Matt and Stacey met in Peru on a mission trip and have 5 children ranging from 3-18 years old. Adoption has been a topic of discussion since the beginning, but it didn’t seem to be the right season. The Coopers feel that the most tangible way to display the gospel of Christ is to adopt and that they should be active in living out James 1:27. Even though the house was full, it felt like someone was missing from the dinner table and there was another child that needed to be tucked in at night. They knew that they were being called to look to for a child with special needs, and found they had a heart for those with Down Syndrome. While looking at the waiting children, Matt saw Charlotte and remarked, “that’s a Cooper”.
They jumped off the proverbial fence and headfirst into the adoption process. Within days, the Coopers were notified they were not only approved to adopt, but that they were matched with Charlotte as well. When you join God in His plan, it’s like a speeding bullet!
Stacey has a love for running and there is a program called RODS, Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome, so she is able to combine her favorite things together-running, raising funds for orphans, and being an advocate for Down Syndrome! Hopefully once Charlotte is home, she can join Stacey in some races being pushed in a jogging stroller. Charlotte may be the link that joins the entire family in running!
All of the Coopers are eagerly awaiting the call to travel to bring Charlotte home to her forever family. We trust in God that if He called us, He will equip us and we give Him the glory for the provision of finances and the privilege of adoption.
6/17/16—HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS
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The Siebold family started their adoption process in January 2016. They have three children and this is their first adoption.
When Samantha saw tiny Liam on Reece’s Rainbow in May the agency was hoping for a family that was ready to move very quickly to get him home due to his urgent needs.
Samantha showed him to her husband Joseph. (As she had with several other waiting children since they began looking into adoption more seriously.) She felt something in her gut about this little boy. They prayed together about baby Liam. They discussed his medical needs.
Joseph’s response to Samantha was Isaiah 6:8.
A few days later they had changed everything in their adoption plans and were officially matched with baby Liam. They feel so honored to have the opportunity to love this sweet boy forever!
But first, they need to get him home! Liam has severe progressive hydrocephalus. He also has a cleft palate that makes it difficult for him to eat. He is unable to get the treatments required for his survival in his home country and doctors there as well as in the US have recommended he receive treatment here as soon as possible.
The Siebold family is doing all they can to get him home safely as quickly as possible for the life-saving brain surgery and interventions, as well as the permanent family and forever love, he deserves.
10/17/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL Follow the Siebold family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.nonfictionfairytale.com
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The Priens are a big, loud, fun-loving family with an even bigger heart. Todd and Jill have been married for 25 years and have 13 children, 11 biological and 2 adopted. Last year, they adopted Natalya and Leila from Eastern Europe. There, they met Simon, a sweet little boy with Down syndrome. They have a 5-year old son with Down syndrome, which has helped them to learn the ins and outs of that handicap. When they got to know Simon, they knew he had to be a part of their family.
Some people call them crazy for having so many kids, but they wouldn’t trade it for the world. They want to give each of their children the chance to have a happy, healthy life.
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The McQuinn family have 3 biological children, two of whom have a terminal muscle wasting disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Their strong love and dreams for their children made it impossible to say “No” when they discovered the situations around the world involving disabled orphans. They didn’t want to believe the statistics and information they were reading could be true. It seemed that the more they researched the more their hearts broke. Amanda says, “knowing my children’s amazingness and strong will for life helps us not recognize them as disabled, we see OUR KIDS not their disability and we strive to give them a very meaningful life.” What led them to adopt ultimately was when they came across a child listed on Reece’s Rainbow. They knew instantly he was their son. The only reason to say no would have been because of funding issues but they will not let that stop them. Shortly after their commitment to Ricky they found Elizabeth. They waited and waited for a family to come for the precious beauty who shares the same disease as their bio’s. As their adoption for Ricky progressed, their love for Elizabeth grew, and knowing about her disease they knew they couldn’t leave her there to die alone. So they says “yes” to both … “we will come for you.”
