Soleil for the Thorp Family – TX

Soleil June 2013Ben and Tracy live in Texas with their six precious children, two of which were adopted back in 2014 with the help of Reece’s Rainbow. Both of the girls that the Thorps adopted have special needs. One girl has Down Syndrome, and according to the orphanage had no communication abilities. The other has renal agenesis. Both are healthy and thriving now. The girl with Down Syndrome quickly learned sign language and has learned to verbalize many words. She has even put together a 3 word sentence! While at one of the girls’ orphanages, the Thorps met an older child who desperately wanted a family. But, sadly, he had aged out. When Tracy asked if he could still be adopted in his country, she was told most people only wanted young, healthy children. That hopelessness stayed with Tracy, and when another adoptive family mentioned that Soleil was about to age out, Tracy’s heart broke. She emailed her husband the blog post and asked him to pray for a family for Soleil. Later that evening, Ben began to ask about the adoption fees, and so another adoption was begun. This time to bring home a child who has waited much too long for a family. The Thorp family is moving as fast as they can to bring Soleil home to her forever family. With your help, we will give her a future and a hope. Any prayers or donations for Soleil would be greatly appreciated!

1/31/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,915.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEPPER and LIAM for the Marshall family — VA

pepper longgangWe are the Marshall Family! Billy and Laura met during high school and dated for about a month. Billy moved away for college and Laura chose a university close to home. A few years later they reconnected and the “rest is history”.

Billy and Laura will have been married eleven years in May. They have two daughters, Tessa Grace and Bella. The whole family is excited to welcome Pepper and Liam into their family! Billy and Laura began their adoption journey early in their marriage. After some research, they discovered they were too young for some countries and had not been married long enough for others. They became busy with jobs, children, and family life. The Marshall family was blessed to meet a little girl who happened to have Down Syndrome. As they got to know this precious child and her family, they learned about the difficult circumstances many orphans face when they have DS. Laura began to look at listings of children with DS. About 2 years ago, Laura came across Pepper’s file and knew she was her daughter. Billy was not so sure. After prayer and consideration the couple decided to wait. Laura prayed for this little girl to find a family (even if it wasn’t theirs) and thought about her often. Last summer Billy told Laura he was ready to commit to Pepper and they called the agency that very day. It was a joyous day when the Marshall family received pre-approval and shared the news with family and friends. The Marshall family went from being a family of 4 to 5!

The Marshall’s have been busy filling out forms, compiling papers and getting their house ready for Pepper. One day, shortly after the Marshall’s sent their Dossier, a family sent a cake to their little boy living in the same orphanage as Pepper. They posted a picture of the “cake Party” and off to the side was the sweetest little boy Laura and Billy had ever seen. It only took a minute for them to decide they wanted to find out it he had a family coming for him. After a couple weeks the Marshall’s were able to locate little Liam’s file and submit for him. Now the Marshall’s will be a family of 6! They never imagined a simple cake and picture could change their lives in such a wonderful way!

The Marshall’s are hard at work preparing for Pepper and Liam. It has take a great deal of hard work, sacrifice, and prayer to get this far in the process. The Marshall’s are so thankful for their family, friends, and special donors who have joined their team and are helping bring these precious children home.

1/18/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuingping.blogspot.com

$2,870.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Guarino family — PA

Life turned out to be very different from what Nancy had expected. The beauty of the unexpected brought with it confirmation of the strength of family, regardless of its shape and size. For many years, Nancy’s family consisted of herself and her Down syndrome son, Nicky. Deep down, Nancy always knew her family was not complete. Two and a half years ago, Maria (Margit on RR) joined her family. It was during the process of Maria’s adoption that Nancy was introduced to the dismal reality of life for many special needs children in other parts of the world. Nicky, now 22 years old, is and had always been a happy, joyful child. It was heartbreaking for Nancy to learn about what his life might have been like had he been born in a different part of the world. Maria had lived her life in an institution without having anyone to love her. The reality is harsh and difficult to see. Nancy and Nicky were thrilled to bring Maria into their family and embrace her with love and support. Maria has thrived and is full of joy. She brings joy to everyone she encounters. Nicky has loved taking on the role of big brother and Nancy now knows the blessing of opening your heart and family to a child in need. It really is possible to make a difference. For this reason, Nancy has decided to adopt again. Nancy, Nicky, and Maria are opening their hearts and their family to embrace a new family member. Nicky and Maria are excited to have a new sibling to share in the fun and Nancy eagerly awaits the gift of another child, giving him the love and support to thrive in a foundation of family love.

