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NORAH for the Garvin family — WA

NorahNate and Sanae reside in the Seattle area with four wonderful boys. Though God has always surrounded them at church with families who’ve adopted special needs children, they never seriously considered adopting a child themselves – perhaps because of the trials they were facing –unemployment, finances, and health and perhaps because they felt they had a full house. Last year, God specifically called Sanae to consider adopting a girl with a special need. At first, she was scared and fearful of the unknowns, so she started praying. God quickly filled her heart with the joy and excitement of being blessed with a long awaited daughter! After all, Sanae felt, this is not very different from being surprise-blessed with biological children. God then worked in Nate’s heart over the next several weeks. Now they are both anxious to bring their beautiful little girl from Asia! The boys? They have been ecstatic from the very first suggestion. “Norah” will be well loved by all the sweet, big brothers, the parents, the grandparents as well as our church family who are all waiting for her arrival.

The Garvin family (including little “Norah”) are forever grateful for the donations already made by many people through RR and though RODS.

1/17/17 —COMPILING DOSSIER

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NOLAN for the Messenger-Carr family — NV

nolan-2016It seems only natural for a person who grew up knowing and loving two people with disabilities to want to become an advocate. Darla grew up with her beloved Uncle Phil, who had a head injury and her step brother Tony, who has Down Syndrome.

While searching for information about her stepbrother Tony, Darla stumbled upon Reeces Rainbow. The very first child she ever saw was a 6 year old boy who had just been listed and his name was “Nolan.” Nolan had sustained a head injury as a young toddler. It was the wrong time for her to adopt, having just had a baby, going through a business lawsuit over her IP and with a mother who had a terminal illness, all she could do was advocate. Fate would take many turns, including inaccessibility during war, but God is faithful and now she can finally go and get Nolan, who is now 12. They also hope to bring home a little girl from Nolan’s area who has captured their hearts.

Darla and Drew have been together since 1997 and have 4 children together, ages 7, 10, 13 and 16. Darla has older children who are now grown and have families of their own. They hosted Nolan in the summer of 2016 and though he can be quite a handful, he is also a smart, loving, funny boy and they are anxious to bring him home, love him and give him a family and begin work on reversing the damage that happens to children who have been institutionalized.

1/16/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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ANDERSON for the Linke family — MD

AndersonMarkus and Sarah Linke met at church 11 years ago and have now been married for 8 years. A lot has happened in their 8 years of marriage; from experiencing miscarriages, to dealing with infertility, to the adoption of their miracle baby Hope in 2013.

In the beginning of their relationship, long before they experienced infertility, Markus and Sarah realized they had a common desire to adopt. And in 2013, less than 2 years after they experienced the heartache of miscarriages, their baby girl Hope practically fell into their laps. She is by far the biggest blessing in their lives. In 2015, when Hope was 2 years old, they saw the profile of a little boy with special needs and decided to try to adopt again. But just as they were nearing the end of their home study, the foster family decided to adopt the little boy.  So they decided to put adoption on hold for a little while. Late in 2016, they saw “Anderson’s” profile on Reece’s Rainbow, a little boy with special needs  available for adoption. Yes, the thought of the adoption falling through again crossed their minds. There is no guarantee in adoption; there are always risks. But they knew they had to try again! They have room in their hearts and home for more children, and Hope is so very excited to be a big sister!

Markus and Sarah feel so blessed and are thrilled to be on this adoption journey! They would greatly appreciate your prayers and welcome any financial support as they work hard to bring their son home as quickly as they can.

1/16/17 —HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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BRIDGET for the Townsend family — IN

Bridget (2)Ben and Amber have been blessed with a blended family that includes 5 children: two teenaged girls and three teenaged boys. They have been praying for a few years about expanding their family via adoption however they knew it had to be in God’s timing and not theirs.

Ben’s cousin who has adopted six children from overseas advocates for different children and happened to one day share a post about a girl from Asia who was best friends with their newly adopted daughter. Immediately Ben was overcome with a feeling that this was their daughter and called Amber to talk about this beautiful little girl. Within days they had contacted an agency and shortly afterwards received pre-approval to adopt “Bridget” — soon to be named Emmalee.

The entire family is excited to be adding another child to the mix. They know when we wait on God that amazing things happen. It is only through his grace and mercy that Ben and Amber will be able to go through this process and hopefully soon bring their daughter home.

1/13/17 —HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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CHANCE for the Chinchak family — FL

chanceHello! We are the Chinchak Family from Central Florida and we hope to be the Forever Family for a special little boy in Eastern Europe. It is such an honor to be returning to Reece’s Rainbow for this adventure.

Throughout 2015 we worked especially hard to earn the privilege to become the family to a little boy, also from Eastern Europe, who has Down Syndrome. We can not express how much he has brightened our lives and our home. What a joy it would be to add another child to our home.

Throughout the the upcoming year we will again be fundraising, making and baking, and sowing into the needs of other families and we are excited!

If you feel led to assist us in this journey we would appreciate anything and everything you can offer. God Bless and Happy New Year!

1/11/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at ASecondChanceFamily.blogspot.com

$1,160.98 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MILA for the Perry family — KY

milaRobbie and Kasey Perry are high school sweethearts now married for thirteen years. They have six biological children –first five boys and one baby girl- and knew they had more love to give. Both parents have always had a heart for adoption, believing adoption to be the theme of the Gospel, and after Kasey watched a close friend go through the process just recently, they prayerfully decided now’s the time.

Believing that every child is deserving of the love of a family, and knowing children with special needs often have a harder time finding homes, Robbie and Kasey knew they wanted to adopt a child with needs, and began searching Reece’s Rainbow. “Mila” caught the family’s attention pretty quickly, and she felt like a great match. A sister for their daughter! Close in age, too!

It is with great JOY they announce this anticipated, sweet new addition into their forever family! The family humbly requests your prayer as they continue to fundraise for adoption costs and, especially, prayer for “Mila” as she will be adjusting to life outside of her orphanage, and will receive medical care for her diagnosis when she’s home.

“We didn’t give you the gift of life – Life gave us the gift of you.” -unknown

1/10/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at arrowsofpraise.blogspot.com

$51.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CARRIE for the Wilde Family — UT

carrie-2016Shannon first discovered international adoption – and Reece’s Rainbow – in 2008 after a heartbreaking miscarriage. She instantly knew adopting internationally was something she wanted to do, but Troy wasn’t so sure. After serving as missionaries in Haiti (Troy) and Paraguay (Shannon), they knew first-hand the difference that good medical care, good nutrition and love made in the lives of children – but Troy felt they were busy enough with their 4 children and worried about the cost and risks involved. Two more miscarriages and finally a surprise baby boy followed over the next 8 years, but the dream of adopting a child in need never left Shannon’s heart – and the reluctance to adopt never left Troy’s!

And then they saw her face …. When they saw Carrie’s photo, they both knew they had to do everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible! Instead of the planned second honeymoon for their 20th anniversary in 2017, they hope to travel to Eastern Europe instead to bring Carrie home where she will be welcomed by an older sister (17) and 4 older brothers (15-5). Shannon waited 2,434 days for Troy’s “yes” – and all along he was just waiting for the right little one to come along!

1/4/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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 Family for PEARL

pearl-2016We have been thinking about adoption for a few years now but never really felt ready to take the leap of faith, until we saw the pictures of a little girl with a shy grin and the most adorable yellow bows in her hair. She looked like our daughter, and a perfect fit for our family. Pearl is already very much loved in our crazy household, by her mommy and daddy, two sets of grandparents, her 3 siblings, and a very large extended family. We can’t wait to bring her home! We have submitted our dossier to Pearl’s country and are eagerly awaiting travel dates. We are thankful to everyone who is willing to support us in making our adoption dream a reality!

1/3/17 —DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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MOLLIE for the Wheaton family — IL

Mollie updateKim lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois.  She has four daughters, two biological and two whom she adopted internationally.  She considers her daughters to be the biggest blessing of her life!

This past summer, Kim and her daughters decided to participate in a summer hosting program, hosting a 12 year old orphan for four weeks.  When she first saw “Mollie’s” picture in her email, Kim was drawn to her.  Then during the four week visit, Kim and all her daughters fell in love with Mollie and knew she was meant to be a part of their family!

Despite her hard first years, living in an orphanage, Mollie is sweet and kind with a heart of gold.  She fits perfectly into their family and Kim and her daughters look forward to the day when she is home forever!

12/30/16 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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GWEN for the Myatt family — NC

Gwen 10-29-15 (5) resizedThe Myatt family is so excited to be adopting. This has been a dream of Stephanie’s since she was a young girl in 5th grade. Tommy and Stephanie have been married for 11 years and have 3 biological children: Dylan (12), Bryson (9) and Cohen (5).

Tommy is a Calibrations Engineer for a titanium company where he has worked for almost 10 years. Stephanie is a homeschool mom and also works for a non-profit orphan hosting program. With baseball for Dylan, drums for Bryson and karate for Cohen, the family’s life is full, but they are so excited to welcome a sweet girl into their family now. They welcome all the pink and frilly things into their world!!

Earlier this year they had decided to adopt from Asia and were considering submitting a dossier and waiting on an LID child, but then found Gwen on Reece’s Rainbow and fell totally in love. After speaking with many doctors about her special needs, they knew that she was their daughter!! They are anxiously filling out paperwork and raising funds to bring her home and would appreciate your love, prayers and support.

12/24/16 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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NINA for the Englert Family — VA

Karen is a licensed professional counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with children and families for over 20 years now. Through her career plans have progressed over time and even is able to run her private practice from her home now, there is something missing in her life — a child. She expected to be married with children of her own by now, but when life didn’t work out that way, Karen set her sights on choosing to offer a forever home to an older waiting child who has never had parents to call her own.

Karen began her search for a child who would best fit into her family and feels that God led her to “Nina,” a 12 year old girl from Eastern Europe, who has spent her entire life since she was six months old in the foster care system. Nina is described as a very caring, grateful, generous and sensitive child who also loves animals and just recently told her foster mother that she “really wants a dog!” Karen has adopted four rescue dogs that she uses in her therapy work with clients! Nina is also very excited about being adopted!

Given her professional background working with tough adolescents, Karen is uniquely prepared to help Nina transition as smoothly as possible to a new home and country. What Karey does need help with, however, is the daunting task of raising enough funds to cover the formidable fees required for international adoption. Your prayers and contributions are deeply appreciated and would enable this dream to happen! Thank you, and may God bless you!

12/20/16 —HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

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DANIEL for the Hatcher family — WV

Amanda and Joe’s adoption journey started with a dream – literally. Three and a half years ago, the same night, they both dreamt they had another little boy (besides their -then- one and a half year old son). Both Amanda and Joe had always considered adoption; Amanda was adopted as an older child from foster care at the age of 15. Joe has extended family that came into the family through adoption.

For three years Joe and Amanda wondered when and where they would be lead to adopt from. Finally in April 2016 their son was revealed to them, through one of Amanda’s close friends, Tiffany.

