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Shannen for the Pearson family — NC

Mark and Nikki are high school sweethearts who have been married for 28 years and blessed with 7 biological children ranging in age from 4 to 22 years – Caleb, Ethan, Bethany, Zoe, Noah, Josiah and Micah and they are excited to be growing their family once again and welcoming Shannon – soon to be Joannah!

Several years ago God had placed adoption and specifically Down Syndrome on their hearts and they followed Reece’s Rainbow on Facebook. Then, one day in early September last year, while having her usual morning coffee and Facebook check in, Shannon’s picture showed up on Nikki’s Facebook feed and she just knew that she was to be their daughter. She showed the profile to Mark that evening who’s response was “Do whatever you need to do to bring her home!” With no idea what international adoption entailed she reached out to RR who put her in touch with the placing agency and so the journey to bring Joannah home began. They hadn’t even started a home study so were doing this whole process in reverse having fallen in love with a child first but God has worked and is continuing to work all the pieces together and they are excited to be on this journey together and with Him!

Family is everything to them and everyone is excited to bring Joannah home. Their hearts ache for this little girl, abandoned as a baby, without a family to call her own and they can’t wait to shower her with all the love and cuddles that she deserves and watch as the big plans that God has for her life unfold – How very blessed they feel to be a part of that!

Your prayers are very much appreciated, and your financial support would truly be a blessing as they jumped into this without thought to the financial cost of adoption – trusting that God would provide and knowing that they needed to bring their daughter home!

3/13/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

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

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Shannen has received a $1,239.60 Waiting Child Grant.

YIA for the Bartlett family — WI

Steve, a special education teacher, and Stacy, a science teacher, have always known they would grow their family through adoption. Since first starting the process to adopt from foster care in 2008, they have walked an adoption path that has turned out to be long and winding, hope-filled and heart-breaking, and, ultimately, one of surrender. After a recent, failed international adoption of a dearly loved and known daughter, Steve and Stacy began questioning how – wait things out, switch countries, adopt from foster care – or even if they could or should proceed – maybe their dream hadn’t been meant-to-be, afterall.

And then a series of seemingly random events led Stacy to see the photos and videos of a precious, adorable, funny, mischievous, and joyful little girl named Yia. Stacy’s heart melted and exploded at the same time.

Stacy gathered up the courage to discuss this unexpected adoption possibility with Steve and the boys, Kye (17) and Kade (14). ALL of them agreed that nothing about it made any sense: Yia was from a country that would require them to switch agencies, countries, and start back at square one with allllllllllll their paperwork, Yia had a lot of unknowns related to her health (though they love that she is a heart warrior just like their son, Kye) and diagnoses (their previous home study requested a child with “mild, correctable/treatable needs”), Yia was younger than they had considered, and, financially, their failed adoption left them completely unprepared to pursue her adoption. And yet, they have decided to step out in faith because they are certain, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Yia is their daughter. They are believing and trusting that Yia has been the plan all along, and, so far, each step of this new journey has confirmed that.

The Bartletts are excited, scared, hopeful, cautious, optimistic, anxious, but most of all certain that Yia is their sister and child. They would be forever grateful for your support as they run to bring Yia home!

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5

3/13/2019 — HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Yia has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant & an Older Child Grant of $1,102.65.

A CHILD for the Simpson Family — WA

The Simpsons are a large blended family that includes his, hers, and their two long term foster children. Joe and Jessica have been married since 2012 and since that time have been very dedicated to their family!

After several years of trying to have a child together and many losses, the Simpsons realized that their path towards more children in their lives would be a different one.

The Simpsons family live in Eastern Washington where Joe and Jessica have been tribal foster parents for Joe’s tribe for almost four years. They have had over a dozen children and their home and have learned so much about various special needs and the effects trauma can have on children.

Joe is the business manager for the IT department for his tribe’s government. Jessica’s main priorities are taking care of their home focusing on the individual needs of the children in their home. She has also worked several jobs involving foster children including her current one where she provides support to older Foster youth with special behavioral needs.

They became aware of a child on Reece’s Rainbow through the MACC program and their hope is to add one last child to their family. They are working very hard towards bringing this special child home!

3/12/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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KEANE for the Simmons family — MO

Jason and Melinda have been married for 22 years. They have three bio kids, Olivia, age 15 and twins Ace and Quinn, age 11. Jason works for a pharmaceutical distributor and Melinda is a Worship Leader.

Adoption has been something that Jason and Melinda always felt called to and knew that it would be a part of their story. From a very young age, their son Ace would pray every night for a brother. Once Ace and his twin sister, Quinn, were in preschool, they were gifted with a classroom friend with Down Syndrome. A friendship developed that lasted through elementary school, and Ace’s prayers changed to “please give me a brother with Down Syndrome.” They knew that God was affirming this plan through the calling on Ace’s heart.

Jason and Melinda decided to stop making excuses and jump in with both feet in February of 2018. They saw the profile of Keane (who they will name Ezra James) and knew that this was the brother Ace was praying for.

The Simmons family is so grateful for all those who are coming alongside them in this journey and making it possible to finally unite these brothers.

3/12/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$4.85 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Keane has received a $5,000 Waiting Child Grant.

MARSHALL for the Kincinas family — IL

Sheryl and John met while supporting adults with disabilities, most of whom have Down syndrome, and married five years later. Early into their relationship, they were committed to adopting a child with Down syndrome. That plan was put on hold when their second child was born with Down syndrome. He was closely followed by his little brother. Tragically, their middle son passed away suddenly after his fourth birthday.

John and Sheryl again recommitted to parenting a child with Down syndrome, and brought home a Reece’s Rainbow child with Down syndrome in February of 2018. They tried to bring home another little boy at the same time, but rule changes went into effect which prohibited this plan. A vow was made that, if everyone in their family was adjusting well from the adoption, they would go back for the other boy. And the time has come!

The Kincinas family is excited to travel back to Asia this summer to bring home Marshall. He has been in their hearts for nearly two years and they are eager to have him in their arms. Their kids are thrilled to have another sibling to run around with, and are looking forward to another adventure in Asia.They thank everyone who has advocated and prayed for Marshall and appreciate any financial help that is given.

3/5/2019 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$422.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Marshall has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

TINA for the Sellers family — NM

Matt and Christy Sellers have been married for 21 years. They have 6 children, 3 of which were adopted internationally and just happen to be rocking an extra chromosome. Their love for children and Down Syndrome has led them to pursue another sweet girl to add to their family.

They love investing in the lives of children. Seeing each child grow and change has been one of their most exciting seasons of their marriage. It has grown them to be more like Christ.

Adoption finances are challenging, but so worth the work. If you would like to be a part of bringing their little girl home, please consider donating. They are trusting that God will provide the means to bring her home. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do!

3/4/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$310.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LESLIE for the Roeske family — IN

We are the Roeske Family. Darrell and I during our time dating talked about adoption. It has always been a part of our eventual story, even if we were able to have biological children. We just didn’t know the timing or how we would make that possible financially. Years past and we continued to pray and be open. Five years ago we encountered the opportunity to host a child from China, and this began our journey into the world of opening our home for the children God would call us to. At the time we were parents of 2 girls, and during our first adoption process we found out we were expecting… so with an 9 year old, a 5 year old and a 3 month old we made our first trip to China to adopt our first son. We knew we would be back. Our hearts we tied to the calling of adoption. It was not just a calling of Darrell and I, it has become a family calling. Each of our children have a growing passion for the fatherless and especially children with Down syndrome. We are all excited to welcome our sweet girl into our family and long for her to be forever home.

3/2/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; DOSSIER NEARLY COMPLETE

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

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Little A for the Boyer family — FL

They are stepping again … This will be Dennis & Cindy’s 4th Adoption. In 2012 their first Adoption Journey was for their little Adalyn in Russia. They traveled in December, spent a week with their precious little one, while they were with Adalyn the threat of the Ban was circulating. The Judge was trying to get them back quickly for Court. But a week after their return home the Ban became law and Adoptions were stopped in Russia. They did everything they could, gathering with the other families that also had children behind the Orphanage Gates in Russia, meeting with our Government, Praying, Believing. Adalyn is now 8 years old still in an Orphanage, we still Believe for the day she will come through the Orphanage Gates & Home.

