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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

$3,542.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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D and S for the Stokes family — TX

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

1/16/17—WAITING FOR TRAVEL DATES

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

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

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EDWARD for the Harris family — TX

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

1/17/17—DOSSIER SUBMITTED (LID)
Follow the family’s journey on their blog: harris6adoption.blogspot.com

$7,613.03 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LINNY for the Meeker family — TX

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

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

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

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

11/16/16—TRAVELING DECEMBER 8

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

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Soleil for the Thorp Family – TX

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

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

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

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MAX & SAWYER for the Jones family — TX

MaxsawyerWe are a family of 8, soon to be 10.

I’d like to tell a little story if I could so please bear with me. A month or so before Xavier went into the hospital Andrew and I had come to the conclusion that we were going to go back to China. It had been 2 years since the boys came home and everyone was healthy and calm. We had our schedules down, we weren’t scheduled for any surgeries, the kids were rocking in school. We were a family of 8.

It was time.  And so we started the paperwork for a special someone who has been in my heart since I started advocating 4 years ago.  And then Xavier went into the hospital.

And the world stopped turning. It never crossed my mind in that first week and even into the second week that we wouldn’t be leaving the hospital with him. He had pneumonia. RSV. That was it. Lots of kids get it. We would just get through this, go home, obsess over the medical bills and quietly panic every winter when the other kids got sick. And then it started getting weird. They started pulling in specialists from every department to try and figure out what was going on. Heart, kidneys, genetics, autoimmunity, GI, and on and on. And even when his kidneys failed and they put him on the ECMO machine, I lived in denial. He was coming home and worst case scenario was that we would have to do dialysis short term. My husband allowed me to live there because it kept me sane. And best case was that we now had every department on board and we would finally be able to figure out why he wasn’t growing, why he wasn’t thriving… Something I had been working to get since he came home! And frankly denial is a good place to live in when your head is telling you one thing but your heart won’t listen. Life without my guy just wasn’t an option. We had always known he wouldn’t have a long life like the other kids, but two years?? TWO YEARS?? No. Not happening! And so we fought. And fought. And God let us fight. We had hope. It was a daily roller coaster. Sometime hourly. And just when we had climbed the mountain and could see the other side (the lungs were clearing and they were going to slow down dialysis), we found the spot on his cheek. And then they realized that the spot on his hand had grown 10x larger within a day. And we fell back down the mountain never to find our footing again. We prayed, we cried. I made deals with God. So many deals. Anything to not lose my son. Anything to take him home with me. Please just don’t take him. Give me another 2 years with him. Another 6 months. Anything but now.

And everything was quiet. He was still.

We came to a point where we knew we had done everything we could. We had a meeting with all the doctors and they said the same. And so we made the decision to end life support. It was the hardest thing I will ever do. Ever. Even once the decision was made in my mind, it was getting the words out. Because once it’s said…

I kept wondering how I got here. We just came in for pneumonia. A cold. And now we were having to say goodbye? How could that be? But as painful as it was, I was at peace. I don’t know how that could be, but I was. I knew we weren’t alone. We felt the prayers, I felt my Grandma close by, my best friend, Kim, my MIL.  I go through so many emotions every day. I cry, I laugh, I hide. I keep expecting to see him when I enter the kitchen, when I go into his room in the morning to wake up Ethan. And I miss him so much. Sometimes my heart aches because I miss him so much.

In those moments I have to remind myself that our lives aren’t over and his has just begun. And that is my one comfort. I WILL see him again. I know I will. And I know he is whole now. He is running and jumping and laughing and singing. And as someone pointed out to me, he is pointing down at me from heaven and telling people “That’s my mommy and she loves me so much!”

It’s crazy to think that all roads lead back to adoption. We took a beautiful risk when we adopted him and we have been forever blessed because of it. In fact, so many people have been blessed because of Xavier. The messages and letters I have received from people saying that they are going into nursing, physical therapy, missionary work, advocating, special needs teaching and so on because of Xavier has been incredible! We’ve seen it in our own children. My Maeve is set on becoming a special needs teacher because of her love for him. To think that our son was on this earth for 5 short years and he accomplished more than some do in their entire lives. He has changed lives for the better and all because of his smile, his innocence, his love of life, his will to live. And so I will continue to advocate for orphans in his name. And we will continue to adopt as God sees fit. We will continue to bring children home, whether into our family or by helping others, because that is what life is all about. Moving forward. Bringing families to children.  James 1:27 “To look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

And so with that being said, yes, we do have an announcement. We are continuing our paperwork and bringing home two children. Yes, two. We had started the paperwork for one but when Xavier passed away we felt like we could now give this second one the attention and medical that was needed. A child that I wouldn’t have dared to bring home in my past life. And so we are bringing home two. We need prayers. We need prayers for calm, for peace, for certainty. The children are excited for their new siblings and I think this will really help with the healing process. Because of Xavier’s special needs, no child is now a “special need”. They are a child. And so whatever the future brings, it brings hope. It brings family. They will both have family and we are so excited!

1/6/17—TRAVELING FEB 1

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

$14,439.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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VIENNA for the Patterson family — TX

 photo fwbutton150.pngVienna1 Hi!  We’re the Pattersons.  We’ve been married for 22 years (Wow, time flies!) and currently have five children.  Our two oldest are in college, our next two are in high school and our youngest is in fourth grade.  Two years ago we adopted our youngest, Joseph (Igor on Reece’s Rainbow) from Ukraine.  The past two years have been challenging but SO rewarding.

For over a year we have wanted to adopt again.  When we saw Vienna’s picture on Reece’s Rainbow we were so excited!  We had been praying about who our next child would be and hoping that we could adopt a little girl with Arthropryposis.  Joseph was born with Arthropgryposis and we have become quite familiar with the ins and outs of the medical procedures and therapies that are necessary.  So, when we inquired about Vienna and were accepted to pursue her adoption we were thrilled!  Despite the unknowns, we are ready to plow through the paperwork to bring our little girl home as soon as possible!!

We appreciate your prayers and support so much as we begin this journey.

3/13/16—DOSSIER SUBMITTED

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiskindness.wordpress.com

$3,187.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Twyla

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STEVEN and BRADYN for the Blackmon family — TX

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

LEONID and CALLEN for the Williams family — TX

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

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OLEG and SHANE for the Patterson family — TX

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Follow the Patterson family’s adoption journey on their blog AllArePreciousInHisSight.blogspot.com

ELVIRA for the Ochs family — TX

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Elvira 2015

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Follow the Ochs family’s adoption journey on their blog aplantingforhisglory.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

BRAEDEN for the Wingfield family — TX

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Stasik (Braeden) 2014

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

 

 

SHAWNA and LINDSAY for the Eubanks family — TX

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Follow the Eubanks family’s adoption journey on their blog livingonhopeandprayers.blogspot.com

 

ALLEN for the Jakubauskas family — TX

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Follow the Jakubauskas family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.four-more.blogspot.com

 

JACLYN & HARPER for the Hannon Family — TX


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Follow the Hannon family’s adoption journey on their blog at

http://the-scenic-route-momto6kids.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

KIRK & LORI for the Hazleton family – TX

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