/by Lucillehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/travellingnow1.jpg3761016Lucillehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngLucille2016-05-28 20:26:082016-06-18 13:19:11Traveling Now
Jeff and Tammy Jarrett are so excited to be growing their family again! This time with 2 little ones from Asia!
Jeff and Tammy were high school sweethearts and got married while they attended college. They have 3 biological boys, but always felt God was calling them to adopt. In 2008 they completed their first adoption and brought Jasmine home from China. Jasmine is legally blind and in bringing her home, the Jarrett’s lives have been completely changed.
In 2010 the Jarretts went back to China and brought home Jewel. Jewel was born without eyes and has multiple other disabilities. The Jarretts don’t like to look at her disabilities though. They believe that children with special needs shouldn’t be defined by the things they can’t do, but rather by what they can. To the Jarretts, Jewel is the happiest person they have ever met. She laughs all of the time and loves everyone. Jewel is an inspiration to anyone who has gotten to know her.
The Jarretts have prayed, asking God to lead them to adopt again if that is his plan for their lives. They KNOW that God loves ALL children and are so excited to announce that God has answered their prayers and they will be adding 2 more children to their family!
Annabelle, who the Jarretts will name Teagan, has been the Jarrett’s daughter in their hearts for a long time. They have prayed persistently for her for and are so blessed to FINALLY be able to bring her home and make her a loved daughter, and sister. Annabelle is already so deeply loved by her forever family!!
The Jarretts are also excited to announce that they will be bringing home Joey, a precious 6 year old boy with Down Syndrome. Joey has attended the Bring Me Hope Camp in China, and those who have met him say he one of the most loving boys. He loves bubbles and playing in the sand. They can’t wait to make Joey a part of their growing family.
The Jarretts are adopting on a complete leap of faith, and trust that God will provide for them financially. They also know that a lot of times God provides for his children through other people! If you feel led to give toward their adoption, please know that it will be SO appreciated!!
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Jason and Rebekah Waller have been married for almost 14 years and have 4 beautiful children. Adoption was only something they had discussed briefly as a “maybe one day” or “we might eventually” kind of notion. One day, after following a Reece’s Rainbow link a friend had posted on facebook, Rebekah came face to face with Tyler. She immediately felt a connection, but knew she couldn’t make that decision alone. After weeks of crying, praying, and constantly thinking about this precious boy, Jason agreed that they should contact someone for more info.
It’s been tough, but they can already see the great rewards. Their kids (especially the oldest) are super excited! Please pray for the process and for sweet Tyler.
9/22/16—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 21
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http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.png00Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-09-22 16:10:272016-10-10 13:27:43TYLER for the Waller family -- AL
My husband and I have been married for twenty five years. He was my high school sweetheart. We married and had five beautiful bio kids. We felt a very strong calling for the orphans of the world. God was very strong in speaking to our hearts that there were children who needed Moms and Dads. I would like to say we obeyed immediately but we wrestled with it for a year or two. We are a home schooling family and felt we were finally “arriving” where we could have some time to just enjoy the kids. But God was faithful and patient. We became foster parents and got a call for placement of micro preemie twins. One was with bio Mom and the other waiting to be discharged with nowhere to go and would we take them? Well of course, the answer was yes! Haylee had a brain bleed, she needed a shunt and has cp. She got the shunt and walks with a walker. Baylee is healthy.
Having Haylee as a special needs placement changed me. I knew when I walked in the hospital I would never be the same. My heart grew 1000 times bigger in a matter of seconds. So we got little Miss Baylee on a Thursday night. The smallest baby I had ever seen and Haylee the next Saturday. We adopted the girls on Dec. 1 2014. Well Bio Mom had preemie baby twins again 11 ½ months after Haylee and Baylee. She requested we take them as well. So Joy and Jessa joined our family and became ours June 2015. All I can say is it is a life full of extreme craziness! It really is like having quads!