The Guarino family is very thankful for all types of support as they take on this journey.

1/16/17—WAITING FOR 1ST TRIP TRAVEL DATES

$639.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TEMPERANCE for the Sims family — MI

Temperance (2)The humanity in all of us is touched by thoughts of the loneliness experienced by any child waiting for adoption. The story is all the more profound if the child has some special medical need that means his/her passage into adulthood without the love and protection of a family will result in an already desperate prospect having a truly hopeless outlook–most especially when the special need secures little sympathy or help from in-country institutional sources.

This is a story about a little girl called Temperance, and the family she was meant to have.

Temperance has just turned 8. Her prospects of adoption are hugely compromised not only by her age but also and more particularly by her very special need—a chronic blood disorder which is not well understood in her country. She does well in school and is respectful to adults. She is pretty and sweet, but she will not survive under the current circumstances.

The Sims married later in life but faced the prospect of a childless marriage because Dean had the exact same medical condition that Temperance has. Consistent care, persistence, intelligent medical management and the advance of science not only enabled him to manage this condition and live an active, healthy life but it allowed Mary and Dean to have two healthy biological children. This story, if we had space to share the details, would itself leave you watery eyed in terms of its improbability.

Mary and Dean want to try to give something back by way of thanks for their good fortune. Their age now puts them just over the line of ineligibility for many adoption programs, but their preparedness to embrace Temperance into their family and their unique ability to offer medical care and personal experience in successfully managing her condition has opened up an opportunity for them to adopt Temperance.  The cost of this adoption (nearly $60,000) is a harrowing obstacle even after making sacrifices and putting aside other wants and needs as all adoptive parents must do. The high cost is due not only to the extensive in-country fees, but also to the requirement for a six-week stay in country for the whole family.

They are resolved to make it happen. They feel they have to. Without this lifeline, Temperance would seem to have little chance at a full and happy life. In fact, now that she is eight, she may be moved to the school for children with mental challenges, which is where many children with miscellaneous conditions seem to end up. This would be a terrifying prospect even for an adult, but imagine yourself looking through the eyes of a smart and aware, but defenseless, little girl! Even without that, she could find herself suffering extreme prejudice and hardship upon aging out, due to her health condition (if she remains healthy long enough to age out) as well as having spent time in a school for mentally challenged children (of which she was not one). In the arms of her family she would be loved and nurtured and have her condition safely managed so that she could have a full, happy and long life of achievement and strong relationships.

We hope you will join us in bringing this precious child home, and saving a soul worth saving. Maybe in the process, we can begin to break down the bureaucratic paradigms that prevent other children in similar circumstances from finding salvation. But for now—Temperance.

12/9/16—COMPILING DOSSIER

$87.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHARI for the Anderson family — NM

Anderson famshari 2016We’re the Anderson family. Two years ago, we brought home two older boys with fairly significant special needs from China. Before we even brought the boys home, we knew we had one more child to bring home. We didn’t know who that child was, but we had no doubt, before even starting, that there were three more Andersons waiting somewhere!

The time has now come to join our family together! We’re traveling back to one of our favorite places, the massive continent of Asia, to bring home our daughter, known as Shari here on RR and Piper on Love Without Boundaries. She’s rocking those designer genes, and we’re so excited to round out our group with the blessing of Down Syndrome. Our theme seems to be threes. When this adoption is finished we’ll have three girls and three boys. Three American born, three China born. Three adopted, three home grown. Three teenagers, and three children just beginning the stages of elementary school.

We believe in patience. We believe in taking very little seriously. We believe in fun, in humor, in board games, museums, family time, horrible puns, and dad jokes. Most of all, we believe in doing the things that God has asked us to do, with a faith that promises, not that it will ever be easy, but that it will be right. To follow our journey, please check out our blog,  and walk with us while we do just as the hymn that inspired our blog name suggests. “It may not be on the mountain height, or over the stormy sea. It may not be on the battle’s front my Lord will have need of me. But if by a still small voice He calls, to paths that I do not know, I will answer dear Lord, with my hand in Thine, I’ll go where You want me to go.”

