When Ben & Jen met in high school in 1994 they had no idea the adventures God would lead them on. They got married in 1997, and went on to have 5 home grown children over the next few years. Pregnancy complications put an end to growing their family in the “usual way” and they started to look into adoption. Their house was tiny though and they were already cramped, so they knew it would have to wait till they could move.
In 2011 God brought them to the small farm with a big house that they had been dreaming about for all of those years and the doors opened to adoption at last. In 2013 He led them to adopt a precious little boy with cerebral palsy and profound hearing loss through Reece’s Rainbow. When they met him he was vacant, sickly, and thin. In just weeks of them meeting him he started to come alive. Over the 16 months in their care he grew and flourished. He was a changed child and they were a forever changed family. In early 2015, just after his 4th birthday, their hearts were broken as he was taken to Heaven suddenly in his sleep due to some medical complications. Their world was shattered. But the Kroll family knew that God had more in store for them. They had started to feel the pull to adopt again just months before the loss of their son. They put their trust in God and have stepped out in faith again, this time to adopt two children. They invite you to join them in this new adventure and help them bring them home!
1/7/16—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at a-sparrows-nest.blogspot.com
In life there are numerous things we miss because we are not willing to step out and be obedient. Fear sets in and we just become frozen in that fear. Greg and Kim Franks are no different in those fears, but the couple press forward in the clear call God has placed upon their lives. Ahead to what? Another adoption. Without a doubt, they both knew when they saw little Hava Rose’s face (aka Lila), that they had stared straight into the face of their child.
Throughout each of their adoptions, many have questioned why they were adopting again. With two healthy older biological children and 20 years serving in the U.S. Army, one might ask why now… but they both would consider it disobedience to their Lord if they did not go. Greg and Kim echo a good friend who said, “Obedience looks similar to insanity, and to some people it may be perceived as insanity… BUT… walk forward in insane obedience.” They continue to walk forward in insane obedience out of love.
Furthermore, the precious children within their home would not have been there without the calling. From two dear biological children to four blessings from China, they both learned over and over again that God knows best. On each journey to China, their hearts became burdened more and more each time. As David Platt has said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”
As they have looked back over the adoption journey, they have seen how God has stretched them and they have opened themselves up to whatever the Lord has – no matter what. Humbled and amazed, the couple saw over and over undeniable evidence that God was pointing straight to Hava Rose (Lila). Out of all of God’s promptings, Greg and Kim reflected back to one that they would like to share.
Through a mutual friend Kim was connected with another China adoption mom, Sarah. She and her husband had adopted a child with Down’s Syndrome. She gave Kim all sorts of information and encouragement. Three weeks went by, and the Franks had already moved forward to adopt this little gem when Sarah contacted Kim to ask if they had made a decision regarding the adoption. Kim quickly answered yes. Sarah began questioning what orphanage the child was from and when Kim told her she was thrilled to learn that her daughter and Kim’s future daughter were from the same orphanage. Soon, Sarah connected Kim with a mission group that goes to the orphanage on mission trips to love on and serve these dear children. Through their conversation, Sarah and Kim discovered that Sarah sponsored a child there. Guess who that child was?
YES! Sarah and her husband were the sponsors for little Hava.
When things get overwhelming and fear sets in, Greg and Kim go back to the numerous ways the LORD has pointed them straight to their little Hava Rose, who is across the world, waiting for them in China. She is chosen and dearly loved. They are beside themselves with excitement to get her home as quickly as possible. They would be blessed to have others join in to help bring this precious little girl home. Greg and Kim have requested, first and foremost, for others to pray for this adoption and if one feels led, to help with the costs of bringing Hava (aka Lila) home.
Resting in this verse, they know that God walks with them at each step: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
1/29/16—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 11
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at kimfranks.blogspot.com
JJ and Liz met when he was active duty in the military. They began dating soon after meeting and were married the same year. They attempted to have a child with medical assistance but were unable to conceive. Both of them knew that they wanted to be parents and loved interacting with kids. They began the process to foster children, who they might be able to adopt. In 2011 JJ was in a serious motorcycle accident. They were unsure of what the next day would hold. At this time they learned that life is short. Tomorrow really isn’t promised, so you need to make the most of out your life. Once out of the hospital and settled into their new home, they were blessed with their miracle baby, “D”. They have been trying to expand their family but have not succeeded. They are excited to begin this journey to expand their family through adoption.
