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KAILA and CONNIE for the Adair family — MN

adair-girlsadair-famJacob and Rebecca are the couple that everyone looks up to and inspires to be because they know each other so well and have the most open communication. Rebecca is very sweet and caring. Jacob is very supportive and understanding. They met online when Rebecca was 18 and Jacob was 19. Instantly there was a strong connection between the two and they got married in 2006. Their relationship grew and they had 4 beautiful girls but felt their family was destined for more as they grew by 3 more girls last year. Jacob and Rebecca’s strengths to support their growing family are through their faith and dedication to God and their family. Their weakness is the same as any family that has seen the inside of an orphanage; that their hearts are forever burdened with the never ending suffering of orphans that will never know the love of a mother and father. They strongly feel led to the ministry of adoption even more now that they have seen first hand how amazing adoption can be when they brought home 3 beautiful sisters from Ukraine in 2016. Overall, they feel their adoption experience has been one of the best as their girls have integrated into their family so easily thanks to the ministry staff and other orphanage staff who did an amazing job preparing them for a life with a family to love and support them forever. This next trip they intend to add two more wonderful girls (biological sisters) into their ever expanding and loving home. Patiently waiting for their days to travel, they need all the help and support possible to bring these girls home and welcome them to a lifetime of family, friendship, and happiness.

2/23/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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ANGEL for the Job family — CA

Angel (1)The Job family currently reside in Northern California and are thrilled to be adopting for the first time. Gary and Sasha have been married for nearly seventeen years and have been blessed with four amazing children. Their youngest biological child, Zoey, was born with a congenital heart defect as well as an extra chromosome – she has Down syndrome! Zoey has shown the family not only how strong she is, quickly recovering from open heart surgery at three months old, but also that life with Down syndrome is beautiful. The joy she has brought to their world is contagious and the family knew that one day they would add to their family through adoption … and they knew one thing for sure, they wanted a child with Down syndrome!

In November Sasha saw “Angel” on Reece’s Rainbow. Immediately something grabbed her, she couldn’t look away from “Angel’s” photo. She read her bio and sat there, staring at her sweet little face on the computer screen … she knew she was this little one’s mama! Soon the entire family had fallen in love with her as well. It was becoming clear that they were definitely “Angel’s” family! The financial aspect of adoption being the only thing holding them back, but after much prayer they chose to step out in faith … confidently saying “yes” to this sweet girl!

“Angel” is four years old. She has a congenital heart defect as well as an extra chromosome (Down syndrome). She is perfect and so loved! The family signed with the agency “Angel” is listed with and submitted paperwork in December. They got the best Christmas gift imaginable, pre-approval to proceed in adopting this precious girl. Now officially on their adoption journey, they are doing everything they can to get to her as quickly as possible.

They hit the ground running and began fundraising immediately – and they continue to do so. They are nearing completion of their homestudy and have begun to work on their dossier. Please keep this family continually in your prayers and if you feel led, please donate toward their adoption to bring “little sister” (as they now affectionately call her) home!

2/23/17—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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AMELINDA for the Terborg family — IN

amelindaJill is a single mom to two girls adopted from China. Jill always felt that she would adopt someday. She never thought that she would be doing it on her own, but feels incredibly blessed to be their mom. Jill adopted Ella in 2009 and Lexie in 2012. Both girls were adopted through the special needs program. They each have medical needs that require regular follow up but are very manageable now. Jill has found that she’s never really been doing this on her own, after all. God has directed every step and she and her girls are loved by Him as well as a community of family and friends. Her daughters are the joy of her life.

Jill and her daughters hosted Lexie’s best friend from her orphanage in December 2015 with the purpose to find a family for him. He is Reece’s Rainbow’s “Beau.” The two friends were reunited and he was recently adopted by family friends. That was a wonderful experience and Jill agreed to consider hosting again per Ella’s request. Ella wanted to host a little girl this time.

