Two years ago we brought hom our 7th child, a daughter from China. Our days were filled with doctor appointments, therapy evaluations, and all the crazy that goes along with having 7 kids.
We told God we were done.
Our family was complete.
We settled down in our comfortable life … I’m pretty sure at this point, God laughed at “our” plan. And then we saw her pictures on our adoption agency’s website. Oh. My. Word. So much cuteness! She immediately stole our hearts and we knew she was our daughter. We threw “our” plan out the window for a much better plan – a plan God knew all along.
We look forward to the day we hold Campbell in our arms. Until then, we hold her in our hearts.
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin Luther King, Jr
3/28/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at campbellgrady.blogspot.com
My husband and I have been married for twenty five years. He was my high school sweetheart. We married and had five beautiful bio kids. We felt a very strong calling for the orphans of the world. God was very strong in speaking to our hearts that there were children who needed Moms and Dads. I would like to say we obeyed immediately but we wrestled with it for a year or two. We are a home schooling family and felt we were finally “arriving” where we could have some time to just enjoy the kids. But God was faithful and patient. We became foster parents and got a call for placement of micro preemie twins. One was with bio Mom and the other waiting to be discharged with nowhere to go and would we take them? Well of course, the answer was yes! Haylee had a brain bleed, she needed a shunt and has cp. She got the shunt and walks with a walker. Baylee is healthy.
Having Haylee as a special needs placement changed me. I knew when I walked in the hospital I would never be the same. My heart grew 1000 times bigger in a matter of seconds. So we got little Miss Baylee on a Thursday night. The smallest baby I had ever seen and Haylee the next Saturday. We adopted the girls on Dec. 1 2014. Well Bio Mom had preemie baby twins again 11 ½ months after Haylee and Baylee. She requested we take them as well. So Joy and Jessa joined our family and became ours June 2015. All I can say is it is a life full of extreme craziness! It really is like having quads!
But I still felt like a special needs child needed me. I just did not feel complete. Which is weird and kind of scary considering we added four babies in a year and a half. So I have always followed Reece’s Rainbows. I saw Darren last Saturday and I knew he was my son. I have never in my entire life felt the way I felt when I saw him. Immediately I went before the Lord. I had so many questions…. How can I do it? The time, the money, the extreme amount of rehab he needs. But the Lord made it very clear that I would be doing all of that. I fell prostate on the the floor and the emotions that came over me are like nothing I have ever experienced. I know now, God was breaking my heart for what breaks his. It was hours before I could compose myself and days before I could stop crying. Just thinking about him all this time laying in that bed. My heart felt like it was in a vice. But then God showed me what his life is gonna be and I had hope and joy and then the “Momma Bear” kicked in and I worked 8 hours straight on Sunday readying all those forms to put a legal hold on him. We barely made it. His file was going back on Wednesday. By Wednesday, I have hired Datz foundation and express mailed the 2500.00 for an expedited home study. Of course, I borrowed the money with the promise to pay it back.
Now I feel like I have no other calling but to bring my son home. We are a family of 12. Soon to be 13. That is our story, his Dad and I are changing his name to Nathanial James. Nathaniel means Chosen by God! And that he was. Hang on little guy Momma is on the way!!
Brent and Mary met in vet school and married in 2009. After their daughter was born in 2010, Mary stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow. After following a number of families over the years, a beautiful little girl named “Celine” caught Mary’s heart. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, her country banned adoptions to American couples. Her picture still hangs on the fridge. Mary continued to follow many of the Reece’s Rainbow families and, through the blog of an adoptive family, saw a picture of a handsome young man named “Charlie” who she immediately knew belonged in their family.
The Sanders’ have four daughters and are excited to be adding a boy to the mix. The girls cannot wait to have a brother and now Brent and Mary finally have an answer to the question, “so when are ya’ll gonna try for that boy?!”
4/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at asonforthesanders.blogspot.com
April will make 10 years Stephen and Rachelle have been married. They have 3 biological boys (1 is from Rachelle’s first marriage.) And four adopted boys from Eastern Europe through Reece’s Rainbow. Yes, that is a total of 7 boys ages 4 years to 17 years old: Maben is 4, Andre is 7, Silas, Felix and Tage are 8, D.J. is 13 and Ruslan is 17. Here is our story:
We came across Reece’s Rainbow in such a carefully weaved web of fate that only God Himself could create that has changed the course of our lives, the friendships that we have made and of course the way in which we have grown our family, live our everyday lives and bear witness to Jesus’ unconditional love and answer to God’s calling. And I just love to tell the story of how each person played a role in leading us to this very special place in our life in an amazing community of people whom I might never knew existed if things might not have happened exactly the way that they did.
