Stephani has always wanted to be a mother. Since she was a little girl, she knew she would have a big family and at least some of her children would arrive through adoption. She thought her family was going to be starting in 2009, when she found out she was pregnant. Sadly, God had other plans and her daughter Emma was stillborn.
Stephani found Reece’s Rainbow in 2011, through a friend that was adopting, she would spend hours looking at the children, reading their stories, hoping that soon, the time would be right to adopt. In late 2013, Stephani started the process to adopt a little girl from Eastern Europe who had Down syndrome. Unfortunately, a month after her dossier was submitted, she learned that another family had officially committed to adopting this little girl. Despite this, Stephani is still determined to complete the process.
Stephani was raised by a single parent and understands the struggles that lie ahead but knows that with God’s blessing and the love and support of her family, she is ready to provide this child with a bright and happy future.
A sincere thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support.
7/6/15—TRAVELING JULY 10
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at snowandhotcocoa.blogspot.com
The Abrams have been married for 22 years and have been blessed with 3 amazing daughters age 20, 16 and 12. They live in San Diego, CA where Tim is a firefighter and Michele homeschools their daughters. They are a silly family with lots of joy and they have always wanted to adopt. The Lord opened a door when their 16 year old daughter, Ember went to China on a mission with close friends. The Abrams fell in love with all of the disabled orphans Ember cared for. But one sweet blind boy stole their heart and the Lord began to give them faith to adopt him. They are working hard to get their dossier finished and bring their son home.
7/1/15—TRAVELING JULY 12
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.adopttimmy.com
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
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeastor.wordpress.com
Christie and Raymundo met in June 2000 while they were both living in Hilton Head, SC. It was a chance meeting that changed their lives forever! Two people who probably would have passed each other on the street and not given it a second thought, were now on a path that neither would have predicted. Raymundo (Mundo) was born in Mexico and always had a passion for learning English and traveling to the United States. When the opportunity arose to come to the US, he seized it! The hardest part of the trip was leaving his family. However, they were (and still are) very supportive of his dreams and urged him to go. Christie is also from a loving family and, at the time had been moving around the country working for Marriott. Skip ahead almost 14 years later – Christie and Mundo have been married for 11 years and have biological daughter named Laura. Laura is 7 years old and in the 1st grade. Christie now works for the public school system in Savannah, GA as a special education teacher and Mundo works within the hospitality industry. They had been thinking of expanding their family for several years, but wanted to do it through adoption. They both felt that there were too many children who were already here in this world that needed a home and a mom and dad to call their own. They thought of fostering to adopt and made several attempts through the local social services, but it just wasn’t the right time or place. In September, Christie welcomed a new student into her classroom who had been recently adopted from Ukraine. After getting to know his family and learning about the conditions that children with disabilities face and the grim outlook for their future if not adopted, Christie felt the calling to find a child for she and Mundo. Upon finding Reece’s Rainbow and searching for children with Down Syndrome, Christie and Mundo found Evan! After much discussion, tears, and prayer, Christie and Mundo made that first step to bring Evan home to live with them. Their daughter, Laura, is beside herself with excitement and cannot wait to be a big sister! Every day she talks about the things that she is going to teach Evan to do. The Orta’s believe that they were led to Evan and that God is calling them to adopt this sweet boy into their family. Many fund-raisers have taken place with LOTS of support from friends, family, and the community! They have loved getting updates on his progress and seeing his pictures as he has grown the past several months. However, no update or picture could ever take the place of holding your child in your arms. They are anxiously waiting for the day when they can board the airplane to bring their son home.
7/2/15—TRAVELING JULY 10
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at evan4theortas.weebly.com
The Stacey Family have 4 biological children, one who has Down syndrome. They are pursuing the adoption of a little boy with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe. They always wanted a large family and having their son with Down syndrome opened their eyes up to parenting children with special needs. They are passionate about advocating for children and they love helping others along the way. They have followed the Reece’s rainbow site for several years and are excited to be a family bringing home a little one. Jared recently retired from the US Army and Tera is a Nursing student. Jared and Tera are trusting that God will lead them all the way through this new journey and they hope you will follow their journey as well!
