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CARLY and TYLER for the Long family — AL

long carly tylerKevin and Anna Long have been married for almost 17 years. They met in college on a blind date to the Army-Navy game and the rest is history! They became parents to 4 biological children;a boy and three girls. Kevin served 7 years in the Army as a helicopter pilot and was deployed to Afghanistan when his fourth child was born. Once Kevin left the military and joined the civilian world, they started thinking about adoption. They had become Christians in 2005, and the Lord was ultimately changing their hearts regarding their family.

In 2009, they took the foster training necessary in their county and became foster-to-adopt parents. They had several babies of different ages in their home over the course of two years, but it was their very first foster child, a baby girl, that remained for that entire time, and they were able to adopt.

They closed their file with the county when the Lord blessed them to be able to move south, where they had originally started their family. Upon arrival in their new area, Kevin and Anna looked into embryo adoption and the Lord saw fit to bless them with their now two year old girl, through her adoption as a 5 day old embryo!

Late this past winter, Kevin and Anna began looking into international special needs adoption. They had recently completed their domestic home study, but it seemed that this was not their intended path, as doors kept closing regarding children they were looking into. Gazing through the children listed on the various special needs adoption sites, they were initially daunted by the international process, but upon finding ‘Tyler’ and then ‘Carly,’ they could not help but rethink that!

Both Tyler and Carly have Down Syndrome and are located in Asia. They no doubt have numerous emotional and definitely physical needs that will need intense care and nurture. Kevin and Anna are willing and ready to pursue anything that these children need. The entire family is excitedly looking forward to the day that they can welcome them home!

1/4/17 —DOSSIER LOGGED IN on DEC 28, 2016

$533.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Child for the Bloom Family — AL

The Bloom family is heading back to adopt again, this time for one last extra special girl. This is an adoption built on miracles. Our family met her during a previous adoption. She was a lonely girl confined to a crib. Everyone thought she couldn’t be adopted. Everyone thought she had already aged out. Her health has been deteriorating quickly. Our family began making inquiries as to how we could care for her within her own country. We began talking about plans to move our family to her. Everyone thought she was ineligible for adoption. But we were wrong! It is not too late; she CAN be adopted. Her paperwork is being prepared now. This is just the beginning. Many more miracles are needed to get this special girl home where she can receive love and immediate medical care.

We have been racing through paperwork at record speeds. This is going to be a “hurry up and wait” process, where we rush as much as possible, then sit tight until her paperwork is finally completed. We are praying things move just as quickly on her end. She has waited in a crib for nearly 16 years, without hope. She has hope now. We are coming.

11/23/16—DOSSIER in PROCESS

$5,399.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TYLER for the Waller family — AL

Tyler (2)Jason and Rebekah Waller have been married for almost 14 years and have 4 beautiful children.  Adoption was only something they had discussed briefly as a “maybe one day” or “we might eventually” kind of notion.  One day, after following a Reece’s Rainbow link a friend had posted on facebook, Rebekah came face to face with Tyler.  She immediately felt a connection, but knew she couldn’t make that decision alone. After weeks of crying, praying, and constantly thinking about this precious boy, Jason agreed that they should contact someone for more info.

It’s been tough, but they can already see the great rewards.  Their kids (especially the oldest) are super excited!  Please pray for the process and for sweet Tyler.

9/22/16—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 21

$3,644.09 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SARAH JANE for the Cantrell family — AL

Sarah JaneCantrellBen and Brandi Cantrell have always known that they would adopt. After each of their biological children they talked about adopting. After their fourth biological child, they adopted domestically. When he was just a few months old, Brandi felt like they were supposed to adopt again. This time, a child with special needs. Ben wasn’t on board just yet to adopt a child who has down syndrome. Brandi saw a little girl on a waiting child page and felt like that she was suppose to find out about this little girl. Brandi showed Ben. Shortly after, the kids started playing basketball for the season. There were two kids playing and cheering. Ben had never been around a child who had down syndrome. Brandi saw him watching the two kids closely. Shortly after, Ben told Brandi, that he thought they were suppose to adopt the little girl that Brandi saw on the waiting child page, that has down syndrome. Ben and Brandi and their five children are so excited to bring home Sarah Jane, later this year. Any donations, are greatly appreciated!

