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These families are in country now…meeting their child for the first time as a result of your life-saving donations

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Families are still eligible for FSP donations until they are HOME with their new child, so it is not too late to help them with your sponsorship gifts.


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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

$5,707.62 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

 

4/14/15—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 19

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

$2,779.57 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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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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.

 

4/24/14—WAITING FOR FINAL TRIP

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

$8,197.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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IAN for the Nalle Family — VA

Iannalle-ianRob and Julia Nalle have been happily married for 22 years, and have two biological sons: 19-year-old Benjamin, who attends Liberty University, and 16-year-old Elijah. Five years ago, in late 2009, Rob and Julia learned about a 5-year-old boy named Aaron who was living with arthrogryposis (a.k.a. AMC), a condition that causes stiff joints and poor muscle development in the affected limbs. Even though Aaron’s difficulties were physical, not mental, he had just been transferred to an Eastern European institution for boys with severe mental disabilities. Unless someone adopted him, Aaron would never leave that sad place, except to go on to an even sadder one as an adult. Once Rob and Julia learned of Aaron’s plight, they decided to do whatever they could to bring him home.

Bringing Aaron home turned out to be as life-changing for Rob and Julia as it was for Aaron— for it opened their eyes to the tremendous suffering of institutionalized orphans all over the world. Aaron’s institution was the saddest place Rob and Julia had ever seen, filled with lovable boys who were living in desperate poverty through no fault of their own. The Lost Boys of Aaron’s world had neither toys, nor books, nor stimulation of any kind. They wasted their days in open sheds, doing nothing, seeing and hearing nothing, idly waiting for the next meal or snack time to arrive. After witnessing the Lost Boys’ sad plight, Rob and Julia committed to helping more of them find homes. Since bringing Aaron home in 2010, they have done their best to raise awareness and funds for special needs orphans overseas.

For financial reasons, Rob and Julia have been unable to adopt again until now. In timing that only God could design, the possibility of adopting again arose just as they finished an enormous writing commitment this fall. Adopting a little girl felt right to both of them, and seeing Harper’s sad little face sealed the deal. Although Harper’s special needs are different than Aaron’s, she needs a loving family just as much as he did. Rob and Julia are also excited about adding the first girl to their family. They are stepping out in faith to adopt Harper, trusting God to carry them through.

2/24/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 24

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

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$18,274.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ERICH

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Erich needs to be adopted PRIOR to his birthday on May 24!

Erich is blind and participates in a program that provides high quality care and education for orphans who are blind or visually impaired. Every child has an individual education plan and the goal is to allow them to be independent and live life to the fullest. Erich came from a large orphanage that didn’t have any special programs for blind children. He had class with the other children his age, even though he is completely blind. Erich has a very technical and logical mind. He loves maths and science, and when he first came he learned Braille from scratch in just one week! He took to it very quickly. He loves knowing how things work, and for his 12th birthday, he got to visit an elevator factory and he loved listening to the engineers telling him how they worked. He used to have one leg longer than the other, but a recent X-ray showed that his legs are the same size! He can walk well but could do with some more physical therapy. In spite of all this, he has now run twice in a (mini) marathon and he often goes to the park to run 3-5km. Erich’s favorite food is tomatoes and his favorite subject is braille. When he grows up he wants to be an engineer! When asked what he would like to tell the world about himself he said “God lives in my heart!”

$20,108.50 has been donated towards the cost of Erich’s adoption!

FULLY FUNDED!

FAMILY TRAVELING MAY 7

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SUSAN for the Colfack family — NE

 photo fwbutton150.pngSUSAN 4Rex and Melissa have a wonderful family and have been blessed with three biological children, but adoption has always been in the forefront of the couples mind as a way to grow their family.  Melissa, especially, has been thinking of adopting since she became familiar with Reece’s Rainbow back in 2007.  In her early career, Melissa worked with many young children with special needs and was drawn to the work being done through Reece’s Rainbow.  After filling their tree with ornaments of the precious kids that had touched their hearts Rex and Melissa were drawn into the idea of adoption after falling in love with one of the children featured on the website, Susan.  After much discussion and prayer, the couple, along with the support of their children and families, made the decision to look into adopting the little girl that had captured their hearts.  After contacting the placing agency they began researching the adoption process and decided to make this precious little girl part of their family.