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We are the Offers. We have been married for 25 years and have been blessed with five, soon to be six, beautiful children. Four of our children came to us through adoption, and our two newest family members just came home in January. Each of our children has been such a blessing to us in his or her own way. One of our children has autism and ADHD, and another has more physical disabilities. We have found that with each disability comes it’s own wonderful blessing.
Having just come home with our newest son and daughter, we weren’t expecting to go back so soon, but we both fell in love with “Lily,” who has Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Disease. We knew without a doubt that she was the one that was meant for our family. So, after much prayer (and a few miracles!) we moved forward.
Bringing our next child home so quickly after having recently adopted two is a stretch financially for our family, but we are stepping out in faith, knowing that Lily is supposed to be a part of our family, and that the funds will come together. We are so grateful for your support!
Updated: The Offer family will also be bringing home “Rosalie”! Please help congratulate them and support their journey, bringing home Lily and Rosalie!
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Willy and Ines Wallace live in Fort Myers, Florida. They are the parents of six wonderful children. Their three adult “kids”already out to college and professionals living on their own. Their 3 younger ones are elementary age and keeping them busy and happy!
The Wallace’s have walked the international adoption journey twice before. God has allowed them to witness the heartbreaking reality of these orphans (especially the ones with special needs). The memory of the children left behind will stay with the Wallace’s forever. Although international adoption is hard, long and expensive, Willy and Ines feel that they can’t just close their eyes and ignore the needs of these children.
The Wallace’s need $18,000 to be fully funded. This will cover fees for traveling expenses, in-country lodging as well as transportation , facilitation, paper chasing, etc..
The Wallace family will be eternally grateful for anyone who feels led to help them fund this adoption so they can bring a child to their home and family where she belongs. Sincerely, we Thank You!
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Steve and Ginger Karrick have eight children soon to be nine. Five of their children are adopted from China. In 2009, they stared the process to adopt and eighteen months later brought home their first little one from China, Kimmie. Kimmie had unknown special needs, she has autism. It was quite the adjustment for her and the entire family. But God used this precious little one to change their hearts forever. Over the next seven years they brought home Libbie (2011), Opal (2012), and Mariella and Samuel last year. Once home several months with the two newest little ones they saw “Juliana” on Reece’s Rainbow and on an advocacy page stating she was going to be deemed unadoptable if no one came forward to adopt her. Their hearts broke for this previous little one. They began to pray for her. They have adopted several children with similar special needs, extreme developmental delays, being non-verbal and autism. They also feel extremely blessed to see each of their children blossom once home. The light in their eyes come on and begin to understand what love is. After much praying they realized that “Juliana” is their daughter. She is four years old and from Asia, she is also blessed with an extra chromosome. They are stepping out on faith and are excited to resume the journey once again to bring their daughter “Juliana” home.
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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.
10/30/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
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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.
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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.
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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.
11/16/16—TRAVELING NOVEMBER 22
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tkdavis.blogspot.com
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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!!
11/4/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
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Ben and Brandi Cantrell have always known that they would adopt. After each of their biological children they talked about adopting. After their fourth biological child, they adopted domestically. When he was just a few months old, Brandi felt like they were supposed to adopt again. This time, a child with special needs. Ben wasn’t on board just yet to adopt a child who has down syndrome. Brandi saw a little girl on a waiting child page and felt like that she was suppose to find out about this little girl. Brandi showed Ben. Shortly after, the kids started playing basketball for the season. There were two kids playing and cheering. Ben had never been around a child who had down syndrome. Brandi saw him watching the two kids closely. Shortly after, Ben told Brandi, that he thought they were suppose to adopt the little girl that Brandi saw on the waiting child page, that has down syndrome. Ben and Brandi and their five children are so excited to bring home Sarah Jane, later this year. Any donations, are greatly appreciated!
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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.
