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These are the families who have taken a leap of faith and committed to adopt one or more of our orphaned children most recently.

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We are thrilled to have them, and so grateful for this life-saving step to rescue our angels!

Your continued financial support will give them the strength and courage to continue this journey!


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WILLOW for the Quinn family — FL

41022134950 WillowThe Quinn Family adopted Dunham and Edgar from Ukraine Spring of 2014. Their two oldest children had begun their own journey to adulthood and God laid it on their hearts to adopt following the birth of their son Gage in 2013. Their three boys ages 1,2, and 3 keep their hands busy and their hearts full! Jennifer and Marty felt once again called by the Holy Spirit to adopt. This time a girl! They fell in love with Willow and know she will bring just the right amount of Pink to their house of Blue! They invite you to LIKE their Facebook page at Facebook.com/growingupwithdowns and visit their blog.

 

10/30/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at walknfaithquinnfamily@blogspot.com

$15,311.67 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RITA and NIYA for the Erb family — WY

Rita-2014Almanzo and Heather have felt God’s call on their lives to adopt into their family those who are neglected or abandoned. Last March they took a step of faith and adopted a little girl who is visually impaired, from Armenia. Aida turns 9 this year and adds so much to their lives.

They decided to wait longer to adopt again… as they have other children in the home. Lane is 8. Anna is 6. Grady is 5. And Wade is 3…and felt busy enough. And everyone was content.

But God had other plans…

Heather first came across Rita’s story several years ago. And didn’t realize she was available for adoption. Until she saw her story through Maya’s Hope and spoke to Maya about the desperate care Rita needed. Almanzo and Heather felt burdened and ready to trust God in his provision. They only recently realized that Reece’s Rainbow had been advocating for this sweet girl.

While getting around paperwork, they learned that Rita has an older sister. A sister who will turn 16 in November and age out of the program. They decided that they would also proceed and try to adopt Rita’s older sister as well. It is ultimately her choice, but it will be her last chance at finding a forever family.

Would you please consider and helping the Erb family make this step of faith?

10/30/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$130.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVAN and RAYMOND for the Allison family — OH

Evan and Raymond_Sept2014Jared and Jamie met and fell in love in high school. It was love at first sight and they were living their happily ever after with their three biological children when they found the picture of a sweet little boy who just happened to have Down syndrome. They hadn’t planned on adopting at all but his picture rocked their worlds! They leapt in and rushed full speed ahead to bring home Eli in 2012.

Even though Eli was in a good place, their hearts were forever changed when they saw the other children who had to be left behind and so desperately wanted a mommy and daddy too. Once Eli was home and settled, they committed to bringing home two more children who also happened to have an extra chromosome. The girls came home in Feb 2014.

The family settled into a daily routine and was happily trucking along when they saw another little picture that stopped them in their tracks. A sweet little set of brothers who just needed a Mama and Papa to call their own. So they leapt once again, and are so eager to bring the boys home forever!

This will be their third adoption (4th and 5th adopted children) in 3 years and any financial help is most welcomed!

10/29/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at sunshinedaysandpeacefulnights.blogspot.com

$398.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADELINE for the Bearce family — MA

Adeline (3)Heather and Stephen are pleased to announce that they are adopting a sister for Zee!

Their little family has been through a lot! Stephen and Heather’s first baby girl was stillborn and the grief that followed was unimaginable. Having a baby after a loss is called a ‘rainbow baby’ to show the beauty after a terrible storm, so it only made sense to look to Reece’s Rainbow to help heal their hearts and build their family.

Heather found a beautiful baby girl on Reece’s Rainbow and was convinced that she was meant to be her daughter. Much to their surprise, after teams of doctors told them they would never conceive another baby, Heather found herself pregnant for a second time with a baby girl! After an emotionally difficult pregnancy, Heather gave birth to a healthy baby last December. Their story does not end there! You see, the beautiful baby girl that is listed as Adeline on Reece’s Rainbow had worked her way into their hearts and Heather and Stephen felt very strongly that she was to be their daughter!