1/16/17—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN MARCH


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

$320.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NORA for the Joss family — WA

NoraWe are the Joss family. We live in awe every day at what God has chosen to do in us. He took a young couple who thought they would never have children and has filled our home with love and laughter. He has truly done more than we could have ever asked or imagined. (Eph 3:20) At almost 22 years of marriage, we now have 18 children, plus our daughter, Brooke, in heaven.

Each day we learn to trust Him more to provide for all we need. Each day we thank Him for the precious lives He has brought to us. Each day, we seek His face and what He has for us next.

Our current journey is to bring home our daughter, Nora, who we hosted this summer. We love this beautiful girl – sweet with plenty of spunky mixed in. This will be our ninth adoption in a little over 3 years. We are trusting Him to provide as He always has for each step of this journey. Won’t you please be a part of this story? Please pray for us as we journey onward following Him.

2/4/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at redemptionwhispers.blogspot.com

$185.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARA and HUNTER for the Robinson family — SC

ClaraHunterrobinson-2016Jode and Kelley have been blessed through adoption with eight beautiful and amazing children. Although their lives and hearts are overflowing, they know their family is not yet complete. After much prayer and consideration, they feel led to adopt two precious children, a brother and sister, from Africa. The older sister has no special needs; however, the little brother is developmentally delayed and hearing impaired. Both children were orphaned due to the Ebola plague and have been through much in their little lives.

Jode and Kelley are asking you to partner with them to help bring these precious children home by:

Donating – No amount of money is too small or too large and all donations are tax deductible,

Praying – please agree with them in prayer that God will supply everything they need for this adoption and

Sharing – please share this family sponsorship page with your friends and family and ask them to pray and donate too.

Thank you so much for being a part of this adoption journey!

9/23/16—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessedindeedandexpandingourterritory.blogspot.com

$1,110.43 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BETH and AMBROSE for the Steinhoff family — WI

beth2ambrose-2017-croppedOkay I know I’ve said this before, MANY times before, infact. And I must admit I really did BELIEVE it as well. That being said, we do ultimately serve a God, who is much wiser than I am, andddd in His ultimate wisdom, He has decided ONE more TIME…So here we go.

So without further ado,We are the Steinhoff family, so NOT new to adoption! We have children from China and Ethiopia and Ukraine. YUP we are MIGHTLY Blessed, and we are excited to see how God brings us our last, but NOT least precious kiddos home!! Please join us and Pray fully, consider how you can help families just like ours, because we need it, and we CANNOT do it without you!! If you don’t know what to pray for, or how you can help. Please ASK…If you want information on how you can adopt, message me I would LOVE to help you plan your journey as well. Adoption is sooo Gods heart, and He makes it pretty clear we are to care for the orphans!!

Sincerely the very BIG and the VERY Blessed Steinhoff Family

12/7/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,223.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HATTIE for the Willoughby family — KY

WilloughbyHattie (1)Virgil and Cindy Willoughby have been married 33 years. Virgil is a policeman and Cindy is a stay at home mom. If you had told the Willoughby’s 8 years ago that their family of 5 would soon be a family of 13 they would have laughed. After all, their children were all grown (the youngest was soon to graduate from high school) and they were both middle-aged. But God loves to do the unexpected. He whispered into their hearts as they read a devotion that talked about getting out of their comfort zones and really LIVING. The devotion gave several suggestions, one of which was adoption. It spoke to them both and after talking and praying, they soon began the process to bring home a daughter from China. Once they learned of the Waiting Children’s List, they knew that was the route they wanted to go. They went into the process knowing nothing about adoption. That first adoption they checked only some minor special needs. In 2010 they brought home a 6 year old daughter. It wasn’t long before God was calling them back. Less than a year later they were back in China adopting a 7 year old and one who turned 14 (the age children can no longer be adopted in China) minutes after landing back home. Their 14 year old would spend a month in the hospital less than a year after coming home for four very difficult surgeries to correct severe scoliosis that was limiting her lung function. Their 7 year old has already had numerous cleft surgeries, with more to come. No longer did the medical needs list concern them. They went from being willing to handle very few needs to almost any need. 2013 was another joyful year of welcoming 2 more daughters from China. Both were 5 years old. One is legally blind and the other has many neurological problems. In 2015 they were once again in China to adopt a completely blind 12 year old and a 6 year old with some hearing issues (now repaired) and cleft issues.

