The Goodhue family is excited to add another little boy to their family!
Larry and Maria met in high school in 1986 and married in 1992. Having been told by multiple doctors that they would never have children, they were thrilled to find out they were expecting their first child within their first year of marriage. Over the last 22 years their family has grown year after year. They have nine boys and two daughters, unfortunately one daughter went to be with Jesus in 2011. Children have always been an important part of their family and they desire to let God bless them through whatever means He chooses.
Their daughter, Alyssa happened upon Reece’s Rainbow when she was just 13. She has advocated for many of the children on Reece’s Rainbow, as well as, helped many families raise funds for their adoptions. Throughout the last six years, her knowledge of the conditions these children endure while they wait for a family to come for them, their different special needs and the process each family goes through to bring these children home has grown. She has shared with her parents and all of her siblings (all boys!) all that she has learned. The Lord has used her to work in the hearts of her parents and they are excited to take the next big step in their family! The response from their children when they were told they were adopting was…”I can’t believe it! It seems like a dream!”
4/7/16—WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at our-family92.blogspot.com
The Robinson family began their adoption family almost four years ago. While going through the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriages, they started to think perhaps they were meant to add to their family in a different way. Surprisingly, after reaching out to several adoption agencies, they learned they were expecting a daughter. Then, very shortly after her birth, (as these things sometimes seem to happen), they learned a son was on his way. Several months later, Mike (active duty Army) received orders to Germany. Not forgetting the plight of orphans around the world, adoption still weighed very heavy on their hearts and they assumed they would continue on the process when they returned stateside in several years.
As often happens, their ‘plan’ was not the one in action and Alexandria received an e-mail from a stateside agency that they had spoken with years before – completely out of the blue. It had a picture of a beautiful little boy and she knew with the same certainty that she did when she saw their biological son after his birth, that this was their son as well. After many a “can we do this” discussion, they decided to take on an international adoption while living overseas themselves. Several weeks later, intent was submitted to his country and accepted.
Alexandria, though licensed as a nurse, stays home with the children while they are so young and has recently joined the ranks of a homeschooling mom (a title she never thought she’d have, but once again, “plans” change!). Mike is a Warrant Officer with the US Army and thoroughly enjoys his career. Once home, their son will join two sisters and a brother. They hope to travel for the first trip later this year and have him home by the beginning of next year. This process is surely a test in fortitude and patience but they know this sweet boy’s life will be forever blessed by a family to tuck him in at night, comfort him when he cries, and have the medical care he desperately needs (he has a diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta) to have a healthy and fulfilling life.
5/12/216—FINAL TRIP MAY 28
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourbulgarianadoptionstory.wordpress.com
Mike and Beth were high school sweet hearts and have been married for 9 years. They have three girls – Leah (7), Lydia (5), and Lucy (almost 2). Mike just started working at DOT, and Beth stays home while also taking photos/knitting/beach body coaching/providing childcare for a friend a few days a week. She’s not good at sitting still. Mike and Beth have talked about adoption for pretty much their entire relationship.
Special needs adults and children have been close to Beth’s heart for most of her life. Her mom owned an assisted living home for people with various mental/physical/emotional differences her whole life.
Special needs CHILDREN became close to her heart when she started a daycare and one of her first/favorite children was Sasha. She has spina bifida but that doesn’t even come close to defining her. It is an afterthought. She is one of the best kids Beth has ever, ever had the privilege to know. Beth can’t wait to see what amazing things she does in her life.
Adopting didn’t become a serious discussion until a few months ago when a family started coming to our church. The family has three little girls – RayLee, who has Down Syndrome, Sophie, and Mila, who was adopted from the Eastern Europe two years ago and who also has Down Syndrome. The family used Reece’s Rainbow to raise funds for their special-needs adoption.
The Family are back-of-the-church people with us (unruly children 😉 ), so we got to watch them interact with all three girls several times. Beth had met the mama and RayLee years before when their girls had a dance class together. Beth somehow knew she wasn’t done with their family! One day as our family were sitting in mass, Mike leaned over to Beth and asked her if she thought it would be okay if they just stole Mila because she was being adorable and flirting with him. After that, things started happening. Amazing things. Good things. God things.