Jill, her daughters, and her mom (who takes care of her daughters when she works) looked at the next list of children available for hosting and were drawn to a 5 year old little girl. They watched her video and couldn’t imagine why she was still waiting for a family. Jill requested her file which had a long list of medical conditions in it that seemed daunting on paper but didn’t seem to fit the little girl in the video. Jill is an RN and felt like they could certainly help her find a family. Selah spent three weeks with them in their home last summer. They quickly fell in love with this sweet, funny, and determined little girl. Though she has challenges and the medical needs in her file proved to be true, it was obvious that they won’t define her. She doesn’t let anything stop her! Jill had a tearful goodbye with Selah at the airport when she went back. While Selah was here, Jill saw how well she fit into their family but hadn’t planned to adopt again and kept telling herself that she couldn’t do this… add a third child with multiple medical needs as a single mom… but she could also feel God saying, “No, you can’t. But I can.” After Selah left, she knew what she needed to do. Four days later, Jill emailed the adoption agency to begin the process to adopt Selah and bring her back to them, forever this time.

Selah has a long list of diagnoses and is in need of medical care and surgeries which may still include open heart surgery. There will be some travel required in the Midwest to provide her with the best options for medical care that will improve her quality of life. Selah is known as “Amelinda” on Reece’s Rainbow.

Jill hopes to travel for Selah’s adoption in the summer. Ella and Lexie are excited to bring their little sister home. They appreciate your prayers for the journey that lies ahead. “Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.” Proverbs 24:12

2/21/17—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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PAULSON for the Hiatt family — UT

paulsonAngela and Jon have been married for two years. They have a beautiful blended family of 13 kids. All are girls but one. Angie has a biological daughter with Down syndrome and in 2014 she adopted a little girl from China who also has Down syndrome, and adopted a little girl domestically with special needs. Angie has a foster son with Down syndrome who has been part of their family for 9 years. Jon was introduced to the wonderful world of special needs and adoption when he met Angie and her kids. He instantly felt a connection to them and loving them came easy. Angie already had a passion for orphans and special needs and has spent time serving, adopting and advocating for them.

Jon and Angie always felt like there was another child that was to join their family. They didn’t know when or how they just knew that God would show them. About a month ago, once again, Angie started to feel drawn to the little faces and adoption stories on Reece’s Rainbow. She kept praying that God would take this feeling from her, but instead he quietly whispered to her heart through the sweet words of her 9 year old daughter who was excited when Angie told her that she had a surprise to tell her. With a big smile on her face she asked her mom if the surprise was that she was going to the orphanage to get a baby brother. When her mom told her no they weren’t going to the orphanage but to Disney Land she suddenly looked disappointed and told her mom that Disney is fun but, she really wanted a brother. A couple days later Angie was in the car with her other daughter who has Down syndrome and she was on face book watching the videos and looking at pictures of Kecia Cox’s baby Noah just like she has done for the past few months. This time she looked up and told her mom that she needed to go and get a baby like Noah from the orphanage. Angie soon realized what God was trying to tell her.

The next day she messaged a friend and told her about the experiences she was having and her friend sent her Paulson’s picture. She couldn’t stop looking at his tiny little nose and hands. His sweet face was so familiar to her and she knew that this was the little boy God wanted them to pursue. This little boy would soon become a son, and a brother. Angie sent his picture to Jon and expressed her feelings and the experiences she had with the girls. God was also whispering to Jon. He had been feeling like there was another child that was to come to their family but, he didn’t know when or who until he saw Paulson’s picture. He had a dream 13 years early of a little boy that was his son, and he was sure is last baby was going to be a boy but it wasn’t he was blessed with another beautiful girl. After having 5 girls of his own and 6 more step daughters he was convinced that he was only supposed to have daughters, but God had a different plan. The next day they committed to Paulson. This adoption is moving quickly and they are so excited and grateful to be on this journey to bring their son home.

