MASHA, MILENA, and LUDMILA for the Torres Family

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

 

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YIN CHIAO (Lily) for the Hyman Family

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Our daughter, Elizabeth, was the 4th child for Joby and I, with the oldest being 18 when she was born.  Everyone thought we were done, that we wouldn’t want anymore children, especially since Elizabeth was born with Down syndrome.   Everyone except us.  We knew we wanted another child, we just weren’t sure how that would come about.  Then we found Lily’s picture in the array of pics on Reeces Rainbow.  That’s when we knew how we would become parents again.

 

After many months, we brought Lily home the end of July.  She is doing very well!  She babbles and giggles.  She plays with her siblings and with both Joby and I, and will seek us out when upset or sad.  It only took her a week to say “daddy”!  She is such a blessing to our family and we love her completely.

IRINA & RUSLAN for the Boroughs Family-NJ

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Luke (Ruslan) 2014

Luke (Ruslan) 2014

Irina 2015

Irina 2015

UKRAINE     Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.justamomofseven.blogspot.com/

FRANCESCA for the Hansen Family

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We traveled to China to bring Francesca (Jadyn) home in June.  She has been home about four months now and is doing very well.  She has adjusted so well to her new family, new country, new language, etc.  She loves kindergarten and is just a social butterfly with all her classmates and teachers.

SAM for the Harding Family

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We brought “Sam” home from Hong Kong on April 23rd, 2009.  He has been an absolute joy from the moment we took custody of him overseas, and keeps us hopping every day. He eats like a champ (he averages 3 bananas each morning for breakfast!), understands everything we say to him (even though he doesn’t always listen!), and grew 6 inches in his first 4 months home!  Sam’s “big” sister is only 10 weeks older than him, so it’s been fun having 4 year old “twins” in the house.  And while his sister doesn’t have Down syndrome and isn’t Chinese, you’d never know they weren’t blood relatives.  She ADORES him… and vice versa.  It’s been wonderful watching them fall in love with one another.

We are so grateful to Andrea and Reece’s Rainbow for leading us to our son.  He is the most precious gift we have ever received, and we are so blessed to be his parents!  God is SO good, and we thank Him every day for making our family complete.

ELIJAH for the Lucas Family

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Elijah came home on April 9, 2009. What a miraculous day that was!  This adoption was a huge leap of faith for me. I literally did not see a photo of Elijah or even know his age until 3 days before I was to fly to Russia.  I found that not knowing was a little exciting.    How many of us know what our biological child will look like?    God decides that..and all I needed to know was that God had chosen Elijah for our family. When I was sent a photo of Elijah, it was an infant photo even though he was already 2 years, 3 months old. As I sat there looking at his photo, I was overwhelmed with emotion. This was my child and I was going to meet him in a few short days! When I met Elijah for the first time, I had tears in my eyes. Here he was finally, the little boy I had waited so long for! A beautiful little boy with big brown eyes and a smile to melt my heart!

 

Elijah has been home for three months now. He is adjusting well to our family. He is very sweet and loving. When he first came home, he was so quiet. Now he babbles all the time and can also say ‘ball’.  He attempts to say a few words and he is signing 14 words consistently so far. He also went from just standing to now taking seven steps independently. He loves to be outside and gets very excited when I bring out the bubbles or when I take him and his big brother Caleb for a wagon ride.

 

I am in awe of how God’s plan has unfolded for Elijah and our family.   Elijah went from having no family and no future to having a Mommy and three older brothers who love and adore him.   Every time I see him smile, I am reminded of what a miracle adoption is, and how God’s plan is always perfect.    I am honored that God would choose us to be Elijah’s family. We have been blessed!

LARISA for the Powell Family

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Reese was born in Ukraine with Down syndrome, a cleft lip and a cleft palate in December 2007.  We were hesitant to begin the adoption process until we saw her picture.  It became very clear, very fast that she was our little starfish and was meant to be in our family.  She landed on American soil on March 31, 2009 and we are head over heels in love with her.  She has bonded very well with her Mommy, Daddy, her big brother and her big sister.  Her sister also has Down syndrome and the girls seem to already have a very special relationship.  Reese’s cleft lip was repaired in May 2009 and her cleft palate was repaired in July 2009.  She recovered remarkably well from both surgeries. Reese is thriving in our family.  We call her our little “love sponge” because she soaks up every ounce of love she can get.  We are very blessed to have this precious child in our family and thankful that God has allowed us the gift of parenting her.  Reese’s adoption is a testimony of God’s provision and grace.  We hope she knows someday just how much she is loved, not only by us, but also by her Savior who ransomed His life for her.

