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These families are in country now…meeting their child for the first time as a result of your life-saving donations

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Bowden, Sam and Jesse for the Rieben family — OH

OSamOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen Richard and Valerie Rieben were married 12 years ago they never could’ve imagined the adventures that awaited them. In 2005, just 2.5 years after saying “I do,” the Rieben’s welcomed biological triplets Maren, Lukas and Jacob into the family. But the adventures didn’t stop there! In 2007, the family grew by two when Joshua was adopted from Uzbekistan and Evan from Ukraine. Life with five under five was so much fun that the Rieben’s decided to invite a few more to the party and in 2010 Alayna, Lilyana and Alexis joined them from Bulgaria. Realizing that they were still a few players short of a baseball team, they brought Benjamin and Thomas home from Bulgaria in 2012 bringing them to double digits! They say that things are cheaper by the dozen and, with three seats left in their 15-passenger van, the Rieben’s have decided to cross the pond one last time to bring Jesse, Sam and Bowden home! Won’t you join them in the adventure by supporting them on this wild ride!? After all, the more the merrier!

 8/11/2014—FIRST TRIP
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at fromthetrenchesofadoption.blogspot.com

$362.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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AUBREE and LAELIA for the Robinson family — SC

40427100748 Laelia (1)Shortly after marrying in 2007, God blessed Jode and Kelley with a beautiful 1888 Folk Victorian home, and He placed in their hearts the desire to fill it up with a rainbow of children. Jode and Kelley soon became foster/adoptive parents and are now the proud parents of three beautiful domestic grown babies and three Eastern Europe babies. With so many children needing families, love and medical care, they knew they would adopt again someday; however, they did not think it would be any time soon. But . . . God had different plans.

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Aubree, who has arthrogryposis, has long been on their hearts and now little Laelia, who also has arthrogryposis, has come along. Both children are beautiful and share the same diagnosis as their precious youngest son who has made great strides since coming home. They know that these two girls will also grow and development as they receive all that they need to become the amazing women God created them to be. We are excited too experience all that God has in store for them as part of our family. Please follow us through our blog as we once again begin this amazing journey.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Eph 3:20)

7/31/14—APPOINTMENT IS AUGUST 20


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessedindeedandexpandingourterritory.blogspot.com

$2,181.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MEREDITH for the Lehmann family — WI

Brian and Keri have been blessed with 14 years of marriage and counting, with God as the glue…Marriage takes three! They always thought they would have their own children, when and if it was God’s will. But so far it has not happened…yet! They have been blessed with 4 legged furry kids, horses, dairy goats, dogs and cats,…but are still waiting for a 2 legged non furry kid or kids. :) After thinking maybe it was not in God’s plan for them to be parents, a phone call from one of Keri’s brothers in Nov. 2011 changed all that. Her brother told her that the baby he and his wife were expecting in the Spring might have Down Syndrome. Long story short…they would not be able to keep the baby…was this how God planned for them to finally become parents?! Keri told her brother they would adopt the baby in a heartbeat. Keri works in health care and Brian and Keri help care for a family friends child with special needs. This beautiful child with CP has been a blessing to them and really helped take away many of their fears and softened their hearts to a special needs child. Then began the research on Down Sydrome. Through research Keri came upon Reece’s Rainbows website, wow look at all these beautiful sweet children that need homes…how would you ever choose? Brian and Keri were still thinking that maybe they would be adopting her brothers baby. After much prayer time another phone call came, God’s answer was no. Keri’s brother and sister-in-law would be keeping the baby whatever the health of the baby, praise God! But ouch…will they ever be parents?!

Keri then returned to a list of Reece’s Rainbow kids, one child over and over again kept standing out among the others. After a lot of time in prayer, digging into God’s word and with many family, friends and their church praying for them. The answer and peace of what God was calling them to do became clear… sweet Meredith was to be their daughter! Wow, Praise the Lord! Even though there are still many answers unknown and concerns about finances. They continue to trust their Heavenly Father through this unknown journey and have faith that His will and timing is always perfect. As He has shown them many times through their 14+ years of marriage.

God is Good! Praying for Meredith’s health and safety!
Your Mommy & Daddy can’t wait for the day they can bring you home to your forever family… :)

7/24/14—FINALLY TRAVELING AUGUST 26!!!

$4,647.59 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RAELYNN for the Yost family — AL

Raelynnyost-raelynnOn their wedding day, Tabitha and Warren vowed to devote their marriage to serving the Lord. As they began to explore ways to fulfill the biblical command to care for orphans, God led them to a Know More Orphans conference. They knew that adoption was something they would do someday, but after speaking with a representative for Reece’s Rainbow at the conference, they realized they had no reason to wait. They are beyond excited to serve the Lord in a way that will bring such a sweet blessing into their lives.

8/20/14—FINAL TRIP SEPTEMBER 12

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at deardanila.blogspot.com

$13,562.92 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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WESLEY for the Vinson family — TX

Wesley NewTim and Jamie Vinson married in 2004, and adopted their first child in February 2011, a beautiful 2 year old with albinism.  This lucky little boy was named Chanz.  Three years later, after much therapy, rehab and love, Chanz was ready for a sibling!  The Vinson’s expected to adopt a tiny girl, but God had other plans.  As soon as Jamie saw Wesley’s story, she knew that boy belonged to them.  Tim agreed immediately, and so the journey began!

