Doug and Jackie have been married 31 years and have been blessed with four children, two adopted and two biological, and one grandson. They live in a rural community in Southern Ohio where they are active in their church and community. They live a simple life that revolves around faith, family and friends. Doug and Jackie have continued to feel a desire to add more children to their family even though they were older than the traditional adopting parents. They felt that God was preparing them for an exciting adventure. After being asked to accompany a friend on two pick-up trips, Doug and Jackie felt even more strongly that more children were in their future and were praying for God’s guidance. When they saw Reed’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow they knew that this was the child that God had for them. They anxiously await their journey to meet the child that God is giving them.
5/28/15—FIRST TRIP JUNE 11
Ben and Sarah met in a college art class early in 1996. A snow day where no one else showed up and an assignment to look into each others eyes and make a facial sketch helped along their already emerging relationship. They married in June of that year and embarked on a happy life together.
Within the first five years, three beautiful boys joined their union. Days were filled with collecting rocks (and later finding them clunking around in the dryer!), long walks with the stroller, and exploring the greatness of life. When a daughter joined the family, her feminine touch permeated everyone’s hearts. Not long after, one more son blessed their home. They had never been busier, or happier.
But the daughter kept wondering where her sisters were. Her mother had promised that she would have sisters. Over 15 years ago, Sarah had been sent a sweet image from Heaven of two of her future daughters playing together, and this little girl was feeling impatient!
When the next pregnancy ended prematurely, and an emergency hysterectomy was necessary to save Sarah’s life, everyone mourned. What had become of the girls Sarah had seen? What about all of the feelings that their family wasn’t complete?
Thus began their interest in adoption. As they searched for the programs that felt right, they became discouraged. It seemed as though a loving Heavenly Father just kept telling them to wait, to keep preparing, and to trust Him.
Finally, Sarah was awakened one night with a need to view a blog she hadn’t looked at for years, and it reintroduced her to Reece’s Rainbow. This time, as she looked through the waiting children, she found one that looked just like one of the little girls she had seen so long ago. After years of searching and seeking, Ben and Sarah feel that they have finally located one of their daughters and the whole family is rejoicing!
“Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth!” (Isaiah 12:5)
5/26/15—APPOINTMENT IS JUNE 10
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hehathdonexcellenthings.blogspot.com
Heather and Stephen are pleased to announce that they are adopting a sister for Zee! Their little family has been through a lot! Stephen and Heather’s first baby girl was stillborn and the grief that followed was unimaginable. Having a baby after a loss is called a ‘rainbow baby’ to show the beauty after a terrible storm, so it only made sense to look to Reece’s Rainbow to help heal their hearts and build their family. Heather found a beautiful baby girl on Reece’s Rainbow and was convinced that she was meant to be her daughter. Much to their surprise, after teams of doctors told them they would never conceive another baby, Heather found herself pregnant for a second time with a baby girl! After an emotionally difficult pregnancy, Heather gave birth to a healthy baby last December. Their story does not end there! You see, the beautiful baby girl that is listed as Adeline on Reece’s Rainbow had worked her way into their hearts and Heather and Stephen felt very strongly that she was to be their daughter! Please consider adding to their account, any amount is helpful.
5/28/15—TRAVELING JUNE 6
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at
A six year old boy, an ocean away
Lay in his crib day after day
Never a touch or an I love you
Not enough food, neglect and abuse
And then by God’s amazing grace, his mama from afar saw his face
And now today, home at last
A little boy is full of life and happiness!
Adoption is the reason he lives……
Sergei and Crosby, 2 former Reece’s Rainbow kiddos came home spring of 2014! Only by God’s goodness and grace and support of all of you was this possible and two lives were saved. So stepping out in faith again, Brian and Laurie are adding number 10 and 11 to their family! Prayers and support are very much needed to make this happen the second time around! They would be honored for you to join them on this journey. The blessings from adoption are too numerous to count!! Brian and Laurie and their family want to say thank you in advance for donations and prayers that help lives change and miracles happen.