This journey may be the hardest thing that God has ever told them to do. They have struggled with the thought of asking you to support them. They would be honored to know that you helped them bring their child home. Thank you so much for your support. No words could ever express our gratitude for your love for their family.
12/23/15—USCIS APPROVED, WAITING FOR COURT
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.facebook.com/Plustwofeet
Mark and Rebecca paths first crossed when they were introduced to each other by friends. They became good friends and that friendship continued to grow until, and a couple of years later they were planning their wedding.
Mark and Rebecca have always had a very strong sense of faith and family. One scripture that they kept coming back to was, “A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God sets the lonely in families. (Psalms 68:5-6)”.
In 2011 they talked about expanding their family of six through adoption.
After much prayer they committed to and adopted two infants with Down syndrome. Their lives were forever changed. In March 2014 they went back to Eastern Europe to adopt again. This time they brought home two teenagers with Down syndrome.
They cannot imagine life without their amazing children they have adopted in it. Watching their children grow in love and faith before their eyes has been one of the most magical and enriching experiences, one they would not trade for the world.
When Celina was listed on Reece’s Rainbow they knew she was meant to be part of their family and have decided to bring home two other children as well!
1/26/16—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 1
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at becauseyouareloved.blogspot.com
Greetings! We are the Chinchak Family, and we are proud to announce we are the Forever Family for “Wetherby”. He will be joining our family through the blessing of Adoption. This is a brand new process for us, and we are looking forward to both the joy and the challenges that we will face through this this journey. It will be a long road and we are aware we may face some struggles along the way, but they will be worth it all once we have him with us. We have learned “Wetherby” is a child who is blessed with a special ability to see the world through a different light then others; he has Down Syndrome. Some may see this as an obstacle, but we see this as a blessing, and we are ready to see how he will make this world, our world, a brighter place. We invite you to join us along the way.
1/7/16—TRAVELING JANUARY 11
*** $400 MATCHING GRANT! FSP NEEDS TO READ $8459 TO MEET THE GOAL ***
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their Facebook Page titled, “How’s The Wether-An Adoption” and on their blog at http://howsthewether.blogspot.com/
Stephanie and Sean are at it again. They have been married since the beginning of time and have 5 children. Their oldest, Danielle, is 22 years old, a recent college graduate and growing into a fine young lady. Next is Cody. He is 20 years old and in college now and working with special needs adults. The youngest three came to the family through adoption. Cole is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 4. Caden is 6, adopted from Ukraine at age 2. Cooper is 8, adopted from Ukraine at age 5. We thought we were done, but God had another plan. They both love Ukraine and thought if they ever adopted again, it would definitely be from there, but when they saw Noah, they knew he should be part of the gang. The little boys are affectionately called the “DS Mafia” and we are all excited for Noah to be a part of that. Please help offset the cost of the adoption by donating to Noah’s grant. Thank you in advance.
12/17/15—FIRST TRIP JANUARY 16
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at carmichaeladoption.blogspot.com
Joey and Laura have been married for 31 years and were blessed with three biological children who have all grown up and now have families of their own. In 2012 the couple found themselves experiencing the typical empty nest syndrome but instead of putting together a bucket list and focusing on retirement, they felt like God was calling them to adopt a child. It took a few months to really come to terms with the idea of adoption because of their older age, but once they did God led them to a little boy in Haiti. After several trips to visit their son in his orphanage they were finally able to bring Beaux home with them to Tennessee on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. Life with a preschooler in their home again has been adventurous. Beaux has a great sense of humor, loves life and keeps them laughing!
For the past few months Joey and Laura had been considering adopting another little boy so Beaux would have someone to play with everyday. But then they felt God was leading them to adopt a beautiful little 10 year old girl living in China who has Down Syndrome. You could say it was love at first sight! After much research and consulting with their adult children they decided to start the adoption process to make this special child their daughter.
The Davis’ appreciate your prayers and support to bring Noa-Grace home.
12/9/15—TRAVELING JANUARY 15
Follow the family’s adoption journey online at facebook.com/TheRaceforNoaGrace
Once upon a time, in the wild land of Montana, there lived a young boy named Chad. He grew up with two brothers and loved playing sports and exploring the mountains around his home. There also lived a young lady named Whitney who grew up in the land of Kansas, far far away. Growing up among the wheat fields, she played sports along with her brother and sister and helped around the house. Little did Chad and Whitney know, God had a very special plan in store for them.
