Hi! We’re the Pattersons. We’ve been married for 22 years (Wow, time flies!) and currently have five children. Our two oldest are in college, our next two are in high school and our youngest is in fourth grade. Two years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph (Igor on Reece’s Rainbow) from Ukraine. The past two years have been challenging but SO rewarding.
For over a year we have wanted to adopt again. When we saw Vienna’s picture on Reece’s Rainbow we were so excited! We had been praying about who our next child would be and hoping that we could adopt a little girl with Arthropryposis. Joseph was born with Arthropgryposis and we have become quite familiar with the ins and outs of the medical procedures and therapies that are necessary. So, when we inquired about Vienna and were accepted to pursue her adoption we were thrilled! Despite the unknowns, we are ready to plow through the paperwork to bring our little girl home as soon as possible!!
We appreciate your prayers and support so much as we begin this journey.
5/7/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com
The Warinners are happy to announce their commitment to adopt Arielle, a baby orphan girl from Eastern Europe with spina bifida. They hope you’ll consider partnering with them in their efforts to complete the lengthy and expensive process of adoption and bring Arielle home! Derek and Sarah became interested in adopting from Eastern Europe through a large family newsgroup, when a prayer request introduced 4 brothers who needed a family. As they followed this story until they were adopted by another family – they got to know about orphans in the region including several with special needs. After several months they were introduced to “Casey” and “Iggy”, two orphans with cerebral palsy who were nearly too old to be adopted (both were 15 years old at the time). Derek and Sarah felt that Casey and Iggy would have difficulty thriving in an adult institution, so they acted quickly to make the proper government filings to become eligible to adopt them before they “aged out”. After completing their home study and fundraising, they made the trip to meet them. They bonded quickly with the children and, after prayerful contemplation, decided they should become part of the Warinner family! In March 2014, Casey and Iggy became Lucas and Matthew, the newest (and oldest) Warinner children. Derek and Sarah have enjoyed having Lucas and Matthew in their family and have put considerable effort into accelerating their development. After only a year it’s clear the kids are making great progress! Now, they have become aware of the need that Arielle has – a baby, without any family, living just a few hours from Lucas and Matthew’s home region. Arielle’s spina bifida condition also renders her medically fragile – it’s critical for her development that she has the necessary surgeries to correct this condition and receives the appropriate therapies to get her cognitive development on track. Derek, Sarah, and their 7 children Maria, Jeremiah, Michael, Daniel, Gabriel, Lucas, and Matthew, anxiously await the adoption process approvals and arrival of Arielle into their family. They are fundraising to obtain resources to cover the international adoption costs, travel expenses, and Arielle’s process to enter the US. Thanks for your partnership and support!
6/12/15—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING STATE APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptionarielle.blogspot.com
The Rebers are thrilled to announce that they are adding to their family! Their newest daughter, Lacy, is 9 years old, and is currently living in an orphanage in China. Kim teaches children with disabilities, and Greg is a music teacher. They met in 1991 at the elementary school where they were both teaching, and have been married for 22 years.
Kim and Greg believe that adoption was God’s plan for their family. He has blessed them with three beautiful girls through international adoption. Kaitlyn Taomei and Jessica Taoli are 19 year-old identical twins, who were adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi, China in October 1996 when they were 11 months old. Ashley Heejung is 14, and was a waiting child in S. Korea due to spina bifida, failure to thrive, and other medical needs. She was 16 months old when she came home.
Lacy has spina bifida (spinal meningocele) and bilateral club feet. She has had multiple surgeries for her meningocele and club feet in China. Lacy enjoys going to school in the orphanage – her favorite subject is her native language. Lacy also loves arts and crafts. According to the agency that visited her, Lacy is smart, very sweet, and a loving girl. She is very eager to have a family of her own.