Tiffany adopted her son, Elias (Pepe) through the help of Reece’s Rainbow in the beginning of 2015. Tiffany learned Elias had a foster brother, Daniel, who had been with him since birth. The boys moved through different foster homes together, and their only true separation was when Tiffany adopted Elias. After learning of Daniel and how close he and Elias were, she started inquiring about adopting him as well. However, after visiting him in early 2016, Tiffany realized her limitations as a single mom and decided to find him a forever family instead.

Daniel turned out to be the same boy Joe and Amanda had dreamed of three years earlier!

Joe and Amanda started the adoption process for Daniel in April 2016. God has confirmed many times for them that this is the boy they are supposed to adopt.

Daniel is 9 years old and, like Elias, has some special needs. Daniel has cognitive delays, hearing loss, and speech delays, among other needs. Part of Daniel’s special needs were a result of a traumatic birth. Daniel also used a feeding tube for a portion of his early life, but now eats solid foods without help!

Joe, Amanda and their two biological children are excited about giving Daniel the loving forever family and home he deserves. Joe and Amanda are seeking assistance in raising the final $20,000 they need to bring Daniel home.

12/19/16 —DOSSIER AWAITING TRANSLATION

$2,240.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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3 Siblings for the Howell Family — WA

howell-trioJustin and Codi Howell are high school sweethearts who have now been married for nine years. Codi has wanted to have a large family and to pursue adoption ever since she was a little girl and Justin was adopted himself. Adoption has always been something that is close to their hearts.

The Howells currently have four children at home and one in heaven. Anna is seven, Levi is four, Amelia is three, and Claire is two. Both Amelia and Claire have Down syndrome. The couple adopted Amelia from Eastern Europe in 2015. She has thrived in their home and the Howells feel so blessed to be her parents. Their daughter, Emelyn, was born with a very rare condition and passed away due to complications in 2010.

In May 2016, while scrolling through her Facebook news feed, Codi saw a picture of a sibling group that was available for summer hosting. Not knowing much about hosting but feeling a tug on her heart and an instant connection to the children in the picture, Codi sent the picture and summary to Justin who immediately felt the same connection. It was the siblings’ last chance for hosting and the couple had just one week to raise the full amount of funds needed for the children’s hosting fees. They prayed and God provided the full amount in just THREE DAYS! The couple hosted the children in their home for five weeks. Their love for them was instantaneous and all members of the family bonded quickly and easily … it was meant to be! Saying “goodbye” to the children who so quickly became their own was one of the hardest things the couple has ever done. The Howells are working quickly to be reunited with their children.

The Howells appreciate your financial support as they, once again, “step out of the boat” in obedience.

1/11/17 —AWAITING ARTICLE 5 APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at siblingsforthehowells.blogspot.com

$8,788.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CHARLIE for the Amick family — NC

charlie-2016The Amick family is excited to be adopting again. Jeremy and Angela have been married for 17 years and have three biological boys- Nathan (12), Caleb (11) and Eli (8). They also have an adopted daughter from China- Lia (adopted in 2015). Jeremy is a pastor and Angela a nurse. They enjoy being outdoors, cooking over a fire pit, and spending time with friends and family. Life is full and energetic, but in the summer of 2016, the family realized there was a little boy that needed to join their family.

The Amicks met “Charlie” — soon to be named Isaac — during Lia’s adoption trip. He was the first child to greet the family when they visited the orphanage and stayed right by their side their entire visit. He was so glued to the family that he ended up in almost all their pictures from that visit!

In the beginning of 2016, Charlie’s adoption file was ready and having such a special place in their hearts, Jeremy and Angela began advocating for him to have a family. They prayed for him daily, posted his story on Facebook, shared his information with other friends that felt called to adopt. But, no families committed. One of the Amick children particularly asked often why their family couldn’t adopt Charlie. After several months passed, Jeremy, Angela and their children all realized they knew the forever family that was being called to adopt Charlie. They were that family!

The Amick family are hoping to welcome Charlie into their home in the Spring of 2017. He and their daughter Lia, who also shares the same special need of Down Syndrome, will be reunited after spending three and a half years together in the same room at the same orphanage. The Amicks are praying and hoping for financial provision to help bring Charlie home. The finances of adopting again was one reason Jeremy and Angela were scared to say “yes” to adopting again. But the day they signed the paperwork to adopt Charlie, they read a quote that said, “The financial burden of bringing home a child through adoption should never be a reason to not provide a forever family for a child.” Please consider partnering with the Amicks to help bring Charlie home.

12/13/16 —DOSSIER LOGGED IN 12/12

$485.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LILYA for the Colfack family — NE

LilyRex and Melissa, have been married for 20 years and have 4 children; 3 biological and one adopted daughter from China. Rex, Melissa, and their children are excited to welcome another little girl into their family. Reece’s Rainbow grabbed their hearts nearly 10 years ago and even though they loved the idea of adopting they didn’t believe international adoption was financially possible for them, and they had never even traveled by plane. God continued to work in their hearts and they knew even if they couldn’t adopt they needed to do something. As they could, they would donate to children’s grants, typically during the Angel Tree. They loved watching as children were brought into families. In 2013 they went to find which child they wanted to donate to that year and fell in love with “Susan” from China. God had a plan so they pushed away the fear and stepped out in Faith. Through the support of friends, family, grant foundations, and Reece’s Rainbow in May 2015 they got on a plane/s, and “Susan” forever joined their family. They have felt so blessed to have her as part of their family that they decided to open their hearts and home to another little girl with down syndrome. Once again they saw a picture and behind sad eyes they saw a beautiful soul and instantly fell in love. They reviewed her file and knew that she was the one and would fit their family perfectly. They decided to start a new journey and plan to go as far as God will take them. They are grateful for your prayers, donations, and feel blessed to be a part of the Reece’s Rainbow family.

1/16/17—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$53.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JONATHAN for the Ewer family — NJ

JonathanThe Ewer family has started their adoption journey to adopt a little boy named Jonathan.They are so excited to bring him home and call him their son! Along with the title son he will also gain the title of “big brother”, “little brother”, and of course gain the title of “orphan no more!”

Jonathan will not only have parents who love him but ten siblings to love him as well! Unfortunately Jonathan has been living in a place that no child should have to live. He spends his days in a room with no toys, no books, no positive interaction of any kind just a room full of boys surrounded by benches. He desperately needs medical care, dental care, an education, but most of all LOVE and a FAMILY! International adoption is very expensive but they know that this is the path God has called them on. Please help them get to their son by helping them chip away at the mountain of expenses that lies in their path! Thank you so much!

“We learned that 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.” – Radical by David Platt

12/9/16 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$213.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RUTH for the Stacey family — IA

ruth_nov2016staceyJared and Tera are the parents of four biological children and a son they adopted from Bulgaria a year ago. They are now pursuing an adoption of a young girl with Leukemia who desperately needs treatment. This little girl is also in Eastern Europe. Their adopted son, Andrew, weighed just 11 pounds when they brought him home and a year later he now weighs 31 pounds. They have watched the miracle take place in his life and him thrive. This has opened the door to them adopting again. They know that they have the love, the medical team, and the passion to make a difference in this little girl’s life. All their children are ecstatic to bring home a baby sister.

Their little girl is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant and needs to get to the US as soon as possible. Your donation will help ensure that financial reasons do not delay her care a single extra day.  Thank you!

1/16/17—WAITING FOR FIRST TRIP TRAVEL DATES
Follow the Stacey family’s adoption journey on their blog at staceyadoptionjourney.wordpress.com

$2,701.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OSCAR for the Gunther family — Canada

oscar-2016Jalena knew she should adopt from from a very young age. Growing up her parents fostered teenagers and instilled in her, a heart for caring for others. She remembers being eight years old, sitting in a blanket fort with her best friend planning their futures. Jalena was going to be a Spice Girl, have a wedding dress that rivaled princess Diana’s and she was going to adopt, because there are so many kids in this world who need families. At the age of 23 God placed adoption heavy on Jalena’s heart, she could not close her eyes to the need so she stepped out in faith to adopt her daughter Emmy from Eastern Europe. Emmy came home in December 2015, she is a joyful, funny, outgoing 2 year old with a heart of gold and a rockin extra chromosome, also known as down syndrome.

14 months ago a special 1 year old boy with down syndrome and additional complex medical needs was listed for adoption on Reece’s rainbow. At that time Jalena was in the process of adopting her daughter Emmy from the same country. A friend sent her his Reece’s Rainbow profile and her heart broke. She was looking at a little boy who was going to “fall through the cracks.” He didn’t have the best photo and he had many big special needs in addition to Down syndrome. She feared the words brain cyst, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and asthma would leave him waiting for a forever family for years. In that moment She prayed for God to find his family, to not let him fall through the cracks, for a mama to see his worth and not fear his special needs. She prayed God would move mountains to bring him a mama.

Little did Jalena know, when She said that prayer 14 months ago, God already had a plan. God had her. 14 months after seeing his face for the first time, 11 months since her daughter came home and after 7 months of working behind the scenes with only her faith to go on, God has moved mountains. Jalena is so overjoyed to share that She will be Oscar’s mama.

Jalena is so grateful for any support you can show her growing family. Pursing 2 international adoptions in less then a year, as a single mama, would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of friends, family and strangers.

1/16/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,229.18 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SARA and JACOB for the Lowman Family — NH

sara-lowmandsc00986 jacobAdoption has been on the Lowman Family’s heart for a long time….they have 11 treasures–2 home grown, 7 from NH foster care and 2 from Asia. God has knit their hearts together to make one big family where love grows! They have been blessed to be a part of this community here at Reeces Rainbow! Last year, while praying for the aging out children, they felt called to two boys being listed on the Reeces Rainbow website. What an amazing journey it has been to have these two boys join their family, experience many firsts together and to rejoice in the hope of family. When coming home from Asia with those 2 treasures, they knew that they would go back because God has given them a heart for the older aging out children. So, with all of that, they are excited to announce the addition of Sara, age 13. The newest treasure that is preparing to join the Lowman family. Their daughter ages out in March and they are racing to get there before that happens. Please consider walking beside them on their journey. They would appreciate your prayers and support.

12/8/16 —COMPILING DOSSIER
Please follow along their journey at Hoperisingfarm.blogspot.com

$737.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STEPHAN for the Johnston family — NC

StephanThe Johnston family is excited to be adopting for the second time. Chris and Julianna have been married for almost 10 years. Chris works for an international relief organization, and Julianna works at home, educating and caring for their 5 children.

One day, the couple read Stephen’s story through Wide-Awake’s post, and after learning more about him, they knew they would go as far as God would take them in bringing Stephen into their family. God graciously introduced them to the blessing of special needs when their son Isaac was born in 2010, and they have since welcomed their daughter Providence with Down syndrome into the family through adoption two years ago.

The Johnstons are uniquely blessed with a community of friends and family who support, celebrate, and value life. They are grateful for others they continue to meet through organizations like Reece’s Rainbow.

12/5/16 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$5,126.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CALINA for the Weaton family — AZ

Calina 2 (2)Chris and Amy have been married for twelve years, and have hearts for growing their family through adoption. They have five young children, aged 1-9 years old, four of whom are adopted from Ethiopia, USA and China. They believe that family is more than blood, and built through love. Though some may say their hands are full, they firmly believe their hearts have more love to share.

