During 22 years of marriage the Davis Family raised 4 children from Denise’s first marriage, two children from Gary’ first marriage and have 15 grandchildren they love. Through years of infertility treatments, IVF, several miscarriages, the loss of twins Gary and Denise decided to adopt. After studying adoption for 10 long years they decided on Ukraine. After visiting the many orphanages they knew in their hearts their children were waiting for them.
In May of 2001 they took a Leap of Faith and went independently to Ukraine. They compiled all their own paperwork and visited the National Adoption Center in Kiev.
They traveled to Odessa where they met their precious Makayla. At that time Makayla could barely walk nor could she talk. Makayla is now 16 years old dances and does not shut up. Makayla’s diagnoses are Beckweider Syndrome and NF1.
The Davis’s decided to return to Ukraine to adopt a child they met during a visit to an orphanage in Uzhgorod and they returned on May 2002 where they adopted their son Patrick. Patrick weighted less than 8 pounds at age 2 years and Patrick now age 14 years weighing almost 100 pounds. His diagnoses are Aspergers, Mild CP, Epilepsy and seizure disorders. Both children are beautiful and loving children which the Davis’ thank the Lord daily for his blessings.
As time passed they met Andrea the founder of Reeces Rainbow and viewed her site over and over. A few years later as much heart searching they decided to adopt a child Reeces Rainbow had listed. With their hearts for children with special needs they knew this was the organization to find their next child. As both their hearts lead them to travel to Bulgaria to adopt the most beautiful little girl curly headed, silly girl there was. And they decided to named her Chrissie after a dear friend’ daughter Chrissie that passed. And on May 2012 they brought home Chrissie from Bulgaria and their lives have never been the same.
With their hearts still in love with the many children in Bulgaria they returned to adopt Jake and Gennie in 2013. Both Gennie and Jake have cystic fibrosis and very malnourished. Shortly after their arrival home their precious baby girl Gennie has passed from CF complications and her small heart had failed. During this pass year their hearts have ached for their little daughter Gennie. As her bed sits filled with dolls and teddy bears they knew it was now time to adopt another little girl.
With three precious little Angels in Heaven they have led us back to go back to Eastern Europe and decided to chose another little girl off of Reeces Rainbow name Carrie Ann. Little Carrie Ann has Spina Bifida like the Davis’ daughter little Chrissie. With their being over 147 million orphans in our world our Lord has guided our family to this little girl to bring home. Please follow the Davis’s Adoption Blog and follow their journey in bringing home this precious little girl Carrie Ann.
4/17/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomealittleangel.blogspot.com
Alda is able to walk independently.
She will be available in September 2014 when she turns 5 years old.
4/14/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.adopttimmy.com
Has a journey of hope grant through agency of $3,500
Yerick is a very active and social boy. His caretaker describes him as shy, but friendly. He is a good student who is focused and has great potential. He attends 6th grade, reads and writes, and is very independent. Yerick likes to play sports, including hacky sack, soccer, and basketball. Yerick has a sensitive special need. He has not had any surgeries yet and he identifies as a boy.
Yerick lives with a foster family. When he reached school age, he was accepted by a primary school near his foster family’s home. After going to school, he cherishes learning opportunities. His academic performance is not great, but he is a hard worker. Yerick has a strong sense of participation in collective activities. He will actively take the initiative to take part in the project. In one spring game, Yerick got the group first place in the “relay race” event and got his own personal third in skipping events. During the competition, students and their teachers are all his cheering to inspire him. He felt very happy. Through the games he recognized his value, Which enhanced his sense of belonging and accomplishment. He is also very positive and shows concern for the teachers and other students by sharing snacks with them. Everyone likes to associate with him. At home, he can set the table, sweep after a meal, stack his own small quilts, and help take care of the little sister in the family.
Has an agency grant of $3,500 available
Sweet Sonny is post-operative cleft lip and palate and deaf. Sonny is generally a happy boy, but will cry when he feels wronged. The agency staff observed that he had good interaction with his caretaker. He attends a boarding school for deaf children. He likes doing math problems. Sonny is often bullied by a group of girls, but does not fight back. His caretakers say he shuts down when he is angry. His cleft lip and palate have been repaired. He has good physical and mental development. He can make sounds to communicate and is very independent. He is an affectionate and cuddly little guy!
Kellin is a beautiful baby who was in a foster care home for children with visual impairments for 10 months in 2012. He improved so much during that time, he went from being a weak, unhappy baby to being a fat, happy baby! He loves to be cuddled and loves to speak baby babble and play with his lips so that they make sounds, and he repeats words. He learned how to crawl and to stand and he started to walk holding hands with one of his ayis. Since he has been back at his orphanage, he has been very unhappy. Kellin cries all of the time and he does not receive the care and attention that he needs. He mostly lies in his crib all day and he cries. This is such a different baby to the boy when he was when he was in a loving foster home and we know that with the love and attention of a family, he will return to his happy, healthy self.
*An agency grant of $5,000 is available*
Addie is dearly favored by one of the adoption officials who desires for her to have a loving family and good future. Addie is very artistic and likes to paint. She is also quite smart! Addie wants a family of her own more than anything!! Although Addie has paraplegia of both lower limbs, both of her hands are very flexible and her mental development is normal. Addie lives with a foster family and she has formed a deep bond with the family. Addie is outgoing, bright, and inquisitive. She has great expressive language and understanding ability and likes to communicate with others and to express herself. She can write, recite a lot of poems and does things seriously. Addie has great receptive ability, likes imitating, and is a sensible child. She likes playing with kids, listening to music, and drawing. She gets along very well with the foster family and her teachers. Everyone likes her a lot.