Among many other pursuits, each of them learned to throw the javelin. Each having shown a talent for the sport, a college recruiter named Robert whisked them off to the exotic land of California where they met for the first time. Competing together for the track team, they fell in love and were married in September 2000.
They had many adventures together over the next years and moved to the land of Oklahoma, where they decided to start a family of their own. They were blessed with a son, Finley (now 6) and a daughter, Delaney (now 4) before moving again. They settled in the land of Missouri, a short journey to the east of her home land.
It was at this time that God started to open their eyes to the very special path that he had in store for them. He blessed them with another son, Grady (now 2). Now Grady would prove to change the course of their lives forever. He opened their eyes to a world that had been around them all along, but they had never truly seen. Grady, you see, had Down Syndrome. Grady, and this newly discovered world brought untold treasures and blessings into their lives. But God was not finished yet.
Over the next years, God opened their eyes to lands across the vast oceans that had countless children like Grady, that were without families. They were not seen as another of God’s precious children, but as outcasts. As mistakes that were not worthy of love and were to be discarded to the edges of society. But what Chad and Whitney saw were thousands of amazing children who had been made in God’s image, with his loving hand crafting each of them just as he meant them to be. Children, whose potential and gifts could be unlocked through simply giving them the loving family that they so desperately wanted and deserved.
One little girl touched their hearts and they knew that God was calling them to travel across the ocean to a far off eastern European country and bring her home as their daughter. They knew they couldn’t help all of the children, but they could give this one child a life and allow her to become who God had created her to be. But the ruler of this distant land would not allow them to come. They were heartbroken and pray to this day for the situation to be put right.
Time passed and Whitney continued to watch the children on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering when the time would be right. After being blessed with another son, Kelby (now 8 weeks), the day came when they knew. They saw another little girl, Francine. God gave them a peace that day, for she was the one that was meant for them. For that moment, all of the excuses, hesitation, and fear melted away and they knew that the time had come. God was calling them down this path, and they had faith that He would provide the strength, wisdom, courage and endurance to meet the challenges and obstacles to come. Only God knows what is to come for their family, but as this beautiful journey unfolds, they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
12/10/15—COURT DATE JANUARY 11th
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.
11/12/15—FIRST TRIP NOVEMBER 13
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ShoutingForSofia.com
Colleen and James first met in college. Colleen was a freshman and James was a junior. After James graduated, they parted ways, then five years later they started dating. Two years after that, they got married, and they have been married for two years. After exploring state adoption and not really agreeing with their system, Elijah’s file basically fell in their lap, and James and Colleen knew he was theirs. Colleen and James have always wanted a big family, through adoption and biological children. Elijah will be their first child and they couldn’t be any happier. They cannot wait to show him the world.
12/3/15—FIRST TRIP JANUARY 1
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://elijahsjourneyhome.blogspot.com/
After more than a year and a half of waiting, praying, and hoping, the Songer family has finally been matched with a precious little girl on the other side of the world who needs a loving family. The road that lead Chris and Katie Songer to this precious child has been long, and yet they can see now how every step has brought them to exactly where they needed to be.
Chris and Katie always felt called to adopt. They discussed their shared passion for adoption early in their relationship, and through eleven years of marriage and the birth of two beautiful biological sons (now ages 9 and 7), their desire to grow their family through adoption has never wavered. Chris’s father was adopted as a baby, so he has seen first hand how life giving and life changing adoption can be. Katie has a masters degree in special education, so the possibility of adopting a child with special needs has often stirred her heart. Several years ago, the Songers felt that the timing was right, so they began the home study process. They were originally pursuing a domestic adoption, but after waiting for over a year for a placement, they began to pray about international adoption. It was at that time that several friends who were active in the adoption community forwarded the Songers a posting they had seen about a three and a half year old child with special needs in Uganda. After learning more about the little girl from her agency here in the United States, the Songers knew with absolute certainty that despite the obstacles of converting their home study and raising the additional funds required for an international adoption, this was the child they were being called to pursue. They have an amazing network of family and friends, many of whom have adopted from Uganda. These people are committed to providing a community of support for the entire family throughout this process and beyond. The Songers are currently taking every step they can take in order to become this little one’s family. They are researching her medical needs, consulting with doctors and fellow adoptive parents, and completing an encyclopedia’s worth of paperwork for the dossier. They are also asking everyone they know to help them pray her home.
