oh yea,we are the Steinhoff family.We have adopted children from Ethiopia,China and from foster care.We LOVE how God builds families !!!

4/10/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at steinhofffamily22.blogspot.com

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JANELLE and IGOR for the Conklin family — PA

Janelle 3Lawrence and Michele Conklin met as teenagers at Church youth group. They started with a friendship that gradually became a relationship. They have now been married over 20 years.

Lawrence worked hard at providing for their family as they welcomed Lawrence Jr in 1992 and Zachariah in 1995. They thought their family was complete however God had other plans. Michele felt a strong pull to do foster care and they began their foster care journey in 2007. Since that time they have fostered over a dozen children, adopting 4 of the children.

Emily is 14, Jack is 8, Nickolas is 7 and Michael is 5. And in 2011 they added a daughter in Law to their family when Lawrence Jr. married Kimberlee and they welcomed their first child the Conklin’s first grandchild Jayda Renee in 2013.

In the summer of 2013 God rocked their world once again, they were called to host a sweet 14 year old boy from Eastern Europe. Igor filled a spot in their family they did not know existed all the kids got along and when he had to go back the family soon realized the family would not be complete without Igor.

It has been long hard process raising funds etc. to bring him home and God in his wisdom decided to speak to their hearts once again and to compel the Conklins to rescue a child from RR while they were over there and that is when sweet Janelle caught their hearts. The Conklins feel strongly that the Lord has brought them this far and he will continue to grow their family as he sees fit.

4/14/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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BLAKE for the McBride family — NC

McBrideAshton and Tony have been together for 6 years. They have 2 beautiful children and always knew adoption would be a part of their story. So when they made the decision to start the adoption process they thought it would take a long time and were open to several countries. They soon learned about “waiting children” and their life was changed. They had decided on a country and started the process to find their child and every time they visited Reece’s Rainbow, they were drawn to one particular little boy, listed online as “Blake”. The problem was this little boy, with beautiful curly brown hair and gorgeous brown eyes who captured their heart, was not in the country they thought they were adopting from. So for a while they kept looking. As time went by, they could not forget this little boy and continued praying that “his family” would find him and want him as badly as they did. After a few months, they knew they had to make the call to his agency to see if it was possible for them to qualify for his country and were elated to find out they qualified!

A few days after reviewing his file and prayerfully seeking direction, Ashton was contacted by a woman who was in Eastern Europe meeting her son. She shared her story of meeting this wonderful little boy with spina bifida, and how this little guy asked her if she knew where his mommy and daddy were. A few weeks later she went back to the orphanage and the nuns told him that the lady was going to America to find his mommy and daddy. This little boy put his hands together and prayed for his mama and daddy. This happened to be the same day Ashton and Tony asked to see his file. For them this was a sign that it was meant to be.

God has moved mountains and continues to show this family that this is the path they are supposed to be taking; this is the little boy that will change their world and brighten their days.

Every day that it takes them to get to his country is another day that he is losing hope that he will have a family. But he has a brother and sister and parents that love him so much! The McBride family hopes that they can continue to move through the process quickly and bring this amazing little boy home to so much love and happiness.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read their story, sharing their story and praying for them. Thank you so much for being a part of their journey and if you feel led; please make a tax deductible donation to help them bring their son, soon to be named Owen, home.

Please help them bring home their son where he will receive the therapies he needs and the love of a family he deserves.

3/18/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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TIMOTHY for the Parris family — AL

Timothy-ChinaBryan and Jenifer Parris had known for a long time that their family would grow through adoption. They also knew that it would be a child with Down syndrome. They assumed they would adopt through our local foster care system and that God would just deliver to us a baby with DS…probably leaving him or her on our doorstep in the middle of the night. Crazy thought, huh?

They got the paperwork to begin the process of foster care to adopt. They never even filled out one form and they found out they were pregnant! It made sense to get their new baby home and settled and then Bryan and Jenifer could pick up with their plans to adopt. Then Neely was born…and she just so happened to be born with DOWN SYNDROME!!

Was God really calling them to adopt or just trying to prepare their hearts to be Neely’s parents? They had to figure that part out. Then…..they saw MinLan’s (Laura on Reece’s Rainbow) picture….they knew she was part of their family. Moving forward, they have settled in as a family and were doing well. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done, but definitely enough love to go around.

Around Christmas time, their family chose sweet Timothy on RR to sponsor for the Angel Tree program. They put his picture on the refrigerator, asked for donations to help his account and even hosted a big giveaway right at the end to hit our $1000 goal. They did it!

Ruby Kate,their five year old daughter, walked around declaring that their family was going to adopt Timothy. Ethan their seven year old son, wanted to know why he did not have a brother at home and if Timothy needed a family, why couldn’t they become his family.

Then God began to work…Bryan and Jenifer began to see God going before them to make the impossible possible. He began to make a way where they had seen NONE. Bryan and Jenifer are trusting the Lord to continue to make a way. They are trusting that God will provide the funds needed to complete this adoption. One way may be through people like you. Please pray with faith that God would move mountains to bring their son home.

4/16/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.thestoryof1000.blogspot.com

$67.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GRADY for the Hartman family — WA

30520133224Ben and Melanie have been together for close to 10 years, having met on a blind date. In that time we have been down some crazy roads that have grown us, stretched us, and bent our hearts more and more toward a life of surrender to the Lord.  Early in our marriage we both shared our hearts toward adoption with one another, having no clue what the future would hold. In the last 8 years we have grown our family from 2 children to 6. In the fall of 2010 we first heard of Reece’s Rainbow. It wasn’t long before God broke our hearts for a little boy across the ocean with Down syndrome living in a mental institution. In the Summer of 2011 we were able to bring that little rascal home and it has been an amazing and wild ride ever since. He was known as Brady on RR and is now our beloved Judd. While we were visiting Judd in his institution we met another boy. We have prayed about him for the last 3 1/2 years and have told anyone that would listen about him. Just recently God began to make it very clear to us that we needed to go back for the one we left behind. His name is Grady on RR and we are committed to doing everything in our power to bring that boy home before his chances at a family are lost forever. Please pray for us and if God pricks your heart, help us. Thank You.

4/22/15–USCIS APPROVED


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

 

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LYDIA for the Humphreys Family — PA

Greg and Emily Humphreys have been married since 2007. Since that time, they have welcomed four children into their home. In 2012, their third child, Graham, was born with severe heart defects and passed away at just 15 hours old. This experience, although difficult, has blessed their lives, strengthened their faith, and shaped the way they view children.

It was in the months leading up to Graham’s birth that they became aware of the millions of orphans worldwide that are waiting for families. Many of these children need medical care and support they cannot get in their birth countries. The Humphreys family has cheered and supported others in their adoption efforts, and they are excited to begin their own journey to adopt.

All prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

3/28/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

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DANIEL and BO for the Dewberry family — NC

41022135652 Daniel (1)boThe Dewberrys have been married for 15 years. They have six adopted children from Eastern Europe, Kolya 17 years, Angelica 17 years, Kristjan 15 years, Bogdan 11 years, Tania 8 years & Stopha 6 years. Kolya was adopted as a teen from Eastern Europe. The Dewberrys hosted him through a International Hosting Program. Tania, Stopha have the diagnosis of HIV. Nicole found Tania on RR when trying to locate an HIV child for a hosting program she volunteered for at the time. They were not looking to adopt at that point but God had different plans. When they found Tania they had just returned from Eastern Europe after losing a teen, Sergiy they went to adopt. They had hosted this young man but the pressure from his peers caused him to buckle. Joe and Nicole had used all their personal financial resources available to adopt Kolya & then Sergiy. There were no funds left to adopt Tania. Folks gathered around the Dewberry’s in the most moving & amazing way & helped raise ALL the funds needed to bring Tania home. When they were in country adopting Tania, Joe and Nicole could not figure out why funds were continuing to come in, then they met Stopha. Those extra funds along with fundraising brought home little Stopha. Stopha had a laundry list of medical issues along with his HIV but it was very clear with the right medical care he could have all his medical needs met in the US and flourish.

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The Dewberrys over the years after Sergiy returned to Eastern Europe to adopt teens that they were lead to or reached out to them like a young man that sought Nicole out personally knowing she did mission work in Eastern Europe and advocated for teens. Each one was a massive loss as these boys buckled under the pressure or lies of others. There is much rejoicing in these losses as there has been redemption and relationships mended and the Dewberrys are still in touch with all the boys they lost. Gods word does not go void nor the love you show. Each loss was a hard hit to their family but they focused on God and what he wanted them to do. They now had a dossier ready to go but no child with their last loss. So they decided to adopt a child with a special need (HIV). That is when they found Bogdan on Reece’s Rainbow. They had to choose to waste a whole new dossier or jump. They prayed and decided to make the move. Nicole and her oldest son, Kolya left for Eastern Europe not even fully funded too adopt Bogdan but trusted God to meet their needs along the way. He did and while in country adopting Bogdan, doing mission work and advocating for children they met Angelica and Kristjan. They wanted a family but after spending time with Nicole they said only if it was their family. God orchestrated such an awesome set of events in what looked like an impossible adoption God made it possible. During the adoption Nicole was short on funds as she remained in Eastern Europ for 4 months until she and all the kids could return home together. God met their needs literally daily. They would have one days money worth for food and a donation would come in. There were times when the kids would ask Nicole how will we eat tomorrow. She would respond God will provide as He has and He did. They prayed for God met the need. And once gain the hands and feet of Christ, you all gathered around the Dewberrys to see them all home. Once they arrived home a grant had just arrived to cover all the remaining adoption expenses they owed. God is good! Good is faithful.

The heart and passion of the Dewberry family is to serve others no matter where they are at & where God leads whether is be with teens, special needs or our servicemen. Joe & Nicole together have been working with at-risk youth for a combined 22 years. Joe works as a Network Engineer. Nicole retired from her dog-training center to be a stay at home mom & foot solider for God. Nicole and her children go back and forth to Eastern Europe doing missions work reaching out to teens to teach them about Christ, show them love & advocate for the ones that want a family. In this past several years Nicole & Joe have witnessed the spiritual battles for these teens like no other time in their life in Ukraine and here in the United States. The Dewberrys know God does not make any promises when He calls you to seek after His children, the orphans but they do know He does call you to make a move. Even if it I just praying for a family adopting. Prayer can and will move mountains. God never gave up on the Dewberrys so they believe they have no right to give up on anyone. They know it is not about them but about being Christ centered & in the service of others.

How did the Dewberrys meet Daniel and Bo? Bo is nicknamed Banana by a joke he told Nicole thinking she would walk away. It did not work, Nicole made a wise crack back at him. The two of them connected at that point. Nicole and Kolya would go to his soccer games and cheer Bogdan and Bo on. Bo and their son, Bogdan were best friends. The last times Nicole was with him he called her Mama across the yard in front of all the school and staff, then a couple days later said he hoped for a family to come for him and he wanted to be adopted. Nicole wanted to adopt him but wanted to make sure if was Gods calling not her own so she knew the best way was to advocate for him and see the family God would bring fourth. For over 9 months she advocated for him with many families wanting to adopt him but no one fully jumped. Daniel, Nicole met him through a young man that is very dear to their family as this was his little brother. Nicole had no idea the plans God had for adopting Daniel as many had inquired as well to adopt him, but no one jumped. But over the 9 months of advocating for him, the last 5 months as the family was praying over the remaining boys they were advocating for and they felt lead they were the family for him as God impressioned Daniel deeply on their hearts like Bo. Daniel had told Nicole he wanted a family, and told his brother to relay messages to Nicole over the months that he still wanted a family and would do anything to help them. He would work or clean, just to have a family. But as tradition goes with the Dewberrys, they knew they needed to push the boys back out there and let God lead. Then The Dewberrys were all brought together as it has been 9 months and they knew it was time to jump for these two boys that mean so much to them. They are ready to see them home.

Our family thanks you for all your prayers and support & helping us bring home our children that have made it home & the ones that have not. We know the Lords word does not go void nor does the love given. He will always be glorified no matter the outcomes!

4/9/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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

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BOONE for the Myers family — SC

Boone update 473 (2)Billy and Suzanne have known each other since high school.  They reconnected a couple of years after graduation and have been together for 10 years, married for eight.  They have been blessed with two wonderful biological children, ages four and two.  They always felt a calling to adopt but never knew where to begin.  They were introduced to RR and instantly fell in love with a sweet two year old boy.  They were so excited to bring this little guy home.  While working on their home study, they received a devastating phone call.  Their beautiful boy had passed away.  A void was left that no child could ever fill.  Even though they continue to grieve over the loss of their son, they knew God was still calling them to adopt.  They came across this adorable two year old and could not take their eyes off of him.  After prayer and deep consideration they decided to begin pursuing adoption again.

We are excited to meet and bring our beautiful son home.  We cannot get enough of his pictures and videos.  We treasure the day we get to meet and hold this wonderful gift from God.

4/27/15—USCIS APPROVED

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GLORY for the Hoang family — MD

GloryAnn and Lam have always wanted a big family and knew they wanted to adopt one day, but were amazed when God showed them just a year after being married that they would be adopting their first.. and now second child through the miracle of adoption! Through an amazing series of events in their lives last year, the Lord led Lam and Ann to a precious treasure named Ruthie, their first daughter. Since bringing her home from China, their eyes have been opened to the tremendous blessing of adoption and the heartbreaking orphan crisis that remains in China and through out the world. Their adventure continues with the adoption a sister for Ruthie also from China, the beautiful Glory. Glory is a sweet six year old who has severe congenital glaucoma of the eye and a tumor on her tongue. Doctors suspect she has a Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic neurological disorder. The Hoang’s are eager to bring Glory home so that she can receive the treatment she needs and so that she can know the love of her forever family. Please join them in their journey through prayers and support. Many thanks and blessings from their family to yours!

