/by Lucillehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/homestudyinprocess.jpg3761016Lucillehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngLucille2016-05-27 16:37:552016-06-18 13:35:07Home Study in Process
Martin and Jennifer Quinn have 7 amazing children. Three biological and four adopted from Reece’s Rainbow! In 2013 they brought home two young boys with Down Syndrome from Eastern Europe. In 2014 they returned to bring home an infant girl with Down syndrome and a young boy with Hydrocephalus, Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. During their first adoption they met a beautiful young girl with the saddest eyes in the orphanage their sons were at. She ran to Marty calling him “papa”. He promised one day he would return for her. That time has come! The Quinn’s are excited to fulfill their promise and finally give this beautiful orphan girl, with the sad eyes a loving forever home!
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The McLaughlins met their first adopted daughter while living in China and volunteering in an orphanage. They had the rare and amazing opportunity to foster her until she and her new younger sister were adopted in Dec 2013. After returning to America, they learned their oldest daughter has a terminal muscle wasting disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Learning of this disease and having spent time with so many children with all different diagnoses in Asia, one comes to know intimately that every life has value and meaning despite any “limitations” they face. They describe their oldest daughter with SMA as passionate, vivacious, a winner of hearts and a changer of lives. Last year when they received news of another girl with SMA whose first parents wanted to dissolve their adoption, they knew undoubtedly they were being asked to step forward for her and to celebrate this precious child. She became part of their family in the fall of 2015. The McLaughlins have a heart and a calling for the medically fragile and for the aging-out whose life without a family is a scary prospect. To think of these children left to their own devices with limited or no education, no family, and no support, they feel called to action. “Our children are so much more than a disability or statistic by which they are defined as orphans. We cannot wait to bring our newest daughter into the precious folds of family and love, to call her Daughter. Our hearts and home are ready. Will you commit with us and help bring our daughter home?”
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/Lucinda-21.jpg236188Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-07-05 10:34:182016-08-19 11:09:59LUCINDA for the McLaughlin family -- SC
Laura has always known that adoption would be a part of her life. She is a pediatric nurse and works specifically with children who have special, medical needs. Laura has adopted twice domestically from foster care. This will be her family’s first international adoption.
Laura believes that all of her children were sent to her from God and were chosen to be her children. Gabriella is no exception to this. It was just by “chance” that Laura came across Gabriella’s picture and story. Immediately she was drawn to this little angel and had to find out more. Gabriella has Osteogenesis Imperfecta just like Laura’s eldest daughter. Laura has a lot of experience dealing with all that goes along with this condition and has a wonderful medical team already in place that can help manage Gabriella’s condition and give her the medical treatment that she desperately needs. Osteogenisis Imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bones disease, is rare. There are different types of OI and, at this point, Gabriella’s type is unknown. She needs to be examined by an orthopedist and geneticist to determine what type of OI she has so that it can be properly treated as soon as possible. She will most likely need to receive infusions every 3 months to help and strengthen her bones. She will require physical and occupational therapy and possibly multiple surgeries as well. All of these treatments are readily available here in the U.S. but not in Gabriella’s home country. Please help the Ferrels bring home their new family member.
Although Laura is single she has a wonderful support system made up of friends and family. It truly does take a village. Gabriella will be so loved and doted on!!
5/12/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
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Geoff and Caroline have been blessed with four wonderful children, three homegrown sons and a beautiful daughter adopted from Eastern Europe in 2013. While their lives have been joyously full with their children, extended and church families, the experience of adoption forever changed them.
They could not forget the children they had seen in the orphanage, and their daughter could not forget the friends she left behind. Their children have longed and prayed for another sister, and Geoff and Caroline have known there was room in their hearts and home for one more. They have prayed that someday, God willing, they would be able bring home another precious child.
God has graciously heard their prayers, and led them back to where their journey began. Daniella was one of their daughter’s close friends in the orphanage, and it is their dear wish to reunite the girls as forever sisters.
Geoff and Caroline are trusting in God’s provision. They are working hard to bring Daniella home, where she will be a much loved and treasured daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin. They are so very grateful for your prayers and support.
5/20/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
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Duane & Kimber are not young parents. They have 4 children (10 yrs-31 yrs) & 14 grandchildren (11 months – 17 yrs). On any given day if you were to visit the Klopp house you would find many children at their home. They are not new to the special needs either, as they have twin grandsons with Williams Syndrome. Kimber also has a family member with Cerebral Palsy & her oldest brother was born with several birth defects.