They have been blessed with 7 beautiful children from China in a little less than 7 years, and God is once more calling them back. This time they are working on paperwork to bring home Hattie, a 10 year old girl with cleft lip/palate and VSD (repaired). It is hard to believe that at the age of 53 and 51 they are soon to be parents again. God has worked in mighty ways and continues to do so every day. They covet your prayers and are grateful for any gifts that will help them bring this child, who has waited so long for a family, home.

1/10/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog a elliourgiftfromgod.blogspot.com

$243.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CARRIE for the Barrett family — FL

Carrie-001Barrett familyMichelle is a single mother to four biological children. Brittany (24 years old) is very happily married with three beautiful children. Chase (22 years old) is engaged and is a Police Officer and Correction Officer. Chelsea (21 years old) is engaged and has a newborn son. Andrew (19 years old) is preparing to enter the military at the end of the year. Michelle also has four children that she have adopted. Tynsleigh (11 years old) was adopted from China through Reece’s Rainbow’s help. Trevor (8 years old) and Arianna (7 years old) are biological siblings that she adopted from the US Foster Care System. Brennan (4 years old) was adopted from China also with the help of Reece’s Rainbow.

Brennan is one of the very few that was adopted from China with a special need listed but is actually healthy and no special needs. Trevor and Arianna were adopted in 2011. Arianna was born with a cancerous tumor on her lower spine. The tumor was removed at birth and it left her with damaged tissue and muscles. She now has lower limb limited paralysis and limb difference on her right leg and is missing half of her hip. She does not let this slow her down and loves to run and jump and keep up with others her age. Trevor was born with Arthrogryposis affecting every joint. He had a double lower limb amputation in 2013 and now can stand and walk with the help of his Iron Man prosthetics and his walking contraption. He has shown the doctors that said he would never walk or stand that he doesn’t like the word “never”. Tynsleigh was adopted from China with Cerebral Palsy. Michelle saw her face in 2013 right after Trevor’s surgery but new the timing was not right. Her little shaven head and her dimple in her right cheek just kept haunting her thoughts. After a year she finally began the process to adopt. Michelle’s agency matched her with a sweet little boy that she brought home in Oct 2014. The whole time she advocated for this sweet little girl with Cerebral Palsy and a bald shaven head. The little girl kept popping up on websites and Facebook groups. Michelle was in love but wasn’t sure she would ever be able to adopt again because of the cost. Several Reece’s Rainbow families encouraged her and she committed to this little girl that was now 11 years old and had been waiting since she was 5 years old on the shared list. She is now home and has changed so much. The first day when Michelle adopted her she could not sit up by herself, feed herself, or do any other self help by herself. Now 6 months later she is now fully independent and WALKING everywhere (with the help of her Kaye Walker and orthotics).

Michelle’s agency listed a sweet 2 year old girl with an infectious smile and a dimple just like Tynsleigh. Michelle tried again to forget the little face but she kept popping up everywhere. This little girl looked like a mini 2 year old version of Tynsleigh with the same exact special need. This little girl will now be Tynsleigh’s little sister. She will be coming home to Michelle’s family.

She has stated that her greatest responsibility as a parent is to ensure that her children know that family is the foundation of our lives.

Any child that enters our family will be loved by four older brothers, four older sisters, two nieces, two nephews, a brother-in-law, grandparents, uncles, aunts and Michelle, their mother. Michelle’s children are very excited to welcome another child into the family.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our family.

12/15/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com

$389.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RANDALL for the Siwula family — WA

RandallWe are so lucky to have found this boy! Dave & Kelly have been together for over a decade. In 2010, we wed in Hawaii and two years later in 2012 we welcomed a beautiful daughter. We love to travel and stay active. The three of us are more than thrilled to bring this little guy home for many reasons. We also have plenty of love and support and our very well prepared to help him. Our daughter has the same syndrome and we are familiar with all of the specialists he will need to see. We enjoy spending free time with our family and friends. We cannot wait to bring him home.