With joyful hearts they ask for your prayerful support as their family embarks on a new chapter of life’s journey: bringing home a ten year old daughter from Asia. They are ever thankful for all who advocated for “Calina” over the past eight years until God prepared their hearts to bring her home.

The Weatons have chosen to name her Teresa, after Saint Teresa of Calcutta, a woman who “got it” with being Christ to those around her, and inspired us to change the world with little acts of big love. St Teresa’s Feast Day is September 5th, the day Chris and Amy got engaged!

The Weatons’ yearn to have her home, but if adoption has taught them anything time and time again, it’s to trust in His timing! Until then, their five children take turns with Teresa’s picture next to them in an empty chair at the dinner table each night, and pray that she can feel their love from across the ocean.

12/5/16 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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A Family for ANDRE — NY

AndreThe Schaus family is excited to be adopting for the first time. Chris and Amanda have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful biological children – Esme (10) and Gavyn (7). They are both teachers – Chris is a high school English teacher and Amanda is a Chairperson for Special Education. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking walks in the neighborhood, and snuggling up with a good book together. Life is full of extra curricular activities, church functions, and sports, but their hearts are not full yet.

For the last year Amanda and Chris have been discussing adoption and Andre’s picture continued to resurface. But on October 23, 2016, a Facebook post by another Reece’s Rainbow adoptive parent, Natalie Tena, who was raising funds for Andre’s Christmas Miracle Maker sealed the deal and they haven’t turned back since.

The Schaus family is excited to welcome Andre into their home and their family and friends could not be more supportive. They are currently looking for prayers and support to make this adoption financially, emotionally, and spiritually successful. Andre is already a member of their family in heart and mind. Please consider partnering with them to bring him to his forever home.

11/30/16 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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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

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EMMALINE for the Millward family — NJ

emmaline-2016We are the Millward family.  Carolyn and Eddie have been married for 26 years and have two incredible boys; Christian 18 and Brian 13.  We cannot forget the other members of the family; their cat and dog Goober and Maggie.

Adoption has been a consideration for many years, but a recent blog rekindled the fire and pointed them in the direction of Reece’s Rainbow.  Soon after, a Facebook post focusing on the plight of Emmaline really struck a chord with the family.  Emmaline is an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy, and the thought of her spending the rest of her life institutionalized was not something they could accept.  A good amount of thought and even more prayer led them to the decision to move forward with the adoption.

Please pray for Emmaline that she will soon be home with her family, receiving the love and medical treatment she deserves.

“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues”  -John Stott

1/9/16 —HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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MALLORY for the Bowman family — IN

Mallory Photo 1 May 2016 - May 2016The Bowman family is excited to be adopting for the 1st time. Angie and Tim met while in college and have been blessed with 4 biological children. Their oldest daughter Allison graduated with a biology degree, and she lives in the same city as Angie and Tim. Their second daughter Brittany is currently working on her doctorate degree in physical therapy. Joshua, their third child, is studying fire science, as he wants to pursue a career as a firefighter. Their youngest son Jacob is still in high school and is an avid runner. Angie and Tim have always been committed to children in a variety of ways. Angie is a Kindergarten teacher, but ran an in-home daycare while her children were young. Tim works in management for Simon Property Group but has always been a coach and referee of youth soccer, football, and basketball.

In January 2016, Angie and Brittany were reading a Facebook story, which led them to Reece’s Rainbow. The whole family felt such empathy and compassion for the many children in need of homes, but they were particularly drawn to one beautiful little girl. Mallory is two years old and has Down syndrome. For months, Mallory’s picture and story kept tugging at their hearts until they finally said, “YES,” in May. The entire family jumped on board as the family discussed, prayed, and planned for the addition of another child to become a part of their lives. There were so many signs from God that this was what He had clearly planned for them.

The Bowman family is ecstatic to welcome Mallory into their home, and the Bowman children are thrilled to have a little sister on whom to dote. The Bowman’s cannot wait to bring Mallory home and to hold and cuddle her. They are looking forward to providing her with experiences such as zoo trips, time spent at the Children’s Museum, dance lessons, and religious education. They are also excited to celebrate holidays, read books, and play soccer and other games with her. They are currently trying to raise the adoption funds and appreciate your prayers as well as any financial support to help them bring Mallory home as soon as possible. There are no words to express how much they already love her, and they pray for her every day as they anxiously await the arrival of their newest family member.

11/18/16—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

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DONNI for the Young family — PA

Donni croppedTrevor and Jodi began their journey together in 2000, when they both stated in their premarital counseling workbook that they’d like to have three to five children. After four biological daughters, God spoke to their hearts about adoption in 2010. Over the next six years, they brought home a son and a daughter from Bulgaria and a son from China, as well as adding three more biological daughters (and to save you the math, that makes ten kids!)

Their most recent son from Asia (“Caden” on Reece’s Rainbow), was their first introduction to the blessing of children with Down Syndrome. They both fell in love with this funny, smart, determined boy, and felt, even while in country adopting him, that they had room in their family for another little boy with that magical extra chromosome.

A friend of Jodi’s had been advocating for “Donni” ever since adopting her own son from the same orphanage. As soon as they saw his photos and read his story, they knew that if they were to adopt again, this was their next son. The Lord closed some doors but opened others, and they are thrilled that this precious little boy will indeed be the next Young.

Updates to Jodi’s blog are not as frequent as they once were, thanks to many more little people to look after, but you can follow their journey at www.theyoungpages.com/jodis_blog/ Thank you for your prayers for their journey to this amazing little man!

1/16/17—AWAITING LOA

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ELLIS and TANNER for the McBride family — GA

Ellis (1)Tanner (2)Jim and Amy McBride live in rural Georgia with their two daughters and two sons who range in age from 6-16. Jim is a beloved middle/high school band director in a very small community. Amy stays home to home school two of the children and tend to their family farm.

Adoption has been an important part of their lives for many years. They have one son and one daughter who joined their family by adoption. Amy also works to advocate for orphans and has a special place in her heart for children with cleft lip/palate. That’s how the McBride family learned of Ellis and Tanner.

Amy spent a year advocating for these two boys to find a family. This summer the boys became available for hosting and the McBrides were given the opportunity to have both boys in their home for four weeks. It was a “real life” four weeks with hard moments and fun moments. The hardest moment came when the boys had to return to the orphanage. Everyone was heartbroken. It was at that time that the McBride family knew these two boys should be their sons/brothers.

We have been able to watch God open doors and provide during each step of this process. We are continuing to trust Him as we work to bring our sons home. We know it won’t be easy bringing in two 12 year old boys, but we know that He has prepared this path for us and He will walk with us through this. Would you like to join us on this journey? Would you like to help us as we open our homes and hearts to these precious boys? Thank you for any support and prayers.

12/28/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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JENIFER and JOEL for the Horn family — PA

rrpicAfter raising three bio boys, Chuck, Dan and Nick, Christine and Chuck Horn had much more love to give. China was where their hearts were when they learned of orphan hosting in the US.  The Lord opened doors and they excitedly moved forward.  In June of 2016 they hosted an amazing 8 year old boy. Joel was one of 5 incredibly brave children who came to the US in hopes of finding families and homes of their own. There were four boys and one feisty girl who had no problem keeping up with the craziness of boys! The feisty little girl was Jenifer.

Christine had an immediate, unexplainable, connection with Jenifer from the moment she watched her read the “Welcome” sign at the airport at 1:30am and excitedly use sign language to one of the boys. It was from that very minute the Lord put her in Christine’s heart. She knew Jenifer was meant to be a part of their family.

By the time they had to return to China, all of the hosted children found families, including Jenifer. And their host child, Joel, had quickly became their son. It was a blessing to know all of these special children would have families and homes of their own.

But there was still something tugging at the Horns, they called their agency, several times, and asked, “How is Jenifer’s family?” The reply was, “Great, they are perfect!” Wonderful, they were happy to know Jenifer would have the perfect family to come home to. At twelve years old, this sweet little girl had waited far too long for a family and home of her own.

Almost two and a half months after the children boarded the plane back to China, and Joel’s adoption process well under way, Christine got the call, at 3:50 on a Monday afternoon. Jenifer’s family could no longer adopt her. Her heart sank knowing this little girl lost another home, yet somehow she had known this call would be coming. Jenifer was meant to be their daughter.  Christine cried. They prayed. It was clear that the Lord had already been working. Nothing had ever been so clear: Jenifer was already a part of their family.

The Horns are grateful for the blessing of donations and prayers that are much needed to get both of their children home.

11/14/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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JOHN for the Zupfer family — WA

johnnyShawn and Jenni Zupfer have been married for 10 years and have an incredible 4 year old biological son. While they felt their family of three was complete, they knew they had more love to share and opened their hearts to international adoption. They completed their home study and were soon matched with a toddler.

When visiting their prospective child in country this past July, Jenni met a young boy named John who was at the same interim care center as their toddler. She knew instantly there was something remarkably special about this young boy after meeting him and hearing his story.

At a young age, John fell from a mango tree an injured a disc in his back, but was not able to have the medical care he needed. She learned he was a true orphan, having lost both his parents to the recent tragic Ebola outbreaks, which forced him to live on the streets in one of the country’s worst slums, and fend for himself for survival. Despite all that was working against him, he managed to keep himself in school; he is very bright. He is one of the most loving, kind, and tenderhearted young boys you will ever meet. He maintains a sweet disposition, a strong inner drive to achieve his dreams, and a desire to once again have a family to call his own. Shawn and Jenni were grateful to learn he was matched with a family so that he would have the opportunity to have a loving family, continue his education, and pursue his goals.

Recently, however, due to unforeseen circumstances and no fault of his own, the family pursuing his adoption was unable to proceed. John was left with few options as he will age out of adoption eligibility in early January 2017 and once again be on his own, and alone.

Upon learning John was in need of a family, without hesitation, Shawn and Jenni stepped forward to pursue his adoption. They quickly completed a whirlwind of paperwork and updated their home study to include a teenager. Now it is a race against time for everything to come together, including raising the remaining funds, for John to join their family.

11/29/16—USCIS APPROVED

$1,910.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MARK for the Evans family — NC

mark1Martha and Mike live on a family farm in North Carolina. They have 2 children, one of whom they found on Reece’s Rainbow way back in 2009. Their daughter was completely deaf when adopted and now hears with the aid of Cochlear Implants. They knew their adoption story was not over but had not heard clearly the call of the Lord again until 2 years ago. They hosted a boy who lived in the same country from which they adopted their daughter. The hosting did not go well, and they were unsure about how to proceed. They prayed for this child when he went back to the orphanage and helped a wonderful local family with his needs that were not being met in the orphanage. During this past winter, the Evans family visited his orphanage to provide supplies and gifts.

Then they did something they never thought they would do…. they hosted the same boy, now a teenager, again. This time, the once scared, angry boy had seen and felt unconditional love. He knew people prayed for him and believed in him. He finally knew someone cared about him. His hosting experience went MUCH better!

