Meet Randy and Angela Dawn Patrick who are a family of 8 soon to be 9! Their children range from 5 years old to 22 years old and have became theirs through birth and adoption.Their latest adoption being a very frail almost 5 years old little girl who weighed a mere 9lbs on adoption day but has truly thrived and blossomed into a chubby happy healthy girl. They have been so blessed by her international adoption that they felt led to begin the process again and happened to stumble upon a little girl with a very scary diagnosis of a brain injury at birth and although this is all new territory and they are scared they trust God to guide them through this and on if the best things that they believe is a true sign is their newest daughter who will be named Audrina has the same birthday as their first internationally adopted daughter only 4 years later a true as they call it Godwink she is coming into the family she was meant to join! They will rely on the support of many to bring home their daughter and will be forever grateful for all those that help make adoption possible through these grants!
5/4/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Jennifer and Robert have been married for almost 18 years, and have five wonderful children (four born to them and one adopted from Asia). Their family was complete, until Jennifer – who sometimes volunteers as an advocate for their adoption agency – saw “Lanikai” on their agency’s waiting child list.
Lanikai needs to come home as soon as possible. She has developed epilepsy, which is not uncommon in children with CP. Lanikai’s epilepsy is severe, however, and her orphanage has not been able to control it with medication. Jennifer and Robert are doing everything they can to get to Lanikai as soon as possible. Despite a series of “you know you are adopting when” issues (a builder who ran off with their large deposit, a police clearance that is inexplicably delayed … ), they are praying that both the U.S. and Asia will expedite their approvals.
The Flanigan family is so very grateful for the support of the Reece’s Rainbow community. Lanikai’s grant helped them to make the decision to commit to adopt again now.
5/2/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
John is one of 11 kids and loves every minute of being in such a big family! While he never thought he would have a big family of his own, he is certainly warming up to the idea. Kelsey was born to be a mom and if you ask anyone that knows her, it is no surprise she has so many children already! John is analytical and precise while Kelsey tends to be a free spirit which makes them perfect for each other.
We have 4 wild and adventurous children, ranging in age from only 1 year old to 5 years old (there are twins in there)! As you can imagine, our life seems pretty chaotic to most. To us, it is full of grace, joy, and a whole lot of laughter. Our youngest was adopted domestically, and God took us a on a serious journey through that process of learning who He is and what His heart beats for. Before she was ever in our arms, we knew we would adopt again.
We prayed and prayed that God would give us clarity on what He wanted next for us. Kelsey began looking on Reece’s Rainbow and was sure of two things: God wanted us to adopt a child listed on RR, and He wanted us to look in Eastern Europe. When she brought this to John, he was a bit unsure and needed some time to process it and pray. While he knew it was what God wanted, he wrestled with the idea of where the money would come from after such a short time of recovery from our last adoption. We both asked God to put us on the same page. After about only a week, we sat down and talked. We were both sure now that, despite the uncertainties, God was asking us to move forward. He reminded us that He is in control and the single source of all we have, and every blessing we have is from Him.
Back to Reece’s Rainbow we went and prayed about a few different kids. We didn’t yet have a clear “yes” on any kids until one day when we searched “Newly Listed Children.” The very first little boy that popped up, we knew. He was who God had laid on our hearts and told us to pursue.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to be on this journey again and bringing home our son, Billy, soon to be named August! He is already so deeply cherished and loved.
5/3/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
“It’s something that we will do. Because we feel called to do it. One time, one child.”
One child, turned into two, which has now turned into three.
Jason and Amy traveled to Eastern Europe last fall to adopt two daughters. It was the first time they had seen an orphanage and what they saw became deeply impacting and life changing. No one can ever get over what they see while there. In the midst of that sadness, they saw children with worth. When the two girls came home, they were greeted by six doting siblings who shower them with unending love and praise. And they don’t notice the differences. And the sisters are flourishing. After they were shown the pictures and told the stories, the selfless children were the ones who demanded to do more. They were willing to sell toys, give up space, make room for another child. The adoption has been life changing to everyone involved.
And then Jason and Amy showed the children a picture of Mackenzie. Her smile is beautiful and her eyes are happy. She is the older sister they have been waiting for.