11/15/16—TRAVELING on DECEMBER 18
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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.
12/5/16—APPT on JANUARY 31
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So here we are, at the beginning of a journey to add another child to our family. This time will be different. This time I won’t be pregnant for nine months. This time I won’t hold my baby for nine months and dream about seeing her face for the first time. This time we already know what she looks like. This time we already know her name and her birthday. This time we will watch her grow up from afar for a year or more while we work tirelessly to bring her home.
We are the Ford Family. My name is Alysen. I am a stay at home mom. My husband is police officer and we are raising two children currently; we have a precious three year old girl and a little boy who will soon be eight months old. And now we have another little girl. She is waiting on us in S.E. Asia. She is two years old and she also happens to be blind. She is perfect in every way, and we are very proud parents!
One night after our oldest daughter was born my husband and I were watching the documentary “Its a Girl.” That kind of thing has a way of popping your safe little bubble and opening your eyes to how the Lord has blessed you. Then it gets you thinking, why has he blessed us with more than we need, and so many opportunities? We are no more deserving than anyone else in the world. EXACTLY. “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” Luke 12:48 We talked about adopting that day.
We decided we would look into it when we were more stable. It was the Lord preparing our hearts. Our sweet little two year old was born right around that time. Fast forward about two years and we are in a new town, my husband has a good job, and we have purchased our first home. We started attending a new church here locally and noticed lots of adoptive families. I even started getting involved in some fundraising efforts for adoption and slowly we pulled our heads out if the sand and remembered that first whisper from God telling us to adopt. We started looking into programs and agencies and the Lord led us to our daughter. “God sets the lonely in families” Psalm 68:6. Our little girl deserves a family. She deserves a mommy and a daddy to hold her, and teach her about the love our heavenly Father has for her, and to help her make her mark on this word.
So here we are. We are paper chasing and fundraising and praying for the Lords guidance and help to bring us to our baby. We cannot wait to hold our sweet girl and have our family of five all together forever!
11/16/16—TRAVELING DECEMBER 12
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Mark and Callie Van Wagenen have been married for 8 years and have been longing to start their family. They both come from large families and have yearned to have a family of their own. After struggling through infertility they decided to open their hearts to adoption.
They believe that God has a plan for them and have been seeking His guidance through their journey. After receiving strong promptings to start looking international to build their family, they found Ryan and knew that he would be their son.
They see miracles every day as they work to bring him home. Thank you for being a part of that miracle.
10/27/16—OFFICIAL MATCH RECVD, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JANUARY
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Jaime and Chris married over 10 years ago after meeting each other at church. They started their family immediately, always knowing adoption would be apart of it. Right after their first anniversary, Chris and Jaime started the process to become Foster Parents and over the last 9 years have fostered over 30 children and have adopted 5 through Foster Care. In 2013 they were blessed once again by the birth of their youngest son, whom they adopted as an embryo. (He had been frozen for 8 years!)
The Richardson’s were greatly blessed to be matched with a 4 year old treasure for an interstate adoption through foster care in 2015. This little boy was very medically fragile and though he had a life limiting diagnosis, no one expected his passing to be imminent. Within weeks of being matched, their son became very ill. After several months of him being in and out of the hospital and the Richardson family living on and off in a Ronald McDonald house 7 hours from home, their son (in their hearts, as the adoption wasn’t yet finalized) passed away and went home to be with Jesus. Six months, to the day, after the passing of their son, the Richardson’s found out about twin girls in a China diagnosed with Down Syndrome, who needed a family. They immediately felt that these were their daughters and submitted a request to be matched with the girls.
A few weeks later, the Richardson’s learned of a little boy, Elihu, who also was diagnosed with Down syndrome, living in the same room of the same orphanage as the girls. The Richardson’s quickly decided to pursue adopting Elihu as well. The family lovingly refers to their waiting children as “the Triad” and they cannot wait to get them all home!
