Paul and Katherine met in 1989 at their local church and were married in 1994. Their Christian faith and family life have always been integral parts of their marriage. They’ve been blessed by God with a beautiful daughter and two handsome sons. As a couple, Paul and Katherine have always been open to life as a true gift from God and sought to do His will. This openness to God’s work in their life has led them to answer the call in their hearts to expand their family through the wonderful gift of adoption.
By the grace of God and the support of like-minded Christian friends, Paul and Katherine learned of Reece’s Rainbow and the wonderful ministry of special needs adoption. When they first learned of Barnaby, a handsome 18 month old boy with Down Syndrome, their hearts stirred as they believed their prayers had been answered. Since, they’ve been working hard to be able to bring Barnaby into their active, loving family environment. They seek to shower him with love and support, to help him in his development toward his full potential, and to allow him to share the love he has to give to all those who meet him.
Paul and Katherine and their children are prayerfully and joyfully awaiting the time when Barnaby becomes a part of their family in this journey of life. The family requests and sincerely appreciates the prayers and financial support of friends and family around the world. Please consider a donation to assist them with their adoption expenses. They thank you for your support and continued prayers as they journey toward bringing Barnaby home to his loving, forever family.
11/20/15—COURT DATE SCHEDULED
Rachael and Tyler are so excited to be adopting sweet little “Marcus”. He is a baby boy who desperately needs medical care. He has Down Syndrome, a serious heart defect, and needs intestinal surgery as soon as possible. They have adopted two other children through Reece’s Rainbow – a 7 year old with Cerebral Palsy and a 2 year old with DS. They also have 3 biological children.
Because they recently adopted they do not have the funds to complete another adoption so quickly. Rachael and Tyler need some help and hope that through the generosity of others, this little boy will find love, care, and such a bright future!
They are moving very quickly to get all their paperwork done and will be in his country in just a few months! Rachael and Tyler do not want money to hold them back from traveling to Marcus as soon as possible. Please pray for them, share this page, and give if you feel led.
Rachael and Tyler are beyond grateful to all those that are helping bring sweet Marcus home.
Follow along on their blog for updates! www.flylikeabee.com
After much prayer, Jeremy and Nicole have decided to begin the adoption process. They have been approved for TWO boys, a 4 year boy with Cerebral Palsy, and a 3 year old boy with severe prematurity and microcephaly. In Jeremy’s words, “It is our chance, by the grace of God, to change the future of at least two of His children and to show them the love they may not have received from a loving family. Unfortunately, adoption can be extremely expensive but we are both trusting that God will provide through whatever means necessary.” The Clarks are (im)patiently waiting to hold their little boys in their arms and be one big happy family.
11/23/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
We are Chad and Melanie from Northern California. During 2014, we adopted two boys (ages 6 and 10) from China. They joined our girls, ages 4 and 5. Both of our boys live with special needs. Our younger son spent 1 out of every 6 days at the hospital during his first year home. Thankfully, he is healthy with medical needs that are now easily managed. After such a busy year and still in the process of paying off our last trip to China, this adoption was certainly not in our plans. However, after seeing our daughter appear on various Facebook groups, we felt called to pursue her adoption. According to her file, she will age out (and no longer be available for adoption) on February 14, 2016. We just started the process at the end of September and there is very little time for us to gather the monies necessary to complete this adoption. Due to the closure for Chinese New Year, we will need to be in China during the last week of January. Please consider being a part of our daughter’s story and help bring her home. Thank you!
The Kaysers have a simple story that God is turning into a complex masterpiece! In 2009 we were privileged to adopt through Reece’s Rainbow a 4 year old boy (Andrey) that became Grady Kayser. At the same time they were honored to bring home a daughter (Liera) who became Grace Keyser. They Kaysers already had three children and so this new familiy of 7 have been cruising along in growins together as a family.
The Kaysers through this story had sunset and that they were to be blessed with 5 children and raise them to be the best Disciples of Christ possible. Little did they know that God would continue to stir in them a desire to add to their family. Over the years they have done ministry work in Eastern European countries. This work has allowed them to fall in love with Eastern Europe and continue to stir in them a desire to go back and adopt.
In July of 2015 the opportunity arose and a little girl “Harper” was available in the same city their other two kids came from! What an opportunity for them to take everyone back to Eastern Europe, spend Christmas (hopefully) and bring home a new family member!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thekaysers.blogspot.com
We are Peter and Daphne Lang. We have been married for 23 years. We had discussed adoption prior to getting married due to medical issues I had, but the Lord surprised us with our beautiful daughter after 10 years of marriage. It was an extremely difficult pregnancy and it was a miracle when she arrived 2 months early weighing just over 3 lbs with few complications. We were so thankful for this gift from God! The Lord then surprised us with another miracle. This time a precious baby boy (Pierson) that we adopted from Taiwan. This private adoption was a huge blessing from the Lord as the costs were minimal compared to most international adoptions. Several years have passed and our home was full of love and joy but someone was still missing. The Lord then led us to our son Cargan who was an older child with special needs waiting in China. He has been such a huge blessing.