Mike and Beth started talking about adopting a special needs child. But could they afford it? Was it even a possibility for their family? They decided to pray.
Mike told Beth he wanted to get a job with great insurance before they got too serious about adopting. They prayed a lot, and a couple weeks later, Mike got a job at DOT Foods.
Then they prayed some more. They decided to talk to the family from church and see how their process went, what it was like to raise a child with down syndrome, how they managed to raise enough money to adopt, etc. Mike and Beth stayed at their house for an embarrassing amount of time. That was a Saturday.
The next day at Mass, this was the gospel:
Dearest brothers and sisters: All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
As soon as this was over Beth turned around and looked at Jill (the mama), who was holding Mila. Mila held her arms out to Beth and let her hold her for a minute before she tapped Mike on the shoulder and wanted him to hold her.
If that weren’t enough, a few days later, Mike was looking for a generator part for work. He put the number in and nothing came up so he clicked on “images”. There was nothing about a generator on the page. Only several photos of an orphanage with a photo of a cross right in the middle! That was when Beth and Mike decided to adopt for sure. They and their girls have been working to bring home baby ever since!
4/23/16—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 12
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://heartshammerhome.com/
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.
They feel honored to be called parents to each and every one of their children and are excited to embark on the journey one more time. They would love for you to share in this process with them and thank you for taking your time to read their brief story and consider supporting them. More than anything they covet a spot in your prayers as this is a long, emotional journey.
4/15/16—FIRST TRIP APRIL 22
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at onemorelightofmine.blogspot.com
Robinson and Marcy met at church, and became engaged after only 1 month of meeting. Robinson immigrated from Chile in 1997, started college and learned English. He now holds a bachelors in 3-D animation and works as a special effects technician, loves gymnastics, martial arts and being outdoors. Marcy was a nanny in Switzerland after high school, became a pharmacy technician then a massage therapist. She has been involved with music, singing and theater her whole life and loves the arts. Robinson and Marcy were married October 2006. A year after being married they were expecting their first child, a baby boy. Juan Armando was unexpectedly delivered via emergency C Section. It was unknown to them until the birth that little Armando had severe heart issues, and Down Syndrome. He lived only 3 short hours, but left an imprint on the entire family that changed everyone’s world. Days before his birth, both parents unexpectedly lost their jobs. Through a series of miracles, they grew and got on their feet again.
Marcy had several health issues after this dramatic unexpected trauma and her body was not able to sustain a pregnancy. She had numerous early miscarriages, and one 19 week miscarriage, then FINALLY was able to sustain a pregnancy to full term. It was a little baby girl, delivered at home with a midwife. A dream come true. Ariana looked exactly like Armando, but the parents were in denial that they could have 2 children born to them with Down Syndrome. It took the couple 2 months to finally consent to getting genetic testing done, where it was confirmed that YES Ariana did have down Syndrome, a miracle that only time was able to disclose.
This couple has been through some amazing strengthening trials, including a full recovery from testicular cancer in 2012. They have felt that if the Good Lord blessed them with two Children born into their family with Down Syndrome, that they were intended to raise two children with Down Syndrome… and then they found her.
When Marcy saw Scarlet (Who will be named Sofia Ava) it was like lightning. Through a series of miracles and personal revelation, the couple knew that adopting this little girl was always meant to be. Marcy and Robinson have been interested in adoption since the time they were engaged, but until only recently the puzzle pieces started falling into place. Location didn’t matter, only the child mattered. The couple would go to this little girl, with a heart defect and Down Syndrome, no matter where in the world she was, which means a journey to Eastern Europe.
Despite the fact that they have no idea how adoption would be possible financially, they RAN forward with faith, praying like it’s all up to God and working like it’s all up to them. Having full faith that somehow, someway the Lord will provide a way for this little girl to come home to the family she was always intended to have. Marcy and Robinson have full faith that this miracle will happen, it is happening. They have no idea where their feet will take them next, They have met many wonderful people that have helped along the way and are prayerfully searching for others to help this journey have a happy ending. They have seen too many miracles in their lives to believe otherwise.
