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JANIE for the Long family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngJanie Photo 2 - April 2014The story of redemption is powerful. One that speaks to the heart of all men and begs the question, “why me?” Yet in the life and very death of Jesus Christ – we see the act of redemption, reaching out to the poor and desperate, seeking those who needed to be found, healing those who were sick, sinful, and hopelessly lost. Ultimately Christ gave the ultimate gift, His very life, to redeem all people from sin and He continues to give the gift of eternal life to all who believe.

The theme of redemption echoes in our very souls, moving us forward to show the love of God to others – just as Jesus did for us. In Hebrews we are commanded, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16.

It is with this in mind, that Matt and Katie have begun a new journey that God has laid before them. It will be a long road, with possible disappointment and frustration, but overflowing with blessing beyond measure and the fulfillment that comes when obedient to God’s leading. Adoption.

A little girl has been calling to their hearts, “come, take me home.” She is an orphan. She has been waiting her entire life for her very own family. She has Down syndrome and cataracts and needs a family who will love her, support her, and help her reach her full potential.

God has uniquely equipped them to understand the needs of children with Down syndrome, by giving them a son with Down syndrome. They are surrounded by an amazing network of family, friends, church members, doctors and educators who share the same passion for helping those in need. They have been uniquely prepared to welcome another child into their home, because they have 5 children of their own and have experienced a myriad of trials and tribulations .

Matt and Katie are anxious to meet their new daughter and covet your prayers, words of encouragement and partnership with them on this new journey.

3/18/15–HOPING FOR 2ND/FINAL TRIP IN JULY

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

$6,707.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEAH and ROXIE for the Foerch family — IA

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog www.excuseourmess.com

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BECKHAM for the Groen family — SD

Chad and Kayla have been together for 10 years, and just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary. Kayla has and in home daycare, and Chad works for a local coal mining company. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful children. Bella is 11, and Chad adopted her when they got married. Asher is 7, Cylus is 4, and Peerson is almost 2.

Chad and Kayla always knew that they would adopt. A friend was in the process of adopting and added them to a group on facebook that had profiles of waiting kids. 6 months later they saw a 3 year old boy named Beckham that was beautiful. They knew he would get a family quickly, but every time they would see his picture, they couldn’t help but think he could be their son. He had a family committed to him, but something happened and he was listed as available again. Chad and Kayla talked about whether now was the right time to adopt. Beckham has untreated hydrocephalus, agnesis of the corpus callosum, and a cyst on his 3rd ventricle, so they had to make sure the care he needed would be available in their area. They got the confirmation that every month a team from mayo would be 45 minutes away, and wanted to take Beckham as a patient. This was the time, this was their son! He would finally have his forever family, and they would have the final piece of their puzzle.

3/13/15—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$4,137.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LALI + 1 for the Tilton family — KS

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tiltonfamily5.blogspot.com

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DELLA for the Isom family — ND

After a wild roller coaster adoption ride that ended in heartache, the Isom family is back and ready to go full force in their new adoption process. Through a selfless and heartfelt act by another RR family … the Isoms are beyond grateful and overjoyed to have the honor of one day calling this sweet little girl their Daughter.

John and Jenny met in high school and became instant friends. After high school John served a full time mission for their church. When he returned 2 years later the two ran into each other and the rest is history. Ten years later htey have two awesome little boys. Linkon is 5 years old and Hank is 2 years old … both wild energetic funny little boys. Their family also consists of a little dog named George, one rabbit named Rosie, a bird named Pecky and a bearded dragon named Turbo.

They are all excited to share this amazing journey with you and appreciate your love and support.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis

1/29/15—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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JACKSON for the Bouchard family — MO

021Rick and Chante were married in 1999, and have been blessed with three biological children, Triston, Hadassah, and Kyron.  The Bouchard’s live on a farm, and love anything they can do together as a family.

Adoption was something that God had laid on their heart even before they were married, and in 2001, when they  heard about the children on Haiti, God led them to adopt their son, Ben.  Four years later, they adopted Nesanet from Ethiopia, and thought their family was complete.  After meeting some children with Down syndrome, they began feeling led to adopt a child with DS.  When they saw little YiXi’s picture, they were in love!  Six months after they welcomed YiXi home from China, some friends told them about a little girl they met in China, who also had DS.  While the Bouchards were in China, picking up Amy, they met an amazing seven-year-old boy with CP.  He stole their hearts, with his smile and loving personality, and they realized that even though they thought their family was complete, God had other plans.  They have realized that God’s plans are so much more incredible than any plans they can make for their own future, and they are so thankful for the amazing kids He has brought into their lives.  Their kids all have a heart from adoption and an incredible love for each other.

12/21/2014—DOSSIER in COUNTRY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.changetheworld147.blogspot.com

 

$587.77 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNE and MIKEL for the Bowling family — NM

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

 

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QUINNLEE & EVERLYSE for the Hurst family — MI

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog www.webearthelight.com

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DEBBIE for the Anderson family — MO

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

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CONNER for the VanAuken family — NY

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VERA for the Bartelt family — KS

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

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A Little Girl for the Brockhaus family — CA

BrockhausBefore Amy and Andrew had kids and went to bed nightly before 10pm, they used to travel the world and visit orphanages. It was there that they discovered the needs of vulnerable children and how even two young people can make a small difference for kids in need. Fast forward to now, they have 3 kids, a couple of them adopted from Russia a year and a half ago. These kids have made such a profound difference in their lives as they grew and experienced real love, that here Andrew and Amy are again, one more time. Although they have a fun and busy family life, they knew that they can provide a family for one more little one.