 

8/7/14—TRAVELING AUGUST 13

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog quietandconfident.blogspot.com

$3,645.97 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADAM and DAVID for the Ray family — CA

 photo fwbutton150.pngAdam_Aug 2013David 2013 (2)After bringing Micah (RR) home in 2011, Barry and Shelly thought their family was complete. They were content with their four Littles running all over the house, happy, healthy and thriving (and their two Bigs out of the house). Then Shelly’s dear friend posted another “find his mama” post about Grant, whom Shelly had noticed and prayed over for the past three years. But for some reason, this day in November was different. She felt a strong gut-punch telling her to go for him. A few days later, another family committed to him and she thought she was off the hook. But the Holy Spirit kept telling her to go back for another child. She told Barry, and once he was on board, it was full steam ahead! At first they thought they’d go back to Ukraine, adopting another very young boy with Down syndrome, but they didn’t feel called to one specific child, so they decided they would do a blind referral this time. They had it in their heads how it would go, and they were SOOO excited to return to Ukraine because they left half their hearts there in 2011. It’s funny how God is in control because a couple weeks after that, Shelly noticed “Adam” and inquired about him and his country. Once they saw his videos, they knew he was their son!
Several weeks later, they found “David” and also felt drawn to him immediately. They are so excited to bring the boys home in 2014, and their current children are also very excited.

6/15/14—WAITING FOR COURT


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.rays-r-us.blogspot.com

$3,546.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NICHOLAS for the West family — TN

Nicholas (2)west-nicholasFifteen years ago, Nathan and Amber were love-drunk teenagers dreaming of a future together. They agreed adoption was in the cards from the start, and hoped for a house full. Layla was the first to arrive. Now nine years old, Layla has the sweetest spirit and a zest for reptiles. Twins Brynn and Cale joined the family via domestic adoption and recently turned seven. Brynn loves to entertain with song and dance and has a servant’s heart. Cale, the only boy so far, loves anything with wheels and is the very definition of charming. Anna Gray joined their family from Ukraine through Reece’s Rainbow in 2012. She keeps the whole house grounded in love and shines brighter than the sun. Not long after Anna Gray made it home, the older kids started asking where “Brother” was. After taking some time to adjust as a family of six, it became obvious that he was missing. Initially, the family decided to be very specific about who Brother was going to be and that another international adoption was just too much work. God said very clearly for them to “Stop trying to make the rules.” and brought them back to Reece’s Rainbow to see Brother’s face staring back at them. His interests are listed as: signing, dancing, cars, and zoo animals. HE IS THE MISSING PIECE. Trading rules for faith, they are now working to get Brother home. He has waited too long for a family of his own. Now, he has one ready and waiting for him.

 

8/5/14—TRAVELING AUGUST 13

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at growingwests.blogspot.com

$3,738.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NELIA for the Good family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngNeliagood-neliaHello we are the Good family. We are a Christian Air Force family currently living in Virginia with our three little children. We have two biological sons and a daughter from Korea. We are very excited to share God’s journey to our second daughter! Please pray for strength during our journey and for our daughter’s heart as she waits for us in Eastern Europe. God bless!!!

 

7/20/14—WAITING FOR COURT


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at sawgood13.blogspot.com

$3,350.88 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GAGE and MILLIE’s Family

Gagemillie2013This adoption is one that is just awaiting it’s fairytale ending. When Gage’s soon to be mama travelled in June with another family that was adopting they saw the little boy that they knew as “Gage” every day of visits. Gage had previously had a committed family when he was listed in the fall of 2012, but the adoption couldn’t be completed and he needed to be relisted, it broke their hearts to see him everyday and know he was still waiting, especially because he was listed at the same time as the 3 children that her and her friend were at the orphanage visiting. She would see him in passing and know she needed to find him a family when she arrived home, never in her wildest dreams would she have believed it would be her though!My Album 5-014

Gage’s family never imagined that they would be crossing the ocean for not one, but two treasures! Millie is a child that has been listed since they first found Reece’s Rainbow in 20o9 and they had watched her age through pictures year after year. Prior to meeting Gage though, they had never considered adoption from her country. Much like with Gage, never in their wildest dreams did they ever think the child they watched grow up in pictures would one day be their daughter!

8/6/14—WAITING FOR COURT

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at iwillcometoyou-john14-18.blogspot.com

$8,806.27 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARIA for the Cox Family — GA

 photo fwbutton150.pngMariaAllen and Kristi have been married for 19 years and have been blessed with four beautiful daughters: Allena, Leilani (who was still born as a result of multiple birth defects), Alivea, and Alea (who sports that extra special chromosome). Without even knowing it, when they lost Leilani, God was beginning to prepare their hearts for a journey of adoption that wouldn’t come to fruition until much later. Having no prior relationships or experiences with Down Syndrome when Alea was born, Allen and Kristi tried to learn all that they could and soon found their lives engulfed with therapy appointments, feeding team appointments and multiple medical appointments. Kristi found Reece’s Rainbow one night while searching for information about DS. Over the next 3 years, the family learned that children born with special needs are considered “broken” and not afforded the therapies and medical attention that Alea has access to. This broke their hearts as they celebrated the accomplishments and successes that Alea made each week and realized that all children with special needs don’t have that support system and love given to them every day. Kristi and the girls spent a lot of time looking at, advocating for, and fundraising for families that were in process. Then, when they saw the smiling face of a little girl on the RR website and they posted her picture on their refrigerator to pray over, their hearts knew that God was calling them to bring her home. They had seen her so many times before but this week was different; God sent confirmation and was opening the door for them to adopt.