4/28/16—FINAL TRIP MAY 9
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ShoutingForSofia.com
We are Jordan and Bethany Whiteley, and we are so excited to announce that we are adopting Mikah! When he joins our family, Mikah will become a brother to our two biological children — Jimmy (5) and Katherine (3). We are a happy family that loves God, loves life, and loves each other. We look forward to making Mikah a loved and valued member of our family!
For a number of months, we saw Mikah’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow, and along with many others, wished that a family would step up for him. We had no clue that we would be that family! Recently however, we received word that Mikah was suddenly being moved into a bad situation, and God laid it on our hearts to adopt him! After much prayer and discussion (and some encouraging words from some close friends), we made the decision to make him our son! We are now working to get him home as soon as we can.
Through all of this, we remember the compassion and love Jesus Christ had for us when He sacrificed His own life for us, and see how we are called to give the same love and compassion to those in need around us.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:16-18
To us, adopting a child is wonderful picture of what God has done for us — He adopts us to be His children, loves us unconditionally, and makes us heirs to eternal life. In the same way, we plan to take Mikah up into our arms, and give him a new life where he is loved and valued, and able to reach his full potential. We thank you for your help!
5/23/16—FINAL TRIP JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardboardfort.net/adoption
Brice and Jessie are an ASL fluent family pursing a deaf toddler. Having been married for almost 5 years, they always knew they wanted to expand their family through adoption one day, but had no idea God would have it happen quit this soon. Shortly after experiencing their second miscarriage they were contacted about this child. They have been working hard on their house ever since in pursuit of this child ever since! As they begin preparing to move and spend the required 4-6 months in country to bring this precious child into their home, they covet your prayers. They are in desperate need of funds as the in country stay and fees required are quite staggering, an estimated $40,000.00! Having exhausted their resources in order to get their home ready by adding bedrooms to meet adoption requirements, they are trusting God for the money to bring this child home!
11/30/15—TRAVELING DECEMBER 3
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourdeaflife.blogspot.com
After much prayer, Jeremy and Nicole have decided to begin the adoption process. They have been approved for TWO boys, a 4 year boy with Cerebral Palsy, and a 3 year old boy with severe prematurity and microcephaly. In Jeremy’s words, “It is our chance, by the grace of God, to change the future of at least two of His children and to show them the love they may not have received from a loving family. Unfortunately, adoption can be extremely expensive but we are both trusting that God will provide through whatever means necessary.” The Clarks are (im)patiently waiting to hold their little boys in their arms and be one big happy family.
5/16/16—WAITING FOR COURT
Rachel Lawrence is beyond excited and blessed to soon be a mother for Austin. She is an intervention specialist (special education teacher) and also runs a horseback riding program for kids with special needs. God is in control and he has been blessing and paving the path to help bring Austin home. This is her first adoption and she is beyond grateful for all the support and prayers of those around her. Rachel is a single mother who has always known that she wanted a family through adoption. When she came across Austin on Reece’s Rainbows, she just knew it was time to begin her family and Austin was who she needed to bring home! Rachel can’t wait to meet and hold Austin. He will be growing up on a small farm with family and friends close by. Thank you for your prayers and support during this process!
You can follow the family’s adoption at rachelsadoption.weebly.com
For many years, Rebecca and Jacob talked about adopting two siblings. Rebecca is the second youngest of eight children and always wanted a large family. Jacob knows the importance that parents have in the life of a child. After many attempts, the Adairs were able to have four girls: Jadalyn, Gabriella, Sierra, and Marlys. But they still felt like they had room in their hears and home for more.
When starting the adoption process, the Adairs looked immediately at siblings adoptions. Siblings have a significantly harder time being adopted. Add age and special needs to the equation and this increases the length of time these kids wait. Many of these kids age out of the system and are left to find their way at very young ages with no family to support them and no relationship with God.
Originally the Adairs looked at domestic adoptions. But when they saw Patty, Sally, and Lucy from Eastern Europe, their hearts ached for these children. After much soul searching and prayer, the Adairs realized they were called to bring these girls home to become part of their family.