2/20/17—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: journeytoababyboy.blogspot.com

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KAYLA for the McAuliffe family — OR

kayla-1Kristina has been a natural caregiver her whole life. She is a single mom to three wonderful boys. Her youngest son is blessed with Williams Syndrome. Kristina has been a licensed daycare provider for 15 years. During this time she has cared for many children with sever special needs. She’s taken care of children with Cerebral Palsey, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Oppositional Defiance Disorder , ASD, and of course Williams Syndrome. Kristina has always welcomes these children with open arms when other daycares turn them away. Kristina loves being a daycare provider because she’s earning a living and home for her own children’s needs. It’s the best of both worlds. Kristina knows the love of adoption because her mom was adopted. Most of Kristina’s family has passed away. Losing them so young has left Kristina with a deep passion for family. Kristina always knew she wanted to adopt. After seeing a friend fundraising through Reece’s Rainbow she began asking questions. Her friend introduced her to the profiles on Reece’s Rainbow. Kristina spent weeks reading hundreds of profiles. She knew she wanted to adopt but how? She had little savings, she was single. She just felt it was impossible. God kept whispering you can do it. She prayed about making the best adoption decision for her family. Months went by and the right profile just didn’t come up. All the children’s profiles broke her heart. Then it happened. There was a post with the most adorable baby girl. Kristina just knew this was her girl. She showed the picture to her boys. The oldest said “yep she’s the one”. Kayla medical file has a long list of diagnosis. Kristina has no idea how she’s going to raise the money for this adoption. She has already doubled her work hours. She knows it’s going to take hard work. She is truly jumping in on faith.

2/15/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$69.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LAYLA for the Adams family — NC

Layla3_July 2016The Adams adoption adventure actually spans several years. It was a desire Diane had since she was young. Diane always loved children and raised a wonderful son (Nick). However, with pay equivalent to a teacher and single, it took several years to actually be in a position to be able to afford adoption. Diane saved over the years, but hadn’t quite gathered the entire amount needed to cover the expenses. There were garage sales and she grew a garden and canned the vegetables to save money here and there. Slowly her nest egg grew. Then sadly, her brother passed away after a long illness. Her brother was aware of her desire to adopt, and Diane was surprised to learn he provided a small sum of money to jump start the process. He would have been so happy to know that he had a part in her adventure.

In 2009, after what seemed forever, Diane began her first adoption. The referral was an incredibly small, sickly little girl in Eastern Europe. At the time of the first visit this little one-year-old was not able to sit independently, crawl, stand or support herself. She had digestive problems and was not able to absorb food adequately. It was felt she possibly has celiac disease or some other digestive disorder. She was failure to thrive, and the international adoption medical specialist said she had severe global delays. On the first visit, this little one looked up at Diane when she held her and just smiled. Diane knew that this little girl belonged with her. The adoption was complete in 2010. It was later learned that this little one was hearing impaired. Today, Makenzie is thriving in every way. While she wears bilateral hearing aids and does have celiac’s disease, her daughter reads in the top of her class and does equally as well in math. She enjoys gymnastics and is beautiful, loving and amazing in every way. She adores having a big brother, and he adores her.

In 2014, Diane began to feel that tug to add to her family again and pursue another adoption. She started having garage sales and her co-workers helped by donating items. She had a pastry fund raiser and even posted a go fund me page. Makenzie helped by selling homemade brownies at the garage sale. One day, in 2016, while Diane was looking on a web site that posts profiles of orphans with special needs, she saw a picture of a sweet little girl (Layla), in Eastern Europe. Layla had a rough start with club feet (now corrected), microcephaly and a genetic eye defect. She also had developmental delays, but she seemed to be a perfect fit for the Adams growing family. The Adams family is excited to add this sweet little girl to their family but still has a few financial hurdles before they can get there. We hope that others will want to make the difference in the life of this special little girl as well.

2/8/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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MARTIN for the Cotner family — NC

cotnerWilliam and Lee-Ann Cotner had a whirlwind romance that has set the tone for their adventurous, fun loving family. William is an Active Duty Military Police officer. Lee-Ann is currently a stay at home mom but, with a background in education, which is where her heart completely fell in love with her students blessed by Down Syndrome. They always knew they wanted to adopt but, always dreamed it was when their four biological kiddos were older. One day in 2015, sitting at the breakfast table and scrolling Facebook, they came across the profile of little boy on Reece’s Rainbow and they immediately knew he was to be their son. In 2016 Harvey became an official member of the family. Harvey has been such an amazing blessing to their family. He is rocking his Down Syndrome and brings such joy to everyone his smile meets.