5/3/16—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Nate and Savannah have 6 beautiful children, 5 of them came through adoption! And this will be their second International adoption to Eastern Europe in just a year!
A while back, Savannah came across pictures and a video of Rogan and began praying about him. He has weighed heavily on her heart and after much prayer, her and Nathan have decided that Rogan needs to join their family as well. He needs to know the love of a mother and father and siblings.
This family has a strong passion for advocating for children with Down syndrome and especially for adoption! Their family would not be their family without the miracle of adoption.
4/27/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: www.samuelone27.blogspot.com
The Cogan Family feels so honored to have been chosen to bring sweet Kassi home at last! She has waited so long- almost too long, as she ages out in July!
They saw Kassi on Wonderful Waiting Kids, an advocacy site that helps to find families for children that are older or have more significant needs. The Cogans routinely follow the children’s stories and pray for them as they wait for a family. They keep the children’s faces in their minds and their stories in their hearts and love them from afar. They all deserve to be loved!
There are far too many children aging out and this family prays for all of them to find their forever place, but for them, at this time, it was Kassi that was foremost in their hearts. They started to wonder whether they were her family and the questions began to be answered bit by bit. They found out that with an expedited adoption, although very difficult, it could be possible. They still felt unsure of the timing, the money…. They continued prayerfully to ask for guidance. They put up a grant hoping that her family was out there and was closer in the process and that the grant might be the help that was needed. More phone calls, more prayers. They just couldn’t imagine how… and then they saw a video in which Kassi talks about wanting a home and describes the family. They felt like she was talking directly to them. They had their answers. They knew. They would listen and do everything in their power to get her home with her family – theirs!
The Cogans are blessed with a large “krewe” of three biological children and three children given to them through adoption. Their adopted kiddos have very similar reasons to see their fabulous team of medical helpers. You see Kassi has two clubfeet that remain unrepaired and it makes getting around very difficult. The family knows through experience with this condition that the longer she waits the more difficult it will be to find ways to repair the damage. In fact, they have everything already in place for her medically and, although they can have no guarantees, there is every hope that her daily life can be so much easier and more pain free. Of course their greatest hope is that Kassi can someday stand straight and tall on her sweet feet. Make no mistake, they will feel so very blessed and proud to be able to truly call themselves “Kassi’s Krewe”, no matter what!
They are counting down the days until her birthday and there just aren’t that many! Although this wasn’t their timing, they feel that they are being led down this path and all will be well. They are doing a twelve-month process in just twelve very short weeks! This timing won’t allow for much grant support and they are equally grateful for support of any kind whether it be through thoughts and prayers, fundraising or funds.
4/25/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theworldwillchange.blogspot.com
We are Tony and Julee Huy and we are excited about our ever increasing family! We have 8 kids and are excited to be adopting 2 boys from China! We began our adoption journey this time with a 5 year old boy (Toby) who we will be naming Jayce Alexander. While in the process of adopting Jayce we hosted a 12 year old with the intention of advocating for him and finding him a family. We instantly fell in love and we’re ecstatic to also be adopting Jackson Fei!
We’ve taken a leap of faith in adopting two at one time and we’re so thankful for your support and prayer!
4/20/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Our Family Puzzle
So here we are, at the beginning of a journey to add another child to our family. This time will be different. This time I won’t be pregnant for nine months. This time I won’t hold my baby for nine months and dream about seeing her face for the first time. This time we already know what she looks like. This time we already know her name and her birthday. This time we will watch her grow up from afar for a year or more while we work tirelessly to bring her home.
We are the Ford Family. My name is Alysen. I am a stay at home mom. My husband is police officer and we are raising two children currently; we have a precious three year old girl and a little boy who will soon be eight months old. And now we have another little girl. She is waiting on us in S.E. Asia. She is two years old and she also happens to be blind. She is perfect in every way, and we are very proud parents!
One night after our oldest daughter was born my husband and I were watching the documentary “Its a Girl.” That kind of thing has a way of popping your safe little bubble and opening your eyes to how the Lord has blessed you. Then it gets you thinking, why has he blessed us with more than we need, and so many opportunities? We are no more deserving than anyone else in the world. EXACTLY. “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” Luke 12:48 We talked about adopting that day.