1/17/17—WAITING FOR COURT

$73.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSIE for the Hefner family — WV

 photo fwbutton150.pngsusieHefnerWe are the Hefner family! Nate and Cassie have been married 8 years and have three beautiful children ages 4, 5 and 6. In May 2014, God laid adoption on their hearts. In May 2015 with the help of Hand of Help in Adoptions and Reece’s Rainbow, they were able to bring a handsome little boy into their family from Eastern Europe. He was diagnosed with VSD, cleft palate, sensory processing disorder and hydrocephalus to name a few. He is now a thriving 5 year old. He had a cleft palate repair in April 2016 and works very hard in speech therapy. He loves his Great Dane, Bentley, and you will rarely see him without a hot wheels car.

Nate and Cassie decided to attend the Reece’s Rainbow Family Reunion in June 2016 never expecting that their hearts would be once again be opened to adoption. It didn’t take long for them to see what was right in front of them: joy, happiness and thriving children just because families committed and said yes! They left the reunion knowing that they needed to go back. They began praying and decided to commit in July when Susie became available.

They are so excited to welcome another child into their home. Their 4 year old daughter had also been praying for a little sister, but little did Nate and Cassie know she would be from Eastern Europe.

2/15/17—USCIS APPROVAL RECEIVED

$1,808.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSIE for the Reid family — IL

Reid SusieSusie (2)Jade & Annie Reid are high school sweet hearts! The first night they met, Annie was so nervous she sat on an exercise bike to avoid sitting by Jade on the couch! After they started dating, Annie knew Jade would be her future husband, and now they have officially been a couple for nearly 20 years!

In March of 2004, Jade & Annie were married in their home town where it all began, and started a life together there. In December of 2005 they welcomed their first daughter into the world. She had wild hair, and a big personality to match! Aubrie Grace was born & welcomed into the world as the first grand child on both sides of the family!

Shortly after Aubrie’s birth Jade & Annie took on the unimaginable task of building a new home, completely on their own! Jade worked hard with Annie’s father Stuart and they built a house on a beautiful pasture in 18 months time!

In the same year, just shy of Aubrie’s first birthday, Jade & Annie announced they were expecting their second child, a boy named Everett Mason. He arrived just before the house was completed and life was truly perfection in complete chaos. His sister Aubrie adored him, and loved being a big sister. Shortly after his birth the Reid’s moved into their new home!

The Reid’s thought life was complete until in May of 2010, they had the biggest surprise that baby #3 was on the way! They fully intended their 3rd child to be a surprise at birth! And a surprise she was indeed! The Reid’s found out in October of 2010 that their daughter would be rocking designer genes (Down syndrome) and also had a balanced AV Canal that would require open heart surgery after her birth.

In February 2011, Ollie Faith entered the world, stole hearts, and transformed minds. Not a day has been the same since she entered the Reid’s lives and she has monumentally impacted every person in their family!

In typical Ollie fashion, she sailed through open heart surgery, and has been a busy, joyful little girl in everything she does!!!

After Ollie, the Reid’s again thought their family was complete, but God works in the best ways! Adoption came into their prayers! In July of 2016, their next daughter was found! As soon as Annie saw her face & a video of her, she knew exactly where they would go to bring their little girl home!

Jade & Annie are over the moon excited!! Big sister, Aubrie, cried when she found out about the adoption & said she’s been praying for a baby sister for so long! And big brother, Everett, said he is willing to sit by his sister Aubrie in the back seat to allow room in the car for baby sister! Ha! And Ollie, well we are sure she will be excited when she figures out what is happening, and that she has a baby sister in her room!!!!

We can’t wait to get our daughter home & are so excited about the journey to get there!!!!

2/12/17—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 28

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

$395.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LULU for the Madsen family — WI

LuLuFaith. What does it mean to you? As I study that word in the Bible, I learn : “Now faith is the confidence that we shall receive the things for which we hope, the proof of the reality of things we do not see…”

We will be adopting another little girl from Asia with Down Syndrome. LuLu. We have chosen “Faith” to be her middle name ~ LuLu Faith Madsen. For right now, it is by FAITH we must believe, not by what we feel or see. She was born at the exact time as our adopted daughter Lilly, abandoned at 8 months like Lil, and looks JUST like our Lil. We will call them twins.  We have been formally accepted to be LuLu’s parents. Let the paperwork and money craziness start.

We have prayed—A LOT. We still are. We have asked for His will. His provisions. We feel called. He equips the called. Our flesh is overwhelmed. Scared. And then we remember ~ Let our FAITH be bigger than our fears. So, we step. Our other children tell us to go & get that little girl home- she needs a family.  Lilly is super excited that LuLu is going to share a room with her and have “lots of sleep- overs.”