 

4/9/15—TRAVELING MAY 6

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at all4hannah.blogspot.com

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$5,683.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAYLA for the Horn family — IA

 photo fwbutton150.pngLaylaKatherine has worked with children as a social worker for almost 14 years. Around 6 years ago she decided she was ready to become a mom. After carefully researching different options she decided on international adoption. She was hoping and praying for the perfect toddler to add to her life. After waiting for a referral for a year she found her first daughter in Bulgaria on the waiting child list. Katherine quickly updated her dossier to match her daughter’s age and special needs and excitedly prepared for her. Maria came home from Bulgaria June 2012 and Katherine entered parenthood with a preteen. The past two years Katherine has been focusing on managing Maria’s spina bifida and ensuring that Maria has the opportunities to experience life fully. Katherine also spent time helping Maria’s close friends find from the orphanage adoptive families. Over the past two years it has been obvious to Katherine that their family is not complete and that Maria misses having the close sibling relationship she had with specific peers in the orphanage. Over the past year Katherine has considered starting the adoption process, but that was put on hold this past spring due to Maria needing 3 unexpected surgeries. Thankfully Maria is recovering well. This summer Katherine saw Layla and knew that she would be the perfect little sister for their family.

3/13/15—WAITING FOR COURT

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

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$1,001.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NIGEL and NELLIE for the Gadbois family — MA

NandNbirthdayBrian and Nissa have been married for 23 years and are the parents of nine children. Adoption was always part of the plan for the Gadbois family, since before they were even married. They have been around adoption for many years as orphan hosts and adoption advocates.

Brian is an ordained deacon and an electrical engineer. Nissa is a stay-at-home mother and a professional photographer. The Gadbois Family operates a 300 acre farm in central Massachusetts with the help of their adult children. They make maple and birch syrups and honey, raise vegetables, dairy goats, and sheep. They also run a herd of cattle for another local farmer. All nine children still live at home and lend a hand on the farm.

Their special ministry is to the family, believing firmly in the mandate to care for widows and orphans, and in their responsibility to build up and strengthen all families. The Gadbois’ eldest daughter Catherine is in homeless ministry, working with expectant mothers.

“Nigel” and “Nellie” came to the Brian and Nissa’s attention at a time they didn’t think they could adopt. Many weeks had passed when someone else recalled this beautiful brother and sister to them. It was obvious that the Holy Spirit was prompting them to move forward. After some prayer and discussion, they decided to step out in faith to make these two beautiful children a part of their family. Thus far, as needs have arisen, God has provided. They are trusting in His goodness, and to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those who will read about them and their children to bring to fruition what God has planned for this family.

4/27/15—FIRST TRIP MAY 13

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

$22,437.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HOPE for the Farley family — KY

hope2Married in 2003, Adam & Cynthia Farley knew that it was Gods plan to create His ultimate masterpiece of their family through adoption.

Their first adoption journey began in 2005 when they traveled to China for their daughter Keegan. Wanting to expand their family further, they were back in China just 13 months later bringing home their second daughter Romy.

A few years had passed and they felt God nudging at their hearts again so in 2010 they traveled to Taiwan for their son Asher. It wasn’t long after Asher arrived home, they returned to China “one last time” to bring home little Lucy in 2011.

With four speedy adoptions and four young kids, the Farley’s THOUGHT their precious family was complete until…

Cynthia came across an adoption blog one day featuring a precious little girl named “HOPE” and felt an instant connection to this sweet girl even with her a world away. The blog listed her as having untreated hydrocephalus and due to it being “untreated” Hope had suffered a “massive stroke-like event” in May of 2014. She was expected to die. Hope was unable to swallow, talk, walk, eat, hold her head up, etc. This precious little girl had gone from a rather normal 22-month old toddler to literally no hope.

It is obvious God has bigger plans for this sweet girl. It is a miracle she is even alive. Today she is no longer considered a “waiting child” because now she has a family and SHE is waiting on a THEM. THEY ARE THE FARLEY’S AND THEY ARE HER FAMILY! As long as HOPE keeps fighting, they will keep fighting to get to HER!

HOPE needs medical attention and she needs it FAST! Adam & Cynthia are expediting this adoption in all areas possible. Every day Hope is left untreated means more fluid builds up causing more brain damage. Hope has many other special needs as well: CHD, PFO, external hydrocephalus, enlarged ventricles, brain damage syndrome, porencephaly and hearing impairment of the right ear.