But I still felt like a special needs child needed me. I just did not feel complete. Which is weird and kind of scary considering we added four babies in a year and a half. So I have always followed Reece’s Rainbows. I saw Darren last Saturday and I knew he was my son. I have never in my entire life felt the way I felt when I saw him. Immediately I went before the Lord. I had so many questions…. How can I do it? The time, the money, the extreme amount of rehab he needs. But the Lord made it very clear that I would be doing all of that. I fell prostate on the the floor and the emotions that came over me are like nothing I have ever experienced. I know now, God was breaking my heart for what breaks his. It was hours before I could compose myself and days before I could stop crying. Just thinking about him all this time laying in that bed. My heart felt like it was in a vice. But then God showed me what his life is gonna be and I had hope and joy and then the “Momma Bear” kicked in and I worked 8 hours straight on Sunday readying all those forms to put a legal hold on him. We barely made it. His file was going back on Wednesday. By Wednesday, I have hired Datz foundation and express mailed the 2500.00 for an expedited home study. Of course, I borrowed the money with the promise to pay it back.
Now I feel like I have no other calling but to bring my son home. We are a family of 12. Soon to be 13. That is our story, his Dad and I are changing his name to Nathaniel James. Nathaniel means Chosen by God! And that he was. Hang on little guy Momma is on the way!!
9/27/16—COURT IS OCTOBER 28
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http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/kimreyphoto.jpg640548Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2015-12-15 08:36:352016-09-27 09:58:46DARREN for the Kimrey family -- VA
As a teenager Caroline spent a great deal of time overseas doing volunteer work with children (mostly special needs and medically fragile). At age 20, after a lengthy process, she was able to obtain Humanitarian Parole for a child she had worked with in Romania who had serious medical needs that needed to be addressed. Raul was born with severe Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. She later received permanent guardianship, and Raul received a green card, enabling to stay in the U.S. with Caroline. Last Fall Raul underwent a bone marrow transplant, and unfortunately passed away due to complications this past Spring.
Caroline felt that having Raul in her life had been 100% worth any amount of heartache, and that she would have done it 100 times over to have had these years with him. Before Raul passed, Caroline heard of another little boy in Eastern Europe with severe EB that was in need of a home. She knew at that time that she could not bring him home, but hoped he would find a family that could bring him home quickly!
After Raul passed away, Caroline found out that no other families had come forward for “Travis”, and felt that she had the unique experience necessary to adopt such a medically fragile child. She had had five years of knowledge about Epidermolysis Bullosa, and knew she could get “Travis” the care he desperately needed. She is now working to get “Travis” home as fast as possible, and is looking forward to meeting him soon!
10/5/16—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 8
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Richard and Ella have committed their lives to adopting and raising children to be godly men and women. They have thirteen wonderful children and are returning to Bulgaria to adopt three more. Richard and Ella consider adoption to be their ministry. Their goal is to show the world that all children deserve a mom and dad, and that special needs children in particular bestow a special blessing from God. What better way is there to show that all people are created in God’s image and worthy of honor and respect than adopting a special needs child? What better way is there to teach us patience and perseverance, and to step outside our comfort zone? In pursuit of this goal, Richard and Ella have purchased a large foreclosed home on 11.5 acres of land. They are filling the home with children. They believe children are happy and healthy when able to work and play outdoors. And there is plenty of opportunity. They have chickens, ducks, cats, and a dog, as well as a very large garden and an orchard. There is enough to do that everyone is involved. No job is too small! What started out as a ministry of Richard and Ella has now become the family ministry. All the kids are involved in the upcoming adoption and are excited to have new brothers and a sister.
Everyone is extremely happy to have found three wonderful children. Catherine and Mark are an older brother and sister pair who are very happy to be adopted together. Richard and Ella are also excited about adopting Nicolai, a two-year old boy with Down Syndrome. They have wanted to adopt a child with Down Syndrome for several years. The last time they went to Bulgaria, they were blessed to adopt a child with Noonan Syndrome. Now they have a chance to show the world that children with Down Syndrome are a blessing to all.