Lacy’s big sisters can’t wait to meet her! Kaitlyn and Jessica are Communication Design (art) majors at Kutztown University of PA, and Ashley is in middle school. The Rebers hope to travel to China early next summer to bring Lacy home to join their family!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11
5/8/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hope4joy.com
Aaron and Michelle were married in 1999 in Minnesota. They have moved to SW Missouri after graduating from college in 2003, and have been blessed thus far with six children. They have one daughter and five sons, ranging in age from 2 ½ -15 years of age, whom they homeschool. Their son was adopted when he was 5 years old from the U.S. in 2013. Adoption is an act of rescuing – for everyone (parents, siblings, relatives, child…) willing to partake in it. It requires a willingness to not have all the answers, to learn, to grow, to change, to stand on God’s promises, to face your fears, to pour yourself out, to weep, to laugh, to repent, to forgive, to be uncomfortable, and to know a depth of His Love and beauty you cannot comprehend. We are so blessed to be partaking in it again. Aaron and Michelle and their children now live in the country with some chickens, cats, a dog, a hamster and whatever critters the kids happen to bring home. They love learning together, reading, playing games, going for hikes and walks, talking, singing and playing music, working together, and traveling. About a year and a half ago the Lord laid it on Michelle’s heart to pray for a baby. She did not have any idea who or where this baby was, but she prayed. Aaron and Michelle have had quite a few conversations regarding adoption, and recently they were told about a little boy in China in need of prayers. They prayed for him and prayerfully considered him, even though they had never really considered adopting from China before. In the midst of this, they were led to pursue sweet Laine in China. Laine has Down syndrome and the Jaeger’s are excited to meet their daughter and sister and help her reach her full potential, and they can’t wait to discover and embrace what she will teach them. They recently read a statistic saying that children who have Down syndrome in foreign countries, and are not adopted by the time they are 4, are many times placed in institutions for the rest of their lives; and that sadly 95% of these children die. This all the more confirmed their decision to pursue their daughter in China! Of course their beautiful niece, Hannah, influenced them greatly, as did some other special children in their lives over the years. Hannah was adopted in November of this year and has Down syndrome as well. So, they move forward trusting and hoping in the Lord and resting in His Love. Please keep Laine in your prayers, and consider helping us bring her home! Psalms 82:3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
5/12/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
We love our life!
God has used the trials and challenges in our life to strengthen us and show us his purpose for our family. Adoption is a glorious gift that we feel so lucky to be a part of. We have four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons who have Down syndrome. We all feel like we won the lottery when they joined our family. They have been an amazing gift to us all. Their sisters love watching them grow and learn new things and they have become strong advocates for people with special needs. The boys have made us all better people.
This time we weren’t looking for a child to adopt when a video of Tamarix was shared by a friend who thought she would fit perfectly in our family. God began to work in our lives and made it very clear to us that this was our daughter and we must go and get her!
Tamarix is deaf, and so is our 12 year old daughter. We all use American Sign Language in our home. Tamraix now uses her home country Sign Language. We love to debate, What American sign will we show her first?
We have stepped forward with faith, trusting in God’s grace that he will make a way.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this…
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
We hope that you might somehow be a part of our story, and we thank you for any donation you can make to finally give Tamarix what every child deserves, hope for her future.
4/27/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thehutsonfamily.wordpress.com
For as long as she can remember, Elizabeth has had a heart for the orphans. Her parents smile as they recall how she constantly tried to persuade them to add a child (or a dog or a cat) to the family by way of adoption. Although they were firm in saying no, Elizabeth dreamed of the day she would say yes. After college, Elizabeth adopted two dogs, all the while waiting for God’s timing to say yes to a child. In 2012, she began to feel the Lord guiding her towards international adoption, and as she researched countries, her heart settled on Uganda. Through this journey, Elizabeth discovered Reece’s Rainbow. At the time there were no children listed from Africa, but she knew it would somehow play an important role in her adoption story. Fast forward to December 2014. Once again, Elizabeth felt God’s guidance toward adoption. She began pursuing foster care, but something wasn’t quite right. One day, as she was browsing Reece’s Rainbow, she saw “Africa 1″ and her heart skipped a beat. As she clicked on the link, she saw “Prudence’s” sweet face and tears filled her eyes. She instantly knew this was her little girl, the one the Lord was leading her to. This may not be the comfortable or typical path, but it is where God has led. It had been made abundantly clear that now is the time to say “yes!” Elizabeth cannot wait to bring her little one home for all the snuggles and love and medical care she desperately needs. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey! Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17
4/8/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at spreadlovelikeglitter.blogspot.com
In 2014, the Anderson family felt the call to adopt two children from China, a 12 year old boy with moderate CP from the bottom of the shared list, and a 6 year old boy with a severe genetic condition who was close to death. Jake (Danny on RR) and Finn (Wayne on RR) are growing and thriving every day. No, they were NOT named for Adventure Time, but they make every day an adventure. The Andersons also have homegrown kids, making their total three boys and two girls between the ages of 14 and 5. With the majority of their kids now in their double digits, they are at maximum teen/tween capacity, and are looking to add a little pink and tiny to their lives! Elizabeth Jane is only 2 and also has brain differences and hemiplegia, just like big brother, Jake. With just six months since their last adoption, the Andersons would love any help and prayers friends and family members feel moved to give. Thank you all so much for sharing in our adventures!
4/21/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at whereyouwantmetogo.blogspot.com
Colleen and James first met in college. Colleen was a freshman and James was a junior. After James graduated, they parted ways, then five years later they started dating. Two years after that, they got married, and they have been married for two years. After exploring state adoption and not really agreeing with their system, Elijah’s file basically fell in their lap, and James and Colleen knew he was theirs. Colleen and James have always wanted a big family, through adoption and biological children. Elijah will be their first child and they couldn’t be any happier. They cannot wait to show him the world.