When he left to return to his country, the Evans family prayed about whether they were supposed to move forward to adopt him. A few months later, the answer was a YES from the Lord. This young man was to be added to the Evans family!

Mike and Martha understand the challenges to be faced by adding an older child to the family and will do all they can to equip this boy to become a man of God. He knows he is already loved by God, and the Evanses long to show him the love of a family!

11/10/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s journey on their blog thelittleredhouse.blogspot.com

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ADELAIDE for the Speck family — KS

Adelaide (2)The Speck family — Adam, Tiffany, Elijah, Avelyn, Malachai, Brynley, and Truenne — are excited to be adding to their family again, this time through adoption. While Adam and Tiffany had briefly discussed adoption when they were first married 16 years ago, the arrival of 5 biological children in a few short years and the busy life that results from a home blessed with many children, caused the idea of adopting to fall out of sight. God clearly had other plans however, and brought the idea of adopting suddenly back into the forefront of their minds this past spring, when a friend unexpectedly introduced them to Reece’s Rainbow. One beautiful child immediately caught Tiffany’s eye, and she and Adam began to pray and discuss the idea of adopting this child with special needs.

Over the following several weeks, the more they prayed and discussed adopting, the more God confirmed that this plan was from Him– through an unexpected sermon series (about adoption and foster care) at their church, random interactions with strangers who spontaneously shared adoption or foster stories of their own on an almost daily basis, and devotional topics discussing our own adoption into God’s family through salvation. After several months of praying to confirm that this idea of adoption was truly from the Lord and for this time, the Specks contacted Reece’s Rainbow to make a commitment to the little girl who had initially grabbed at their hearts, only to find another family had recently committed to her adoption. For several weeks after this, Adam and Tiffany wrestled through what felt like a loss to them, and realized fully that God was truly laying adoption on their hearts for their family.

It is with great excitement that they are able to announce that they will be welcoming Adelaide into their family! They are also currently trying to raise additional funds to be able to commit to a second daughter, and appreciate your prayers and any financial support to help them bring home Adelaide as soon as possible, and to be able to fully commit to this additional beautiful daughter.

1/16/17—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL 

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A mama for EDWIN

Edwin June 2016Krista has worked in private (domestic and international) adoptions as well as Social Service adoptions for her entire 15 year career. Krista is an only parent to an 8 year old son who has always wanted a little brother. They have often discussed expanding their family through adoption, however were looking at options through the foster care system; but the doors were always closing. On June 30, 2016 Krista was looking through Reece’s Rainbow photo listing and saw her son! He is a beautiful little boy, with Spina Bifida.  She was shocked and surprised and after wrestling with it for a few days decided to bury it deep and write it off as a “crazy thought.” However, she could not stop thinking about those big brown eyes and dreamed about bringing him home. After almost three months she was completely broken and realized that she was not just imagining a fairy tale. She was hearing the Lord speak to her that this was her son! She needed to put her worries away and fully rely on God.

All the worries and anxieties:  How would she pay for this as on a single income? What will her family think? Will her coworkers be angry that she is not adopting from the system she works for? How will she meet the needs of this special little boy who deserves so much?   After thinking and obsessing about these questions over and over for days, into the wee hours of the morning, she finally realized that NONE of that is up to her! There was absolutely nothing she could do to control those things, but needed to be obedient. The only way that any of this would happen was in her absolute surrender and faith that God would provide. She keeps going back to II Corinthians 12:9: in my weakness His power is made perfect; His grace is sufficient. Krista is working on putting her worries away and fully relying on God to make this precious little boy her son!

1/11/17—HOME STUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s journey on their blog:  redeeminggracethroughadoption.blogspot.com

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NORA for the Duty family — WI

img_1673The Duty family, Scott, Jennie, Nathan, Jack, Joelle and Elliot, are excited to be adopting for the 1st time! With 3 biological brothers at home, 12, 11 and 7, sister Joelle is ecstatic to finally have a sister! Scott and Jennie have desired to adopt since they started dating. After marrying, having 4 biologic children plus multiple losses, the desire was still there but not in the forefront. Then in 2016, after helping friends fundraise to adopt their son from Asia, they discovered Orphan Hosting programs, and started looking at photo listings. They were inexplicably drawn to Nora, but told she already had a family hosting her. They decided to wait until 2017, but the Lord had other plans!  3 weeks before Nora’s group was to come to the US, her family had to back out. They were asked if THEY would host her. She now had a $1900 grant from the family who had to back out. They had $1300 set aside to replace carpeting in our home; this was the EXACT difference needed to bring Nora to the US! Clearly they were supposed to host Nora, so they said yes. From Day 1, she fit right into their family. Very clear she is a “Duty”, full of joy and spunk!

Scott has enjoyed stable employment for 15 years at the same employer. Jennie has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years. They were told their oldest son, Nathan, had Down Syndrome when they were pregnant with him. He did not, but through that experience the Lord taught them that they would love a special needs child no less! Jennie works with special needs adults at their local YMCA, and subs as an instructional aide with special needs children in their children’s school district. The Lord has absolutely prepared this family for adopting and raising this special little girl. Nora was abandoned at 1 year of age, and has been raised in an orphanage since. Every child deserves a family. The Duty’s love Nora and desire to raise her as their daughter!

12/29/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE
You can read more about their journey on their public page: www.facebook.com/dutytoadopt

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ALISSA and GIDEON for the Bridges family — TX

gideonalissaBradley met Wendy during a singles Bible study class at a church he was visiting with a friend… the same church she had attended since high school. He invited her to a church social, and the rest, as they say, is history. They were married in the very same chapel in which they first met.

Today, Bradley and Wendy have been married for 17 years, and have two beautiful children. Their son is 14, and daughter, 10. Adoption has been a subject of discussion in the family for years, but with Bradley’s career being somewhat stalled, was never considered a real possibility. Until now. The family is finally “at home” in Houston, TX, where Bradley works for the University of TX Health Science Center, while Wendy is a stay-at-home mom.

In the summer of 2016, their daughter randomly asked, “So, when am I gonna get a sister?” A light went off in their hearts and minds, and when a few days later, Wendy came across the link to Reece’s Rainbow in a blog shared by a Facebook friend, things got real. She first found Gideon, who, based on his photos, shared many of the same interests as her own son. He even resembled her side of the family. She was instantly moved by his wish for a mom and dad. Not long after, she came across Alissa’s profile. Again, she felt the same tug on her heart, and knew Alissa belonged in their family as well. Within minutes, she had emailed Bradley the link to their RR profiles. His response? “I love them both!”

The Bridges are working as fast as they can to bring both Gideon and Alissa home. Gideon is at risk of aging out within the next year, so time is of the essence. The family is so grateful for any help in bringing both children home, be it in the form of donations, prayers, or just in the reassurance found in the success stories of those who have gone before them.

1/17/17—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

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MARCUS for the Turner family — MD

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Turner Family would like to introduce you to a very special little boy.  This is their child, Marcus!

Although they do not know Marcus yet, Carl and Martha are adopting him from Eastern Europe. What they do know about Marcus is this:

He has never known the warm and loving embrace of a mother, or the joy of a piggy-back ride from a father. He doesn’t know what it feels like to be tucked in and kissed goodnight, warm and safe in a caring home. He has yet to receive full medical attention, proper, nutritious food, a childhood that allows him to be a child and an environment where he can thrive and flourish and reach his full potential. He needs a loving family the most.

The Turners cannot wait to bring Marcus home, to hold him in our arms, to read stories with him, to watch him play with his big sister, to take him to Sunday School, and always provide a hand for him to hold as he grows. No words can capture the true joy and excitement we feel as we anticipate the blessing of his presence in our home.

Carl and Martha would like to invite you to be a part of our adoption. They have two goals, the first is to create a community of friends, family and neighbors, locally and globally, who are ready and excited to welcome our Marcus into their lives and will commit to pray for our family over the next few months. The 2nd goal is to raise funds to bring Marcus home. Thank you for joining the Turners in this journey both in prayer and in financial support.

11/1/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: responsivelove.weebly.com

$510.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RUTH for the Felmlee family — CO

ruthThe Felmlee family, Cortney, Nikki, Tyler, Camden, and Keenston, are excited to be adopting for the 1st time! With 3 biological sons at home, 11, 5, & 3, they cannot wait to add a sister to their family of all boys!

Cortney and Nikki are happily married and are both blessed to work from home!  So adding another child to their tight-knit family is such a blessing!  Cortney works as a truck broker out of their home office and Nikki has been a stay at home mom for the last 5 years!

Adoption has always been on their hearts and now more than ever they are ready!  They have been matched with “Ruth” who they will now call Gracie!  She has special needs and the Felmlees are prepared to help her reach her full potential!

The Felmlees are moving extra fast through this process and in a short 5 months have already raised a little over $20,000!!!  Nikki says, “a little crazy & a whole lot a God gets things done!”  They know the same is true to being fully funded!  Their faith is strong and they feel very blessed to have found their beautiful daughter they have been praying for, for 6 years!

12/19/16—USCIS APPROVED

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BELINDA for the Tegtmeier family — NE

BelindaThe Tegtmeiers are not new to special needs adoption, although you may remember this family by another name. Grace (Knuth) adopted their two children, Sam and Tony, as a single mom. Not long after the completion of Tony’s adoption, God brought a godly husband and father into picture. Chris (dad) farms Nebraska corn and soybeans and works part time in their church coordinating young adult ministry and preaching. Grace works at the church as well as coordinator of discipleship. Together, Chris and Grace desire to live a life of ministry everyday, wherever they go.

One of the couple’s favorite ministries together is caring for children. They love parenting their own special treasures from Bulgaria as well as pouring into the lives of young people in their community. More specifically, God seems to have called them to a ministry of caring for children who are broken and vulnerable.

Although Chris and Grace have only been married for one year, and didn’t expect to be adopting together quite yet, they knew it was time to take a leap of faith when they saw that there was yet another older child listed for adoption from the orphanage their children grew up in. Although this place has improved considerably in the last few years, the little girl they will call their daughter lived through many years of unthinkable abuse and neglect. They feel well equipped to care for her needs and show her the love of a forever family.

12/31/16—1ST TRIP DECEMBER 31


Follow the family’s journey on their blog:  lovesransom.blogspot.com

$865.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROMAN and LYNDA for the Petersen family — WA

41122171341 Roman30815195533Ian and Karleigh Petersen met on New Years’ Eve 2011. Although it’s cliché, they met on the internet. They emailed back and forth for a few weeks before Ian finally got the gumption to ask if Karleigh wanted to get together. Although never admitting it, Karleigh was so excited to meet the man on the other side of the screen. After several hiccups in the timeline, they finally met that evening at the local mall and the rest is history. Within a few days they were dating officially, six months later were engaged, and just five short months after that were married.