And when they told the kids it would be a little sister, they FLIPPED and talk about and pray for her daily, “Get one more apple sauce — for me LITTLE SISTER!”

She will be loved, she will be cherished. She will be read to, cuddled and eat a variety of home grown healthy food, go to the beach and have dance parties at home with her siblings. For anyone who donates to our little girl and helps us bring her home, we will love you forever. Literally.

11/16/14—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog tinygreenelephants.com

$20,604.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CARLIANA for the Rowan family — MS

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

 

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TIMOTHY for the Embry family — KS

EmbryDerek and Michelle are high school sweethearts who can’t wait to bring home a big brother for their two sweet girls, ages three and one. Their story began in 2006 and is still very much being written. Michelle remembers adoption being laid on her heart while she was still in the hospital after delivering their second baby (only one short year ago!). It may have been the anesthesia, or just God’s divine intervention that opened their hearts to adoption that day, but from then on they have been working tirelessly to make adoption a reality for their family. Michelle knew it was meant to be when she nervously told her husband she’d felt called to adopt a child with Down Syndrome and he replied “Let’s do it!”. They believe their love for all children (regardless of chromosomes) and Michelle’s experience as a nurse will help prepare them for welcoming an older child with Down Syndrome into their family. They are working day and night to bring home a son who they found through Reece’s Rainbow from a country in Asia. He has been waiting 5 long years for a family. It is unfathomable to the couple that he has waited this long, but know that God does nothing on accident and believe he has been waiting for them the entire time. Every day spent waiting is a day he goes without knowing the love of a family, and they are grateful for any donation, big or small, that will help them bring him home.

3/4/15—STILL WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

 

$5,827.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BELLE for the Walter family — TX

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

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KELLIN for the Kehoe family — MN

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog racing2kellin.blogspot.com

 

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RUTHANNE for the Enger family — UT

Ruth (1)If you knew me you would know that I have a rather shy personality. I don’t like to share personal experiences or do things that might draw too much attention to me. But if you knew me you would also know that I LOVE being a mom more than anything else in the world. I LOVE having babies. I love the entire process. I pray daily for the blessing of more children. I can’t wait until I can have another baby. I know it might sound crazy when I already have 5 beautiful children, but I dream every day about having more children. I have always wanted 7 children, my 7 beautiful dwarfs in my fairy tale life. My children bring me more joy than I ever knew existed, and they make my life perfect, each in their own unique way.

I have always thought about adopting a child. I can do without all the different social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, but I find myself searching Reece’s Rainbow constantly. Even though I have this overwhelming desire to adopt, the thought of not going through my favorite part of being pregnant got in the way of really considering it. I worried that by adopting a child I would be taking away from my family, and I was afraid.

In November of 2013, I came across a little girl on Reece’s Rainbow that stole my heart. She is a Down Syndrome girl from China that is 2 years old. It was love at first sight. Her eyes were calling to me and I felt an instant connection to her. I really don’t know how to fully explain it even now, but I knew in an instant that she was meant to be a part of my family. I sent her picture to my husband and told him that this was our baby. He didn’t know whether to take me seriously or not, but he fell in love with her on that day, too. Time went by and I looked up this baby daily, and my husband, seeing that I was indeed serious, agreed that we needed to look into making Ruthanne a part of our family. We inquired about her, but did not hear back.

The next thing I knew I was pregnant. I was SO excited, but something inside told me something wasn’t quite right. I could not stop thinking about Ruthanne, but thought that because I was pregnant that I was not meant to adopt her. I tried to move on, but I still had a nagging feeling that something was not right. It was so hard to let go of my thoughts of Ruthanne and it was very confusing for me. I also knew in my heart that my pregnancy was not going to be okay.

I remember lying in my bed, so scared because I felt inside that the road I wanted to take was not the one that my Heavenly Father had planned for me. The next day I started to miscarry my baby, and I was beyond devastated. I have never felt such pain and heartache. As I prayed for comfort I had an overwhelming feeling that Heavenly Father had a different plan for me, and later that day I received a phone call from an adoption agency telling me about Ruthanne. When I got off the phone I knew from the top of my head to the tip of my toes that this was the plan my Heavenly Father had for me. I remember dropping to my knees and praying and feeling complete peace. As the weeks went on I tried to convince myself that I was just emotional and was making myself grasp onto something to try and get over losing a baby, but tiny miracles each day verified that this truly is a divine plan.

I have never had to have faith to this degree. I am terrified and excited, both at the same time. I will be adopting a child from China with Down Syndrome. How will she fit in with my curlyhaired, green-eyed children? Will I be able to care for a child with special needs? This beautiful girl will be with me forever and she will need my full attention, will I be able to give her what she needs and deserves while still having enough left inside to give to the rest of my family? How will this change my perfect family? Will I feel the same about her as my naturally born children?
What will my family picture look like? Will people think I am crazy? After all, I will have 3 year old twins, two 2 year old girls, one with special needs, and yes, I still hope to have one more. How will we pay for the large adoption fees? These are all the thoughts that have been racing through my head. And every time I pray about it, to seek the confirmation that I am doing the right thing for my family and Ruthanne, I receive the same answer. Have faith, and everything will be as it should be.