5/22/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Nathan and Savannah have always had a heart for adoption. They are foster parents and have had many foster children over the past 5 years and have adopted two of those beautiful children, they know the pure love and joy that comes from bringing children into their family that maybe would not have had a mom and dad. The process is amazing and God’s hand has been all over their life in bringing these children to their forever family. They also have 1 biological son who was an answer to many, many prayers and a true miracle from God.
Nathan and Savannah feel deeply that God is calling them to a new avenue of adoption and that is international adoption. They feel so deeply and so passionately about adopting a child with Down syndrome and cannot wait to be one of the lucky few blessed with Down syndrome in their lives.
Nathan and Savannah’s life has been blessed immeasurably and they cannot wait to bring another miracle into their family, so that he too can know the warm embrace of a mother and father and know what it’s like to be loved every day for the rest of his life. This truly is God’s work for this family and they couldn’t be more excited to begin this adventure! Please join them as they bring home “Isaiah” — soon to be named Samuel!
4/14/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: www.samuelone27.blogspot.com
When Nickolas Kupper makes a decision, he does it quickly. When he was 14 and in freshman Honor’s English, for example, he saw Crystal and decided on the spot that they would someday marry. She, however, needed convincing. After three years of intense research on “How to Woo a Wife in 137 Easy Steps,” (a book that has yet to be written; he doesn’t want to give away his secrets!), Nick was stunned when Crystal took a cue from the whole Laura-and-Urkel saga and caved. It was the best defeat and sweetest victory either of them have ever had.
With all the wisdom of teenagers, they married at 19. Today, at the much wiser age of 30, they are parents to Jack (7), Jude (4) and Avinly (2). As an Air Force family stationed in England, Crystal had no idea how literally she would have to take the “I will go wherever you go” part of her vows. Nick, meanwhile, had no idea that he would still be in the military after his first six-year commitment. But 11.5 years later, he’s still one of the Air Force’s best.
Crystal is a freelance magazine writer who grew up in a foster and adoptive family. Besides the Oregon Ducks winning their first national football championship, the thing she has wanted more than anything is to use her special needs experience through adoption. Despite that obvious decades-old passion, Nickolas played it cool until he saw Abigail on Reece’s Rainbow. He asked a few questions about her medical needs and possible future treatments. Approximately five seconds later, he asked, “What would you think about us adopting her? Look into it.” And just like the first time he saw Crystal, he knew that this girl was supposed to be with him.
Abigail has extensive medical needs. She also has an extensive ability to melt your heart with her smile and voice. Won’t you join the Kuppers on their adoption journey to the most beautiful girl in Eastern Europe?
4/20/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.crystalkupper.net/blog
Because they are led…Cecil and Cathy met 15 years ago of all places commuting back and forth on the bus for their jobs. They have been married now 13 ½ years. Cecil has grown children, in addition to a grandson and Cathy is now a stay-at-home mom and homeschools their two youngest. They started their family through adoption in 2007 with their daughter at 16 months old, now 9, then again in 2009 for their youngest son at 22 months old, now 7, and one more time in 2011 for their son at 12 years old, now 16. They have all been adopted from China with various special needs.
Adoption has always been a part of Cathy’s life as she is adopted also. She knew she always wanted to adopt at least once and here they are adopting #4!
They believe this is their calling in life and very excited to be adding another daughter and sister to their growing family and they feel led to add as many children as God wants them to have! They would be grateful for prayers and support to help bring their daughter Ceilie into their family.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
4/6/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site?pg=747782
We are Jordan and Bethany Whiteley, and we are so excited to announce that we are adopting Mikah! When he joins our family, Mikah will become a brother to our two biological children — Jimmy (5) and Katherine (3). We are a happy family that loves God, loves life, and loves each other. We look forward to making Mikah a loved and valued member of our family!
For a number of months, we saw Mikah’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow, and along with many others, wished that a family would step up for him. We had no clue that we would be that family! Recently however, we received word that Mikah was suddenly being moved into a bad situation, and God laid it on our hearts to adopt him! After much prayer and discussion (and some encouraging words from some close friends), we made the decision to make him our son! We are now working to get him home as soon as we can.
Through all of this, we remember the compassion and love Jesus Christ had for us when He sacrificed His own life for us, and see how we are called to give the same love and compassion to those in need around us.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:16-18
To us, adopting a child is wonderful picture of what God has done for us — He adopts us to be His children, loves us unconditionally, and makes us heirs to eternal life. In the same way, we plan to take Mikah up into our arms, and give him a new life where he is loved and valued, and able to reach his full potential. We thank you for your help!
3/26/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardboardfort.net/adoption