5/13/16—COURT IS MAY 17
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://adairfamilyadoption.com
Jay — soon to be named Dominic — is vision impaired, with a diagnosis of Congential microphthalmus . He is currently being cared for in a facility dedicated to the blind and vision impaired orphans. When Dominic saw a friend recently go home with his new forever family, he asked, “When will my Mommy come?”
“Mommy is coming, Dominic!” Heidi would like him to know.
Please consider helping to bring Dominic home.
Heidi is the loving single Mom to two wonderful sons adopted from China. Ben (cleft l/p) was adopted at 3 ½ in 2006, and Evan (profoundly deaf) was adopted at age 6 in 2012. Heidi is a former elementary school teacher with a huge heart for children and passion for advocacy for orphans with special needs.
“Being Mom is the greatest blessing of my life,” she explained. “I saw my new son Dominic’s profile, and immediately new he was meant to join our family. As a single mother, the expenses to adopt can be scary, but one morning I passed a church sign that said, “God doesn’t ask if you are ready, He asks you to trust him.”
Dominic will be a part of a loving family with 2 terrific older brothers and a loving Mom. He will have a loving extended family with Aunties and cousins to dote on him. He will get the medical and educational support he will need to thrive in life. Thank you and God Bless you for all that you do to help children join forever families!
4/19/16—TRAVELING MAY 21
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.dominicmakes3.blogspot.com
In 2009 Thad and Lorene were blessed with their 4th child – a daughter blessed with down syndrome. After her birth they became aware of the situation for many disabled orphans around the world and in 2010 they decided to adopt their 5th child – another daughter. They brought home Ember from Ukraine in 2011 and have been a happy, content family ever since. They were definitely finished having any more children. However things change. In Dec. of 2015 God whispered into their hearts. He drew Thad and Lorene to a precious girl that had just been transferred out of her orphanage, taken from everything and everyone she had ever known, and placed into an “invalid home”. No place for a child. God kept whispering and they could no longer ignore the call. This is a huge leap of faith but they trust God will provide everything that is needed for this journey.
4/20/16—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 11
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.addingasenti.blogspot.com
Three years ago, Alyssa and Drew made the decision start their family through adoption. While working in an orphanage in the summer of 2005, Alyssa’s heart was burdened for all the waiting children who wanted nothing more than a Mommy and Daddy to tuck them in bed at night. After following the journey of family friends who found their son on Reece’s Rainbow, Drew and Alyssa eventually discovered the profile of a sweet, older boy who stole their hearts.
In 2014, they brought home the ten-year-old bundle of energy, “Hogan” (on Reece’s Rainbow). He has taught his parents a lot about family and unconditional love. Together they have laughed, adventured and experienced a lot of growth (emotional and physical – teenage boys can EAT!). They are all excited to bring home another child and add to the laughter and joy in the house.
“Hogan” looks forward to being a big brother, sharing his love for story telling and music, and showing his new sibling how great it is to be part of a forever family. Knowing how much “Hogan” has blessed their lives, Alyssa and Drew can’t wait to see what joys their next child will bring to the family.
4/22/16—TRAVELING MAY 15
God has been setting the groundwork for adoption of a child with special needs in Phil and Celeste’s hearts for a while now. From Celeste’s involvement with children with special needs at a young age and then later becoming a special education teacher, to Phil and Celeste serving in their church’s special needs Sunday school class and having the opportunity to take mission trips to parts of Eastern Europe visiting orphanages. Numerous sermons, recent events, prayers, and conversations have led the Grahams to answer God’s call for them to adopt.
Immediately “Jonah” caught their attention, and through much prayer and God’s Holy intervention, He showed them “Jonah” was waiting on them.
The Graham’s have one biological daughter, Paisley.
Would you join us in the exciting journey to show God’s love to Mr. “Jonah”?
5/5/16—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 31
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tobelongtobeloved.blogspot.com
Catrina grew up in Point Pleasant Beach. She loves doing every day things, like going to the beach, hanging out with friends, or even staying around the house. Billy, loves sports, he is a boys varsity soccer and an assistant coach for the girls basketball team.