6/21/16—FIRST TRIP JULY 18
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The Sotolongo family recently adopted their son “Nevada” as named on Reece’s Rainbow. The Sotolongo’s have four other children all under 6 years old. Nevada’s first year has been nothing short of a miracle. He has undergone corrective heart surgery, which in his country was deemed impossible based on his condition. He is flourishing in a family, learning to sign words and perform daily tasks. He bond’s and interacts very well with his siblings. While adopting Nevada, the Sotolongo’s met a few other children at the orphanage that grabbed their hearts. When leaving, the Sotolongo’s already felt that they would be back. The Sotolongo family is very excited to revisit Nevada’s orphanage and leave with new additions to their family. The Sotolongo’s want to thank you for your support and prayer as they continue on this adoption journey.
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/Kendall-2014-225x300.jpg300225Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2014-11-29 09:30:382016-09-20 20:45:09KENDALL, DILLON, and GIDEON for the Sotolongo family -- FL
We are the Huizinga family from Virginia! We are excited to announce we are adopting “Saleena” and “Polly”! They will join Dad & Mom, Paul & Maureen, as well as siblings Penny, Sarah, Nathaniel, Iain, Thomas, Fanny, Joshua, Greyson, Julia, one big fat dog named Ellie, and a silly barn kitty named Dingo (Mom says, don’t ask…) We have been married for 16 years. 2 years ago, we brought Penny and Fanny home to join our family, and our entire heart for orphans/orphan care was forever changed. We have waded through some challenging transitions and scary health concerns with Penny in particular and patiently waited to see if or how God might allow us to care for more children.
Thus enters two sweet tiny girls….
Saleena and Polly reside in Pen’s previous orphanage facility. This particular orphanage is near and dear to our hearts, and we have been blessed to see huge progress in the quality of care that is being provided there. The best facility in the world, however, can’t replace a FAMILY as the best place for children to grow & flourish! Saleena and Polly have some special challenges and delays, but we are familiar with the types of needs which are currently known (and know well enough to be prepared for more need, less need, or completely different needs, as they are revealed in the process!) Thank you for supporting our family. James 1:27.
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John and Christina Carter call their home “Glorious Chaos”. They have six children, ranging in age from 23 down to 3 years old and love big family life. Circumstances surrounding the birth of six child and fifth daughter, Nora meant that there would be no more biological children. John and Chris always knew, from the very beginning that adoption would be a part of their story and this just confirmed it.
It was a “someday” kind of idea, but then the three youngest children began praying for an adopted child to join the family. They had watched another family walk through international adoption, and these little ones knew that it was something they wanted to do too.
Chris went on Reece’s Rainbow, thinking to choose three profiles to post on the bulletin board for the family to pray daily for.
But there were four, not three, that jumped out at her. All four were printed and tacked up in the dining room and the family began to pray.
One of those four just stayed on their minds and in their hearts. Shyla.
The rest is history! John and Chris can not wait to get this little girl in the midst of their Glorious Chaos and be the family that she deserves. It turned out that Somday was now!
“We can make our plans, but the Lord God determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9NLT
“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:6
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Adam and Heather met in University, where both vowed they would not start dating within their first month there, but knew each other was too special to stay apart! They were married fresh out of University and have been together for almost 13 years. They spent much of their married life traveling the world, embracing culture through study and teaching, until they settled down in a small city in Canada where they could start growing their family.
They knew that adoption was always something that they wanted to pursue, but aimed to start their family biologically first, only to have the unfortunate experience of 4 miscarriages and infertility. But God used their experiences of loss to bring them the most beautiful gift they could ever have received: their son Pierce, through adoption.
NO child should be orphaned. Every child deserves to be embraced wholeheartedly by family, to be loved unconditionally and to never go without warm hugs. And because they know this to be true, they knew that adopting another child, particularly one that may not be considered by another family, was what they wanted to do.