We decided we would look into it when we were more stable. It was the Lord preparing our hearts. Our sweet little two year old was born right around that time. Fast forward about two years and we are in a new town, my husband has a good job, and we have purchased our first home. We started attending a new church here locally and noticed lots of adoptive families. I even started getting involved in some fundraising efforts for adoption and slowly we pulled our heads out if the sand and remembered that first whisper from God telling us to adopt. We started looking into programs and agencies and the Lord led us to our daughter. “God sets the lonely in families” Psalm 68:6. Our little girl deserves a family. She deserves a mommy and a daddy to hold her, and teach her about the love our heavenly Father has for her, and to help her make her mark on this word.
So here we are. We are paper chasing and fundraising and praying for the Lords guidance and help to bring us to our baby. We cannot wait to hold our sweet girl and have our family of five all together forever!
4/19/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
We are proud to announce that we are adopting two precious little girls from Eastern Europe! We are the Howard/Price family. We live in Wisconsin with three of our sons, two dogs, two cats, several rabbits, a bearded dragon and a few fish. We have two sons that live near us, one of whom is married to our lovely daughter-in-law. This will be our second adoption, but first international adoption. We love these little girls and desperately wish to go get them as soon as we can!
We thank you for taking a look at our page and hope that you will be able to help us out!
4/18/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
The Anderson family isn’t new to international adoption, or special needs adoption for that matter. They have been to Eastern Europe to adopt twice. They feel called to return, there still is room at the table and love in their hearts for more children in need. Dane and Misty dreamed of a big family and always knew adoption would be a part of that dream. In 2013 they brought home two beautiful girls blessed with an extra chromosome. Upon returning, they felt they might go back, if ever God called them. They knew too much, they saw too much, too many children suffering, too many laying alone and unloved. And before they knew it, they were headed back! Another sweet girl with lower limb paralysis joined the 6 boys and 5 girls. A perfect dozen! But God wasn’t through with them yet, a move to a roomier house and the knowledge of children still suffering gnawed at their hearts. Every night the children would pray for those left behind at the orphanage, the ones without a family to cherish them. As Dane and Misty were praying about going back, they received news that one of the children they were considering was gravely ill and had been hospitalized. They knew then that they must go! That there was space at the table and love in their hearts for two more!
The Andersons are needing to move fast, they want to get to their sweet girl quickly before her health deteriorates any further, and they can’t wait to tell their new son that he has been chosen! Their home study is nearly done, they are moving right along!
What an amazing opportunity you have to partner with them and help bring home two orphans, to bring them into a family to be loved and cherished to know that they are chosen!
4/15/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thesassafraschronicles.blogspot.com
The Anderson family has a $1500 matching grant! When their total reaches $5873.99 they will receive an additional $1500!!
Mark and Callie Van Wagenen have been married for 8 years and have been longing to start their family. They both come from large families and have yearned to have a family of their own. After struggling through infertility they decided to open their hearts to adoption.
They believe that God has a plan for them and have been seeking His guidance through their journey. After receiving strong promptings to start looking international to build their family, they found Ryan and knew that he would be their son.
They see miracles every day as they work to bring him home. Thank you for being a part of that miracle.
4/15/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at markandcallieadopt.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
If you would have asked them a year ago, what they would be doing today, in the throws on an international adoption would probably not have been their answer. God truly works in mysterious ways! The Davis family suffered through the premature birth of their youngest child in January of 2014, followed by two miscarriages in 2015. After emotionally recovering from the pain these situations created, they were able to step back and see that God actually had a very different plan than they had originally believed. They thought they had figured it all out when they were given the opportunity to host an amazing little girl “A” from Eastern Europe. They fell in love through pictures, and just knew this was what God had instore for their family. When “A” arrived their feelings remained strong, but the situation also became clearer. Adoption to American was not her dream. The Davis’ remain in contact with “A” and support her from afar. Although the hosting experience did not turn out exactly as they had planned, their hearts and lives were definitely changed through the experience. With a lot more prayer…. The true plan became clear. This is when we saw her picture, and knew that sweet “E” (RR as Bethany) was to be our daughter. She now has a momma, daddy, sister, and brother who can’t wait to get her home where she belongs!
4/11/2016—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Jaime and Chris married over 10 years ago after meeting each other at church. They started discussing their future family even before marriage, and always knowing adoption would be apart of it. Right after their first anniversary, Chris and Jaime started the process to become Foster Parents and over the last 9 years have fostered over 30 children and have adopted 5 through Foster Care. In 2013 they were blessed once again by the birth of their youngest son, whom they adopted as an embryo. (He had been frozen for 8 years!)
The Richardson’s were greatly blessed to be matched with a 4 year old treasure for an interstate adoption through foster care in 2015. This little boy was very medically fragile and though he had a life limiting diagnosis, no one expected his passing to be imminent. Within weeks of being matched, their son became very ill. After several months of him being in and out of the hospital and the Richardson family living on and off in a Ronald McDonald house 7 hours from home, their son (in their hearts, as the adoption wasn’t yet finalized) passed away and went home to be with Jesus. Six months, to the day, after the passing of their son, the Richardson’s found out about twin girls in a China diagnosed with Down Syndrome, who needed a family. They immediately felt that these were their daughters and submitted a request to be matched with the girls.
This large family knows first hand how much the love and security of a family can change the life of a child and they feel doubly blessed to be adopting these princesses from China. They are working hard to get their girls home as quickly as possible, and feel honored that others want to help get the girls home as well.
4/11/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Gary & Karen Rubenstein have been married for 18 years and have been blessed with (12) twelve soon to be (15) fifteen children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting one daughter through a domestic adoption as a special needs infant. They have been blessed with 8 children from China with special needs ranging from missing limbs, missing fingers/toes, cleft lip/palette, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Peter’s Anomaly, Blindness, Ptosis, Tethered Spine Syndrome, and developmental delays.
The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God has shown them three more daughters from China! Two of their daughters have limb difference, including missing fingers, club feet, and enlarged lower extremity that will more than likely require amputation. Their third daughter that they have added has epilepsy and will age out in August, 2016. The Rubenstein family has Pre Approval to proceed with adopting all three girls.
Aria “Ruthie Joy” is a thirteen year old little girl with epilepsy. Aria has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. She will no longer be eligible for adoption after August 21, 2016.
Lily (“Evie”) is a two year old with deformed limbs, including club foot, ectrodactyly and syndactyly and sinus tract in lumbosacral. She is in need of much medical attention and will require many surgeries once she is home.
Kora is a two year old with bilateral feet deformity, right leg is larger then left and will more than likely require an amputation once she is home. She has missing fingers on her right hand.
Gary and Karen feel God leading them to go and bring their daughter’s home. The Rubenstein’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for these adoptions.
4/11/16—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at chopsticksandchickensoup.wordpress.com
We are the Huizinga family from Virginia! We are excited to announce we are adopting “Saleena” and “Polly”! They will join Dad & Mom, Paul & Maureen, as well as siblings Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julia, one big fat dog named Ellie, and a silly barn kitty named Dingo (Mom says, don’t ask…) We have been married for 16 years. 2 years ago, we brought Penny and Fanny home to join our family, and our entire heart for orphans/orphan care was forever changed. We have waded through some challenging transitions and scary health concerns with Penny in particular and patiently waited to see if or how God might allow us to care for more children.
Thus enters two sweet tiny girls….
Saleena and Polly reside in Pen’s previous orphanage facility. This particular orphanage is near and dear to our hearts, and we have been blessed to see huge progress in the quality of care that is being provided there. The best facility in the world, however, can’t replace a FAMILY as the best place for children to grow & flourish! Saleena and Polly have some special challenges and delays, but we are familiar with the types of needs which are currently known (and know well enough to be prepared for more need, less need, or completely different needs, as they are revealed in the process!) Thank you for supporting our family. James 1:27.
4/7/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.zingermama.blogspot.com.
Jairo and Katie met at a race put on by their University. They quickly became friends through their shared love of endurance sports and love for God. Fast forward a few years and they were happily married and settled into their respective careers and excited to welcome their first baby Oliver. Shortly after Oliver was born, they began to seriously talk about adding to their family through adoption. Adoption was not a new topic for Jairo (who is adopted) and Katie, as they had previously discussed the possibility of adding to their family through adoption one day. Both felt strongly that “one day” was now and this resulted in the adoption of their beautiful and spunky daughter Anna from the foster care system. As often happens, once a family’s eyes are opened to the amazing gift of adoption and the enormous need, the Flores family once again felt that they were being called to love another little one through the process of adoption. This time China and this time a sweet little one with Down Syndrome. Oliver (5 years old) and Anna (2 years old) share the excitement of their parents in welcoming this new addition. Anna asks on a daily basis “sissy almost home?” Soon little one…soon!
4/5/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
The Hadley’s adoption journey is the culmination of a long awaited heart’s desire. Jon and Kari had discussed adopting or fostering multiple times. However, God was clear that the time was never right either through multiple military moves and deployments or Kari’s numerous (4) pregnancies. Then after the birth of their 4th son, Kari began to look for ways to use her love of running to help children in need. It was during the registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon that Kari found RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome). Kari has always had a heart and passion for children and adults with Down Syndrome and a longing to maybe one day adopt a special needs child. Partnering with RODS allowed Kari to use her running in advocacy and awareness for children that captured her heart. Kari was glad she was helping a child with Down Syndrome find a forever home. When Kari joined RODS, Laura was not the RODS Orphan. Shortly after joining RODS, Laura became the new RODS Orphan. Kari immediately felt a draw towards Laura but it was a few months before she really began to try to find out more about her. Kari soon began to feel that God was directing her toward Laura but did not know how Jon would feel about an international special needs adoption. Jon was certainly surprised when Kari suggested that they adopt Laura. Jon requested Kari get more information on the process and Laura and from there things just took off. Every question asked was answered in a way that led Jon and Kari to feel that this was what they were called to do. All the information they could find on Laura only confirmed for Kari that she was the daughter God was giving them. Kari and Jon are now trying to bring Laura home in record time to join her four anxiously awaiting brothers.
4/5/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
David and Azalia have been married for 13 years, David has served in the US Army for 19 years and is almost ready for retirement. They have 3 biological sons, Jasson (15), Nathyn (11), and Dominik (4) who has achondroplasia. As a military family they have traveled around world and have exposed their children to different cultures, they enjoy traveling, going to the beach, playing board games on rainy weekends, and of course eating dinner all together. Going to Sunday service is essential, teaching their children to trust God and talk to Him is part of their everyday routine. Azalia home schools the 2 younger boys and takes them to do different activities during the day. Bringing another child into their home was something they always dreamed of doing, God spoke to them when they saw the picture of Isaiah and heard his story. He is destined to be their son, and they need all the help you can give them because Isaiah will age out in 5 short months. This little boy has achondroplasia, just like their youngest son Dominik, a condition they are very familiar with and know the proper care needed.
4/4/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
The entire Bloom family is thrilled to be adopting again! In 2014, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, they added four older boys with special needs to their family. 2 of them had been living in a group home, 1 had spent his entire life in a crib in a laying down room, and 1 had already aged out and would have been transferred to a very bad place. All 4 of them have thrived since coming home. Now they can’t wait to do it again with your help!
They sent in paperwork to be able to adopt another aging out child, a friend of their son who is headed to the same place. They are moving as quickly as possible to get to him because he has already turned 16. Any prayers and support you can offer are very appreciated!
Update: The Bloom family will also be bringing home Daisy!
4/4/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at handsfullofblooms.blogspot.com
Nathan and Amber have been together exactly half their lives. After all these years, their family is nearly complete (for real this time…). They have five children, ages 12, 9, 9, 9, and 5—the last two through Reece’s Rainbow. Their oldest is a precious daughter and budding paleontologist. Next are boy/girl twins adopted domestically who each plan to have their name in lights some day! Their inquisitive little guy came home from China in 2014, and their little sunshine girl home from Ukraine in 2012. The youngest daughter also has Down syndrome and is/was the only one without a roommate…
With multiple special needs amongst their five, their house is busy and loud and crazy and happy. They THOUGHT they were done…. And then they saw her. The timing seemed crazy, so when God whispered, they tried to argue with Him! He got louder. In an instant, it was clear that this was His call. Accepting and obeying sent a rush of peace and a gush of excitement for their newest daughter! They cannot wait to have this little girl in their arms and watch her blossom in family life, becoming everything she was created to be.
3/31/2016—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at growingwests.blogspot.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