They are both deaf. Catrina’s mother found out she was deaf at about two years old. All of her family is hearing, except for her. Billy’s parents found out he was deaf at about 4 months old. Catrina and Billly both attended The New Jersey School for the deaf. They both now work at NJSD teaching and helping students, just like when they attended school. Billy has been teaching there for 15 Years, and Catrina 10 years. Billy’s mother was also a teachers aide there, too, which is how Billy and Catrina actually met. They started dating in 2006 and fell in love instantly. Billy proposed on March 6th, 2008 and soon to follow the engagement, they got married on September 6th, 2008. From that point on they knew they would spend their lives together, buying a house and starting a family of their own.
But some things didn’t come easy for them. They have tried to become pregnant, but they faced many challanges. Catrina became pregnant in 2010 with twins. What should be and exciting time for a family, became a tradgey on April 29, 2010, She lost both babies. Later in the year they became pregnant again. December first was another day of sadness when they lost their third baby. After all the surgeries and trauma to her uterus, Catrina had to have a hysterectomy and can no longer become pregnant.
Catrina, no longer being able to carry a baby, mentioned one of her dreams since she was 17 to her husband, which was adopting a baby from Asia. If any of you have ever been in this position, you will know adopting a child is a very long process and costs a lot of money, but for some its the only option to have their own family. They began the adoption process in April. They were put on a waiting list until they found their match the last week of June 2015. Their match was a beautiful four year old girl from China, Ramona. Ramona is a sweet little girl, who loves to be around people. Ramona is also deaf.
The family’s goal is $20,000.00. This money would be spent completely on the adoption fees, flights, hotels, and the visas. Already they have spent $4,000.00 on the home study and being put onto the waiting list. They need $5,000.00 by December to complete the adoption. They must fly to China to meet with the adoption agency before anything can be complete, and if all goes well, they will be able to bring her home. Flights, and hotels alone are expensive, and applying for visas. They will stay in China for 2 weeks and will bring our daughter Ramona home.
Ramona is deaf and 4 years old. She has no parents, but lives in an orphan home. She had heart surgery when she was a baby and paralysis face. Ramona is very friendly and loves to be around people. She loves to play with the children and adults. She points what she wants; she doesn’t know sign language yet, but she will learn from her new family.
4/28/16—TRAVELING MAY 26
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://nowrey.wix.com/journeytoramona
Meet Saam. He is one of a group of seven older boys who were friends from the same welfare center. He’s watched as six of his friends over the past several years were adopted one-by-one, and has been waiting patiently for his own forever family…until now!
This past year, we (Laura and Brandon) watched as Laura’s brother and his wife adopted two of Saam’s teenage friends from his Chinese orphanage. When they started advocating for Saam, the last boy left, and mentioned that they wanted to find someone like us to adopt him something sparked in our hearts, and we began to pray. Our prayer was for Saam to find his forever family, and if it was to be us, that God would let us know. There were a few challenges to overcome, but prayers took care of those, and soon enough, we found ourselves starting the paperwork to begin the adoption process. That means that these three friends, Saam and our newly adopted nephews from the same welfare center, will be cousins and live across town from each other!
Our three biological children are on-board and excited about the process. Saam’s sister Hayley even started telling people that we were adopting before we had made the final decision. In many ways, our children, and their cousins, were the catalysts for adopting Saam. The love these kids have for others and each other is inspiring to the adults in this family. In addition to being excited about having a new brother, our kid’s each have opinions about what English name to give Saam. Much to their dismay ‘Bruce Wayne’, even though we love Batman, has been vetoed. Fun discussions continue as to what Saam’s name should be as we journey through the paperwork and adoption process in this upcoming year and pray as a family for his safety and wellbeing until we can travel to make him ‘ours’.
Adoption was not in our original plans for our life, but God knew it was in our hearts. Seeing the impact it had on other families who have adopted touched us in ways we never imagined. One of the scariest parts of this process for us is finances, but God put this opportunity in front of us, and even though we don’t have the money saved to pay for this adoption, we know we have to take a step of faith knowing know that God will provide. Please consider helping to bring Saam home to his forever family. Our entire family truly appreciates your help and prayers and can’t wait to reunite three friends who will now be cousins, and welcome him home as a son and
5/12/16—TRAVELING JUNE 8
Tasha had always assumed that when she and Jeff adopted, it would be in birth order. In her mind, the way you add to the family is with a baby. Over the last year she had actively advocated for waiting children and knew in her heart that one day her family would bring one of those children home. She had felt compelled to adopt, but Jeff had never agreed. Tasha prayed for over a year that when the time was right and the child was right, Jeff would say yes. She would wait.