The Cox family humbly asks that you pray for them during this time. John 14:18 (NLT) says, “No I will not abandon you as orphans; I will come to you.” Proverbs 24: 12 (NLT) tells us “Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God knows all hearts, and he sees you. He keeps watch over your soul and he knows you knew! And He will judge all people according to what they have done.” Everyone is not called to adopt, but the Cox family knows that they have been called to this little girl. They would love for you to follow along on this exciting journey and pray that God open all doors so that they can bring her home quickly.  They appreciate your prayers and support and thank you very much.

7/21/14—APPOINTMENT IS AUGUST 6

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at thecoxcourse.blogspot.com

 

$3,408.26 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DONALD for the Claus family — OR

 photo fwbutton150.pngDonald March2013 (12)claus-leviJosh and Chelsea met at a small church as teenagers, dated for nearly 5 years and have now been married for 9 years. They now live right around the corner from the church where they met and have four beautiful biological children, ages 7 and under.

Chelsea has wanted to adopt since she first heard, as a little girl, that there were children in the world who didn’t have families. Josh agreed that adoption was important but wasn’t yet convinced that it was for their family. When friends of theirs adopted a child with special needs from an Eastern European country, their eyes were opened to the plight of the orphan, especially those with special needs across the globe. Their eyes could not be shut, and Chelsea began advocating for waiting children through Reece’s Rainbow, and became a prayer warrior for several orphans. God started to speak to both Josh and Chelsea about adoption. Through much prayer they came to believe that their family was called to adopt, but they didn’t know who or when. Well, God provided them with the who. A sweet 4 year old boy with Sotos Syndrome and Scoliosis had snuck into their minds and stolen their hearts. Once they knew who they should adopt, that also answered the question of when. NOW! :)

They are stepping out in faith to rescue this precious child from his orphanage in Eastern Europe. Adoption is redemption, and redemption is costly. Please help them give this very deserving little boy a forever family who will treasure him always.

8/6/14—FINAL TRIP SEPT 2

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at insearchofpearls.blogspot.com

$13,010.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JUDE for the Jupin family — AL

 photo fwbutton150.pngJude (2)After two years in process to adopt a child from Russia, John and Amy Jupin finally met their little boy in December 2012. They were elated! Davis was sweet and funny and wonderful. Excited and head over heels in love, the Jupins returned home to wait for a court date. One week later, Russia passed a ban prohibiting Americans from adopting children from Russia. The Jupins were devastated.

Almost a year since losing their sweet Davis, the Jupin family has decided to give adoption a try again. This time their hearts have found a young man from Eastern Europe who desperately wants a family. He is 11 and endearing and kind and so very deserving of the love only a family can give. Lord willing, he will finally get his wish and join the Jupins’ three other children, Joshua, Anna and Benjamin.

8/22/14—TRAVELLING NOV 2014

Follow the Jupin family’s adoption journey on their blog at jupinfamily.blogspot.com

$1,422.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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THEO, ORION, BARTON & EVAN for the Bloom family — OH

Theo 2013 (1)Orionbarton-1evan-2Christian and Kayleigh are very excited to be on this journey! They have talked about adopting since they were first married, but the time has never been right. When they began discussing it again recently, things started coming together in ways that they never could have imagined. They decided that was their sign to jump in! They have been working hard to get all of their paperwork and training completed. Now they have completed most of the work they are responsible for, and they have more time to focus on fundraising while they wait for all of their approvals and their invitation to travel! photo fwbutton150.png

UPDATE:  They will also be adopting Barton, an incredible young man who aged out back in December.  Their family is one of very few whose paperwork makes them eligible to adopt him, and they are thrilled to see what his future holds.They already have four wonderful children at home, and they can’t wait to add to their family. They are in awe of how amazing Theo is, and can’t wait to meet him. Now they will also be bringing Orion home! They are both loving boys who have waited for families for a very long time. These boys have grown up together at the same institution, and now they are going to be brothers. Isn’t that exciting?

 

The Bloom family would appreciate any financial support or prayer you can offer as they proceed on this adventure.

 

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Theo, Orion and Evan are now home with their family! They are all getting settled in and accomplishing new things every day. Theo is finding so many things he can do independently, Orion is speaking much more clearly than he was in the orphanage, and Evan is learning what is like to experience love and attention for the very first time. Court for Barton was delayed and is now scheduled for July. This will require an additional trip, more time in country, and extra expenses. It will all be worth it to see him have his chance to blossom in a family too!

8/10/14—ALMOST HOME

Follow the Bloom family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://handsfullofblooms.blogspot.com/

$32,671.79 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DYLAN for the Kindall family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngKindallsGavin and Mali Kindall have been married for almost nine years; after only seven weeks of dating! You could call them crazy, but when you know you know, right! They have a beautiful two year old boy named Jeton, they call him Jet! It has always been in their plans to adopt one day. In their minds it would happen in a few years, but what they didn’t know, was that their beautiful daughters Harmony and Penelope were already here and waiting to be brought home. One night Mali happened upon Reece’s Rainbow and after a few days of falling in love with all the children and being forever changed, Mali knew God had his own plans for them. It didn’t take long before Gavin knew, too.

While in the process to adopt Harmony and Penelope, their girls’ country banned Americans from adopting. Gavin and Mali have complete faith that the ban will be lifted one day and they will bring them home. They will never forget or give up on their sweet little angels! In the meantime, they have prayed about and have decided to change countries and bring a big brother home for the girls and Jet!! Through much heartbreak has come something very beautiful and that is bringing home another son. They cannot wait to bring home their handsome and amazing Dylan!

So much love has already been shown and given to our Dylan that will help bring him home…..we would like to thank everyone with our whole hearts!