The Farley’s are expecting to travel in April. They said YES when they knew funds would be tight but they knew this little girl just needed someone to take a chance on her. Time is running out and they still have a long way to go financially to make this adoption happen.  You can read more about Hope (her name to remain HOPE when she comes home) and the Farley’s on their blog.  God has been preparing the Farley’s for this journey to HOPE…won’t you join them in helping them bring her on home?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11

4/29/15—TRAVELING MAY 7

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thefarley4.blogspot.com

$9,584.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Family traveling in April 2015 to bring her home!

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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.

5/6/15__-AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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

$18,035.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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

 

$10,778.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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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4/21/15—COURT PASSED, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN MAY

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

$18,039.12 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ERIX for the Yager family — IN

ErixYears ago before Matt and Mandi were married they talked at length about adopting a little girl from China. Mandi expressed her desire to Matt that somehow, someway, she would have a daughter from China. So, they came up with a plan. They would get married, save up some money, have a couple of kids of their own and then look into adoption. Thirteen years later, they had three beautiful, healthy biological children and not a penny in savings, but Mandi’s desire to adopt was stronger than ever. In 2008, they turned their dream into a reality when they brought home their daughter from China. At the same time, Mandi knew that there was more to adopting than she could have ever imagined. When she left China with their daughter, she knew without a doubt that she would return.

Matt and Mandi have now been married 20 years and have 7 beautiful children (3 biological, and 4 adopted from China), that bless them every day. After returning home with their last daughter in 2012, Matt was adamant that they were done. Mandi on the other hand knew she had another daughter somewhere. After months of trying to convince Matt of adopting “just one more time,” Mandi came to the realization that maybe they were done. She stopped asking Matt about adopting and became content with the 7 children they already had. That is until Matt came to her and said that he had been thinking and praying and he came to the realization that if adopting was what Mandi was supposed to do, and this is what God was telling her to do, then who was he to stand in the way?

They began to review files of little girl in the 4-6 age range, but nothing felt “right.” They were recently review a file of a 6 year old little girl when there was a boy being shared on multiple Facebook pages, and advocating sites. They all said the same thing, “URGENT, this boy ages out in 3 months, and is desperate need of a family.” Mandi posted how handsome he was and she how wished they could bring him home. She knew that adopting another aging out boy was out of the picture for them at this time. Adopting in general can be challenging, but adopting an older child comes with a whole new set of challenges. Anyway, she shared on her Facebook about this boy in hopes that someone would see him and immediately start the process to adopt him.

Several families were showing interest in him, but no one was committing. Mandi talked to Matt as soon as he got home that night, knowing what his initial reaction was going to be. Of course it was a “no,” but after getting over the initial shock, they sat and talked about it for hours. Matt is not a spontaneous person. He does not make decisions based on emotions. He is definitely the more logical person in their marriage. Knowing that everything would have to be done in 3 months, it was all about the money to him. He said he needed some time to think it over, and to not push. Of course Mandi knew that time was not something that could be wasted. The next day she kept checking with people to see if his file had been locked, hoping and praying that it had so she could move on. As much as she wanted him to be a part of their family, at the end of the day she just wanted him to have A family.

To make a long story short, within 72 hours of bringing it up to Matt, they were saying “YES!” So, it is with complete faith that they are once again answering the call to open their hearts and their home to another of God’s children. Unfortunately, this journey is nothing like any of the others they have taken. They have less than 3 months to get a year’s worth of paperwork done. Instead of having a year to save, and fundraise, they have less than three months. Their journey is just beginning, and knowing that they are moving at warp speed both excites and terrifies them. Knowing that this boy still has hope, that his family is out there is motivating Matt and Mandi to get all the necessary paperwork done and whatever it takes to get the money to bring him home. They are racing against the clock to bring him home. They are 100% committed to doing whatever it takes to add this handsome young man to their family.

They want to bring Erix — soon to be named Owyn — home to a big, loving, crazy family. They want to fulfill his hope of being adopted. They found out from another visiting parent that he wants to be adopted and is terrified because he knows his time is running out. He dreams of living in the middle of the United States, and becoming a doctor someday so he can help others. Matt, Mandi, and all 7 of their children are completely in love with a child they have never met. They are all completely invested in making this boy’s dreams come true.