Please consider adding to their account, any amount is helpful.

10/28/14—HOPING TO TRAVEL in SPRING 2015
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$452.55 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TRAVIS and DEVAN for the Horvath family — IA

TravisIstvan and Anna met in 2006 in Debrecen Hungary. After Istvan aged out of a Hungarian orphanage he felt he Lord calling him to serve those in the same situation. Anna had traveled to Hungary to work in an orphanage for the summer and Istvan was working with GoodSports International serving those same children. They now live in Iowa where Anna uses her ability of dance to minister to children and teens and they are raising their two daughters.

It was a 7 year journey to get to this place of adoption. But January 1st of 2014 Istvan felt like God said “Now is the time” and the next day their journey began.

The Horvath’s are so excited to bring their two boys home early 2015!

They are adopting “Travis” and “Devan” from China. These beautiful little boys called to their hearts and they know that this time was the perfect time for them to adopt.

Thank you for being a part of their journey!

10/25/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED
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$121.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NIGEL and NELLIE for the Gadbois family — MA

NandNbirthdayBrian and Nissa have been married for 23 years and are the parents of nine children. Adoption was always part of the plan for the Gadbois family, since before they were even married. They have been around adoption for many years as orphan hosts and adoption advocates.

Brian is an ordained deacon and an electrical engineer. Nissa is a stay-at-home mother and a professional photographer. The Gadbois Family operates a 300 acre farm in central Massachusetts with the help of their adult children. They make maple and birch syrups and honey, raise vegetables, dairy goats, and sheep. They also run a herd of cattle for another local farmer. All nine children still live at home and lend a hand on the farm.

Their special ministry is to the family, believing firmly in the mandate to care for widows and orphans, and in their responsibility to build up and strengthen all families. The Gadbois’ eldest daughter Catherine is in homeless ministry, working with expectant mothers.

“Nigel” and “Nellie” came to the Brian and Nissa’s attention at a time they didn’t think they could adopt. Many weeks had passed when someone else recalled this beautiful brother and sister to them. It was obvious that the Holy Spirit was prompting them to move forward. After some prayer and discussion, they decided to step out in faith to make these two beautiful children a part of their family. Thus far, as needs have arisen, God has provided. They are trusting in His goodness, and to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who will read about them and their children to bring to fruition what God has planned for this family.

10/23/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gadboisfamily.com

$196.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HARPER for the Nalle Family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.png20419135635 Harper-croppedRob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 22 years, and have two biological sons: 19-year-old Benjamin, who attends Liberty University, and 16-year-old Elijah. Five years ago, in late 2009, Rob and Julia learned about a 5-year-old boy named Aaron who was living with arthrogryposis (a.k.a. AMC), a condition that causes stiff joints and poor muscle development in the affected limbs. Even though Aaron’s difficulties were physical, not mental, he had just been transferred to an Eastern European institution for boys with severe mental disabilities. Unless someone adopted him, Aaron would never leave that sad place, except to go on to an even sadder one as an adult. Once Rob and Julia learned of Aaron’s plight, they decided to do whatever they could to bring him home.

Bringing Aaron home turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron— for it opened their eyes to the tremendous suffering of institutionalized orphans all over the world. Aaron’s institution was the saddest place Rob and Julia had ever seen, filled with lovable boys who were living in desperate poverty through no fault of their own. The Lost Boys of Aaron’s world had neither toys, nor books, nor stimulation of any kind. They wasted their days in open sheds, doing nothing, seeing and hearing nothing, idly waiting for the next meal or snack time to arrive. After witnessing the Lost Boys’ sad plight, Rob and Julia committed to helping more of them find homes. Since bringing Aaron home in 2010, they have done their best to raise awareness and funds for special needs orphans overseas.

