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CARL for the Rook family — GA

Jamie and Kristina Rook are high school sweet hearts who knew from the moment they were married that a large family was a definite desire. After the first year of marriage they were told that they would not be able to have children due to Kristina’s PCOS diagnosis. By God’s grace they were wrong. Through the help of fertility drugs they were blessed with their first child after many losses. There were a total of 16 in utero losses throughout the years. They are currently the parents of 4 amazing children. God blessed them with 4 happy healthy and loving children but he placed the desire in their hearts and their children to have more. They prayed and spoke about adoption for many years even in the process of having their other children. Searching through photo after photo of children awaiting a family was really tough for them and led them down a few dead end roads. God had a different plan and he opened up their hearts to little Carl on RR and even though they had never met him, their lives have been forever changed simply by his innocent smile.

3/16/2017–HOMESTUDY in PROGRESS

$67.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PIPER for the Roush family — GA

roush piperTimothy and Tanna have been married almost 18 years and have 3 biological children. Their adoption journey began with a single prayer that, once answered, changed their lives forever. This prayer simply asked God to break their hearts for what breaks His and to rise up in them a holy passion.

They adopted their youngest 2 sons from Asia in December 2013. They then returned in June 2016 to adopt their sweet daughter. At that point, they assumed their family was complete. Their house was full and happy with 6 children (ages 14, 11, 6, 5, 4, & 2 year old). They started investigating new ways they could be used in adoption/foster/orphan-care ministries. They volunteer on our church’s adoption/foster care ministry team, Tanna started the process to be trained as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in the foster care system, and she enjoyed her role on the board of a small domestic adoption agency. Then, in December 2016 (while on their agency’s waiting child website), they saw the face of the child who will be their 7th. Piper is 3 months younger than their youngest daughter and has Down syndrome. This adoption has been their biggest faith journey by far. They could probably list 100 things that are scary about their “yes”. So many reasons they could have said no. But, if they are strong and courageous, He promises to never fail or abandon us. And none of their reasons to say no trumped Piper’s right to have a family who adores her and stands by her in this world. So, with mustard seed sized faith and trembling hands, they are headed back to adopt their precious baby with the extra chromosome and the special need of forever people.  And they’ve stopped telling people “we are done” and/or that their family is “complete”. Piper has taught them that, because of a simple answered prayer, it’s not up to them to decide when He’s done breaking us and molding us and using us. They are indeed broken in the best possible way and He has indeed raised in them a holy passion to defend the defenseless and to walk with these children down the scary, lonely roads that they have been asked to walk.

3/2/17—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: roushroadtochina.wordpress.com

$1,052.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

3/15/17—DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

$19.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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HADLEY for the Oliver family — GA

Hadley (3)DSC_0542-001Jeff and Beth met in 2002 when Jeff decided he wanted to marry Beth but thought he better ask her out first. So, in January of 2003, Jeff worked up the nerve to ask Beth out and after two dates and a few hang outs, Beth and Jeff were engaged March 17, 2003, then married August 29, 2003! Part of the conversation of those two dates was the desire to adopt by both Beth and Jeff.

In November of 2003, Beth and Jeff attended an information meeting to set “life goals”, to make an adoption plan. In that meeting, the gospel truly convicted Beth and Jeff and the plan to adopt added a desire to foster. After serving as foster parents, respite only, then taking a permanent placement in hope to adopt, Beth and Jeff served several years as foster parents. A reunification plan was made for the permanent placement and the children started their way home. Beth and Jeff found out a week later as one door slammed another opened as they found out they were pregnant and a son was born in 2007! A second pregnancy soon followed, a daughter being born in 2008!

Now with a son and a daughter, Jeff and Beth continued to seek out the desire to adopt. In 2012, a loving birth mother chose us as her son’s forever family! Even though for a week or so, our lives seemed “full”, adding another daughter still tugged at our hearts!

Jeff and Beth share the conviction that we will be held accountable each day and on that final day, of how we spent our time and who we spent it with. We are excited to find sweet Hadley on Reece’s Rainbow and continue to work through the process to spend our days with her! Please join us as you feel led financially, or support another family you find here! Maybe find a family in your church, neighborhood or everyday to help fund, or just bring them a meal or wash their car!