Update from 2013:
Joaquin is walking with support. He can reach out, grabs and holds a toy, putting it in one hand and then the other. He plays continuously. He gets alive at attention, becomes angry at separation, when upset, he cries continuously and is hard to be calmed down. He is active and calm. He can pronounce syllables- ba-ba. The child’s psychomotor development is delayed under all indicators. He has a good emotional status.
Boy, born December 2011
postoperative lumbosacral meningomyelocele; hydrocephalus; Chiari deformity; left down limb deformity with paralysis; nervous bladder
Gabriel has delayed limb and intelligence development. At the age of 3 months, he could smile if being teased and could turn his head. At the age of 6 months, the center arranged his rehabilitation training. He could control his head,turn over, could not sit alone, had right lower limb deformity, club feet, and normal left lower limb. At the age of 9 months, he could grasp his toys, hold his bottle to drink, and smile at familiar people. At the age of 1 year, he could imitate adult’s action, hit the toy blocks, and giggle if happy. At the age of 1.5 years, he could sit alone after a period of rehabilitation training, crawl and stand with holding, but still could not walk. Now he can imitate speaking, understand simple directions, and can recognize some common objects. Gabriel is open, lovely, likes music and toys, and likes playing games with familiar people. He can smile if happy and can wave his hands and feet when he hears the music. He has built stable and close relationships with the care takers.
Their adoption process began sooner than they imagined thanks to a dream Carmen had been having since before her and Ryan were married (or even knew each other!). Carmen had the same recurring dreams for several years where she arrived home to the Nashville airport with her newly adopted daughter. The beautiful girl had gorgeous darker skin and dark wavy hair on her sweet head, she also had significant special needs, and was met with tears of joy and prayers by Carmen’s family at the airport. Fast-forward a few years after having this same dream over and over again, and while looking at the sweet children on an adoption advocacy site, THERE SHE WAS! THE SWEET GIRL CARMEN HAD BEEN DREAMING ABOUT! Thankfully, she already had a family coming for her, but Ryan and Carmen took her to be their sweet little angel who was telling them now was the time to begin their adoption journey. And so they did. One day while praying for the children and families of Reece’s Rainbow, Carmen scrolled down a page to have her husband grab her hand and exclaim, “Why hasn’t anyone adopted her yet?!” he repeated this several time until Carmen smiled and said, “I don’t know, maybe because we’re supposed to?” And that was it-the beginning of the journey to bring “Hallie”/Lu (soon to be Lucy if she wants a new name!) home. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan are not actually that big of “I love Lucy” fans, they just thought giving her the name “Lucy” would be a great way to keep her Chinese name incorporated into a name given to her by her forever mommy and daddy)
See, Carmen is the weepy emotional sort and Ryan is the confident strong one–it makes for a great balance in this crazy little journey of life and adoption. Carmen is also the fiercely outspoken passionate one and Ryan is the gentle humble one–making yet another perfect balance in the crazy little thing called love. Carmen traveled to Afghanistan a year and half after 9/11/2011 to teach in newly gender-integrated classrooms, she has also been to Burma to set up day medical clinics in secret house churches, rocked babies in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and lived briefly in Uganda. After having seen so much pain and suffering, she decided she was either part of the problem or part of the solution–impassioning her even more. Once when talking to a friend about how she could possibly maintain a quiet and gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:4) when she’s seen so much injustice and suffering she was handed this ditty: “if you see suffering and injustice, you better shout it from the rooftops”-and that’s what she’s been doing ever sense, shouting it from the rooftops. (“fun” fact: while teaching in Afghanistan, Carmen had the taliban sit on on several of her classes; luckily she doesn’t scare easily, unless it involves spiders-then her life is over )
Ryan is the operations manager for the Home Depot and is always looking for ways to bless the immediate community around him, from donating crates upon crates of watermelon to the homeless mission to doing workshops with individuals with special needs. He is generous and humble-hearted: whenever Carmen approaches him with a way to “save the world (for somebody)” he listens and plans with her on how to do just that. (fun fact: Carmen sometimes convinces Ryan and a few of his coworkers to come and do a mini-workshop with her preschoolers, and one time they made bug catchers and told Ryan they wanted to catch black widows and poisonous snakes in it–Carmen did the important thing and taught them later that snakes are actually referred to as “venomous” and explained the difference–there is always a learning opportunity!).
Since Ryan and Carmen had only been married a year when they began the process to become a forever mommy and daddy to a sweet child on RR, they had to write a letter requesting a waiver (China requires you be married for 2 years). Remember how Carmen has a knack for writing with tons of emotion and being weepy and incredibly impassioned, well she wrote such a letter and pled her (and her husband’s) case, and…it was approved! Then a few weeks later the PA came, and now their are giddy new parents-to-be of a sweet 10 year old. (fun fact: Carmen and Ryan’s first dance was supposed to be to “Fools Rush In”–because, well, that’s what happened, remember the first “fun fact”?, but someone started the playlist before they got to the reception, so they didn’t)
They feel truly blessed, and look forward to walking through this journey with such a beautiful community (Carmen wants to make sure you know that is you!)
Change the world, for somebody.
4/11/2014—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at beforeievenknewyou.blogspot.com