The Cotner children IMMEDIATELY began asking for another brother or sister. But, so soon after Harvey’s adoption financially, William and Lee-Ann knew it would be best to wait. Lee-Ann came across Martin’s profile and felt that tug. She kept going back to his profile reading it over and over for several days. She made the inquiry to the agency and saw the most precious little boy’s face. Three year old Charlotte walked over the computer… looked at the picture and said “Oh THERE’S my baby brother”… and that was the sign of all signs that he in fact was meant to be their son. They live by that saying that there is ALWAYS a way…you just have to believe and remember God bless the broken road.

William, Lee-Ann and their five children, Peyton, Parker, Charlotte, Quinn and Harvey are so overjoyed to have you as part of the adventure bringing Martin home. They are grateful for those that show their support both financially and spiritually. Every donation will leave a lasting impact on their hearts and helping bring Martin home into his forever family, where we will be a cherished and welcomed member of the family, who they can’t wait to see shine!

2/7/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$150.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NATALIA and RYDER for the Newby family — NC

nataliaryder1-2015Our family was blessed with a miracle in 2014 when we learned after seventeen years of infertility we were expecting a baby. This little miracle would bring along an extra special combination of chromosomes aka Down syndrome. We couldn’t imagine the joy we had in store when he joined our family. Every milestone has been a celebration and we’ve learned to appreciate every moment.

When our family began to discuss adoption we knew we wanted to give a child with Down syndrome a home where they would know love and acceptance. We wanted to offer a home where they could thrive, grow, and know the love of a family.

After looking into the adoption process, we came across Reece’s Rainbow. After researching international adoption and learning the living conditions of children in orphanages our hearts were led to adopt via this route. We felt this was the way God was directing our path.

We are so excited to be welcoming Natalia and Ryder home! They will have two amazing big brothers waiting for them! Our journey is set before us and we ready for the joys as challenges.

2/7/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$252.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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NOELANI for the Holt family — TX

noelani-1Jacob and Sarah had that “love at first sight” moment 13 years ago at Dallas Baptist University and never stopped living the fairy tale. Jacob is a Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services and Sarah is a fitness bootcamp instructor / stay at home mom with their 6 children ages 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10. After the adoption of #6, they knew they had room in their hearts and home for one more and started looking at Reece’s Rainbow for the perfect child with “something extra.” The whole family is so excited to welcome their new sister, soon to be named “Noelle”!

2/6/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey at:  justusholts.blogspot.com

$519.76 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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WILKIE for the Ellison family — UT

wilkie-2Almost 3 years ago while preparing his file for families to review, adoption worker Stefani Ellison first saw the chubby little face of an endearing toddler boy. His special need was Down Syndrome and he had an extra tiny thumb protruding from his right thumb. That should have been her first clue. He was giving her the “thumbs up” sign no matter what direction she looked at him from. He needed a privacy name and she named him WILKIE.

Months, then years passed, no family came for him. His file left her agency and was assigned to multiple agencies. Still, no family came. His file again returned to her agency and he was included in an Advocacy Camp in November 2016. Stefani was assigned to be one of the traveling staff and her teenaged daughters Alexa and Jaeya were lucky get to go help too.

Alexa has had an extra special place in her heart for WIlkie. She has watched him for years as he waited. She wanted to be assigned as his advocate SO BADLY and in the end she was. She did a fundraiser to earn her plane ticket. They went to camp and needless to say, Wilkie was amazing, utterly ready for them to be friends. While in Asia, Stefani made repeated online posts and plead for someone to find their son Wilkie. Why was his prospective mother not listening?

Camp ended and they said their heartbreaking goodbyes and watched him taken into the elevator with his caregiver. The doors shut on that bright face. Sob. They made the arduous journey home missing Wilkie with their whole hearts.