4/16/15—USCIS APPROVED

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

4/9/15–AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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SHELDON for the Stacey family — IA

SheldonThe Stacey Family have 4 biological children, one who has Down syndrome. They are pursuing the adoption of a little boy with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe. They always wanted a large family and having their son with Down syndrome opened their eyes up to parenting children with special needs. They are passionate about advocating for children and they love helping others along the way. They have followed the Reece’s rainbow site for several years and are excited to be a family bringing home a little one. Jared recently retired from the US Army and Tera is a Nursing student. Jared and Tera are trusting that God will lead them all the way through this new journey and they hope you will follow their journey as well!

4/20/15— USCIS APPROVED

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JULIA for the LaDuke family — NY

LadukeAdam and Karen LaDuke have been married for 16 years. They have two daughters- ages 12 and 10. They have so enjoyed parenting and feel so strongly for the plight of the orphan that they hoped to add to their family by adopting again in 2013. After attempting to adopt little sisters and having the process end differently than they had planned, they were put on a waiting list. For seven months they waited and prayed and mourned, not knowing what God had in store for their future. Finally, “Julia” was informally referred to them. Without much initial information, they prayed over the situation and asked God to show them if she was meant for their family. While praying, Adam felt he suddenly knew “Julia’s” name. Within hours of telling Karen, an email arrived confirming Adam’s realization. This little girl was meant to be theirs! “Julia’s” soon-to-be older sisters are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little sister, as are Adam and Karen. God’s plan is always best- even when it catches us by surprise!

2/18/15—I800 SUBMITTED 

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JONATHON for the Turner family — VA

JonathonWe are Richard and Judy Turner. We have been married for 22 years and have 3 children- Michael, 21 (almost 22), Beth, 20, and Alicia 16. We met while we were both in the Navy. I became a sty at home mom for a while and Rich retired after 21 1/2 years in the Navy. We live in Virginia Beach and spend a lot of our free time volunteering at our church and in the community. Our daughter Alicia and I traveled to Eastern Europe last summer and spent time helping run a 4-day Bible camp at a Level III-IV orphanage. Rich and I were not planning on adopting, but there was something about this young man that I couldn’t shake. As our group traveled back to Kiev, I just knew that had I to know more- God was not letting me forget THIS child! When Alicia and I came home, we had already shared this desire with my husband. He was a bit reluctant, but quickly agreed that we had to go for it! All the kids were excited and ready to take the plunge into the world of adoption! Now, we eagerly await the next step and the day we get to fly over and make this a reality for us, but more importantly for him.

4/20/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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LEXI and LAUREL for the Doling family — FL

LexiJames and Holly have been married for 18 ½ years, and have been blessed with 5 awesome biological children: Christian – 17, Caleb – 15, Cheylyn -12, Colton – 10, and Caden – 18 months. James is privileged to work from home when he isn’t traveling, and Holly has the most awesome job in the world as a “Stay-at-Home Mom”! They have been considering adoption for a long time now, and have even tried to adopt out of the US foster system on several different occasions, but to no avail. Even with all the heartbreaks, Holly continued to look at all the adoption websites on a weekly (daily most times!) basis, and pray that they would find the children that God had already planned for their family, and also pray for all the children to find their forever homes. That’s when Holly finally saw “Lexi” (9), and after finding out which agency was listing her, she got signed up on their website, where she also found “Laurel” (3), and just knew they were meant to be sisters! The entire family is super excited to finally be able to get farther than the homestudy, and are committed to bringing these two little girls home from China!

They are already super thankful for any support that you may be able to provide to help them finally bring two more girls into their family, as they know that every bit counts!

4/7/15—COMPILING DOSSIER, USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at facebook.com/pages/This-Is-Our-Mandate

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NATHANIEL for the Chaves family — VT

 photo fwbutton150.pngNathaniel 2014Ernest and Ruth Chaves have eleven children. Four of these children are biological children who are grown and on their own. Seven of their children joined them through the gift of adoption and reside with them in their home. Ruth and Ernie felt early in their marriage a desire to adopt. However when they first began to pursue their desire they found they were expecting their first child and decided to wait. Four children later the urge still present they started to talk and look for ways to adopt.

In 1997 they received a ministry letter from dear friends who lived and ministered in Haiti at Maranatha Children’s Home. In this letter were pictures of beautiful children who were in need of forever families.

And so it began. Calls made, papers gathered, money raised, and after just over a years time they brought two beautiful little girls home from Haiti. And the wonderful story of love and family in adoption began. Since that time they have brought home 5 other children, from the countries of Haiti, Vietnam and China. Each addition brought deeper joy to their hearts and home.

And again love has gripped their hearts and they have heard the cry of a sweet little boy known as Nathaniel on RR but to them Zebadiah Brighton and the process begins again. The process to bring home a little boy who will add joy and laughter to their home and hearts. This precious little boy has touched the heart of many in his four years of life and much prayer has gone before him. It is time he comes home to join his family, forever his. Please continue to pray and stand behind this family as they seek to make this child their own.

4/9/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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DEWEY, SOPHIA, and MARK for the Darnall family — GA

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DeWain and Laura have known each other for fifteen years and have been together for almost four. Although they have three biological children from their prior marriages, they wanted children of their own. They went through IVF last year but unfortunately it was unsuccessful. Laura has always supported Reeces Rainbow and would often look at the website for newly listed children. Last year she was drawn to “Dewey” on RR and started praying for this little boy. She started talking to DeWain about adoption and realized that God had placed it on his heart to grow their family through adoption as well. She showed him RR for the first time and he stopped when his eyes met Dewey’s picture. Dewey has hydrocephalus and would so benefit from the neurosurgeons in their area. Laura works in healthcare and had already spoken to physicians about Dewey. DeWain told her that this was their son. They also wanted to add a little girl and were able to learn about a baby girl in Deweys baby house who has Down Syndrome. They are now trying to finish their homestudy and dossier so they can get over to Eastern Europe as soon as possible. Please pray for them as they embark on this journey to adopt Dewey and Sophia and they would greatly benefit from anyone who would like to support their adoption journey.

4/3/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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DYLAN and DAKOTA for the Gagnon family — AZ

 photo fwbutton150.pngDylanDakota-update“We looked out at the whole world and have been blessed to choose a beautiful child named Dylan to be our son.” The Gagnon family is excited to welcome home Dylan! Darren and Stacey have 5 children and know that God is calling them to bring home one more. The Gagnons are blessed with a large home, big family and lots of love to spread around. Dylan will be welcomed by three brothers and two sisters. He will be embraced by a daddy and mommy who love Jesus and can’t wait to see the wonderful plans God has for him. Daddy is a teacher and mommy is a nurse, so he will be in good hands with his medical and physical needs. But best of all, Dylan will know the love and hope of a family.

The Gagnons are stepping out in faith and hoping for prayers, support and excitement at the arrival of their child. Will you join them in the rescue and ransom of Dylan?