In 2014 God brought two little ones Abraham & Sarah. They knew the two little ones were their son & daughter and on January 7, 2014 they Committed to adopt two little ones in Ukraine, just 2 & 3 years old, biological siblings. A month after starting their Adoption the War broke out in Ukraine and the two little ones were in one of the 3 Cities where the War was. Dennis & Cindy still continued, Believing, listening to God, knowing He would bring their babies home. On May 7 their paperwork was submitted and on June 7 they got travel dates. But soon were told they could not travel due to active bombing in their children’s city. God spoke through it all & they Believed, Prayed, clung to their Faith & never gave up. On Dec. 4, 2014 just as God had spoken, Abraham & Sarah took their first steps in America, their Home. God did Miracle after Miracle in protecting, bringing them out of a War zone and brought them Home just as He spoke & Promised… They will be Home for CHRISTmas, and they were.

In February of 2016 God brought another little one to Dennis & Cindy. Little Ayden … Ayden’s adoption was another Journey of Trusting God, watching, Trusting and seeing once again His perfect timing , Miracles. On December 7, 2017 little Ayden took his first steps on American soil.

When Dennis & Cindy were in Ayden’s adoption God brought a little 10 year into their Home through Hosting , little did they know then what God’s plan was. They Hosted this precious little boy now turning 13 in March 7 times in their Home. God is still unfolding His plan for this little boy in their family.

Then in October of 2018 God brought a little girl, Little “A” just 6 years old. While following another family’s Adoption Cindy saw on their page this little one, they were looking for a family to Host her for CHRISTmas… Little A was their Sarah, she could be Sarah’s Twin. When Cindy showed her video to Abraham, Sarah & Ayden they all thought it was Sarah. Cindy wrestled for a week trying to figure this one out. How could they possibly do this, they were already Hosting their little boy, this was another Hosting Agency, would involve raising funds, flying to another city to pick her up. After a week she went to Dennis & when she showed him her picture & video he too thought it was his daughter Sarah. So they stepped in faith seeing what God would do. In a day He provided all her funds for Hosting and then He provided all her flight fees. When she landed on Dec. 19 in Texas & Cindy saw this tiny little one come through the doors, frightened, looking all around, not knowing where she was with tears in her little eyes. She scooped her up and immediately she knew and her heart broke knowing in just a month she would have to send her back. Little “A” fit into our family from the minute she stepped into their lives. She was another CHRISTmas Miracle, a Gift from God and when Cindy asked God how can we do this again, how can we send her back. God told her. I brought her to you. You have to send her back so I can bring her Home. So here they are again after raising their 8 children to Adults, 9 Grandchildren, God opened their hearts, their Home & family to Adoption … They will continue to step & follow … Will you help them bring their Precious Little “A” Home?

3/1/2019 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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TESSA for the Mills family — VA

Meet the Mills Family: David, Kerry, Luke, Braeden, Esther, and coming soon … Mia who is called “Tessa” on Reese’s Rainbow. The Mills family views life as a great adventure, and have lived all over the world with David’s Air Force career. By faith, they adopted Esther in 2016, and they are ecstatic to expand their family once again through adoption.

Mia is a medically fragile, 13-year-old girl, and the Mills are working quickly on an expedited adoption process–cramming what is normally a long process into just a few months. Mia has several diagnoses, and renal failure is the most pressing problem. She is on dialysis every other day and receives blood transfusions twice a month. In Mia’s medical file, her orphanage director submitted a letter begging for Mia to be adopted because there is nothing else medically they can do for her in her country. The Mills have a wonderful Nephrology team queued up and ready to treat Mia the day she arrives in the states.

Please help the Mills family! All five plan to travel to welcome Mia into their family. They would greatly appreciate your prayers and welcome any financial support as they work hard to bring their daughter home as quickly as possible.

Their adoption motto: “Our ‘NO’ will be much more difficult on her then our “YES’ will ever be on us.”

2/20/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE on 2/4

$669.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIMA for the Rodgers family — OH

Life is a gift. This is something that we as a family cherish, and through such seek to return to God the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We are a quirky bunch who seek to enjoy the joys of life through a family rooted in Christian beliefs. We are bi-lingual, in that five of our nine children are deaf (we carry a recessive gene which causes Pendred Syndrome- progressive hearing loss). Our second child Ambrose passed at 25 months of age in 2006 from a pulmonary embolism after a surgical procedure.

The gift of his life is what brought Bernadette and I to seek out Foster Care for medically fragile and special needs children. We worked through a local Non-Denominal Agency called House of Samuel. We encountered an amazing group of people, especially the children. It was such a beautiful time that taught us so much, and we experienced God’s love in a whole new form. We stopped doing Foster Care once our family grew, and the needs of our biological children became apparent.

Bernadette and I met while serving as Missionaries for NET Ministries in St. Paul MN, we were on the same team for our year commitment. Both of us were committed to religious life and found fellowship in the support of each other’s calling. Towards the end of the year we both found a love for each other, however, not wanting to stand in each other’s way planned to go our separate ways. I was going to return to Canada, and my now wife to Ohio, however, it was apparent to us something was happening in the life of the other. I returned to Ohio with Bernadette and her family, and we found profound peace in the sense of Marriage and by His grace were marriage on May 31st 2004.

Christ is foremost in each of our lives, with me now working in Healthcare we remain active in ministry at our Parish through teaching: both youth and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes. We have been blessed with a beautiful marriage, and the joy of nine children: Josephina 15, Ambrose (past 2006), Augustine (deaf)11, Sebastian 9, Emilia(deaf) 7, Ignatius 6, Maximus(deaf)5, Juniper 2, Tiberius (deaf) 11mths, they are a lively bunch who continue to add great adventure in this journey.

Dima was brought to our lives by one of the Clinical Managers I work aside. She had heard of Dima and thought of us immediately because of his deafness. Other families had tried to adopt him but had backed out because the language barrier was too great of a hurdle for them. Our hearts were pierced by his story, the fact that he was deaf, our enduring thoughts and prayers led us to foster/adoption again, he is a gift from God. We prayed and know this was the road we had to walk, and time was of the essence. Orphans have until their sixteenth birthday for someone to apply for their adoption and Dima was one week shy of his sixteenth birthday. We answered the call and said yes!

The journey has been tiring at times, but the thought of him being left without a family, it is all that he has experienced in life that calms the awkward times and we press on. The children call him their brother, and he is lifted in our daily prayers, for peace, patience, and trust- we are coming. Dima already seems apart of us in many ways, we facetime and message daily. The remaining hurdles of finance will pass, and one day we will look back and smile at the lessons God taught us in this time.

We humbly ask for your support, to consider our family, and our choice of adoption, the reception of funds will ease some of the process ahead. Thank you for considering your partnership in our journey to bring Dima home.

2/20/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$679.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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MILA for the Perry Family — KY

James and Kasey Perry have been married for 15 years and live in Kentucky with their eight children.

In the fall of 2016, they saw and fell in love with a beautiful little girl in Eastern Europe, and set out to adopt her as quickly as they could. Shortly before travel, the Perrys learned this particular little girl had become unavailable for adoption in her country. They were devastated, but knew this news did not come as a surprise to God, so they continued on in faith, believing the Lord to have another child in mind. He did, in fact, and in the summer of 2017, James and Kasey brought home their precious Daisy, who has filled their home with so much love and joy!

Never forgetting the first little girl that spoke to their hearts, the Perrys faithfully prayed they’d learn something of her availability. Nearly a year and a half later, the day had finally come! “Mila” was available again! Although they are sad she has remained an orphan during this time, they are grateful to be able to travel to Easterm Europe once again, for this beautiful girl they just can’t leave behind.

Your support means the world to James and Kasey as they begin again to adopt sweet “Mila.”

2/19/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$3,126.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GRIFFIN for the McCormick Family — NC

The McCormick adoption story began when Susan was very young. She saw movies like “Annie” and “Oliver!” and asked her parents if orphans were a reality. Ever since then, she wanted to give orphans a family who loves and cares for them.