So, here I am. I am adopting a beautiful Down Syndrome child from China. Right now I don’t understand why I am supposed to do this or why I am worthy of this important task. I am terrified. What I do know without a doubt is that I am meant to take this road, and Ruthanne is meant to take this journey with me. I know that if I have faith in my Heavenly Father and his divine plan for me and my family then we will all be blessed. This is not where I thought I would be in my life, but I now truly understand what it means that “My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are my ways your ways” and that sometimes you must forward with faith even when, or perhaps especially when, you can’t quite clearly see why. I will move forward with faith that I have never had before. I am afraid, but I have trust in the Lord and know that He is leading me on this journey. I know with all my heart that this is the path my family is destined to take, and I know that we will not take this journey alone.

3/6/15—LOA RECVD

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog itstartedoutasafeeling.com

$6,928.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TWO BOYS for the Pellegrino Family-MD

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

 

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EMMA and SHAILEY for the Dubbs family — NC

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

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LISA for the Bison family — NC

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

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ELIZABETH for the Fristoe family — MO

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

 

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JAEGER for the Alford-DeBoer family — CA

jaeger-2014Andrea and Jesse met and fell in love on a co-ed soccer team in 2004, he was great & she was not, but they’ve been teammates ever since. Jesse works in Property Management & is the Worship Leader at their church. Andrea stays at home with their son, Jackson (adopted), and any foster children they may be loving on at the time. While serving the homeless in their city the DeBoer’s became increasingly aware that most of the people they met on the streets came from broken homes or were lacking family. The DeBoer’s both come from large families & love family life, they recognize their adoption by God is the single most significant part of their heritages, and they realized that extending their family through adoption and foster care was one way they could stand in the gap between brokenness & life on the streets. Andrea and a friend came across Reece’s Rainbow, saw one beautiful smile that stood out in particular, and was heartbroken over the plight of orphans and orphans with special needs. The DeBoer’s had no intention of adopting internationally but continued to learn more about the orphan crisis. In the time since, they became licensed foster parents & adopted Jackson. In 2013 Andrea saw a face on social media that looked familiar, went back to RR & sure enough it was that same little boy. She asked, Jesse said ‘Yes!’ and they began the adventure to bring Jaeger home to their family!

The journey is long & complicated, and the costs are high, but the DeBoers know that Jaeger is worth it! They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little man.

3/25/15—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$890.46 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LADYBUG for Chris and Kami — CO

 photo fwbutton150.pngChris, Kami, and their two young daughters’ journey toward adoption started before they even recognized it as such. Even upon marriage, Chris and Kami talked hypothetically about a desire to adopt “one day.” In the midst of losing three sweet babies to miscarriage over the course of 12 months in 2011-2012, God revealed that “one day” was much sooner than they would have guessed. Slowly and surely, they have been reading and researching, praying for waiting children, supporting others’ adoptions, and prayerfully seeking God’s timing for their blessed opportunity to give a child a family. They are excited that the time has come!

They feel unequivocally called to adopt a waiting child from an Eastern European orphanage. They are excited to pursue little Ladybug to give her a family, the chance to learn about Jesus, and the opportunity to reach her highest potential. They acknowledge that this will be difficult work. But they know that our God is our Redeemer, our Comforter, and our Strength. And, they simply believe that every single child is a blessing – regardless of his or her abilities, history, future, or labels the world has attached to them. They covet your support in this endeavor and ask for your prayers for Ladybug and their family.

3/4/15—TRAVELING MARCH 22

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

$16,580.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MADDOX and AMOS for the Stickley family — MD

Amos“Mom, we need to talk. I don’t know if it’s a thought that God keeps putting in my head or a thought that I keep putting in my head, but I think we should adopt a little boy.” “I don’t care which of you put it there, you need an eraser!” This was the conversation between my then 10 year old daughter and I in November 2009; a conversation that changed our lives forever. It was the springboard that flung us into the world of adoption! Within two weeks I went from being a single divorced mom of two biological daughters, to a committed adopting mom of a Russian son with Down Syndrome. Fourteen months of paperwork, praying, fundraising, paperwork, praying, 2 trips (5 weeks!) in Russia, and oh, paperwork and praying, my daughter and I brought home our little prince, Maxim Alexey.

After a crazy journey, I was committed to a 5 year old little boy in China, but his file hadn’t been prepared because “he isn’t as smart as the other children so nobody will want him.” Well, that was all it took for me to know that he’s a Stickley! They said that it would take a year to get his file prepared and that I would be looking at almost 3 years for the adoption to be complete. Did they really think that was going to scare me off? I decided that not only is he not “unlovable,” he is worth the wait!

Then, less than a month later, I was approached about adopting a little girl from China who was 13 and only had 5 months to be adopted. The timing was perfect in that I could adopt her while waiting for the little boy’s file to be compiled. Several agencies told me that it would be impossible to complete the adoption in the 4 month time-frame. Well, we proved them wrong! We have now had Ava Monet home for two months! God’s timing is perfect!

While in China, I got to meet some of the wonderful orphanage workers from Ava’s orphanage. I told them that I advocate for families for these children and asked if they had any other children for whom they would like for me to try to find families. They said that they would give me a website, but then we just all stood around socializing for a long time. Next thing I knew, they introduced me to a seven year old little boy, and the power between us silenced the room! “Mom, we have to come back for him!”

So, I am a blessed mom of two biological daughters (22 and 14), an adopted son from Russia (5), an adopted daughter from China (14), and I’ve just been approved to adopt BOTH little boys! Oh, did I mention that all 4 of my children from another mother have DS? Three of the four of them were listed on Reece’s Rainbow. So, adopting two little boys right on the heals of a previous adoption has caused me to reach beyond my financial comfort zone and step out in faith. Any help and support will be greatly appreciated and I pray that God multiplies it in return to all donors! Thank you!

3/10/15—LOA RECVD

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

The Stickley family has a $5000 matching grant!  Once their FSP reaches $5,246, they will receive an additional $5000!