John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
5/26/15—APPOINTMENT IS JUNE 4
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at amillionstepstosergey.blogspot.com
Growing up in a house with six younger siblings forces you to learn a lot of responsibility. At just 12-years-old, Kristin was rocking a colicky baby back to sleep, wiping runny noses and jumping into a convertible-shaped toddler bed with her brother to comfort him after the house rumbled at 6:30am. So, she learned some handy “mom-tricks” before even hitting puberty. Needless to say, she felt that being a mom was in her blood and she yearned for the day that she would be a mother to her own kids. Fast-forward to Halloween 13 years later, when she met the-one-she’d-been-waiting-for, Bill. When she walked into that Saddleback Church singles Bible study for the first time, and saw him across the room dressed in his military blues, she couldn’t be sure if she was dreaming or if he was a cardboard cut-out. (Backstory: there had been a similar cardboard cut-out of her cousin in his military attire made for her grandfather’s 80th birthday party, since he was off at military training somewhere, so it was not totally cuckoo to think that Bill was a cardboard cut-out.) When he came over and introduced himself as the leader of the study, her heart jumped. He shared his testimony that night, and she got a peek at the character and passion that this man had, in spite of hardships. She was smitten. They were married seven months later on May 20, 2006. A few years after having their own biological children, they began to look into adoption. Kristin had been aware of the millions of orphans and foster kids who are looking for forever families, so she would frequently check out sites like http://reecesrainbow.org/. In the process, she would occasionally bring kids or stories from Reece’s Rainbow to Bill, but he was not yet ready to begin the adoption process. In the past year, though, God started working on Bill’s heart with respect to the adoption idea. He began reading sites like http://ellerslie.com/, which explain God’s heart for adoption. Then, one day, he sent Kristin a link to the “Depraved Indifference” video, and said that he knew that God wanted them to adopt some day soon. Fast-forward to November 9th, 2014, when Kristin came across a blog post called “The Short List.” This powerful post mentioned a sweet boy named Whitaker, who was on the Reeces’ Rainbow website. The boy caught her attention because he looks so much like their son, William, but the post was devastating! It explained that, if not adopted soon, Whitaker would be transferred to a mental institution. The Crunchy Lutheran Mommy wrote that “Between neglect, abuse and starvation, well over 90% of these precious ones die within a year of transfer.” She had never heard of such a thing! Kristin shared the story with Bill and his heart immediately began to soften. He asked her, “Does this little guy have a picture?” She ran for her laptop and opened up to the post- never thinking that they would actually consider adopting Whitaker at that time. Bill began to seriously think through the possibility of adopting right away, and, that evening, they prayed and researched together. The next day, she contacted Reece’s Rainbow to ask about Whitaker and learned that a family had stepped up to adopt him that weekend. Bill then asked to look at other kids listed on the Reece’s Rainbow site. After a couple of days of searching and praying, they began the process of adopting Payton and Yana. They hope to have both kids home by the end of the summer.
5/27/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fourtosixfamily.blogspot.com
Steve 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
When Steve and Sheri visited China last September, they had no idea it would lead to an adoption. As parents of FIVE boys, many teased that they would come home with a baby girl, but that was not the case. While installing wood floors in an orphanage outside of Beijing, Steve and Sheri had lots of opportunities to play with the kids. They would step outside and were instantly smothered in little orphan love! Out of the corner of her eye, Sheri saw three teenage boys. She told herself, “If we adopt, it will be one of those boys.” After returning home, Sheri “liked” Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village on Facebook, just hoping to see some pictures from their trip. The first post she viewed was a video about Gabriel (Li Zhong Fu), and the urgent need for him to be adopted before he ages out in July. Sheri knew she could not watch this young man forever lose his chance of having a family. She shared the video with her husband, and they decided right then and there to pursue Gabriel’s adoption. Sheri’s prayer has been, “If this is meant to be, make it easy!” The first agency that Sheri called, had Gabriel’s file. Of the millions of orphans and the thousands of agencies, this was the first little miracle of many along the way. If you would like to be a little miracle in this family’s adoption, please donate below.
5/27/15—TRAVEL APPROVAL RECVD
D & 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
Grant 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
Steve 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.
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.
5/18/15—FINAL TRIP, MAY 21-JUNE 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beyondwhatmyeyeshaveseen.blogspot.com
Daniel and Abby met as freshmen in college. Both moved from more urban areas to attend a smaller, close-knit university, Southern Arkansas University, where they enjoyed being muleriders and ambassadors for the university. After two years of dating and six months of engagement, Daniel and Abby were wed. During nearly eight years of marriage, Daniel and Abby have enjoyed many adventures, the greatest yet has been the adoption of their daughter, Evalena Claire, from Ukraine. Eva is an absolute delight. She was a Reece’s Rainbow child and has arthrogryposis. After being home with Eva for two years, Daniel and Abby are excited to bring their second daughter, Audrey Mae, home from China. Audrey, too, has arthrogryposis. Daniel, Abby, and Eva are so glad to welcome Audrey to their family. Adoption is full of surprising joys.