In March of 2015, Tasha reviewed Erika’s file, like she had many files, and began to occasionally advocate for her on facebook. She reviewed the file again toward the end of May, and even called the placing agency for more information. She asked why no one had adopted Erika, considering she had such large grants. The answer: because she has Down Syndrome. Tasha has a heart for people with Down Syndrome and that answer felt personal and offensive. Still…
A few days later, the agency rep emailed to ask if the family was interested in adopting Erika. Tasha replied that she would talk to her husband over the weekend, and then she promptly put the file in a desk drawer and closed it.
On July 7th, Tasha saw another post on facebook advocating for Erika, and it hit her like a sucker punch. As the morning continued on, God really convicted Tasha’s heart. Why should she reject a waiting child based on her age? What made her think that she got to choose who her child was? Waiting children were not shoes to be shopped for. It was a very hard and humbling day.
Reluctantly, Tasha decided that she would take Erika’s file out of the drawer and show it to Jeff when he got home that night, and when she did he said, “Okay….I’ll think about it.”
Jeff has always cared about orphans. But the idea of actually…in real life…adopting??? They didn’t have the money. Their house needed repairs. They had just gotten out of the diaper phase after 10 years and 4 kids. Kids with Down Syndrome and the health concerns involved were kind of scary.
Jeff had never said he “would think about it” before. That is such a simple sentence, but it spoke volumes. AND IT FREAKED TASHA OUT. Remember, she had always thought that when they did adopt it would be a baby. Erika’s file eased many of Jeff’s concerns about adopting, but Tasha was out of her comfort zone. As she went to bed that night, she prayed to God that if adopting Erika was His will, He would give them a clear sign.
The next day a package arrived from China. FROM THE VERY CITY IN WHICH ERIKA LIVES. This is not a well known city. The package was a birthday gift, ordered for Jeff and Tasha’s youngest child’s birthday. Ordered by Jeff’s parents who live in Arizona. A dress. That gift had been ordered while Erika’s file lay in a closed drawer. Tasha knew, beyond any doubt. It took Jeff another 2 weeks, but he agreed. Erika was to be Norah, daughter of Jeff and Tasha, sister of Isaiah, Quinn, Emmett and Josie. God had chosen this child for them.
5/12/16—TRAVELING JUNE 9
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at norahmakes5.wordpress.com
Luke and Jennifer Webster are the proud parents of 5 (soon to be 6!) blessings. Their 3 oldest children are 12, 9, and 6. Their two youngest children, adopted from China in July of 2012, are 4 and 5. The entire family is absolutely thrilled to be bringing home “Simon” who will be their Benjamin. The Webster family stepped out in faith to begin Benjamin’s adoption and have seen God’s hand in each and every step.
“Simon” is visually impaired and currently resides at a foster home for children with visual impairments. The Websters are not new to children with VI or with special needs in general. Their youngest two children have multiple special needs. Their son, Caleb, has low vision due to a traumatic brain injury and has opened their hearts to children with visual impairments. They look forward to welcoming “Simon” into their home and hearts. The Websters would love for you to follow in their walk to bring Benjamin home.
5/12/16—TRAVELING MAY 25
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at faithwalkingfamily.blogspot.com
It is in Ryan and Megan’s blood to help. A firefighter and a paramedic they feel particularly blessed to be able to have a hand in some of God’s most amazing work every day. However, a year ago, they would have had no idea that God would have put them on this path to adoption. Megan has always had a heart for adoption but God worked in wondrous ways in Ryan’s heart to also give him this great calling. Volunteering at a pregnancy center, Megan, was always around adoption stories and the like. She was always up late researching adoption and foster care whenever her husband was on shift. It was late on one of these nights that she saw Oskar’s picture and well… just knew they had to get him home, he was already written in her heart. Because it was late she did not originally realize the website, whose waiting list she found Oskar on, was international. Not until she received a response back from an email she sent inquiring about Oskar, did she realize he was in Eastern Europe. SURPRISE! When Megan showed Oskar’s picture to Ryan, he had a similar reaction to hers, and they decided to pray about it. Quickly and mightily God worked on their hearts to calm their fears about adoption (especially from a foreign country) and push them into action to bring their son home.