A few days after returning home, Stefani’s husband Stephen called her from work. He declared, “I need to sell my truck”. To ever see Stephen with that Dodge Mega Cab 350 truck was to know that the beauty was his baby. Stefani wondered what on earth must be broken with it and steeled herself for what was coming next. What she didn’t prepare for was the answer to her question why when Stephen replied, “I need to sell my truck because I think I am supposed to be Wilkie’s dad.” Simply that and hearts were turned and future’s changed.

They have received pre-approval, Stephen’s truck sold and other tender mercies have been shown to them. There is no doubt today that Wilkie is an Ellison son and brother. His time waiting for a family to know he was theirs had finally ended.

The Ellison’s have blended a family, adopted 12 children, been foster parents, and have stepped up many times to help kids from very hard places. It has been painful and sometimes utterly challenging but they are certain they need to step up one more time and bring Wilkie home.

So, they walk towards Wilkie. They enfold him. They will do battle for him. They will sign every piece of unending paperwork with joy in their hearts that they get to be part of this blessing. Please walk with them. Be a partner in their journey. Together be awestruck by what Wilkie will bring into our lives and in what he will give the world.

2/6/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$2,582.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CODY and CAREN for the Simmons family — TN

CodycarenMark and Brenda Simmons have been married for twenty years and have five biological children ages ranging from 3 to sixteen. They have always had a heart for children and although having a large family had always been part of their plan, they had not considered that adoption was part of their life story. God was constructing other plans though, and had been working in their lives for many years preparing their hearts to love and care for others in need. They initially pursued helping children in need through the foster care system. After completing their last foster care class though, they came across the Reece’s Rainbow website quite by accident. They immediately felt as if they were being led in the direction of special needs adoption. They were both drawn to siblings, Cody and Caren, and became convicted to make these beautiful children part of their family. Mark and Brenda are blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who love and support their values and their desire to grow their family through adoption. God has always guided with love and faithfulness. Mark and Brenda and their children are so excited to be a part of Gods leading in this wonderful journey of adoption. Please help them bring Cody and Caren home soon!

2/4/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$274.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STAR for the Gagnon family — AZ

star-10Adopting their youngest son from Eastern Europe, Stacey swore she could never go back. After seeing firsthand the children she had only ever read about, she stepped off the plane back home and wanted to put it all behind her. She didn’t want to remember the silence of the orphanage, the smell of tooth decay and urine, and the babies lying for hours on end in their metal cribs. They had rescued their son, Israel, and perhaps there were other ways that God would use them to help the other children.

But God had other plans and they learned of a little girl that was laying in another crib on the other side of the orphanage, the same orphanage they had carried their son out of. They learned about the horrible medical procedures the baby had endured and her need for a family. This sweet girl had an amputated left arm and right foot, and she needed a mommy and daddy who could help her grow into a strong, confident woman. She needed siblings who could challenge her to walk and run, in spite of her limb differences. This little one needed a home, and the Gagnons knew that they could make room for one more.

The Gagnon’s are excited to welcome home there “Room for One More”, named Star. And as they travel this journey, they would like to invite you to come along and support them in prayer.

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

2/4/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
You can follow their journey at www.ransomforisrael.com as they make a difference to this one; their little “Star”fish.

$4,217.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNA and DOLLY for the Graham family — TX

anna-2016dolly-2017Hi there! We are Chris and Elizabeth Graham. Newlyweds. Mama and Daddy to Worth. Adoption advocates. Chipotle lovers. A musician and an artist.

In early 2015, I (Elizabeth) was living the single lady life when I had the craziest dream. In my dream, I was marrying the love of my life, and there right next to us was my precious, adopted child. It was breathtaking and vividly real.

By mid-2015, I was home study approved and eagerly learning the world of international adoption. After setback and heartbreak, I finally met my son, Worth, in May 2016, and he was in my arms forever on October 17, 2016.

Somewhere in the middle of that beautiful chaos, I met Chris and immediately knew he was the man of my dreams. Chris asked me to be his wife right before we traveled together to pick up my son, now our son. Loving Worth together has been the greatest joy of our lives. Some days are hard and messy and full of tears, but every day is overflowing with love.