Less than a year later they found out they were pregnant with their now two year old son, Axel. He was the light of their life and although life wasn’t perfect, it was wonderful. Not long after having their son, Karleigh joined the Reece’s Rainbow community on Facebook. After sitting back and following everyone on their own journey for over a year, the adoption itch was becoming unscratchable. Almost daily Karleigh would show Ian pictures of children and tell him their stories. She would curl up on his lap and cry and beg and plead that finally they could. He would hold her close and say “soon. Not now, but soon.”

Finally, Karleigh was scrolling through the posts on the RR Facebook page and a cute picture of a little boy with chubby cheeks caught her eye. Daily she would go looking for the post just to look at this little one’s face until finally she gave in and saved the picture. The next morning Karleigh showed her husband the picture, expecting the same reaction, but praying this time would be different. And it was.

This time, Ian looked at the picture like it was a child he already knew. He took the phone out of Karleigh’s hand and just stared at it. She told him his story and then fell silent. Axel took the phone away from his dad just so he could kiss the picture of this sweet little boy. Ian looked in Karleigh’s eyes and with tears streaming down his face said, “Baby, I don’t know why. I don’t know how. But we are bringing him home, and we’re not going to stop fighting until we do.”

Soon after they found a little girl with a story all her own. She quickly wrapped herself around Ian’s finger and is already her princess. This story is already filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and bumps and bruises. But they are determined to do whatever it takes to get these kids home where they will be loved, cared for, and cherished.

10/27/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: hismissionourhome.wordpress.com

$1,366.17 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ALEXIS for the Van Halle Family–NY

Alexis Photo 2 Apr-2013AThe VanHalle family is not new to special needs adoption, having adopted three children with Down syndrome with the help of the Reece’s Rainbow community (along with their family and friends) in the last 4 years. They are ready this time to pursue the adoption of Alexis who has been on their hearts now for over a year.

The VanHalle family is not jumping into this adoption blindly. They realize their children at home need much care and it would take a special child to fit into the family if they were to add another. After discussing the current needs of their children with one another and after seeking help from their adoption agency to obtain updated information on Alexis to make sure she would fit into their current family dynamic, the VanHalle family took a leap of faith and are stepping into international special needs adoption once again.

The VanHalle’s know this journey well and know that it will not be easy. They are asking for your prayers for their adoption and family as they work to bring Alexis home.

1/15/17—HOME STUDY COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

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TIMON for the Arnold family — WA

TimonBrent and Holly Arnold have been married for 24 years. They wanted to adopt children from the beginning of their marriage. Their plans were put on hold when they were blessed with two biological children. Later they added four more children through the gift of adoption. They are hoping to adopt a 13 year boy in Asia who has overcome so much adversity in his years. They need to adopt him before he ages out of the adoption system, so they will travel in spring or early summer before his 14th birthday. They are excited to welcome their seventh child home. Through God all things are possible.

12/28/16—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$485.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KIARA for the McAndrew family — AZ

 photo fwbutton150.pngkiara1Joseph and Katie met while working at a feed store and going to college in northern Arizona. They have been happily married for three short years and have been blessed with a one year old daughter.

Katie has always had a heart for adoption and Joseph agreed that one day they would adopt. Neither of them expected to be called to adopt so soon into their marriage! While browsing through Facebook one day, Katie saw Kiara’s picture posted. Katie couldn’t get Kiara and her immediate need for a home out of her head for the next couple of days. She sent Joseph Kiara’s picture and, after much prayer, they knew that she was meant to be part of the McAndrew family.

Joseph and Katie are so anxious to finish their paperwork, raise their funds, and bring this little girl home. They know that God is in control and He is able to do abundantly more than they could every ask for or think of. Joseph and Katie simply request your prayers and support as they journey through adopting Kiara.

10/24/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$7,488.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRIANNA for the Shupe family — VA

brianna-2016Jeff and Wendy were married in 2010. Having both come from previous marriages, they each brought with them 3 children…..six all together. Wendy had experienced the joy of adoption in 2003 when her daughter Cassie was adopted from Kazakhstan. Jeff and Wendy knew that God was calling them to bring another child into their family, so they started on the journey to find the child that God had for them. One evening, while researching adoption from Eastern Europe, Wendy came across a website that changed everything. Reece’s Rainbow lead them down the path that brought them to their beautiful children…..Avery and Caden. Avery is a sweet, spunky little girl who has Dwarfism and Caden is a precious boy with Down Syndrome who is truly all boy! They have been such a blessing to the Shupe family! But, God wasn’t done adding to this family. The Shupes were recently contacted about another little girl with Dwarfism in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. What a miracle it was to find out that this little girl was Avery’s biological sister. The Shupes were shocked and amazed that she had been located, and even more amazed that they made the family connection to their daughter Avery. Jeff and Wendy did not know that adoption was in God’s plan for them again, but they have committed to follow God’s will for their lives. The Shupe’s have started their fundraising and are appreciative of your support and prayers as they raise the funds to bring their new daughter home.

1/10/17–DOSSIER SUBMITTED


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$671.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNA SOPHIA for the Davis family — MS

Anna SophiaAlmost four years ago they said “I do” … the last three of those years have been quite the wild ride! From the premature birth of Wyatt, their biological son and the numerous scares involved in his first 6 months of life, to the loss of two children through miscarriage, to orphan hosting and adoption. Definitely not for the faint of heart … But they wouldn’t change a second of it! They had talked about feeling like they were still missing something, or truly someone, in their family. They all knew God wasn’t done quite yet. They just never dreamed it would be so soon!

While Tina was in Asia picking up their precious Evelyn Grace, she met the child God has called them to return for. The sweetest face and most gentle spirit were impossible to ignore. She has come so far in her short little life, but still has a long way to go. There are multiple concerns that will need addressing and others that will need explored. Regardless, she desperately needs medical care and therapy, and most importantly the love of a forever family.

They prayed and prayed about this child … the above verse was brought to their attention and it really struck a never. It didn’t take long for them to see their path, when God tells you to go, you go.

12/15/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 


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

$2,126.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAGNOLIA for the Thomas Family — MS

Thomas family (2)Paul and Dava Thomas have been happily married 15 years and have been blessed to have 3 biological children ages 18, 14, and 10. Their family has heartily advocated for many orphans and hosted many in their home. Dava has always known that one day she would adopt and it has been a desire of hers for the last 10 years. Four years ago, the Thomas family was adopting from an Eastern European Country, and the child they had hosted and loved was adopted before they could get there. This was devastating to the Thomas family and they mourned a long time for their daughter. The summer of 2016 the Thomas family hosted a 3-year-old girl from Asia. Dava had seen her photo many times over the year in the advocacy group and then she was available for hosting. The moment the Thomas family saw her it was love at first sight. Magnolia Grace is a missing piece of their family. Magnolia has many special needs, some of a sensitive matter and must travel over 10 hours for her testing and surgery once she is home.

Paul and Dava were not financially prepared to adopt when they hosted Magnolia Grace therefore fundraising is a must. The Thomas family knew when they put her on the plane after her vacation in the USA that they had to bring her home. The Thomas family knew she was their daughter and hit the ground running with the paper work. The Thomas family needs financial support to bring her home in a timely manner. The Thomas Family hopes to travel by Spring of 2017.

1/10/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

$33.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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D and S for the Stokes family — TX

Kim and Shane Stokes and their 3 biological children have always had a heart for orphans. Shane works on a daily basis with families who are growing through adoption.  Kim was a foster parent before she and Shane married 20 years ago. The family has hosted 5 foreign exchange students over the last 7 years, and they regularly open their home to people in need of a place to stay.  As a result, it was natural for them to say “yes” to hosting two orphan boys for seven weeks through a hosting program this past summer. D and S immediately stole Kim’s and Shane’s hearts, and from the beginning of the boys’ time with their family, Kim and Shane knew they would soon be making a trip to Eastern Europe to make these boys a part of their family. The boys fell in love with the Stokes family and wanted to be “home” by “Amereecan Chreestmas.” However, the timing for that isn’t going to work, so the Stokes family is going to bring the boys home through another hosting program for the Christmas holidays.  Hopefully, by early Spring, everything will be in order to complete the adoption. All the Stokes are excited about what the future holds, and they can’t wait to get “The Boys of Summer” home for good.

1/16/17—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

Follow the family’s journey in their private Facebook group “The Boys of Summer”

$970.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JOSEPH for the Graves family — IN

41130120852 JosephGraves (2)Jared and Michelle Graves have been happily married for 11 memorable years.  They have been fortunate enough to have 3 biological sons, Andrew (16), Evan (12), and Jake (9).  They are hoping to add just one more boy to their family, Joseph.  Michelle comes from a large family of four sisters, two brothers, and nine nieces and nephews.  Jared on the other hand not as big, he had one sister.  Both families are waiting opened arms for Joseph to make his way ho me.  When Michelle first started researching the idea of adoption, which they have considered for many years, Joseph caught her heart and she instantly knew that he was going to be her son and the newest addition to their family.  Joseph is seven years old and has Down syndrome, but that is exactly what Michelle and her family wanted and needs.  Their youngest son, Jake, also has Down syndrome and has changed their lives in unimaginable ways.  The Graves family is fighting with everything they have to adopt Joseph.  The family has raised money and collected hundreds of shoes for a fundraiser that helps those in need.  They want more than ever to bring Joseph into their lives and nourish him with love and affection, because that is what every child deserves.

12/15/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$2,203.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MERRYN for the Kesti family — AZ

Merryn 2016 cropped 2Andy and Kelly have been married for almost 29 years. They have been blessed with seven biological children over the course of their lives together-six sons and one daughter. They now have four adult children that have left home so that leaves only three at home.

In 2010 they were introduced to the beautiful world of Down Syndrome when their youngest child was born. Although the learning curve was steep and Jamison suffered from numerous medical challenges in the first few years he is now a healthy, thriving and delightful 6 year old who is the absolute delight of their family!

Kelly has had a desire to adopt for a long time. Before Jamison was born she discovered Reece’s Rainbow and she and her daughter, Abby, would spend many hours looking at the waiting children and wondering if there would be a time that adoption would be a part of their family. The timing wasn’t right.

Following Jamison’s birth and a cross country move the Kesti family settled into their new community. They discovered and became active in their local Down Syndrome advocacy group, DSNetwork of Arizona all the while becoming more and more aware of the awesome-ness of these special people blessed with an extra chromosome.

Once again Kelly began looking at the waiting children on Reece’s Rainbow and becoming part of Facebook’s DS adoption advocacy community. Now after a year of looking for their child and beginning an adoption savings they found their daughter, “Merryn” right where this all started-on Reece’s Rainbow!

“Merryn” is a very adorable little 5-year old girl with Down Syndrome who is waiting for her family to come and bring her home. Andy and Kelly are her mom and dad and are working hard to get her home as soon as humanly possible! They can hardly wait until the day they will bring their sweet girl home where she can feel the love of all of her family that waits for her!

The Kesti family has already seen so much support and enthusiasm as they are beginning this process. They know there are generous people that would also like to help by donating so they can make this process as smooth and as fast as it can be!
Please consider making a donation; any amount will help!

10/13/16—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringingourspecialangelhome.blogspot.com

$295.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MATEO for the Van Duyn family — CA

MateoChris and Grace first found out about Mateo through an American couple they knew who were living in Asia and short-term fostering different children. When they saw Mateo and heard his story, their hearts were moved towards him. They had never planned to adopt a child with special needs, let alone an almost 5 year old with severe hydrocephalus, but when they met Mateo (online), all that changed.

Chris and Grace began praying for Mateo daily and getting updates on him often. God called them to be the ones to adopt this precious boy. So after many months and lots and lots of paperwork, Mateo is almost ready to go to “Merica!” ( as he calls it).

Grace and Chris have raised 4 children, all whom are grown and out of the house. While they know there is a long journey of work and healing ahead, they have no fear, only love and excitement to see how God will work. Mateo’s life up until now has been miracle after miracle-there is no reason to believe they will stop now!

1/17/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

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BIANCA for the Smedley family — PA

Bianca 1When Rick and I married ten years ago at the age of 47, we were totally unaware of the path on which God would lead us. We felt drawn to adoption, but set it on the back burner when Traci’s teenage daughter was really put off by the idea. Three years later, in God’s perfect timing, and with the full support of Brittany, we adopted our daughter in December of 2011 at age 7 with low vision, then one year later our son, 6, with a private special need. When God laid our next daughter on our hearts, we encountered a little bit of a struggle with getting her home due to convincing our social worker to allow us to adopt out of birth order (she was almost 11 when she came home), as well as financial issues from adopting three times in four years.

Although all the photos tugged at our hearts, we thought that surely we were done! We settled in, tended to the surgical needs of two of our children, and watched over two years go by. God blessed our family, and we were content. A few weeks ago, though, I reposted a photo of our latest adopted daughter from before she had come home. Some adoption mamas and advocates began to post about an older girl from the same orphanage, wondering if her family had ever found her. It turns out that she had been our daughter’s best friend in the orphanage, sharing not only a friendship but the same special need of cerebral palsy. At first, I tried to advocate for her so that her family could find her, but soon I realized that we WERE her family!

The adjustment process becomes so much harder in the teen years, plus she struggles with speech. How much better would this process be in she could have her best friend beside her? The fear would be less, and she would have an example of hope! She has less than one year before she ages out. When an agency interviewed her, she said that her best friend had been adopted in March, 2014, and she thought for sure that her own family would come for her soon, and no one ever did! One family had been in process for her but never came, and her heart was broken.

Everyone in our family is on board for this adoption. We believe it to be God’s will. We cannot bear the thought of a child of 14 with cerebral palsy living in a country that is not friendly to those with special needs having to go through life without a family to call her own! Would you please help us? We would be so appreciative.

12/19/16—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

$29.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EDWARD for the Harris family — TX

Edward (2)Adam and Tiffany have been married for twenty years and have three amazing children, Hannah, Brooklin, and Jack. Their family started sponsoring a boy a couple of years ago. As they saw his story, prayed for him and sent him packages, the burden to adopt him became undeniable. In early December 2015 they began the discussion of adopting Edward. Their family is now in process of getting all those precious documents together so that they can add a son to their family. They are all very excited about this new journey and pray for Edward until they can all be together.

1/3/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: harris6adoption.blogspot.com

$7,225.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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EVERLY MEI for the Hnilo family — MI

 photo fwbutton150.pngEverly MeiThe Hnilo family is currently a family of four, expanding to a family of five! Jennifer is a single mom. She has a son who is 16, and her older daughter is 15 years old. She has always had a passion for adoption and orphan care. Two years ago she adopted her youngest daughter from China.

This summer a sequence of events happened that Jennifer knew was a call from God above to bring home another daughter from China. She was not looking to adopt at the time, but knew when she saw a blog post about a little girl whose adoption was not completed in China recently, that she was staring into the eyes of her new daughter. Everly Mei is almost four years old. She has been somewhat of a mystery medically. Her file states high muscular tension, but her care givers also question her hearing. She is non verbal and may have some esophageal/swallowing issues. Jennifer is working quickly to bring her newest daughter home as fast as she can. All of the children are looking forward to embracing their new little sister.

Everly Mei’s adoption is being expedited due to her current health status.

12/27/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) HOPE TO TRAVEL END OF JANUARY

$5,742.28 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STORY and STACY for the Tannehill family — FL

storystacyTannehillKevin and Danielle were high school sweethearts, brought together by a strong love for family, church and the outdoors. Married right out of high school, completing college and then turning to a strong desire to “grow” their family. In 2006 they were blessed with a daughter Cassidy. Shortly after “life” got busy and although they had always intended to have a large family the timing didn’t seem right. Then unexpectedly in 2013 Danielle experienced a health crises and underwent surgery to remove a large mass, thanks be to God that it was benign however complications left her unable to have any more children.

The last three years have been challenging, with a wave of various emotions. Over the last year God has laid it in their hearts that although this was not in their “plan” his timing is perfect. They have decided that adoption is a perfect opportunity to add to their family. They were originally planning on starting with one child, however when they heard that there was a sibling pair(one of which has special needs due to spina bifida) in jeopardy of being split if a family wasn’t found soon decided what better way to “grow” their family again with not one but two more. However, with this decision has come extra expenses, worry, and increased funding needs. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated in trying to bring our children home.

Thank you for your financial and prayer support in bringing our family together.

11/16/16—TRAVELING NOW

$322.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LINNY for the Meeker family — TX

Linny 3meeker-2017We are Bob and Amy Meeker. We have 5 children, 4 of which are adopted. After we had our biological daughter Molly we felt called to adoption or foster care. While browsing on an adoption website we found our son Timmy (age 7) from South Korea. His special need was complex heart issues. After having him home a short time God lead us to Savannah on the same website. She is 7 now and her special need is congenital hypothyroidism and autism. Then we adopted Kelsey and Emily. Kelsey’s special need is Cerebral Palsy and Emily has multiple special needs. All of our adopted daughters are from China.

In 2013 before we were matched with Kelsey we were matched with “Linny”. While waiting on our pre-approval, Bob lost his job. We were forced to release Linny’s file. Four weeks later Bob found a job and we were ready to pursue Linny again however another family had already locked her file. We made friends with the family through Facebook and anxiously waited to see her come home. Unfortunately, the family was unable to move forward with her adoption and released her file. In January of 2016 our amazing agency was able to find Linny’s file and we were able to start the process of adopting her again! We are so excited that Linny is going to be a Meeker.

Linny is 6 years old and her special need was Spinabifida. While in foster care she had an accident which lead to a brain bleed, then surgery, and right side paralysis. Many families have meet her while traveling and she is described as having a gentle peace about her. Her best friend from the orphanage was recently adopted as well so we know she is hanging on to the HOPE of having her very own family.

We will be traveling before the end of 2016 and we greatly appreciate your help in bringing her home! Her new name will be Isabelle Dove Meeker.

11/16/16—TRAVELING DECEMBER 8

$2,577.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAEVE for the Morales family — NY

Maeve EE4Together since 2001, Seana and Dan thought they were following their dreams, taking on new challenges on the work and home front and living life to the fullest. By 2012 Dan had started his own business and they, with their two children, had moved away from NYC to the country to start a little homestead. Life was good and they felt like they were on the right track. Little did they know that in just a few years, their lives would burst open with even more challenges and possiblities.

2012 was also the year that Seana came across the Reece’s Rainbow website and became overwhelmed by the faces…she had always wanted to possibly maybe adopt, but adopting a child with special needs seemed daunting and way out of her league. At the time, turning away from the enormity of need, the overwhelming sadness was the easier thing to do.

Everything changed when their third child was born with a surprise diagnosis of Down syndrome in June 2014. The tender and fierce love that roared in their hearts opened up a new world–disability was no longer a scary or uncomfortable “other”–it was their son. And now they strongly felt that ALL life is precious, and that all lives have meaning and value.

Drawn back to the Reece’s Rainbow website, the faces became personal. Each of these precious children could easily be their child. Each of them deserved a family, and now their family felt completely capable and inspired. Now it was impossible to turn away.

Dan and Seana look forward to adding beautiful “Maeve” to their family. This gorgeous girl has captivated them since she was listed in early 2015. She will be their “baby” and will join their three children, who are thrilled and can’t wait to meet their little sister.

They are so thankful to Reece’s Rainbow, and all the people who work and advocate on behalf of these precious children.

1/4/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$155.20 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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Soleil for the Thorp Family – TX

Soleil June 2013Ben and Tracy live in Texas with their six precious children, two of which were adopted back in 2014 with the help of Reece’s Rainbow. Both of the girls that the Thorps adopted have special needs. One girl has Down Syndrome, and according to the orphanage had no communication abilities. The other has renal agenesis. Both are healthy and thriving now. The girl with Down Syndrome quickly learned sign language and has learned to verbalize many words. She has even put together a 3 word sentence! While at one of the girls’ orphanages, the Thorps met an older child who desperately wanted a family. But, sadly, he had aged out. When Tracy asked if he could still be adopted in his country, she was told most people only wanted young, healthy children. That hopelessness stayed with Tracy, and when another adoptive family mentioned that Soleil was about to age out, Tracy’s heart broke. She emailed her husband the blog post and asked him to pray for a family for Soleil. Later that evening, Ben began to ask about the adoption fees, and so another adoption was begun. This time to bring home a child who has waited much too long for a family. The Thorp family is moving as fast as they can to bring Soleil home to her forever family. With your help, we will give her a future and a hope. Any prayers or donations for Soleil would be greatly appreciated!

1/7/17—USCIS APPROVED, DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,563.11 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEPPER for the Marshall family — VA

PepperHello from the Marshall Family! Billy and Laura were high school sweethearts (for about a month) and then decided to go their separate ways. Billy went off to college in Florida and Laura chose a university close to home in Virginia. Over the next four years life happened (as it so often does) and Billy thought about Laura often. Then one day they reconnected and Billy decided to come home for a visit (he actually wanted to see Laura). He asked Laura to lunch and she said “yes”. The rest is history!

The Marshall’s have been married for 10 ½ years and have two lovely daughters (Tessa and Bella). In the beginning of their marriage, the couple talked about adoption but quickly discovered they were too young to pursue an adoption from China. Again, life happened and the Marshall’s kept busy with children, school, work and family life. Last year Laura came across the file of a sweet little girl, “Pepper”, and she knew right away that this little girl was hers. Billy saw the sweet little girl and agreed she was wonderful, but he wasn’t so sure that she was their daughter. After much consideration and prayer, Billy and Laura decided they must wait for now. Laura was so sad and prayed for God to reveal to Billy that Pepper was his daughter. As time passed, Laura began to pray that God would give Pepper a family, even if it wasn’t theirs. Periodically, Laura would check for Pepper and read her file (again and again). Laura kept praying and life continued for the Marshall family.

Then one day, Billy spoke with Laura and told her he was ready! He knew that Pepper was their daughter and that they should commit to her that very moment. Laura was so surprised! They had not discussed Pepper for many months and Laura thought he had forgotten. After prayerfully considering all the information available, Billy and Laura decided Pepper would be their third daughter. What a happy day! After applications and pre-approval Billy and Laura told Tessa and Bella that they would be big sisters. Both girls were so excited they bounced like jumping beans all around.