$4,351.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HUGH for the Brangers family — SC

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LENNY for the Nap family — WA

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.napclan.com

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LILY for the Thomas family — TX

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

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ANTOINETTE for the Oden family — OK

30728134045Jeff and Shanda got a bit of a non-traditional start.  When Jeff and Shanda met, Shanda was a divorced single mom of two boys.  They quickly merged into one tight knit family though, and were thrilled to soon celebrate the birth of a little girl.  A few months after the princess joined their family, they realized she wasn’t developing at the typical speed and began seeking answers.  The princess was soon diagnosed with Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.  Not long after that, their family expanded again, this time with the addition of an 8 yr old through kinship foster care.  They were later blessed to adopt this sweet boy, who fit perfectly into their family from day one.  But God wasn’t done – Jeff and Shanda then welcomed the newest addition to their family – a sweet baby boy was born in December 2012!  Their family now has 4 boys, ages 15, 12, 11, & 1, and one sweet little 3 year old girl.  Their family was complete – so they thought.  One day they read an article about the plight of special needs kids in other countries.  Their eyes were opened and their hearts were broken.  Children just like their sweet princess, routinely abandoned to spend their lives in institutions.  The magnitude of that injustice was beyond their comprehension.  Their journey parenting a special needs child and also adopting had taught them many things.  It brought their family closer together, it made them stronger.  It made them realize that the important things in life are smiles and love, not IQ and test scores.  They learned that every child brings pride and joy and blessings, regardless of a diagnosis or a biological connection.  As a family who had seen first hand the blessings of both adoption and special needs, they had to do something.  So, they prayed.  They knew that it was their job as Christians to join the fight against this injustice.  So they prayed about how.  And soon God gave them an answer – their part is to adopt.  So they made plans to adopt.  Someday.  But God changed that plan when they ran across a picture of sweet Antoinette!  They took some time and prayed over it, and God confirmed that she is their child.  God has already begun moving mountains – after a long search, they recently bought a big house that could easily accommodate another child.  The purchase of the house has depleted much of their savings and made the process of adopting at this time very daunting.  But God promised – if they just said “yes”, that He would provide.  So they enter into this adoption completely on faith that God will move the mountains and they will soon bring home another sweet little princess.

2/2/15—HOMESTUDY STILL in PROCESS

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog 15milesfromnowhere.blogspot.com

 

$46.08 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVAN for the Orta family — GA

Evan March 2014 Christie and Raymundo met in June 2000 while they were both living in Hilton Head, SC. It was a chance meeting that changed their lives forever! Two people who probably would have passed each other on the street and not given it a second thought, were now on a path that neither would have predicted.

Raymundo (Mundo) was born in Mexico and always had a passion for learning English and traveling to the United States. When the opportunity arose to come to the US, he seized it! The hardest part of the trip was leaving his family. However, they were (and still are) very supportive of his dreams and urged him to go. Christie is also from a loving family and, at the time had been moving around the country working for Marriott.

Skip ahead almost 14 years later – Christie and Mundo have been married for 11 years and have biological daughter named Laura. Laura is 7 years old and in the 1st grade. Christie now works for the public school system in Savannah, GA as a special education teacher and Mundo works within the hospitality industry. They had been thinking of expanding their family for several years, but wanted to do it through adoption. They both felt that there were too many children who were already here in this world that needed a home and a mom and dad to call their own. They thought of fostering to adopt and made several attempts through the local social services, but it just wasn’t the right time or place.

In September, Christie welcomed a new student into her classroom who had been recently adopted from Ukraine. After getting to know his family and learning about the conditions that children with disabilities face and the grim outlook for their future if not adopted, Christie felt the calling to find a child for she and Mundo. Upon finding Reece’s Rainbow and searching for children with Down Syndrome, Christie and Mundo found Evan! After much discussion, tears, and prayer, Christie and Mundo made that first step to bring Evan home to live with them. Their daughter, Laura, is beside herself with excitement and cannot wait to be a big sister! Every day she talks about the things that she is going to teach Evan to do.

The Orta’s believe that they were led to Evan and that God is calling them to adopt this sweet boy into their family. Many fund-raisers have taken place with LOTS of support from friends, family, and the community! They have loved getting updates on his progress and seeing his pictures as he has grown the past several months. However, no update or picture could ever take the place of holding your child in your arms. They are anxiously waiting for the day when they can board the airplane to bring their son home.

3/30/15—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at evan4theortas.weebly.com

$511.48 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KITT and CARRIE ANN for the Davis family — LA

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

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TIMMY for the Abrams family — CA

TimmyThe Abrams have been married for 22 years and have been blessed with 3 amazing daughters age 20, 16 and 12.  They live in San Diego, CA where Tim is a firefighter and Michele homeschools their daughters.  They are a silly family with lots of joy and they have always wanted to adopt.  The Lord opened a door when their 16 year old daughter, Ember went to China on a mission with close friends.  The Abrams fell in love with all of the disabled orphans Ember cared for.  But one sweet blind boy stole their heart and the Lord began to give them faith to adopt him.  They are working hard to get their dossier finished and bring their son home.

 3/8/2015— LOA RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.adopttimmy.com

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HALLIE and BROTHER for the Preciado family — TN

 photo fwbutton150.pngPreciado brotherUPDATE! UPDATE! After the Preciado’s family’s adoption agency visited their sweet girl’s center, they came to see how attached and bonded “Hallie” and one of her foster brothers are. “Hallie” and “Luke” have lived as brother and sister in this center for most their lives, and since there is no need to separate them now, Ryan and Carmen are excited and honored to be able to keep them as forever brother and sister, and adopt “Luke” too! This is a blessing beyond what words can describe, and Ryan and and Carmen are so happy to be able to share this story of God’s beautiful plan with you all!