A few years ago we were introduced to a blog by a family member went to school with the author of a popular blog, “EBing A Mommy” and the disease EB that her sweet baby boy Tripp was born with. Tripp won the hearts of so many. We began participating in fundraisers for Tripp and EB Awareness and also made some amazing friends within the EB community, both advocates and parents. A blog entry about a sweet boy in Russia by the name of Anton who was in the process of being adopted by an amazing family led us to the Reece’s Rainbow website.
WOW did we learn A LOT that we never ever knew even existed when coming across Reece’s Rainbow! Of course, like many, we became fascinated with the work of Reece’s Rainbow and hoped to one day become a part of the beautiful story that was written into the colors of that rainbow.
Many people we come across ask us the same questions “Why?” A popular Matthew West Song puts it so perfectly:
If not us, then who?
If not me and you?
It’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when?
Will we see an end?
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
Well, sooner came rather than later, as when they saw Silas’s picture they had to DO SOMETHING and in 2012 Rachelle and Stephen embarked on their first adoption adventure.
We thought we would be adopting one child, Silas, a little boy with Cerebral Palsy. God made better plans, we came home with two little boys: Silas and Andre. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,”
Andre has Down Syndrome. Silas was very sick when he came home, weighing 17 pounds at 5 years old, and suffering violent drug withdrawals, spent a few weeks in the hospital upon coming home. He now has a severe movement disorder as a result of the high dosages of medication given to him by the orphanage. He has had brain surgery to try to help relieve the disorder, with not much help but doctors are still working on a possible solution. Andre was our surprise added child in country while some paperwork issues were worked out for Silas. Andre is a ball of energy ready to take you for a ride anywhere and everywhere you want to go!
In 2014 we adopted again. Originally we thought we might adopt a girl or two but again, God made other plans. Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” We adopted two more boys instead as the girls we had committed to had other families adopt them. One of them was a little boy whose file we were shown in 2012. He was adopted at one time but was disrupted in country. His name is Felix and he has Cerebral Palsy. His transition has been a roller-coaster but one well worth the ride. He is a sweet, loving child with an enormous amount of potential that we see no end to anytime soon! The other boy we adopted, Ruslan, was 15 and a half, just 6 months away from aging out. Ruslan is so smart, funny, happy, lively and social. He lived in a place called the “Happy Home.” While there I met several other very sweet boys. One very lively boy has stayed on our hearts and minds since coming home. We have decided it is time to go back and reunite two former roommates as brothers!
We have learned so much through this wonderful journey, met so many wonderful people, made so many friendships, more like formed new family and we are so thankful to be once again embarking on this journey to add to our family once again! Never in a million years could we have imagined how our lives would have changed so drastically (in the most amazing way) and the wonderful path we would be taking! We love this life God planned for us!
2/5/16— COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at piecingourpuzzletogether.blogspot.com
John and Christina Carter call their home “Glorious Chaos”. They have six children, ranging in age from 23 down to 3 years old and love big family life. Circumstances surrounding the birth of six child and fifth daughter, Nora meant that there would be no more biological children. John and Chris always knew, from the very beginning that adoption would be a part of their story and this just confirmed it.
It was a “someday” kind of idea, but then the three youngest children began praying for an adopted child to join the family. They had watched another family walk through international adoption, and these little ones knew that it was something they wanted to do too.
Chris went on Reece’s Rainbow, thinking to choose three profiles to post on the bulletin board for the family to pray daily for.
But there were four, not three, that jumped out at her. All four were printed and tacked up in the dining room and the family began to pray.
One of those four just stayed on their minds and in their hearts. Shyla.
The rest is history! John and Chris can not wait to get this little girl in the midst of their Glorious Chaos and be the family that she deserves. It turned out that Somday was now!
“We can make our plans, but the Lord God determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9NLT
“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6
4/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the Carter family’s adoption journey at www.joel2twentyfive.com
The Masse family completed their first adoption in June of 2015 but knew even before they left that this was not the end of the story. After having 5 children Jeff and Julie felt like maybe their family was complete, or was it? Married in 2000, they had occasionally talked about the possibility of adopting one day. It wasn’t until they saw a video advocating for orphans in China that they really began to seriously discuss the possibility that God was calling them to adopt. As they prayed about it, God used the parable of the Good Samaritan to confirm that a little girl with special needs in an orphanage somewhere in China was indeed their neighbor – and more than that – their daughter! God placed a desire in their hearts to love their “neighbor” by adopting a child into their family, loving her unconditionally and without any expectations.
The process to adopt their daughter Lila took about 15 months and they arrived home in June 2015 with their precious girl. But all through the process as they became more involved in the adoption community they were struck by the tremendous need!! There are many orphan statistics and the sheer numbers can be staggering but as David Platt has said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” The Masses began to see the faces, hear the stories and realized that there was more they could do! Their transition home with their daughter was going very well, so after a few months they began praying and seeking who God would have them adopt. Through many circumstances they were led to the file of sweet Tessa, a beautiful 2 year old girl with an extra chromosome and lots of extra love to give!