Thank you for doing something.  Just reading this and stopping to pray is huge.  For this work is HIS!

With much thankfulness, the Olivers, party of 6!

3/14/17—USCIS APPROVED

$1,852.81 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JULIANA for the Karrick family — GA

 photo fwbutton150.pngJulianaSteve and Ginger Karrick have eight children soon to be nine. Five of their children are adopted from China. In 2009, they stared the process to adopt and eighteen months later brought home their first little one from China, Kimmie. Kimmie had unknown special needs, she has autism. It was quite the adjustment for her and the entire family. But God used this precious little one to change their hearts forever. Over the next seven years they brought home Libbie (2011), Opal (2012), and Mariella and Samuel last year. Once home several months with the two newest little ones they saw “Juliana” on Reece’s Rainbow and on an advocacy page stating she was going to be deemed unadoptable if no one came forward to adopt her. Their hearts broke for this previous little one. They began to pray for her. They have adopted several children with similar special needs, extreme developmental delays, being non-verbal and autism. They also feel extremely blessed to see each of their children blossom once home. The light in their eyes come on and begin to understand what love is. After much praying they realized that “Juliana” is their daughter. She is four years old and from Asia, she is also blessed with an extra chromosome. They are stepping out on faith and are excited to resume the journey once again to bring their daughter “Juliana” home.

2/12/17—HOPING TO TRAVEL IN APRIL

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

$6,329.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MAX, CHASE, and TYLER for the Garcia Family — GA

Steven (Max) 2015

Steven (Max) 2015

BULGARIA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at http://www.lisagarcia.net/adoptionblog

 

VIKA for the Koenig family–GA

 Abe and Corrie Koenig were both born and raised in Germany.  They lived across the street from each other and started their relationship as best friends.  Little did they know that God had prepared them to spend the rest of their lives together as a family.  They both came to the States to attend a Christian College since there are no Christian Colleges to attend in Germany.  After a year and a half of studying, they got married in Germany and then returned to finish their degrees.  God allowed them to remain in the States, and they now live in Georgia.  Abe is an artist, but works as a truck driver, and Corrie is a stay-at-home/self-employed mom.   Corrie worked as a nanny for a wonderful family for over five years and loved every moment with this special family.  They both always dreamed of being parents, but this seemed to be a very hard task to achieve for them.  Abe reached the point where he was sure that they would start their family through adoption, while Corrie was sure that God would give them biological children.  After eight years of marriage, the Lord blessed them with their first biological daughter, conceived without any medical help ­- in the doctors' eyes impossible, but in their eyes a miracle.  Within less than four years, God allowed them to become the parents of four beautiful little girls, Annalee (age 6), Elliana (age 4), Amarissa (age 3), and Ammadea (age 2).  Along the way, they discovered that Annalee had a hearing loss and have had to help  her overcome many obstacles.  Elliana was born with strabismus and has needed one surgery and many, many hours of patching and vision therapy to help correct her vision.  Both of their precious "special" girls planted the seed for the desire to adopt a special needs child.  Although the desire to adopt a special needs child was there for a couple of years, they had no idea that God would bring Vika into their lives so soon.  God allowed Corrie to find Vika on another family's blog, who had adopted from the same orphanage and had to leave her behind.  Immediately upon seeing her precious face, they fell in love with her.  After much prayer, research, and sharing their desire with their families, God allowed them to move forward with the process of adopting her.  Abe and Corrie feel honored that God would choose them to become the parents of Vika and are committed to bringing her home to become a part of their family and receive the love and care she needs and deserves as quickly as possible.  Undoubtedly, there will be many obstacles to overcome along the way, but they are sure and have faith that God will provide EVERYTHING they need to be able to bring her home and give her all that she needs.  They are so grateful for Reece's Rainbow and their love for the many "special" children, the support of their family and friends, and for those who love Vika that they have never had the opportunity to meet!  They are excited to share their  journey with those that have loved her first.   You can follow along with their journey on their blog:  http://4miraclesandcounting.blogspot.com/   Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Koenig family's adoption journey on their blog at www.4miraclesandcounting.blogspot.com