For financial reasons, Rob and Julia have been unable to adopt again until now. In timing that only God could design, the possibility of adopting again arose just as they finished an enormous writing commitment this fall. Adopting a little girl felt right to both of them, and seeing Harper’s sad little face sealed the deal. Although Harper’s special needs are different than Aaron’s, she needs a loving family just as much as he did. Rob and Julia are also excited about adding the first girl to their family. They are stepping out in faith to adopt Harper, trusting God to carry them through.

10/22/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com

$1,397.33 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JONNY for The Baird Family – GA

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Beth is a single mom of two who brought home her son Bobby in March of 2013. Bobby loved having a big sister, but began asking about a brother a few months after being home, but Beth thought her family was complete. Bobby continued to ask and Beth had to admit that the faces of those they met on the orphanage visit, still haunted her dreams. An opportunity arose for Bobby to be able to visit with several of his friends from his orphanage while they were in the states for summer hosting. Bobby was thrilled to see his friends and Beth was smitten with a kind hearted little boy who grew up with Bobby at the orphanage. Beth is hoping the process moves quickly as Bobby asks every day “Is he here yet? Is he here yet?”

10/17/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bairdsfaithtrustandpixiedust.blogspot.com

$67.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PATTON for the Lanz family — OH

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn July of 2014 the Lanz family attended a reunion for children from the orphanage where two of their girls spent the first six/seven years of their lives. There were many other adopted children in attendance with their families. It was so much fun to meet online friends and give the girls a chance to reconnect with children they knew.

Also at this picnic were a group of children who are still orphans but who were being hosted in the states for a few weeks for the cultural experience. One of these children rated a GASP from their daughter Abigail when she saw him. Later when he saw their girls, he took Jen’s hand and quietly said her Chinese name. It was a very sweet moment! It seemed obvious that there was a “connection” between him and their daughters. After all, they were infants together and grew up in the same place. He even shared a room with Jennifer until she was adopted in 2013.

They had the unusual opportunity to spend many hours with “Pat” over the course of the next three weeks and came to love this gentle boy who seemed to genuinely care about the people around him. He was quick to share and didn’t demand his own way. He was cheerful and happy and had a smile that lit up their world. He was helpful, and especially looked after Jen. He fit in so well with their other children, and they dreaded the day that they had to tell him, “goodbye”. He returned to China at the end of July.

What followed were days of heart searching and questioning themselves and wondering how in the world they could do this again one more time. They adopted two girls in April of 2013 and returned in March 2014 for Isaac. Again?

BUT, they spend hours with Pat. They spent days with him. They know this child! In his book, “Radical” David Platt wrote, “We learned that 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.” On August 19, 2014 they received their pre-approval from China to proceed with Pat’s adoption.

Ethan and Randi appreciate your prayers and support as they work to bring Pat home and welcome you to follow the journey.

10/22/14—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lanzadoptionadventure.blogspot.com

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DYLAN for the Gagnon family — AZ

Dylan“We looked out at the whole world and have been blessed to choose a beautiful child named Dylan to be our son.” The Gagnon family is excited to welcome home Dylan! Darren and Stacey have 5 children and know that God is calling them to bring home one more. The Gagnons are blessed with a large home, big family and lots of love to spread around. Dylan will be welcomed by three brothers and two sisters. He will be embraced by a daddy and mommy who love Jesus and can’t wait to see the wonderful plans God has for him. Daddy is a teacher and mommy is a nurse, so he will be in good hands with his medical and physical needs. But best of all, Dylan will know the love and hope of a family.

The Gagnons are stepping out in faith and hoping for prayers, support and excitement at the arrival of their child. Will you join them in the rescue and ransom of Dylan?

10/10/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ransomfordylan.blogspot.com

$2,352.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABBI for the Noll family — FL

AbbiJoshua and Sara met at a small Christian college. They soon got married and had 4 biological children. They had always known, as a couple, adoption and/or fostering children would be something they would do in the future.

The Bible says in James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” They are blessed with the love of children and believe adoption is one way God wants them to fulfill this command. There are so many kids that need a loving family, they want to provide that to as many children as they can. But they had no idea God had wanted them to take the leap to adopt when their kids were so young. But they are trusting God and moved forward to adopt.