After watching a documentary called “Ukraine’s Forgotten Children” and through a process of many google searches about the plight of so many children with special needs in Eastern Europe, they were brought to Reece’s Rainbow. It didn’t take long before they came across a boy who pulled strongly on their heart strings; he was their son, a brother to Pierce, made in the image of God, His masterpiece.
Already there are so many friends and family who can hardly wait to wrap this boy up in love and adoration, even though they don’t know him yet. We cannot wait to get him home and give him everything he needs to experience the fullness of life and the love of God.
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/Zhenya-300x210.png210300Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-03-22 16:07:582016-09-11 09:59:51ZHENYA for the Teeter family -- Canada
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.
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/Comfort.jpg825686Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2015-03-13 13:48:342016-01-08 15:10:55COMFORT for the Lee family -- MI
David and Tracy Wiggs are returning to Reece’s Rainbow for their second and third and fourth adoptions. They adopted in late 2014 and their new son is thriving in his new family. David and Tracy have five biological children and three adopted children and know that this is their calling, to love the orphaned and welcome them into their loving family. David and Tracy would humbly ask for your support both financially and spiritually and would ask for your prayers as they once again set out on this new journey to adopt Gracelynn and Kristopher and Lazarus. Thank you, and God bless.
7/13/16—APPOINTMENT IS AUGUST 8
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Kim and Nathan Woods have been married for almost 10 years. Kim is originally from Canada and Nathan is from New Hampshire. They have been living in Florida for the past 9 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters living at home, Lydia (9), Chloee (7), and Chanelle (5). Since the moment they met they both knew that one day they would adopt. They didn’t know how, when, or who but God has miraculously opened the door and they know that this is His perfect timing.
Please consider helping them as they step out in faith to accomplish God’s will in their lives.
Help them make this beautiful girl an orphan no more.
9/15/16—TRAVELING OCTOBER 1
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http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.png00Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-04-14 12:49:162016-09-24 14:49:02JUDITH for the Woods family -- FL
April will make 10 years Stephen and Rachelle have been married. They have 3 biological boys (1 is from Rachelle’s first marriage.) And four adopted boys from Eastern Europe through Reece’s Rainbow. Yes, that is a total of 7 boys ages 4 years to 17 years old: Maben is 4, Andre is 7, Silas, Felix and Tage are 8, D.J. is 13 and Ruslan is 17. Here is our story:
We came across Reece’s Rainbow in such a carefully weaved web of fate that only God Himself could create that has changed the course of our lives, the friendships that we have made and of course the way in which we have grown our family, live our everyday lives and bear witness to Jesus’ unconditional love and answer to God’s calling. And I just love to tell the story of how each person played a role in leading us to this very special place in our life in an amazing community of people whom I might never knew existed if things might not have happened exactly the way that they did.
A few years ago we were introduced to a blog by a family member went to school with the author of a popular blog, “EBing A Mommy” and the disease EB that her sweet baby boy Tripp was born with. Tripp won the hearts of so many. We began participating in fundraisers for Tripp and EB Awareness and also made some amazing friends within the EB community, both advocates and parents. A blog entry about a sweet boy in Russia by the name of Anton who was in the process of being adopted by an amazing family led us to the Reece’s Rainbow website.
WOW did we learn A LOT that we never ever knew even existed when coming across Reece’s Rainbow! Of course, like many, we became fascinated with the work of Reece’s Rainbow and hoped to one day become a part of the beautiful story that was written into the colors of that rainbow.
Many people we come across ask us the same questions “Why?” A popular Matthew West Song puts it so perfectly:
If not us, then who?
If not me and you?
It’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when?
Will we see an end?
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
Well, sooner came rather than later, as when they saw Silas’s picture they had to DO SOMETHING and in 2012 Rachelle and Stephen embarked on their first adoption adventure.