4/9/15—HOME STUDY APPROVED; COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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ELIJAH for the Pruyn family — TN

PruynBrice and Jessie are an ASL fluent family pursing a deaf toddler. Having been married for almost 5 years, they always knew they wanted to expand their family through adoption one day, but had no idea God would have it happen quit this soon. Shortly after experiencing their second miscarriage they were contacted about this child. They have been working hard on their house ever since in pursuit of this child ever since!

As they begin preparing to move and spend the required 4-6 months in country to bring this precious child into their home, they covet your prayers. They are in desperate need of funds as the in country stay and fees required are quite staggering, an estimated $40,000.00! Having exhausted their resources in order to get their home ready by adding bedrooms to meet adoption requirements, they are trusting God for the money to bring this child home!

3/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourdeaflife.blogspot.com

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LOUIS for the Bachelder family — TX

Louis-1Before they even met each other, Kasi and Chip had their hearts set on adopting… someday. Seven years of marriage and three precious biological children later, that “someday” is now the present! Chip has visited China many times and Kasi has visited once before and both of them have fallen in love with the people and culture there, so it only made sense to pursue adopting a child from this country. Also, Kasi is a former special education teacher and Chip and Kasi both have years of experience mentoring and working with children and adolescents with all sorts of backgrounds and special circumstances, so it only made sense for them to pursue adopting a child with special needs. For years, Kasi and Chip have adored the children listed on Reece’s Rainbow and in the Fall of 2014 they found “Louis ( aka Louie).” Their whole family felt very strongly that they were being drawn to pursue adopting him. They are beyond excited to lavish love on Louie and include him as part of their family! Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, and support!

4/24/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the Bachelder family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.LongingForLouie.com

 

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LIZZY for the Neville Family — NC

Lizzy LoveWilliam and Danya, along with their 7 children, are so excited to be bringing little Lizzy Love home. They knew they would adopt one day but they were not sure when or from where. That all changed when Danya’s sister brought home not only one but two little princesses from China. First home was Yixi, a sweet and tiny girl with Down syndrome. You can count on Yixi to bring a smile to anyones face at anytime. Their hearts melted as they fell in love with their new little niece. Just as they felt God calling them to adopt a Down syndrome child of their own, Danya’s sister adopted another girl from China with Down syndrome named Amy Joy. To say that Amy brings Joy to everyone she meets would be an understatement. Being around these girls would make your cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Soon after Amy Joy came home, the Neville Family found out that Amy’s best friend’s paperwork was ready for her to be adopted. They immediately secured Lizzy Love’s paperwork and began their adoption journey!

They truly thank you for your prayers and support. They are praying for their story to reach those in a position to give and help little Lizzy Love to come home to her forever family.

 

 4/9/15—USCIS APPROVED

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MIMI for the Howell family — WA

Mimi (5)Justin and Codi Howell are high school sweet hearts. They have been best friends for 12 years and married for 8. Codi has wanted to have a large family and to pursue adoption ever since she was a little girl and Justin was adopted himself so adoption has always been “something for some day” for them. In 2010, their daughter Emelyn was born with a very rare birth defect and died one hour and six minutes after she was born full term. Since then, their hearts have been turned toward individuals with special needs. When their fourth child, Claire, was born with Down syndrome, Hirschsprung’s disease and heart defects, they jumped right in, ready to embrace her and to help her reach her fullest potential. The couple also has a daughter Anna, who is five, and a son, Levi, who is three. Codi’s heart began stirring toward adopting a child with Down syndrome specifically while Claire was still in the NICU and when the couple found Mimi on Reece’s Rainbow, they knew it was their time. They are already connected with a phenomenal medical team and therapy center and have created a support network for Claire that Mimi will easily fit right into! They were even chosen by Claire’s care team as the “featured family” for their local Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Trees last Christmas for their positivity and commitment to advocating for Claire, something that they are excited to do for Mimi as well. If you were to ask the Howells why they are pursuing international, special needs adoption, they would answer that it is what they were made to do.

3/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at clairemichellehowell.blogspot.com or facebook.com/ClairesCheerleaders

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ANDREW for the Hyatt family — GA

AndrewCraig and Michelle were high school sweethearts at the age of 15. During their senior year, Michelle’s family was transferred from North Carolina to Ohio. Because they lived so far away from each other, they ended up going their separate ways. After about 8 years and a few twists and turns along the way, they finally figured out a way to be together. They got married in
1992 and have been married for almost 23 years. Craig and Michelle have two biological daughters; Laura, 19 and Christine,15. They adopted their 6 year old daughter, Ava, from China in 2012 and they are waiting to adopt their first son, Andrew Lawrence, 4 years old from China in the Fall of 2015.

Andrew needs a family who can give him the individual love and attention that he deserves. His nannies say he is already working hard to overcome the many delays and challenges that he has. Andrew will have three sisters to spoil him and help him. He has spent almost four years in an orphanage and this family can’t wait to bring him home to his “forever home” and teach
him about God’s love and grace.

HOW IT ALL STARTED: The Hyatt’s ADOPTION STORY
Craig’s job moved them to Georgia (from NC) in 2004. Soon after they moved to Georgia, they started feeling like they wanted to add to their family through adoption. Several years passed and in December of 2011 their paths crossed with several families who had adopted from China. God made it very clear to them that that was the way they were supposed to add to their family. What started out as a journey to add to their family, has turned into so much more. It’s not about “them” any more…..it’s about the sweet babies who are abandoned, who don’t have a mommy or a daddy, or a silky (blanket), or even enough food to grow. It’s about the babies who are born with medical needs and their parents don’t see any way to take care of their children so they abandon them at the gates of the orphanage or leave them in the streets and pray that a family who can give them a better life will adopt them. It’s just not about “what they want” anymore. It’s about how they can follow the path that God has set before them. Before they adopted Ava they were not familiar with words like orphans, abandoned, fatherless, one child policy, special needs, and many other words pertaining to China’s Special Needs adoptions. But their eyes have been opened and now they feel accountable. God has instilled a passion in them to care for the orphans! After they got back home with Ava there was a deep desire to adopt again, but financially it just didn’t seem possible. They exhausted all their resources when they adopted Ava. But they kept hearing God’s voice, and He kept saying to trust Him and He would provide a way. So they are totally trusting Him to provide for their needs by fundraising and being creative in raising the money to bring their little Andrew home!

The entire family is so excited to add a little boy to their family. They covet your prayers as they continue on their adoption journey. Thank you, and May God Bless you.

Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

4/2/15—COMPILING DOSSIER

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hyatt-house.blogspot.com

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WYATT for the Hall family — OK

WyattThis was the third trip to China for the Hall family. With each trip, Josh and Shauna volunteered at the same orphanage installing wood floors and working with the children. And with each trip, a seed of love from god was planted in their hearts. The Halls knew it was a blessing and an honor to travel to China to help change the lives of the children for the better, but little did they know that one of those children was going to change the Hall’s life forever. The trip was getting near to the end and the job was almost done before Mrs. Hall walked up on Wyatt standing outside of his home with his nanny. And from that moment, it was love at first sight for Shauna. Shauna grabbed Josh to introduce him to Wyatt and the trio seemed like an instant family and that’s when they knew god’s seed bloomed in their hearts and he was to be their son. The Hall’s proceeded with the adoption the minute they got home and the rest is history. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the Hall’s story as they hope it might plant a seed of love from god in your hearts. In remembrance of the “Waiting Children”.

 

3/31/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; USCIS APPROVED

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ZHEN for the Conner family — FL

ZhenJoel and Stephanie Conner met at Calvary Chapel of Charleston, S.C., but fell in love while on a short term mission trip to a Mexican orphanage. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 children, both with special needs. Their first child was adopted from Mexico while they were teaching for 3 years in the same orphanage where they had first fallen in love. After the adoption was complete, they had to return to the USA because of their son’s medical needs. But orphan care and adoption was still their passion. They’ve experienced first hand the need for adoption, and also the JOY of adoption, especially regarding orphans with special needs. They have wanted to adopt another child with special needs for a long time and are excited that the door is finally opening! They are so thankful for God’s gift of little “Zhen” and can’t wait to bring him home to join Team Conner! They’ve decided to name him Gideon Gui Conner.

3/30/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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DAVID for the Smith family — TN

image (1)Ashley and Kain never planned to adopt. They would have 1-2 biological children in addition to Kain’s son, Kaiden … but you know what they say about plans!

After a struggle with infertility and some disillusionment with domestic adoption, their home study agency passed along a photo of a little boy who needed a family. Though they didn’t meet the requirements for that child, they’d found a new purpose for their struggles. They wanted to give a home to a child who needed one.

The Smiths brought ho me their daughter from Eastern Europe in March 2014, but it wasn’t too long before they realized they weren’t done and they were still missing a piece. So, despite not having the financial support available that was present in their first adoption, Kain and Ashley have stepped forward again to bring love and a family to a child who needs one. They hope you will follow along on their journey to bring home their beloved son.

4/1/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

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CAROLINE for the Anascavage family — FL

CarolineHello my name is Terri and I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter adopted from the US. I am currently adopting a 13 year old girl from China with minor special needs. The greatest need that my daughter has now is that she is aging out and must be home from China before her 14th birthday. I have applied for several grants and I have contacted several different agencies that help families who are adopting, only to be told that they do not offer help to single parents. When I learned about Reece’s Rainbow I contacted them and they immediately told me to send my application in. As you know adoption is very expensive and requires a lot of faith. But, when you know that God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and answer His call, He will provide for you.

I have met some of the most amazing families through adoption sites and on Facebook. I am blessed beyond words for all of the prayers and support that I have received so far. I have also been criticized and asked by those who do not understand, “Why would you adopt a child with special needs?” For me this answer is simple, God has called me to do this. When my daughter Addison and I looked at the new children that were placed on our agencies site, we knew immediately that this precious child that looked so sad was ours. She was turning 13 in a couple of weeks and no one had requested her file.

So, it was with a Leap of Faith, that we submitted our LOI to China on Thursday, August 28th and on Tuesday, September 2nd we received our PA.

I have heard many times that it takes a village to raise a child. Now, more than ever, I need that village and their support.

3/24/15—USCIS APPROVED

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JOAQUIN for the Spence family — KY

Joaquin (1)Back in 2002, Lynn was raising her two children and going to the University. One afternoon she received a phone call from her sister, who was on a work trip in Nevada. Her co-worker John was with her at the time. John picked up the phone and began to chat with Lynn. They discovered a similar sense of humor and many mutual interests: hiking, kayaking, traveling, books, music, etc. History was made.

Fast forwarding several years, after being a family of four, with two growing children, their family grew even more and they were blessed with 2 more wonderful children. Their family now includes four extraordinarily bright, talented and loving children including a son (20) in college, a daughter (15) and two younger sons (7 and 5). With their oldest son enjoying success in college and getting out on his own, the time seemed right to try to fulfill a dream of trying to help a child in need.

As a teenager, and after reading of the struggles of Eastern European orphans, Lynn dreamt of being able to help, to be able to give them the life that every child deserves with a loving family. John, who has an adopted cousin, was on board with the idea. Both John and Lynn believed that no child should be denied the basic things we often take for granted. Loving parents, a supportive family, education, and good healthcare, in a place where people with disabilities may enjoy every opportunity.

In their search, it only made sense to reach out and try to help a special needs child, one of many such children all too often overlooked by adoptive parents because of the potential challenges they may bring. Little Joaquin was challenged at birth with Achondroplasia , a common form of dwarfism. He also has minor heart defects, and developmental delays, most likely for institutionalization. He will need continued monitoring for hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and orthopedic problems that are common with his condition.

Joaquin touched their hearts from the moment his sweet little face showed up in their search. The more that they learned about him, the more that they realized how very well he would fit in to their family. If already felt as though Joaquin were a part of the household. Gage, the youngest in the family wrote Joaquin a poem about how much he loves him. Matthew the next oldest is trying to find the perfect spot to put Yoan’s firetruck bed. The older children just cannot wait to meet their baby brother. The whole family is excited and anxious to help bring him home to his “forever family”.

Now, John and Lynn are trying their best to expedite Joaquin’s adoption. He has already been an orphanage for too long. He is behind in his development and needs to come home to bloom and flourish. John and Lynn’s desire to speed up Joaquin’s adoption are further fueled, by the knowledge, that in Bulgaria, when a child turns 4 , they will most likely be transferred from the “baby” orphanage into one for all older children. Imagining the fear a child would go through leaving the only people he has known to go to a whole new orphanage, John and Lynn decided to do whatever they could to try to avoid that and to make his next move be to their family instead.

Please join them along their journey to give Joaquin the life, love, family, and opportunities he deserves. Any help with fundraising and prayers to allow them to complete this process before he has to move again would be greatly appreciated.  Blessings from our family to you and yours.

3/30/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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CADEN for the Young family — PA

CadenTrevor and Jodi met in Scotland while Jodi was studying abroad in 1998 (Trevor was a native Brit!), and their adventure as a married couple began in 2000. The Lord blessed them with four daughters by birth before God first knocked on their hearts about adoption. They adopted their one and only boy (so far!), Niko, from Bulgaria in 2012. While they were meeting him, a little girl also stole Trevor’s heart. They went back and brought Delia home in 2013. (And in the meantime, God graciously also gave them two more daughters by birth!)