In 2012 they took the leap and started the process to bring their son and daughter home from China and came home on Thanksgiving day of 2013. They know the ups and downs and ins and outs of bringing home a child who has special needs and suffered loss, and while they agree that it is not easy, the lessons they learned from watching their children thrive despite such obstacles has been amazing!

Once again they have felt God move them to bring home another child.

Sara has grown up around children who are deaf at different times in her life, and has seen what a chance at living a life like any other child, who is given the opportunity, can do for them. To see this sweet child, and know she is living in a world that she can not hear and is unable to communicate, all because of circumstances beyond her control, is heart breaking. They are both so excited about bringing home sweet Abbi and making her a part of their family and giving her every chance to thrive!

10/7/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hisgranddesign.blogspot.com

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNAMARIE for Kelli and Dustin – KS

annamarie-2Dustin and Kelli met 18 years ago at college. It was love at first sight! They were married 1 ½ years later in a simple, outdoor ceremony. A few years later, they became pregnant and lost their first precious joy in an early-term miscarriage. Shortly thereafter though, God blessed them with a healthy baby boy. They went on to have five more children, one pregnancy providing a set of twins! Dustin and Kelli feel blessed to have their dream jobs. Dustin is running his seventh generation, family farm. While Kelli is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom.

Adoption had always been on their hearts, but it was just never the right time. Until one day, a photo of a beautiful 15 year old girl came across Dustin’s Facebook page. He knew immediately that God was calling them to travel to Eastern Europe and bring her home. They are sure that this is just the beginning of their adoption journey and look forward to expanding their brood, by traveling to whatever country God calls them to next. Their children are the joys of their life and the whole family is very excited to meet their new member. They ask for your prayers during this new season of life.

10/06/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS 

$87.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEARSON for the Drake family — TX

family pic30520132428Caleb and Mehgan met at a bowling alley over a dozen years ago. He was so smitten, that he proposed to her that night with a plastic vending machine ring–they have been together ever since. During the past eleven years of marriage, they have had four precious children. Andi is 8, Lilly is 5, and Sawyer is 4, and our newest addition is Boden, 13, who God graciously gave them last year. Caleb works for a popular soda company, and Mehgan is a crafting-cooking-homeschooling-stay at home mom.

They are a Christian family, who began to pray that God would direct them in the way they could best serve Him, show His love to others, and help others. They now have a God-given passion for serving those who are lonely and fatherless, and feel like adoption is something after God’s own heart. The past year with their new son home has showed them what the power of love and a family can do for a child who has been forgotten. It changes everything. And now they’re ready to go back for their waiting child. They love this child so much already, and they cannot wait to have their family grow again!

10/06/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at mylittlebabyducks.wordpress.com

$1,017.92 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CAROLINE for the Anascavage family — FL

CarolineHello my name is Terri and I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter adopted from the US. I am currently adopting a 13 year old girl from China with minor special needs. The greatest need that my daughter has now is that she is aging out and must be home from China before her 14th birthday. I have applied for several grants and I have contacted several different agencies that help families who are adopting, only to be told that they do not offer help to single parents. When I learned about Reece’s Rainbow I contacted them and they immediately told me to send my application in. As you know adoption is very expensive and requires a lot of faith. But, when you know that God is calling you to step out of your comfort zone and answer His call, He will provide for you.

I have met some of the most amazing families through adoption sites and on Facebook. I am blessed beyond words for all of the prayers and support that I have received so far. I have also been criticized and asked by those who do not understand, “Why would you adopt a child with special needs?” For me this answer is simple, God has called me to do this. When my daughter Addison and I looked at the new children that were placed on our agencies site, we knew immediately that this precious child that looked so sad was ours. She was turning 13 in a couple of weeks and no one had requested her file.

So, it was with a Leap of Faith, that we submitted our LOI to China on Thursday, August 28th and on Tuesday, September 2nd we received our PA.

I have heard many times that it takes a village to raise a child. Now, more than ever, I need that village and their support.