This large family knows first hand how much the love and security of a family can change the life of a child and they feel triply blessed to be adopting their princesses and prince from China.
Thank you for your financial and prayer support in bringing this family together.
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We are the Huizinga family from Virginia! We are excited to announce we are adopting “Saleena” and “Polly”! They will join Dad & Mom, Paul & Maureen, as well as siblings Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julia, one big fat dog named Ellie, and a silly barn kitty named Dingo (Mom says, don’t ask…) We have been married for 16 years. 2 years ago, we brought Penny and Fanny home to join our family, and our entire heart for orphans/orphan care was forever changed. We have waded through some challenging transitions and scary health concerns with Penny in particular and patiently waited to see if or how God might allow us to care for more children.
Thus enters two sweet tiny girls….
Saleena and Polly reside in Pen’s previous orphanage facility. This particular orphanage is near and dear to our hearts, and we have been blessed to see huge progress in the quality of care that is being provided there. The best facility in the world, however, can’t replace a FAMILY as the best place for children to grow & flourish! Saleena and Polly have some special challenges and delays, but we are familiar with the types of needs which are currently known (and know well enough to be prepared for more need, less need, or completely different needs, as they are revealed in the process!) Thank you for supporting our family. James 1:27.
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Jairo and Katie met at a race put on by their University. They quickly became friends through their shared love of endurance sports and love for God. Fast forward a few years and they were happily married and settled into their respective careers and excited to welcome their first baby Oliver. Shortly after Oliver was born, they began to seriously talk about adding to their family through adoption. Adoption was not a new topic for Jairo (who is adopted) and Katie, as they had previously discussed the possibility of adding to their family through adoption one day. Both felt strongly that “one day” was now and this resulted in the adoption of their beautiful and spunky daughter Anna from the foster care system. As often happens, once a family’s eyes are opened to the amazing gift of adoption and the enormous need, the Flores family once again felt that they were being called to love another little one through the process of adoption. This time China and this time a sweet little one with Down Syndrome. Oliver (5 years old) and Anna (2 years old) share the excitement of their parents in welcoming this new addition. Anna asks on a daily basis “sissy almost home?” Soon little one…soon!
11/2/16—TRAVELING NOVEMBER 11
has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!
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The Hadley’s adoption journey is the culmination of a long awaited heart’s desire. Jon and Kari had discussed adopting or fostering multiple times. However, God was clear that the time was never right either through multiple military moves and deployments or Kari’s numerous (4) pregnancies. Then after the birth of their 4th son, Kari began to look for ways to use her love of running to help children in need. It was during the registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon that Kari found RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome). Kari has always had a heart and passion for children and adults with Down Syndrome and a longing to maybe one day adopt a special needs child. Partnering with RODS allowed Kari to use her running in advocacy and awareness for children that captured her heart. Kari was glad she was helping a child with Down Syndrome find a forever home. When Kari joined RODS, Laura was not the RODS Orphan. Shortly after joining RODS, Laura became the new RODS Orphan. Kari immediately felt a draw towards Laura but it was a few months before she really began to try to find out more about her. Kari soon began to feel that God was directing her toward Laura but did not know how Jon would feel about an international special needs adoption. Jon was certainly surprised when Kari suggested that they adopt Laura. Jon requested Kari get more information on the process and Laura and from there things just took off. Every question asked was answered in a way that led Jon and Kari to feel that this was what they were called to do. All the information they could find on Laura only confirmed for Kari that she was the daughter God was giving them. Kari and Jon are now trying to bring Laura home in record time to join her four anxiously awaiting brothers.
11/10/16—FIRST TRIP NOVEMBER 15
has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!
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The entire Bloom family is thrilled to be adopting again! In 2014, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, they added four older boys with special needs to their family. 2 of them had been living in a group home, 1 had spent his entire life in a crib in a laying down room, and 1 had already aged out and would have been transferred to a very bad place. All 4 of them have thrived since coming home. Now they can’t wait to do it again with your help!