We thought we would be adopting one child, Silas, a little boy with Cerebral Palsy. God made better plans, we came home with two little boys: Silas and Andre. 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,”
Andre has Down Syndrome. Silas was very sick when he came home, weighing 17 pounds at 5 years old, and suffering violent drug withdrawals, spent a few weeks in the hospital upon coming home. He now has a severe movement disorder as a result of the high dosages of medication given to him by the orphanage. He has had brain surgery to try to help relieve the disorder, with not much help but doctors are still working on a possible solution. Andre was our surprise added child in country while some paperwork issues were worked out for Silas. Andre is a ball of energy ready to take you for a ride anywhere and everywhere you want to go!
In 2014 we adopted again. Originally we thought we might adopt a girl or two but again, God made other plans. Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” We adopted two more boys instead as the girls we had committed to had other families adopt them. One of them was a little boy whose file we were shown in 2012. He was adopted at one time but was disrupted in country. His name is Felix and he has Cerebral Palsy. His transition has been a roller-coaster but one well worth the ride. He is a sweet, loving child with an enormous amount of potential that we see no end to anytime soon! The other boy we adopted, Ruslan, was 15 and a half, just 6 months away from aging out. Ruslan is so smart, funny, happy, lively and social. He lived in a place called the “Happy Home.” While there I met several other very sweet boys. One very lively boy has stayed on our hearts and minds since coming home. We have decided it is time to go back and reunite two former roommates as brothers!
We have learned so much through this wonderful journey, met so many wonderful people, made so many friendships, more like formed new family and we are so thankful to be once again embarking on this journey to add to our family once again! Never in a million years could we have imagined how our lives would have changed so drastically (in the most amazing way) and the wonderful path we would be taking! We love this life God planned for us!
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.png00Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-02-05 11:24:452016-10-03 12:31:32STARR for the Feinland family -- LA
Ron and Nina Polmateer are a proud military couple who have been married for almost 8 years. Their life is full of adventures as you never know what life as a military family is going to throw at them.
Ron and Nina have no biological children of their own. However, Ron and Nina do have two furry family members named Wicket and Leia. They have been trying for 7 years with no luck and recently found out that due to Nina being a cancer survivor the chances of having a biological child are very slim to none. Together they got through the news of not being able to have biological children and decided that adoption is the best route to make their dreams of becoming parents a reality.
Ron and Nina decided to do an international adoption after sponsoring a child while stationed in Korea. They contacted an agency located in their state and started the search for their child browsing a few photo listings of waiting children on Reece’s Rainbow and none of them stood out to them more than Noel.
Ron and Nina are very excited to add Noel to be a part of their family as are their furry family members. Wicket in particular loves kids and is always seeking out the neighborhood kids when they are playing outside. Any donations are greatly appreciated and the Polmateer family thanks you!
8/10/16—FIRST TRIP in AUGUST 2016
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Jode and Kelley have been blessed through adoption with eight beautiful and amazing children. Although their lives and hearts are overflowing, they know their family is not yet complete. After much prayer and consideration, they feel led to adopt two precious children, a brother and sister, from Africa. The older sister has no special needs; however, the little brother is developmentally delayed and hearing impaired. Both children were orphaned due to the Ebola plague and have been through much in their little lives.
Jode and Kelley are asking you to partner with them to help bring these precious children home by:
Donating – No amount of money is too small or too large and all donations are tax deductible,
Praying – please agree with them in prayer that God will supply everything they need for this adoption and
Sharing – please share this family sponsorship page with your friends and family and ask them to pray and donate too.