Several years after she married Greg and had their first child, she spoke about adoption with him. He was open to it, but the family was still very young and not financially stable. Fast forward 19 years and 7 more pregnancies and Susan feels a strong calling to pursue adoption. Greg still doesn’t feel it’s the right time, but her grandfather sent some money unexpectedly and it was just enough to host an orphan for the summer. The family decided to host a 9 year old boy from Ukraine in the summer of 2017. The child was well accepted by the Mac kids and everyone was treating each other like siblings quickly. Greg saw that the family could handle bringing in a child and that adoption could actually work. In October 2017, the application to adopt a child in Poland was sent. Once the dossier was complete, Poland stopped accepting international couples. So the Mac Clan changed to a waiting older child in another Eastern European country. The dossier was submitted on November 13, 2018 and the official referral and invitation to travel was received on February 7, 2019.

2/11/2019 — FIRST TRIP FEB 25

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

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*** Griffin has received a $2,000 EE# Grant! ***

BODEY for the Mendez family — VA

Edgar and Rachael Mendez met and fell in love at work when they both worked for the same Pest Control Company. Rachael was an insect specialist and Edgar was the Branch Service Manager. Their shared love of insects is what bonded them and allowed them to spend a lot of time together on problem accounts. Two years later, in July of 2009, the priest that married them told their friends and family he had never before had anyone fall in love because of bugs! Theirs is a happy marriage filled with similar values and a desire to build a family despite their cultural differences.

It was not until three years later, that Rachael found out she was pregnant. On Valentine’s Day, Rachael went into early labor and delivered a 2- pound baby boy. Although he was tiny and fragile and stayed in the hospital for 105 days, there was a fighting spirit in him, and he soon became the center of the universe for the Mendez Family. Two weeks after his birth, this tiny boy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. So, Edgar and Rachael immediately started reading and preparing for how to bring home a special needs micro-preemie. Now six years old, Nicholas loves Mickey Mouse, horseback riding, swimming and basketball, and with a lot of extra tutoring is very advanced with reading. And what a personality!

But Edgar and Rachael knew in their hearts that their family was not complete. After two miscarriages, one of which almost took Rachael’s life, and giving birth to a stillborn baby girl, the Mendez’s decided to turn to adoption. One night, Rachael stumbled across Reese’s Rainbows and discovered the plight that special needs orphans face abroad. Picturing their own son in this predicament, they suddenly felt called to do something. After clicking on the list of waiting boys, Rachael discovered Bodey and instantly felt the connection. His little baby photo, showed him sitting with his little hand fanned out beside him the same way their own son used to sit as an infant. Abandoned at 3 months old and sitting quietly in an orphanage with no one interested, Bodey needed a family to call his own. Yes, he needed to come home! After requesting his file, the Mendez family found more and more similarities between their two boys, especially with their shared love of basketball. Additionally, a friend of the family is from the same area and has toured the orphanage Bodey is living inside. It is the dream that these two little boys will grow up together in such a loving household, so now the Mendez’s are trying to prepare financially to take the leap and bring their son home. The cost of adoption will stretch them very much, but they could not leave Bodey behind. Please keep Bodey and the Mendez Family in your thoughts and prayers. Any contributions to bring Bodey home faster would be greatly appreciated.

2/22/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$209.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ERIN for the Heckert family — OH

The Heckerts: Ryan, Sara, Layna, Luke, Ava… and… coming Summer 2019 – “Erin”, who will soon be named Anna!

Ryan and Sara are humbled and grateful to be growing their family through adoption once again! With Ryan’s career work in the disability field and Sara’s family members with disabilities, plus her professional experience, they feel God has perfectly placed them together. This is their second adoption and this time they’re going international!

Anna is actually 11 days older than Ava! “TWINS!” Reports from her caregiving agency describe her as extroverted and affectionate. She loves to be hugged. She can interact with other children. Sometimes she tickles other children and plays with them. She also makes funny faces to make the adults laugh.  Anna has Down syndrome and other minor special needs.

The Heckerts could talk all day about the love they receive from their amazing network of friends and family, including many who already have traveled the adoption road. This adoption wouldn’t be possible without their never-ending encouragement and support.

2/4/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$10.19 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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STELLAN for the Hewitt family — CO

The Hewitts are currently a family of 6 but hoping to soon be a family of 7. They have one child by adoption: a 7-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition who has been the sweetest blessing to their family, and 3 children by birth: an adorably fierce toddler, a peaceful, sweet-hearted 5-year-old and a compassionate, free-spirited 8-year-old.

The Hewitt family recently brought home their son from Asia in November of 2017 after working through an expedited adoption due to his failing health. After receiving much-needed medical care and a family to wrap their hearts and arms around him – he is now thriving! Their lives have been full of incredible blessings and JOY through the beauty of adoption.

They are now in the midst of an even more expedited adoption (3 months from beginning to end) of an aging out orphan with a very similar genetic condition as their other adopted son. Stellan came to their attention after a friend shared his Reece’s Rainbow page and their hearts were immediately drawn to this boy. The Hewitts began their race to Stellan late in December 2018 after learning of his dire situation and will need to complete the adoption and bring him home before his birthday in early April.

Even though this adoption seems like an impossible task – they have learned through their previous adoption that NOTHING is impossible with God. So far, they are on track to get to him in time. They look forward to partaking in another miracle, seeing God change a child’s status from never-chosen, orphan to awaited brother, beloved son.

Stellan already has $15,000 in grants toward his adoption; the remaining estimated adoption costs is about $16,000 and all donations will help towards these costs.

3/2/2019 — TA RECEIVED; TRAVELING LATE MARCH

 

FULLY FUNDED!!!

 

Abraham for the Riley Family — MO

Jody and Kara Riley have been married for 10 years and have 3 beautiful children living in their home and 1 handsome boy living halfway across the world! Adoption has always been on Kara’s heart and she made it known to Jody when they were dating. After having 2 beautiful daughters, they began to pursue adoption. They brought home their first son in December of 2017 and hope to bring home their second son this year.

They have watched the Lord work out so many details with both adoptions and have seen Him provide for them over and over again. Kara has said since their first adoption that an adoption process is a front row seat to watching miracles occur. They are thankful the Lord chose them to play a part in the lives of two special little boys.

Thanks for all the love and support as they bring their second son home!

1/29/2019 — OFFICIALLY MATCHED

$4,153.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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POSEY and SCOUT for the Azevedo family — NC

Dennis and Tia Azevedo have been happily married for nearly 3 years now and have a your’s, mine and ours family – three beautiful children. Tia was one of those orphans they called “the crib babies of Romania”. By the grace of God, she was adopted by an American family and given a beautiful chance to live. Many were not!

Adoption has been a part of Tia’s life for several years as her family adopted internationally several times, so special needs and adoption is not a new thing for her. When Tia was very young, she thought everyone was adopted. As Tia grew, she realized how unique and special it was to be chosen and she wore it like a badge of honor

When Dennis and Tia married, they spoke of having a one or two biological children and then adopting. After the very terrible and almost life-threatening birth of their daughter Isabel who was born between 34/35 weeks gestation, they decided not to risk another pregnancy and they kept adoption on their radar. A few months after Isabel’s birth Tia had a hysterectomy because of some health issues pertaining to her pregnancy and delivery.

Tia started to look on Reece’s Rainbow daily, praying and then she fell across a sweet girl and shared her with Dennis and they immediately knew that she belonged in their family!

They are excited to start this journey of adopting their own sweet “orphan” who is soon to be called “daughter”.

Keep thy heart in all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

3/1/2019 – HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$3,203.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Scout has received a $2,055.66 Waiting Child Grant.
Posey has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

TRISTAN +1 for the Challis family — MD

The Challis Family is Tabitha, Henry and 9 year-old Z. Tabz works at the public library, Henry manages an office for a small family business, and Z is a future pro-parkour-gamer-comedian. They are working to bring home a 15 year-old boy who they have hosted and another child (to be identified) so they can wrap them up in their close-knit, quirky home to enjoy a life of board games, movie nights, comic-cons, crafts, trampoline tricks and their faith community.