Jeff and Julie and their children can’t wait to have Tessa home to be part of their family forever! Thank you so much for helping them in their adoption journey!
4/10/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at masseadoption.blogspot.com
My name is Jennifer and my husband’s name is Kacey. We grew up in the same area in Oregon. Kacey and I would often see each other at school or church events, we knew of each other, but that was it. After high school, we both served missions for our church. Luckily, we were sent to the missionary training center at the same time. We swapped addresses and wrote to each other throughout our missions. When we returned home, we started dating and got married in 2007. We have been blessed with three, loving, kindhearted children who have kept us busy—too say the least.
I had been feeling like there was someone missing in the family for several months then my husband Kacey mentioned something about the importance of families and children. With that tiny spark of interest in having more children, I decided to fan the flame of adoption and ask if we could look into building our family that way. Kacey agreed and I spent the next several weeks pouring over hundreds of deserving children in need of loving homes. I felt impressed to move forward with an international adoption, and started looking into pictures on the Reece’s Rainbow site. That’s where I saw sweet Ulysses. The moment I saw him I started to cry. I sobbed and sobbed to think that this sweet child with so much potential was stuck in a crib all day. Then I felt strongly that I should be his mom. I stopped crying and felt peaceful, calm and happy. I emailed my husband to tell him that this was the boy we were going to adopt. My loving, supportive husband heard me out and agreed to take this leap of faith with me.
4/7/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
You can follow the family’s journey at macpackblog.wordpress.com
Manny and Lynn have been together for 13 years. They have a family of 4 adult children, Manny, Fatima, Angie, Yudith, a teenager, Aly, and a preteen, Rebeka. Rebeka has Down syndrome. They love all their children equally, but having a child with Down syndrome forever changed their lives. Lynn had always wanted to adopt, but shortly after Becky was born they both knew they would adopt a child with Down syndrome.
Manny is an automotive technician. Lynn is an office assistant for their church. She is also a full time student, just a few classes from a degree in Psychology. They own a business and work to provide a future for their family.
Lynn is the eternal optimist. Manny is the realist. For years she’s been showing Manny pictures of children on Reece’s Rainbow and praying about the day they would adopt. Manny kept saying, it’s not time, one day, “I’ll pray their families find them.” One night a friend posted a picture of a gorgeous girl on RR. As the couple looked at the picture and read her story, the tears started flowing. The next day Manny wanted to know when they could “go get their girl!”
This is how the Fleites family found Jenny. Her smile grabbed at their hearts. They decided to keep on praying and take the chance. If God meant it to be their path, it would happen. And happen it did!
Jenny, soon to be Lucy, has no other known medical concerns. She lives with foster parents and seems happy and cheerful. In videos, she is always smiling, singing and dancing. Her family is anxious to have her join them! Her room is prepared, her siblings are ready to spoil her, and her parents are counting down the days.
Every step has been slow and steady. Every financial deadline has been a testament to God’s faithfulness. Almost every step has been fully paid with donations so far. The blessings keep coming! They have met so many amazing people that have been on this journey. They still have $28,000 to go, but the burning desire to bring their daughter home propels them forward!
They are very grateful for the support they have received and thank you in advance for your support! They covet your prayers and for you to share their story!
4/7/16—COMPILING DOSSIER, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: punkymonkeychronicles.blogspot.com
Jeff and Tammy Jarrett are so excited to be growing their family again! This time with 2 little ones from Asia!
Jeff and Tammy were high school sweethearts and got married while they attended college. They have 3 biological boys, but always felt God was calling them to adopt. In 2008 they completed their first adoption and brought Jasmine home from China. Jasmine is legally blind and in bringing her home, the Jarrett’s lives have been completely changed.
In 2010 the Jarretts went back to China and brought home Jewel. Jewel was born without eyes and has multiple other disabilities. The Jarretts don’t like to look at her disabilities though. They believe that children with special needs shouldn’t be defined by the things they can’t do, but rather by what they can. To the Jarretts, Jewel is the happiest person they have ever met. She laughs all of the time and loves everyone. Jewel is an inspiration to anyone who has gotten to know her.
The Jarretts have prayed, asking God to lead them to adopt again if that is his plan for their lives. They KNOW that God loves ALL children and are so excited to announce that God has answered their prayers and they will be adding 2 more children to their family!
Annabelle, who the Jarretts will name Teagan, has been the Jarrett’s daughter in their hearts for a long time. They have prayed persistently for her for and are so blessed to FINALLY be able to bring her home and make her a loved daughter, and sister. Annabelle is already so deeply loved by her forever family!!
