Mike and Shannon met in 2005 while working together as singers at a theatre in Savannah, GA. They were married 5 years later, had their first daughter in 2011, and their second in 2012. Both Mike and Shannon have always felt the pull to adopt, separately in their lives, and then surprised when the other also felt that calling.
Through many months of research, they decided on China as the country they would adopt from, and through advocacy, they decided that they were comfortable with the special needs program.
They found the profile of a Chinese boy who was blind and loved music, and were in love with him from the start. He was the same age as their oldest daughter, and he was from the same province as Shannon’s distant relatives in China, and shared a birthday with Shannon’s only brother. While not believing in signs, but not disbelieving, they requested his file, consulted specialists, and spoke with friends and family about this child. They are confident that he will blend perfectly into their family.
Their oldest daughter has told them numerous times that THIS boy is her brother, long before Mike or Shannon had made a decision. She is excited to teach him how to sing and dance, and hold his hand to teach him to walk around the city. She is also very excited about learning Chinese.
Before submitting for Donnie, however, they decided to wait and see if their agency could find them a second child that would fit their expanding family. In June of 2015, they saw their first video of their one year old little boy who has no special needs. After reviewing his file and talking with their family about this child, they decided that this boy would complete their family. Their children are very excited to have a new baby to take care of!
The Zaller family is excited to expand their family, and is thankful to everyone who has helped them thus far on their journey!
7/6/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thethousandmileblog.wordpress.com
Richard and Ella have committed their lives to adopting and raising children to be godly men and women. They have thirteen wonderful children and are returning to Bulgaria to adopt three more. Richard and Ella consider adoption to be their ministry. Their goal is to show the world that all children deserve a mom and dad, and that special needs children in particular bestow a special blessing from God. What better way is there to show that all people are created in God’s image and worthy of honor and respect than adopting a special needs child? What better way is there to teach us patience and perseverance, and to step outside our comfort zone? In pursuit of this goal, Richard and Ella have purchased a large foreclosed home on 11.5 acres of land. They are filling the home with children. They believe children are happy and healthy when able to work and play outdoors. And there is plenty of opportunity. They have chickens, ducks, cats, and a dog, as well as a very large garden and an orchard. There is enough to do that everyone is involved. No job is too small! What started out as a ministry of Richard and Ella has now become the family ministry. All the kids are involved in the upcoming adoption and are excited to have new brothers and a sister.
Everyone is extremely happy to have found three wonderful children. Catherine and Mark are an older brother and sister pair who are very happy to be adopted together. Richard and Ella are also excited about adopting Nicolai, a two-year old boy with Down Syndrome. They have wanted to adopt a child with Down Syndrome for several years. The last time they went to Bulgaria, they were blessed to adopt a child with Noonan Syndrome. Now they have a chance to show the world that children with Down Syndrome are a blessing to all.
8/12/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Luke and Jennifer Webster are the proud parents of 5 (soon to be 6!) blessings. Their 3 oldest children are 12, 9, and 6. Their two youngest children, adopted from China in July of 2012, are 4 and 5. The entire family is absolutely thrilled to be bringing home “Simon” who will be their Benjamin. The Webster family stepped out in faith to begin Benjamin’s adoption and have seen God’s hand in each and every step.
“Simon” is visually impaired and currently resides at a foster home for children with visual impairments. The Websters are not new to children with VI or with special needs in general. Their youngest two children have multiple special needs. Their son, Caleb, has low vision due to a traumatic brain injury and has opened their hearts to children with visual impairments. They look forward to welcoming “Simon” into their home and hearts. The Websters would love for you to follow in their walk to bring Benjamin home.
7/8/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at faithwalkingfamily.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!
8/14/15— HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at heathandhome.wordpress.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
Leon and Sheri Ricord have been married 10 years. They have an 8 year old daughter Lauren who is in the 3rd grade and attends a Spanish Immersion elementary school. The Ricords also have a 3 year old son Aaron who will begin Chinese Immersion Preschool this fall to prepare him for his future Chinese Immersion elementary school.
For many years now, the Ricords have seriously contemplated special needs adoption as they currently feel their family is not quite complete. Sheri, being a nurse, felt confident she could provide care and support to a child with special needs. In 2011, they began the journey of foster care parenting/adoption but that journey was cut short due to their wonderful surprise pregnancy of their son. The adoption journey was then halted but not forgotten.
Sheri first came upon the Reece’s Rainbow website and Facebook group in April 2014. She has felt very blessed and thankful to follow so many amazing adoption journeys. Sheri then became more and more involved in the Reece’s Rainbow adoption community and discovered the courage to possibly consider international adoption for her own family. The Ricords are no strangers to special needs care as both of their children were born extremely premature, requiring complex healthcare support following their births. Thankfully, their children are healthy and thriving, despite their very rough beginnings.