3/28/14—1ST TRIP APRIL 6 to MAY 6

$14,780.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MIRABEL and OTTO for the Holland family — FL

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Wow, what an amazing journey The Lord has James and Trish on! They are so excited for what the future holds and can not wait to get their babies home. James and Trish have been together nine years and married for four. They have two biological children, Gracie and Joshua. Trish’s life has always revolved around children; including babysitting, working with children at church, working at day cares, majoring in Child Development, and then finally having children of her own. James also has a huge place in his heart for children, so they knew even as they dated as teenagers that they would adopt one day. They were not sure when that day would be, but as God opened door after door they realized that the time was now!

They first found precious Rhys and committed to him right away. Around the time that they found Rhys they also found Mirabel. They prayed for Mirabel everyday and thought about her constantly. After several weeks of pouring their hearts out to God and seeking His wisdom and will for their lives they were given a peace that passes all understanding. With in 24 hours of each other they both knew that Mirabel was theirs!!

Their two year old daughter, Gracie, carries Rhys and Mirabel’s pictures everywhere and talks about them constantly. To her they are already her siblings. The waiting is hard and they have just began the process. What a sweet day it is going to be when they get to hold them for the very first time. Our God is so good and they know that He is going to provide what they need to get their little ones home. With the addition of Mirabel the financial burden becomes a little heavier, but they will do whatever is necessary to raise the funds. If you feel called to help, they would forever be grateful. Thank you for taking the time to read their story. God bless you.

 7/19/14—APPT on JULY 24

$6,812.39 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VALENZ’S Family

Valenz_Nov2011There is a woman who is working very hard to become “Valenz” Mom.  She cannot wait until he comes home! He will be surrounded by uncles who share his extra chromosome and an extended family who can’t wait to meet him.

Thank you for your prayers!

 

 8/17/2014—AWAITING COURT 

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BOBBY for the Decker family — TX

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Rick and Kim have been blessed with 8 children (his, hers, and ours) ranging in age from 35 down to their youngest who just turned 7. They are no stranger to adoption or special needs. Kim had 3 children when she met Rick, two of whom were adopted. Her oldest son was adopted from US foster care as a baby and her next son was adopted from an orphanage in Lithuania. Fully aware of all the medical unknowns of this child, she was NOT aware of how much this child would change her life…….for the better! Cole was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and is autistic. He has taught, and continues to teach, their whole family whats most important in this life.

When God began stirring Kim’s heart again in 2010, she was pretty certain what He was asking her to do. About that same time, Kim “accidentally” came across Reece’s Rainbow and couldn’t believe the stories she was reading. She began sharing her heart with Rick and showing him what was happening to children with special needs in these foreign country orphanages. Children, just like their Cole.  After much prayer, and continued prompting from God, they took a leap of faith and said “yes” to stepping out of their comfort zone and taking God’s adventure.

Their journey to Gabe began in Jan. 2011 and they brought home their little Russian treasure in Aug. 2011. Gabe has down syndrome and is quiet a little firecracker!! What a joy he is to this family and to all he comes in contact with.  While in Russia, Rick and Kim saw with their own eyes what these children face, day in and day out. And although there are many people, and many reasons that it might seem crazy to do this again……..they believe there is not ONE good enough reason, in the Lord’s eyes, not to.

So following His lead, once again they are headed into the world of unknowns….international adoption! This time they will be going to China to bring home another little treasure who also has down syndrome.  They know the path that lies before them is not an easy road to take, but they are totally confident in the One who has led them there.

They would love for you to come along for the journey, and would really appreciate your prayers for their new son, and for all of their family. Also, if you feel so led and want to donate funds to help bring their little guy home, they would be forever grateful.

“Once our eyes are opened we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act.”

7/13/14— TRAVEL DATE RECD

Follow the Decker family’s adoption journey on their blog at wheremercymetgrace.blogspot.com

$349.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TWO BOYS for the Johnson family — PA

JohnsonJohnson-2Jody Johnson is a single mother with three sons. In 2011, she committed to adopt Oksana from Russia. God intervened in miraculous ways to bring her to the other side of the world to meet the little girl for which she would promise to return. Five months later, she was ready to return to court when Russia halted all adoptions to U.S. families. While she has not given up on Oksana and hopes to return for her as soon as she is given the opportunity, she knows there are others whose needs must be met in the meantime. Christians are called by God to minister to orphans and through such ministering bring glory to God. Because they are specially drawn to orphans who are difficult to place due to special needs, the Johnsons hope to touch the lives of those who have little chance to find the love of Christ and a family. Though abandoned and broken in our sin, God, the Father, sent His Son to take the punishment we deserved, that we may become His children. He loves us when we are most unlovable and through our weakness, He shows His strength.

“Adoption is a real-life illustration of the gospel. It shows us how God transforms spiritual orphans into family members. He changes our names, identities, and families by His grace. Orphan care is acts of mercy that flow from the heart of one who has been changed by the gospel.” Tony Merida, “Orphanology”

The Johnsons know from experience that the road to adoption can be long and require great patience, but they are committed to the task and will follow as the Lord leads them. After inquiring with Oksana’s placing agency about other waiting children, Jody received and accepted a referral for a four year-old boy with some significant cognitive delays. About a week later, the agency mentioned an older boy, healthy, but difficult to place due to age. Having much experience with boys, she knew she needed to give this boy a home, too. To that end, now the adventure extends to another corner of Eastern Europe where God will make two special boys a part of their family. The Johnsons appreciate your prayers and would be happy to have you follow along with them as they blog their way through the process. Please pray that throughout this journey, God will open the hearts of those who may not know Him and cause them to want to know more about the Love that drives people to seek out and rescue orphan children the way that Jesus sought out and rescued us.