10/06/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$83.18 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OCTAVIAN + 1 for the Harlin family — WI

Octavian updateA six year old boy, an ocean away
Lay in his crib day after day
Never a touch or an I love you
Not enough food, neglect and abuse
And then by God’s amazing grace, his mama from afar saw his face
And now today, home at last
A little boy is full of life and happiness!
Adoption is the reason he lives……

Sergei and Crosby, 2 former Reece’s Rainbow kiddos came home spring of 2014! Only by God’s goodness and grace and support of all of you was this possible and two lives were saved. So stepping out in faith again, Brian and Laurie are adding number 10 and 11 to their family! Prayers and support are very much needed to make this happen the second time around! They would be honored for you to join them on this journey. The blessings from adoption are too numerous to count!! Brian and Laurie and their family want to say thank you in advance for donations and prayers that help lives change and miracles happen.

John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

10/05/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at amillionstepstosergey.blogspot.com

$339.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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YULE and SEFF for the Buckley family — KY

Yule (2)Seff (2)Jamie and Kerry have been married for 23 years. They have seven biological children, Coty, Conner, Baylee, Colton, Cayden, Cashton, and Casey. They have two additional daughters, Briley and Breanna, that they adopted and just brought home from China in December of 2013. The Buckley family lives in Central Kentucky.

Adoption is something that Jamie and Kerry had spoken about to each other for years. It is definitely a calling from God for them. That is why they feel so compelled to get back to China as quickly as possible to bring their new sons, Christian and Creed, back to Kentucky with the rest of their children. Both of their new blessings have down syndrome so there are certainly going to be new challenges. But challenges are something that Jamie and Kerry are accustomed to. Two of their biological sons, Conner (19) and Cashton (6), are autistic. Also, the two girls that they just adopted from China have hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. Having children with various special needs have taught Jamie and Kerry what unconditional love truly is; that a child with special needs is a special gift from God. Jamie oftentimes tells people that Kerry, “…was placed on this earth to raise children. She has been blessed with patience, understanding, and a loving presence that any child would benefit from with her as their mama.”

God has directed them to these two precious boys and just like with Briley and Breanna, Jamie and Kerry are answering that call. All of Christian and Creed’s brothers and sisters are just as excited as Jamie and Kerry to get them home as soon as possible. The Buckley Family is very appreciative of any financial help provided here.

10/03/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at makinganewforever.blogspot.com

$4.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SIMON for the Burckhard family — ND

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Simon L“Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in His majesty
When we love the least of these….”

The song played from Kevin’s phone. He felt Audio Adrenaline’s song was speaking right to his soul. And then, after he played the song for Paula for an untold number of times, she felt the familiar stirring as well. Up until this song pierced their hearts, they both thought their family was complete.

After praying, they returned to the place where they found their two youngest children—Reece’s Rainbow. There, they found a little boy who needed a family to save him from being sent to an institution: little Simon.

Living in North Dakota, the Burckhard family includes Kevin and Paula and their five children: Elizabeth (20), Samuel (17), Grace (14 w/Down syndrome), Bella (9 w/DS, adopted from Ukraine in 2009), and Nole’ (7 w/DS, adopted from Serbia in 2011).

Won’t you join them in this unexpected journey to bring Simon home and help him become a king? Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support are so appreciated and represent a tangible way to partner with the Burckhards to “love the least of these.”

10/03/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.beautifulgiftfromgod.blogspot.com

$1,212.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRAVE and SAIGE for the Wetherington family — FL