Thank you so much for being a part of this adoption journey!
http://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/Hunter-1.jpg800666Michellehttp://reecesrainbow.org/wp-content/uploads/10logo4x4-3.pngMichelle2016-08-29 14:27:342016-10-21 10:55:26CLARA and HUNTER for the Robinson family -- SC
The Masse family completed their first adoption in June of 2015 but knew even before they left that this was not the end of the story. After having 5 children Jeff and Julie felt like maybe their family was complete, or was it? Married in 2000, they had occasionally talked about the possibility of adopting one day. It wasn’t until they saw a video advocating for orphans in China that they really began to seriously discuss the possibility that God was calling them to adopt. As they prayed about it, God used the parable of the Good Samaritan to confirm that a little girl with special needs in an orphanage somewhere in China was indeed their neighbor – and more than that – their daughter! God placed a desire in their hearts to love their “neighbor” by adopting a child into their family, loving her unconditionally and without any expectations.
The process to adopt their daughter Lila took about 15 months and they arrived home in June 2015 with their precious girl. But all through the process as they became more involved in the adoption community they were struck by the tremendous need!! There are many orphan statistics and the sheer numbers can be staggering but as David Platt has said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” The Masses began to see the faces, hear the stories and realized that there was more they could do! Their transition home with their daughter was going very well, so after a few months they began praying and seeking who God would have them adopt. Through many circumstances they were led to the file of sweet Tessa, a beautiful 2 year old girl with an extra chromosome and lots of extra love to give!
Jeff and Julie and their children can’t wait to have Tessa home to be part of their family forever! Thank you so much for helping them in their adoption journey!
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We (Tim and JoLynne) are thrilled to announce our commitment to adopt Marla! We want nothing more than to bring our little girl home and we are asking that you consider coming along side us with prayer, financial, and emotional support. God has been calling us to adopt for quite some time, and our answer is finally YES!
While on a recent trip, JoLynne got to see first hand the reality of orphanages in Eastern Europe. The call to adopt has always been there for her, but suddenly orphans were no longer a blurry image in her mind– but names and faces– hands she held and feet she washed. Her heart was broken for these children without parents. The call to adopt became urgent. When she arrived home she found comfort with her children, Dexter and Beatrix, but Tim could see her devastation. Unbeknownst to JoLynne, God had been working in Tim’s heart– growing in it a love for orphans.
Two years after JoLynne’s trip, and one more biological child later (Simon), We (Tim and JoLynne) are at last stepping out in faith and declaring that Marla will be an orphan no more.
The story of adoption is about so much more than us- so much more than our story. It is about a Father that seeks out His child. A Father who says, “No matter where you are and no matter where you have been- I long to call you My own. No matter the cost- you are wanted and you are LOVED more than you can possibly fathom. I will change your status from lost to found and I will keep you in the palm of My hand.”
Thanks to God who sent His son to die on a cross for our sin- we can claim this promise of a Heavenly Father. We want to be Marla’s earthly parents and to ensure she knows that she is loved and wanted.
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Nora and Patrick Tomasik have been married for ten years, and have three biological children, Patrick 9, Caden 6, and Eli 2. Family is always the first priority for the Tomasik family, and the only thing they put above family is God. Nora had prayed for years for God to use her in His way, and to have the blessing of glorifying Him. That chance came when she stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow, and in particular Kory. Although the thought of adopting a child had never occurred to either Patrick or Nora, once they saw Kory, they knew that he needed a home.
Kory, a beautiful boy in Eastern Europe that just happened to have Down syndrome. A beautiful gift from God, who simply needed the love and support of a mother and father. Nora could not get this small boy out of her head. Daily the thought of him hit her over the head. While at dinner with her family, she thought of Kory, at the zoo, thoughts of Kory, at the library, thoughts of Kory. What was Kory doing now? What was life like for him in that orphanage? What kinds of activities was he missing out on every single day of his life? How will he reach his full potential without the supports and therapies that he needs? There were many heartfelt conversations between Nora and Patrick. Was this God’s plan? How could they possibly afford it? How would they get others to understand why they were perusing the adoption? All of those questions, without any real answers. Doubt and worry started to enter their minds.