The story that God tells through adoption is so much bigger than one family. This child was being pursued by her loving creator long before the Songers ever knew her name. They are trusting that God will continue to go before them on behalf of their little girl, and that He will invite others to partner with them on this journey through prayers, finances, and emotional support. They are excited to watch God’s story unfold, and long for the day that they can hold their little girl in their arms and tell her how very loved she is.
11/9/15—COURT SCHEDULED for NOV 30
Nathan and Tina met in high school. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader. They were married in 2004 and have had 10 lucky, wonderful, always changing, years together. Shortly after being married, they found out the were expecting the first of their three daughter’s. Nathan lost his job and was having a difficult time finding another one that would support their family. This lead them down the road of being a military family. They’ve been a military family now for over 9 years and life’s been an adventure. They can’t wait to go on this new adventure that the Lord has put before them. There are three little girls that can’t wait to have a little brother, and two parents who are so excited to have a son! Please pray for them as they go on the adventure they have become calling, Operation Scheid Family, to bring home little Tobias.
2/4/16—WAITING FOR FINAL TRIP DATES
Follow the Scheid family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.operationscheidfamily.blogspot.com
Robert and Shelley’s journey with adoption started when they had 1 son, 2 daughters and a plan to add one little boy through adoption to complete their family. They completed that “plan” with the adoption of a little boy with Down syndrome from Ukraine in 2007. It was during that trip that the Lord opened their eyes to the plight of orphans with special needs. Armed with the knowledge of what happens to orphans with special needs in Eastern Europe as they age, and the conviction, “If not us, then who?”, they went to Serbia in 2008 and brought home a 2nd son with Down syndrome. Later that same year, Shelley was contacted by an attorney in Bulgaria who had found her blog and reached out with a request on behalf of an orphan in Bulgaria. Shelley advocated for that child and when, in 2009, the family felt the prompting of the Lord to go “one more time”, they made the decision to go to Bulgaria and adopted an older boy with Down syndrome that was already living in a mental institution. During the trip to meet their future son, a tiny little girl busted out of a group of children and latched herself to Shelley’s leg. Looking down into those big almond shaped eyes, Shelley promised that little girl that she’d find her a family. Ten months later, the Lord made it clear that they were to be that little girl’s family and once again, the family embarked on a “one more time” journey to bring home a daughter with Down syndrome. Vowing that they were “really done this time”, the family has spent their time over the past few years advocating for orphans and supporting other families through their adoption journeys. In early 2015, their children started talking about a baby sister. After much discussion and a lot of prayer, they made the decision to return to Bulgaria one more time to complete their family with a little girl with Down syndrome. This journey has been different because the family chose to start the home study and dossier paper work without having a child pre-identified. They have covered all the initial costs to complete their home study and dossier. They are approved to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome and hope to be matched with a little one very soon!
Updated: Robert and Shelley have been officially matched with a beautiful little girl!
Updated: They have added a darling little boy to their adoption, too!
1/29/16—COURT on JANUARY 9; FINAL TRIP in MARCH
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
Rachael and Tyler are so excited to be adopting sweet little “Marcus”. He is a baby boy who desperately needs medical care. He has Down Syndrome, a serious heart defect, and needs intestinal surgery as soon as possible. They have adopted two other children through Reece’s Rainbow – a 7 year old with Cerebral Palsy and a 2 year old with DS. They also have 3 biological children.
Because they recently adopted they do not have the funds to complete another adoption so quickly. Rachael and Tyler need some help and hope that through the generosity of others, this little boy will find love, care, and such a bright future!
They are moving very quickly to get all their paperwork done and will be in his country in just a few months! Rachael and Tyler do not want money to hold them back from traveling to Marcus as soon as possible. Please pray for them, share this page, and give if you feel led.
Rachael and Tyler are beyond grateful to all those that are helping bring sweet Marcus home.