Once diving into the adoption process and really learning about all the children without families and just the true, heartbreaking realities these orphans (especially the ones with special needs) face did Ryan and Megan know that this was not going to be a one-time thing. They knew it was their responsibility to love and minister to the millions of forgotten orphans around the world. The whole family, Ryan , Megan, and their two daughters , as well as grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and the like all have already fallen in love with this little boy a world away. It is truly amazing the people that have come out of the woodwork to help bring this little boy home. The adoption journey is hard, scary, and long, but oh so beautiful and truly is a picture of Christ’s love for us. Through this adoption we are hoping not only to gain a son, and for him to gain a family, but for many to have their eyes and hearts opened to these children that have no one, and to the wonders of how God works. We would love and are eternally grateful for anyone who feels led to give to this adoption, but we also know that even though financing an adoption is a huge obstacle, that it will not stop the plan that is in place. Thank you and God Bless!
4/23/16—APPOINTMENT IS MAY 12
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at everyhearthome.blogspot.com
Tim and Janice have been married for 20 years and are the parents to 13 children, 4 biological and 9 through adoption. Although they knew they would adopt someday from the moments they discussed it during college, they never thought their family would be quite this big! Though after looking into the eyes of so many children they had to leave behind in the orphanages, they knew that as long as they were able, they should be advocating and adopting, and caring for God’s children.
This time around, the Rowe family is bringing home a 16 year old girl named Toma. Toma was hosted by the Rowes this past summer, and was about to age out of the orphanage. They knew they could not allow that to happen. She would have been faced with a scary and uncertain future out on the streets – a place where no teen should have to learn to survive on their own!
Please pray for Toma’s adoption, that all might go smoothly and quickly so that they might bring this girl home into a family full of love and security. And if you are able to donate to their FSP they would greatly appreciate the help as this will be their 5th international adoption in 4 years. Thank you!
3/23/16—APPOINTMENT IS APRIL 19
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at weretakingbabysteps.blogspot.com
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.
1/7/16— STILL WAITING FOR FINAL TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thejourneyisonlybeginning.blogspot.com
God has used the trials and challenges in our life to strengthen us and show us his purpose for our family. Adoption is a glorious gift that we feel so lucky to be a part of. We have four children, two biological daughters and two adopted sons who have Down syndrome. We all feel like we won the lottery when they joined our family. They have been an amazing gift to us all. Their sisters love watching them grow and learn new things and they have become strong advocates for people with special needs. The boys have made us all better people.
This time we weren’t looking for a child to adopt when a video of Tamarix was shared by a friend who thought she would fit perfectly in our family. God began to work in our lives and made it very clear to us that this was our daughter and we must go and get her!
Tamarix is deaf, and so is our 12 year old daughter. We all use American Sign Language in our home. Tamraix now uses her home country Sign Language. We love to debate, What American sign will we show her first?
We have stepped forward with faith, trusting in God’s grace that he will make a way.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes like this…
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
We hope that you might somehow be a part of our story, and we thank you for any donation you can make to finally give Tamarix what every child deserves, hope for her future.
5/5/16—TRAVELING MAY 19
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at werhutson.wix.com/seejennyjuggle
Mark and Leslie Lenig have been married for almost 14 years, and that’s about how long they’ve been talking and praying about adoption. It has been a long journey seeking the Lord for how and when He would add to their family in this way. They have been blessed with four biological children, Oliver (9), Nora (7), Calvin (4) and Peter (18 months). Just last spring the family learned of an international hosting program that they could take part in to give an orphaned child the once in a lifetime opportunity to come to America and experience life outside of their orphanage. A sweet 6-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy was available for the 4-week hosting program through an adoption agency in the US. Mark and Leslie saw this as an opportunity to see firsthand what it was like to care for a child with special needs in their home and for their children to experience loving an orphan and advocating for her to find a family. Only God knew that this little girl was meant to become a part of their family forever! The program got shortened to 2 weeks due to problems with the US issuing visas, but it didn’t take more than that to know how perfectly Su fit into their family. Just a week after sending her back to Asia, the family decided to begin the long process of adopting her, with hopes to have her home with them before her next birthday, May 21st, 2016.