Our prayer as a couple is that our love be so abundant that we have plenty to share with the world; now is the time to share our love with two daughters, two sisters for Worth. After months of praying and advocating for “Anna,” it became clear that she was supposed to join our family. Right now, she is locked away in a mental institution for adult men. Soon, she will be ours, forever home in our family.

With all signs and dreams pointing to adopting two girls, our hearts were led to “Dolly.” Without a doubt, she is our missing piece! “Anna” and “Dolly” are already in our hearts. Now we just need to get them home!

Thank you for being a part of this beautiful story. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

2/2/17 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$206.61 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SCARLETT for the Goodridge family — NC

scarlett-updateKyle and Leilani are excited about growing their family through adoption. They have three energetic little boys at home (21 months, 4.5, and 6 year old). This boy family is ready to shake things up and welcome a sister/daughter. They cannot wait to have “Scarlett” home. This sweet girl has just turned three and has Down Syndrome. Kyle and Leilani knew that adoption was in their future at some point, but being a busy military family made that a challenge. Moves have slowed down and now is the time! Leilani is a former preschool special education teacher, who now stays at home with their three young boys. Kyle is a dedicated Army officer who serves our country and sets a wonderful example to for his children. Kyle and Leilani would appreciate your support, please help them raise some funds to bring this precious little one home.

2/1/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$198.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANA for the Rice family — MI

lana-video-still-jan-2017-jan-2017Kathy lives in West Michigan, where she was born and raised. Kathy was introduced to adoption – especially international adoption, and Reece’s Rainbow, when her daughter decided to adopt a little girl with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe. Her daughter and granddaughter returned home in December 2015. While following her daughter’s adoption and the year since, Kathy has helped as many families as she could, financially and prayerfully. She has also advocated for many children in need of families. Reading story after story about the life altering effects of adoption – for the child and parents – has been an inspiration to her.

After reading about the conditions children who have aged out face, and knowing those children would never know the love of a family, she knew she needed to do more. For the last few months Kathy has been contemplating and praying on what more she could do to help these children. So she is excited to announce that she is going to bring ‘Lana’ home before she ages out and loses the chance to live happily ever after knowing the love and joy of having a family!

Kathy raised her daughter as a single parent and knows the struggles it involves and the additional work it requires, but she decided that now is a good time to adopt an older child who is also from the same country where her granddaughter is from. Like her granddaughter, Lana rocks that awesome extra chromosome!

Any prayers and support, financially or emotionally, are greatly appreciated during her adoption process!

1/31/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at lifealteringeffects.blogspot.com

$327.04 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VIVIAN for the Morse family — TN

vivian-2016-1Priscilla and Dave are experienced parents and adopters who have had their eyes opened once again to a precious child in need. They are pushing full steam ahead to bring their newest blessing home, and would love your support and prayers as they work as hard as they can to bring her home where she can know love, family, support and get the medical care she desperately needs. She will be joining her three older brothers and older sister who can’t wait to have her home to dote on. Please join the Morse family in their journey across the ocean once more, to gently gather their sweet baby girl into their arms and shepherd her home.

1/28/2017 –HOMESTUDY IN PROCESS

$63.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JEWEL for the Jones family — MT

Jewel2Cory and Kate Jones have been married for 10 years and live in northwest Montana.  They have 3 boys ages 6, 5, 2, and a daughter age 2.  Christ is the center of their lives and they strive to live and love the way Christ loves.  They adopted their 2 year old daughter, KyLynn, in July 2016 from China.  She has a blood disorder called beta thalessemia.  They have experienced firsthand what family, love, and proper medical care can do for a child.  Their daughter is growing and thriving in ways they never imagined.  Just two months after being home, they saw their sweet Magnolia’s face.  Kate knew that she was going to be their daughter, but they were a bit scared to say yes.  They had just exhausted their resources bringing home KyLynn.  After lots of prayer, God has confirmed to them in many ways that this is their daughter and they are not going to let money be a hindrance from following what God is calling them to.  They are confident that what God calls them to, he will provide while they trust and wait on Him.  They are choosing to walk by faith and not by sign as they work to bring sweet Magnolia home!  Magnolia Joy has Down syndrome and she rocks it, the Jones family knows that she will bring so much joy to their home!