In January 2015, the Ricords discovered Perry, a precious beautiful 5 year old boy in China who has been waiting for an adoptive family his whole life. Perry has never experienced or understands what it means to have a mother and father care for him. Despite this harsh reality, Perry’s smile lights up a room. He is described as a true delight and joy to those who care for him in China.
Leon, Sheri, Lauren and Aaron cannot wait until they bring Perry home to be a part of their family. The Ricords look forward to providing him a loving and nurturing home life with the added comforts of the Chinese culture and language at his future public school! We trust he will truly thrive and grow in our humble little family.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at … Coming Soon!
“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.” – Bob Goff
Our family is so glad we decided to say, YES! Yes to God’s plan for our lives, yes to our son waiting for us in China, and yes to the journey ahead. We are Jason and Areka Blain and we are thrilled to announce our commitment to adopt and bring “Douglas” home from China. We have three wonderful children; Ava, Rowan, and Violet, and this is our first adoption. It is our belief that every child is deserving of a loving home. Our family means everything to us and part of our motivation to adopt comes from our deep love for our children and our Christian faith. It is heartbreaking to know that so many children (orphans) worldwide are without the love of a family. God has blessed us abundantly with our sweet kiddos, a strong marriage, and a great community of family and friends. It has been our heart to share these blessings with a waiting child, to adopt a little person that no one else was coming for. While researching, we were drawn to the large number of children who wait in China, specifically those with medical needs. We have followed Reece’s Rainbow for several years and when we came across Douglas’ profile, we knew he was our son. It has been a journey in and of itself to arrive on this path and we are so grateful to serve a big God, and for his love and grace. We cannot wait to bring “Douglas” home. He is loved and chosen!
“But here is the glory part. When we utter even the weakest yes, we find God to be big. Bigger than we once thought. Bigger than our lack. Bigger than our doubt. Bigger than the needs before us. Bigger than we can comprehend. Bigger. And He proves Himself good, steady, intentional, on time, able, strong, and sovereign.” – Rebecca via nohandsbutours.com
Thank you for your love, prayers, and support during this time. Our family is eternally grateful!
7/28/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
You can follow our adoption at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Robinson family began their adoption family almost four years ago. While going through the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriages, they started to think perhaps they were meant to add to their family in a different way. Surprisingly, after reaching out to several adoption agencies, they learned they were expecting a daughter. Then, very shortly after her birth, (as these things sometimes seem to happen), they learned a son was on his way. Several months later, Mike (active duty Army) received orders to Germany. Not forgetting the plight of orphans around the world, adoption still weighed very heavy on their hearts and they assumed they would continue on the process when they returned stateside in several years.
As often happens, their ‘plan’ was not the one in action and Alexandria received an e-mail from a stateside agency that they had spoken with years before – completely out of the blue. It had a picture of a beautiful little boy and she knew with the same certainty that she did when she saw their biological son after his birth, that this was their son as well. After many a “can we do this” discussion, they decided to take on an international adoption while living overseas themselves. Several weeks later, intent was submitted to his country and accepted.
Alexandria, though licensed as a nurse, stays home with the children while they are so young and has recently joined the ranks of a homeschooling mom (a title she never thought she’d have, but once again, “plans” change!). Mike is a Warrant Officer with the US Army and thoroughly enjoys his career. Once home, their son will join two sisters and a brother. They hope to travel for the first trip later this year and have him home by the beginning of next year. This process is surely a test in fortitude and patience but they know this sweet boy’s life will be forever blessed by a family to tuck him in at night, comfort him when he cries, and have the medical care he desperately needs (he has a diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta) to have a healthy and fulfilling life.
6/2/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourbulgarianadoptionstory.wordpress.com
The Goodhue family is excited to add another little boy to their family!
Larry and Maria met in high school in 1986 and married in 1992. Having been told by multiple doctors that they would never have children, they were thrilled to find out they were expecting their first child within their first year of marriage. Over the last 22 years their family has grown year after year. They have nine boys and two daughters, unfortunately one daughter went to be with Jesus in 2011. Children have always been an important part of their family and they desire to let God bless them through whatever means He chooses.
Their daughter, Alyssa happened upon Reece’s Rainbow when she was just 13. She has advocated for many of the children on Reece’s Rainbow, as well as, helped many families raise funds for their adoptions. Throughout the last six years, her knowledge of the conditions these children endure while they wait for a family to come for them, their different special needs and the process each family goes through to bring these children home has grown. She has shared with her parents and all of her siblings (all boys!) all that she has learned. The Lord has used her to work in the hearts of her parents and they are excited to take the next big step in their family! The response from their children when they were told they were adopting was…”I can’t believe it! It seems like a dream!”
9/16/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at our-family92.blogspot.com