 

Ryan and Carmen knew since their first date they would choose adoption to begin their family. Ryan was adopted from birth, and always knew he wanted to provide a loving home to a child in need the same way his parents did to him, and Carmen has always had a heart for children with special needs. She remembers volunteering her recesses in elementary school to work with the precious students in her school’s special education classroom, and kept her love for helping others through her life, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. (Fun fact: first date was June 28th 2012, engagement was August 4th, 2012, and their wedding was on January 19th, 2013!–even “funner!” fact: the daughter they are adopting’s birthday is Jan. 18 (2004) (that time of year is going to get way more expensive for Ryan!).

Their adoption process began sooner than they imagined thanks to a dream Carmen had been having since before her and Ryan were married (or even knew each other!). Carmen had the same recurring dreams for several years where she arrived home to the Nashville airport with her newly adopted daughter. The beautiful girl had gorgeous darker skin and dark wavy hair on her sweet head, she also had significant special needs, and was met with tears of joy and prayers by Carmen’s family at the airport. Fast-forward a few years after having this same dream over and over again, and while looking at the sweet children on an adoption advocacy site, THERE SHE WAS! THE SWEET GIRL CARMEN HAD BEEN DREAMING ABOUT! Thankfully, she already had a family coming for her, but Ryan and Carmen took her to be their sweet little angel who was telling them now was the time to begin their adoption journey. And so they did. One day while praying for the children and families of Reece’s Rainbow, Carmen scrolled down a page to have her husband grab her hand and exclaim, “Why hasn’t anyone adopted her yet?!” he repeated this several time until Carmen smiled and said, “I don’t know, maybe because we’re supposed to?” And that was it-the beginning of the journey to bring “Hallie”/Lu (soon to be Lucy if she wants a new name!) home. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan are not actually that big of “I love Lucy” fans, they just thought giving her the name “Lucy” would be a great way to keep her Chinese name incorporated into a name given to her by her forever mommy and daddy)

See, Carmen is the weepy emotional sort and Ryan is the confident strong one–it makes for a great balance in this crazy little journey of life and adoption. Carmen is also the fiercely outspoken passionate one and Ryan is the gentle humble one–making yet another perfect balance in the crazy little thing called love. Carmen traveled to Afghanistan a year and half after 9/11/2011 to teach in newly gender-integrated classrooms, she has also been to Burma to set up day medical clinics in secret house churches, rocked babies in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and lived briefly in Uganda. After having seen so much pain and suffering, she decided she was either part of the problem or part of the solution–impassioning her even more. Once when talking to a friend about how she could possibly maintain a quiet and gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:4) when she’s seen so much injustice and suffering she was handed this ditty: “if you see suffering and injustice, you better shout it from the rooftops”-and that’s what she’s been doing ever sense, shouting it from the rooftops. (“fun” fact: while teaching in Afghanistan, Carmen had the taliban sit on on several of her classes; luckily she doesn’t scare easily, unless it involves spiders-then her life is over :) )

Ryan is the operations manager for the Home Depot and is always looking for ways to bless the immediate community around him, from donating crates upon crates of watermelon to the homeless mission to doing workshops with individuals with special needs. He is generous and humble-hearted: whenever Carmen approaches him with a way to “save the world (for somebody)” he listens and plans with her on how to do just that. (fun fact: Carmen sometimes convinces Ryan and a few of his coworkers to come and do a mini-workshop with her preschoolers, and one time they made bug catchers and told Ryan they wanted to catch black widows and poisonous snakes in it–Carmen did the important thing and taught them later that snakes are actually referred to as “venomous” and explained the difference–there is always a learning opportunity!).

Since Ryan and Carmen had only been married a year when they began the process to become a forever mommy and daddy to a sweet child on RR, they had to write a letter requesting a waiver (China requires you be married for 2 years). Remember how Carmen has a knack for writing with tons of emotion and being weepy and incredibly impassioned, well she wrote such a letter and pled her (and her husband’s) case, and…it was approved! Then a few weeks later the PA came, and now their are giddy new parents-to-be of a sweet 10 year old. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan’s first dance was supposed to be to “Fools Rush In”–because, well, that’s what happened, remember the first “fun fact”?, but someone started the playlist before they got to the reception, so they didn’t)

They feel truly blessed, and look forward to walking through this journey with such a beautiful community (Carmen wants to make sure you know that is you!)

Change the world, for somebody.

3/18/15—AWAITING LOA

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

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EDMUND for the Hinz family — FL

hinz-edmundEdmundBrian and Erin have been happily married since August of 2008. After a wonderful honeymoon cruise with family friends, they decided that they wanted to start trying for a family. However, God had other plans. After two years of battling infertility and a year of infertility treatments, the Hinzes gave up on having children naturally and began to research adoption.

After weeks of adoption research, Erin came upon the Reece’s Rainbow website and immediately became sold on the idea of adopting a child with Down syndrome. However, she kept this a secret for several weeks while she figured out the best way to approach Brian with the idea. Then, one day, she found a picture of a little boy she knew was meant to be hers. She approached Brian and, after months of research a prayer, they commit to adopting Sterling.