5/19/15—TRAVELING MAY 31
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at awhiteriverrunsthroughit.blogspot.com
Caleb 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
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.
COURT IS JUNE 2
Before Amy and Andrew had kids and went to bed nightly before 10pm, they used to travel the world and visit orphanages. It was there that they discovered the needs of vulnerable children and how even two young people can make a small difference for kids in need. Fast forward to now, they have 3 kids, a couple of them adopted from Russia a year and a half ago. These kids have made such a profound difference in their lives as they grew and experienced real love, that here Andrew and Amy are again, one more time. Although they have a fun and busy family life, they knew that they can provide a family for one more little one.
And when they told the kids it would be a little sister, they FLIPPED and talk about and pray for her daily, “Get one more apple sauce — for me LITTLE SISTER!”
She will be loved, she will be cherished. She will be read to, cuddled and eat a variety of home grown healthy food, go to the beach and have dance parties at home with her siblings. For anyone who donates to our little girl and helps us bring her home, we will love you forever. Literally.
5/14/15–COURT TRIP in JUNE 2015
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog tinygreenelephants.com
Ted, 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!***
As Laura and Chris embark on their journey, they are so thankful for all of the support and love that has been shown to them. Reece’s Rainbow is an amazing organization that provides a tax-deductible way for family and friends to help. Fundraising has not been a part of Laura and Chris’ adoption plan, but with so many people asking if they can help, Reece’s Rainbow has offered a way for those who have inquired!
5/14/15—TRAVELING MAY 22
UPDATE! 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 LATE MAY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beforeievenknewyou.blogspot.com
Kyle and Kara have been blessed with 6 beautiful children. A few years ago, they discovered the plight of orphans around the world, and committed to adopting a little boy in Russia after Kara saw his picture on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love. Unfortunately, this little boy is still stuck in Russia, and their hearts will never forget him.
They went on to adopt the sweetest little boy from Ukraine in 2013. Kara couldn’t imagine adopting again at first, but the faces of the children left behind haunted her. She kept advocating for the children of Reece’s Rainbow and then one day it happened, a little baby boy was posted and she fell in love again.
After much prayer and planning, the McIntees are ready to hit the ground running with paperwork and fundraising to bring little “Truman” home.
They are so proud to be part of this community and to be adopting again. They hope you will pray for them throughout the process and that you will consider donating.
Their family thanks you so much for being the voice of the voiceless and for any support you can offer.
“Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.” – Mother Teresa
5/12/15–APPOINTMENT IS MAY 21
Jim 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
If you knew me you would know that I have a rather shy personality. I don’t like to share personal experiences or do things that might draw too much attention to me. But if you knew me you would also know that I LOVE being a mom more than anything else in the world. I LOVE having babies. I love the entire process. I pray daily for the blessing of more children. I can’t wait until I can have another baby. I know it might sound crazy when I already have 5 beautiful children, but I dream every day about having more children. I have always wanted 7 children, my 7 beautiful dwarfs in my fairy tale life. My children bring me more joy than I ever knew existed, and they make my life perfect, each in their own unique way.
I have always thought about adopting a child. I can do without all the different social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, but I find myself searching Reece’s Rainbow constantly. Even though I have this overwhelming desire to adopt, the thought of not going through my favorite part of being pregnant got in the way of really considering it. I worried that by adopting a child I would be taking away from my family, and I was afraid.
In November of 2013, I came across a little girl on Reece’s Rainbow that stole my heart. She is a Down Syndrome girl from China that is 2 years old. It was love at first sight. Her eyes were calling to me and I felt an instant connection to her. I really don’t know how to fully explain it even now, but I knew in an instant that she was meant to be a part of my family. I sent her picture to my husband and told him that this was our baby. He didn’t know whether to take me seriously or not, but he fell in love with her on that day, too. Time went by and I looked up this baby daily, and my husband, seeing that I was indeed serious, agreed that we needed to look into making Ruthanne a part of our family. We inquired about her, but did not hear back.