1/18/16—TRAVELING END OF JANUARY
Follow along on their blog for updates! www.flylikeabee.com
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
Ashton and Tony have been together for 6 years. They have 2 beautiful children and always knew adoption would be a part of their story. So when they made the decision to start the adoption process they thought it would take a long time and were open to several countries. They soon learned about “waiting children” and their life was changed. They had decided on a country and started the process to find their child and every time they visited Reece’s Rainbow, they were drawn to one particular little boy, listed online as “Blake”. The problem was this little boy, with beautiful curly brown hair and gorgeous brown eyes who captured their heart, was not in the country they thought they were adopting from. So for a while they kept looking. As time went by, they could not forget this little boy and continued praying that “his family” would find him and want him as badly as they did. After a few months, they knew they had to make the call to his agency to see if it was possible for them to qualify for his country and were elated to find out they qualified!
A few days after reviewing his file and prayerfully seeking direction, Ashton was contacted by a woman who was in Eastern Europe meeting her son. She shared her story of meeting this wonderful little boy with spina bifida, and how this little guy asked her if she knew where his mommy and daddy were. A few weeks later she went back to the orphanage and the nuns told him that the lady was going to America to find his mommy and daddy. This little boy put his hands together and prayed for his mama and daddy. This happened to be the same day Ashton and Tony asked to see his file. For them this was a sign that it was meant to be.
God has moved mountains and continues to show this family that this is the path they are supposed to be taking; this is the little boy that will change their world and brighten their days.
Every day that it takes them to get to his country is another day that he is losing hope that he will have a family. But he has a brother and sister and parents that love him so much! The McBride family hopes that they can continue to move through the process quickly and bring this amazing little boy home to so much love and happiness.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read their story, sharing their story and praying for them. Thank you so much for being a part of their journey and if you feel led; please make a tax deductible donation to help them bring their son, soon to be named Owen, home.
Please help them bring home their son where he will receive the therapies he needs and the love of a family he deserves.
1/26/16—FINAL TRIP EXPECTED IN FEBRUARY 2016
Follow the McBride family’s adoption journey on their blog at watchthemcbridefamilygrow.blogspot.com
Alison is a single Registered Nurse. She has always dreamed of having children, but has not been so blessed. Alison has worked with children and adults with special needs in the past, including Down syndrome, and has always enjoyed it. One night, she had a dream that she and her sister were looking at a website of children for adoption with Down syndrome. When she woke, she did a search on her computer, and found Reece’s Rainbow. After years of looking at the site, and much encouragement from family and friends, she decided to give it a try! There have been many roadblocks in the process, but she has finally fallen in love with the little girl she feels was meant to be her daughter!
1/7/16—STILL WAITING FOR FINAL TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.lorialicat.blogspot.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!
11/23/15—FIRST TRIP JANUARY 1
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at cardboardfort.net/adoption
Jonathan and Angela are already parents to four little girls, and are so excited to add another sweet daughter. Adoption was something that was always in their hearts for one day, but was not in the “plan” in the immediate future. With four little girls ages eight and under, homeschooling, jobs, gymnastics, you name it, this family thought they were complete with the birth of their fourth daughter two years ago. BUT a little girl named “Flora” captured their hearts at first sight. Through much prayer, they have decided that she will be the perfect addition to their family. Flora will even be a “twin” with their 4 year old daughter Julie. The girls are incredibly excited to welcome this new sister! The girls all know that Flora will need lots of love, affection, time and therapy, as she has cerebral palsy. But they understand that every child deserves a family and they can’t wait to give Flora the family and the life that she deserves.
11/3/15—FIRST TRIP NOW
Steve and Trisa along with their four daughters are eagerly anticipating the adoption of these four brothers in Eastern Europe. “I saw the pictures of Luke and Jason and knew they were supposed to be a part of our family. Then to our surprise and delight found out that they have two older brothers! Caleb and Tyler both with cognitive delays.”
Steve and Trisa believe God has allowed them this amazing opportunity and are believing that He will provide as the expenses for adopting four children at once will be great.
They are currently working hard to get all the paperwork and Home study complete and are hoping for a travel date in the next 6-9 months.
12/15/15—APPOINTMENT IN JANUARY 2016
Eric and Natalie have been married 24 years. They met coincidentally as both of them were supposed to be meeting dates that never showed up. Eric is a co owner of a machine tool repair and sales business. Natalie is an OB/Gyn nurse.
Adoption is an issue close to her heart as she was adopted by her maternal grandparents at the age of 11. They became aware of the plight of special needs orphans from watching a documentary called “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children”. An Internet search led them to Reece’s Rainbow where they found their boys.
They are a Christian family who believe that they are amply blessed. After having their eyes opened forever to the plight of special needs orphans they felt as though they had to do something to share these blessings.