The Jarretts are also excited to announce that they will be bringing home Joey, a precious 6 year old boy with Down Syndrome. Joey has attended the Bring Me Hope Camp in China, and those who have met him say he one of the most loving boys. He loves bubbles and playing in the sand. They can’t wait to make Joey a part of their growing family.
The Jarretts are adopting on a complete leap of faith, and trust that God will provide for them financially. They also know that a lot of times God provides for his children through other people! If you feel led to give toward their adoption, please know that it will be SO appreciated!!
4/8/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey at www.jarrettfamilyadoption.blogspot.com
The Wolfenbarger family is no stranger to adoption or to Reece’s Rainbow. They have adopted 3 children and Eve (featured as Allison on Reece’s Rainbow), their youngest, was the reason they discovered this wonderful advocacy organization. She arrived home in July 2013 and her transformation has been incredible to witness. Their hearts have remained open to another child with special needs as they continued to wait for the right time.
Just a few months ago, a little girl made her way into their hearts. Josie has brain and spinal tumors and her future without medical care is devastating. The Wolfenbargers know they can provide Josie love of a family and the necessary medical care for her to thrive for hopefully many years to come. Josie’s cancerous tumors have caused her to be paralyzed and like Eve, she will use a wheelchair for mobility. Josie will have 5 siblings who are so excited to welcome her home.
The adoption process will be expedited due to Josie’s urgent medical needs and this is the reason the Wolfenbargers are in need of fundraising for the adoption related costs. They know God has provided before and will do so again. Thank you for your consideration in joining their journey!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: http://joyfuljourneymom.blogspot.com/
Addison and Kristen are so excited to announce that they are adopting again! Addison and Kristen were married in August of 2010 and have five biological children ages 28, 26, 23, 22, and 20. In June 2015 they traveled to China to adopt 7 year old Paxton and 3 year old Corbin (Noah on RR), two precious boys with Down syndrome.
Paxton and Corbin are their only children that live at home and they have been such a huge blessing to their life. During their adoption of the boys, they felt the pull to also adopt a daughter but they knew they had to wait until their current adoption was complete before beginning the process again. They thought they would bring the boys home and possibly in a year they would begin the process to adopt again but God had other plans. Kristen felt the strong pull towards adopting a girl right away but since Addison wasn’t quite ready yet, she continued to pray for God to lead them to their daughter when the time was right. They continued to view the newly listed children on Reece’s Rainbow and hoped to see the little face that spoke directly to their hearts. One day Kristen came across a profile and she immediately sent it to Addison. Even though that child did not end up being their daughter (she already had a family waiting on PA), she was the one that unlocked his heart and he was ready to move forward.
Shortly after getting pre approval, from China for their daughter they heard about a little boy, with a complex heart defect, that lost his family right before that family was to travel for him. They knew this child needed medical care in the U.S. as soon as possible if he were to survive because the second heart surgery he so desperately needs cannot be done in China. They prayed for days over this child and decided to move forward. They felt if God wanted them to be this child’s family they would get pre approval from China for him as well. Two weeks after sending a letter of intent to China, they received PA for him. God had spoken.
Kristen has a huge heart for those with special needs. She also has a huge heart for orphans and seeing children in orphanages without families just breaks her heart. Addison and Kristen know that they cannot “save them all” but they know they can do their part and they will let God decide what that means. For now it means bringing these two children home as soon as possible and they know they can’t do it without God, their friends, family, the adoption community, and Reece’s Rainbow as each of you play your part in being the hands and feet of Jesus for this family. They are so happy to have you come along beside them in their journey. They ask you to hold their family up in prayer until their children are safely in their arms and for their children as they wait and as they adjust to their new lives once the adoption is complete.
Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me – Matthew 18:5
3/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourjourneytoowenandaddilyn.blogspot.com
The Sotolongo family recently adopted their son “Nevada” as named on Reece’s Rainbow. The Sotolongo’s have four other children all under 6 years old. Nevada’s first year has been nothing short of a miracle. He has undergone corrective heart surgery, which in his country was deemed impossible based on his condition. He is flourishing in a family, learning to sign words and perform daily tasks. He bond’s and interacts very well with his siblings. While adopting Nevada, the Sotolongo’s met a few other children at the orphanage that grabbed their hearts. When leaving, the Sotolongo’s already felt that they would be back. The Sotolongo family is very excited to revisit Nevada’s orphanage and leave with new additions to their family. The Sotolongo’s want to thank you for your support and prayer as they continue on this adoption journey.
3/19/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuedandtreasured.blogspot.com
We arrived home with Adhu from India on July 17, 2015 after a long, faith-shaking process. We thought we were done – our family was complete.