Sterling has Down syndrome and was adopted from Ukraine in October 2011. Now 7, Sterling has been home for over two years and is thriving in a loving home. He has been the greatest blessing the Hinzes could ever imagine. He has helped them to become better people and has given them a love that they never knew existed. You can read all about Sterling’s adoption here: bringingsterlinghome.blogspot.com

Now, the Hinzes are pleased to announce that they are adding another little man to the family! They cannot wait to get him home and they hope you will join them on this mission.

3/13/15—FINAL TRIP MARCH 21

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog:  twolittleketchupcrocodiles.blogspot.com

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TEMPERANCE for the Willock family — MD

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Vanessa (Temperance)

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MAGNUS for the Gomes family — HI

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Kanoa (Magnus)

Ukraine

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

 

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KAMDYN and CANDACE for the Rosencrants family — GA

Kamdyn April 2013Candace2Scott and Lydia met in 1996 and married two years later. They moved to their current home when Lydia took a job as a college professor and Scott began taking classes to complete his college degree. They had planned on waiting to have children until Scott was done with school, but God had other plans. They felt called to adopt in 2001 and brought home their first two children, two boys, from Kazakhstan that same year. They were both 2 at the time. Scott and Lydia were deeply touched by all the children they left behind, so they returned to Kazakhstan the following year and adopted two brothers, who were 4 and 3. With four little boys under 5 to care for, Scott quit school and became a full time dad. In 2004, they adopted three sisters from Russia, who were 8, 7, and 7. After that, Lydia and Scott felt that they needed to focus on the needs of their children. They never forgot those left behind though. In 2011, they had a biological child, who is very spoiled by his older brothers and sisters. In 2013, they brought home a sweet five year old girl from a notorious orphanage in Bulgaria and she is doing very well! They are excited to add another precious girl to their family.

3/4/15—FINAL TRIP MARCH 2015

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog eightisnotenough2012.blogspot.com

$20,235.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRECK for the Murray family — TN

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Jonah (Breck) 2015

China

 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog: mysonsfromafar.blogspot.com

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ARIC for the Kojak family — FL

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog therighttoholdyou.com

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OTTO for the Holland family — FL

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Wesley (Otto) 2015

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CHARLEY for Aaron and Jenny

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Boaz (Charley) 2015

 

 

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

 

 

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ARAN for the Bishop family — NY

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

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TATIANA for the Darrow family — OH

Tatiana 2013The Darrow family met Tatiana when they were in Eastern Europe several years ago, adopting their twins. They came home anxious to see Tatiana with a family of her own. As they have watched the twins blossom, Tatiana has remained on their hearts. Eventually they realized that the time was right to add Tatiana to their family, as well!

 

3/19/15—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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

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JONAH for the Steele family — ID

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SHAWN and MURRAY for the Warren family — AZ

Shawn (4)Murray (3)warrenboysScott and Lisa grew up in the same small town and attended church together. They started dating in college and have been married for 16 years. They have 6 children; Noah – 15, Luke – 12, Jack – 10, Kaia – 9, Josiah – 8 and Asher – 4. Adoption has always been on Lisa’s heart. When their second son was born with complications, they were thrown into the world of parenting a child who had special needs. When they began their first adoption in 2005, their experiences with their son led them to pursue a child with special needs. They brought home their first and only daughter from China the following summer. Adopting their daughter changed their family in ways they couldn’t imagine. They felt so blessed to be her parents. In 2008, Lisa traveled to China a second time to bring their 4th son home. Over the next few years adoption continued to be on Lisa’s heart and specifically, HIV adoption. It was during the summer of 2013 that “Shawn” first caught her attention. He looked so much like their son Jack. When she sent his picture to Scott, he though it was their son! She watched “Shawn” and waited for him to find his family, but he continued to wait. She contacted RR on 8/8/13 and asked about him. Scott was still certain that their family of 8 was complete, so Lisa continued to pray for the Lord’s direction. She couldn’t seem to shake this little guy and thought about him daily. Over the next few months, the Lord began to work in both of their hearts. Little by little the doors opened and hearts were changed. Scott surprised Lisa on Valentine’s Day with a journal that said, “Let’s go!”. After a lot of prayer and seeking, Scott and Lisa both knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that “Shawn” was their son. This will be a journey of faith from start to finish as they bring Shawn home. Scott and Lisa are trusting the Lord for his provision and direction every step of the way.

3/26/15—COURT IS APRIL 3

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

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SIMON and SAMUEL for the Cianciolo family — VT

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Alex & Sammy 2015

Alex & Sammy 2015

UKRAINE

 

 

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LYDIA for the Whicker family — MT

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

 

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STEPHIE for the Pickett family — VA

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Bulgaria

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

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ASHER for the Mack family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngAsher Photo 2 May-2013Justin and Lindsay have been married for almost 4 years. They have always had a special place in their hearts for individuals with special needs but never knew the true reason why until now! They finally heard God’s calling loud and clear and took a step in faith & began the process of adopting this sweet little boy.

The Macks currently do not have any children of their own but they are excited to start their family with such a precious gift. They look forward to filling their house and hearts with an angel like Asher.

The Macks will be able to provide Asher with a loving and caring home where he will be loved by many! The family greatly appreciates prayer warriors through the process and any financial assistance they may receive.