BraveSaige (1)We are the Wetherington Family. We have been married for 15 years and have 7 amazing children. Our journey into the world of special needs began long ago, but never did we imagine that we would one day become the parents of our own children with special needs. Nearly 4 years ago, our youngest son, Isaac, was diagnosed with many special needs in utero, including a very severe heart defect, and was not expected to survive until delivery. Not only did he survive, but we were gifted with 18 AMAZING months with him. He had numerous open heart surgeries and other numerous surgeries and procedures during his short lifetime, and spent many of those months recovering in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU, and we were so thankful for every moment we shared with him. Never could we have imagined the immense joy and unimaginable heartache that would come from birth of our amazing boy. He was such an INCREDIBLE gift who forever changed our lives. In our complete heartbreak, we knew we had two choices. We could either choose to be angry at God for taking our sweet son from us, or we could be thankful for privilege of being his family, even though our time with him on this earth would feel far too short. We knew we needed to choose the latter. We knew that we had to do something with the lessons that our amazing son taught us. As we were learning to live our lives without our son, we knew that there were children in the world who were learning to live their lives without a family by their side. They had no one to fight for them…..no one to be their voice….no one to love them every second of every day…..and no one to show them their incredible worth. We knew we had to do something, and thus began our journey into the world of adoption. In October of 2012, we brought home our two incredible sons from Ukraine, Max and Ryder. Ryder has Down syndrome and Max has a complex heart defect and other genetic syndrome. They are both 3 ½ years old now, and are such amazing blessings in our lives. Once we were home with Max and Ryder, we knew even more how desperately children needed families, and in July of this year, we welcomed our newest son and daughter, Anchor and Stori, into our family from China. Our daughter just turned 14 years old, and she has Cerebral Palsy, and our son is 5 ½ years old and he has Down syndrome. They are both so amazing, and we are so blessed to have them in our lives. While in China, we were able to meet our daughter’s friend who had recently aged out. In that heartbreaking moment we knew that we could do more….that we had to do more. Shortly after coming home, we saw someone advocating for an incredibly brave little boy who has been longing for a family. But, his chances of finding a family were pretty slim because most would consider him too risky. He was considered too risky because he had a serious heart defect that had gone unrepaired for nearly 10 years. He has been deemed inoperable and terminal in China. I pleaded for people to be willing to take the chance on him…..that he was worth it. We knew how incredible of a blessing he would be to a family if they would be willing to push their fear aside and take the risk. As I pleaded for others to be willing to take the risk, I wondered if we would be willing to do the same if God asked us to take the risk. And in that moment, we knew that He WAS asking us. We are so excited to push our fear aside to welcome our incredible son, Brave, into our family. “You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way.” (Bethel Music)

 10/2/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeyoftheheart5.blogspot.com

$30.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NED for the Strong-Ibanez family — VA

Ned (2)Ramil & Karen have been married for 13 years. They have two biological children named Joshua (12) and Jonah (10). They have always wanted to expand their family and were foster parents for two years. They are unable to have any more biological children and have always considered adoption. They saw Ned, an 11 year old boy diagnosed with Alopecia and immediately felt that he would fit in their family. Ramil & Karen live in the countryside where there are dogs, cats, donkeys, goats and other animals for young boys to love and play with. The whole family can’t wait for their new son/brother to arrive!

10/2/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ahatchangedeverything.blogspot.com

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YULIA and FINN for the Kellogg family — IN

Yulia update (2)FinnPaul and Ashley met in college while both studying elementary education. Their love for children is what ultimately brought them together! They have been married for 12 years now and have 5 biological children. Their two boys are 11 & 6 and their three girls are 10, 8 & 5. Paul is an elementary school teacher and Ashley is a stay-at-home/homeschool mom. Adoption was something they had talked about from early on in their marriage.

Their lives were forever changed when their youngest daughter had a difficult birth that resulted in cerebral palsy and a host of other disabilities. Myra’s life has brought blessing after blessing to their family, and they became very familiar with the world of special needs. They already had a passion for underprivileged children and orphans, and now they had a passion for children with special needs. For years they had been trying to adopt domestically through the foster care system, but felt a pull to look internationally after many years of road blocks.

After watching a Gotcha video of a family adopting a child with Down Syndrome from Reece’s Rainbow, they searched the site and almost immediately found Yulia. After watching her videos, they fell in love! They received PA in June 2014!