Big sister, new little brother, father and mother were settling into our new normal. We were bonding and getting ready to live our lives as a family of four.
But God had plans that we could not forsee. Plans bigger than us, plans for another child in need – of a family, of a future. Please pray for our family as we step out in faith once again.
Big sister, Big brother – waiting for “Mickey”.
4/20/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey at http://and-now-there-is-a-third.blogspot.com
Aaron and Erin Compton are profoundly blessed to be the parents of ten children. They have been married for 20 years and are both educators. Aaron teaches history at the middle school and college level while Erin is an educator at home. In 2003 they adopted their oldest daughter from Haiti. She is now 13 and a great blessing to all who know her.
Aaron and Erin recently felt the Lord calling them to adopt for the second time. In January they were matched with a precious young boy in China who has cerebral palsy. Additionally, he is malnourished and has been diagnosed as failure to thrive. At nearly 4 years old he is the size of a 9 month old child. The Compton family is very anxious to bring Philip home and fill his tummy with food and his heart with love.
In February the family was again contacted by their agency and made aware of another young boy in need of a family. After much prayer the Comptons accepted this second referral and will now be bringing home 1 year old Arthur as well! Arthur has a liver condition of unknown severity. He is in need of a medical evaluation as soon as he arrives home in the US.
Stepping out in faith for financial provision is very intimidating but the Lord can move mountains. The Compton family is trusting in the Lord’s provision in every aspect of their adoption journey.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog: lotsacomptonsplusmore.blogspot.com
Timm (with 2 m’s) and Hannah Heath have a habit of saying yes to life. They said yes to tossing wedding planning out the window and threw a simple wedding together in one week, yes to spending a year studying in Cambridge, England, yes to moving five times in their 5 1/2 years of marriage, and yes to settling down in small-town Wisconsin. They had often dreamt of one day adopting, but it was not until Hannah became a part of the Reece’s Rainbow Facebook community that they felt a sense of urgency for orphans with special needs.
This year Hannah, an occupational therapist, began advocating on her blog for children listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Timm, who is a pastor, began including prayers for orphans around the world each night during family devotions. The couple began talking about goals to accomplish before starting the adoption process; they had a few vague timelines, and felt like they were steadily heading in the right direction. If you had asked them if they were ever going to adopt their answer would have been “hopefully someday!”
But it was the words of their 3 1/2 year old daughter that called them to say yes once more. One night while tucking her in for bed, their daughter whispered in Hannah ‘s ear, “We need to get in the car right now and get Angelina because she doesn’t have a mommy or a daddy.” Angelina was one of the first children Hannah advocated for and those pure blue eyes and ready smile had haunted the Heaths for months as they prayed for a family to commit to her before she was transferred to an adult mental institution. When Hannah shared the words of their little daughter with Timm his response was perfect: “It isn’t a question of if we will try to adopt Angelina, but how, because of course the answer is yes.” The Heaths pray Angelina joins their family soon where she can hear that yes, she is cherished, yes, she is worth it all, and yes, she has a worthwhile life to live!
When the Heaths started their adoption journey last year they had no idea how in the world they’d would afford one adoption; their only hope was God would work all things for his good and the Heaths put their trust in Him. The family worked hard for months on fundraisers, Hannah picked up hours as an occupational therapist, and people all over the world were generous with their support. The week before Christmas 2015, Hannah sat down to crunch the numbers and discovered that they were fully funded for Angelina, in fact, due to anonymous donation to this grant, they had approximately $3,000 OVER. At this same time, an advocate on Reece’s Rainbow facebook group talked to the Heaths about a little boy waiting for a family. Timm and Hannah asked each other this question “if we could add a second child to our adoption, would we?”
The answer, of course, was YES!
Adding a second child in the same country but different region added approximately $12,000 to the adoption costs. Good thing the Heaths already had their homestudy approved for two children, not just one, just in case.
4/20/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at heathandhome.wordpress.com
Todd and Lindsey first met while living in New Orleans 10 years ago. They now live in Southwest Michigan with their two preschool age sons, and just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. They are looking forward to sharing their many life blessings with Ben, giving him the unconditional love of his family, and being by his side as he is receives the medical attention and therapies he needs to thrive. They are so thankful for the many people who have given their talents, time, love, prayers donations, and advocacy for sweet Ben even before they found him. They know God has intentional plans for Ben’s life and feel honored and humbled to be a part of it. Their prayer is for God to continue to be with their son and every child waiting for their family, so they may be safe, brave and loved. Every bit of support and every prayer you could offer for Ben and his family would mean so very much to them!