3/19/15—WAITING FOR COURT

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghappinesshome.org

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LAURENCE’s family — IL

 photo fwbutton150.pngLaurence 2We are so excited to have Laurence/Lance join our family. I have had a heart for orphans starting at a very young age. I currently enjoy working in the field of special education, and have a great schedule for raising a family. I went back to school to get my Masters in Social work to hopefully start a ministry for orphans/foster kids someday. Although I have these big dreams, for right now, I am using what God has given me in the present moment. I didn’t really plan to adopt overseas, mostly because of the huge expense. In fact, I got my foster care license so that I can adopt a child from foster care in this country. I guess God has other plans at this time, and I am trusting in Him to provide. Lance will join two brothers. My biological son is 8 years old and he is half-Chinese. Lance’s other soon-to-be brother joined us in June of 2013 through a program called Safe Families and will be with us long-term. We are all looking forward to meeting Lance and have enjoyed the pictures and stories from so many people who have already met him and love him.

 

3/17/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD, PLAN TO TRAVEL APRIL 14

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

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BENJAMIN and JUNE for the Williams family — PA

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ANTHONY, KRISTJAN and HANNAH for the Dewberry family — NC

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Dell, Gene & David’s Family

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Jeff and Debbie are high school sweethearts who have been married 29 years. They have 11 children, 5 adopted through Reece’s Rainbow. They adopted Matthew and Michael in 2010, then Sarah and Sydney in 2011. While adopting Matthew and Michael, Jeff met the little boy who, for four years, was in the crib next to Michael. That little boy was listed as Kiril on RR. Jeff and Debbie signed up to be Kiril’s Prayer Warrior through RR. Then in 2013, they became his Angel Tree Warrior. After years of advocating and praying for Kiril, they clearly heard the Lord say, “Go get your son!” so they committed to adopt him.

Dell is another amazing child who has been on their hearts since the day he was listed, so they committed to adopt him as well. As fate would have it, Kiril’s region closed to adoption because of political unrest right after they committed to adopt him. Their hearts were utterly broken, but their determination did not waiver. They continued with the adoption and added Gene when he became available again. They prayed a miracle would happen for Kiril and they would be allowed to adopt him at some point. Well, God moved mountains in a mighty way and Jeff was allowed to adopt Kiril while in-country. Kiril just arrived home and is doing well. During visits at Dell and Gene’s orphanage, Jeff met a little boy who desperately needs a momma and papa. His name is David. After David was cleared for international adoption, Jeff and Debbie decided to add him to their adoption as well.

Thank you for your prayers and support as Jeff and Debbie work to complete this amazing journey to adopt these four precious children!

Update:  Kiril is home (2014)!

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3/23/15—COURT IS MARCH 30

 

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GAGE and MILLIE’s Family

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at iwillcometoyou-john14-18.blogspot.com

 

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DELIYA for the Parker family — WA

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Leanna (Deliya) 2014

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ALONZO, SOPHIA, and SADIE for the Vargas family — PA

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Adam and Chastity have been married for 15 years.  They have six children.  There have always been children in their lives – even their first date was surrounded by neighbor children playing in the snow.  In 2002, the Vargas family began a Christian adventure camp that is held at their home twice a year.  The camp has grown to approximately 34 children from both city and rural communities.  Camp IGUANA (In God’s Universe Accepting New Adventures) encourages children through hands-on activities and trips to look at everything in their lives as adventures.  This has also become how their family looks at each day as well.  Their family has hosted 9 children from orphanages in EE over the last 4 years with the hope to adopt that grew more and more.  They eagerly look forward to adding to their family through adoption and are grateful for your prayers and support.

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3/13/15—WAITING FOR COURT

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

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EDEN for the McLean family — MA

Eden_Jan 2014 (14)mclean-rayla2015Kerri and Dan have some very exciting news to share!!! This adorable munchkin will soon be part of their family! Kerri and Dan have many reasons to be thankful for the internet. They met on Match.com four and a half years ago, and knew right away that they had found “the one.” They have been married for two and a half years now, and thanks again to the internet, they have fallen in love with a baby on the other side of the world. They knew right away that she was “the one.”

Dan has a 6 year old son and a 9 year old daughter, who is also lucky enough to have Down Syndrome. While Dan’s children live far away, they get to visit with them as often as possible. They are excited that their new munchkin will have such a wonderful big brother and sister, to help her become the newest member of the McLean clan. Kerri and Dan live on a small family farm, which is home to 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, 2 goats, and a handful of chickens. They also both have large extended families who all live nearby. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming this much anticipated member of the family, as soon as they can get her home! Thank you for all your support!

3/24/15—WAITING FOR FINAL TRAVEL DATES

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

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ALEJANDRO for the Greene family — MO

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LUKE for the Boroughs family — NJ

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

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GIANNA NATALIA for Tyler and Rachael — SC

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KEEGAN for the Vantrease family — KY

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Keegan (1)Mike and Anita have been married for 28 years. Anita was adopted at 11 months old. Her dad was also adopted but at the age of 3. He actually was one of the last orphans to ride the orphan train. Anita and Mike had a heavy heart to adopt as it’s always been a part of Anita’s life. They have 4 children all adopted from China and began the journey back in Dec. 2000 when they brought home their first daughter Emmi from Nanchang at the age of 12 months with the nsn program. She is now 14 yo. In 2003, they found their second daughter Maggie on the first sn listing. Her need was cl/cp. She is filled with energy and bounces through the house twirling and doing cartwheels. Not even thinking about a son, they felt the call again to adopt. But this time, God had a different plan for them, it was a son. They found Jacob at the age of 3 also on a sn list. He had a club radial hand. Anita advocated for him and didn’t even realize he was to be their son. Then God layed it on her heart and she knew!!! Trusting in Him, they started the journey to bring him home. Again, what a joy he has been to their family. In 2009, their heart became heavy for the older child. With prayer and trusting in God, in 2010 they found their daughter, Faith, age 12 yo. She was listed with Sequalae from a brain injury, cp. Since coming home, Faith has adjusted very well and is learning with leaps and bounds. It is with great joy that she is coming to know Jesus and attends a Friday night Chinese worship group and then of course on Sunday too. Now as the Vantrease family starts the journey again to their second son, the entire family is giddy to get him home. As with the previous 4 children, Keegan will be loved and adored. He will grow and learn about the love of Jesus in a home where He is present everyday.