Tabitha and Henry had been coming back to “Tristan’s” profile for over a year. They were considering adoption or hosting, and weren’t sure which to start with… until an advocate for Reece’s Rainbow kids noticed that “Tristan” was being hosted and (as a 15 year-old boy,) was still waiting to be chosen – with time almost up. To Tabitha and Henry it was just the sign they needed. It was time to move and stop watching this boy get older on his webpages! Left behind, aging out, this shy sweet teen would soon know just how wanted he was.

The Challis Family hosted him over the summer for ten wonderful weeks. He fit right in like a missing puzzle piece. He played with nine year-old Z, melted into Tabitha’s hugs, and learned about being a husband and father from Henry. His older siblings had aged out. His younger sister had been adopted without him to the U.S. three years before. He had not heard from her family since they had left his orphanage. He had been left behind and alone for so many years. He came to hosting very shy, and sad. Although the Challises often wished they had more children, they realized it was God’s plan for him to be with a small family that summer – they could pour extra love and time into him. He thrived! He loved the quiet family and the time they could spend all together. The Challises realized quickly that their family was no longer complete without this special boy! They were even able to find the family who had adopted his sister three years before and get him back in contact with her! Though he had only known her for a few months in the orphanage they thought it was important for him to know where she was and that she was safe and sound – and even get to visit her!

As soon as he went back to the orphanage, the Challises got to work on preparing for their home study. They are fundraising, Henry has put his Special Education degree on hold to work extra, and even little Z has been making crafts to sell to bring his brother home! They remain in frequent contact and can’t wait for “Tristan,” who has been calling them Mama and Papa for six months now – to be an official Challis.

The family has two empty bedrooms left as well as flexible job schedules, supportive resources and an excited 9 year old son to help, so with prayer and support they have decided to bring home another child from the same region. This child will probably be under 8 and will also have special needs – they welcome messages with suggestions from their RR family! They are so grateful to the RR community for advocating for the boy they will bring home. Don’t give up! Your advocacy will bring this teenage boy home!

1/21/2019 — HOMESTUDY NEARLY COMPLETE

$446.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tristan has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

BLAKELY for the Felmlee family — CO

Cortney and Nikki have been together 10 years and are happily married with four children! In 2016 they felt their family was not yet complete and embarked on the journey of adoption. In 2017, they brought home their beautiful daughter Gracie! Within 2 months of having her home they found out multiple lifelong diagnoses, which was produced by a chromosome disorder, called Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome. For a year Gracie was in and out of Children’s hospitals and went through 7 surgeries, and now lives with oxygen and a g-tube, along with 24-hour care, but she does it all with the biggest smile ever! Watching Gracie power through her medical and physical differences, the Felmlee’s have felt blessed to be part of her life!

So, once again, the Felmlee’s are embarking on the journey back to China for their soon to be daughter, Blakely June! They have been so blessed by Gracie there is no way they could ignore this tug back to China! The second they seen Blakely’s they knew she was their daughter! They rushed to finish their homestudy and after a long month of waiting they finally had her file! Cortney and Nikki are excited to be bringing Blakely home in this summer, 2019! They feel she will fit right in as she is rocking an extra chromosome and is only 6 months younger than Gracie! Together Gracie and Blakely will make for the perfect set of sisters for their 3 big brothers!!!

1/11/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Blakely has received a $15,000 grant from RODS Racing.

JEWEL for the Pinkerton family — TX

Heath and Whitney Pinkerton have been happily married for over 11 years. Whitney’s first pregnancy she lost a baby to what doctors said, “was a freak thing.” The appointment that is exciting for most, finding out if your baby is a boy or a girl, she found out hers was a little girl with many birth defects and days later the diagnosis of an extra chromosome 7, which is incompatible with life. It was heart breaking, but after time of healing it’s not one she refers to as, “a freak thing”, but one God knew about long before she even came to be and was not taken back by surprise. It was a point in her life of suffering that led Whitney to Christ. One that she is thankful for today. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

After going through the heart ache of losing a baby her plans were always to adopt, thinking she may never be able to have a healthy child of her own, and in fear of it happening again. By the grace of God, Heath and Whitney have been blessed with 3 children of their own, but adoption has never lost its place in their heart. Whitney was a mother without a baby to love when she left the hospital after delivering her first. Realizing there are so many babies without a mother or family to love them. This led them to begin their adoption process. They caught the eyes of one little girl in a picture that just so happened to also have an extra chromosome (21). They knew she was it! She was their daughter! God has made the way each step, and they trust Him as they continue to follow Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

The Pinkerton’s will be forever grateful for your prayer’s, donations, and support to them as they continue their adoption process.

3/12/2019 — DOSSIER LOGGED IN

The Pinkerton family has a $5000 matching grant!  When their FSP reads $5021.34, they will receive an additional $5000!

$389.94 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CRAIG for the Rega-Bretz Family — VA

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear.  The Lord your God is with you…wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

This verse was chosen for our beloved baby, Joshua Eric.  We were very happily surprised to find out we were expecting in the summer of 2017.  We have a beautiful blended family, and were thrilled to welcome our first-born son together.  In the early Fall of 2017, a routine ultrasound showed our baby had a severe congenital heart defect and likely, Down syndrome.  We realized that God had a different plan for our family.  Plans were made for our son to undergo open heart surgery around the age of four months.  During the remainder of Alycia’s pregnancy, medical plans were made and they learned all they could about Down syndrome and the amazing community they were welcomed into locally and throughout social media.  Joshua’s siblings, extended family and friends were so excited and eager to welcome Joshua into our family.

When Joshua was born we knew Down syndrome was nothing to be feared and quite possibly one of our favorite things about him.  He was beautiful and perfect in every way.  He underwent his first heart surgery at one week old and made a steady recovery.  His sweet little soul won the hearts of all who loved him…his nurses, doctors, extended friends and most of all his siblings and parents.  However, as the weeks in the hospital progressed, Joshua went into early heart and lung failure.  He had to undergo several open heart surgeries to repair his heart…much younger than expected.  Very tragically, Joshua passed away from complications post- surgery at the age of 6 weeks and one day old.   As painful as it has been to walk this grief journey and loss of their son, they feel they were given the beautiful gift to have their own hearts and minds opened to the beauty of special needs.

Alycia has always considered adoption a very real calling on her heart.  However, it always seemed elusive.  Too far out of reach to be able to.  After Joshua passed, she began bringing the idea of possibly adopting a child with Down syndrome up to Eric.  Their family thought and prayed about this, feeling as time went on, the tugging on their hearts and souls was for such a time as this.  They talked with their older kids and everyone was wholeheartedly supportive.  They experienced true, unconditional selfless love for their special needs infant and their hearts were cracked wide open to the needs of other babies who are orphaned.  They realized that Joshua could have been born in any other country, or at any other time in history and not experienced the amount of care and love he received.

Knowing our family has an immense amount of enduring love to give an orphan, we have committed to the adoption of a baby boy who also has Down syndrome.   We feel incredibly blessed to be entrusted with this calling.   In the midst of much devastation with the loss of our first son, God has been doing something.  In His way and in His timing, new hope has begun to grow.  We know only God knows the full story and He is doing what only He can do.  We believe that God is picking us to personally live out one of His promises… “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18

We ask for your continued prayers as we move forward with paperwork, towards funding our adoption and eagerly awaiting the time we can bring our baby boy home to the safety of our arms.  We know God is right here with us.  We cling to this hope.  Believe this hope.  Live out this hope as He creates beauty from ashes.   Fully.  Completely.  Perfectly.  With Him.

3/4/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$878.60 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RONALD for the Adair family — MN

Jacob and Rebecca Adair are an amazing couple who have great, open communication and who know each other extremely well. Rebecca is a kind and caring wife and mother. She grew up the second youngest of eight children and has always loved being part of a large family. She inherited her mother’s heart, full of unconditional love for children and knew she wanted a large family of her own. Jacob is a very supportive and understanding husband. He knows the important role that parents have in the life of their children and cultivates a loving, individual relationship with each of his children.