One thing is for sure, when Matt and Mandi started the process to adopt, they had no idea the twists and turns that would be involved. But with every door that closed, another was opened. Adoption is not easy, in fact, it can be quite difficult physically and emotionally. However, the end result is worth the sacrifices, the worry, the unknowns, the up and downs, and anything else in between. They cannot imagine their family without all of our kids. In fact, when asked how many kids we have that are adopted or bio, many times they have to stop and think, because to them, there is no difference.

5/1/15—TRAVELING MAY 7

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

FULLY FUNDED!!!

$15,398.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MALACHI for the Clark family — VA

MalachiJim and Valerie met when they were 13 and kept in touch writing letters all through high school. They actually didn’t start dating until many years later. Having been married for almost 14 years now, Jim and Valerie feel so fortunate with all that God has blessed them with! God has blessed them with 5 biological children and Jim and Valerie could not be more grateful. Yet they feel called to reach out to children who need a family. It breaks their hearts to see so many children with no families. Another adoptive mom on Reece’s Rainbow recently said that they didn’t need another child in their home but there was a child out there who needed a home. The Clarks want to help a little boy with special needs to join his forever family. They have been considering this for many years and are taking a leap of Faith that God will help them down this daunting path with the emotional and financial struggles. Their children couldn’t be more excited to welcome their new sibling home! And their son can’t wait to play football with his little brother!

4/27/15—FIRST TRIP MAY 15

$2,901.08 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUMMER and JAZMINE for the Buchanan family

Summer3JazmineSteve and I have been married 24 years and have 2 biological sons, Zachary is 11 and Grayson is 9. We also have a Chinese princess we adopted in 2010 – Jada, who is 5. We are currently in the process of rushing through our adoption of Summer – who is aging out on May 15th, at the same time we adopt our other daughter, Jazmine, who is 2 1/2 (her paperwork is finished). We had no intention of adopting two children and have never considered adopting an older child, but we were on the path to bring Jazmine home when we learned about Summer. Her story really broke our hearts. She has mild cerebral palsy and had been waiting for almost 2 years for a particular family to complete the paperwork to adopt her. They picked her up 4 weeks ago at the orphanage and returned her 2 days later and ended the adoption process, saying they didn’t want to adopt her. She has waited for them to come get her for two long years – even looking at photos of her ‘new family’ while waiting. Needless to say, she was devastated. By China law, if she is not adopted before her birthday on May 15th, she can never be adopted and have a family of her own. With our paperwork process for Jazmine, we will be traveling JUST in time to make it there before Summer’s birthday. Due to the amount of paperwork that must be processed to complete the adoption, we had to make an immediate decision on whether or not to pursue her. We feel like the Lord placed this in front of us, and we don’t feel like He has blessed us like He has so that we can be selfish (although sometimes being selfish would be the easier route to take!) So we said YES! and we are currently expediting all of Summer’s documents. We are trusting God to work out the details and He is working in our hearts as well – we are feeling more excited and less terrified every day! We can’t wait to see what He’s going to do and we’ll give HIM the glory for it all! Watch this video of when she was told she has a family coming for her – I promise it will bless you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2s0zXb7w6Y Would you please join us in prayer that her paperwork would be completed in time? Would you pray that both she and Jazmine adjust well and feel accepted into our family? And that the Lord would prepare Zachary, Grayson, and Jada’s hearts for this huge change in our lives? They are all thrilled to death about this, by the way! Thank you for reading this far and for supporting us whether it be through prayer or financially, and please feel free to share our story! <3

4/30/15—TRAVELING in MAY

$8,252.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

4/15/15—TRAVELING MAY 15

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

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MARIELLA and VALLEN for the Karrick family — GA

mariella-2014-update4_20141104164511830VallenSteve and Ginger were married in 1995.  Between 1995 and 1997 they had two biological children.  also they began looking into adoption in 1997 and knew that they wanted to adopt.  In 2000 they had their third child.  It was in 2004 when their third child was diagnosed with an auto immune disease.  That is when the Lord placed on their hearts adopting children with special needs.  It wasn’t until January 2008 when the Lord led them to a little girl’s picture that they had fallen in love with and knew this was their daughter.  So in June 2009 they brought their sweet Kimmie home from China.  Nine months after being home the Lord led them to Libbie’s picture and they knew that She was part of the family.  So off to China once again.  Once home Ginger started advocating for several children in China.  She found Opal on an advocacy blog that was shutting down, they fell in love right away.  After advocating for Opal continuously and praying for a family to find this sweet little girl they realized a family had been found…and the family was them.  It’s been two years since they’ve adopted.  They are happy to announce they are adopting again.  The little girl they are adopting is named Mariella.  She is six years old.  She has some undiagnosed medical needs, she has been unable to eat properly due to her condition and her health is deteriorating.  Because of her medical condition they are hoping to expedite her adoption.  They can not wait to have their precious little girl home in their arms.  Any donation would be a blessing and appreciated very much and an answer to their prayers…getting their girl home.