One evening Kimber was on Facebook & saw a post shared from someone who had grown up in the same small town she had. His daughter & her family were working as missionaries in an orphanage. The blog was on Wide-Awake Family titled, “Fighting for my babies.” It was a night with little sleep & lots of tears after reading the blog. Kimber asked to join Wide-Awake Family on their Facebook page where she also learned about Reece’s Rainbows. She tired to hide the feelings she had for one of those precious little boys. She shed many tears over the next several months every time she thought about that little boy she had seen in the pictures & by now she had also seen a few videos with him in them as well. She went to other adoption pages but she found herself always looking for that “one” little boy.
For several months their prayers were for Isaiahu to find his forever family. They’ve shared many posts to family & friends about him & his need for a family. Then on Friday, March 4, 2016 there was another blog written, “Fatherless Friday.” This is when God let them know his family were none other than them.
Kimber & Duane had talked about adoption several times over the years. They decided to investigate the process of adoption & more specifically on this one little boy they feel is “the missing piece” in their family.
Please pray for Isaiahu’s adoption, that all will go smoothly & quickly so that they may bring this little boy home into a family full of love & security. The Klopps know that this little boy is worth it! The family is hoping to raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now & the beginning of September. They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little boy.
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
6/22/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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The Heirigs family is back. After thinking they were done building their family. God had other plans.
They brought home their oldest daughter from Russia in 2010. Which during court they found out she had an older brother still in an orphanage. After coming home they hired a Russian attorney to help get permission to adopt him. Months went by before they got the green light to start his adoption. Only to have the region freeze adoptions for investigations on past cases. This went on for months where there was a green light to continue. With all their paperwork in country, Bam! The region stopped again. During this process they reached out to the boy, sending him care packages and letters.
While Anne was doing research on the web she found Reece’s Rainbow. There she found a little girl that stole her heart. They prayed about this little one and starting her adoption. After submitting their paperwork to the country the next day new laws went into effect and the child had to be 5 years of age. The Heirigs decided to wait for her until she turned 5 in a few months. During that time a priest in country opened up his own children’s home and she was no longer available.
Heartbroken they just waiting for God’s direction. After a few months there was a beautiful little girl with the same need as the one they lost only back in Russia. So they started her adoption. During the end of their 2nd daughter’s adoption (2012) they were given the green light to continue the brother’s adoption again. A week after being home, Russia banned all adoptions to American citizens. The Heirigs were again heartbroken. They still keep in contact with him by talking on the phone and sending out care packages.
Now the Heirigs have been blessed with 2 little Russian princesses and are planning on adding 2 more little princesses to their family.
They ask for prayers to see these adoptions through. If you can donate to their adoption fund they would be so grateful and appreciated. Most of all they ask you to please advocate for all these beautiful children. No child should have to go without a family.
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Mike and Theresa Grimes met in a tiny college town in Emmitsburg Md. We have 8 wonderful sons ranging from 28-8 years old. While there is never a dull moment at our home we know we have lots of love to share. People keep telling us “your plate is full” our answer is “We have a lot of room in our hearts”.
Both Mike and Theresa always wanted a daughter and are thrilled to be getting her through the blessing of adoption.
We are so happy to have found Reeces Rainbow and are thankful for all of the support from this amazing community.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for forgotten by everybody, I think that is much greater poverty than the person that has nothing to eat.”
– Mother Teresa
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We have been blessed by adoption a few times over now but that doesn’t dampen the excitement of welcoming a new child into the family. We are absolutely thrilled to bring Cullen home and love him like he deserves!
We appreciate your continued prayers and support for our family and this boy who has waited so long for a family to choose him. Thank you!
7/13/16—HOME STUDY in PROCESS
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Dennis & Cindy have been married 38 years and have raised 8 biological children ages 36 to 19 and 7 beautiful grandchildren. They started their journey of adoption 4 years ago with their little girl Adalyn in Russia, just 5 days after they returned home the ban became law. For a year with the other Russians parent they tried to bring her home and through the journey were open to children God would bring before them. They still Believe, Trust and Stand on Faith and Hope for the orphanage Gates in Russia to reopen for their little girl and all the other orphans that are caught in the ban. On Jan. 7, 2014 they stepped out to adopt their two little ones, Abraham and Sarah, biological siblings from Ukraine. Then the war broke out and Abraham and Sarah were in an orphanage in one of the 3 cities where the war was, but they still continued.