They sent in paperwork to be able to adopt another aging out child, a friend of their son who is headed to the same place. They are moving as quickly as possible to get to Amos because he has already turned 16.
The Bloom family will also be bringing home Daisy! Daisy has spent most of her life in a crib. She was scheduled to become unadoptable due to changes at the group home she was moved into, but instead will be adopted by the Blooms.
Lee is another child from a laying down room who the Bloom family spent time with during their last adoption. His medical condition is possibly complicated and he urgently needs medical care that he is not receiving in the orphanage.
Violet is a very sweet and gentle older girl with special needs. She was a friend of the boys who had lived in the group home. She will be a very loved addition to the Bloom family as well.
Any prayers and support you can offer are very appreciated!
9/8/16—APPOINTMENT IS OCTOBER 27
*** $1140 MATCHING GRANT! Once FSP reads $33,765, a donor will give the remaining funds they need to be fully funded for their adoption! ***
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Nathan and Amber have been together exactly half their lives. After all these years, their family is nearly complete (for real this time…). They have five children, ages 12, 9, 9, 9, and 5—the last two through Reece’s Rainbow. Their oldest is a precious daughter and budding paleontologist. Next are boy/girl twins adopted domestically who each plan to have their name in lights some day! Their inquisitive little guy came home from China in 2014, and their little sunshine girl home from Ukraine in 2012. The youngest daughter also has Down syndrome and is/was the only one without a roommate…
With multiple special needs amongst their five, their house is busy and loud and crazy and happy. They THOUGHT they were done…. And then they saw her. The timing seemed crazy, so when God whispered, they tried to argue with Him! He got louder. In an instant, it was clear that this was His call. Accepting and obeying sent a rush of peace and a gush of excitement for their newest daughter! They cannot wait to have this little girl in their arms and watch her blossom in family life, becoming everything she was created to be.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at growingwests.blogspot.com
has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!
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Hugh & Rachael Lynn have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with four soon to be five children. Three children were born into their family and they were blessed by adopting their daughter with cerebral palsy a year and a half ago from China.
The desire to adopt again has been very strong for their family and God showed them another daughter with cerebral palsy that needed a family. The Lynn family have Pre Approval to proceed with adopting Audrey.
Audrey is a ten year old little girl with cerebral palsy. Audrey has grown up in an orphanage seeing others around her being adopted and has waited too long for a family to call her own. Hugh and Rachael feel God leading them to go and bring her home. The Lynn’s are stepping out in faith that God will provide for this adoption.
The Lynn’s have a Facebook page that follows their journey of adoption called Anticipating Ava + Audrey.
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Mark & Virginia Miner met at church as teenagers, fell in love, and married when Mark graduated from college. God has given us three (soon to be four, then five) children: Ivan (4 yrs) loves music, drawing, stories, and is excited for another brother or two; Gibbs (2 yrs) loves to help out with dishes, yard work, and anything physically demanding or crazy; Ana (14 yrs) came home to us from Bulgaria in 2015, and her smile and giggle have been a delight to us all. We are looking forward to our new baby boy (April 2016), and excited to bring “Owen” home to join all the jolly brothers. We are thankful for our local church family and for all those people of God who are a blessing to orphans.
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Mike and Theresa Grimes met in a tiny college town in Emmitsburg Md. We have 8 wonderful sons ranging from 28-8 years old. While there is never a dull moment at our home we know we have lots of love to share. People keep telling us “your plate is full” our answer is “We have a lot of room in our hearts”.
Both Mike and Theresa always wanted a daughter and are thrilled to be getting her through the blessing of adoption.
We are so happy to have found Reeces Rainbow and are thankful for all of the support from this amazing community.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for forgotten by everybody, I think that is much greater poverty than the person that has nothing to eat.”