4/28/2015—LOA RECVD; TRAVELING in MAY 2015

 

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FAITH for the Bowen family — NY

Faith Photo 3 Apr-2013Ted, Torey and Leslie Bowen are excited beyond measure at the prospect of welcoming this wonderful child into their loving home. Ted and Torey have been married for 13 years, and adopted Leslie, now 8, from Guatemala in 2007. Leslie’s February 8 Gotcha Day is always a day of joyful reflection and giving thanks in the Bowen home. Torey herself was adopted from Greece at 14 months, and the knowledge that she spent time in an orphanage inspired her to adopt three children before “Faith”, soon to be named Phoebe. In addition to Leslie, Torey has two adult children, adopted from Arkansas and Colombia respectively, both leading happy and productive lives. Torey is a Rabbi involved in the Jewish reform movement, and teaches Hebrew and Judaica at a temple on Long Island. As an ordained member of the clergy, Torey also officiates at life-cycle events including weddings, baby naming ceremonies, and funerals. Ted, a proud Celt of Welsh decent, is the Assistant Director of Customer Relations for Metro-North Railroad, the second largest commuter railroad in the US. Leslie is a gregarious third grader at PS 139 in Queens with remarkable artistic talents and an affinity for animals. The Bowen home is not only filled with love, it is also filled with all kinds of music, pets and spirituality. In addition to two dogs and a cat, there are hamsters, a ferret, frogs, a guinea pig, and fish! This family of the world looks forward to adding another flag to the Greek, Welsh, Guatemalan, Colombian, and American flags already waving in their home, and they are very grateful for any assistance.

4/13/15—WAITING FOR COURT & FINAL TRIP DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at toreysstories.blogspot.com

*** $1000 MATCHING GRANT met!***

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LORA and LOVEDAY for the Clark family — IL

40225195110 (6)LovedayGrant and Bobbie, best friends for almost 24 years, adopted their son (listed as “Robert” on Reece’s Rainbow) from Eastern Europe in 2011 and they feel like they are the luckiest parents in the world!

Being first time parents in 2011 did take some getting used to – after spending almost 20 years together with just each other to take care of! But after learning some of the parenting ropes, and with their little one finally beginning to have better health and getting ready to start kindergarten, their life seemed on its way to becoming more predictable and settled . . . maybe even, could it be, “easy?” Uh oh! The two of them knew they wanted to adopt again someday, but was that time now? They hadn’t really planned on “right now.” But while recently reading the blog of an adoptive parent and child advocate, one young girl’s description grabbed their hearts – Bobbie and Grant just knew that “Loveday” belonged in their family. Grant’s words as soon as he listened to the description that Bobbie read to him were, “We should go get her.” They later learned that it would be possible to bring little sister “Lora” home during their journey if they could obtain home study approval for two children – and they did! Now all three of them are excited to be bringing home their girls – a big sister and a little sister!

Although Bobbie and Grant are a little nervous to be climbing onto the adoption roller coaster ride again, they both have felt an overwhelming sense of peace about their decision to once again venture into the world of being new parents. And they are excited to get their girls home, where they belong. Thank you for being a part of this family’s journey!

3/16/15—APPOINTMENT IS APRIL 7

Follow the adoption journey of the Clark family on their blog at gethimhome.blogspot.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.

4/29/15—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR COURT

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RITA and NIYA for the Erb family — WY

 photo fwbutton150.pngRita-2014Almanzo and Heather have felt God’s call on their lives to adopt into their family those who are neglected or abandoned. Last March they took a step of faith and adopted a little girl who is visually impaired, from Armenia. Aida turns 9 this year and adds so much to their lives.

They decided to wait longer to adopt again… as they have other children in the home. Lane is 8. Anna is 6. Grady is 5. And Wade is 3…and felt busy enough. And everyone was content.