Russ and Jody met in a blind date. They hit it off right away and were married nine months later. After two years of marriage they were blessed with a son, Jakob. Jakob was a preemie and had five holes in his little heart. It was a tough two years but Jakob overcame all obstacles. Russ and Jody knew they wanted more children, so they became foster parents in 2003. When their first foster child went home it left them feeling sad and their home felt very empty. So Russ and Jody made the decision to adopt internationally. In 2005, they brought their 9 month old son, Joshua home from Guatemala. Life was good, over the next ten years Russ and Jody added four more children – Julia, Jenna, Jordan and Jaxson – all of them adopted through Foster Care.
They were feeling complete. But God has a great sense of humor and a different plan for the Navratil family. You see, Jody’s father passed away the previous year, they were very close. One night in July Jody’s father came to her in a dream and told her; “Jody, your family is not complete.” Jody was a bit stunned and laughed it off and thought it was just a crazy dream. But, then her dad began bringing her a little girl every night in her dreams. Jody began researching adoption again but was not ready to share all this to her husband as Jody was afraid he would say, no way. Then one day Russ asked Jody if she felt like their family was complete because he didn’t and felt they should adopt again. Jody was thrilled, so she began searching a little harder and then one night she came across the little girl in her dreams! This little girl was Clover. Jody was in tears and over joyed. Jody shared the picture with her nine year old daughter, Julia. When Julia saw the picture she says, “that’s my sister!” When shared with Russ after work they all knew she was meant to be a part of the Navratil family.
Russ, Jody and their six children can’t wait to get her home where she will be loved unconditionally and will be a part of a forever family. As it says in John 14:18 “I will not leave you orphans I will come to you” God has not abandoned us, he has called us by name and through his sacrifices we are called chosen and adopted by God.
Won’t you consider a donation, so Clover can be an orphan no more and know the love of a family. No amount is too small. If you are unable to support financially please keep the Navratil family in your prayers. Thank you.
4/21/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeytojazlyn.blogspot.com
When the market crashed, the Solano family lost their house; were homeless with 3 kids, 2 dogs and a Camry for 2 months. Talk about crazy! They went from owning 5 properties to homeless in the blink of an eye. Amazing, wonderful people took them in and cared for them.
Losing everything makes one stop and reevaluate; starting over they are investing their lives into what will last forever.
That experience makes one ever so grateful for a roof over your head, food on the table and a vehicle to get to work. There are so many that don’t have what we take for granted. Even in their worst time they were safer, better fed and more loved than the least of these.
These children are dying without a family; alone, no one to hold them, comfort them, abandoned, rejected by the world. They are so precious in God’s eyes. The Solano family adopted a child with no worth in her culture, made her their own, an heir,
equal, a daughter, her ransom paid. To say it has been a profound experience is an understatement. It is a privilege to live life with her. They did it once, it was the best thing they’ve ever done, and it’s time to do it again.
To rescue 2, they need more than a year’s salary. They have only until August to raise it. Even saving every penny possible (which they are), it’s not possible for them to do on their own.
Adoption – some may call it foolish and impossible but for every orphan rescued it’s a miracle. Please help them make a difference for 2 more. Any donation would be helpful. Even if you cannot give, please forward their message.
Together we’ll make a difference that lasts forever.
3/11/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Jeremy and Heather Fillmore began their adoption adventure in 2010. At the time, they had five children, ages 1-14. Heather had always had a heart for adoption, but when she found Reece’s Rainbow on the internet, she was hooked. Seeing all of those precious, “discarded gems” changed her forever. A few days later, she found Tatiana’s photo and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Tatiana (now named Anya) was five years old and lived in a Russian orphanage because she has Down syndrome. The world of adoption and special needs was new to this family, but they instinctively knew that this less traveled, beautiful road is one that God had planned for them. Anya joined their family almost a year later.
Two years later, they returned to Russia for another little angel. Hazel stepped off the plane on December 24, 2012. It turns out that a few days later, a law was passed in Russia that halted all adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans. The Fillmores are humbled by their Christmas miracle of 2012 and often think about all of their girls’ friends who were left behind and are hopeful things will change someday soon.
There is a Chinese Proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread will stretch and tangle, but it will never break.” Jeremy and Heather are feeling this thread gently guide them to a sweet little boy. They can make another spot at the dinner table, get one more bed, and drive two cars to go to Grandma’s. Their hands are never too full for a child in need. Their kids have experienced first-hand, the joy that comes from watching a little person take their place in their busy family, then literally come to life before their eyes. They are elated that Liam will get to join in the fun! He has mild hydrocephalus and this adoption will not only give him the opportunity for good medical care, but also the gift of seven doting brothers and sisters and a Mom and Dad who will love and cherish him forever. Every child, no matter where they are born, or what needs they have, deserve the love of a family. Every child needs to feel precious, valued and treasured.