SAM, DANTE, and ROMAN for the Loux Family

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Ethan (Roman) & Silas (Dante) 2013

Ethan (Roman) & Silas (Dante) 2013

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On January 24th we finally arrived home with our three angels!  The flight from Ukraine was quite eventful.  Ethan (previously known as Dima) broke out in chicken pox a few days before we flew home so he was incredibly uncomfortable.  He also had pneumonia. We were quite shocked but thankful that he was cleared by the doctor to fly home. All our family was waiting at the airport for us with screams of joy, hugs, tears and lots of kisses.

The past two months have been truly amazing.  The boys are doing new thingsevery day and astounding their therapists.   Sasha (previously Sam), our 6 year old, had a hard time when he first arrived.    He would scratch us, bite us, pull our hair and scream at night.    Now Sasha is a completely different child.   He is at peace and doesn’t act out in a negative way at all. He loves all the love he is receiving and we love giving it to him.

Ethan (previously Dima), is 5 and has the body of a 1 year old. He is a completely different child as well.   We were told he would not be able to function mentally and physically beyond where he was at the time we met.   He was 11 pounds when he left the orphanage and is now 23 pounds.   He laughs and interacts with all of us with so much life! He was unable to even stand at the orphanage.   Now he is able to stand (leaning on something) for 20 minutes at a time.

Our 2 year old, Silas (previously Roman), is a joy bug. He keeps us laughing all the time. He was weak and had a terrible rash and nose infection when we brought him home.  Now he’s much healthier and stronger. He will have surgery in June to close the hole in his heart and we are thrilled with the good reports from his doctor!

We just returned from a weekend vacation celebrating the boys arrival.  We all spent 2 days the “Great Wolf Lodge,” here in Kansas City, where we all splashed at the indoor water park and celebrated our expanded family! The boys absolutely loved it and their sisters had so much fun swimming with them. The Lord has been so good and faithful to us, providing all we have needed along the way.  Thanks for your prayers and support! It is so good to be home!

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thelouxfamily1.blogspot.com

OLENA for the Puderbaugh Family — NM

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With nineteen children between us, we had thought our family was complete, but Heavenly Father knew differently. Last summer I was drawn to all of the beautiful children on the Reece’s Rainbow website and inquired about a few of the older boys. For one reason or another, none of them worked out. Finally one day in August, Andrea emailed me, “How about Olena?” This was a very tiny six-year-old girl in Ukraine with an unrepaired heart condition as well as Down Syndrome and no one knew, with her serious medical condition, just what her prognosis would be. After I consulted with a pediatric cardiologist, I hesitantly presented her profile to my husband. Both of us knew with a certainty that this little girl needed a family and that family was us.

 

We fast-tracked our paperwork, and with a very pro-active social worker and USCIS officer, a few months later our dossier was submitted. We traveled for the first time before Christmas to meet the little girl we would name Mattea and my heart broke to see her even smaller than my 2-year-old son, and only 23 pounds.. Since my husband was over the age limit, I was adopting her as a “married individual” and we worried that this would complicate the case, but our wonderful facilitators got us through court without a hitch. I traveled back in January to bring our new little daughter home. When we first met her she was not walking independently and needed to be fed chopped food from a spoon. She had no idea how to put food in her own mouth. She had spent six years of her life in a playpen. After only three months at home, she is blossoming like a little flower. She is now walking on her own and is able to finger-feed with soft foods. She is social and seeks out affection. She now weighs 31 pounds, and today she had her very first haircut. Her health is much better and we are hoping to be able to have her heart fixed. We are so blessed to have her in our family. We believe the words of Jeremiah— “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

GEORGIE for the Simon Family

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We have been home for 2 months now, and Georgiy is adjusting wonderfully. He has learned so much in such a short time! Where has the little boy gone who walked with a stagger and who could not even suck on a bottle? His walking has improved tremendously. He graduated from figuring out how to suck milk out of a bottle to drinking from a sippy with a valve in a matter of weeks. He is crazy about his siblings (that feeling is certainly mutual!) and acts as if he has lived with us his whole life.