But God had other plans…

Heather first came across Rita’s story several years ago. And didn’t realize she was available for adoption. Until she saw her story through Maya’s Hope and spoke to Maya about the desperate care Rita needed. Almanzo and Heather felt burdened and ready to trust God in his provision. They only recently realized that Reece’s Rainbow had been advocating for this sweet girl.

While getting around paperwork, they learned that Rita has an older sister. A sister who will turn 16 in November and age out of the program. They decided that they would also proceed and try to adopt Rita’s older sister as well. It is ultimately her choice, but it will be her last chance at finding a forever family.

Would you please consider and helping the Erb family make this step of faith?

4/10/15—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 6

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PEARSON for the Drake family — TX

family pic30520132428Caleb and Mehgan met at a bowling alley over a dozen years ago. He was so smitten, that he proposed to her that night with a plastic vending machine ring–they have been together ever since. During the past eleven years of marriage, they have had four precious children. Andi is 8, Lilly is 5, and Sawyer is 4, and our newest addition is Boden, 13, who God graciously gave them last year. Caleb works for a popular soda company, and Mehgan is a crafting-cooking-homeschooling-stay at home mom.

They are a Christian family, who began to pray that God would direct them in the way they could best serve Him, show His love to others, and help others. They now have a God-given passion for serving those who are lonely and fatherless, and feel like adoption is something after God’s own heart. The past year with their new son home has showed them what the power of love and a family can do for a child who has been forgotten. It changes everything. And now they’re ready to go back for their waiting child. They love this child so much already, and they cannot wait to have their family grow again!

4/3/15—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 5

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

$13,851.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!!!

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ASTOR for Eric and Blythe — SC

472_photo1_Jul14Eric and Blythe met in college in 2006 and soon married in 2007. While they were dating, they would talk about how they knew adoption would play a big part in our their family would grow. After their first son, Hendrix, was born in 2009, they started seriously looking into adoption and how the process of domestic adoption worked. God placed Emma Kate into their lives in 2011 and their family has never been the same! She is a spunky, loud, sweet, adorable, strong-willed little princess. When Emma Kate was 5 months old, Eric and Blythe got the surprise of their lives….they were pregnant! They had been told that they would never get pregnant on their own but it turns out that the Lord had other plans.

Bennett was born in 2012 and soon after his first birthday, Eric and Blythe started having friends who were adopting internationally. This really open their eyes to a side of adoption that they had never considered. After praying for several weeks, they decided this was the time and they would be adopting again!! They started looking at profile pictures on RR and just begging the Lord to show them their next child. Blythe was looking at the profiles during nap time and one day she came across Astor’s picture. She immediately called Eric and directed him to Astor’s profile. The rest is history!

They are extremely overjoyed to be starting the process of bringing him home. He already has two brothers and one sister that cannot stop talking about him. They are continually asking, ‘Does he get to come home tomorrow!?’. Astor is already loved by so many of our friends and family and now we are ready to fight to bring him home! Please consider helping us through prayer, encouragement, and financial donations. We are taking a huge step of faith and trusting that our Lord will provide everything we need.

3/18/15—FIRST TRIP MARCH 27

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

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A Family for SELENA

40622124805 SelenaD & N have been married twenty five years and their children are the light of their lives.  Each of the children are from different countries and have joined together and love each other.

They have searched their hearts and decided that they really needed one more child to make their family complete.  The whole family is excited to be adopting and will be together the whole way!!

3/12/15—APPOINTMENT IS MARCH 31

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POPPY for the Grover family — MT

PoppyAnd 1… Makes 15. Alan and Karrie are the proud parents of 14, soon to be 15, beautiful children and 9 grandchildren. They have been married for 32 years and believe that Gods’ greatest gifts and happiness come through the family. Psalms 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them…

After their last biological daughter Disney was born, they felt strongly that there were still children missing from their family. They were drawn to 2 children living in an orphanage in Liberia, Africa. That started a process of adoption that has continued for the past 13 years. Over that time they have adopted 6 children from Liberia, 1 from Hattie, and 1 from Montana. They feel that each child, and their journey home to their forever family, has been filed with miracles and Gods’ tender mercies.

They are currently working on the adoption of “Poppy”, a 20 month old baby girl with Down Syndrome from China. It’s been a long and drawn out process for them with many challenges and road blocks. They are so anxious now to get this little angel home where she belongs.

5/6/15—TRAVELING 5/14

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