Geoff and Caroline have been blessed with four wonderful children, three homegrown sons and a beautiful daughter adopted from Eastern Europe in 2013. While their lives have been joyously full with their children, extended and church families, the experience of adoption forever changed them.
They could not forget the children they had seen in the orphanage, and their daughter could not forget the friends she left behind. Their children have longed and prayed for another sister, and Geoff and Caroline have known there was room in their hearts and home for one more. They have prayed that someday, God willing, they would be able bring home another precious child.
God has graciously heard their prayers, and led them back to where their journey began. Daniella was one of their daughter’s close friends in the orphanage, and it is their dear wish to reunite the girls as forever sisters.
Geoff and Caroline are trusting in God’s provision. They are working hard to bring Daniella home, where she will be a much loved and treasured daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin. They are so very grateful for your prayers and support.
5/20/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
We were not pursuing adoption… at all. We were so, very happy with the life we already have! And we only just adopted our littlest last year!
But God began to stir our unexpecting hearts when a friend found her on a China Advocacy Site. As she researched Poppy’s diagnosis, she recognized the connection to our son’s. Slowly God showed us how little faith we were displaying… and that God could do this… even if she was in China! We prayerfully decided to take a step… and then another… and God just kept letting us through the doors!
MPS disorders occur when there is a missing enzyme that breaks down cellular waste. That waste gathers in all the systems in their bodies, and as it accumulates, it starts to impede their function. As the child gets older, the symptoms only get worse.
Sly Syndrome has an enzyme replacement in trial right now that we are hopeful Poppy Mae will be able to benefit from soon. In China, she would have no such chance, as the medicine, even once it is approved, will be very expensive. This enzyme replacement will not cure her, but it should help to slow down the progression of the disease on her little body.
Because of our 5 year old’s involvement in the clinical trial, we have gotten to know some of the best of the best doctors who treat this disease. They have seen Poppy Mae’s file, are open and available, and are very excited to meet our little girl, too!
Because we are kind of doing all of this backwards, we are compiling our dossier at the same time that we are completing our home study. We are trusting that God will provide every penny for her adoption quickly so that we can bring her home SOON!!!From bilateral club feet, tendon release, heart surgery, and scoliosis surgery, casting, and bracing, our little flower has had it rough in her short 3 years. But these are the kinds of things we expect with MPS. MPS VII, or Sly Syndrome, is extremely rare, even among the MPS disorders. We’ve been part of that world for about 5 years, since we adopted our son who has a different form of MPS.
5/20/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at poppymae.weebly.com
Ric and Melissa officially began their adoption process in 2016 but it had been growing in their hearts for many years prior to that. They currently have three girls: 7 ½ year old twins and a 5 ½ year old. “Beau” (or Bobo) was to be hosted by family friends over Christmas and Melissa’s mom hinted that they should adopt him – not even knowing they had begun talking about adoption. God continued to layer this idea with things they read, people they talked with, Adoption Sunday at church… Melissa had been feeling prompted by God to adopt Bobo but it wasn’t what she and Ric had initially talked about. One night they sat and prayed together about adoption and Melissa again mentioned Bobo. Ric’s excitement was immediate and they wrote an email to the host mom. Melissa told him, “The way I’ve been feeling God call me to this, if we send this email I believe Bobo will be our son. Ric reached over her and hit send. As soon as they said yes to God, He immediately put a deep love for this child in their hearts. Over several days of talking and praying with their girls, one of them asked if they were going to adopt Bobo. When they were told yes, their daughter began jumping up and down saying, “Yes! I want Bobo! I want Bobo!” The girls have already grown in their love for their “big brother” and talk about and pray for him daily. Although this is not what they thought their adoption would look like, (is it ever?) Ric and Melissa are ecstatic and loving the journey God is leading them through. They are praying that God goes before them and prepares Bobo’s heart (and theirs) for the transition. They couldn’t be more thrilled and are excited to tell how God has fitted the pieces of this puzzle together so perfectly. Ric and Melissa ask for prayers for wisdom and patience.
5/16/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Taylor and Katie Davis are parents to five, soon to be six, adorable, amazing children ages 10 and under. They have been married for 11 years and family is their focus and greatest joy in life. Their family has already been blessed and forever changed for the better by the adoption of a sweet, energetic, three-year- old (now 5) little boy from Hong Kong in 2014. They are so excited to be on this journey again to adopt little “Michael” — soon to be named Louie! — and have him become a part of their family forever.
Louie’s soon to be big brothers and big sisters are anxiously awaiting his arrival and are so ready, along with Mom and Dad, to welcome him into their hearts. Katie and Taylor are in awe of the plan and path that their lives have taken and so grateful to be blessed with one more little one to love and care for. This family is so excited to make it through the long, sometimes trying, adoption process and bring little brother home, and they are very thankful for any support, donations, and prayers in their behalf.
5/16/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tkdavis.blogspot.com
Laura has always known that adoption would be a part of her life. She is a pediatric nurse and works specifically with children who have special, medical needs. Laura has adopted twice domestically from foster care. This will be her family’s first international adoption.
Laura believes that all of her children were sent to her from God and were chosen to be her children. Gabriella is no exception to this. It was just by “chance” that Laura came across Gabriella’s picture and story. Immediately she was drawn to this little angel and had to find out more. Gabriella has Osteogenesis Imperfecta just like Laura’s eldest daughter. Laura has a lot of experience dealing with all that goes along with this condition and has a wonderful medical team already in place that can help manage Gabriella’s condition and give her the medical treatment that she desperately needs. Osteogenisis Imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bones disease, is rare. There are different types of OI and, at this point, Gabriella’s type is unknown. She needs to be examined by an orthopedist and geneticist to determine what type of OI she has so that it can be properly treated as soon as possible. She will most likely need to receive infusions every 3 months to help and strengthen her bones. She will require physical and occupational therapy and possibly multiple surgeries as well. All of these treatments are readily available here in the U.S. but not in Gabriella’s home country. Please help the Ferrels bring home their new family member.
Although Laura is single she has a wonderful support system made up of friends and family. It truly does take a village. Gabriella will be so loved and doted on!!
5/12/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
Paul & Stacy have been married for 20 years. They have been blessed with 9 miracle children this side of heaven (1 homegrown, 5 open domestic adoptions, 3 China adoptions). In September 2015, they landed home with their newest son and never dreamed God would call them back to China…although Stacy knew deep down ;). When she saw a picture of a precious girl on an advocacy board, she knew immediately she was to be their daughter. They have chosen the name Treasure for their sweet girl because she truly is an unexpected gift from God. Treasure will be their 3 child with Down Syndrome. God has been so faithful to provide for Treasure’s adoption and her family is now only $8000 away from being fully funded. They would greatly covet your prayers as they work hard to bring their daughter home.
5/9/16—DOSSIER SUBMITTED; AWAITING LOA
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.
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.
Update! The Jast family will also be bringing home DAVID.
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.
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.
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.
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