Please follow us on our CrAzY journey to bring this sweet child home. We ask, that if at all possible, to support us in any way you can. We ask for your prayers.  More than anything- we want to THANK YOU for loving and supporting us.

2/12/17—DOSSIER COMPLETE 

$2,593.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ZAYNE for the Fowler family — VA

zayne-2015-1fowler2016Since before they met, Josh and Susan knew adoption was in their future. After 10 years of marriage and a beautiful 4 year old daughter (Hazel), they wondered where God was going to lead their family. They felt God calling them to make several big changes in their lives that didn’t quite make sense, until they laid eyes on Zayne. A friend shared his info on Facebook and said, “I’m going to speak up for this young fella again. He is so cute and he really needs a family very soon. If you’ve ever considered international adoption for even one second, please look at this sweet pea and ask the Lord if he is yours.”

The thing was, the Fowlers hadn’t really considered international adoption, and also hadn’t considered a child with special needs. But one look at Zayne’s picture changed all that. They also quickly realized that his medical needs are similar to those that Josh had as a child (but more severe). They decided to take a day and pray about it, but after about 10 minutes realized that a day was too long to wait and they jumped headfirst into the adoption process.

Five months later their dossier was submitted and now they wait for approval and travel dates! Once Zayne is home, he’ll need a major surgery to connect his esophagus to his stomach, at which point he’ll learn to eat. Thankfully the Fowlers live close to an excellent children’s hospital.

The Fowlers are over the moon excited to welcome Zayne into their family, and have a wonderful support system in their community! They’re surrounded by other adoptive families and great medical teams close by—everyone is thrilled to bring Zayne home!

12/17/16—WAITING FOR FINAL TRIP DATES
Follow the family’s journey on their blog at campaignforzane.wordpress.com

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HADLEY for the Oliver family — GA

Hadley (3)DSC_0542-001Jeff and Beth met in 2002 when Jeff decided he wanted to marry Beth but thought he better ask her out first. So, in January of 2003, Jeff worked up the nerve to ask Beth out and after two dates and a few hang outs, Beth and Jeff were engaged March 17, 2003, then married August 29, 2003! Part of the conversation of those two dates was the desire to adopt by both Beth and Jeff.

In November of 2003, Beth and Jeff attended an information meeting to set “life goals”, to make an adoption plan. In that meeting, the gospel truly convicted Beth and Jeff and the plan to adopt added a desire to foster. After serving as foster parents, respite only, then taking a permanent placement in hope to adopt, Beth and Jeff served several years as foster parents. A reunification plan was made for the permanent placement and the children started their way home. Beth and Jeff found out a week later as one door slammed another opened as they found out they were pregnant and a son was born in 2007! A second pregnancy soon followed, a daughter being born in 2008!

Now with a son and a daughter, Jeff and Beth continued to seek out the desire to adopt. In 2012, a loving birth mother chose us as her son’s forever family! Even though for a week or so, our lives seemed “full”, adding another daughter still tugged at our hearts!

Jeff and Beth share the conviction that we will be held accountable each day and on that final day, of how we spent our time and who we spent it with. We are excited to find sweet Hadley on Reece’s Rainbow and continue to work through the process to spend our days with her! Please join us as you feel led financially, or support another family you find here! Maybe find a family in your church, neighborhood or everyday to help fund, or just bring them a meal or wash their car!

Thank you for doing something.  Just reading this and stopping to pray is huge.  For this work is HIS!

With much thankfulness, the Olivers, party of 6!

2/12/17—AWAITING LOA

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CHELSEY for the Ashley family — MS

Ashley FamilyChelsey-updateThis is the Ashley family, Ken, Amy, Travis (11), and Cai (10).  They have been married for 25 years.  As of 13 years ago, they had been married for 12 years and had no children.  They never dreamed that 13 years later they would be at the point of having 3 children; but God is faithful, and He is on time.