International adoption is very costly. Your donation will help Liam to have this gift…one that he will not receive from a family in his own country. The Fillmores thank you from the bottom of their hearts for any amount that you can share for the cause.
Update: the Fillmores will also be adding Louie to their family!
3/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
What would you do if you found out you have a child in another country?
We are a loving family of Eight. We have adopted 4 special needs children from China and we have two biological children. Recently while on facebook. I stumbled across the photo of a beautiful little girl. I noticed right away that she looked just like my adopted daughter and is from the same orphanage as our Aubrey. And this sweet girl would be aging out in August! The post was asking to advocate for her and of course I wanted to help. I stared at the photo for the longest time though because I couldn’t believe how much she looked like my daughter. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought this because as soon as I shared the photo I started getting messages from others who thought the same thing.
Days passed and yet I couldn’t get this little girl off my mind. I kept remembering the day I visited the orphanage and asked if my daughter had siblings. No one really said anything. Could this girl being her sister? My heart had always felt like she had a sister and that we were leaving someone behind. I HAD TO KNOW. I couldn’t rest until I knew. After lots of prayers for two weeks pacing the floors, finally a DNA test confirmed our suspicion. YES THEY WERE SISTERS!!! The little girl in the photo was in fact the biological sister of my daughter! In other terms, That also meant that I have a daughter! That also means I MUST GET HER HOME TO HER FAMILY, FAST! OUT OF 143 MILLION ORPHANS IN THE WORLD, I stumble across the biological sister of my adopted child. Had to be God!!! This just didn’t happen. This is why I need you……. We just got home a year ago with our last adoption and still owe for the entire thing. We are a one income family supporting eight people. I am driven by emotions, my husband is driven by reality, Initially he said there is just no way we can afford it. He was right and I knew it but I have been physically ill thinking about everyday that passes with this sweet girl sitting in China as her time runs out. She is my daughter. She has only had a family for 2 days her entire life and on her birthday in August, her chance for a family will be lost forever. How can I rest knowing that? So after a lot of prayers my husband agreed to use our tax return to begin a home study but we know that’s as far in the process that money will take us. We will need a lot of help to pull this off! We are asking for fundraising ideas and any other means of support possible. This will have to be an expedited adoption to get this precious girl before her birthday so we have to raise funds quickly enough to keep with financial needs as the adoption progresses. That’s the challenging part. There is no time prepare or save.
Both Avery and Aubrey have Cerebral palsy and delays. What a gift it would be for them to not only have a family but to have EACH OTHER! We hope to be able to work this out and share the news with Avery soon. Please help get this sweet girl HOME where she belongs.
OHANA means family! Family means nobody gets left behind or is forgotten — Lilo & Stitch
“When are we coming back?” was the question a husband asked his wife as they completed their first adoption of two girls from a rural region in Eastern Europe. Two beautiful children, perfectly created with Down syndrome had opened their eyes and hearts to adoption. The trip hadn’t been picturesque. The rural region got dark at 3:30 PM in the depths of winter, and their four bio kids at home missed them terribly. But in the end, the memory of that moment lingered, their connection to the children they were leaving behind as their daughters left their old lives in the orphanage.
The little ones soon became vivacious, loving, and beloved additions to the family. The realities of the adoption process seemed so much more doable now that they allowed themselves to believe that it truly did bring children home. And although the house is a little fuller now, the family, who has stayed active in the HHA community, began to ask themselves if this was the time to answer the question the husband had asked more than two years ago on the steps to the orphanage.
When the mom and dad saw this child’s picture again online, this time they saw their child. They knew the mountain they were agreeing to climb. They knew they could make it happen, so that mom and dad said yes, “now is the time.” Because for a little child who has spent their whole life waiting, the only time they knows is now and then. But soon, the child they hope to call theirs will learn for the first time what it means to look forward to life, to a future, to a family.
Though this family needs to commit anonymously for now, they are so grateful for any support offered in faith for this adoption.
3/14/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
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For several years, Phil and Kristie Graves had been discussing the idea of adoption. It would come up in conversation and then be put off for “later”. One day Kristie came across Reece’s Rainbow and found a girl named “Sage” and knew immediately that she was their child.
After beginning the process to adopt, “Sage” was adopted by a French family, leaving Phil and Kristie distraught and unsure of what to do next. Then their 11 year old daughter reminded them of another little girl they had seen in pictures with “Sage”. Her name was “Olivia” and they had considered adopting both girls. After much prayer and consideration, they decided that God had shown them “Sage” so they could discover “Olivia”.
The Graves’ have three biological children, Kara, Ethan, and Owen. Won’t you please help to take their family from five people to six? They have decided to call this process, “The Journey from Odd to Even.