Our little Ukrainian miracle is getting ready to celebrate his first Christmas with us. We are all so grateful for him, words really don’t do it justice at all. It was a long road to Georgiy, but he was worth every tear and every moment. We will continue to pray for Andrei though. Andrei is the son we ended up not being able to adopt but he led us to Georgiy.

We are crazy about our little man and forever grateful to God and Reece’s Rainbow for this child!

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

NADYA for the Hills Family

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Time sure does fly when you are having fun! It’s hard to believe that Nadia Hope has been home with us for just over a month now, wow!

Nadia has been such a tremendous blessing to our family. Several times a day I can?t help but think “Oh my, I love this little girl so much!” and just praise God for bringing her home to us.

Nadia has come a long way since she has arrived home. She came home very frightened of new people. While she is no longer terrified, she is not quick to go to just anyone. She is loved & spoiled by our 2 other children in our home (Yana-12 & Anthony-13) and will happily go to them. She is a Mama’s girl and will snuggle, kiss and hug Mama as much as her little body will let her but unfortunately, she has been much more hesitant to go to Papa. We are praying that Papa will soon know how it feels to hug and kiss his baby girl but for now, we are thankful that Nadia is no longer afraid of Papa. Nadia will lovingly interact with Papa and they will even take turns feeding one another Cheeze-Its; these are moments we treasure.

Nadia’s CP does not appear to be as severe as we had anticipated. While she is not yet walking, we are confident that once she is working with the physical therapist (beginning in the next week or so) she will have a walker of her own and will quickly be cruising along. We have great expectations for our sweet girl and even believe she will someday walk independently! She is a very smart girl and can already sing her ABCs!!  No matter what, we will forever love her and be so grateful that God brought her into our family in His perfect timing!

VICTORIA and ANASTASIA for the Shervheim Family

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

 

KRISTEL for the Levario Family

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Amanda has been home 3 months; we can see our tiny little girl changing daily. The most striking and heartwarming change is having Amanda come to us for attention, she scoots to us and stands up next to us, and this is her way of asking to be held. When we pick her up, she gets a huge smile on her face and giggles with happiness as she reaches for a hug.

We had been worried about her aloof manner since we picked her up from her orphanage, and though many of her old behaviors remain, many positive behaviors are emerging and we see the old less and less.  We love to hear her laugh, to see her smile, and to hear her saying Mama when her Mommy takes her out of bed in the morning. We have faith the positive changes will continue as the months go by.    She is our beautiful flaxen-haired little sweetheart; we sure do love her a lot. We are grateful she is in our lives, we feel so blessed to have another precious daughter.

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ukiestoniamomto8.blogspot.com

ROMA (John Paul) for the Newbold Family

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It has been a little over a month since we brought our new son, John Paul, home.  He is a miracle in every way to us and we simply cherish him and are so grateful for the opportunity to have him as our son.  God even gave us the miracle of adopting him on what would have been our daughter?s third birthday.

It is so amazing to watch him grow and change every day.  We hardly recognize him as the same little boy that we went to meet in June.  He is just transforming right before our eyes and it is unbelievable how quickly he has adjusted and how well he is doing.  Smiles were few and far between when we first brought him home, but now joy just shines in his eyes and in his smile, almost constantly.  He had some behaviors that he had learned while in the orphanage that he used to cope with the stress/frustration of being confined, without the nurturing and consistency that a family would have provided him.  He would hit himself in the face and grind his teeth constantly.  L  He has since replaced that behavior with smiles, giggles, and babbling to us.  He has emerged from the darkness that he lived in for the first four years of his life and is embracing his new world and learning what it means to be loved by a mommy and daddy that think the world of him.  He?s becoming the little boy that God created him to be and we are in awe by how God is healing him from the wounds of his past through love.  Love truly does heal all wounds.

He has a way of making you stop and notice all of the beauty that God has placed in this world for us to enjoy.  When he first walks outside each day he stops to feel the grass.  He waves at trees, flowers, and shrubs while smiling and babbling at them.  What a miracle it is to be a part of this special angel’s life and to experience with him the newness of his world.

He has learned to walk independently for the most part and is even learning to go up and down the stairs (on his bottom). J  This is amazing since when we first brought him home he would only walk if he could hold our hand.  When we first got him he was terrified of baths and cried every time, but now he loves them!  Now he cries because he doesn?t want to get out.  He originally would only play with infant toys and would push more difficult toys away.  He has ventured out in the playroom and has gravitated toward the toddler toys now.  It took a few weeks, but he has learned to wreak havoc on the playroom like a four year old should.  It?s so wonderful to not only see him make a mess, but for me to have another child here that makes me so proud to have one to clean up!   Teaching him to clean up will come later.  J  It?s so wonderful to have him here!

We are so grateful for the miracle of adoption and for being blessed with our little John Paul!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at newboldfamilyadoption.blogspot.com

ZECHARIAH for the Dawson Family–TN

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My family and I cannot believe our handsome little boy Zechariah has been home for almost two months now! It seemed as if it took forever to get Zechariah and now we cannot hardly believe how time is flying by with him. Before, I had always imagined how perfect and wonderful Zechariah was going to be once we got home. Now, after meeting him and finally having him home, his greatness far surpasses everyone’s expectations. He is very active and loves to entertain the entire family. People tell us when meeting Zechariah how lucky he is to be with a family who loves him so much. We truly believe we are the lucky ones. Everyday we get to see this marvelous little boy learn and adapt to new surroundings with a smile that could melt even the coldest of hearts. It seems as Zechariah has fit into our lives as if he has always been here. We thank God daily for allowing Zechariah to be a part of our hearts. My family and I all agree that we cannot imagine life without Zechariah. Thank you Reece’s Rainbow for helping us find this marvelous blessing.

 

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

LUKA (David) for the Outman Family

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Our sweet David has been home with us for 6 weeks now, and I never want to go back to life before David!  Our adoption journey began when we committed to David in December of 2007.  We prayed that we would be holding him in our arms by his 2nd birthday, and God answered our prayers!  We met David on May 30th, celebrated his 2nd birthday with him in Serbia on June 2nd, and brought him home on June 10th of 2008.  We praise God for His faithfulness!

David is such a wonderful addition to our family.  He has a sweet personality, and each day he seems to become more comfortable with his surroundings.  I can only imagine how it feels to come into a family when you are used to living in an orphanage.  He has a giggle that will melt your heart, and reserves his best smiles and giggles for his big brother Matthew!  We are so blessed!  So often people tell us that he is “lucky” to have been adopted, but we know that we are the ones who are blessed.  Our lives will never be the same!

Thank you Reece’s Rainbow~I remember the email that I got from Andrea that said… “I have the perfect little boy for you!”  Boy, was she right!

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at love4ourboys.blogspot.com

Aleksa (Alex) for the Hopfenspirger Family

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Six months ago I was totally happy with the size of our family and then I started looking at the Reece’s Rainbow web site. Now our family has grown by one which makes us a family of 5! Alex is a high energy 4 year old boy who likes to explore, laugh, swim, swing, play, snuggle, wrestle, eat, ride in the car, go shopping, go on carnival rides and even likes to help with chores like bringing the dishes over to the sink, sweeping and mopping! I was a little nervous about how our 6 year old son with Down Syndrome, Franklin, would react to Alex since he is so shy, but he loves having Alex around and tries to give him lots of kisses. Some of Alex’s energy is rubbing off on Franklin since we have been home for almost a month now — Franklin has learned to jump and is swinging in a big kid swing and some of that shyness is fading away too.

 

This 4 month adoption journey has been an adventure of a lifetime and we are all forever changed by this experience. We are one of the few families that brought our kids overseas for the adoption and it actually went very well.  What a wonderful feeling it is to be safe at home with our new boy and a great future ahead for all of us. THANK YOU Reece’s Rainbow!