1/6/17—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 2

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

$2,434.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAURA for the Hadley family — AL

Laura Photo 3 Mar-2015AThe Hadley’s adoption journey is the culmination of a long awaited heart’s desire. Jon and Kari had discussed adopting or fostering multiple times. However, God was clear that the time was never right either through multiple military moves and deployments or Kari’s numerous (4) pregnancies. Then after the birth of their 4th son, Kari began to look for ways to use her love of running to help children in need. It was during the registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon that Kari found RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome). Kari has always had a heart and passion for children and adults with Down Syndrome and a longing to maybe one day adopt a special needs child. Partnering with RODS allowed Kari to use her running in advocacy and awareness for children that captured her heart. Kari was glad she was helping a child with Down Syndrome find a forever home. When Kari joined RODS, Laura was not the RODS Orphan. Shortly after joining RODS, Laura became the new RODS Orphan. Kari immediately felt a draw towards Laura but it was a few months before she really began to try to find out more about her. Kari soon began to feel that God was directing her toward Laura but did not know how Jon would feel about an international special needs adoption. Jon was certainly surprised when Kari suggested that they adopt Laura. Jon requested Kari get more information on the process and Laura and from there things just took off. Every question asked was answered in a way that led Jon and Kari to feel that this was what they were called to do. All the information they could find on Laura only confirmed for Kari that she was the daughter God was giving them. Kari and Jon are now trying to bring Laura home in record time to join her four anxiously awaiting brothers.

11/10/16—FIRST TRIP NOVEMBER 15

$5,040.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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AMOS, DAISY, LEE and VIOLET for the Bloom family — AL

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The entire Bloom family is thrilled to be adopting again! In 2014, with the help of Reece’s Rainbow, they added four older boys with special needs to their family. 2 of them had been living in a group home, 1 had spent his entire life in a crib in a laying down room, and 1 had already aged out and would have been transferred to a very bad place. All 4 of them have thrived since coming home. Now they can’t wait to do it again with your help!

They sent in paperwork to be able to adopt another aging out child, a friend of their son who is headed to the same place. They are moving as quickly as possible to get to Amos because he has already turned 16.

The Bloom family will also be bringing home Daisy! Daisy has spent most of her life in a crib. She was scheduled to become unadoptable due to changes at the group home she was moved into, but instead will be adopted by the Blooms.

Lee is another child from a laying down room who the Bloom family spent time with during their last adoption. His medical condition is possibly complicated and he urgently needs medical care that he is not receiving in the orphanage.

Violet is a very sweet and gentle older girl with special needs. She was a friend of the boys who had lived in the group home. She will be a very loved addition to the Bloom family as well.

Any prayers and support you can offer are very appreciated!

9/8/16—APPOINTMENT IS OCTOBER 27

*** $1140 MATCHING GRANT!  Once FSP reads $33,765, a donor will give the remaining funds they need to be fully funded for their adoption! ***

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

$36,152.07 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVERETT, OLSON and COLLEEN for the Enskat family — AL