3/30/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at philandkristie.com
David and Tracy Wiggs are returning to Reece’s Rainbow for their second and third and fourth adoptions. They adopted in late 2014 and their new son is thriving in his new family. David and Tracy have five biological children and three adopted children and know that this is their calling, to love the orphaned and welcome them into their loving family. David and Tracy would humbly ask for your support both financially and spiritually and would ask for your prayers as they once again set out on this new journey to adopt Gracelynn and Kristopher and Lazarus. Thank you, and God bless.
4/7/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Eric and Megan met in college at Moody Bible Institute, where they were introduced on a blind date by a mutual friend. They were married in 2005. Eric is a pastor and also teaches Martial Arts at a local high school. He enjoys woodworking and photography. Megan is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys homeschooling their children, as well as sewing, painting, and reading. They are both using their hobbies to help fund their adoption with their shop at www.madeheirs.etsy.com.
The Johnsons currently have four children, ages 8,6,4, and 2. While they were in the process of adopting Titus (4) from China, they saw many pictures of him together with Mei. They sought to adopt her at the same time as Titus, hoping to preserve one relationship for them both in the midst of the dramatic loss and change of adoption. Unfortunately it was not possible to bring them home together. However, God continually confirmed their desired to make her their daughter, so they began her process soon after returning home with Titus.
While visiting the orphanage, Eric and Megan met Mei and discovered that her relationship with Titus was even closer than they had guessed from pictures. The nannies reported that Titus climbed out of his bed every night to sleep with Mei. He cried out for her many times during their first nights as a family. He is still very happy every time he sees her pictures. Eric and Megan cannot wait to reunite these close friends and make Mei part of their family forever.
Follow the Johnson’s adoption journey at www.madeheirs.blogspot.com
We are the Zittle family, and we are beginning a new adoption journey! The Lord has revealed to us that we have more room in our hearts and home for another little child. When we began our first adoption journey in 2006, we had been married for 5 years and were going through the struggle of infertility. It was our deep longing for a child, and God began to lay adoption on our hearts. We stepped out in faith and began the process to adopt a baby from China. Three years into our adoption process, Jen became pregnant with our oldest son, Braden! As we continued to wait to be matched with our China baby, the Lord opened the door for us to adopt a second child from China. When Braden was 3, we brought these two little boys home. Joshua and Micah have blessed our lives in so many ways! Today we begin the process of adopting a 2 year old little girl from China who we have decided to name Anna Joy! As a little girl born with Down Syndrome, she will have so many opportunities here in our home and community that she might never be given in an institution. She will know she is a beautiful child, created by a loving God, Who has a wonderful plan for her life. She will also have a Mommy, a Daddy and three big brothers who will adore her. Would you consider giving financially to help us bring Anna Joy home? If that answer is yes, we thank you with all of our hearts for joining us on this journey of FAITH in an almighty God, HOPE for a little orphan and LOVE that is in all of our hearts to bring her home. You will forever be a part her story!
Follow the Zittle family’s adoption journey at zittlefamily.blogspot.com
Kim and Nathan Woods have been married for almost 10 years. Kim is originally from Canada and Nathan is from New Hampshire. They have been living in Florida for the past 9 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters living at home, Lydia (9), Chloee (7), and Chanelle (5). Since the moment they met they both knew that one day they would adopt. They didn’t know how, when, or who but God has miraculously opened the door and they know that this is His perfect timing. They are very excited to begin their adoption journey by adding two beautiful sisters “Kaila” and “Connie” to their loving family.
Please consider helping them as they step out in faith to accomplish God’s will in their lives. Help them make these beautiful girls orphans no more.
4/28/2016—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Hugh & Rachael Lynn have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with four soon to be five children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting their daughter with cerebral palsy a year and a half ago from China.
The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God showed them another daughter with cerebral palsy that needed a family. The Lynn family have Pre Approval to proceed with adopting Audrey.
Audrey is a ten year old little girl with cerebral palsy. Audrey has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. Hugh and Rachael feel God leading them to go and bring her home. The Lynn’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for this adoption.
The Lynn’s have a Facebook page that follows their journey of adoption called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook page called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.
Bill and Nancy have been married for 27 years. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren.They have always supported charities involving children and are very passionate about a child’s right to feel safe and to be loved. Their oldest daughter, Audra, showed them a website, Reece’s Rainbow, and after seeing all that these children have endured knew they were ready to start the adoption process. They are so thrilled to be bringing home two more lovely daughters and an adorable son. The reality is this will not be easy but these children and every other child are worthy and deserve loving parents. They are asking for your prayers as they know this is what has brought them this far. If you feel led, any gift to bring their children home will be a huge blessing.
“You are the helper of the fatherless, Lord. You have heard the desire of the humble, You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed. That the man of the earth may oppress no more. psalms 10:14, 17-18
4/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
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