The Adairs met on-line when Jacob was 19 and Rebecca was 18. They instantly formed a strong connection and were married in July 2006. Their relationship grew even stronger through marriage. They had four beautiful girls, but felt God had bigger plans for their family.

In 2015, while browsing the Reece’s Rainbow community website, they came across three wonderful sisters. These girls joined their family in June, 2016. The Adairs knew they had room for more, and at the end of the year God nudged them toward two amazing sisters and a little boy all on his own. They brought home their last two daughters in October, 2017, but a series of unavoidable circumstances blocked them from bringing home the little boy.

The Adairs were thrilled to have their girls home, but there was a void. The girls started bonding and settling into their new home, blending into their new family beautifully. But, none of them forgot the little boy. They prayed he would remain healthy and prayed God would find him his perfect family. They prayed more, asking friends and family to pray with them. They advocated heavily for this little boy seeking fervently for his family. Soon many in their church knew about the little boy because the girls would all pray week after week for him in Sunday School.

During this time, God broke their hearts, keeping them wide and open for this child. He knew this was their son, that events would unfold on God’s timeline. So this is the start of the Adairs new journey. They are coming for you, Ronald! Soon you will be at home with a flood full of super heroes, cars, trucks, trains, and big sisters! Plus a daddy and mommy who will never leave you. The Adair family cannot wait to hear Ronald’s chatter throughout their home!

3/7/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$2,825.99 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Croasdaile family — CA

When she traveled in 2018 to adopt her son, Campbell, Sara had the opportunity to speak to the Director of her son’s Orphanage. Sara learned that of the approximately 500 children in Orphanage’s care, almost 1/5 of the children had Down Syndrome. Even more staggering was the revelation that her son was only the 7th child with Down Syndrome to be adopted from that Orphanage. After learning about these children, Sara committed to advocate and help them find their forever families.

Upon returning home with her son, Sara started to read a collection of folktales to him each night. One of these folktales, “Holding Up the Sky”, followed a little hummingbird that was determined to do her part to save the sky from falling. Her friend, the elephant, laughed at her attempt to hold up the sky with her little hummingbird legs, but the hummingbird was determined to do her part.

Sara was moved to tears by this tale and shared it with her older children, Elise and Luke. They saw themselves as the hummingbird and decided that they were ready to go beyond advocacy and do their part to bring home another child with Down Syndrome from Campbell’s Orphanage.

Sara, a Middle School Special Education Teacher, has already begun fundraising with bake sales, garage sales, auctions, and more to come. The Croasdaile family, Sara, Elise, Luke, and Cam, welcome other hummingbirds to join them in supporting the journey to bring home their beautiful treasure!

12/5/2018 — HOMESTUDY UPDATE in PROCESS

$455.02 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BRADY for the Colfack family — NE

Rex and Melissa Colfack, have been married 22 years and had no idea what God had planned for their lives. Soon after they married they started to build their family . 2 boys and1 girl later they felt their family was complete. However they later realized that God had other plans for them by placing adoption in their hearts.

In 2015 and 2017 they brought home two Reeces Rainbow princess’s and now they are opening their hearts and home to one of our Other Angels, Brady. Brady captured their hearts when they traveled to bring their youngest daughter home. He has lived 11 years too many in the orphanage and as the years have passed he has watched his friends being adopted and regularly asks his caretakers “when will I be adopted?”. Sadly he has been overlooked, why? Because he is a boy, he is older, and he has a diagnosis of so many unknowns. However the Colfack’s couldn’t stop thinking about him and after much prayer they know they are meant to bring him home to get the love and care he deserves. So they spent the next few months reading and researching all about his needs and will not let his diagnosis stand in their way! They believe that God had placed him in our hearts for a reason and that has given them the courage to go back. He is growing their hearts and changing them in more ways than they could ever imagine. Suddenly the things they wanted and desired became different.

They know they can’t save them all, but at the same time they know if God calls them, they will say yes and that He doesn’t choose the qualified He qualifies the chosen. They struggle to believe that any sacrifice of their comforts should outweigh the desperate needs of this sweet boy. They realize now that it has nothing to do with their needs, their abilities, their financial status, but everything to do with the needs of one of God’s children. They cannot wait to meet their son and are excited to bring him home where he will be a treasured brother, grandson, nephew, and friend to so many.

Won’t you join them in their journey? Adoption truly takes a village and while they can care for Brady once he is home they need the support of families like yours that want to be a part of something great and help families like theirs turn orphans into sons and daughters. They feel blessed and grateful to each of you and are proud to be a part of the Reeces Rainbow family. Please pray for them and share their FSP so others like you can help them get their son home.

3/15/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$782.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Brady has received a $6,000 Older Child Grant.

ANDRE for the Chapman family — SC

Garry and Jan Chapman got married on June 11, 1988. They knew when they got married that they wanted kids. After many years with infertility struggles in 1999 they attempted their first IVF. Their dreams had finally come true, they were pregnant with their first child. A short 10 weeks later at their doctor’s appointment they learned that the pregnancy had ended and their dreams were shattered in an instant. They could not pick up a heartbeat and the pregnancy was over. Testing showed that their baby girl had Down syndrome. Although she did not make it to live life on this earth she was named Melanie Jordan.

The Chapmans made several more attempts with IVF to get pregnant but they were all unsuccessful. At this point they were convinced that God had chosen them for adoption. In 2005 they began the process for adoption to bring home a baby girl from Asia. They waited 2.5 years but it was all in God’s perfect timing and well worth the wait. On December 7, 2007 they got the call from their agency that there was a baby girl waiting for them in Asia. When they saw her face they knew she belonged to them. On January 20, 2008 they became a family of 3. It took them 20 years to finally have a child to call their own.

They told themselves that it was most likely that their little girl would grow up to be an only child but soon they realized they just did not want their little girl to grow up without siblings so they started the process again in July 2008 to bring home another child. As they moved on in the adoption process they reviewed several other files and soon they found the child that would soon become their second child. The paperwork processed really quickly for their son and he became a part of their family on June 29, 2009.  Well as you know God does have a sense of humor. The Chapmans arrived home from Asia with their second child on July 11, 2009; 2 weeks after they got home they found out they were pregnant. They gave birth to a baby boy on April 5, 2010. The Chapmans were feeling so blessed but so overwhelmed at the same time. They had 3 kids in diapers 3 years old and under. They really threw their family together in a hurry but they knew it was all in God’s perfect plan.

One day a little girl that The Chapmans had said no to and had prayed for, her file appeared out of nowhere to them in March 2013. An email was sent to The Chapmans that they were not even expecting. Garry knew what this little girl meant to Jan. He had a love for her too but thought that they didn’t need more than three children. She was so special. She was the child that had never left Jan’s heart. Jan knew that she was ready to say yes and was ready for Garry to as well. All of sudden her special need just did not matter anymore. The concerns that The Chapmans had 6 years prior were insignificant. God had all of that already worked out. The Chapmans began the process to bring home this child in May 2013.

Their adoption day for their daughter was May 5, 2014. She was 9 years old when she became a part of The Chapman Family. During their adoption trip there was some trying times. Their new daughter totally shut down and would not even eat a bite of food for an entire week. She would not let her family do anything to care for her. During their trip to Asia they visited the orphanage where she had lived her first 9 years of life; they learned that their new daughter had a best friend, a little boy 8 years old. She loved him so much and she wanted him to have a family of his own.

During her 4 years home she has turned into a social butterfly and is one of the most popular kids at her school. She is very lovable like her sister and brothers and has many friends. Also since being home she often asked about her best friend and made her parents promise her that they would locate his file and advocate for him to help him find a family. The Chapmans had contacted several agencies but because they couldn’t give them the information that they needed to inquire about him the agency could not give the family any info.