6/25/15—FIRST TRIP JULY
“Mom, we need to talk. I don’t know if it’s a thought that God keeps putting in my head or a thought that I keep putting in my head, but I think we should adopt a little boy.” “I don’t care which of you put it there, you need an eraser!” This was the conversation between my then 10 year old daughter and I in November 2009; a conversation that changed our lives forever. It was the springboard that flung us into the world of adoption! Within two weeks I went from being a single divorced mom of two biological daughters, to a committed adopting mom of a Russian son with Down Syndrome. Fourteen months of paperwork, praying, fundraising, paperwork, praying, 2 trips (5 weeks!) in Russia, and oh, paperwork and praying, my daughter and I brought home our little prince, Maxim Alexey. After a crazy journey, I was committed to a 5 year old little boy in China, but his file hadn’t been prepared because “he isn’t as smart as the other children so nobody will want him.” Well, that was all it took for me to know that he’s a Stickley! They said that it would take a year to get his file prepared and that I would be looking at almost 3 years for the adoption to be complete. Did they really think that was going to scare me off? I decided that not only is he not “unlovable,” he is worth the wait! Then, less than a month later, I was approached about adopting a little girl from China who was 13 and only had 5 months to be adopted. The timing was perfect in that I could adopt her while waiting for the little boy’s file to be compiled. Several agencies told me that it would be impossible to complete the adoption in the 4 month time-frame. Well, we proved them wrong! We have now had Ava Monet home for two months! God’s timing is perfect! While in China, I got to meet some of the wonderful orphanage workers from Ava’s orphanage. I told them that I advocate for families for these children and asked if they had any other children for whom they would like for me to try to find families. They said that they would give me a website, but then we just all stood around socializing for a long time. Next thing I knew, they introduced me to a seven year old little boy, and the power between us silenced the room! “Mom, we have to come back for him!” So, I am a blessed mom of two biological daughters (22 and 14), an adopted son from Russia (5), an adopted daughter from China (14), and I’ve just been approved to adopt BOTH little boys! Oh, did I mention that all 4 of my children from another mother have DS? Three of the four of them were listed on Reece’s Rainbow. So, adopting two little boys right on the heals of a previous adoption has caused me to reach beyond my financial comfort zone and step out in faith. Any help and support will be greatly appreciated and I pray that God multiplies it in return to all donors! Thank you!
6/6/15—TRAVELING JULY 19
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog tinastickleyadoption.blogspot.com
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.
6/17/15—USCIS APPROVED, AWAITING FINAL TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog forgoodblog.wordpress.com
Ron and Laura Eby have been married for more than 22 years. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. Their 2 youngest daughters were born in China. The family likes to spend lots of time together, outdoors if possible! Laura is a stay at home mom who has always dreamed of a large family with bio as well as adopted children and was blessed with a husband who loves kids and is willing to help make that dream come true. Ron is a fireman in his “spare” time and one of the favorite parts of his job are the talks he gives to the local kids during Fire Safety month. The Eby’s thought that their family was complete until they saw Lydia Rose’s beautiful smile. While gathering their dossier documents to bring Lydia Rose home Laura saw a little girl who was being advocated for. The little girl had many families look at her file but wasn’t chosen. Laura started advocating for her too but eventually they knew that this little girl was meant to be their youngest daughter and final child. No child should be left in an orphanage, considered unable to benefit from the love and care of a family. Especially when there is a family that wants them. Very, very much. Ron and Laura are so excited to be adding Lydia Rose and Lacee to their family and can’t wait for them to come home!!
6/12/15—TRAVELING JULY 20
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog dancingwithstarfish.blogspot.com
Ernest and Ruth Chaves have eleven children. Four of these children are biological children who are grown and on their own. Seven of their children joined them through the gift of adoption and reside with them in their home. Ruth and Ernie felt early in their marriage a desire to adopt. However when they first began to pursue their desire they found they were expecting their first child and decided to wait. Four children later the urge still present they started to talk and look for ways to adopt.
In 1997 they received a ministry letter from dear friends who lived and ministered in Haiti at Maranatha Children’s Home. In this letter were pictures of beautiful children who were in need of forever families.
And so it began. Calls made, papers gathered, money raised, and after just over a years time they brought two beautiful little girls home from Haiti. And the wonderful story of love and family in adoption began. Since that time they have brought home 5 other children, from the countries of Haiti, Vietnam and China. Each addition brought deeper joy to their hearts and home.
And again love has gripped their hearts and they have heard the cry of a sweet little boy known as Nathaniel on RR but to them Zebadiah Brighton and the process begins again. The process to bring home a little boy who will add joy and laughter to their home and hearts. This precious little boy has touched the heart of many in his four years of life and much prayer has gone before him. It is time he comes home to join his family, forever his. Please continue to pray and stand behind this family as they seek to make this child their own.