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Alina (Colleen) 2013

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

ANGEL & MILO for the Dahlen family–AL

The Dahlen family lives in Birmingham, AL.  Michael is a mechanical engineer, and Brandy homeschools the children, teaches at a local university, and also volunteers her time working with exchange students, including students from Russia and Ukraine.  The couple has lived outside of the country and love to travel and learn about different cultures.  Their biological children are Nathan (13), Anna Faith (7), Samuel (5), Abigail (forever 2), and Eli (7 months).  Abigail was hit by a car and killed 7 months ago.  This tragedy was unexpected and very painful to the family, but as a family, the Dahlen’s have refused to allow Abigail’s tragic death to prevent preceding with their calling to adopt.  Michael and Brandy have both felt called to adopt since they were married.  Both have read and followed the blogs on Reece’s Rainbow for a long time and have dreamed of their own opportunity to adopt.  After thoroughly praying over a sweet little Eastern European girl, they finally decided to listen to that call and pursue adoption.  The children are thrilled to welcome a sister.  Although this sister will not replace the one they lost, they feel this adoption journey will be a beautiful legacy left by Abigail–a legacy of Hope and of love, not of destruction.    The Dahlen family lives in Birmingham, AL.  Michael is a mechanical engineer, and Brandy homeschools the children, teaches at a local university, and also volunteers her time working with exchange students, including students from Russia and Ukraine.  The couple has lived outside of the country and love to travel and learn about different cultures.  Their biological children are Nathan (13), Anna Faith (7), Samuel (5), Abigail (forever 2), and Eli (7 months).  Abigail was hit by a car and killed 7 months ago.  This tragedy was unexpected and very painful to the family, but as a family, the Dahlen’s have refused to allow Abigail’s tragic death to prevent preceding with their calling to adopt.  Michael and Brandy have both felt called to adopt since they were married.  Both have read and followed the blogs on Reece’s Rainbow for a long time and have dreamed of their own opportunity to adopt.  After thoroughly praying over a sweet little Eastern European girl, they finally decided to listen to that call and pursue adoption.  The children are thrilled to welcome a sister.  Although this sister will not replace the one they lost, they feel this adoption journey will be a beautiful legacy left by Abigail–a legacy of Hope and of love, not of destruction.    
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 Follow the Dahlen family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.hopeinthegrief.blogspot.com

 

 

 

JOVAN for the Bedford Family — AL

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Our second adoption was a quick and easy process. Our timeline was less than 4 months from the date we committed to adopt until we were home from Serbia with our son.  Grifyn is an absolute delight! He is charming and very smart. In just a few short weeks home, he is saying words in Elnglish, using sign language and following simple requests with verbal cues. He has bonded beautifully with our family. We are already seeing the advantages of having 2 children with Down Syndrome and we are so very thankful that our boys will grow up together.

Our family will be forever grateful to the ministry of Reece’s Rainbow for helping us to find Grifyn and Xander. We are so very blessed to be their parents and we are looking forward to watching them grow and reach their full potential.

NAUM (Xander) for the Bedford Family — AL

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Xander 2015

Xander 2015

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The question that we always get asked about our adoption is “Why would you choose a child with Down syndrome?” My simple answer is always this: “We prayed, God answered and we obeyed.” And our family has been blessed beyond measure through our obedience. We have a perfect little boy with a sparkle in his eye that reminds me each time I look at him that there is no price to be put on the life of a child. Our adoption journey took just 2 days shy of 8 months from the day we found Reece’s Rainbow. At times it seemed like an emotional rollercoaster, but the ride was well worth the end result: our forever child. I consider it an honor to say that I am the mother of this precious gift from God. We are looking forward to the challenges and rewards of extra chromosomes!

GINA and LOUISA for the Andrews Family — AL

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Our adoption journey this time was very eventful. We arrived in Bogota, Colombia on May 27th and received our newest girls on Monday.   Their names are Lilyanna Hope and Gabriella Joy.  Our meeting was fantastic and they adjusted very well. The Lord sent us two very precious girls and we know they are meant to be a part of our family. We have now been home for 3 weeks and are still adjusting. We have been running to DR’s appointments and just spending time as a family. Our stay in Colombia lasted one month and then we returned to Alabama.  We feel it is such a honor to be the parents to children with Down Syndrome, and we just love watching them grow and develop each and every day. It is like watching a caterpillar in a cocoon and turning into this beautiful butterfly. they are all unique and have many hidden dreams just ready to share with the world. You may read about our family in the July 31st edition of Woman’s Day Magazine that will hit newsstands on July 24th.

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