Sitting in church one day, their Pastor started to talk about God being the leader of your life, and that he had plans for your life. Plans that would glorify Him. Plans that you would prosper and not fail. This conversation spoke to the Tomasiks. This was what they needed to hear. God had a plan for them, this adoption was His plan for them. God WILL find the way for them to prosper in this endeavor. Kory had been given what he needed from God, the love and strength of a family in a northern suburb of Illinois. Parents willing to put in the work, effort, worry, tears, and strength to proceed through the process, even with so many obstacles in the way.
Will you help the Tomasik family follow through God’s plan? Will your family help bring another family together forever? Can you help Kory come home?
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Brent and Mary met in vet school and married in 2009. After their daughter was born in 2010, Mary stumbled upon Reece’s Rainbow. After following a number of families over the years, a beautiful little girl named “Celine” caught Mary’s heart. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, her country banned adoptions to American couples. Her picture still hangs on the fridge. Mary continued to follow many of the Reece’s Rainbow families and, through the blog of an adoptive family, saw a picture of a handsome young man named “Charlie” who she immediately knew belonged in their family.
The Sanders’ have four daughters and are excited to be adding a boy to the mix. The girls cannot wait to have a brother and now Brent and Mary finally have an answer to the question, “so when are ya’ll gonna try for that boy?!”
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For several years, Phil and Kristie Graves had been discussing the idea of adoption. It would come up in conversation and then be put off for “later”. One day Kristie came across Reece’s Rainbow and found a girl named “Sage” and knew immediately that she was their child.
After beginning the process to adopt, “Sage” was adopted by a French family, leaving Phil and Kristie distraught and unsure of what to do next. Then their 11 year old daughter reminded them of another little girl they had seen in pictures with “Sage”. Her name was “Olivia” and they had considered adopting both girls. After much prayer and consideration, they decided that God had shown them “Sage” so they could discover “Olivia”.
The Graves’ have three biological children, Kara, Ethan, and Owen. Won’t you please help to take their family from five people to six? They have decided to call this process, “The Journey from Odd to Even.
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The entire Bloom family is thrilled to be adopting again! In 2014, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, they added four older boys with special needs to their family. 2 of them had been living in a group home, 1 had spent his entire life in a crib in a laying down room, and 1 had already aged out and would have been transferred to a very bad place. All 4 of them have thrived since coming home. Now they can’t wait to do it again with your help!
They sent in paperwork to be able to adopt another aging out child, a friend of their son who is headed to the same place. They are moving as quickly as possible to get to Amos because he has already turned 16.
The Bloom family will also be bringing home Daisy! Daisy has spent most of her life in a crib. She was scheduled to become unadoptable due to changes at the group home she was moved into, but instead will be adopted by the Blooms.
Lee is another child from a laying down room who the Bloom family spent time with during their last adoption. His medical condition is possibly complicated and he urgently needs medical care that he is not receiving in the orphanage.
Violet is a very sweet and gentle older girl with special needs. She was a friend of the boys who had lived in the group home. She will be a very loved addition to the Bloom family as well.
Any prayers and support you can offer are very appreciated!
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Bill and Nancy have been married for 27 years. They have been blessed with 4 beautiful daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren.They have always supported charities involving children and are very passionate about a child’s right to feel safe and to be loved. Their oldest daughter, Audra, showed them a website, Reece’s Rainbow, and after seeing all that these children have endured knew they were ready to start the adoption process. They are so thrilled to be bringing home two more lovely daughters and an adorable son. The reality is this will not be easy but these children and every other child are worthy and deserve loving parents. They are asking for your prayers as they know this is what has brought them this far. If you feel led, any gift to bring their children home will be a huge blessing.
“You are the helper of the fatherless, Lord. You have heard the desire of the humble, You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed. That the man of the earth may oppress no more. psalms 10:14, 17-18
8/31/16—APPOINTMENT IS SEPTEMBER 20
has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!