6/22/15—APPOINTMENT is JULY 12
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.
6/17/15—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at followingourcallingdaily.blogspot.com
The Dewberrys have been married for 15 years. They have six adopted children from Eastern Europe, Kolya 17 years, Angelica 17 years, Kristjan 15 years, Bogdan 11 years, Tania 8 years & Stopha 6 years. Kolya was adopted as a teen from Eastern Europe. The Dewberrys hosted him through a International Hosting Program. Tania, Stopha have the diagnosis of HIV. Nicole found Tania on RR when trying to locate an HIV child for a hosting program she volunteered for at the time. They were not looking to adopt at that point but God had different plans. When they found Tania they had just returned from Eastern Europe after losing a teen, Sergiy they went to adopt. They had hosted this young man but the pressure from his peers caused him to buckle. Joe and Nicole had used all their personal financial resources available to adopt Kolya & then Sergiy. There were no funds left to adopt Tania. Folks gathered around the Dewberry’s in the most moving & amazing way & helped raise ALL the funds needed to bring Tania home. When they were in country adopting Tania, Joe and Nicole could not figure out why funds were continuing to come in, then they met Stopha. Those extra funds along with fundraising brought home little Stopha. Stopha had a laundry list of medical issues along with his HIV but it was very clear with the right medical care he could have all his medical needs met in the US and flourish.
The Dewberrys over the years after Sergiy returned to Eastern Europe to adopt teens that they were lead to or reached out to them like a young man that sought Nicole out personally knowing she did mission work in Eastern Europe and advocated for teens. Each one was a massive loss as these boys buckled under the pressure or lies of others. There is much rejoicing in these losses as there has been redemption and relationships mended and the Dewberrys are still in touch with all the boys they lost. Gods word does not go void nor the love you show. Each loss was a hard hit to their family but they focused on God and what he wanted them to do. They now had a dossier ready to go but no child with their last loss. So they decided to adopt a child with a special need (HIV). That is when they found Bogdan on Reece’s Rainbow. They had to choose to waste a whole new dossier or jump. They prayed and decided to make the move. Nicole and her oldest son, Kolya left for Eastern Europe not even fully funded too adopt Bogdan but trusted God to meet their needs along the way. He did and while in country adopting Bogdan, doing mission work and advocating for children they met Angelica and Kristjan. They wanted a family but after spending time with Nicole they said only if it was their family. God orchestrated such an awesome set of events in what looked like an impossible adoption God made it possible. During the adoption Nicole was short on funds as she remained in Eastern Europ for 4 months until she and all the kids could return home together. God met their needs literally daily. They would have one days money worth for food and a donation would come in. There were times when the kids would ask Nicole how will we eat tomorrow. She would respond God will provide as He has and He did. They prayed for God met the need. And once gain the hands and feet of Christ, you all gathered around the Dewberrys to see them all home. Once they arrived home a grant had just arrived to cover all the remaining adoption expenses they owed. God is good! Good is faithful.
The heart and passion of the Dewberry family is to serve others no matter where they are at & where God leads whether is be with teens, special needs or our servicemen. Joe & Nicole together have been working with at-risk youth for a combined 22 years. Joe works as a Network Engineer. Nicole retired from her dog-training center to be a stay at home mom & foot solider for God. Nicole and her children go back and forth to Eastern Europe doing missions work reaching out to teens to teach them about Christ, show them love & advocate for the ones that want a family. In this past several years Nicole & Joe have witnessed the spiritual battles for these teens like no other time in their life in Ukraine and here in the United States. The Dewberrys know God does not make any promises when He calls you to seek after His children, the orphans but they do know He does call you to make a move. Even if it I just praying for a family adopting. Prayer can and will move mountains. God never gave up on the Dewberrys so they believe they have no right to give up on anyone. They know it is not about them but about being Christ centered & in the service of others.