After being home 2 years we still felt that our family was not complete. After much prayer and continually looking at all the precious children on Reece’s Rainbow, the Lord led us to our precious little daughter waiting in Asia. She is a preemie, who weighed just over 3 lbs like our older daughter. We are praying for a miracle to bring “Shelly”, whom we have named Moriah home as we only had the funds to start the process and have a huge mountain before us. This will be a very difficult and humbling journey as we wait upon the Lord to provide. We have been so encouraged by so many families that have walked before us and we look forward to all the Lord will do. We hope you will come and join us on this incredible journey.
11/15/15—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
You can follow our adoption at provinceoflove.blogspot.com
Here we go again!
When I entered the adoption world I heard the term “Repeat Adopters” and couldn’t help but laugh. I couldn’t imagine how or why someone would or even how they could go through the process of international adoption, come home with their new child and turn around and do it all over again! We are living that out in real life at the moment. Bill and I met through mutual friends a little over 4 years ago; I had a houseful already with 5 bio kiddos and 2 adopted through Foster care, but he was ready for the challenge! Little did he know how we would grow! Shortly after our wedding I asked him if he was ready to start an adoption, he wasn’t super gung-ho but he didn’t say no so I ran with it! 9 months after our wedding we were flying home from Serbia with our first child together! Rowen was 4 and super cute and I was looking at child profiles before we were home with him! 3 months later I saw Macy (Silvie on RR) and knowing China was not a fast program I was able to talk Bill into once again jumping into another adoption! While we waited on China I attended the Reece’s Rainbow Reunion in Kentucky (summer 2014) there I met the cutest little spitfire ever and couldn’t wait to find his Mom to talk to! When I finally found her I found out she was hosting him and that he would go back to the orphanage at the end of summer I was devastated and was in tears at the thought of it. I never thought I could be his Mom because we had just received PA from China for Silvie and there was no way to do two International Adoptions at once! Or was there? I called our agency and found out that while it would be a lot of paperwork and expense it WAS possible! That was all it took and I left the reunion to head home to start working on two homestudies and two dossiers! Eastern Europe is a much faster process so we left for our referral appt on Nov. 30, 2014. Simon (Valera) became ours on December 16 and finally came home on January 30, 2015 just 2 days before Rowen’s 1st anniversary home. Simon walked into our lives and home like he had always been there and the transition has been absolutely amazing. We continued to plug away at Macy’s adoption (our dossier was submitted to China while I was in Eastern Europe on our pickup trip!) We had some unusual hiccups that held us up a bit but I finally came home with our little China Doll on November 5, 2015, almost exactly 18 months after seeing her picture on Reece’s Rainbow for the first time! She is an absolute joy and is totally enjoying her new life and family!
While we were in Eastern Europe it was difficult not to fall in love with the other children we met. Simon was the first international adoption from his facility so we knew most of the kids would never have a chance at a real family. So even though it sounds crazy and we aren’t sure how we are going to pull this off once again WE KNOW these are our children and that they NEED US and we NEED THEM! Ross James turned 16 on August 9; USCIS received our application on August 4 saving him from an uncertain future in Ukraine and allowing us a little more time to let God show off once again!
Jade is 14 and her future is just as uncertain. We covet your prayers and well wishes as we work to bring our children home. And of course we can use all the financial help we can get; we have faith that the funds will be there as we need them but it is hard not to worry when your children are on the other side of the world waiting for you!
11/5/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
For several years, Phil and Kristie Graves had been discussing the idea of adoption. It would come up in conversation and then be put off for “later”. One day Kristie came across Reece’s Rainbow and found a girl named “Sage” and knew immediately that she was their child.
After beginning the process to adopt, “Sage” was adopted by a French family, leaving Phil and Kristie distraught and unsure of what to do next. Then their 11 year old daughter reminded them of another little girl they had seen in pictures with “Sage”. Her name was “Olivia” and they had considered adopting both girls. After much prayer and consideration, they decided that God had shown them “Sage” so they could discover “Olivia”.
The Graves’ have three biological children, Kara, Ethan, and Owen. Won’t you please help to take their family from five people to six? They have decided to call this process, “The Journey from Odd to Even.
11/5/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at philandkristie.com
Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.”