Being open to adopting two children, Ashley found a profile of a little boy with albinism on an advocacy site. Because Paul had 4 aunts and uncles with albinism, she immediately fell in love and they pursued his file. On October 23rd, they received PA for Teddy!

Their children are so excited to have another little brother and sister! They have since named these children Frannie and Finn. God’s hand has been so clearly a part of this adoption and they are amazed at how He’s provided for and guided the adoption process so far!

9/29/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
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NADIA for the Daughton family — NY

OTwo years ago Tim and Cathy set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. They jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God they arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later the couple was headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Their almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day they stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope.

Fast forward two years and here they are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. They are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. The three Daughton boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining.

Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The family is eager to bring her home and know that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of them.

The family humbly asks for your prayerful support as they continue along this exciting path that God has laid before them.

9/26/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

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CLIFF for the Morse family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngCliff 2014David and Priscilla have always known that special needs adoption would be woven into their marriage somehow. Priscilla was adopted herself and grew up with a brother with significant special needs. David’s niece was adopted, and his father was differently abled. In November 2012 they brought home their daughter McKenzie, who was listed as Xenia on Reece’s Rainbow, and she has been the brightest light in their lives (along with their biological sons) ever since. McKenzie has taught them a lot about parenting a child with special needs, and they feel led to go back and give another child what McKenzie was denied for so long, hope. Life might now be easy when you choose to parent a child with significant special needs, but it is always worth it. The blessings they bring to your life absolutely overflow your heart each and every day. This time, a little boy grabbed at their heart strings, and they just knew they had to get him out of the situation he was in. No child deserves to be left in an orphanage, but this child reminded Priscilla so much of her own brother, that there was no way she couldn’t bring him home. Her brother had several of the same conditions, and passed away at the age of nine, but he left an imprint so deep on her heart, that she credits him fully with her passion for children with special needs. They are firm believers that God calls us to care for the orphan, in whatever capacity we can, and for them, that calling is through adoption. They are so excited about embarking on this journey (again!) and completing their family.

Please keep Cliff in your thoughts and prayers. He has a fighter’s heart, and we know he will bloom just like his sister once he’s home and experiencing the love of family for the first time in his life.

 9/25/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
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MARGEAUX for the Duncan family — WA

girl18-margeaux-croppedWhat is it that, those of us who adopt, see in a picture of a child we have never met? It is unexplainable that we are so drawn to that picture that we put our lives on hold, begin a massive paperwork project, raise more money than most of us have ever had access to, and then leave our family and friends and travel half way around the world to bring a child home and commit to them for the rest of our lives?

Linda has pondered that question several times. She fell in love with 4 little girls posted on Reece’s Rainbow and went through the above process for each of them. This is in addition to 11 other children she adopted in the US.

This time seems more unexplainable because there was no picture, just the brief description of a young girl about to age out of the chance to get adopted with only a few more months before the door closes for her to ever have a family.

But the process has started one more time. One more “least of these” has been singled out from all others to become part of Team Duncan.

9/19/14—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
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XAVIER for the Butler family — NY

butler family 5Joe and Hannah are specifically hoping to adopt a child with special-needs. Their youngest child has several special-needs of his own, including prematurity (born at 26 weeks) and Down Syndrome. They have already learned so much through caring for their son, who is now 4 years old, and therefore feel as though they are equipped to take on the responsibility of caring for another special little blessing. Joe and Hannah also have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son.

Both of them want to add to their family. They had talked about adoption before they even had biological children, so they knew it was always something they wanted to do. They had always dreamed of having a large family and when they realized Hannah would no longer be able to have more biological children (Hannah had to have an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 23), they knew that we were meant to adopt! They love kids and feel as though their family is not yet complete. Adoption is the perfect option for them! They have the space, the time, the desire, and most importantly, the love to give. Adoption has become a passion and a calling for their family.

Many people have asked Joe and Hannah “why are you choosing to adopt?” To them, the reason is simple – because their hearts are telling them to!

Joe and Hannah have open hearts and arms and look forward to adding an addition to their family.

9/15/14—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER
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