Their first child, a wonderful son, was born in October, 2004. They felt so blessed and assumed that they probably wouldn’t have any more children.  In 2012, their pastor’s wife was about to go on a mission trip to China to work with orphans at a Bring Me Hope camp.  One Wednesday night before her trip, the pastor’s wife told a story about an infertile couple who were about to adopt from China. Amy says that something came over her while hearing that story, and she began to think about adopting from China for days and nights after that.  About a year later, the pastor’s wife, the Ashley’s neice, and another girl from their church went back to China to volunteer at the Bring Me Hope camp.  This team of ladies began sending pictures of one of their campers to the Ashley family.  When they saw those pictures, they knew that this was their daughter, and they went to China about 1 year later to adopt that camper who became Cai Ashley in July of 2014.  They felt so blessed and assumed that she would complete their family and that their trip to China to adopt was a once in a lifetime experience; but they now believe God had a different plan.

About a year or so after they came home, Cai went through 3 surgeries, because she was born with spina bifida and scoliosis.  On the day of the last surgery, which was a spinal fusion, they  began to be overwhelmed with thoughts of what if they had not adopted her, what if  she didn’t get those surgeries, and what would have happened to her if she had aged out at 14.  Amy remembers thinking that she would do this all over again and that they COULD do this again.  A couple of months later, they saw the picture of an 11 year old girl on a waiting child advocacy site, who was being advocated for by some Bring Me Hope volunteers.  They reviewed her file, but at the time it seemed that they had a lot of good excuses and reasons not to adopt again.   However, they could not stop thinking and praying about her.  Over the course of the next 5 months, every excuse that they could have had just seemed to be wiped away.  They finally locked her file on June 19th, which just so happened to be Father’s Day.  They have decided to name her Abby, which means my father’s delight.

During that 5 months time of thinking and praying about this adoption, there was some heartache involved, but it made them realize how short life is and that only the things we do for Christ will really matter.  They realize that they can’t save the world, but they can change the world for someone.  There is a song out that says, “He’s calling all hearts, calling all hands.” They know that everyone is not called to international adoption, but they feel that they have been.  They can’t wait to bring a second precious daughter home.  They would like to thank you for reading their story, for your support, and for your prayers!

2/13/17—LOA RECVD
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourpathtocaifaith2.wordpress.com

$261.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TRESSA for the Quinn family — FL

tressa-2016-2Martin and Jennifer Quinn have 7 amazing children. Three biological and four adopted from Reece’s Rainbow! In 2013 they brought home two young boys with Down Syndrome from Eastern Europe. In 2014 they returned to bring home an infant girl with Down syndrome and a young boy with Hydrocephalus, Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy.

The Quinn’s are excited to give this beautiful girl a loving, forever home!

12/5/16—APPT on JANUARY 30
Follow the family’s adoption journey at Growing Up Quinntuplets

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$14,933.77 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KEELY for the Young family — TN

KeelyyoungShawn and Kara live in Memphis TN with their two beautiful daughters adopted from China. Shawn works at St. Jude children’s hospital by day and as an artist at night. Kara works from home as an artist. Their adoption story begins when they brought home Chandler in December 2012. In 2014 Perry joined the family. Suddenly life got very busy and with two fun feisty six year olds and the family seemed complete. That is until they saw a picture of a girl with intelligent eyes and a dazzling smile. Keely has Cerebral Palsy which affects her mobility. She will be soon be thirteen years old. For orphans, birthdays are not always happy occasions; if she is not adopted by fourteen she will lose forever her chance to have a family. When the family saw her profile on Reese’s rainbow they knew they would be going back to Asia. They are thrilled and cannot wait to bring their daughter and sister home.

10/17/16—COMPILING DOSSIER
Follow the family’s adoption journey: Shawn and Kara’s adoption page

$218.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CULLEN, SHIRLEY and THOMAS family

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ShirleyThomas 2We have been blessed by adoption a few times over now but that doesn’t dampen the excitement of welcoming a new child into the family.  We are absolutely thrilled to bring Cullen home and love him like he deserves!

We appreciate your continued prayers and support for our family and this boy who has waited so long for a family to choose him. Thank you!