God has done amazing things in our lives – far above whatever we could have ever imagined. (Eph 3:20). We have seen Him working in each detail. When we first began hearing Him call us to adopt again, we found an amazing little girl that we wanted to claim as our own. But as we went forward, we found that we would not be allowed to adopt through this agency due to some areas that we could not come to agreement on with them. As we prayed about it, we knew we needed to move onward and we began another adoption with a different agency. But we didn’t understand why God had closed the door. We could not forget her beautiful little face.
When we were about halfway through our new adoption, through a series of circumstances that could have only been directed by God’s Hand, we found out that this little girl was available to host for the summer. We were completely shocked and once again began praying that God would show us what to do. The hosting agency contacted the government of Mary Lauren’s country and were told that we would be allowed to go ahead with her adoption as soon as our other beautiful daughters were home. We were amazed and scared all at the same time. Another set of back-to-back adoptions… another step out by complete faith. God gently pushed us forward and we hosted “Mary Lauren” this last summer. We are completely and utterly in love.
As we discussed it at the time we thought God may have arranged this because He knew we would be so worn out from the current adoption, that it would be easy to ignore a little picture on our fridge. But we could never ignore a little girl that we had held and loved and rejoiced in!
However, we know now that His ways are not our own. God, in His Sovereignty, chose to take one of our new little daughters to heaven just 4 days after coming home. Our hearts are broken. But as we have wrestled in prayer, we know we cannot leave our girl in China though our hearts are crushed. We realized that it would not bring our daughter back nor would it honor her memory to leave another child without a family. So we are once again trusting Him, in a whole new way, as we continue forward to bring “Mary Lauren” home, whom we will call Lucy.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at redemptionwhispers.blogspot.com
11/5/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Nora and Patrick Tomasik have been married for ten years, and have three biological children, Patrick 9, Caden 6, and Eli 2. Family is always the first priority for the Tomasik family, and the only thing they put above family is God. Nora had prayed for years for God to use her in His way, and to have the blessing of glorifying Him. That chance came when she stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow, and in particular Kory. Although the thought of adopting a child had never occurred to either Patrick or Nora, once they saw Kory, they knew that he needed a home.
Kory, a beautiful boy in Eastern Europe that just happened to have Down syndrome. A beautiful gift from God, who simply needed the love and support of a mother and father. Nora could not get this small boy out of her head. Daily the thought of him hit her over the head. While at dinner with her family, she thought of Kory, at the zoo, thoughts of Kory, at the library, thoughts of Kory. What was Kory doing now? What was life like for him in that orphanage? What kinds of activities was he missing out on every single day of his life? How will he reach his full potential without the supports and therapies that he needs? There were many heartfelt conversations between Nora and Patrick. Was this God’s plan? How could they possibly afford it? How would they get others to understand why they were perusing the adoption? All of those questions, without any real answers. Doubt and worry started to enter their minds.
Sitting in church one day, their Pastor started to talk about God being the leader of your life, and that he had plans for your life. Plans that would glorify Him. Plans that you would prosper and not fail. This conversation spoke to the Tomasiks. This was what they needed to hear. God had a plan for them, this adoption was His plan for them. God WILL find the way for them to prosper in this endeavor. Kory had been given what he needed from God, the love and strength of a family in a northern suburb of Illinois. Parents willing to put in the work, effort, worry, tears, and strength to proceed through the process, even with so many obstacles in the way.
Will you help the Tomasik family follow through God’s plan? Will your family help bring another family together forever? Can you help Kory come home?
10/30/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://noratomasik.blogspot.com
We (Tim and JoLynne) are thrilled to announce our commitment to adopt Marla! We want nothing more than to bring our little girl home and we are asking that you consider coming along side us with prayer, financial, and emotional support. God has been calling us to adopt for quite some time, and our answer is finally YES!
While on a recent trip, JoLynne got to see first hand the reality of orphanages in Eastern Europe. The call to adopt has always been there for her, but suddenly orphans were no longer a blurry image in her mind– but names and faces– hands she held and feet she washed. Her heart was broken for these children without parents. The call to adopt became urgent. When she arrived home she found comfort with her children, Dexter and Beatrix, but Tim could see her devastation. Unbeknownst to JoLynne, God had been working in Tim’s heart– growing in it a love for orphans.
Two years after JoLynne’s trip, and one more biological child later (Simon), We (Tim and JoLynne) are at last stepping out in faith and declaring that Marla will be an orphan no more.
The story of adoption is about so much more than us- so much more than our story. It is about a Father that seeks out His child. A Father who says, “No matter where you are and no matter where you have been- I long to call you My own. No matter the cost- you are wanted and you are LOVED more than you can possibly fathom. I will change your status from lost to found and I will keep you in the palm of My hand.”
Thanks to God who sent His son to die on a cross for our sin- we can claim this promise of a Heavenly Father. We want to be Marla’s earthly parents and to ensure she knows that she is loved and wanted.
10/26/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS