DANIEL

UKRAINE
Sponseller

VIKA for the Koenig family–GA

 Abe and Corrie Koenig were both born and raised in Germany.  They lived across the street from each other and started their relationship as best friends.  Little did they know that God had prepared them to spend the rest of their lives together as a family.  They both came to the States to attend a Christian College since there are no Christian Colleges to attend in Germany.  After a year and a half of studying, they got married in Germany and then returned to finish their degrees.  God allowed them to remain in the States, and they now live in Georgia.  Abe is an artist, but works as a truck driver, and Corrie is a stay-at-home/self-employed mom.   Corrie worked as a nanny for a wonderful family for over five years and loved every moment with this special family.  They both always dreamed of being parents, but this seemed to be a very hard task to achieve for them.  Abe reached the point where he was sure that they would start their family through adoption, while Corrie was sure that God would give them biological children.  After eight years of marriage, the Lord blessed them with their first biological daughter, conceived without any medical help ­- in the doctors' eyes impossible, but in their eyes a miracle.  Within less than four years, God allowed them to become the parents of four beautiful little girls, Annalee (age 6), Elliana (age 4), Amarissa (age 3), and Ammadea (age 2).  Along the way, they discovered that Annalee had a hearing loss and have had to help  her overcome many obstacles.  Elliana was born with strabismus and has needed one surgery and many, many hours of patching and vision therapy to help correct her vision.  Both of their precious "special" girls planted the seed for the desire to adopt a special needs child.  Although the desire to adopt a special needs child was there for a couple of years, they had no idea that God would bring Vika into their lives so soon.  God allowed Corrie to find Vika on another family's blog, who had adopted from the same orphanage and had to leave her behind.  Immediately upon seeing her precious face, they fell in love with her.  After much prayer, research, and sharing their desire with their families, God allowed them to move forward with the process of adopting her.  Abe and Corrie feel honored that God would choose them to become the parents of Vika and are committed to bringing her home to become a part of their family and receive the love and care she needs and deserves as quickly as possible.  Undoubtedly, there will be many obstacles to overcome along the way, but they are sure and have faith that God will provide EVERYTHING they need to be able to bring her home and give her all that she needs.  They are so grateful for Reece's Rainbow and their love for the many "special" children, the support of their family and friends, and for those who love Vika that they have never had the opportunity to meet!  They are excited to share their  journey with those that have loved her first.   You can follow along with their journey on their blog:  http://4miraclesandcounting.blogspot.com/   Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Koenig family's adoption journey on their blog at www.4miraclesandcounting.blogspot.com

 

DIANA and DONOVAN for the Briggs Family

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

VALENTIN for the Keno Family — Canada

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

BARBARA (Chrissie) for the Patterson Family

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Chrissie is doing GREAT!  I cannot even explain what a joy she is.  I have never met a child who is as vibrant and joyful and funny as Miss Chrissie!!!  She is excited about life, and she is just so full of love that it amazes me into speechlessness!!!  They were able to get a stent into one of her vessels that is providing blood to her lungs, so her 02 sat increased a little.  She’ll have her open heart surgery in January, so until then, she’s good to go, and nothing slows her down.  Thank you so much for advocating for her.  She is such a blessing to our family.  We are ALL so head over heels in love with her!!!  She’s got her brothers wrapped around her finger so tightly that they can’t ever tell her no.  They’ll stop anything they’re doing to please Miss Chris!!!  We are just so very blessed.  Thank you!

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

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

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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!