At first, they thought they might be done adopting with their two Bulgarian blessings now home, but Jodi was never able to make herself stop looking at faces on Reece’s Rainbow, and we all know where that leads! A casual chat on a long road trip over the summer revealed that both Trevor and Jodi were feeling more open to adopting again than they expected. “Maybe someday” quickly turned into “let’s pray about Caden until Christmas!” (This was in September.) Less than a week later, Trevor sat down at the lunch table and announced, “I was thinking at church this morning…” We all held our breath and waited, until our oldest daughter Pippa (10) finished his sentence hopefully,”…that we should adopt Caden?!” And that was it! We called our social worker the next day to begin the process. We are all so very excited to bring this little boy with the sweetest face ever home as our son. Probably no one is quite as excited as Niko, our only boy among seven sisters, who will finally have someone to share bunk beds with.

 

4/4/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog attheyoungpages.com/jodis_blog

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PAISLEY and ELSA for the Staley family — WA

PaisleyMiss ElsaPaul and Elizabeth have been together for 8 years and have three wonderful bio kids between them Carl 25, Bethany 21 and Ethan 17. Carl is in school to be a child psychologist, Bethany just finished 4 years at a local university (she will begin her Master’s program in public health and is on her way to becoming a physician) and Ethan is in high school and is a talented musician and computer geek like his father.

This family of five started their adoption journey 2 years ago when asked to adopt a little girl from Ecuador. Ultimately the laws would not allow an identified child adoption. They were heartbroken this little girl would not become part of their family. It was then the Staley’s realized they were in fact missing a piece or two from their family.

They did a lot of research on adoption, although for some reason Elizabeth kept coming back to Asia over and over again. She had always wanted to adopt internationally and more specifically from Asia. Finally speaking with a couple of agencies and getting some very good advice, they decided to proceed. Originally they had planned on adopting one child with a mild special need, but sometimes you don’t get to make the plans.

After seeing receiving an e-mail about a little girl with a serious heart problem in October of 2014 they decided it would be too serious a special need for their family. Then little “Elsa” popped up on the advocacy page. Elizabeth kept coming back to check on this little girl every day, watching the videos and peeking to see if anyone had stepped forward for her. Several families reviewed Elsa’s file but there were no takers.

In the meantime a little girl with Albinism also popped up on the advocacy page with another agency on December 1st, they requested “Paisley’s” file. At that time they were told there were 7 families waiting to see her file. Elizabeth wanted to be on the list no matter what (“I just had a feeling” she says). They pressed on continuing to look at little faces and learning about all the special needs. Out of the blue on Dec 15th Paisley’s file was in her in-box. They knew this little angelic girl was their daughter.

They had been talking about adopting two. Both Paul and Elizabeth were only children and knew they did not want that for these kids. The couple wanted two and the only consideration would be one trip or two? There are pretty big pros and cons on both sides.

Even with all of this going on Elizabeth is still checking Elsa’s page and reporting everything to Paul every night. When a new update came out Paul then said they should see if Elsa could be transferred to their agency. When BAAS was contacted they said another family has the file but we will let you know. Waiting was really hard.

That family passed on Elsa’s file and the file was pulled before it could be transferred and Elsa was gone. She was nowhere. The not knowing was the worst. They questioned if maybe they were pushing something that was not meant to be.

Out of the blue Elsa popped up on the Shared file and their agency snapped her up for the Staley’s. They wrote the LOI the next day. Elsa’s heart issue is really big and really scary, Elizabeth talked to several other moms with heart babies, she wondered “Could we do it?”, “Can we handle it?” It was one of those moments where adoptive parents are on the ledge and need a minute and to hear from the “Been there done that” moms. Paul told her that Elsa was already meant to be in the family no matter what happens. It has been full steam ahead ever since.

A very gracious mom to several heart babies from Asia referred them to a cardiologist at Children’s. This doc is going to assist in requesting “Elsa’s” file be expedited for the family and the treat “Elsa” as soon as she arrives home.  “Elsa” has TOF with Pulmonary Atresia. This means there are 4 structural abnormalities of the heart and a malformed or missing pulmonary artery.

They are ready to be family of seven, the girls’ room is almost ready. There are books and puzzles, blocks and stuffed animals and a rocking chair for story time. There are bottles, sippy cups, little plates and bowls all ready. Two highchairs stand ready and waiting in the dining room. A double stroller in the hall is waiting for trips to the zoo.

Paisley will be named Isabella and Elsa will be named Gabriella. The family is still working on middle names. Dad is very fortunate to have a flexible position working in IT and mom will stay home with the girls. They believe every single child counts and should be treasured because they are our future.

Now the family is scrambling to get all the funds together so the girls can come home and Elsa can get the medical care she so desperately needs.

4/3/15—USCIS APPROVED; APPROVED FOR MEDICAL EXPEDITE FOR ‘ELSA’
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bissynut.com

$202.73 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALAN and TORI for the Tilton family — KS

Alan-update2Tori update (1)Frank and Melissa have been married 24 years.  They have a beautiful 21 year old daughter, Emily, who is in college.  Emily spend the spring 2014 semester in China learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture.  The Tilton’s have a homegrown son, Frankie, who is 10 and in 5th grade.  In August 2014, the Tilton family traveled to China for the adoption of Oliver and Gracie.  Oliver is 5 and he is flourishing with his forever family.  He was excited to start school in January.  Gracie is 7 and she is our Reece’s Rainbow sweetie.  The Tilton family fell in love with a picture on RR and she started this amazing adventure of adoption.  She spreads love everywhere she is.  Even though they have only been home a few months, the Tilton’s are thrilled to be returning to China.  They are adopting 2 Reece’s Rainbow sweeties, Alan and Tori.  Frank and Melissa have a passion for children with Down syndrome and other special needs.  Melissa is a special education teacher, specializing in working with children with emotional and behavior disorders.  Frank and Melissa believe every child has value and unlimited potential.  Their hearts’ desire is to pour their love into their children and they are thrilled to be growing their family through love.

4/9/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tiltonfamily5.blogspot.com

$1,000.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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POPPY and CHERIE for the Koomen family — OH

Poppycherie2Amy and Jason are a non-traditional couple who met at their children’s Catholic school. They met each other after both going through very heartbreaking divorces. After leaning on each other for help and comfort as single parents, they decided to blend the families together. Although they have a beautiful blended family with 3 at home and 3 in Florida, their hearts felt like the family wasn’t complete. Being unable to have any more children, Amy suggested adoption, as both her mother and brother were adopted, and Jason agreed without hesitation.

Amy and Jason’s children have loved spending the past several months discussing the situation, choosing genders, making suggestions as to special needs, and arguing over who gets to play with their new sibling first! The children are 100% supportive of the choice.

They are doing everything in their power to expedite the process and bring Poppy home as fast as possible.

UPDATE:  The Koomen family will also be bringing home CHERIE!

4/16/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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NOAH for the Carmichael family — TN

O Stephanie and Sean are at it again. They have been married since the beginning of time and have 5 children. Their oldest, Danielle, is 22 years old, a recent college graduate and growing into a fine young lady. Next is Cody. He is 20 years old and in college now and working with special needs adults. The youngest three came to the family through adoption. Cole is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 4. Caden is 6, adopted from Ukraine at age 2. Cooper is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 5. We thought we were done, but God had another plan. They both love Ukraine and thought if they ever adopted again, it would definitely be from there, but when they saw Noah, they knew he should be part of the gang. The little boys are affectionately called the “DS Mafia” and we are all excited for Noah to be a part of that. Please help offset the cost of the adoption by donating to Noah’s grant. Thank you in advance.