Now the Marshall’s are happy to become a family of 5. Bella is especially excited to pass the role of “youngest sister” and wear the “big sister” hat. Tessa is thrilled to have two little sisters and thinks it’s great that they all share the same birth month. Billy is excited to be Pepper’s Baba and teach her all the things only Babas know. Laura is so happy to be Pepper’s Mama and can’t wait to kiss her little cheeks and cuddle her. What joy little Pepper has brought to the Marshall family!

As you may know, it will require a lot of hard work to bring Pepper home. There are many applications, forms, meetings, and fees before the Marshall’s can welcome Pepper into their family. The Marshall’s are committed to doing everything in their power to bring Pepper home. Billy is working overtime (lots of long hours) and Laura is picking up odd jobs while Tessa and Bella are in school. Billy’s mom is making (and selling) quilts and Laura’s mother is picking up extra (night) shifts at the hospital. Even Tessa and Bella are working hard to bring Pepper home. Tessa and Bella decorated jars; every time they have change it goes into the jars and every time (anyone in the family) saves money, the difference goes into the jars as well. Even though they are working hard, they can’t do it alone. They need your help too. Thank you for joining the Marshall family on this journey and supporting them with your prayers and financial gifts. The Marshall Family appreciates you!

1/6/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuingping.blogspot.com

$2,870.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NAOMI for the Lindblom family — CT

Lindblom famnaomi“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine…..to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen!” Ephesians 3:20-21

Ellen and Jon, along with their family, have been interested in opening their hearts and home to an orphan for many years. One of their daughters started an adoption “bucket” years ago and began collecting money, but the time to adopt never seemed right.

Last fall, Ellen read about the Bamboo Project, created for orphans with Down Syndrome who are considered unadoptable. Ellen and Jon’s hearts were quickly drawn to want to provide a home for one of these children that had the same special needs as their own 8 year old biological son!

Earlier this year, the Lindblom family began working on all the paperwork and applications involved in international adoption. They are very excited to be bringing a 4 year old girl into their family, hopefully by early 2017. The Lindblom family is holding to the promise in Ephesians 3:30-21 that “God is able to do immeasurably more than [they] can ask or imagine….” as they trust God in bringing their beautiful child home.

12/27/16—TRAVELING JANUARY 5

$8,417.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KADE for the Guarino family — PA

Kade-2014Life turned out to be very different from what Nancy had expected. The beauty of the unexpected brought with it confirmation of the strength of family, regardless of its shape and size. For many years, Nancy’s family consisted of herself and her Down syndrome son, Nicky. Deep down, Nancy always knew her family was not complete. Two and a half years ago, Maria (Margit on RR) joined her family. It was during the process of Maria’s adoption that Nancy was introduced to the dismal reality of life for many special needs children in other parts of the world. Nicky, now 22 years old, is and had always been a happy, joyful child. It was heartbreaking for Nancy to learn about what his life might have been like had he been born in a different part of the world. Maria had lived her life in an institution without having anyone to love her. The reality is harsh and difficult to see. Nancy and Nicky were thrilled to bring Maria into their family and embrace her with love and support. Maria has thrived and is full of joy. She brings joy to everyone she encounters. Nicky has loved taking on the role of big brother and Nancy now knows the blessing of opening your heart and family to a child in need. It really is possible to make a difference. For this reason, Nancy has decided to adopt again. Nancy, Nicky, and Maria are opening their hearts and their family to embrace Kade. Nicky and Maria are excited to have a new brother to share in the fun and Nancy eagerly awaits the gift of another child, giving him the love and support to thrive in a foundation of family love.

The Guarino family is very thankful for all types of support as they take on the journey of bringing Kade home to his forever, loving family.

1/16/17—WAITING FOR 1ST TRIP TRAVEL DATES

$639.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TEMPERANCE for the Sims family — MI

Temperance (2)The humanity in all of us is touched by thoughts of the loneliness experienced by any child waiting for adoption. The story is all the more profound if the child has some special medical need that means his/her passage into adulthood without the love and protection of a family will result in an already desperate prospect having a truly hopeless outlook–most especially when the special need secures little sympathy or help from in-country institutional sources.

This is a story about a little girl called Temperance, and the family she was meant to have.

Temperance has just turned 8. Her prospects of adoption are hugely compromised not only by her age but also and more particularly by her very special need—a chronic blood disorder which is not well understood in her country. She does well in school and is respectful to adults. She is pretty and sweet, but she will not survive under the current circumstances.

The Sims married later in life but faced the prospect of a childless marriage because Dean had the exact same medical condition that Temperance has. Consistent care, persistence, intelligent medical management and the advance of science not only enabled him to manage this condition and live an active, healthy life but it allowed Mary and Dean to have two healthy biological children. This story, if we had space to share the details, would itself leave you watery eyed in terms of its improbability.

Mary and Dean want to try to give something back by way of thanks for their good fortune. Their age now puts them just over the line of ineligibility for many adoption programs, but their preparedness to embrace Temperance into their family and their unique ability to offer medical care and personal experience in successfully managing her condition has opened up an opportunity for them to adopt Temperance.  The cost of this adoption (nearly $60,000) is a harrowing obstacle even after making sacrifices and putting aside other wants and needs as all adoptive parents must do. The high cost is due not only to the extensive in-country fees, but also to the requirement for a six-week stay in country for the whole family.

They are resolved to make it happen. They feel they have to. Without this lifeline, Temperance would seem to have little chance at a full and happy life. In fact, now that she is eight, she may be moved to the school for children with mental challenges, which is where many children with miscellaneous conditions seem to end up. This would be a terrifying prospect even for an adult, but imagine yourself looking through the eyes of a smart and aware, but defenseless, little girl! Even without that, she could find herself suffering extreme prejudice and hardship upon aging out, due to her health condition (if she remains healthy long enough to age out) as well as having spent time in a school for mentally challenged children (of which she was not one). In the arms of her family she would be loved and nurtured and have her condition safely managed so that she could have a full, happy and long life of achievement and strong relationships.

We hope you will join us in bringing this precious child home, and saving a soul worth saving. Maybe in the process, we can begin to break down the bureaucratic paradigms that prevent other children in similar circumstances from finding salvation. But for now—Temperance.

12/9/16—COMPILING DOSSIER

$87.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SHARI for the Anderson family — NM

Anderson famshari 2016We’re the Anderson family. Two years ago, we brought home two older boys with fairly significant special needs from China. Before we even brought the boys home, we knew we had one more child to bring home. We didn’t know who that child was, but we had no doubt, before even starting, that there were three more Andersons waiting somewhere!

The time has now come to join our family together! We’re traveling back to one of our favorite places, the massive continent of Asia, to bring home our daughter, known as Shari here on RR and Piper on Love Without Boundaries. She’s rocking those designer genes, and we’re so excited to round out our group with the blessing of Down Syndrome. Our theme seems to be threes. When this adoption is finished we’ll have three girls and three boys. Three American born, three China born. Three adopted, three home grown. Three teenagers, and three children just beginning the stages of elementary school.

We believe in patience. We believe in taking very little seriously. We believe in fun, in humor, in board games, museums, family time, horrible puns, and dad jokes. Most of all, we believe in doing the things that God has asked us to do, with a faith that promises, not that it will ever be easy, but that it will be right. To follow our journey, please check out our blog,  and walk with us while we do just as the hymn that inspired our blog name suggests. “It may not be on the mountain height, or over the stormy sea. It may not be on the battle’s front my Lord will have need of me. But if by a still small voice He calls, to paths that I do not know, I will answer dear Lord, with my hand in Thine, I’ll go where You want me to go.”

1/16/17—HOPE TO TRAVEL IN MARCH


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

$257.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NORA for the Joss family — WA

NoraWe are the Joss family. We live in awe every day at what God has chosen to do in us. He took a young couple who thought they would never have children and has filled our home with love and laughter. He has truly done more than we could have ever asked or imagined. (Eph 3:20) At almost 22 years of marriage, we now have 18 children, plus our daughter, Brooke, in heaven.

Each day we learn to trust Him more to provide for all we need. Each day we thank Him for the precious lives He has brought to us. Each day, we seek His face and what He has for us next.

Our current journey is to bring home our daughter, Nora, who we hosted this summer. We love this beautiful girl – sweet with plenty of spunky mixed in. This will be our ninth adoption in a little over 3 years. We are trusting Him to provide as He always has for each step of this journey. Won’t you please be a part of this story? Please pray for us as we journey onward following Him.

12/15/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at redemptionwhispers.blogspot.com

$185.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARA and HUNTER for the Robinson family — SC

ClaraHunterrobinson-2016Jode and Kelley have been blessed through adoption with eight beautiful and amazing children. Although their lives and hearts are overflowing, they know their family is not yet complete. After much prayer and consideration, they feel led to adopt two precious children, a brother and sister, from Africa. The older sister has no special needs; however, the little brother is developmentally delayed and hearing impaired. Both children were orphaned due to the Ebola plague and have been through much in their little lives.

Jode and Kelley are asking you to partner with them to help bring these precious children home by:

Donating – No amount of money is too small or too large and all donations are tax deductible,

Praying – please agree with them in prayer that God will supply everything they need for this adoption and

Sharing – please share this family sponsorship page with your friends and family and ask them to pray and donate too.

Thank you so much for being a part of this adoption journey!

9/23/16—FIRST TRIP OCTOBER 5
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessedindeedandexpandingourterritory.blogspot.com

$1,060.43 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BETH and DENISE for the Steinhoff family — WI

beth2denise1Okay I know I’ve said this before, MANY times before, infact. And I must admit I really did BELIEVE it as well. That being said, we do ultimately serve a God, who is much wiser than I am, andddd in His ultimate wisdom, He has decided ONE more TIME…So here we go.

So without further ado,We are the Steinhoff family, so NOT new to adoption! We have children from China and Ethiopia and Ukraine. YUP we are MIGHTLY Blessed, and we are excited to see how God brings us our last, but NOT least precious kiddos home!! Please join us and Pray fully, consider how you can help families just like ours, because we need it, and we CANNOT do it without you!! If you don’t know what to pray for, or how you can help. Please ASK…If you want information on how you can adopt, message me I would LOVE to help you plan your journey as well. Adoption is sooo Gods heart, and He makes it pretty clear we are to care for the orphans!!