– Mother Teresa
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Russ and Jody met in a blind date. They hit it off right away and were married nine months later. After two years of marriage they were blessed with a son, Jakob. Jakob was a preemie and had five holes in his little heart. It was a tough two years but Jakob overcame all obstacles. Russ and Jody knew they wanted more children, so they became foster parents in 2003. When their first foster child went home it left them feeling sad and their home felt very empty. So Russ and Jody made the decision to adopt internationally. In 2005, they brought their 9 month old son, Joshua home from Guatemala. Life was good, over the next ten years Russ and Jody added four more children – Julia, Jenna, Jordan and Jaxson – all of them adopted through Foster Care.
They were feeling complete. But God has a great sense of humor and a different plan for the Navratil family. You see, Jody’s father passed away the previous year, they were very close. One night in July Jody’s father came to her in a dream and told her; “Jody, your family is not complete.” Jody was a bit stunned and laughed it off and thought it was just a crazy dream. But, then her dad began bringing her a little girl every night in her dreams. Jody began researching adoption again but was not ready to share all this to her husband as Jody was afraid he would say, no way. Then one day Russ asked Jody if she felt like their family was complete because he didn’t and felt they should adopt again. Jody was thrilled, so she began searching a little harder and then one night she came across the little girl in her dreams! This little girl was Clover. Jody was in tears and over joyed. Jody shared the picture with her nine year old daughter, Julia. When Julia saw the picture she says, “that’s my sister!” When shared with Russ after work they all knew she was meant to be a part of the Navratil family.
Russ, Jody and their six children can’t wait to get her home where she will be loved unconditionally and will be a part of a forever family. As it says in John 14:18 “I will not leave you orphans I will come to you” God has not abandoned us, he has called us by name and through his sacrifices we are called chosen and adopted by God.
Won’t you consider a donation, so Clover can be an orphan no more and know the love of a family. No amount is too small. If you are unable to support financially please keep the Navratil family in your prayers. Thank you.
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Dennis & Cindy have been married 38 years and have raised 8 biological children ages 36 to 19 and 7 beautiful grandchildren. They started their journey of adoption 4 years ago with their little girl Adalyn in Russia, just 5 days after they returned home the ban became law. For a year with the other Russians parent they tried to bring her home and through the journey were open to children God would bring before them. They still Believe, Trust and Stand on Faith and Hope for the orphanage Gates in Russia to reopen for their little girl and all the other orphans that are caught in the ban. On Jan. 7, 2014 they stepped out to adopt their two little ones, Abraham and Sarah, biological siblings from Ukraine. Then the war broke out and Abraham and Sarah were in an orphanage in one of the 3 cities where the war was, but they still continued.
On May 7 their dossier was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But joy soon turned to wait, it was unsafe to travel to their children because of the war. But they stood Believing in Faith against everything that was reported , because God continued to speak to Cindy, guiding her in each step, with clear messages of Hope and Promises. In July they found out Russia came in and tried to kidnap their children and the other 60 children in the orphanage but they were stopped. The next day the children were evacuated North to a safe region. For 6 weeks they heard nothing. Then in August God gave Cindy a date Sept. 27 and He also told her they would be home by CHRISTmas. On September 26 Cindy missed Nancy’s phone call and didn’t know it till 3 hours later. When she called Nancy, she was told the team thinks they have found a way be prepared to travel anytime. Cindy knew something was going to happen soon because of the 27 but it was still the 26, then Nancy told her it was the 27th in Ukraine! If Cindy had gotten the phone call 3 hours earlier it would not of been. Our Father is Amazing…
On Oct. 4 Cindy got the call to book her flight. She booked it for Oct. 11 and had 1 week to raise the rest of the funds because she couldn’t say anything until now and she couldn’t fundraise before because no one believed she would travel because of the war. Long story short God did provide all the funds on her 2nd trip. On her first trip she found out that their little girl had open heart surgery a week before, and was still in the hospital. After being in country 10 days their 21 year old son was in an air crash with 4 fractures in his back. She flew home for 7 days and then returned knowing her son would recover but healing would take some time.