On May 7 their dossier was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But joy soon turned to wait, it was unsafe to travel to their children because of the war. But they stood Believing in Faith against everything that was reported , because God continued to speak to Cindy, guiding her in each step, with clear messages of Hope and Promises. In July they found out Russia came in and tried to kidnap their children and the other 60 children in the orphanage but they were stopped. The next day the children were evacuated North to a safe region. For 6 weeks they heard nothing. Then in August God gave Cindy a date Sept. 27 and He also told her they would be home by CHRISTmas. On September 26 Cindy missed Nancy’s phone call and didn’t know it till 3 hours later. When she called Nancy, she was told the team thinks they have found a way be prepared to travel anytime. Cindy knew something was going to happen soon because of the 27 but it was still the 26, then Nancy told her it was the 27th in Ukraine! If Cindy had gotten the phone call 3 hours earlier it would not of been. Our Father is Amazing…
On Oct. 4 Cindy got the call to book her flight. She booked it for Oct. 11 and had 1 week to raise the rest of the funds because she couldn’t say anything until now and she couldn’t fundraise before because no one believed she would travel because of the war. Long story short God did provide all the funds on her 2nd trip. On her first trip she found out that their little girl had open heart surgery a week before, and was still in the hospital. After being in country 10 days their 21 year old son was in an air crash with 4 fractures in his back. She flew home for 7 days and then returned knowing her son would recover but healing would take some time.
On December 4, 2014, just like God said, Abraham and Sarah came home with their mommy and daddy. It has been a year filled with Miracles,Blessings and also some of the most difficult times they have ever gone through. Helping little ones heal from being in a war, with bombing, is heartbreaking; seeing their little girl who was neither walking or talking, who is now running and never stops talking. Hearing their little son now leading and Praying over his little sister in Prayer.
Now God is calling us to step out again for our little boy. God gave Cindy the name Ayden Samuel awhile ago and now we know who our little Ayden Samuel is. Once again God keeps speaking and confirming. So they are stepping out in Faith again, Trusting their Father in the journey. Little Ayden had a family committed who sadly had to release him and Cindy has been in contact with his first momma. God has a perfect plan for each of our lives and our children, His children and His timing is Perfect. We can’t always understand nor do we always have answers but in all of this we can Trust Him as He leads and guides us. They are Blessed that Ayden has large fsp, but they will still need to raise the rest of the funds. So they are stepping with joy into another journey to bring another little boy into their family and will be so humbly grateful to any help given for their little boy.
8/28/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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Jeff and Beth met in 2002 when Jeff decided he wanted to marry Beth but thought he better ask her out first. So, in January of 2003, Jeff worked up the nerve to ask Beth out and after two dates and a few hang outs, Beth and Jeff were engaged March 17, 2003, then married August 29, 2003! Part of the conversation of those tow dates was the desire to adopt by both Beth and Jeff.
In November of 2003, Beth and Jeff attended an information meeting to set “life goals”, to make an adoption plan. In that meeting, the gospel truly convicted Beth and Jeff and the plan to adopt added a desire to foster. After serving as foster parents, respite only, then taking a permanent placement in hope to adopt, Beth and Jeff served several years as foster parents. A reunification plan was made for the permanent placement and the children started their way home. Beth and Jeff found out a week later as one door slammed another opened as they found out they were pregnant and a son was born in 2007! A second pregnancy soon followed, a daughter being born in 2008!
Now with a son and a daughter, Jeff and Beth continued to seek out the desire to adopt. In 2012, a loving birth mother chose us as her son’s forever family! Even thought for a week or so, our lives seemed “full”, adding another daughter still tugged at our hearts!
Jeff and Beth share the conviction that we will be held accountable each day and on that final day, of how we spent our time and who we spent it with. We are excited to find sweet Hadley on Reece’s Rainbow and continue to work through the process to spend our days with her! Please join us as you feel led financially or support another family you find here! Maybe find a family in your church, neighborhood or everyday to help fund, or just bring them a meal or wash their car!
Thank you for doing something. Just reading this and stopping to pray is huge. For this work is HIS!
With much thankfulness, the Olivers, party of 6!