4/9/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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

$938.96 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TRISHA and TYLER for the Cowan family — IL

Trisha & brotherChris and Amy are excited to bring home two beautiful siblings! The have ten kids, Britney 25, Pam 23, Sierra 16, Ainslee 13, Kara 10, Reagan 8, Lawson 6, Annabelle 5, Hadley 5, and Jackson 3. After being blessed through adoption last year, they knew that God was calling them to adopt again, and excitedly started the process! Amy’s favorite part of the adoption process is not just being blessed with children, but also growing their children’s hearts to be loving and compassionate and seeing God work in amazing ways! Chris is a farmer and Amy is a stay at home mom and runs a gymnastics program with her daughters. The kids are very excited to bring home their brother and sister, and Chris and Amy can’t wait to bring home their son and daughter! Please pray for Trisha and Tyler and for the Cowan’s through this adoption process!

4/12/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

$4,830.31 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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IVEY for the Charnesky family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.png31209225022 IveyEric and Jasmine met in high school and quickly became close friends. After two years their friendship blossomed into a relationship and the couple was happily married in 2007. Adoption had always been on their hearts, and more recently special needs adoption. The family is blessed to have Jasmine working as a full time homeschooling mom and Eric works from home 4 days a week so taking children to appointments is much easier to manage. They currently have 4 children with at home, a son (7) and daughter (4) born in Ethiopia, a daughter (5) born in Utah and a daughter (2) born in Hong Kong.

After having read through many of the child profiles, Eric and Jasmine felt God leading them to adopt again. Over their last 4 adoptions they have learned to trust more and more in God’s leading and are taking a leap of faith as they pursue adopting an older child. They are looking forward to adventure God has in store for their family!

1/8/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at countitalljs.blogspot.com

$2,185.91 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CALEB for the Maas family — OH

Caleb updateDarrell and Angel met before either was in their twenties and married in August of 1995. Darrell is a Bio Medical Electronics Technician and Angel has a degree in Accounting. After a few years of marriage, they were blessed with their two biological children. Mason was born in 1999 and Madisyn in 2001. God placed it on their hearts to become foster parents around the time Mason was 9 and Madisyn was 7. In 2009, they attended the classes and received their foster parenting license with no intention of adopting. They just wanted to be a safe, healing home for hurting kids until they were reunited with their families. Little did they know that the decision to become involved in the lives of orphans was only the beginning phase of an amazing journey that God had planned for their family.

Darrell and Angel had two little boys placed with them in the summer of 2009. Austin and Alex are biological brothers and joined the Maas family forever when the adoption was final in 2012. In late 2013 they adopted their second placement, a sibling set of 5! After adding 7 kids to the family in a few short years, the couple said their family was completed….or so they thought.

God is amazing and knows that you can only handle so much at once. Never in a million years would the Maas’ have dreamed they would have 9 children, but they do! The nine children are: Mason (15), Joseph (14), Madisyn (13), Jacob (11), Austin (8), Alexander (7), Jaylie (6), Joshua (5) and Julia (5). God showed them that anything is possible with HIM! Angel saw “Caleb’s” picture on the Reece’s Rainbow sight a few years ago while looking at a picture of her now nephew. Scrolling down through the list, Caleb caught her eye because he looked so much like the son, Alex. “I can remember thinking that I would snatch him up if I had the money!” After running into Caleb’s picture a few other times over the last year, a few big signs that this adoption is God’s will, and a lot of prayer, they are stepping out in faith and calling Caleb their son. They are so excited to bring this little guy home!

4/17/15—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the Maas family adoption journey on their blog at www.maasfamilyof4.blogspot.com

$6,573.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CODY + 1 for the Keir family — CO

 photo fwbutton150.pngCodySteve and Deanna Keir met in tech school for the Air Force 20 years ago, and a special connection was born. The military took them their separate ways, and life threw in some curve balls, and 10 years later they reunited and fell in love and began a life together. While pregnant with their 3rd child, they felt called to grow their family even more, and refused any preventative measures after his birth. Within 2 years they discovered their next children would not come through traditional biological methods. They knew the call of God was for them to grow and provide love and nurture to children, so they began to explore adoption. Steve shared his call for special needs, specifically for a child with Down Syndrome. Through Reece’s Rainbow they fell in love with their 3 year old Gwendolyn and committed to bring her home.

Only a few days after submitting a letter of intent for Gwen, Deanna saw the file of a 13-year-old boy and she couldn’t get him out of her head and heart. He has hemophilia and will age out of the adoption system on his 14th birthday in July. Reading his file she discovered he has lived a life of fear, cautious of any injury. Thirteen years of reading and playing chess, because other activities could lead to a bleed and death. Having 3 boys at home, who are all very active on their 7 acres of land with 3 wheeling, sledding, football and more left her sobbing for this child. You see, in his country, the life expectancy for a child with untreated hemophilia is age 24. At his 14th birthday he would lose the support of his foster family and with no medical care his future looked bleak. This was not only a matter of providing a home and family, but providing him life. After 3 days of feeling the Lord say, GO, she confided in Steve. At first, they hesitated because the cost of two international adoptions seemed insurmountable. When they spoke with their pastor he said, “Adopting one child is a step of faith. Two would certainly be a leap.” After more prayer they realized where the Lord leads He would provide, and they were called to cast aside fear and step out in faith. So they moved forward to save Cody’s life, to give him a chance at growing into a man and experiencing a life with joy and free from daily pain from his treatable illness. It is not by accident the Lord placed them within an hour of quality medical care for both hemophilia and Down syndrome. They are excited to welcome these two blessings into their home, to care and share Jesus with them, to live out the call to care for orphans in need. But they need your help. Due to his age, their process is expedited and they have only a few months in which to raise the needed funds of over $50,000.

The love story of an active duty firefighter and a health coaching nurse is still unfolding as the Lord grows their family in number, faith, and love. Having lived overseas multiple times and seeing the poverty around the world, they knew they wanted to make a difference and give back in a long lasting way. Very few times in life do you get the opportunity to actually save a life….this is one such opportunity. Won’t you be a part of this legacy, offering two children hope and a future?

4/9/15—USCIS APPROVED


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

$150.93 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SIMEON + SISTER for the VanDyck family — MI

simeon (2)Joe and Jenny met working EMS and fell in love. They have always known they wanted a big family. They started creating their bundles of joy and now want to add more. They have been together almost 20 years and love their family with all of their hearts. They have 5 beautiful children who are so alike, but so different. Three are home grown and two are Ukrainian Princesses. They have meshed into one big, happy family. Now the kids are wondering when the family can bring more love into their home. They live in the wild wonders of the UP of Michigan where they live life to the fullest. Their children are well loved and accepted in the community and are missed when they are unable to attend events. They are excited to begin this newest adventure for their family. Adoption can bring such exciting adventures and bring so many people together.