On December 4, 2014, just like God said, Abraham and Sarah came home with their mommy and daddy. It has been a year filled with Miracles,Blessings and also some of the most difficult times they have ever gone through. Helping little ones heal from being in a war, with bombing, is heartbreaking; seeing their little girl who was neither walking or talking, who is now running and never stops talking. Hearing their little son now leading and Praying over his little sister in Prayer.
Now God is calling us to step out again for our little boy. God gave Cindy the name Ayden Samuel awhile ago and now we know who our little Ayden Samuel is. Once again God keeps speaking and confirming. So they are stepping out in Faith again, Trusting their Father in the journey. Little Ayden had a family committed who sadly had to release him and Cindy has been in contact with his first momma. God has a perfect plan for each of our lives and our children, His children and His timing is Perfect. We can’t always understand nor do we always have answers but in all of this we can Trust Him as He leads and guides us. They are Blessed that Ayden has large fsp, but they will still need to raise the rest of the funds. So they are stepping with joy into another journey to bring another little boy into their family and will be so humbly grateful to any help given for their little boy.
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Brent and Mary met in vet school and married in 2009. After their daughter was born in 2010, Mary stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow. After following a number of families over the years, a beautiful little girl named “Celine” caught Mary’s heart. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, her country banned adoptions to American couples. Her picture still hangs on the fridge. Mary continued to follow many of the Reece’s Rainbow families and, through the blog of an adoptive family, saw a picture of a handsome young man named “Charlie” who she immediately knew belonged in their family.
The Sanders’ have four daughters and are excited to be adding a boy to the mix. The girls cannot wait to have a brother and now Brent and Mary finally have an answer to the question, “so when are ya’ll gonna try for that boy?!”
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Paul and Emily Jarrell are parents to two sweet babies who were born to them and one precious girl who was born to another.
Emily has always known she wanted to adopt. After meeting Paul, they were quickly married and quickly having kids. After the birth of their second child, Emily felt she should take a break from having more biological children (a feeling she didn’t expect). Within a few months, she was thinking about adoption for the first time since she was married. So, she began searching the internet for information. A few years earlier, she had spent five months in Eastern Europe; part of her time spent in orphanages. She began her search there.
She came across “waiting children”- terminology she wasn’t familiar with. She began reading and showing the profiles to Paul. “Eden” was one of the first profiles she found. She kept going back to it, despite the fact that she had never considered the adoption of an older child. So, she asked Paul what he thought about inquiring further. He said, “Go for it.” Before they knew it, they were raising funds and filling out paperwork trying to get to the little girl God had been holding for them for the past eight years.
Paul and Emily believe adoption is a picture of the gospel, of God’s grace to us. We are adopted into his family and given full rights as children, not because of anything we have to offer but because of his great love for us. Will you help them live this out?
9/8/16-—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!
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John and Christina Carter call their home “Glorious Chaos”. They have six children, ranging in age from 23 down to 3 years old and love big family life. Circumstances surrounding the birth of six child and fifth daughter, Nora meant that there would be no more biological children. John and Chris always knew, from the very beginning that adoption would be a part of their story and this just confirmed it.
It was a “someday” kind of idea, but then the three youngest children began praying for an adopted child to join the family. They had watched another family walk through international adoption, and these little ones knew that it was something they wanted to do too.
Chris went on Reece’s Rainbow, thinking to choose three profiles to post on the bulletin board for the family to pray daily for.
But there were four, not three, that jumped out at her. All four were printed and tacked up in the dining room and the family began to pray.
One of those four just stayed on their minds and in their hearts. Shyla.
The rest is history! John and Chris can not wait to get this little girl in the midst of their Glorious Chaos and be the family that she deserves. It turned out that Somday was now!
“We can make our plans, but the Lord God determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9NLT
“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6
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