Sincerely the very BIG and the VERY Blessed Steinhoff Family

12/7/16—DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,217.80 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HATTIE for the Willoughby family — KY

WilloughbyHattie (1)Virgil and Cindy Willoughby have been married 33 years. Virgil is a policeman and Cindy is a stay at home mom. If you had told the Willoughby’s 8 years ago that their family of 5 would soon be a family of 13 they would have laughed. After all, their children were all grown (the youngest was soon to graduate from high school) and they were both middle-aged. But God loves to do the unexpected. He whispered into their hearts as they read a devotion that talked about getting out of their comfort zones and really LIVING. The devotion gave several suggestions, one of which was adoption. It spoke to them both and after talking and praying, they soon began the process to bring home a daughter from China. Once they learned of the Waiting Children’s List, they knew that was the route they wanted to go. They went into the process knowing nothing about adoption. That first adoption they checked only some minor special needs. In 2010 they brought home a 6 year old daughter. It wasn’t long before God was calling them back. Less than a year later they were back in China adopting a 7 year old and one who turned 14 (the age children can no longer be adopted in China) minutes after landing back home. Their 14 year old would spend a month in the hospital less than a year after coming home for four very difficult surgeries to correct severe scoliosis that was limiting her lung function. Their 7 year old has already had numerous cleft surgeries, with more to come. No longer did the medical needs list concern them. They went from being willing to handle very few needs to almost any need. 2013 was another joyful year of welcoming 2 more daughters from China. Both were 5 years old. One is legally blind and the other has many neurological problems. In 2015 they were once again in China to adopt a completely blind 12 year old and a 6 year old with some hearing issues (now repaired) and cleft issues.

They have been blessed with 7 beautiful children from China in a little less than 7 years, and God is once more calling them back. This time they are working on paperwork to bring home Hattie, a 10 year old girl with cleft lip/palate and VSD (repaired). It is hard to believe that at the age of 53 and 51 they are soon to be parents again. God has worked in mighty ways and continues to do so every day. They covet your prayers and are grateful for any gifts that will help them bring this child, who has waited so long for a family, home.

1/10/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC)
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog a elliourgiftfromgod.blogspot.com

$243.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CARRIE for the Barrett family — FL

Carrie-001Barrett familyMichelle is a single mother to four biological children. Brittany (24 years old) is very happily married with three beautiful children. Chase (22 years old) is engaged and is a Police Officer and Correction Officer. Chelsea (21 years old) is engaged and has a newborn son. Andrew (19 years old) is preparing to enter the military at the end of the year. Michelle also has four children that she have adopted. Tynsleigh (11 years old) was adopted from China through Reece’s Rainbow’s help. Trevor (8 years old) and Arianna (7 years old) are biological siblings that she adopted from the US Foster Care System. Brennan (4 years old) was adopted from China also with the help of Reece’s Rainbow.

Brennan is one of the very few that was adopted from China with a special need listed but is actually healthy and no special needs. Trevor and Arianna were adopted in 2011. Arianna was born with a cancerous tumor on her lower spine. The tumor was removed at birth and it left her with damaged tissue and muscles. She now has lower limb limited paralysis and limb difference on her right leg and is missing half of her hip. She does not let this slow her down and loves to run and jump and keep up with others her age. Trevor was born with Arthrogryposis affecting every joint. He had a double lower limb amputation in 2013 and now can stand and walk with the help of his Iron Man prosthetics and his walking contraption. He has shown the doctors that said he would never walk or stand that he doesn’t like the word “never”. Tynsleigh was adopted from China with Cerebral Palsy. Michelle saw her face in 2013 right after Trevor’s surgery but new the timing was not right. Her little shaven head and her dimple in her right cheek just kept haunting her thoughts. After a year she finally began the process to adopt. Michelle’s agency matched her with a sweet little boy that she brought home in Oct 2014. The whole time she advocated for this sweet little girl with Cerebral Palsy and a bald shaven head. The little girl kept popping up on websites and Facebook groups. Michelle was in love but wasn’t sure she would ever be able to adopt again because of the cost. Several Reece’s Rainbow families encouraged her and she committed to this little girl that was now 11 years old and had been waiting since she was 5 years old on the shared list. She is now home and has changed so much. The first day when Michelle adopted her she could not sit up by herself, feed herself, or do any other self help by herself. Now 6 months later she is now fully independent and WALKING everywhere (with the help of her Kaye Walker and orthotics).

Michelle’s agency listed a sweet 2 year old girl with an infectious smile and a dimple just like Tynsleigh. Michelle tried again to forget the little face but she kept popping up everywhere. This little girl looked like a mini 2 year old version of Tynsleigh with the same exact special need. This little girl will now be Tynsleigh’s little sister. She will be coming home to Michelle’s family.

She has stated that her greatest responsibility as a parent is to ensure that her children know that family is the foundation of our lives.

Any child that enters our family will be loved by four older brothers, four older sisters, two nieces, two nephews, a brother-in-law, grandparents, uncles, aunts and Michelle, their mother. Michelle’s children are very excited to welcome another child into the family.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our family.

12/15/16—DOSSIER COMPLETE, USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at bringinghomefamily.blogspot.com

$324.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RANDALL for the Siwula family — WA

RandallWe are so lucky to have found this boy! Dave & Kelly have been together for over a decade. In 2010, we wed in Hawaii and two years later in 2012 we welcomed a beautiful daughter. We love to travel and stay active. The three of us are more than thrilled to bring this little guy home for many reasons. We also have plenty of love and support and our very well prepared to help him. Our daughter has the same syndrome and we are familiar with all of the specialists he will need to see. We enjoy spending free time with our family and friends. We cannot wait to bring him home.

1/17/17—WAITING FOR COURT

$48.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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FAITH for the Dahl family — IN

Faith2Russell and Megan have been blessed with a blended family that includes 5 beautiful children; two teenaged girls, two teenaged boys, and one spunky 8-year-old boy.

Plans for extending the Dahl family has always been a dream for Russell and Megan. They had talked about adoption, but not seriously until someone had shared a particular child’s picture in an online support group. This support group is for families of special needs children. This child, “Judah” just happens to have Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, the same syndrome as their youngest child in the household. In addition to the syndrome, “Judah” also suffers from a Heart Defect of which the severity is unknown at this time. After reading “Judah’s” profile and seeing a photo of his sweet face, there were no second thoughts. It was love at first sight! They were instantly convinced that adoption was part of gods plan for their family. They instantly filled out the paperwork as fast as possible because they knew in their hearts that “Judah” was meant to be their son. With a huge support system and many prayers, they are working tirelessly to bring this baby boy home to their family.

Sadly, Judah passed away while they were working to adopt him.  The family is moving forward to bring home a little girl, Faith.

Russell and Megan are greatly familiar with the time and care that goes along with raising a special needs child. They believe it is Gods plan for them to now welcome another special child into their home. They ask for your prayers as they embark on this special journey to adopt this very special child.

10/26/16—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$29.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSIE for the Hefner family — WV

 photo fwbutton150.pngsusieHefnerWe are the Hefner family! Nate and Cassie have been married 8 years and have three beautiful children ages 4, 5 and 6. In May 2014, God laid adoption on their hearts. In May 2015 with the help of Hand of Help in Adoptions and Reece’s Rainbow, they were able to bring a handsome little boy into their family from Eastern Europe. He was diagnosed with VSD, cleft palate, sensory processing disorder and hydrocephalus to name a few. He is now a thriving 5 year old. He had a cleft palate repair in April 2016 and works very hard in speech therapy. He loves his Great Dane, Bentley, and you will rarely see him without a hot wheels car.

Nate and Cassie decided to attend the Reece’s Rainbow Family Reunion in June 2016 never expecting that their hearts would be once again be opened to adoption. It didn’t take long for them to see what was right in front of them: joy, happiness and thriving children just because families committed and said yes! They left the reunion knowing that they needed to go back. They began praying and decided to commit in July when Susie became available.

They are so excited to welcome another child into their home. Their 4 year old daughter had also been praying for a little sister, but little did Nate and Cassie know she would be from Eastern Europe.

11/30/16—HOME STUDY COMPLETE

$1,808.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SUSIE for the Reid family — IL

Reid SusieSusie (2)Jade & Annie Reid are high school sweet hearts! The first night they met, Annie was so nervous she sat on an exercise bike to avoid sitting by Jade on the couch! After they started dating, Annie knew Jade would be her future husband, and now they have officially been a couple for nearly 20 years!

In March of 2004, Jade & Annie were married in their home town where it all began, and started a life together there. In December of 2005 they welcomed their first daughter into the world. She had wild hair, and a big personality to match! Aubrie Grace was born & welcomed into the world as the first grand child on both sides of the family!

Shortly after Aubrie’s birth Jade & Annie took on the unimaginable task of building a new home, completely on their own! Jade worked hard with Annie’s father Stuart and they built a house on a beautiful pasture in 18 months time!

In the same year, just shy of Aubrie’s first birthday, Jade & Annie announced they were expecting their second child, a boy named Everett Mason. He arrived just before the house was completed and life was truly perfection in complete chaos. His sister Aubrie adored him, and loved being a big sister. Shortly after his birth the Reid’s moved into their new home!

The Reid’s thought life was complete until in May of 2010, they had the biggest surprise that baby #3 was on the way! They fully intended their 3rd child to be a surprise at birth! And a surprise she was indeed! The Reid’s found out in October of 2010 that their daughter would be rocking designer genes (Down syndrome) and also had a balanced AV Canal that would require open heart surgery after her birth.

In February 2011, Ollie Faith entered the world, stole hearts, and transformed minds. Not a day has been the same since she entered the Reid’s lives and she has monumentally impacted every person in their family!

In typical Ollie fashion, she sailed through open heart surgery, and has been a busy, joyful little girl in everything she does!!!

After Ollie, the Reid’s again thought their family was complete, but God works in the best ways! Adoption came into their prayers! In July of 2016, their next daughter was found! As soon as Annie saw her face & a video of her, she knew exactly where they would go to bring their little girl home!

Jade & Annie are over the moon excited!! Big sister, Aubrie, cried when she found out about the adoption & said she’s been praying for a baby sister for so long! And big brother, Everett, said he is willing to sit by his sister Aubrie in the back seat to allow room in the car for baby sister! Ha! And Ollie, well we are sure she will be excited when she figures out what is happening, and that she has a baby sister in her room!!!!

We can’t wait to get our daughter home & are so excited about the journey to get there!!!!

1/16/17—USCIS APPROVED, HOPE TO TRAVEL END OF FEBRUARY

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

$395.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LULU for the Madsen family — WI

LuLuFaith. What does it mean to you? As I study that word in the Bible, I learn : “Now faith is the confidence that we shall receive the things for which we hope, the proof of the reality of things we do not see…”

We will be adopting another little girl from Asia with Down Syndrome. LuLu. We have chosen “Faith” to be her middle name ~ LuLu Faith Madsen. For right now, it is by FAITH we must believe, not by what we feel or see. She was born at the exact time as our adopted daughter Lilly, abandoned at 8 months like Lil, and looks JUST like our Lil. We will call them twins.  We have been formally accepted to be LuLu’s parents. Let the paperwork and money craziness start.

We have prayed—A LOT. We still are. We have asked for His will. His provisions. We feel called. He equips the called. Our flesh is overwhelmed. Scared. And then we remember ~ Let our FAITH be bigger than our fears. So, we step. Our other children tell us to go & get that little girl home- she needs a family.  Lilly is super excited that LuLu is going to share a room with her and have “lots of sleep- overs.”

Please follow us on our CrAzY journey to bring this sweet child home. We ask, that if at all possible, to support us in any way you can. We ask for your prayers.  More than anything- we want to THANK YOU for loving and supporting us.

1/15/17—USCIS APPROVED 

$2,471.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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