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

Andrija (Max) for the Huff Family

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When people ask me why we adopted, I tell them “Max was a lightening bolt.”  By that I mean, when you ask for a sign of guidance in your life, usually the signs are subtle and quiet.  But this decision was one that was undeniably right for us.  I found Reece’s Rainbow through a friend who is adopting (The Spencer Family) with no intention of adopting at this time.  Well, lightening struck and we fell in love.  When we chose Max we just knew he was supposed to be in our family.  It felt like we had a child on the other side of the world and we had to get to him and bring him home where he belonged.  It took ten months of paperwork and waiting but we brought Max Andre Huff home on May 17, 2008.  He is such a ray of sunshine!  His smile is so big, his eyes so bright and his spirit is full of life.  He has been such a blessing to us.  In the few months he has been home, he has gained 6 pounds, learned to pull-up, learned to cruise furniture, wave bye-bye, and clap and say “Yeah!”   Thank you to Reece’s Rainbow for introducing us to our son.  He is a perfect fit!!!

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 4wildangels.blogspot.com

GIO (Luka) for the Spahr Family

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This is has been the experience of a lifetime and our family feels so fortunate that we were blessed with the desire and ability to have brought Luka into our home.   He is adjusting quite well and has already brought us a lot of joy.   We’ve only been home 2 1/2 weeks and he seems already right at home.   He giggles and plays and gives lots of hugs, and best of all…he sleeps great at night.  LOL.   We all love him so much already and Ethan our 7 y/o with Down syndrome has decided it’s his job to help care for him. Isn’t that sweet!?

 

VLAD and ARTEM (Logan and Cody) for the Fessler Family

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It seems to me, nothing short of a miracle, how our adoption of Cody and Logan all came together.  They are such a blessing to our family, we love them more than I can put into words.  I am so thankful to Andrea, all of the Reece’s Rainbow group, our generous financial supporters, and About a Child Adoption Agency, for helping to make our adoption possible.

The boys are growing and changing so fast.  Logan has had successful open heart surgery and is a happy, lovable, little character.  Cody is curious, active, and all boy, a regular athlete.  They will both be starting pre-school soon.  We are so very fortunate to have them as part of our family.

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

JOVAN for the Bedford Family — AL

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Our second adoption was a quick and easy process. Our timeline was less than 4 months from the date we committed to adopt until we were home from Serbia with our son.  Grifyn is an absolute delight! He is charming and very smart. In just a few short weeks home, he is saying words in Elnglish, using sign language and following simple requests with verbal cues. He has bonded beautifully with our family. We are already seeing the advantages of having 2 children with Down Syndrome and we are so very thankful that our boys will grow up together.

Our family will be forever grateful to the ministry of Reece’s Rainbow for helping us to find Grifyn and Xander. We are so very blessed to be their parents and we are looking forward to watching them grow and reach their full potential.

DARIA and DANIIL (Emma and Micah) for the Cornish Family

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It’s hard to believe that we went from 2 to 4 just a little while ago as everything has adjusted better and smoother than we could have ever imagined!  Emma and Micah are a perfect fit from God for our family and we know the miracles that brought them to us are the first of many to come for our family.  Both children are learning to sit, express their wants, and know that their needs willbe fulfilled.  Kristopher and Brianna love their new “babies” and   have taken to them so well.  A little too well sometimes!  We are absolutely in love and cannot imagine life without all four of our little blessings.   I am in awe of each of their accomplishments and wait expectantly for what God has for our future together.

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

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LERA for the Green Family

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We are finally home.  Our plans changed on our journey but our little Lera is so much a part of our family that we cannot imagine what life would have been without her addition.  We are happy to report that she adores her brother Michael, is skeptical about the cats,  and while she and Caelia have differences of opinion on who gets the pink purse and who wears the big hat, they are quickly becoming inseparable.  Caelia is speaking much more clearly now that she has a buddy to talk to and Lera is quickly learning English.  As an aside, this morning I heard Lera speaking and then I heard Caelia answer “Da” to some question that Lera posed. Lera repeated “Da” and they went on with their coloring!  Adopting this child has been one of the most fulfilling decisions we have ever made as a family.

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