The most unexpected part of this story is that God had another daughter chosen for them as well. Mark and Leslie never thought they would get approved to adopt two children, but when they did, they knew that sweet Sophie, who had been on their hearts for months, was destined to be the baby sister in the family. Leslie had seen Sophie’s picture on the Reece’s Rainbow page and felt an immediate connection to her. They found her on the shared list once they were approved to add her to their adoption plan. They only know Sophie through pictures and videos, but she has stolen their hearts. The Lenig’s children are so excited to be adding two sisters to their family! They have been helping mom and dad with various fundraisers, including bagging up hundreds of pairs of shoes!
Over the past seven months, since Su returned, she has been the topic of conversation in their home. Everyone in the family misses having her smiling face around the house and hearing her giggles. They’ve been known to watch home videos of their time with Su over and over and over again! They often talk about what life will be like when “the girls” get home. They’ve had fun setting up a girl’s room for Nora and her two new sisters. They discuss where they will sit at the dinner table and how they will take bike rides with all the attachments needed for 4 kids who can’t ride on their own yet. Life is about to get really interesting, but the saying is true “the more the merrier”. Mark and Leslie are so grateful to God to be chosen to be the parents of these six blessings, and they are so appreciative of any financial support that you feel moved to give toward bringing their girls home!
4/22/16—TRAVELING MAY 13
For as long as she can remember, Elizabeth has had a heart for the orphans. After college, Elizabeth adopted two dogs, all the while waiting for God’s timing to say yes to adding a child. In 2012, she began to feel drawn towards international adoption. Through this journey, Elizabeth discovered Reece’s Rainbow.
In the fall of 2015, Elizabeth saw precious “Heavenleigh” – a tiny, spunky five year old girl rocking her extra chromosome. Although this was not the path she planned, she knew it was time to say “yes.” Elizabeth raced to bring her fragile daughter home. On November 9, 2015, “Heavenleigh,” named Wren by her mama, went home to Jesus.
Throughout the sorrow and heartbreak of losing this precious daughter, Elizabeth is so thankful for the hard yes. Because of Wren, Elizabeth was prepared to open her doors and heart to another precious gift – this time, a son.
Elizabeth cannot wait to bring home Wren’s big brother! He has waited so long for snuggles and love and medical care, and of course, a family of his own.
Thank you so much for being a part of this journey!
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17
4/21/16—FIRST TRIP MAY 1
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at spreadlovelikeglitter.blogspot.com
“Care for the orphans in their distress!” James 1:27. 160 million orphans in this world! Love at least one!
Adoption is the mission field of the Winslow family of New Hampshire. With nine adopted children (one of which lives in heaven!) and 2 biological children, they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives!
Last year they brought home their 2 Bulgarian blessings! What a joy this has been for them! God has told them that they are NOT done yet! They said, “send us God”, and He is sending them again. To familiar territory for yet another blessing!
This one is a precious 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome. They already love her!
Thank you for taking the time to encourage and support the Winslow family! They sure do appreciate it and love you all greatly!
5/20/16—ARTICLE 5 RECEIVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at winslowsix.blogspot.com
Eric and Blythe are very excited about the adoption of Mark! This will be their second international adoption in a year and they couldn’t be more thrilled about adding to their family again so soon. Mark has down syndrome and he desperately needs a family. They have four children already at home, two are adopted and two biological. Mark’s siblings are very excited about having a baby brother and they constantly ask if its time for him to come home yet!
Since they just recently finished an adoption, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, of a special needs child, they are praying for people to rally around them once more to help bring this little boy home. They greatly appreciate any support that is given whether it be financially, prayerfully or just an encouraging note!
5/24/16—APPOINTMENT IS JUNE 6
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at FourLittleOaks.wordpress.com