2/24/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at vandyckfamilyofhowmany.blogspot.com

$448.36 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLIFF for the Morse family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngCliff 2014David and Priscilla have always known that special needs adoption would be woven into their marriage somehow. Priscilla was adopted herself and grew up with a brother with significant special needs. David’s niece was adopted, and his father was differently abled. In November 2012 they brought home their daughter McKenzie, who was listed as Xenia on Reece’s Rainbow, and she has been the brightest light in their lives (along with their biological sons) ever since. McKenzie has taught them a lot about parenting a child with special needs, and they feel led to go back and give another child what McKenzie was denied for so long, hope. Life might now be easy when you choose to parent a child with significant special needs, but it is always worth it. The blessings they bring to your life absolutely overflow your heart each and every day. This time, a little boy grabbed at their heart strings, and they just knew they had to get him out of the situation he was in. No child deserves to be left in an orphanage, but this child reminded Priscilla so much of her own brother, that there was no way she couldn’t bring him home. Her brother had several of the same conditions, and passed away at the age of nine, but he left an imprint so deep on her heart, that she credits him fully with her passion for children with special needs. They are firm believers that God calls us to care for the orphan, in whatever capacity we can, and for them, that calling is through adoption. They are so excited about embarking on this journey (again!) and completing their family.

Please keep Cliff in your thoughts and prayers. He has a fighter’s heart, and we know he will bloom just like his sister once he’s home and experiencing the love of family for the first time in his life.

 3/30/15—USCIS APPROVED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at love–conquers–all.blogspot.com

$17,431.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OLEN for the Stewart family — ND

31021075254 Olen (2)Harlan and Andrea met in junior high, became friends in high school, started dating in college, and were married in June of 2012. They were both born and raised in rural North Dakota and attribute their values of hard work, family, friends, and faith in God to their upbringing in this area.

Harlan and Andrea developed a love and passion for working with individuals with special needs while working at a local summer camp devoted to providing services to children and adults with disabilities in North Dakota.

The subject of adoption came up frequently and was talked about as something they would do “some day.” A divine encounter with a mom of a child adopted through Reece’s Rainbow changed their whole outlook on the plan to adopt. This mom told Harlan about the journey they went through to bring their son home – sparking an urgency to their plan to adopt.

Harlan and Andrea made the decision to grow their family through adoption. They are very excited to make this dream of theirs a reality. They appreciate anyone who chooses to partner with them by supporting financially, emotionally or through prayer for their little boy.

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14

4/27/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$9,505.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STARR for Kelly and Kyle

 photo fwbutton150.png40808183336  Starr (1)Kelly and Kyle’s family has grown twice through the gift of adoption. The two beautiful souls that proudly call them Mama and Papa have changed their lives in ways they never would have imagined.

Their hearts are full and happy.

Knowing that their home and lives are set up for little ones with Down Syndrome, they talked about finding a baby girl to complete their family. Starr fits the bill just perfectly!

Any help you can offer them as they bring Starr home is most appreciated!

3/18/15–HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,364.56 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ELOISE for the Baerbock family — MN

EloiseMatt & Sara met in college and have been married for nearly 13 years. They have 5 biological children ranging in ages from 11 down to a newborn, 3 girls and 2 boys. They had discussed the possibility of adoption in the past, but thought it was a long time away, someday after they were done having children of their own – and then domestically.

A few weeks after their son was born, a friend happened to post a picture of Eloise. Sara passed it along to Matt, praying hard and hoping against hope that he’d feel what she felt – a strong bond & connection. Surprisingly to both of them, he did! It was completely out of the blue, and they had no inkling God was about to add to their family again so soon and in this way, which is why they decided to pursue adopting Eloise.

The kids are very excited to have another sister and have been asking tons of questions. The whole family is excited to meet Eloise and bring her home where she belongs as quickly as possible before she is transferred out of the orphanage and no longer available for adoption. That is a very real possibility as it sounds like she is the oldest there.

Please pray as Matt, Sara, and family take up this journey for a child in need. Your support and prayers are appreciated!

 4/14/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  postzero.com/adoption_journey/

$1,659.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ya Ya for the Williams family — MI

YayaHere they grow again! The Williams bunch is expanding! John and Sarah have been married for almost 19 years and have 2 biological daughters and three adopted children. Their oldest girls have fully embraced their siblings and have been a great help with the younger children. Their oldest daughter, Imani, is in her sophomore year at the University of Michigan. She loves to visit and see her siblings! Isabel is a junior in high school and has a soft spot for children with Down syndrome. Landie, age 9, is their “mother hen” and was adopted from Haiti at the age of 3 ½. She was lucky to be in a wonderful orphanage there because she was extremely sick as a baby and would likely have not made it without their quick thinking and access to medical care! Isaiah is 3 and is a sweet, sensitive boy who was adopted domestically. He LOVES his brother Ashton age 1 ½! Ashton has Down syndrome and he was also adopted domestically at 3 ½ months. They are best buddies and love to play together.

Over Christmas, the Williams were able to host a little girl from China who they call Ya Ya. She is almost 9 years old and has Down syndrome. Ya Ya is a bright and determined young lady! They loved having her here and are missing her terribly! Everyone was very surprised at how well she adapted while she was here and how they were able to overcome the language barrier. She is very expressive and they used a lot of charades and Google translate, but they did very well! They made the decision to adopt Ya Ya because she is such a sweet, loveable girl and they were able to see what a wonderful fit she was for their family.

The Williams would be honored to have others come alongside and partner with them in their adoption. This will be their third adoption in 3 years and they know they can’t do this alone! Adoption is such a life changing gift for everyone involved! They can’t wait to see how much Ya Ya grows and learns when she has the opportunity to be loved by a family.

3/20/15—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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BROOKE and JILLIAN for the Joss family — WA

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JillianWe have a sign in our home that says, “Our family ~one of God’s masterpieces.” He has truly done great things. We began as a couple struggling with infertility, thinking we would never have children to hold and love. But by His grace we now have 7 biological children and 7 adopted children. Our children have come from all over the globe with many different abilities and gifts. God has truly done more than we could have ever asked or imagined (Eph 3:20).

Now God has called us onward again. Each time it is a little greater step of faith…a little more to trust Him for. We added 4 children to our family within 14 months. He again has called us to go back for more. We are trusting Him for all that we will need.

We are so proud to introduce our two new daughters, Brooke and Jillian. Precious Brooke was blessed with an additional chromosome. She is 3 years old. Beautiful Jillian is just a year old and has Apert Syndrome just like our Serenity. We are so amazed that God is giving us such amazing treasures to care for. To Him be all glory, honor, and praise!

4/9/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$482.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VIOLET for the Greene family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.pnggreene-violetAlison 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!

3/6/15—USCIS APPROVED

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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