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While Todd and Melissa always felt a calling to adopt, their real adoption story began 3 years ago when they started the process to bring two boys home from Eastern Europe. Since that time they have learned so much more about the hearts and needs of children all over the world who are hurting and alone, waiting for a family to take a chance on them. A few months ago they started hearing that still small voice telling them their family wasn’t yet completed and they began once again seeking wisdom to know what this calling would look like for their family. After a lot of prayer and consideration there was one little face that stood out and said “Pick me!” A 7 year old little girl who is in severe need for medical intervention and simply someone to care about her. Much like Lance, the Schmitt’s 5 year old son, she is not able to sit up or roll over and suffers from severe muscle spasticity.
The Schmitt’s have learned so much from Lance in the past 2 years that a physical inability to do these things does not mean they are incapable of joy and love. As they watch Lance laugh and smile (things he wouldn’t do when he first came home) they want to be able to provide this little one with that same opportunity to experience joy, love, warmth, physical contact, and a full belly every day without question.
***While Melissa was visiting Ava on trip one she met a little boy who absolutely stole her heart. The Schmitts had been approved for 2 children, but hadn’t felt a call toward a specific second child until the first day Melissa met Ava and saw Nigel, she knew he was special and was meant to be a part of their family. They didn’t know if it would even be possible at that point to add him to their adoption and relied wholly on God to open the necessary doors to bring him home, as one door after another opened they have been so encouraged to get to add this special child to their family.
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The McQuinn family have 3 biological children, two of whom have a terminal muscle wasting disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Their strong love and dreams for their children made it impossible to say “No” when they discovered the situations around the world involving disabled orphans. They didn’t want to believe the statistics and information they were reading could be true. It seemed that the more they researched the more their hearts broke. Amanda says, “knowing my children’s amazingness and strong will for life helps us not recognize them as disabled, we see OUR KIDS not their disability and we strive to give them a very meaningful life.” What led them to adopt ultimately was when they came across a child listed on Reece’s Rainbow. They knew instantly he was their son. The only reason to say no would have been because of funding issues but they will not let that stop them. Shortly after their commitment to Ricky they found Elizabeth. They waited and waited for a family to come for the precious beauty who shares the same disease as their bio’s. As their adoption for Ricky progressed, their love for Elizabeth grew, and knowing about her disease they knew they couldn’t leave her there to die alone. So they says “yes” to both … “we will come for you.”
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Manny and Lynn have been together for 13 years. They have a family of 4 adult children, Manny, Fatima, Angie, Yudith, a teenager, Aly, and a preteen, Rebeka. Rebeka has Down syndrome. They love all their children equally, but having a child with Down syndrome forever changed their lives. Lynn had always wanted to adopt, but shortly after Becky was born they both knew they would adopt a child with Down syndrome.
Manny is an automotive technician. Lynn is an office assistant for their church. She is also a full time student, just a few classes from a degree in Psychology. They own a business and work to provide a future for their family.
Lynn is the eternal optimist. Manny is the realist. For years she’s been showing Manny pictures of children on Reece’s Rainbow and praying about the day they would adopt. Manny kept saying, it’s not time, one day, “I’ll pray their families find them.” One night a friend posted a picture of a gorgeous girl on RR. As the couple looked at the picture and read her story, the tears started flowing. The next day Manny wanted to know when they could “go get their girl!”
This is how the Fleites family found Jenny. Her smile grabbed at their hearts. They decided to keep on praying and take the chance. If God meant it to be their path, it would happen. And happen it did!
Jenny, soon to be Lucy, has no other known medical concerns. She lives with foster parents and seems happy and cheerful. In videos, she is always smiling, singing and dancing. Her family is anxious to have her join them! Her room is prepared, her siblings are ready to spoil her, and her parents are counting down the days.
Every step has been slow and steady. Every financial deadline has been a testament to God’s faithfulness. Almost every step has been fully paid with donations so far. The blessings keep coming! They have met so many amazing people that have been on this journey. They still have $28,000 to go, but the burning desire to bring their daughter home propels them forward!
They are very grateful for the support they have received and thank you in advance for your support! They covet your prayers and for you to share their story!
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