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BEAU for the Speakman family — OH

BeauspeakmanRic and Melissa officially began their adoption process in 2016 but it had been growing in their hearts for many years prior to that. They currently have three girls: 7 ½ year old twins and a 5 ½ year old. “Beau” (or Bobo) was to be hosted by family friends over Christmas and Melissa’s mom hinted that they should adopt him – not even knowing they had begun talking about adoption. God continued to layer this idea with things they read, people they talked with, Adoption Sunday at church… Melissa had been feeling prompted by God to adopt Bobo but it wasn’t what she and Ric had initially talked about. One night they sat and prayed together about adoption and Melissa again mentioned Bobo. Ric’s excitement was immediate and they wrote an email to the host mom. Melissa told him, “The way I’ve been feeling God call me to this, if we send this email I believe Bobo will be our son. Ric reached over her and hit send. As soon as they said yes to God, He immediately put a deep love for this child in their hearts. Over several days of talking and praying with their girls, one of them asked if they were going to adopt Bobo. When they were told yes, their daughter began jumping up and down saying, “Yes! I want Bobo! I want Bobo!” The girls have already grown in their love for their “big brother” and talk about and pray for him daily. Although this is not what they thought their adoption would look like, (is it ever?) Ric and Melissa are ecstatic and loving the journey God is leading them through. They are praying that God goes before them and prepares Bobo’s heart (and theirs) for the transition. They couldn’t be more thrilled and are excited to tell how God has fitted the pieces of this puzzle together so perfectly. Ric and Melissa ask for prayers for wisdom and patience.

1/18/17—TRAVELING FEBRUARY 10

$14,418.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DAVID & GALEN for the Jast family — OH

David smilinggalen-2016-2John is one of 11 kids and loves every minute of being in such a big family! While he never thought he would have a big family of his own, he is certainly warming up to the idea. Kelsey was born to be a mom and if you ask anyone that knows her, it is no surprise she has so many children already! John is analytical and precise while Kelsey tends to be a free spirit which makes them perfect for each other.

We have 4 wild and adventurous children, ranging in age from only 1 year old to 5 years old (there are twins in there)! As you can imagine, our life seems pretty chaotic to most. To us, it is full of grace, joy, and a whole lot of laughter. Our youngest was adopted domestically, and God took us a on a serious journey through that process of learning who He is and what His heart beats for. Before she was ever in our arms, we knew we would adopt again.

We prayed and prayed that God would give us clarity on what He wanted next for us. Kelsey began looking on Reece’s Rainbow and was sure of two things: God wanted us to adopt a child listed on RR, and He wanted us to look in Eastern Europe. When she brought this to John, he was a bit unsure and needed some time to process it and pray. While he knew it was what God wanted, he wrestled with the idea of where the money would come from after such a short time of recovery from our last adoption. We both asked God to put us on the same page. After about only a week, we sat down and talked. We were both sure now that, despite the uncertainties, God was asking us to move forward. He reminded us that He is in control and the single source of all we have, and every blessing we have is from Him.

Back to Reece’s Rainbow we went and prayed about a few different kids. We didn’t yet have a clear “yes” on any kids until one day when we searched “Newly Listed Children.” The very first little boy that popped up, we knew. He was who God had laid on our hearts and told us to pursue.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to be on this journey again and bringing home our son, Billy, soon to be named August! He is already so deeply cherished and loved.

Update!  The Jast family will also be bringing home DAVID.

12/5/16—APPT on JANUARY 31
*** $1200 MATCHING GRANT!  When this FSP reaches $6,593.39, an additional $1200 will be donated for this family’s adoption ***

$7,894.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MICKEY for the OBrien family — OH

OBrienWe arrived home with Adhu from India on July 17, 2015 after a long, faith-shaking process. We thought we were done – our family was complete.

Big sister, new little brother, father and mother were settling into our new normal. We were bonding and getting ready to live our lives as a family of four.

But God had plans that we could not forsee. Plans bigger than us, plans for another child in need – of a family, of a future. Please pray for our family as we step out in faith once again.

Big sister, Big brother – waiting for “Mickey”.

2/16/17—TRAVELING MARCH 16


Follow the family’s adoption journey at http://and-now-there-is-a-third.blogspot.com

$18,007.14 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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THAD, CARSON, and PRESLEY for the Unroe family — OH

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

PAULA, NICHOLAS, AHNJA, ANJELINA & KEITH for the Unroe family – OH

     

 BULGARIA

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

 

     

DANIIL for the Stolz Family — OH

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We began our adoption journey to Joey back in 2004 when we decided we wanted to adopt one or two, up to three children, from Ukraine. Through prayer, we decided we wanted an older girl (age range 10-14) with a younger brother (age range 5-9), preferably for the younger brother to have Down syndrome. We have 5 bio children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome and autism. We felt we could handle another child with Down syndrome, since we knew what we were in for, and figured that probably not many other people were standing in line waiting for them.

We found, through another family who had adopted just a few months previously, a wonderful brother and sister pair who fit our “wish list” perfectly, except the little boy did not have Down syndrome. He had some other correctable medical problems, and in April 2004, James and Catie joined our family. Their adjustment was smooth, and we were enjoying them so much, but still felt that God could possibly be calling us to adopt another child with Down syndrome.

We heard about Daniil, saw a couple of pictures, and I was smitten. Jim was not quite as anxious as I was, since Daniil was much younger than we had originally planned, so we waited and prayed for guidance. Life goes on, but every few months I was drawn back to those pictures, then every few weeks, and soon, I was  studying them daily, and felt sure God was calling us to Daniil. Through the fall and early winter of 2006 we prayed for guidance, and that if it were not God’s will for us to have Daniil, that He provide another family for him. Through a series of events in February 2006, we came to be sure it was us, and we began our paperwork in earnest, finishing it just in time for the NAC to close down, as it was being turned into the SDA!

Updating paperwork as needed, and anxiously awaiting for the SDA to reopen, we finally got paperwork submitted in February, and got a May 2007 appointment. On June 11, 2007, Daniil became Alexander Joseph Stolz, (“Joey”) and came home with us at the end of June. He was 6 years 10 months old, and such a joy. He now has 3 brothers and 4 sisters, and a mom and dad, and lots of extended family who love him.