2/15/17 —AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$2,319.65 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KAYDEN for the Branscum family — WA

kaydenFrom as far back as Brianna can remember she has been inspired to adopt because of her sister. Her sister was adopted from Korea back in the 70’s. So, when Brianna and Josh got married it wasn’t a question that at some point they would adopt. They have almost been married 13 years and now have 7 biological boys ranging from 1 to 10 years old. The discussion has always been very open with their boys about adopting, but they have always said down the road. Maybe 10 years. Their 8-year-old is already making plans to adopt teenagers from foster care when he grows up. He talks constantly about adoption and ask every question under the sun. Adopting a special needs child hadn’t always been the plan though. Brianna has always been drawn to Down Syndrome kids and has looked through Reece’s Rainbow numerous times over the years. She’d always show kids to Josh, but they knew it wasn’t the right time. Special needs kids made him nervous. Then a little over a year ago he had a change of heart. He was completely on board with adopting a special needs child. Brianna continued to read blogs about other families adopting. One family in particular that was adopting 4 kids lead her to this specific country, so all she would look at was kids from there. One day though she pulled open 4 kids pages and when Josh got home she showed him. One adorable, little boy they closed instantly because there wasn’t a ton of information and it scared them. They both agreed to pray about the other 3 kids. Ultimately, they didn’t feel like God was telling them to adopt any of these 3 kids. A month or so later one of the pages Brianna follows on Facebook shared a blog by Wide Awake International. The little boy in the preview photo oddly looked familiar so she opened it up. And there right in front of her was that little boy that they had closed the webpage instantly on! It was love at first sight. His giggle and smile stole her heart. When Josh got home he couldn’t believe it. They both agreed to pray about this little boy, but already could tell God was speaking to them about him. A few days later as Brianna was carrying their youngest to the changing table after he had cried in the middle of the night she felt an overwhelming feeling that the little boy was meant to be there son. She texted Josh at work instantly and he agreed! They gave it fully to God to help them figure out the funds to commit to this little boy by Thanksgiving and He came through instantly. All their other boys are so excited! They had always begged for a sister, but the mention of a new brother brought no request for a sister and just the question of how fast can he be their brother. So now we are praying and doing whatever it takes to get him home and make him Branscum Boy #8!

1/27/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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Chelsea Qi for the Regan family — MD

Chelsea Qi (3)Shannon lives in Maryland with her 14 year old son Alex. Alex is her pride and joy. After four miscarriages, and divorce, she still knew more children were meant for her family. She has been drawn to adoption since she was a little girl. Shannon grew up with physical disability in her family and knows first hand the difference love and support and good care can make in someone’s life. When she saw Chelsea-Qi’s profile, there was no doubt it was time to get the house ready for a little sister for Alex. Shannon is anxious and ready to meet Chelsea and show her all of the wonderful things Annapolis has to offer. God has called Shannon to adopt and specifically children with special needs. Waiting now is no different than the nine months she waited for her son to be born. Cheslea will be so loved and cared for and encouraged to live this beautiful life in the way she dreams. The Regan family (including Chelsea) is forever grateful for all prayer and donations in support of this adoption.

1/24/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$82.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JOHN, JAKE, and JARED for the Clements family — TX

We are Robert and Jennifer Clements. We live in Texas and have been married for almost four years. We both have a special love for children and a heart for serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We have each been involved in our nephews and nieces lives growing up and have served in children’s ministry at our church as well as doing VBS with kids on mission trips to South Texas, Cuba, South Carolina, Guatemala to name a few places across the world. We have been unable to conceive children naturally, yet both have a strong desire to grow our family. Adoption is prevalent on both sides of our immediate families and something we talked about while dating. We were introduced to an orphan hosting organization through Robert’s older sister and about a year ago we learned the story of 4 precious boys in need of a family. They had been living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe for over 6 years. We hosted the 3 younger boys (the oldest has been adopted by another family) for 5 weeks last summer and they captured our hearts. We were told a story about the youngest a couple of Christmases ago who all he wanted was “joy”, “love”, and “peace”. He told us our family gave him joy, love, and peace. We have felt God’s hand orchestrating the entire process of Him choosing us to give these sweet, active boys a family they deserve and to love them unconditionally as He loves us.