7/29/16—HOME STUDY in PROCESS
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This is the Ashley family, Ken, Amy, Travis (11), and Cai (10). They have been married for 25 years. As of 13 years ago, they had been married for 12 years and had no children. They never dreamed that 13 years later they would be at the point of having 3 children; but God is faithful, and He is on time.
Their first child, a wonderful son, was born in October, 2004. They felt so blessed and assumed that they probably wouldn’t have any more children. In 2012, their pastor’s wife was about to go on a mission trip to China to work with orphans at a Bring Me Hope camp. One Wednesday night before her trip, the pastor’s wife told a story about an infertile couple who were about to adopt from China. Amy says that something came over her while hearing that story, and she began to think about adopting from China for days and nights after that. About a year later, the pastor’s wife, the Ashley’s neice, and another girl from their church went back to China to volunteer at the Bring Me Hope camp. This team of ladies began sending pictures of one of their campers to the Ashley family. When they saw those pictures, they knew that this was their daughter, and they went to China about 1 year later to adopt that camper who became Cai Ashley in July of 2014. They felt so blessed and assumed that she would complete their family and that their trip to China to adopt was a once in a lifetime experience; but they now believe God had a different plan.
About a year or so after they came home, Cai went through 3 surgeries, because she was born with spina bifida and scoliosis. On the day of the last surgery, which was a spinal fusion, they began to be overwhelmed with thoughts of what if they had not adopted her, what if she didn’t get those surgeries, and what would have happened to her if she had aged out at 14. Amy remembers thinking that she would do this all over again and that they COULD do this again. A couple of months later, they saw the picture of an 11 year old girl on a waiting child advocacy site, who was being advocated for by some Bring Me Hope volunteers. They reviewed her file, but at the time it seemed that they had a lot of good excuses and reasons not to adopt again. However, they could not stop thinking and praying about her. Over the course of the next 5 months, every excuse that they could have had just seemed to be wiped away. They finally locked her file on June 19th, which just so happened to be Father’s Day. They have decided to name her Abby, which means my father’s delight.
During that 5 months time of thinking and praying about this adoption, there was some heartache involved, but it made them realize how short life is and that only the things we do for Christ will really matter. They realize that they can’t save the world, but they can change the world for someone. There is a song out that says, “He’s calling all hearts, calling all hands.” They know that everyone is not called to international adoption, but they feel that they have been. They can’t wait to bring a second precious daughter home. They would like to thank you for reading their story, for your support, and for your prayers!
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/Chelsey.jpg211198Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-07-27 17:36:542016-08-27 11:15:12CHELSEY for the Ashley family -- MS
We are the Romero family. We have six children ages 12-2. We learned that our youngest was gifted with an extra chromosome shortly after his birth in July 2014. The truth of Psalm 139:13 — “You knitted me together in my mother’s womb” — became that much more intimate as we explained to our children that God added the extra copy of chromosome 21 more than a trillion times. We knew that God made our son and every one of us uniquely, in His image, for His glory and there are no mistakes.
We had never thought about adoption before but through our son’s birth the Lord opened our eyes to the needs of children all around the world with a special calling to those with Down syndrome and special needs.
When we learned about Reece’s Rainbow at our first Buddy Walk and read that in other parts of the world these children are viewed as outcasts with no ability to learn or be functional members of society, languishing in mental institutions, hidden away from the world in shame, our heart broke for these children. We see their faces and picture our son being born into those circumstances. Our family knew that we had been called to serve these children.
We stared at the Reece’s Rainbow magnet on our refrigerator and their web site for months, praying for the children and saying that we will adopt “one day”. Until we finally realized that the only thing holding us back was fear, fear of traveling, fear of all that is involved and a lot of financial fears. We thought about how powerful our God is and the fact that the bigger the “task” the greater glory we see in His hand in it. We were reminded of Gideon whose army was dwindled to 300 just so that the glory would go to the Lord and the miracles that Christ did throughout the Bible. He is the creator of this universe. How could we fear or doubt His power in this? We know it won’t be easy but we have trust in Him.
We are so excited to bring Domenic home to our family. We are so anxious to wrap our arms around him and show him the love of a family and the love of our Savior! In our minds and hearts he is already our son. We know that not everyone is called to adopt and not everyone is called to adopt an orphan with special needs, but some are called to pray and pray earnestly and some are called to give and give generously. What an amazing picture of the body of Christ at work, all for the love of this one precious baby. Thank you for joining us and may all glory go to our amazing God!!
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