How did the Dewberrys meet Daniel and Bo? Bo is nicknamed Banana by a joke he told Nicole thinking she would walk away. It did not work, Nicole made a wise crack back at him. The two of them connected at that point. Nicole and Kolya would go to his soccer games and cheer Bogdan and Bo on. Bo and their son, Bogdan were best friends. The last times Nicole was with him he called her Mama across the yard in front of all the school and staff, then a couple days later said he hoped for a family to come for him and he wanted to be adopted. Nicole wanted to adopt him but wanted to make sure if was Gods calling not her own so she knew the best way was to advocate for him and see the family God would bring fourth. For over 9 months she advocated for him with many families wanting to adopt him but no one fully jumped. Daniel, Nicole met him through a young man that is very dear to their family as this was his little brother. Nicole had no idea the plans God had for adopting Daniel as many had inquired as well to adopt him, but no one jumped. But over the 9 months of advocating for him, the last 5 months as the family was praying over the remaining boys they were advocating for and they felt lead they were the family for him as God impressioned Daniel deeply on their hearts like Bo. Daniel had told Nicole he wanted a family, and told his brother to relay messages to Nicole over the months that he still wanted a family and would do anything to help them. He would work or clean, just to have a family. But as tradition goes with the Dewberrys, they knew they needed to push the boys back out there and let God lead. Then The Dewberrys were all brought together as it has been 9 months and they knew it was time to jump for these two boys that mean so much to them. They are ready to see them home.
Our family thanks you for all your prayers and support & helping us bring home our children that have made it home & the ones that have not. We know the Lords word does not go void nor does the love given. He will always be glorified no matter the outcomes!
6/20/15—APPOINTMENT JULY 20
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at andthisonematters.blogspot.com
David and Priscilla have always known that special needs adoption would be woven into their marriage somehow. Priscilla was adopted herself and grew up with a brother with significant special needs. David’s niece was adopted, and his father was differently abled. In November 2012 they brought home their daughter McKenzie, who was listed as Xenia on Reece’s Rainbow, and she has been the brightest light in their lives (along with their biological sons) ever since. McKenzie has taught them a lot about parenting a child with special needs, and they feel led to go back and give another child what McKenzie was denied for so long, hope. Life might now be easy when you choose to parent a child with significant special needs, but it is always worth it. The blessings they bring to your life absolutely overflow your heart each and every day. This time, a little boy grabbed at their heart strings, and they just knew they had to get him out of the situation he was in. No child deserves to be left in an orphanage, but this child reminded Priscilla so much of her own brother, that there was no way she couldn’t bring him home. Her brother had several of the same conditions, and passed away at the age of nine, but he left an imprint so deep on her heart, that she credits him fully with her passion for children with special needs. They are firm believers that God calls us to care for the orphan, in whatever capacity we can, and for them, that calling is through adoption. They are so excited about embarking on this journey (again!) and completing their family. Please keep Cliff in your thoughts and prayers. He has a fighter’s heart, and we know he will bloom just like his sister once he’s home and experiencing the love of family for the first time in his life.
6/3/15—FIRST TRIP JULY 4
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 2byland-2bysea.blogspot.com
While they were in Eastern Europe adopting Wesley, Patricia found “Mercy” on Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love with her! They began to pray for her and for her forever family. She began to weigh very heavy on both of their hearts and Patricia began to share her profile on Facebook and started advocating for her to be adopted. Deep down they both new that this was their daughter. They both were fearful of the unknown of another adoption so quickly and the fact that they are still planning on getting Mirabel as soon as she becomes available. Over time it became so crystal clear that God was saying the time is now! They both felt an overwhelming peace that this is what God was calling them to do.
They know that this journey will not be easy, but if they keep their eyes focused on Jesus He will provide a way. They both feel like Peter when he got out of the boat and walked on water, but their goal is to not take their eyes off of their precious Jesus. They were both recently reminded that in this teaching we often overlook the 11 other disciples who were too afraid to get out of the boat and missed the opportunity to walk on water. Even when Peter began to sink Jesus extended his hand and pulled him out of the water. He will never leave us or forsake us. Even though adopting again after being home from the last adoption for only six months may seem crazy in the world’s eyes the Hollands know nothing is to big if you are following God’s calling on your life.
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
(Oceans, Hillsong United)
Their daughter (almost 3 years old) already loves her sissy and they can’t wait to see the interaction and love shared between all four children when “Mercy” comes home. James’ and Patricia’s prayer for the last year has been for God to break their hearts for what breaks His and loving the “least of these” is exactly what God has called them to do. They suspect that their adoption process will go very quickly and to be honest they do not have near enough funds for this, but they know God will show them a way one step at a time. Step one was to step out of the boat and say “yes” to Mercy and they look forward to seeing God work the rest of the steps out. It’s hard for God to get the glory when you have every step completely figured out but when you step out in faith He receives all the glory for how the process works out. Thank you for getting to know their story and God bless!
6/12/15—APPOINTMENT IS JULY 13
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.