In June 2018, 4 years later The Chapmans met a family who were travelling to this orphanage and The Chapmans sent along some updated information on their daughter so they could see how well she is doing. BINGO!! The Chapmans got the information they needed to inquire about advocating for him. Advocating soon became reviewing his file. Jan was on board but had not brought Garry there yet because she was afraid that he would say no. When Jan told Garry that this had been laid on her heart he quickly said OK. Garry had the same feelings Jan had. He knew that God had not led us wrong thus far and He was not going to now. The beautiful part is he is 12 years old and has Down syndrome – the same condition of their first child Melanie Jordan, who they lost through a miscarriage. Why would they say no to a child with Down syndrome? If they had been given the privilege to give birth to their first child they would have handled it so they know they can handle this. This story is God’s perfect plan for them.

Their son who is waiting on them in Asia is 12 years old at this present moment; he will turn 13 years old in January 2019. They just cannot say no because he only has one year left to find a family and that family is theirs. Their daughter’s best friend will soon become her brother.  Please pray for The Chapmans and support them through fundraising. If you are not able to donate we understand but please send positive thoughts their way as they walk on their new journey toward bringing home their new child. The Chapmans have finally learned to never say never. It is left up to God when their family will be complete. The beautiful ending to this story is that our new son will be named Jordan.

3/2/2019 — TA RECEIVED; TRAVELING LATE MARCH

$33.95 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Andre has received a $15,000 Older Child Grant.

 

Meilyn Joy for the Schneider Family — IL

Jenna and Drew met in college and have been happily married for over 15 years. After having 2 wonderful sons, Jenna suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage leaving them unsure of what God had in store for their family. They began to research adoption as a way to add to their family, but ended up being blessed with a 3rd son. However, once he was born, adoption never left their hearts. In fact, the tug only continued to get stronger. After receiving what they feel was sign after sign from God, they finally realized that His plan for them was to adopt all along, and that there was a specific child that He was leading them to. Jenna and Drew are both teachers, and children with special needs have always had a special place in their hearts. So when they saw the face of a perfect little girl living with Down Syndrome halfway around the world, they just knew she was their daughter. Everything that had taken place in their lives up until this point now made complete sense. Even though the timing was less than ideal for them financially, they immediately took the leap of faith and have been working as hard and fast as possible to get to her. They are willing to do everything in their power to bring their daughter home. She is beyond loved already and has 3 big brothers who are ready to love her, teach her, and protect her like no one else. Her oldest brother says, “We need to adopt her because she deserves to be loved, and we have a lot of love to give!” She has an incredibly wonderful and supportive extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who are so excited to meet her and spend their lives showing her all the love she deserves. The Schneider’s would be forever grateful for any prayers, donations, and support that anyone can provide. They know that God has big plans for this little girl and they feel so blessed that they get to have front row seats to watch her story unfold.

11/25/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$6,399.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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OLIVIA for the Cook family — MN

Jenny & Shad have been married for 17 years. They began the adoption process two years ago after Jenny’s work with orphaned and abandoned children in Romania opened their hearts to adopting internationally. Things moved slowly at first as they tackled the mountain of paperwork, education, evaluations, and appointments. But as they accomplished each step, the process began picking up speed. The day after being approved by the adoption officials in India, Jenny & Shad were matched with their daughter! Their sweet girl has a radiant smile, a joyful laugh, and has been described as spunky and strong. She has waited several years for her family to find her, so Jenny & Shad are working diligently to complete their finals steps without delay. They cannot wait to meet their daughter in person and are excited to bring her home to the amazing family and friends who anxiously await her arrival. Jenny & Shad are thankful for the support and encouragement they have been shown during this daunting process. They also appreciate the wonderful individuals who have cared for, sponsored, and prayed for their daughter during the years she was listed as a waiting child. They are deeply grateful for the love and hope you all have shared.

2/15/2019 — AWAITING COURT

$504.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Olivia has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

A CHILD for the Duncan family — TN

Jody and Michelle Duncan have been married for almost 24 years and have four beautiful daughters, ages 19 to 7.  For several years they have had a burden for orphan care.  After walking with their friends through an adoption journey, they learned of the staggering number of orphans in the world and the dire state in which so many of these children live.  As Christians they felt the scriptures that instruct believers to care for the orphan were spoken in a very personal way to them, but they often made excuses of why they could not adopt.  These included the fact that they could not afford it, were busy with their own children, and not equipped to deal with the special needs an adopted child would have.

On two different occasions the family hosted orphans in their home for the Christmas holidays.  The Duncans were open to adopt the hosted children but for various reasons those children could not be adopted. However, after the last hosting experience, they were ready to finally act and move forward with being obedient to what God was calling them to do. The Duncans desire to adopt an older child because these children have a small chance of being chosen.

The Duncans are not wealthy nor do they have many financial assets.  However, they do have a longing to offer a home to a child who has none.  Psalm 68:5-6 tells us that God is a Father to the Fatherless and that He sets the lonely in families. Even though they have been blessed with four biological daughters, they know that there is room in their hearts to love and care for another child.

3/7/2019 — AWAITING TRAVEL DATES

$494.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Inga has received a $7,500 Older Child Grant.

NELI for the Junell Family — WA

Dean and Lacey Junell have been best friends for 9 years and married for nearly 8. Together they have three wonderful and spunky children who range from 11 to 4 years old. Dean and Lacey have always had a heart for helping others – Dean works as a firefighter paramedic, and Lacey is currently earning degrees in elementary education and psychology, with the dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. They both just want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Long time cheerleaders of other adoptive families, the Junell’s have loved following along and supporting other families in their greatest adventures. Lacey became familiar with Reece’s Rainbow and grew to learn the stories and the faces with intentions of advocacy. Then one day they saw her face, and everything changed. Something in this little one’s eyes sparked a fire in them that they could not ignore. Upon emailing her agency, they were crushed to hear that a family had already committed to this sweet one. Six months later, out of the blue Lacey received an email from the same agency. The previous family was not able to complete the adoption. Both heartbroken for this child and overjoyed at the chance to make her their daughter, Dean and Lacey committed immediately.

This family is no stranger to special needs and purposeful parenting, as one of their children already has complicated diagnoses. They are willing and able to put forth all the work and time necessary to bring this precious child home, and to help her thrive once she is home.

Any help is immensely appreciated in their journey to bringing home the littlest Junell, adoption truly takes a village!

2/27/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$1,081.84 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Caldwell family — ID

“A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE TO YOU, THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, YOU ALSO ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
– JESUS –

I WAS JUST TWELVE YEARS OLD when my dad took me on my first of many trips to the beautiful country of India. I was quickly enamored with all the colors, the life, the culture, and especially the people. The vast contrast from my hometown of Boise, Idaho was astounding. It was on that trip that my heart really opened up to the power of love. I had the beautiful opportunity to spend quality time with some orphan children as well as visit families living in the slums. I was blown away by the joy and love that so many of these individuals had despite their dire circumstances. It was on that initial trip where I learned that life is not about possessions or the job you have or even who you think you are. I learned that life was fulfilled in love. Not just being loved but more importantly giving love. From that point on I would never be the same. I went back to my hometown with a purpose and a calling that has been burning in my soul ever since. We all have one short life to live and than its done. My true hearts cry is that I don’t waste my life just living for myself and my own desires. I pray my life would had purpose and most importantly selfless love. I have a lot to learn but I am so thankful to be on the journey.

“LOVE BEGINS AT HOME, AND IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE DO, BUT HOW MUCH LOVE WE PUT IN THAT ACTION.”
– MOTHER TERESA –

I have been so blessed with my amazing wife Miranda and our six wonderful kids. They are truly the spark in my life that motivates me to be better, to work harder, and to love greater. My family is the greatest treasure I could ever attain in this lifetime.

LOVE, FAMILY, AND ADOPTION
I married my first sweetheart, Miranda. Together we have two biological children and have adopted four more from China.

We continue to stay open to whatever road God wants to take us down and He has opened the doors for us to be able to adopt again and we are thrilled and blessed for this wonderful opportunity!!!

You can follow along at beautyfromtheashes.com

2/26/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$171.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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JUSTINA and EZRA for the Buckles family — TX

Ryan and Jerene always knew adoption was going to be part of the plan. Jerene has five adopted siblings. The moment her parents brought home her baby brother she knew she wanted to adopt when she became a mommy. Ryan used to dream of helping orphans even as a little boy. Some little boys dream of fighting fires or flying rockets. Ryan dreamt of running orphanages and helping the fatherless.