The next thing I knew I was pregnant. I was SO excited, but something inside told me something wasn’t quite right. I could not stop thinking about Ruthanne, but thought that because I was pregnant that I was not meant to adopt her. I tried to move on, but I still had a nagging feeling that something was not right. It was so hard to let go of my thoughts of Ruthanne and it was very confusing for me. I also knew in my heart that my pregnancy was not going to be okay.
I remember lying in my bed, so scared because I felt inside that the road I wanted to take was not the one that my Heavenly Father had planned for me. The next day I started to miscarry my baby, and I was beyond devastated. I have never felt such pain and heartache. As I prayed for comfort I had an overwhelming feeling that Heavenly Father had a different plan for me, and later that day I received a phone call from an adoption agency telling me about Ruthanne. When I got off the phone I knew from the top of my head to the tip of my toes that this was the plan my Heavenly Father had for me. I remember dropping to my knees and praying and feeling complete peace. As the weeks went on I tried to convince myself that I was just emotional and was making myself grasp onto something to try and get over losing a baby, but tiny miracles each day verified that this truly is a divine plan.
I have never had to have faith to this degree. I am terrified and excited, both at the same time. I will be adopting a child from China with Down Syndrome. How will she fit in with my curlyhaired, green-eyed children? Will I be able to care for a child with special needs? This beautiful girl will be with me forever and she will need my full attention, will I be able to give her what she needs and deserves while still having enough left inside to give to the rest of my family? How will this change my perfect family? Will I feel the same about her as my naturally born children?
What will my family picture look like? Will people think I am crazy? After all, I will have 3 year old twins, two 2 year old girls, one with special needs, and yes, I still hope to have one more. How will we pay for the large adoption fees? These are all the thoughts that have been racing through my head. And every time I pray about it, to seek the confirmation that I am doing the right thing for my family and Ruthanne, I receive the same answer. Have faith, and everything will be as it should be.
So, here I am. I am adopting a beautiful Down Syndrome child from China. Right now I don’t understand why I am supposed to do this or why I am worthy of this important task. I am terrified. What I do know without a doubt is that I am meant to take this road, and Ruthanne is meant to take this journey with me. I know that if I have faith in my Heavenly Father and his divine plan for me and my family then we will all be blessed. This is not where I thought I would be in my life, but I now truly understand what it means that “My thoughts are not your thoughts neither are my ways your ways” and that sometimes you must forward with faith even when, or perhaps especially when, you can’t quite clearly see why. I will move forward with faith that I have never had before. I am afraid, but I have trust in the Lord and know that He is leading me on this journey. I know with all my heart that this is the path my family is destined to take, and I know that we will not take this journey alone.
5/6/15—TRAVELING MAY 20
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog itstartedoutasafeeling.com
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)!
5/21/15—FINAL TRIP MAY 30
The Petersons were high school sweethearts, and have been married for the last 13 years. They both work as special education teachers, and thoroughly enjoy the world of education. They have been blessed with 6 amazing children – 5 boys and one girl! They adopted their daughter, Addelyn (Heavenly on RR), from Eastern Europe in 2014. They have been home 9 months, and are now preparing to head back for their second daughter. Adoption has been an amazing journey for this family. The Peterson family is excited to return and expand their family once again!
5/12/15—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 21
Justin 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.
5/7/15—STILL WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghappinesshome.org
Brian 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
The 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
And 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.
Grant and Susan Lee have been married for 10 1/2 years and currently have six children. The breakdown of the half a dozen kids includes, four children from prior marriages, one child of our own, and one adopted child. Susan has always had a passion to adopt in her heart at a very young age, while Grant did not. When we, as a family adopted our youngest child Soo Min from South Korea seven years ago, Susan was elated as her dream of adopting a child finally came true. Grant was excited but did not share the same passion as Susan. As time passed by, Grant realized the passion for adoption and began to share these same feelings. The idea of giving his son a new life full of unconditional love became very important and special to Grant and he knew that they would adopt again.
This feeling is shared passionately with our children. Our kids realize that they are so fortunate that God has provided all of them with a life full of love, grace, and opportunity. They also realize that they are all children of God and they need to have open sensitive hearts, to bring another one of God’s children to our family. A baby girl named Comfort is our child who were are bringing home. Comfort is HIV positive, our family knew immediately just by looking at her that she is the chosen one to join the Lee family. We will work together as a family to make sure she has all the medical care and love she deserves.