6/18/15—TRAVELING JUNE 23
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardamomandpoprika.blogspot.com
When Randy and Kate married almost 22 years ago, they couldn’t wait to start a family and have children. They soon had four biological children and were a very a busy family. However, they knew there was room for their family to still grow and they all had a desire to adopt a child that had been waiting much too long for the love of a family. In 2012, they traveled to Russia to adopt their daughter, Olga. Olga has quadriplegic Cerebral palsy and has forever changed their lives. She has been such a blessing to them and has brought their family such joy over the past two years. They all agreed that they wanted to adopt and grow their family through adoption again. This time they feel called to adopt Lucille in China. Lucille has neurological issues and developmental delays, but they all feel that with love and proper care, she will thrive and be a wonderful addition to the family. They can’t wait for her to be her and join the family!
6/23/15—TRAVELING JULY 7
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 24
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.paintingbeautyfromashes.com
Paul and Elizabeth have been together for 8 years and have three wonderful bio kids between them Carl 25, Bethany 21 and Ethan 17. Carl is in school to be a child psychologist, Bethany just finished 4 years at a local university (she will begin her Master’s program in public health and is on her way to becoming a physician) and Ethan is in high school and is a talented musician and computer geek like his father.
This family of five started their adoption journey 2 years ago when asked to adopt a little girl from Ecuador. Ultimately the laws would not allow an identified child adoption. They were heartbroken this little girl would not become part of their family. It was then the Staley’s realized they were in fact missing a piece or two from their family.
They did a lot of research on adoption, although for some reason Elizabeth kept coming back to Asia over and over again. She had always wanted to adopt internationally and more specifically from Asia. Finally speaking with a couple of agencies and getting some very good advice, they decided to proceed. Originally they had planned on adopting one child with a mild special need, but sometimes you don’t get to make the plans.
After seeing receiving an e-mail about a little girl with a serious heart problem in October of 2014 they decided it would be too serious a special need for their family. Then little “Elsa” popped up on the advocacy page. Elizabeth kept coming back to check on this little girl every day, watching the videos and peeking to see if anyone had stepped forward for her. Several families reviewed Elsa’s file but there were no takers.
In the meantime a little girl with Albinism also popped up on the advocacy page with another agency on December 1st, they requested “Paisley’s” file. At that time they were told there were 7 families waiting to see her file. Elizabeth wanted to be on the list no matter what (“I just had a feeling” she says). They pressed on continuing to look at little faces and learning about all the special needs. Out of the blue on Dec 15th Paisley’s file was in her in-box. They knew this little angelic girl was their daughter.
They had been talking about adopting two. Both Paul and Elizabeth were only children and knew they did not want that for these kids. The couple wanted two and the only consideration would be one trip or two? There are pretty big pros and cons on both sides.
Even with all of this going on Elizabeth is still checking Elsa’s page and reporting everything to Paul every night. When a new update came out Paul then said they should see if Elsa could be transferred to their agency. When BAAS was contacted they said another family has the file but we will let you know. Waiting was really hard.
That family passed on Elsa’s file and the file was pulled before it could be transferred and Elsa was gone. She was nowhere. The not knowing was the worst. They questioned if maybe they were pushing something that was not meant to be.
Out of the blue Elsa popped up on the Shared file and their agency snapped her up for the Staley’s. They wrote the LOI the next day. Elsa’s heart issue is really big and really scary, Elizabeth talked to several other moms with heart babies, she wondered “Could we do it?”, “Can we handle it?” It was one of those moments where adoptive parents are on the ledge and need a minute and to hear from the “Been there done that” moms. Paul told her that Elsa was already meant to be in the family no matter what happens. It has been full steam ahead ever since.
A very gracious mom to several heart babies from Asia referred them to a cardiologist at Children’s. This doc is going to assist in requesting “Elsa’s” file be expedited for the family and the treat “Elsa” as soon as she arrives home. “Elsa” has TOF with Pulmonary Atresia. This means there are 4 structural abnormalities of the heart and a malformed or missing pulmonary artery.
They are ready to be family of seven, the girls’ room is almost ready. There are books and puzzles, blocks and stuffed animals and a rocking chair for story time. There are bottles, sippy cups, little plates and bowls all ready. Two highchairs stand ready and waiting in the dining room. A double stroller in the hall is waiting for trips to the zoo.
Paisley will be named Isabella and Elsa will be named Gabriella. The family is still working on middle names. Dad is very fortunate to have a flexible position working in IT and mom will stay home with the girls. They believe every single child counts and should be treasured because they are our future.
Now the family is scrambling to get all the funds together so the girls can come home and Elsa can get the medical care she so desperately needs.