The Buckles family has adopted three of their seven kiddos. They long to adopt again. This time they want to adopt two children who are aging out because they believe every child deserves the love of a family. They feel confident they will be a good fit for the most vulnerable orphans, those who are about to have no chance for family.

All the Buckles children are overjoyed to add a new brother or sister, or both to the family! They pray every night for their new siblings and for the people it is going to take to bring them home! The Buckles are beyond blessed to have the outpouring of support from families like yours to help them turn orphans into sons and daughters.

2/4/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$12,656.31 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Justina has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant.

S for the Stearns family — ID

Brian, and Rebekah Stearns, have been married for 16 years and reside in Nampa, Idaho. Their family of 5 first learned about S, a teenaged special needs orphan, through friends of theirs who had hosted him for the summer of 2017. He desperately needs a family to adopt him—especially since he has been at risk of being institutionalized three times within the past year. The Stearns family is S’s last chance for adoption! They need your prayers and support.

The Stearns family has been SO blessed to get to know S through hosting, and he is truly part of their family; even though they have not officially adopted him yet! S calls Brian and Rebekah, “Mama” and “Papa.” And they call S their “son.” They stay connected to S and often exchange text messages and video chats with each other. During the summer of 2018, while the home study was being completed, the social worker got to meet S and see him with the Stearns family. The social worker explained that the Stearns family qualified to adopt TWO special needs children. The Stearns, prayed, and discussed it with their children, and with S, and it was a unanimous decision to pursue both the adoption of S and a special needs girl between the ages of 8 and 18. Only God knows who this precious girl will be, but everyone is excited to welcome her into the Stearns family, too! Thank you all, for your prayers and loving support of these adoptions!! God bless you!!

1/21/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$5,617.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lil Rose Bud for the Snyder family — VA

A little about the Snyder family. The fairy tale began twelve years ago when two hearts came together as one. A leap of faith for love and family. The special part of this was Lonnie wasn’t just taking Michelle as his wife, he was also taking Kaiyla and Kyle as his own. As the family journey continued they shared a desire and passion to grow their family by opening their hearts and home to a special child through the means of adoption.

Little did they know how their very desire for a special little one would forever change their world. Fall 2015 a little face and that fluffy hair caught Michelle’s eye as she read through a Rainbow Kids email and had that feeling. This is to be their son! Fast forward to today as they celebrate 20 months home! Blessed far beyond measure to have the title of Miles parents and share the journey of life with him. He has forever changed their world and they cannot imagine life without him in it.

The current Snyder family status… Growing by adoption of one special ‘lil rose bud! They are blessed to have the opportunity of being on the journey to bringing home a little sister for Miles to grow up with and share the adventures of life. Two little ones with two different starts of life yet so many similarities. Both Miles and ‘lil rose bud are special in the fact that they have an extra chromosome, also known as trisomy 21. They also share the fact they were born half way around the world in Taiwan. The most special similarity… they are their children! Handpicked by God for the Snyder family!

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.

I Samual 1:27
For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.

The Snyders are humbled and blessed far beyond measure that of all the families in the world God handpicked them to treasure ‘lil rose bud as their own. Join them on this journey by sharing their journey with others, lots of prayer and when felt lead the generosity of donation as they take the leap of faith for love and family as their family grows.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Lonnie, Michelle, Kaiyla, Kyle, Miles and ‘lil rose bud

2/11/2019 — USCIS APPROVED & DOSSIER COMPLETE

$1,655.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A Girl for the Hoppe family — WI

Kelly and Chad live in Madison, WI, with their 2 year old daughter, who is living with significant special needs. Chad works as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and Kelly is a stay at home parent. They’ve been together 3 years, and married for 2.

Early in their relationship, they knew that adoption would someday become a part of their family story. At 21, Kelly was diagnosed with a medical condition that often leads to infertility. That following summer, she spent a month volunteering in Russia, where she witnessed firsthand the needs of children around the world who are waiting for forever families. Afterward, she knew that she wanted to adopt internationally someday. In 2016, Chad and Kelly’s daughter came as a huge surprise to them! While they briefly considered fertility treatments after not being able to conceive a second child, they decided to instead pursue their dream of international adoption.

One night, while looking through their agency’s waiting child listing, Kelly came across a 2 year old girl from Eastern Europe who intrigued her. After receiving her file, Kelly and Chad couldn’t stop looking at her photos and videos. This precious girl has so much life and determination in her, in spite of her numerous challenges. Many of her needs are similar to their daughter’s, so they knew that they would be well equipped to care for her.

They have stepped out in faith to commit to this child, knowing that they will have to rely on God to bring them the financial resources that will be necessary to bring her home. They greatly appreciate your prayerful consideration of a tax-deductible donation to their fund. Your prayers, thoughts, and support are appreciated as they continue their adoption journey.

2/27/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$2,053.49 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SLOANE and NATALIA for the Newby Family — NC

Hi all – Most of you know we aren’t new to adoption. After the birth of our Nathan who was born with Down syndrome in 2015 we knew we wanted to grow the Newby family. Another pregnancy wasn’t in the cards but adoption was! We were blessed to be able to adopt Nicholas and Elizabeth from Eastern Europe in 2017. They flourished and grown and sped through milestones at record speed! They are strong and healthy and dearly cherished and loved.

In 2018, I traveled back to Eastern Europe to adopted Sophia. Sophia had multiple heart defects that needed immediate medical intervention and her adoption was fast tracked. She is now home, recovering, and doing amazing. She has proven to be quite a miracle. She is making huge progress and wins the heart of everyone she meets. We are proud to call her one of our own.

We are trusting God to help get our children home. As you can imagine adopting twice in two years carries a heavy financial burden and we are jumping in on blind faith for a third time. Like most people we do not have $37,000 lying around and we will be working day in and out to bring our child/children home.

We need our village to grow to help bring this little girl and boy home. Adoption is a community that bands together for a child. It knows no discrimination. It is a community of people who band together because they want all children to be in loving, nurturing homes.

Please join our village and help bring our children home.

2/1/2019 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$7,301.43 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SEAMUS and JOSIAH for the Timmerman family — OH

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Keith and Angie met in 2013 and married in 2014. In the summer of 2015 they welcomed their oldest son Dax. He is now almost three and absolutely the orneriest little boy you have ever met. In the fall of 2016 they welcomed their daughter Daigan. It was at their 20 week ultra sound that they received the diagnosis that Daigan had Down Syndrome. As all parents who face this challenge they immediately began educating themselves on Down Syndrome. Daigan had to be born out of town to be nearer Children’s Hospital as the initial information from the doctors was that she would need immediate open heart surgery. Through the power of prayer, Daigan did not need heart surgery. In fact they were able to take her home in four short days. She has been perfect in every way. Keith and Angie continued to educate themselves on Down Syndrome and it was through this research they found all of the children with Down Syndrome around the world that are in orphanages and need loving families. Through Reece’s Rainbow they found and committed to Seamus. As they continued to pray it became evident that they thought they could do more and they have recently also committed to Josiah. They truly believe they are answering God’s call and doing His work. They are asking for prayers and any financial support that could be provided. Please help them!

2/13/2019 — COURT PASSED

$1,606.25 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BETHANY and ALIVEA for the Rees family — MI

Timm and Tabatha Rees met in High school and started dating in the summer of 1998. They never looked back from there. In 18 years of marriage, they have had 8 biological children. Through it all, they always talked about wanting to adopt “eventually.”

In August of 2014, an event happened that would change them profoundly. This is when their precious little girl, Faith would be lost to stillbirth. Having never really gotten the chance to know their little girl, they found themselves asking, “did she know we loved her?” Struggling to deal with this question, they eventually started to notice all of the medically fragile children on Reece’s rainbow and found themselves asking the same question; do these kids have anyone who they know loves them?