2/27/15—TRAVELING MARCH 27

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

$4,763.09 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANIE’s family — MD

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

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HAMILTON + 1 for the Williams family — FL

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Hamilton & Cadman 2015

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at trustyourgut.weebly.com

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LEANDRA for the Averett family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngLeandra (1)Dean and Tori have been happily married for 25 years and have 6 beautiful biological children, 4 boys and 2 girls. They recently adopted 1 amazing little boy with Down Syndrome that they found here on Reece’s Rainbow (Percy on RR) and are now adding to lifes adventure by adopting Leandra. They always knew they wanted a large family. Dean and Tori talked about adopting several times throughout their marriage because they love children and love sharing their lives with them. They are active and have many passions and hobbies and do everything together. Their youngest son with Down Syndrome has lightened their lives and brings more happiness and laughter to the family everyday. After finding and donating to Leandras Angel Tree Grant they knew that she too belonged in their family.

Please consider helping Leandra and the Averetts unite as a family and contribute with a tax-deductible donation. They are very grateful for everyones help, prayers, support and blessings as they embark on there next adoption journey.

 

3/24/15—TRAVELING APRIL 17

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

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BRANDY and BRIELLE for the Casebier family –

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FELIX, GRETA, and ROMEO for the Barnett family — TX

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BURGANDI for the Ledlow family — AL

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China

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 147minusone.blogspot.com

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SAVANNAH for the Piatt family — CA

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

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MARIA for the Cox Family — GA

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Ukraine

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

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NICK and KADE for the Cogan family — FL

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

 

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HOLDEN + 1 for the Byrne-Cox family — KY

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DRAKE for the Theisen family — ID

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

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RANDALL and BRETT for the Feinland family — LA

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CHARLIE and LOLA for the Boyer — FL

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Raymond for the Kingma family — MI

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SETH for the Speelman family — OH

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BO for the Christofferson family — IA

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SADIE for the Shoger family — FL

shoger-sadieshoger-familyAndrew and Kristin have been married for 10 years and have 3 biological boys! In the spring of 2013, God began to open their eyes to the needs of children around the world who are without families. Seeing how much they have been blessed by God with a loving family, faith, and a warm, cozy house, the Shogers felt God calling them to open their arms to another child. They began to have a strong desire to give a child in need a family, love, security and the chance to know and love Jesus. As they prayed about adoption, the Lord began showing them over and over again children with down syndrome and other special needs. As their eyes were opened to the life that awaits children with down syndrome in Eastern Europe, they decided to follow their hearts and pursue the adoption of a special little one with an extra chromosome. They hope to add a little pink to all the blue that’s currently in their home! Though they don’t know her name and have never seen her face, they know without a doubt that God has knit this special little one together in her mother’s womb and, even now, is knitting her together in their hearts!

Please join the Shoger’s on their journey of faith by following their blog. They covet your prayers, your support and your love as they embark on this exciting and life changing journey!

3/31/15—FINAL TRIP MAY 9

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

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$8,640.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MERRY and JACK for the Simmerman family — UT

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NICHOLAS for the West family — TN

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GEORGINA for the Wingfield family — TX

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PHINEAS and LOVE for the Lee family — OR

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STEVEN for the Davis family — UT

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DIANA and ANNE for the Michaletz family — WI

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CHAVA for the Chellson family — CA

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EBONY for the Sutton family — VA

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DANNY and WAYNE for the Anderson family — NM

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OLIVER and ANDREW for the Nolan family — NJ

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KATHRYN for the Knofczynski family – GA

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ADAM and DAVID for the Ray family — CA

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DARLA for the Solano family — CA

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CHANCE and CALLIE for the VanHalle family — NY

 photo fwbutton150.pngChance Photo 7 Jun-2013Callie Photo 2 April 2014 - April 2014 cropIt’s only been 9 months since Angie and Jason brought their first daughter, Claudia, home after finding her on Reece’s Rainbow, but once again, they feel God calling them to abandon their plans, and to bring their son Chance home. Neither thought that they would be pursuing adoption again so soon after the first, but after seeking God’s will, and with the counsel of their close friends and family, they are ready to once again step out in faith.

 

Update, May 2014:  Angie and Jason have felt God calling them towards older children since shortly after starting the adoption of Chance, and they made the decision to add Callie to their ongoing adoption after praying and seeking the council of friends and family.

Callie is going to be their oldest child (by almost 6 years!) and Angie and Jason are actually just barely old enough to be able to adopt her. They have high hopes that she will be a great big sister to Claudia and Chance, and look forward to seeing her thrive in a loving family. The VanHalles would greatly appreciate your prayers, and can’t wait to see God in action this time around.

 

1/8/15—TRAVELING MARCH 14

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$8,063.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Kunkle family — IN

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JUDE for the Jupin family — AL

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JACKSON for the Simmons family — TX

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THEODORE +1 for the Dailey family — AL

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SUTTER and ARIEL for the Smith family — IN

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MIKEY and THATCHER for the Powell family — VA

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ELLA and NATALIE for the Rubenstein family — LA

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BARRY for the Smith family

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JIMMY for the Duvall family — IN

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China

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BOBBY for the Decker family — TX

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NAOMI for the New family — NY

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