6/23/15—TRAVELING JUNE 24
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bissynut.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.
6/24/15—FINAL TRIP JULY 7
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog hopeinadoption.blogspot.com
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
6/12/15—WAITING FOR COURT
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—FIRST TRIP MAY 25
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thejourneyisonlybeginning.blogspot.com
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.
7/2/15—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at gadboisfamily.com
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
The Stephens family’s adoption journey began over two years ago. What an eventful two years it’s been! They met and fell in love with a beautiful little girl in Russia, lived through the toughest times in their lives as they experienced losing her because of the adoption ban, committed to “Connor James” in China, then lost him as well as he passed away before they could ever hold him in their arms. Their journey finally ended happily as they traveling to China in March 2014 to pick up their precious Milo! He has brought such light and joy to their whole family, and he was worth the wait and fight! With four children now at home, their family felt pretty complete. While deciding as a family which Angel Tree child to sponsor, they very unexpectedly realized they had room in their lives for one more child. After much prayer and talking through their fears, they decided to say yes! They believe, now more than ever, in the importance of family. There is nothing more valuable in the world. They have witnessed firsthand the miracles that happen for a child as they go from being an orphan to being a beloved family member. After paying for two adoptions in the past two years, they very much appreciate any help they can get so “Todd” can finally have the life full of love he deserves!
5/28/15—TRAVELING JUNE 24
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at amiracleformeg.blogspot.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.
6/12/15—WAITING FOR COURT & FINAL TRIP DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at toreysstories.blogspot.com
*** $1000 MATCHING GRANT met!***
Ben and Melanie have been together for close to 10 years, having met on a blind date. In that time we have been down some crazy roads that have grown us, stretched us, and bent our hearts more and more toward a life of surrender to the Lord. Early in our marriage we both shared our hearts toward adoption with one another, having no clue what the future would hold. In the last 8 years we have grown our family from 2 children to 6. In the fall of 2010 we first heard of Reece’s Rainbow. It wasn’t long before God broke our hearts for a little boy across the ocean with Down syndrome living in a mental institution. In the Summer of 2011 we were able to bring that little rascal home and it has been an amazing and wild ride ever since. He was known as Brady on RR and is now our beloved Judd. While we were visiting Judd in his institution we met another boy. We have prayed about him for the last 3 1/2 years and have told anyone that would listen about him. Just recently God began to make it very clear to us that we needed to go back for the one we left behind. His name is Grady on RR and we are committed to doing everything in our power to bring that boy home before his chances at a family are lost forever. Please pray for us and if God pricks your heart, help us. Thank You.
5/30/15—APPOINTMENT IS JULY 1
Follow the Hartman family’s adoption journey on their blog at happyhartmanfarm.blogspot.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.
6/5/15—COURT PASSED, AWAITING FINAL TRAVEL DATES
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
Steve and Deanna Keir met in tech school for the Air Force 20 years ago, and a special connection was born. The military took them their separate ways, and life threw in some curve balls, and 10 years later they reunited and fell in love and began a life together. While pregnant with their 3rd child, they felt called to grow their family even more, and refused any preventative measures after his birth. Within 2 years they discovered their next children would not come through traditional biological methods. They knew the call of God was for them to grow and provide love and nurture to children, so they began to explore adoption. Steve shared his call for special needs, specifically for a child with Down Syndrome. Through Reece’s Rainbow they fell in love with their 3 year old Gwendolyn and committed to bring her home. Only a few days after submitting a letter of intent for Gwen, Deanna saw the file of a 13-year-old boy and she couldn’t get him out of her head and heart. He has hemophilia and will age out of the adoption system on his 14th birthday in July. Reading his file she discovered he has lived a life of fear, cautious of any injury. Thirteen years of reading and playing chess, because other activities could lead to a bleed and death. Having 3 boys at home, who are all very active on their 7 acres of land with 3 wheeling, sledding, football and more left her sobbing for this child. You see, in his country, the life expectancy for a child with untreated hemophilia is age 24. At his 14th birthday he would lose the support of his foster family and with no medical care his future looked bleak. This was not only a matter of providing a home and family, but providing him life. After 3 days of feeling the Lord say, GO, she confided in Steve. At first, they hesitated because the cost of two international adoptions seemed insurmountable. When they spoke with their pastor he said, “Adopting one child is a step of faith. Two would certainly be a leap.” After more prayer they realized where the Lord leads He would provide, and they were called to cast aside fear and step out in faith. So they moved forward to save Cody’s life, to give him a chance at growing into a man and experiencing a life with joy and free from daily pain from his treatable illness. It is not by accident the Lord placed them within an hour of quality medical care for both hemophilia and Down syndrome. They are excited to welcome these two blessings into their home, to care and share Jesus with them, to live out the call to care for orphans in need. But they need your help. Due to his age, their process is expedited and they have only a few months in which to raise the needed funds of over $50,000. The love story of an active duty firefighter and a health coaching nurse is still unfolding as the Lord grows their family in number, faith, and love. Having lived overseas multiple times and seeing the poverty around the world, they knew they wanted to make a difference and give back in a long lasting way. Very few times in life do you get the opportunity to actually save a life….this is one such opportunity. Won’t you be a part of this legacy, offering two children hope and a future?