2/2/2017—FIRST TRIP FEB 6, 2017

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LUCINDA for the McLaughlin family — SC

Lucinda (2)The McLaughlins met their first adopted daughter while living in China and volunteering in an orphanage. They had the rare and amazing opportunity to foster her until she and her new younger sister were adopted in Dec 2013. After returning to America, they learned their oldest daughter has a terminal muscle wasting disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Learning of this disease and having spent time with so many children with all different diagnoses in Asia, one comes to know intimately that every life has value and meaning despite any “limitations” they face. They describe their oldest daughter with SMA as passionate, vivacious, a winner of hearts and a changer of lives. Last year when they received news of another girl with SMA whose first parents wanted to dissolve their adoption, they knew undoubtedly they were being asked to step forward for her and to celebrate this precious child. She became part of their family in the fall of 2015. The McLaughlins have a heart and a calling for the medically fragile and for the aging-out whose life without a family is a scary prospect. To think of these children left to their own devices with limited or no education, no family, and no support, they feel called to action. “Our children are so much more than a disability or statistic by which they are defined as orphans. We cannot wait to bring our newest daughter into the precious folds of family and love, to call her Daughter. Our hearts and home are ready. Will you commit with us and help bring our daughter home?”

2/12/17—AWAITING LOA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fortheloveoflaila.com/app

$687.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ISAIAHU and KELVIN for the Klopp family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngisaiah40626124650 Philip (2)Duane & Kimber are not young parents. They have 4 children (10 yrs-31 yrs) & 14 grandchildren (11 months – 17 yrs). On any given day if you were to visit the Klopp house you would find many children at their home. They are not new to the special needs either, as they have twin grandsons with Williams Syndrome. Kimber also has a family member with Cerebral Palsy & her oldest brother was born with several birth defects.

One evening Kimber was on Facebook & saw a post shared from someone who had grown up in the same small town she had. His daughter & her family were working as missionaries in an orphanage. The blog was on Wide-Awake Family titled, “Fighting for my babies.” It was a night with little sleep & lots of tears after reading the blog. Kimber asked to join Wide-Awake Family on their Facebook page where she also learned about Reece’s Rainbows. She tired to hide the feelings she had for one of those precious little boys. She shed many tears over the next several months every time she thought about that little boy she had seen in the pictures & by now she had also seen a few videos with him in them as well. She went to other adoption pages but she found herself always looking for that “one” little boy.

For several months their prayers were for Isaiahu to find his forever family. They’ve shared many posts to family & friends about him & his need for a family. Then on Friday, March 4, 2016 there was another blog written, “Fatherless Friday.” This is when God let them know his family were none other than them.

Kimber & Duane had talked about adoption several times over the years. They decided to investigate the process of adoption & more specifically on this one little boy they feel is “the missing piece” in their family.

Please pray for Isaiahu’s adoption, that all will go smoothly & quickly so that they may bring this little boy home into a family full of love & security. The Klopps know that this little boy is worth it! The family is hoping to raise everything they need to cover adoption expenses between now & the beginning of September. They would be grateful for your support, either financially or through prayer, as they go after their little boy.

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

12/15/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$6,363.29 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JOY for the Woertman family — NC

JoyCandy and Frederick adopted their daughter, Grace, almost three years ago from China. When Grace, who was born with Cerebral palsy, arrived home she was a three-year-old who was used to sitting slumped in her stroller for the majority of the day. The past few years they both realized how blessed they are to live in America. Here, in America, a child who was “Forgotten” in her country is given the chance to succeed. Graces amazes her family every day by what her team of teachers and therapists report her progress. Most recently she started to use her left hand (the palsy side of her body) to take a peg out of a board, and through feeding therapy is now able to chew small bites of food (no more puree)!

Joy has Down syndrome and is a 6-year-old girl living in a foster home. Her story is similar to Grace’s in that she was abandoned shortly after being born. The Woertman’s wish to bring her home and into their home. Their first venture into international adoption requried they refinance their house. This time, though, they are acting on faith that friends, family members, and people they have never met would want to partner with them to bring Joy “home”. An African proverb states that “It takes a village to raise a child.” They are asking for you to join our village to help bring Joy to their household and allow her to be given a chance to realize her full potential in life.

2/12/17—TRAVELING END OF MARCH

$6,966.89 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MANDY +1 for the Prien family — ID

Prienmandy3The 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.

2/16/17—APPOINTMENT on 3/22

$441.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LILY and Lucie for the Offer family — WA

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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 “Lucie”!  Please help congratulate them and support their journey, bringing home Lily and Lucie!

 

2/12/17—TRAVELING MARCH 8

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

$4,986.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JULIANA for the Karrick family — GA

JulianaSteve 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.

2/12/17—HOPING TO TRAVEL IN APRIL

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

$6,290.23 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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