6/29/14—TRAVELING in JULY

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at aservantinhousebeautiful.blogspot.com

$6,499.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EBONY for the Sutton family — VA

 photo fwbutton150.pngEbonyThe Suttons believe children are a gift from God and they have been abundantly blessed with 9 children, ages 11 and under, to love and raise up so far! Coming from a family that is not new to adoption, they always knew they would adopt someday, as well, and they completed their first adoption in January 2013.

Just four months after returning home from Eastern Europe with their son, Benjamin (Mikale on RR), the Suttons discovered he had a younger brother at the same orphanage that they didn’t know even existed. They stepped out in faith to follow God’s leading to bring ‘Gideon’ home as well. Almost exactly a year after beginning the process of tracking down his file, committing to adopt him, completing their dossier and thinking of him as their son…they finally got to go meet him. Sometimes God’s plans do not end up the way we expect them to. Sometimes He wants His children to say yes and obey…and He instead uses them for His purpose in an unexpected way. God did not give them peace to bring ‘Gideon’ home. Heartbroken but trusting in God’s plan…they have committed to advocating, sharing all they have learned and helping to find the perfect family for ‘Gideon’.

During that year, while waiting for ‘Gideon’s’ file to become available, they saw a picture of a little girl and knew she was supposed to be their daughter. During their first adoption, they had hoped to adopt a little girl along with Benjamin, but were not able to find the one meant to be in their family. They wouldn’t have even seen her had they not been watching for ‘Gideon’ to show up on the waiting child lists, because they had not planned on adopting again so soon. God is in the details and looking back, they would have missed out on the precious blessing soon to join their family.

Ebony faces a bleak future growing up as an orphan in her birth country. She has been waiting for a family her whole life and the Suttons cannot wait to bring her home as their precious daughter, sister and granddaughter.

Would you please consider helping the Suttons, with a tax deductible donation? No amount is too small and they are grateful for each and every gift and prayer.

“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” I John 3:18

6/12/14—FIRST TRIP JULY 12
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessingseternal.blogspot.com

$6,385.48 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RANDALL and BRETT for the Feinland family — LA

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feinland-brettAdoption first struck Rachelle and Stephen’s hearts in 2012. That year they completed the adoptions of 2 boys from Ukraine, Silas and Andre with the help of Reece’s Rainbow and the wonderful team in Ukraine. The process was quite a whirlwind! After a few minor delays, they came home on November 29, 2012 which was Silas’ 5th birthday! This gave them 5 boys! Upon coming home Silas suffered violent drug withdrawals, weighed only 17 pounds at 5 years old and had many other medical issues, many of which were a result of the care he was under in Ukraine. A year later Silas now weighs 43 pounds and is doing wonderful! Andre has also blossomed into a wonderful, delightful little boy! Their brothers adore them and they are loved, orphans no more!

Rachelle and Stephen thought that their family was complete, God had other plans.

7/7/14—APPOINTMENT IS JULY 23

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at piecingourpuzzletogether.blogspot.com

$10,522.36 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CARLIANA for the Rowan family — MS

CarlianaCarliana has a family that is trying to adopt her as quickly as they can, but they need your help. Their oldest child, Ana, always wanted an older sister, so for Christmas they hosted Carliana. Carliana is a true orphan that is 14 years old and has dropsy, or edema of the cranial cavity. She also has developmental delay and takes special needs classes at her school. Because her head is so large the edema has probably not been treated, and if left so could cause brain damage or even death. Because of recent conflict in her country, the family has rushed all the paperwork which has added additional expenses. Please consider helping this family bring their snow girl home!

This has been such a special story because the younger sister’s love for her new older sister truly will save her life. She was chosen because the girls look so much alike they could be twins, even having a beauty mark in the exact same place! They are the same exact size, the only difference being the color of their eyes. This is not the story of a mother wanting another child, but of a sister wanting to save her sister! Please help these two Ana’s with their happily ever after by giving to their adoption.

8/10/14—COURT IS AUGUST 14

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog anotheranarowan.wordpress.com

$373.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FAITH ANNE for the Callahan family — FL

FaithThe Callahans are hopeful that Faith Anne will be joining their family in Florida soon. Bob and Jaime married in 2010 and desire to expand their family, which currently consists of four adult children and three teenagers. Bob is a recently retired physician, and Jaime is an accountant. Although they knew instinctively that their family would be enriched by the addition of a special needs child; they were initially somewhat hesitant about adopting a child in a foreign country. However, on the very first day of their search, they found Faith Anne (or Faith Anne found them). The moment they saw her, it was love at first sight. Their hesitation about the adoption process was quickly replaced with an urgency to bring little Faith Anne home. Bob and Jaime are very hopeful that they will have the opportunity to provide a happy, stable, and loving home for Faith Anne so that she can achieve her fullest potential. Although they haven’t met Faith Anne yet in person, they already feel like she is a part of their family and are anxious to bring her home. They wish that they could tell her that they’re on their way!

7/3/14—APPOINTMENT IS JULY 10

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THEODORE +1 for the Dailey family — AL

30922122939 TheodoreIf you remember Ben and Kathy after almost 33 years of marriage have two bio children and three of his brothers children they took in when his brother died and 9 grandchildren when they adopted Harrison. Well Ben and Kathy had only been home two months after adopting Harrison from Ukraine. Their adopted son had a best friend they were able to meet and the few times they were able to spend with him and their son they grew to love him. One day as they were leaving from a daily visit with Harrison, he and Theodore ran up and ask if we could adopt him also, they did not know what to say because their home study was only for one child, how to you respond to this? There were a few times that Theodore was able to sneak in and would spend time with Harrison and when the workers would come to get him, he and Harrison would grab hold of each other not wanting to be separated. The day the Dailey’s were able take Harrison from the facility it was with bitter sweet tears because these two young men held to each other knowing they may never see each other again.