5/28/15—TRAVELING FIRST WEEK OF JULY
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at keirjourneytoseven.blogspot.com
Finley and Rebel have been married for almost nineteen years. They met in their junior year of high school. Finley was born in El Salvador and lived there during the Civil War; losing his mom to the war when he was still just a baby. He came to the United States when he was thirteen. Despite being on his own since he was fifteen, Finley put himself through college with the support of his wife, Rebel, and is now a firefighter and paramedic. Feeling blessed to have been able to escape the war, go to school, and make a better life for himself, Finley always wanted to help others to have a chance at a good life. After having three biological children, the Molinas became foster parents and adopted three beautiful children with special needs. The Molinas have always considered foster care and adoption to be their family ministry; using their family and all of their resources to live out James 1:27, “ Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
In 2011, Rebel became ill and had to be placed on a ventilator; she was not expected to make it. During her time on the ventilator, she asked God if she would live and he showed her seven little baby rubber ducks, Finley and Rebel always joked that they would have seven children, but at that time they only had four. After seeing the ducks, Rebel knew that she would survive, and on Thanksgiving day she came off the ventilator and told Finley what she had seen. By April, they had six children, and since that time, they have been eagerly waiting for God to send them number seven.
International adoption had never been contemplated by the Molinas. It was too costly and overwhelming. Until they saw Ebba; Finley could empathize with her. He knows what it is to be hungry, to be alone and afraid, and as a firefighter he understands the severity of her burns. Rebel wanted Ebba to feel loved, she wanted Ebba to experience the comfort of a mother and the support of a loving family. The Molina children also wanted Ebba to be a part of their family. They believe that God has big plans for Ebba, and they are excited to be a part of it! The Molinas have decided to trust the Lord on this adventure and eagerly await the arrival of their seventh little duck!
5/29/15—TRAVELING JUNE 9; COURT JUNE 16
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at 7littleducks.wordpress.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
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
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
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at postzero.com/adoption_journey/
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
Two years ago Tim and Cathy set out on a journey to bring home a teenage boy with cerebral palsy from Ukraine. They jumped through all the hoops and by the grace of God they arrived in Kiev with high hopes and great expectations. Ten days later the couple was headed home empty handed and broken hearted. Their almost son decided to stay in Ukraine, thinking and planning at such a young age, that his future was brighter there. To this day they stay in touch with him and while his path has not been an easy one, there is at least hope. Fast forward two years and here they are again, ready and eager to embark on another journey to a different country for another child in need. They are again hopeful and trusting completely in the providence of the Almighty to bring this adoption to fruition. The three Daughton boys are excited about having a little sister and Nadia will have a small army of her own to command when she finally arrives. They will love, help, protect, cherish, and watch over her as big brothers are supposed to do. Many plans have already been made as the boys have begun to explore creative ways to help her over come her physical challenges. There is no doubt that she will receive the lion’s share of attention in this household, but no one is complaining. Nadia is a beautiful, charming, and sweet little girl who is making great strides in her ability to walk, speak, and even learn English; she just needs more one-on-one time and attention. She will benefit enormously from having her own home and family with resources that will help her grow and overcome her less than ideal start in life. She is a radiant child who needs the hope of a family and the shared love of Christ so that her warmth and enthusiasm never fades. The family is eager to bring her home and know that her presence will have a profound and radical impact on each of them. The family humbly asks for your prayerful support as they continue along this exciting path that God has laid before them.
