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HOWIE for the Stoneman family — UT

Chandler and Dani have three biological children and a desire to grow their family. Little by little their hearts have been led to international special needs adoption. While following a co-worker’s Reece’s Rainbow adoption, Dani could not stop looking through the faces on Reece’s Rainbow, wondering if one would stand out as their child. Specifically, they were looking for a little girl with Down Syndrome. They asked about a few little girls, but none of them were meant to be part of the Stoneman family. They decided to wait until they knew which direction to go. Surely, they would know their child when they saw him/her. However, they felt a sense of urgency to keep pushing forward. They decided to work with an agency to prepare their home study so they would be a few steps ahead when they found their child on Reece’s Rainbow. Before their home study was complete, they found a little boy with Down Syndrome. They had passed over little boys before, thinking they were in search for a little girl, but Howie stole their hearts. While his circumstances and conditions may not be ideal to most, he is 100% perfect in their eyes. Isn’t that how every parent sees their child?

Things have moved quicker than expected. They have witnessed many miracles to get their family and Howie to where they are now. They have been blessed with support from angels both seen and unseen.

Fundraising has been an exciting family affair. Their 6 and 4 year olds started a neighborhood business of collecting cans to “save money for adoption.” And their 3 year old says every day, “Mom, we should go get my brother.” Soon, but not soon enough, the Stoneman’s hope to travel Spring 2018.

10/20/2017 — DOSSIER IN COUNTRY

$365.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LANDON for the Harmon family — UT

God has been working miracles in their hearts, and the Harmon family is adding a sweet little boy to their family! As their own four children slept safely in their beds, bellies full of food, hearts knowing they are loved, Nikki and Mikey wept as they scrolled through profiles of abandoned children who did not know the safety and love of a family. As they scrolled through page after page of profiles, they kept going back to one little boy who had touched their hearts. He was familiar to them somehow, and before the night was over they had emailed the agency for more information. They hardly slept that night as the weight of these forgotten children weighed heavily on their hearts and wet their pillows with tears. Over the next few days it became clear that God intended for this little boy to teach them about sacrifice and love. Suddenly their perspective had changed and nothing felt as important as bringing him home. Their children did not hesitate for a moment when Nikki and Mikey told them there was a child without a home who needed a family. They cannot wait to hold Landon in their arms!

7/12/2017 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at theharmonsadopt.blogspot.com

$1,652.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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WILKIE and OLIVIA for the Ellison family — UT

wilkie-2OliviaAlmost 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.

10/20/2017– TRAVELING NOV 3

$5,200.86 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Wilkie has received a $2,119.50 Waiting Child Grant.
Olivia has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

2 Children for the Wilde Family — UT

 photo fwbutton150.pngShannon 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!

As soon as they saw the photo of Carrie, a precious little one in pink with melting brown eyes and a fluffy white teddy bear, they BOTH knew they had to do everything in their power to bring her home as quickly as possible! They got through the paperwork as quickly as they could, but sadly, a week before they received USCIS approval (the very last step!), they found out that Carrie had gone into foster care in her country and was unavailable. They believe that God would not have so clearly put their feet on this path for nothing, and are pressing on and looking forward to meeting the special kids He has picked out for them!

8/1/17 —USCIS APPROVED

$783.71 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LEANDRA and ANDY for the Averett family — UT

Leandra (1)Andy (2)China

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

Dottie & Gordy (Leandra & Andy) 2015

Dottie & Gordy (Leandra & Andy) 2015

MERRY and JACK for the Simmerman family — UT

Merry (3)simmerman-merryCHINA

 

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

 

ADAM and ALVIN for the Mitchell family — UT

Alvin

Matthias 2014

Matthias 2014

BULGARIA

 

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

VICTORIA for the Bonner family — UT

Jaymi (Victoria) 2014

Jaymi (Victoria) 2014

RUSSIA

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

 

 

HAZEL for the Fillmore family — UT

RUSSIA

 

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

 

ALICE and MARA for Kevin and Kelly — UT

grove-2016-1 grove-2016-2RUSSIA

 

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

 

MELISSA for the Call family — UT

 

Julia (Melissa) 2013

Julia (Melissa) 2013

Ukraine

Follow the Call family’s adoption journey on their blog

 asiblingforsillylily.blogspot.com

 

KAREEN for the Cox family–UT

 

Mia (Kareen) 2015

Mia (Kareen) 2015

Ukraine

 

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

kareensjourneyhome.blogspot.com