Recently as they were praying about whether or not to try and adopt him, it was Harrison that God used to direct their decision, you he came and asked them if they could adopt Theodore so they could be brothers like twins. That was all the answer they needed so they are again two months home with Harrison and ready to go back for Theodore. They ask that you pray for them that they are able to raise the needed funds they will need to go and bring Harrison brother, Theodore, home.

7/21/14—APPOINTMENT IS AUGUST 5

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at  bddailey.blogspot.com

$1,678.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHAVA for the Chellson family — CA

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David and Melissa have been married for 9 years and have two amazing boys, Ryan (8) and Mykhaylo (4). Their hearts were full with love after the adoption of their youngest son Mykhaylo (aka Misha or Aaron on RR) and they felt their family was complete with their two boys. However, after a year of being home with Misha, David and Melissa began talking about expanding their family once more with a third child (hoping for a girl), but were not excited about the road to having another baby after dealing with secondary infertility and failed fertility treatments prior to adopting Misha. Melissa had always browsed the Reece’s Rainbow website just to stay in touch with the adoption world and thought maybe one day they’d adopt again…It wasn’t until Melissa saw the picture of precious Chava and immediately knew that the day had come sooner than later that they would adopt again. Once Melissa showed David Chava’s picture, he agreed that they needed to bring her home. David, Melissa and the boys are excited to welcome a daughter/little sister into their family and are looking forward to the added touches of pink and purple she will bring to their family!!

7/11/14—APPOINTMENT JULY 24th

Follow the Chellson family’s adoption journey on their blog at chellsonfamilyadventures.blogspot.com

$3,200.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SIMON and SAMUEL for the Cianciolo family — VT

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Roses are red violets are blue
We are here to tell our story to you

There once was two people from different states
They were lonely
As they were praying for their soul mate

Low and behold
They went to a site
This is the place
That God answered their plight

The wedding took place
Best friends they remain
Now there are four others
That carry the Cianciolo name

Two of our children diagnosed very young
Realizing that there were others who would some day come

Our camp and our ministry
God laid on our heart
We realize as we serve that we are ready to start

We sought God and we prayed
For one special child
God of course had two all the while

Twins they are
And we are blessed indeed
As we begin our journey to
Provide all their needs

We hope you’ve enjoyed
Our story through rhyme
We covet your prayers
During this time

The Cianciolo family
Announces our two precious boys
As our cup overflows
We count it all joy

7/21/14–APPOINTMENT IS JULY 24

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at tac4hymn.wordpress.com

$919.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SAVANNAH for the Piatt family — CA

Savannah 2Tami is a single mom to four beautiful girls. Her oldest, Suzanna, is grown and working as an engineer. Her daughter Elisa, adopted from Bulgaria and Lara, from China were joined by Mary, adopted in 2007, also from China. She thought her family was done but God had other plans and she knew she had another child waiting to come home. Over the last few years many children have touched her heart and she liked to think that she had prayed many children home. Last April, she saw Savannah and knew that this was her long awaited daughter. She prayed for many months that God would provide a way for her to bring her daughter home. God opened those doors this fall, and now the whole family is excited to be welcoming 5 year old Savannah into their hearts and home.

8/8/14—FIRST TRIP AUGUST 11


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at piattfamilyabc.blogspot.com

$5,040.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALONZO and SOPHIA for the Vargas family — PA

373 AlonzovargasOAdam and Chastity have been married for 15 years.  They have six children.  There have always been children in their lives – even their first date was surrounded by neighbor children playing in the snow.  In 2002, the Vargas family began a Christian adventure camp that is held at their home twice a year.  The camp has grown to approximately 34 children from both city and rural communities.  Camp IGUANA (In God’s Universe Accepting New Adventures) encourages children through hands-on activies and trips to look at everytyhing in their lives as adentures.  This has also become how their family looks at each day as well.  Their family has hosted 9 children from orphanages in EE over the last 4 years with the hope to adopt that grew more and more.  They eagerly look forward to adding to their family through adoption and are grateful for your prayers and support.
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6/25/14—FIRST TRIP JULY 9
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beyondwhatmyeyeshaveseen.blogspot.com

$8,034.01 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VERONIKA and EMILIJA for the Jenks family — WA

 photo fwbutton150.pngRebecca-6Mark and Rebecca are the proud parents of six children; four biological children and their youngest two, who have Down syndrome, were adopted just last summer from Ukraine. The Jenks family thought that if their family grew again it would be another young child, and more than likely from foster care.  Sometimes God points you in unexpected ways, because God had other plans. Rebecca kept feeling drawn back to Reece’s Rainbow and the girls age 10+. They had not even been home a full year when Rebecca noticed an preteen girl with Down syndrome and once again her heart skipped a beat, but Rebecca threw off the idea with her being so much older.  That night, Rebecca and Mark prayed and asked God, “Break our hearts for what breaks yours, Lord!” The following day Rebecca asked about Veronika and the response she got from that inquiry was overwhelming. When Rebecca found out that Veronika had been listed on Reece’s Rainbow since BEFORE 2010, instantly she knew that this was the next child to join the Jenks Clan.  Mark and Rebecca never imagined they would be working on another adoption in less than a year, but the Lord’s plans were greater than their own.  They ask for your prayers as they embark on this journey, and if you feel lead to help bring Veronika home, please know that no gift is too small and they are thankful for any help you can offer!  Veronika has waited twelve years to become part of a family. We can not let her wait any longer.