We are often reminded of Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. We are all children of God and we need to help other children. The Lee siblings help each other, Grant and Susan help each other. It is now time for our entire family to bring Comfort into our home through the grace of God.
4/27/15—TRAVELING MAY 25
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thejourneyisonlybeginning.blogspot.com
The Grahams are a family of six living in South Carolina. Simon and Kelli have been married for 14 years and it was this summer that the Lord placed a burden on their hearts to pray for a bright-eyed, sweet-smiling girl in a pink skirt and purple tights. “Whitley” is six years old and deaf.
The journey they are on is one that they had never imagined for themselves, but the Lord is providing all needs as they step out in faith. Kelli is a former sign language interpreter and flight attendant turned homeschooling mom while Simon works hard for the family. They enjoy time together at home and with their fabulous family and friends as well.
They look forward to traveling to Poland to bring “Whitley” home in late Spring of 2015.
4/7/15—TRAVELING IN LATE MAY!
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/graham-family-adoption/201171
Adoption has been heavy on my heart for the past few years but has always been a hope since I was young. After a year of researching and praying over the souls of so many children to have a family, the only thing that stood in the way was myself. I feared that even though God had placed this desire in my heart that I would never be able to gather the resources to pay for the process of adopting a child in need of a family to nurture them and lead them towards His love. But as soon as He placed this precious little girl in front of me I knew I could no longer let fear stand in the way of moving towards the promise God had for her: a family, our family.
As a single mama to one beautiful little girl, I am so joyful to be able to start the journey towards adopting another beautiful soul.
Follow the Williams family adoption on their blog at www.thelittlegirlinstripesandpolkadots.blogspot.com
4/20/15— TRAVELING MAY 30
Jared and Jamie met and fell in love in high school. It was love at first sight and they were living their happily ever after with their three biological children when they found the picture of a sweet little boy who just happened to have Down syndrome. They hadn’t planned on adopting at all but his picture rocked their worlds! They leapt in and rushed full speed ahead to bring home Eli in 2012.
Even though Eli was in a good place, their hearts were forever changed when they saw the other children who had to be left behind and so desperately wanted a mommy and daddy too. Once Eli was home and settled, they committed to bringing home two more children who also happened to have an extra chromosome. The girls came home in Feb 2014.
The family settled into a daily routine and was happily trucking along when they saw another little picture that stopped them in their tracks. A sweet little set of brothers who just needed a Mama and Papa to call their own. So they leapt once again, and are so eager to bring the boys home forever!
This will be their third adoption (4th and 5th adopted children) in 3 years and any financial help is most welcomed!
5/6/15—FIRST TRIP MAY 30
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at sunshinedaysandpeacefulnights.blogspot.com
The 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
Chris and Jennifer were married in 2010. They talked and dreamed about the size their family would be like many newlyweds do. Adoption was never considered an alternative for them but something they wanted to pursue in God’s time. Since then they have been blessed with three beautiful biological children (two boys and a girl). After their second child was born the real pull towards adoption started.
Jennifer found Reece’s Rainbow and began praying for children listed. Much time was spent by Chris and Jennifer researching many types of adoption and special needs seemed to pull at their hearts. When Chris was five he lost his foot in an accident. He has undergone many surgeries and therapy and today it does not hinder him. Seeing the life Chris leads and knowing the difference a family makes led the Stums to start looking at children with limb differences. Yet it still didn’t appear to be God’s timing. When they saw Sally they both knew that God planned for her to be their daughter. So, with much prayer and consideration the family stepped out in faith and started their journey of adoption to bring their beautiful daughter, Sally, home.
With God’s provision the Stums are excited to provide Sally with a loving home, the knowledge and love of Christ, and the care and support she needs to overcome the many obstacles she will face. Chris and Jennifer feel very blessed to be able to add Sally to their family and are very thankful for your prayers and support.
5/6/15—FIRST TRIP JUNE 7
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cayleighscurlz.blogspot.com
“Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in His majesty
When we love the least of these….”
The song played from Kevin’s phone. He felt Audio Adrenaline’s song was speaking right to his soul. And then, after he played the song for Paula for an untold number of times, she felt the familiar stirring as well. Up until this song pierced their hearts, they both thought their family was complete.
After praying, they returned to the place where they found their two youngest children—Reece’s Rainbow. There, they found a little boy who needed a family to save him from being sent to an institution: little Simon.