6/1/15—FIRST TRIP JUNE 27
Derek and Michelle are high school sweethearts who can’t wait to bring home a big brother for their two sweet girls, ages three and one. Their story began in 2006 and is still very much being written. Michelle remembers adoption being laid on her heart while she was still in the hospital after delivering their second baby (only one short year ago!). It may have been the anesthesia, or just God’s divine intervention that opened their hearts to adoption that day, but from then on they have been working tirelessly to make adoption a reality for their family. Michelle knew it was meant to be when she nervously told her husband she’d felt called to adopt a child with Down Syndrome and he replied “Let’s do it!”. They believe their love for all children (regardless of chromosomes) and Michelle’s experience as a nurse will help prepare them for welcoming an older child with Down Syndrome into their family. They are working day and night to bring home a son who they found through Reece’s Rainbow from a country in Asia. He has been waiting 5 long years for a family. It is unfathomable to the couple that he has waited this long, but know that God does nothing on accident and believe he has been waiting for them the entire time. Every day spent waiting is a day he goes without knowing the love of a family, and they are grateful for any donation, big or small, that will help them bring him home.
7/6/15—TRAVELING JULY 17
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog weareembry.blogspot.com
Chris and Yvette met in college and have been married 20 years. They have 3 biological children 16, 13, and 8. Their youngest was born with a rare form of dwarfism. Along their journey they learned how bad conditions are for people with dwarfism, all over the world. Their adoption process began simply by wanting to open their home to one of these children, anywhere in the world. Eventually, they received their referral for a little girl with dwarfism. She came home December, 2011 along with their son who is a double amputee.
Yvette began advocating for children with dwarfism, as many orphanages still viewed this need as unadoptable. As she advocated and found families for many children with dwarfism, they have also grown their family with 2 more boys with this need. Tao is now 4 and came home 11/2012, and Dawson now 12 came home 4/2014.
They are unexpectedly in process for one more little boy. The more they learned of this child’s potential condition, the more they knew that although it wasn’t their plan, it was most definitely God’s. Their new son just turned 4 and obviously has albinism (meaning he will most likely be legally blind.) It was Chris who noticed he looked like he also had dwarfism. After researching the two conditions together they found he probably suffers from a rare syndrome that falls under the OCA-ID diagnoses. The most concerning part is they he is chronically and severely immunocompromised. Last year he almost died from a basic childhood illness. Treatment in the US is available, however left untreated it is expected he will die by age 6.
The Kreb family is racing to bring him home by summer to start treatment before fall. This adoption is unexpected and there is little time for them cut back and save has they have for the previous 4 adoptions. They are asking that you partner with them in raising the much needed funds, and praying Superman home (that is the exact translation of his Chinese name!!!)
6/23/15—TRAVELING JUNE 24
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomeholland.blogspot.com
Scott & Paula O’Brien adopted their first child from Kazahkstan in 2009. They’ve been in process for over five years to give their Kaz princess a sibling. Adhyay struggles with high thoracic kyphoscoliosis. He will greatly benefit from medical care and a forever family of his own. Please support them in these final weeks to help get Adhyay HOME!
6/17/15—TRAVELING JULY 1
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at alittlebrotherforcecelia.blogspot.com
We have two beautiful homegrown girls and last year we were blessed to add our son Hironari to our family from Japan. We call him Hiro, and he truly is our little hero! He has come SO far in the year that he’s been home with us and we are so thankful God chose us to be his forever family! When he came home I mentioned in passing to our agency that if another baby with Down syndrome ever came available for adoption to please let us know because we’d love for Hiro to have someone to grow up with. Never did we think that call would come so soon. In June we were contacted about a baby who needed a family and quickly… she came home to us at the beginning of August and we were all so in love. She was pure perfection. We had her for 24 very short hours when we received the call that her birth mother had changed her mind and had decided to parent. When we brought her back a strong storm hit our area and the rain flooded the streets. The rain felt so fitting for the sadness that poured from our hearts and out of our eyes. We knew that the heavens were crying out, but as we started the drive home the rains stopped and a rainbow crossed the sky. God’s promise. We were and continue to be heart broken for the baby we prepared for. She will always hold a place in our hearts that no other child will fill. She was ours and we were hers. Just as before, we knew that there was a child out there waiting that needed us. So when a friend sent me a picture of the most beautiful baby boy my heart leapt. We prayed together about adding him to our family and the answer was yes. He will be ours and we can’t wait to welcome him into our waiting arms. Hold tight baby boy… Mommy and Daddy are coming!
6/25/15—FIRST TRIP JULY 11
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.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog tinygreenelephants.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
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.
6/4/15—COURT IS JUNE 10
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghappinesshome.org
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
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
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
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
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 in JUNE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourprincesfromchina.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
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
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptingsinglemom.blogspot.com
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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