7/25/14—2ND TRIP IN AUGUST


Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at becauseyouareloved.blogspot.com

$21,433.22 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ABRAHAM for the Bailey family — SC

 photo fwbutton150.pngAbrahamThis little sweetheart is “Abraham” and he is one of God’s masterpieces! He has spent his whole life in an orphanage in Eastern Europe, waiting for his family. Tragically, children with special needs in Eastern Europe can be transferred to an adult mental institution at an early age, so “Abraham” really needs a family who will love him, care for him, and be blessed by him.

The Baileys were joined in Holy Matrimony in 2003, and welcomed their first two biological children in 2004 and 2007. Then, in 2009, right around the time that “Abraham” was born halfway around the world, the Baileys felt God calling them to expand their family through adoption. They had just welcomed their third biological child and due to other circumstances at the time, they could not actively pursue adoption. They prayed to discern the “when” of God’s call to adopt and eagerly awaited the day that they would be able to take more active steps to expand their family through adoption. The family was blessed with the arrival of their fourth biological child in 2012, and after much prayerful discernment (and more than one push of divine providence), the Baileys were able to start the process to adopt “Abraham” in June 2013. They feel immensely blessed and humbled to have been chosen by God to be “Abraham’s” family and cannot wait to hold their precious boy in their arms.

The Baileys can’t adequately express how much they appreciate any prayers for “Abraham” as he waits in the orphanage, and for their adoption process to go smoothly. And can you spare a donation of even a few dollars to help make this family’s dream a reality and give this little boy a chance to know the love of a Daddy, Mommy, brothers, and a sister? Each and every donation, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated!

“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” ~Matthew 18:5

8/10/14—FINAL TRIP SEPTEMBER 5

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blagodarya.blogspot.com

$710.39 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Kunkle family — IN

 photo fwbutton150.pngDale and Buffey have been married over 13 years and have two, handsome boy’s. Aaron is 13 and Andrew is 9. Buffey has always felt the calling to adopt, since the age of 10 years old. She would sit with her grandmother and watch Feed The Children on TV. She told her grandmother , that one day she would have a big house and help all of those children in need.

In 2002, Buffey and Dale were 5 1/2 months pregnant with a daughter, and they sadly miscarried. God had different plans for them and they knew, that one day, they would see their precious daughter again. Buffey and Dale then got pregnant with their youngest son Andrew, at the end of 2003′ and had him in June of 2004′, but with complications during the pregnancy and after. Andrew was a “Blue Baby”, with the cord wrapped twice around his neck, and wasn’t breathing, when the doctor delivered him. The doctor was a wonderful Christian woman (who wasn’t supposed to be there to deliver), who believed in the power of Prayer (as we do) and between her (THE DOCTOR) and GOD, their son’s life was saved. They decided after that pregnancy, that Buffey’s body could not endure another pregnancy, so Dale had a vasectomy done and they could no longer have children.

In 2009, they started thinking about having more children, and that their family wasn’t yet complete. They contemplated adoption many times over, but it just wasn’t coming together financially or spiritually, at that time. A year later, they decided to go and have a reversal done and tried to have more of their own biological children for two years following, but sadly found out, that the reversal didn’t work and they could not have anymore children of their own. They believed God again, had different plans for their lives.

Buffey and Dale believe that God has called them to adoption. On this journey, that they are about to embark on, they need to believe and have Faith with their whole hearts, that God will provide for them, a daughter, that they so long for…one that they can love unconditionally and cherish for the rest of her life. God says in “HIS WORD” to take care of the orphans(his beloved children) and the widows.

They truly believe God has a special plan for their lives and with all of the love, and support from their family, friends and Reece’s Rainbow, that their daughter will be with them, sooner than later. They have two big brothers and many family members that are elated to add a new member to their family.

6/4/14—APPOINTMENT IS JUNE 23

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at chosenbygodforus.blogspot.com

$4,443.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHARLIE and LOLA for the Boyer — FL

30819163037On May 26, 2012 Dennis & Cindy committed to adopt a little girl named Adalyn. Adalyn had the same birth defect as 3 of their children. In December they traveled to meet Adalyn, while in country the threat of the ban was happening. On December 23 they returned home hoping to travel quickly back in Jan. since Adalyn needed surgery. Then the ban was made law the day before Adalyn`s 2nd birthday December 29. In February we found Adalyn did in fact have her surgery and was starting to gain a little weight, that was a blessing. In March they traveled to Washington with the parents of children with children still in Russia. Sadly nothing could be done. Still Praying and Believing for Adalyn they would move when God showed them other little ones that needed a home, however the door was not opened for another child yet. Until we saw a little brother and sister. We talked to two Moms who met these little ones. Three little ones in Brooksville have already come home from this same orphanage. Then on January 7, which is CHRISTmas in Russia we committed to adopting little Charlie and Lola. We had to work through a lot of emotions even after committing, that we are not abandoning Adalyn. Little Charlie is just 22 days younger than Adalyn and Lola is the same age Adalyn was when we started to adopt. Right after we made the decision to adopt these precious little ones I had my son put on Praise music and the song that came on God is Able. The very name we will give this little one. God had given me the names Sarah and Abraham in the beginning of our journey to adopt. Please pray for us as we start over again in adopting little Sarah Elizabeth and Abraham who will be called Abel, still have to pick out a middle name. They will be coming into a family of 8 children. Jennifer (Kevin) Westin,Trentin & Cindy Sue, Adam (Megan) Reese due in April, Andrew (Casey) Atlas, Aaron (Laura) Brandon due in march, Alex is on the mission field in Mexico right now and is based in Australia with YWAM, Austin is about to start apprenticeship under Steve Saint & his son Jesse , Addison seeking where God is leading him with music & Nora just returned from YWAM Australia , God is leading her to the Philippines next. Our home study update is almost done. This is moving very quickly and smoothly. Praying, Believing as the Hand of God leads us through this journey and He opens the orphanage Gates and provides for us to be able to bring our little ones home. We are incredibly blessed by the gift of two and still praying for the one. Blessings & so Grateful to everyone helping us. Dennis & Cindy