Living in North Dakota, the Burckhard family includes Kevin and Paula and their five children: Elizabeth (20), Samuel (17), Grace (14 w/Down syndrome), Bella (9 w/DS, adopted from Ukraine in 2009), and Nole’ (7 w/DS, adopted from Serbia in 2011).
Won’t you join them in this unexpected journey to bring Simon home and help him become a king? Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support are so appreciated and represent a tangible way to partner with the Burckhards to “love the least of these.”
5/11/15—TRAVELING MAY 25
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.beautifulgiftfromgod.blogspot.com
Wendy and Jeff Reed have been abundantly blessed with 9 precious children, four born to them, and five through the miracle of adoption! Many of you are very familiar with the Reed’s last adoption journey to China in February 2014 to bring their son Joel home as well as their loss of their sweet daughter Sophia who passed away just days before they were to travel for both of their children. The Reed’s are so very thankful to all who were a part of helping to bring Joel home and were a tremendous support in their time of loss and grief. Jeff and Wendy are so very excited to introduce you to their newest treasure, Miss Talia Grace, and the incredibly amazing journey God has set them upon to bring their daughter home.
“Beauty from Ashes” has been a theme that has been entwined throughout the Reed’s journey to Talia since they first found out about this beautiful little girl, and from the very beginning of her tiny fragile life. Talia was born with a life threatening condition called biliary atresia that really has no treatment options in the area of China where she is from. Since surgery was not performed at an early age, Talia’s liver sustained severe damage, and her only hope for survival was to receive a liver transplant (almost completely non-existent in China!). Her story could have ended there in despair and ashes, but she was given hope when she was moved to a Foster Home in Beijing, China where she miraculously received a liver transplant. Talia has continued to recover and BLOSSOM from that life-saving surgery…a beautiful story of” beauty from ashes” only made possible by God’s intervention!
The Reed’s were originally in process to adopt BOTH Joel and Talia when they began their adoption journey two years ago. Talia’s adoption file was just being compiled and they were eagerly awaiting its completion so that they could adopt both Joel and Talia at the same time. As time went on, there were issues that arose that would stop all adoptions coming out of Talia’s region.
After a year into the adoption process, Joel had already been waiting far too long and the Reed’s had to make the heartbreaking decision to move forward with his adoption without Talia. The Reed’s attention was then turned towards a beautiful little girl on their adoption agency’s waiting child list who desperately needed a family that was traveling soon to come for her. Sweet Sophia had a serious heart condition that was inoperable in China and her only hope was for a family that was close to travel to come for her as quickly as possible so that she could receive life-saving heart surgery here in the US. The Reed’s wanted to give sweet Sophia the same opportunity for the hope of a healthy future that Talia received with her life-saving liver transplant surgery and so they agreed to move forward towards bringing precious Sophia home. Jeff and Wendy were just 6 days from traveling for both Joel and Sophia when they received the devastating news that Sophia had suddenly passed away. Their sweet baby girl had gained her heavenly Princess Tiara and was now in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Heartbroken over the loss of Sophia, Jeff and Wendy clung to their faith that in time God would bring “beauty from ashes” once again. Our God is FAITHFUL and He did just that! Shortly after Sophia’s passing, the Reed’s found out that Talia’s adoption paperwork had been released and was finally moving forward again! It took a bit of time and a great deal of patience, but on May 30th the Reed’s FINALLY received Talia’s adoption file from their new adoption agency and submitted their request to make Talia part of their family!!! They have received Pre-Approval from China to move forward towards bringing Talia home, and so the Reed’s begin one last journey to China for their precious daughter! Wendy and Jeff are so excited to see the beautiful painting that God is creating from those ashes and are looking forward to having Talia home in their arms!
Wendy and Jeff invite you to follow along on their journey for Talia Grace, and covet your prayers and support as they work towards bringing her home! Your encouragement and support have been instrumental as they worked towards bringing each of their beautiful treasures home from China and they would not be here without YOU!
