Dennis and Rita have been married for 14 years, and are parents to five biological children, between the ages of 11 and 1 year. They had casually discussed adoption for several years, but late in 2014 felt compelled to look into more seriously. They didn’t know exactly what type of child they were looking for, only that God had asked them to, and that they would keep an open mind and heart to whomever God had in mind for them. When they saw Louise’s file, they felt strongly like she was the one they were being led to.
Dennis is a program manager for the local electric company and Rita is a registered nurse, though she is blessed to only have to work one day per week outside the home. They both come from very large families. They are an active family that enjoys the outdoors and traveling.
6/4/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at merrickfive.blogspot.com
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
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
When Ben & Jen met in high school in 1994 they had no idea the adventures God would lead them on. They got married in 1997, and went on to have 5 home grown children over the next few years. Pregnancy complications put an end to growing their family in the “usual way” and they started to look into adoption. Their house was tiny though and they were already cramped, so they knew it would have to wait till they could move.
In 2011 God brought them to the small farm with a big house that they had been dreaming about for all of those years and the doors opened to adoption at last. In 2013 He led them to adopt a precious little boy with cerebral palsy and profound hearing loss through Reece’s Rainbow. When they met him he was vacant, sickly, and thin. In just weeks of them meeting him he started to come alive. Over the 16 months in their care he grew and flourished. He was a changed child and they were a forever changed family. In early 2015, just after his 4th birthday, their hearts were broken as he was taken to Heaven suddenly in his sleep due to some medical complications. Their world was shattered. But the Kroll family knew that God had more in store for them. They had started to feel the pull to adopt again just months before the loss of their son. They put their trust in God and have stepped out in faith again, this time to adopt two children. They invite you to join them in this new adventure and help them bring them home!
5/22/15—HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at a-sparrows-nest.blogspot.com
Five years ago Mark and Rebecca discovered Reece’s Rainbow and learned of children with special needs all over the world who are living in sometimes horrible conditions, who are neglected, unloved, and malnourished all because they are orphans.
Since then they have adopted four children with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe, who have come so far, not only educationally, but socially, spiritually, and emotionally. They finally have a family who loves them and believes in them!
One of the hardest part of adopting was leaving the orphanages. Seeing the other children that were left behind. It is one of those images you just cannot get out of your head. It rocked them to the core and they knew they could not rest until they helped as many children as they could.
While they had not planned on adopting again this soon, God had other plans.
These last few years have been quiet the journey, and through it we have learned that God does not always call the prepared, but rather, He prepares the called.
They would love if you could include them in your daily prayers and if you could share their need of prayers with your church and others. If you feel lead to donate please know that every single penny counts and they would be extremely grateful!
6/1/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
The Prien family is big, loud, fun, and loving. The parents Todd and Jill have been married for 23 years and are still madly in love. They have been blessed with eleven beautiful kids and are enjoying every second of watching them grow up into strong loving individuals. They were blessed with the opportunity of raising a little boy with Down Syndrome. This opened their eyes to a whole new world. They realized how great the need for loving, supportive homes were. While looking at these children in need, Sarah, who is deaf, caught their eye. They are already learning American Sign Language for their boy with Down Syndrome and thought it would be fun for them to sign together. They hope to bring her home with them and share their love and devotion with her. The christian family prays each night to bring Sarah to their family. Even the younger children are involved and excited. Their motto “Big Families, Big Blessings” couldn’t hold more truth. They feel very blessed and want to give her the best life possible. Please help us give her the home and love she deserves!
5/22/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
JJ and Liz met when he was active duty in the military. They began dating soon after meeting and were married the same year. They attempted to have a child with medical assistance but were unable to conceive. Both of them knew that they wanted to be parents and loved interacting with kids. They began the process to foster children, who they might be able to adopt. In 2011 JJ was in a serious motorcycle accident. They were unsure of what the next day would hold. At this time they learned that life is short. Tomorrow really isn’t promised, so you need to make the most of out your life. Once out of the hospital and settled into their new home, they were blessed with their miracle baby, “D”. They have been trying to expand their family but have not succeeded. They are excited to begin this journey to expand their family through adoption.
This journey may be the hardest thing that God has ever told them to do. They have struggled with the thought of asking you to support them. They would be honored to know that you helped them bring their child home. Thank you so much for your support. No words could ever express our gratitude for your love for their family.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/Plustwofeet
Greetings! We are the Chinchak Family, and we are proud to announce we are the Forever Family for “Wetherby”. He will be joining our family through the blessing of Adoption. This is a brand new process for us, and we are looking forward to both the joy and the challenges that we will face through this this journey. It will be a long road and we are aware we may face some struggles along the way, but they will be worth it all once we have him with us. We have learned “Wetherby” is a child who is blessed with a special ability to see the world through a different light then others; he has Down Syndrome. Some may see this as an obstacle, but we see this as a blessing, and we are ready to see how he will make this world, our world, a brighter place. We invite you to join us along the way.
5/25/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook Page titled, “How’s The Wether-An Adoption” and on their blog at HowsTheWether.wordpress.com
The Allen family is adopting again! This will be their 2nd (& 3rd) adoption of a deaf child. Their story really began 21 years ago, when Jamie went to college to be a Sign Language Interpreter, but then became a stay-at-home Mom; always wondering why she was given such a passion for the Deaf community. Eleven years ago, John and Jamie met. When they married a year later, they were immediately thrown into the life-long task of “blending” their family, since John had 2 children and Jamie had 3. Through 4 additional years they added 2 more biological children to their blender. Fast forward to 3 years ago, when John and Jamie went with a group from their church to an adoption conference to see what the group could do to help in Orphan Care. During that conference, John & Jamie were both lead to adopt. They thought God would want them to adopt through the US Foster Care System. They quickly realized, as doors shut in their face, that God wanted them to go to China to adopt a particular little boy, who was deaf. Tobias has been home 11 months now and is thriving! They are going back to China to adopt Devin, a 5 yr old girl, and Archer, a 12 yr old boy, who are both deaf. Deafness is a special need that seems to cause undue fear in people, which is apparent in the amount of waiting deaf children in China. They weren’t sure which child they should bring home, knowing both needed language as soon as possible. God has opened the doors wide to adopt both children at once! Their family knows American Sign Language to some degree, which will give both of the children, parents, and siblings they can communicate with, laugh with, and blend with. Soon the Allen family will have 5 boys and 5 girls. Lord have mercy, that’s a lot of noise, fun, and love in one 2500 sq. ft. house!
6/11/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
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 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