I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in Truth. 3 John 4 My Prayer for all Our Children…………

8/22/14—WAITING TO TRAVEL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at journeytothegate.blogspot.com

$6,750.34 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHEPPARD, PIERCE and SALOME for the Fahringer family — VA

30726000820PierceSalomeMary and Alden met on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 at about 3:15 pm. It was Mary’s second day at her new job and she was looking forward to meeting this “Alden guy” she had heard her new co-workers talking about all the day before. Mary remembers exactly what she and Alden were wearing when they were introduced and how simply wonderful she thought this nice young man was. Alden thought Mary was pretty cute but that she would never go for a guy like him. Boy was he wrong! They quickly developed a friendship which grew into a romance. A little over a year after they had met, in June 2008, they were married and began their exciting new life together! Alden had

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a background in working with youth groups and summer youth camps and Mary was quickly drawn in to the lifestyle of a youth leader. Mary helped Alden as he led the youth group at their church for 4 years. Through working with these wonderful and crazy kids Mary fell in love with teenagers too! She also went back to school during this time to get a teaching license in secondary English and enjoyed the challenges and joys of teaching her 10th grade and 8th grade students. They recently moved to a new town, bought their first house and plugged in to a new church family, making time to work with hurting kids and at risk youth through various ministry opportunities. It was right after their move, in December of 2011, that God used Reece’s Rainbow and adoption blogs to break Mary’s heart for orphans with special needs, especially the older aging out teens. After praying and searching God’s word about caring for orphans and widows, Alden too had his heart broken. With both of them on board with the idea of growing their family through adoption, they began researching various options and never looked back! Through many twists and turns in this adventure, God has led them to Sheppard on Reece’s Rainbow. Mary and Alden are beyond excited to adopt this wonderful teen and make him their forever son! They know God has brought them this far on their journey and will continue to move mountains until Sheppard is safely home and beyond. They are so thankful for the wonderful support from friends, family and their church family for rallying around them as they fight to get to their son before he ages out of the system. Any and all support and prayers are greatly appreciated!

6/10/14—APPOINTMENT IS JUNE 17
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pouredoutblessings.blogspot.com

$13,210.21 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NETTIE and PATRICK for the Owens family — KY

NettiePatrickAnthony and Krystal have been married for close to nine years. To say that they hit the ground running, as far as parenting goes, is quite the understatement. Krystal opened her home for foster care for two years before she and Anthony married. As a matter of fact, Krystal was a foster mom to two beautiful blonde haired girls the day the two married. The story goes that when Anthony was told he had six months to complete his foster care training, after marriage, that Krystal made it quite clear that she and the girls were a package deal. He couldn’t have one without the other. Without hesitation, Anthony chose the full package and nine months later, those beautiful blondes officially became part of the Owens “Forever Family”. One month after that, their son Harrison was born and very shortly after that, Anderson and Karrington came along to complete the Owens’ family…..or at least that’s what everyone else thought. Although the Owens family was settled on the outside, there was still a stirring in Owens Kids their hearts to adopt, again. The Owens’ feel strongly that adoption is a mandate from God. They know that God has called His people to care for the orphans and they don’t take that lightly. Although Anthony & Krystal knew they would adopt, again, they always assumed it would be another domestic adoption. However, God began to burden them for the special-needs children, overseas. It is the desire of the entire Owens’ family to rescue as many orphans as possible from a life of uncertainty and shower them with love, stability, hope in Christ, and a future…as well as a momma, a daddy, three sisters, and two brothers.

8/6/14—FINAL TRIP AUGUST 23

 

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KYLE and KALEB for the Anzaldua family — NC

 photo fwbutton150.pngkyleoct2012-croppedKaleb_profile photoMark and Nuria Anzaldua, also known as Janeth, are high school sweet hearts which have been married for 8 years and have 4 beautiful children and one has Down Syndrome. Mark is in the Marine Corps, and has been for about 8 years and plans to make it a career and Janeth is currently a medical assistant/EMT. They are stationed in North Carolina, but have orders to relocate to California next summer. Mark and Janeth did not plan to adopt but somehow ended up on Reeces Rainbow looking at the pictures of all the children that are in need of a family. Searching through the older kids pictures they saw this little boy that resembled their son so much and could not help but feel this overwhelming sadness in their heart for him. From that point on all they did was think about him, and how he would fit perfectly in their family. Without thinking twice they decided they need to bring him home. He was going to be an Anzaldua! God was telling them this was their son and they needed to save him, to bring him home where he belongs, not in a mental institute.

Mark and Janeth, as well as their children, are very excited to bring this little boy into their family and give him the love he deserves.

8/10/14—WAITING FOR COURT

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at dschangedmyife.blogspot.com

 

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