All help and prayers are welcome and appreciated.
2/11/16—FINAL TRIP FEBRUARY 20
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As a true testament to our living God, the DeGan family has been called to adopt and expand their family in a way they never imagined! Bill and Amanda have raised two biological children of their own – Ryen and Hannah and Bill has two children from a previous marriage – Brittany and Jason. All of the kids are either grown and married or in college and they felt they were all settled into the ‘empty nest’ routine when God placed a very special young boy on their heart – Peter. He was brought to them through a search on the Reece’s Rainbow website and an immediate connection was placed on Amanda’s heart when she saw his photo. The Holy Spirit said “why not you?”
After many weeks of prayer and leading, Amanda showed a photo of Peter to Bill and he immediately said – “yes, we should do this”. She then contacted the team at Reece’s Rainbow and was told that another family was “very interested in adding Peter to their adoption”. Amanda was crushed – sure they had missed God’s calling and opportunity for their lives to expand and grow in love for this little boy. After telling the team, that they were still interested should the other family choose another direction, Bill and Amanda prayed on the path they felt God was leading them down. In God’s infinite grace and power, the next morning an email arrived saying the other family wasn’t going to be able to adopt him and gave Bill and Amanda their blessing!
Thus began the process of gathering documents and seeing if they would even qualify through the home study process to bring Peter into their home. God has been faithful and generous in all His dealings and the family is blessed through this entire experience. The family so admires those who have gone before them and those who are now working through the adoption process – to expand their home and take children who often are seen as ‘the least of these’ out of a terrible environment and into a loving family.
They ask for your prayers as they respond to God’s direction in their lives and hope that you will support them in this wonderful journey!
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
12/21/15—APPOINTMENT IN JANUARY
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.
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ourbulgarianadoptionstory.wordpress.com
When Nickolas Kupper makes a decision, he does it quickly. When he was 14 and in freshman Honor’s English, for example, he saw Crystal and decided on the spot that they would someday marry. She, however, needed convincing. After three years of intense research on “How to Woo a Wife in 137 Easy Steps,” (a book that has yet to be written; he doesn’t want to give away his secrets!), Nick was stunned when Crystal took a cue from the whole Laura-and-Urkel saga and caved. It was the best defeat and sweetest victory either of them have ever had.
With all the wisdom of teenagers, they married at 19. Today, at the much wiser age of 30, they are parents to Jack (7), Jude (4) and Avinly (2). As an Air Force family stationed in England, Crystal had no idea how literally she would have to take the “I will go wherever you go” part of her vows. Nick, meanwhile, had no idea that he would still be in the military after his first six-year commitment. But 11.5 years later, he’s still one of the Air Force’s best.
Crystal is a freelance magazine writer who grew up in a foster and adoptive family. Besides the Oregon Ducks winning their first national football championship, the thing she has wanted more than anything is to use her special needs experience through adoption. Despite that obvious decades-old passion, Nickolas played it cool until he saw Abigail on Reece’s Rainbow. He asked a few questions about her medical needs and possible future treatments. Approximately five seconds later, he asked, “What would you think about us adopting her? Look into it.” And just like the first time he saw Crystal, he knew that this girl was supposed to be with him.
Abigail has extensive medical needs. She also has an extensive ability to melt your heart with her smile and voice. Won’t you join the Kuppers on their adoption journey to the most beautiful girl in Eastern Europe?
12/3/15—TRAVELING DECEMBER 12
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.crystalkupper.net/blog
The Prien family is big, loud, fun, and loving. The parents Todd and Jill have been married for 23 years and are still madly in love. They have been blessed with eleven beautiful kids and are enjoying every second of watching them grow up into strong loving individuals. They were blessed with the opportunity of raising a little boy with Down Syndrome. This opened their eyes to a whole new world. They realized how great the need for loving, supportive homes were. While looking at these children in need, Sarah, who is deaf, caught their eye. They are already learning American Sign Language for their boy with Down Syndrome and thought it would be fun for them to sign together. They hope to bring her home with them and share their love and devotion with her. The christian family prays each night to bring Sarah to their family. Even the younger children are involved and excited. Their motto “Big Families, Big Blessings” couldn’t hold more truth. They feel very blessed and want to give her the best life possible. Please help us give her the home and love she deserves!
11/26/15—TRAVELING DECEMBER 3