1/24/17—COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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ROXY for the Siebold family — AR

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roxyJoseph and Samantha Siebold’s decision to add to their family through adoption began in November 2015. They never could have guessed the many ups and downs they would experience when they began.

One year from making the commitment to adopt – after things going so very unexpectedly – they have had their hearts opened wider than ever. The big picture here is one they never could have envisioned or created on their own. Their story is one they never would have written for themselves. The world is an imperfect place full of imperfect people. But, if all of us come together in small ways the world can be changed.

They are so honored and excited to become this beautiful girl’s adoptive family! Adoption is never perfect because it comes from loss. The Siebolds’ goal is to meet “Roxy” where she is at and give her everything they have to give. She deserves the world (and more) and they want to try to change it for her!

(You can help them change her world too!)

When she joins the Siebold family, “Roxy” will have a Mama and Daddy ready to unconditionally love and advocate for her. She will have two big sisters and a big brother to dote on her for a lifetime. Not to mention a big extended family and community to support and embrace her.

1/18/17—COMPILING DOSSIER
Read more about the Siebolds and follow the family’s adoption (and beyond!) through Samantha’s blog:  www.NonfictionFairytale.com

$640.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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

$97.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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

$2,258.26 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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

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

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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

$2,017.49 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

$824.51 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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2 Children 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!

1/30/17 —AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$293.33 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

2/21/17 —LOA RECEIVED

$633.50 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

$350.35 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

2/3/17 —DOSSIER COMPLETE

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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

$9.82 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$5.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/12/17—AWAITING TRAVEL DATES
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at siblingsforthehowells.blogspot.com

$15,148.42 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.

2/12/17—AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$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.

2/3/17—USCIS APPROVED
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at blessedbylove7.blogspot.com

$1,180.42 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

2/2/17 —HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$213.40 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.

1/25/17—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 6

$1,476.53 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.

1/20/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Please follow along their journey at Hoperisingfarm.blogspot.com

$6,055.75 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.

2/12/17—DOSSIER COMPLETE

$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.

1/27/17 —HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

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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.

2/1/2017 —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

2/12/17—DOSSIER 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.

2/17/17—FIRST TRIP MARCH 6

$2,729.75 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

2/12/17—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.

1/25/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID 1/10)

$74.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

1/27/2017—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s journey on their blog thelittleredhouse.blogspot.com

FULLY FUNDED!!! 

$6,992.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/12/17—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

$1,066.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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!

2/22/17—DOSSIER EN ROUTE (DTC) 


You can read more about their journey on their public page: www.facebook.com/dutytoadopt

$557.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/19/17—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at: responsivelove.weebly.com

$734.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RUTH for the Felmlee family — CO

felmlee-2017The 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!

1/18/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)

$9.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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

$1,704.29 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.

2/5/17—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: hismissionourhome.wordpress.com

$1,585.57 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

$257.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

2/3/17—USCIS APPROVED

$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.

2/16/17—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; COMPILING DOSSIER

$10,723.54 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
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theshupestorycontinues.blogspot.com

$1,249.55 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.

2/12/17—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

$2,807.25 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!

2/2/17—HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING APPROVAL
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)

$305.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

1/27/2017—LOA RECEIVED

$360.84 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.

2/12/17—AWAITING LOA
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: harris6adoption.blogspot.com

$7,661.53 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.

2/22/2017—LOA RECEIVED; HOPE to TRAVEL in MARCH

$6,902.78 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

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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.

1/24/17—FIRST TRIP FEBRUARY 19

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