4/22/15—TRAVELING JUNE 17
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.paintingbeautyfromashes.com
Addison and Kristen have been married for almost 4 years and have 5 children between the two of them. Addison raised two girls who are now 26 and 24 years old. His daughters are both married. The oldest has two sons and the youngest has one son. Addison and Kristen adore all three of their grandchildren and are praying for more! Kristen raised three children. Her oldest daughter is 21, her son is 20, and her youngest daughter is 18. They started talking about the possibility of having a child of their own but because both of them thought they were “done” years ago, that wasn’t possible. Adoption and fostering had been on Kristen’s heart for many years, she just had to convince her husband! They became licensed foster parents a little over a year ago and since then have had 8 foster children in their home. The first time they brought a newborn home to foster, Addison heart began to open to the idea of adoption. As you can imagine, their hearts were broken when they had to say goodbye to that little one. They knew then that they had to start the adoption process, they just didn’t know how they would come up with the money. Kristen began to research special needs adoption, specifically Down syndrome adoption when she came across the Reece’s Rainbow web page. After looking over the page and falling in love with several of the children, she just knew that THIS was what she was called to do. She showed her husband some of the babies she fell in love with and although his response was warm, he didn’t show the excitement that Kristen felt. Kristen decided to do what she could, and at the time, that was to make small donations to families that were in need. Then one day Kristen saw Greta’s profile and read several blogs about her and she knew she had to do something more. She talked to Addison again and showed him some of the pictures of some of the available children. She also showed him a blog that was written for Greta and she could not hold the tears back. Kristen’s heart was broken for the many orphans that needed a family so desperately and Addison could see how important this was to her. That day Addison’s heart began to change and eventually he was open to getting more information on some of the children. Although he was afraid because of the cost, they agreed to commit to a child and they chose Noah from PRC. They struggled with the thought of the cost and the mounds of paperwork but are convinced that they are meant to do this.
After committing to Noah (soon to be named Corbin), they saw the face of another boy they just KNEW was their son. They received PA for their second child, they call Paxton, about a month after receiving PA for little Noah. They are so excited and can’t wait to get their boys home. Addison and Kristen have stepped out in faith for these two boys and would appreciate any help they can get whether it be prayers, thoughts, or donations. They wish to send thoughts, prayers, and words of thanks to those that have and will be there to support them and to all the other families that are in this process. God Bless!!
5/6/15—TRAVELING JUNE 4
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourprincesfromchina.blogspot.com
Rick and Chante were married in 1999, and have been blessed with three biological children, Triston, Hadassah, and Kyron. The Bouchard’s live on a farm, and love anything they can do together as a family.
Adoption was something that God had laid on their heart even before they were married, and in 2001, when they heard about the children on Haiti, God led them to adopt their son, Ben. Four years later, they adopted Nesanet from Ethiopia, and thought their family was complete. After meeting some children with Down syndrome, they began feeling led to adopt a child with DS. When they saw little YiXi’s picture, they were in love! Six months after they welcomed YiXi home from China, some friends told them about a little girl they met in China, who also had DS. While the Bouchards were in China, picking up Amy, they met an amazing seven-year-old boy with CP. He stole their hearts, with his smile and loving personality, and they realized that even though they thought their family was complete, God had other plans. They have realized that God’s plans are so much more incredible than any plans they can make for their own future, and they are so thankful for the amazing kids He has brought into their lives. Their kids all have a heart from adoption and an incredible love for each other.
5/7/15–TRAVELING FIRST WEEK OF JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.changetheworld147.blogspot.com
Aaron and Julie first met in seminary and have been married for 17 years now. They have two biological children – Winter (12) and Noah (10). Aaron is a pastor and Julie is working for the local school system.
When Aaron was in seminary he tried to make a few deals with God. First, he told God that he would do anything for Him – except be a youth pastor. Second, he would do whatever that was anywhere in the world- except India. Well, God has a really great sense of humor. After graduating from seminary, Aaron took a job as an accounting clerk with the University of Maryland, biding his time and waiting for a ministry opportunity to open up. Four years later, he really was ready to do anything just to be in ministry…. even be a youth pastor in the inner city. And guess what, he loved it! During those years working for the university, Aaron met his best and lifelong friend, Suresh, whose family is from India. Do you hear God giggling yet? Because this man who wanted to do anything but work with kids or go to India is now desperate to go to India and become a father to more kids.
For Julie, it began at age 12 when her mom took the family on a missions trip to Mexico. It was there in the hotel pool that she was baptized and felt that she was called to the ministry. Every summer following this, Julie traveled with missions teams working in orphanages throughout Mexico and Guatemala. She attended seminary and married Aaron and 2 kids later, the passion for orphans and adoption was still burning in her heart. Right around the time that things were looking financial stable and they were ready to pursue adoption, Julie’s father became ill. She quit her job so that she could care for him in his own home, as was his wish. Julie’s father was also adopted (domestically as an infant). The years caring for him were overwhelming, but priceless. When he passed away, Aaron and Julie took the inheritance they received and used it for the upfront adoption costs. Now, not only will a lifelong dream of Julie’s heart be fulfilled, but her father’s legacy will be carried on as his granddaughters are adopted into this loving family.
5/6/15—COURT PASSED, HOPE TO TRAVEL IN JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardamomandpoprika.blogspot.com
Sean and Angela have been married for 17 years. They both knew since the beginning they wanted to grow their family through adoption. After being foster parents and adopting their foster daughter, they decided to pursue International Adoptions. After 12 years, Sean and Angela have four lovely daughters through adoption (ages 13, 12, 9, and 5). Three of their daughters have special needs and Sean and Angela continue to feel the need to add another daughter with special needs to their family. As soon as the family saw Elana’s picture, they knew she would be the new addition!
Please follow their journey to bring Elana home to her new family. Any prayers or support are greatly appreciated.
4/24/15—TRAVELING JUNE 10
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lovetoadopt5.blogspot.com
Ryan and Natalie were married June 2011, They planned on pursuing adoption soon after their marriage, but God had other plans. After only a couple months of enjoying their new married life, they got the surprise of a lifetime, Natalie was pregnant! Another surprise came when they found out about their bio son’s special heart. They did not feel qualified or ready to be special needs parents, but three open heart surgeries later, the young couple realized that the world of special needs parenting, although scary and painful at times, contained more beauty than they could of ever dreamed possible. When God began opening their eyes and stirring their hearts for special needs adoption, they were hesitant, but then Natalie found Reece’s Rainbow and laid her eyes on the most precious little boy with the deepest brown eyes. 10 months later they welcomed Ivan into their crazy family.
They knew they would adopt again and now one year after welcoming Ivan home, they are beginning the adoption journey again to bring two more beautiful children with special hearts into their family. Ryan and Natalie truly believe that EVERY heart needs a home and EVERY child deserves a chance. This young family has seen God level mountains before and they know He will be faithful again. Would you consider helping them bring these precious treasures HOME? Any gift you can give is an answer to prayer for this family and they thank you from the bottom or their hearts.
I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places. So that you may know I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:2-3
5/20/15—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 28
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourlegacyoflove.blogspot.com
It’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.
5/26/15—STILL WAITING FOR FINAL TRIP DATES
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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at followingourcallingdaily.blogspot.com
Nate and Cassie have been married for almost 7 years with two biological children, Noah (5) and Sophie (2). This will be their first adoption and what a journey it has been. Adoption laid heavy on their hearts in early 2014 and after much prayer and trusting in God’s plan, they took a leap of faith to adopt from Eastern Europe. They had found a beautiful four year old girl who they were sure to bring home. With the help of family and friends, they bathed that child in prayer. Nearing the end of the process (after they received their invitation to travel), they found out that she had been adopted by a Eastern European family. While they were grateful that she was given a loving home, their hearts were broken. They pressed on determined to pick up the pieces and follow God’s plan for their adoption. Finally, after a year of preparation and roadblocks, they are ready to go to Eastern Europe and meet their child. The couple can’t wait to see the child that God has picked to be part of their growing family.
Katherine 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.
5/20/15—STILL WAITING FOR COURT
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Chris, 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
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Almanzo 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
Eric 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
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Matt & Sara met in college and have been married for nearly 13 years. They have 5 biological children ranging in ages from 11 down to a newborn, 3 girls and 2 boys. They had discussed the possibility of adoption in the past, but thought it was a long time away, someday after they were done having children of their own – and then domestically.
A few weeks after their son was born, a friend happened to post a picture of Eloise. Sara passed it along to Matt, praying hard and hoping against hope that he’d feel what she felt – a strong bond & connection. Surprisingly to both of them, he did! It was completely out of the blue, and they had no inkling God was about to add to their family again so soon and in this way, which is why they decided to pursue adopting Eloise.
The kids are very excited to have another sister and have been asking tons of questions. The whole family is excited to meet Eloise and bring her home where she belongs as quickly as possible before she is transferred out of the orphanage and no longer available for adoption. That is a very real possibility as it sounds like she is the oldest there.
Please pray as Matt, Sara, and family take up this journey for a child in need. Your support and prayers are appreciated!
5/29/15—APPOINTMENT IS JUNE 30
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