Soon after, in October of 2015, their son, Trevor was born with Cerebral Palsy. This would catapult the Rees family into the world of special needs. Watching and helping Trevor grow and learn over the next three years would give them a passion for special needs kiddos and the confidence that they could handle a child with special needs.

Soon enough, Tabatha would see a post on Facebook asking if anyone would be willing to adopt Alivea before she ages out of the system. She knew right away that this was her little girl. She showed the videos and pictures to Timm and asked about his interest, expecting some form of “not yet,” but instead, he replied, “let’s pray about it.” They did so for several days and realized that yes, God was leading them to adopt this precious little girl.

Won’t you please consider joining them in prayer and support for these amazing girls?

3/6/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

The Rees family has a matching grant for $500. When their FSP reaches $2789, they’ll receive an additional $500!

$6,887.20 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Bethany has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant ***

CADENCE for the Bowles family — VA

ln October of 2007, Ronnie, a single dad of 3 girls, and Vivian, a single mom of 2 girls began a new adventure together as one family. 2 more baby girls were added to the mix; one in 2008 and the other in 2012. Children that were not being raised in a family had been on Vivian’s heart since she was a small child and in 2014 her childhood dream of growing a family through adoption was realized when they brought home their first son and 2 more daughters from Eastern Europe. Then in 2017 God sent them a super sweet baby boy bringing their total to 9 daughters and 2 sons.

While still pregnant with their baby boy Ronnie expressed to Vivian that he was open to adopting again. She was not but was willing to pray. Over the next few weeks God wrecked her heart for children with special needs who were being raised in institutions. That fall she came across a blog post of a family who had met Cadence and were hoping to help find her a family. And slowly over the fall and winter God changed her no to a yes.

Ronnie and Vivian and their children are excited to bring Cadence home and watch God’s plan to give her a hope and a future unfold. They are both humbled and grateful for any who come alongside them in their journey.

3/1/2019 — COURT on MARCH 19

$3,013.79 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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BEATRIZ + BELLA for Tyler and Rachael – SC

Tyler and Rachael are so excited to be adopting again!  Tyler and Rachael have adopted three other children through Reece’s Rainbow – a now 10 year old with Cerebral Palsy, a 5 year old with Down syndrome, and 3 year old with Down syndrome. They also have 3 biological children.

Tyler and Rachael have been blessed to previously witness the way people come together to support an adoptive family and a child who needs a home. They are hopeful that through hard work, prayer, and the generosity of others, this little girl will find love, care, and an incredibly bright future!

They are moving very quickly to get all their paperwork done and hope to be in her country in just a few months! Tyler and Rachael do not want money to hold them back from traveling as soon as possible. Please pray for them, share this page, and give financially if you feel led.

Tyler and Rachael are so grateful to all those that are helping bring their new children home!

2/12/2019 — AWAITING COURT

$14,166.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Nicoletta for the Chudzik family — FL

Kris and Nichole knew each other for years due to their families being friends. It wasn’t until their 20’s did they reunite and start on their journey. Kris was blessed with an amazing son from a previous relationship who was three years old at the time they started dating. Nichole loved him like her own, but always had the strong desire to have her own children. They both moved from Ohio to Florida to further their careers. Kris works in Real Estate & Nichole has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught first grade for ten years. She has loved teaching her students and watching them grow into beautiful young men and women. Since then Nichole has committed to being a stay at home mom. Kris and Nichole were married in 2009 they were blessed with their first son Chase, who is an amazing young man with a heart of gold! Then in 2013 they were surprised with the news of TWINS on the way!! During this time they received the heartbreaking news that one of the twins suffered from a heart condition called transposition of the great arteries. After a scary birth he was taken away and immediately rushed into a procedure. This was an extremely scary time for the family, and at this time is where they truly found God. Christian was very ill, but through faith, hope, love, and lots of prayer he made a miraculous recovery after surgery. Christian is now a crazy, wild, loving 4 year old who loves playing with his twin brother Carson! Carson has a huge heart and is the wild child of the family, always keeps things interesting and keeps everyone on their toes! Through all the ups and downs of life, Kris and Nichole still felt something was missing. They tried to have another child but sadly after 2 miscarriages they decided to stop, and thank God for the blessings he had already given them in life. As time passed they both still felt God tugging on their hearts and leading them in a different direction. Through much prayer, and after spending a lot of time with their good friends children who have special needs, they knew it was their calling. It wasn’t the perfect time, but it was their time! It was time to take that leap of faith and put all their trust in the Lord, and follow their hearts. Which in turn lead them to Adoption and falling in love with the sweetest angel Nicoletta! They knew the moment they saw her, that she was the missing piece. She will complete their family. She will grow up and always know that she is loved, she is a blessing , and she is wanted! She will also have 3 very protective older brothers and a Daddy!! Please help us bring this sweet girl home where she belongs….with her family!!!!

Kris & Nichole like most families don’t have an additional $30,000 laying around. However this family is committed to this little girl mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to bring her home! If you can find it in your heart to help bring Nicoletta home you can donate below. This little girl deserves a family that will love and cherish her for the rest of her life.

2/12/2019 — USCIS APPROVED

$3,227.41 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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LILY for the Scott family — SC

The Scotts are a family of 5 living in South Carolina. With 3 boys at home ages 5, 8, and 10, Dan and Abby always knew that someday they wanted to add a sweet girl into the mix. After joining Reece’s Rainbow’s Facebook group they saw a precious young girl being advocated for and knew that she was meant to be their daughter. Through pursuing this adoption they have learned more about what it means to have special needs and how to care for their soon to be daughter who has moderate to severe Cerebral Palsy. What they used to see as a disability they now see as special abilities, she is so able and the special needs community has shown them that different abilities are something to be celebrated! They hope that their adoption will inspire others to step out in faith into the unknown and care for a child that will bring so much joy and open the mind of others to how capable special needs people really are. We hope that you join us on our journey in bringing our precious and wonderful daughter home!

8/2/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE; AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$767.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lily has received a $5,000 Older Child Grant.

 

TALLULAH for the Keim family — NE

Rodney and Alisha Keim live in a small Nebraska community with their children, Josiah, Selah, and Jeremiah, where Rodney runs a small brewpub and Alisha teaches dance. They have always planned to grow their family through adoption. They first found and fell in love with Tallulah after seeing a Facebook post linking to her Reece’s Rainbow profile, and immediately began the process of adopting her in December of 2017…though they had been praying for her long before they knew her face.

The Keims are humbled and honored and amazed that of all the people in the world God could choose to bless with the treasure of this little girl’s soul, he chose them. They are now asking for your help in bringing her home. The first time they adopted internationally, they had saved up for years before beginning the process. This time, they jumped in…trusting God would provide. Please consider sharing the financial burden of adoption by donating today!

2/4/2019 — LOA RECEIVED Jan 29

$3,726.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Tallulah has received a $4,360.59 Waiting Child Grant.

DOLLY for the Vierstra family — CA

Christinna and Kendall Vierstra have three children that are now adults living on their own.  They want to share their love with a child they can adopt into their loving family. Christinna and Kendall are an International family… Christina is Russian, Kendall is American and Dolly is Eastern European.

Christinna said she was on Facebook and saw a post from Keshia Melton where she exposes the disabled children and this post was about “Dolly.”  After opening her profile, she saw a video where the correspondent is talking to the girl that they are looking for a family for her. Video was from 2015 now is 2018! A child is still in the hope and still waiting for this miracle.

Christinna showed the photo and video to her husband, Kendall and he immediately suggested taking her for the hosting program for Christmas. (They already had such an experience by this time, recently they took a girl with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy for two times). Christinna immediately wrote to the woman who put up a post, with a proposal to bring her on a visit through a hosting organization. But her request was denied with an explanation that “Dolly” is for adoption only. She has too many health problems.

They were upset, but did not talk about the adoption. They watched the video where Dolly is waiting for her parents again and again. And they began to pray for Dolly and felt that something was going on with them. The words from the Matthew 18: 5 sounded in there hearts clearly. On the fourth week of their prayers ,they made the decision to adopt this girl!

Starting the process Christinna and Kendall knew that they did not have the right amount of money and they put trust in the Lord, GOD WILL PROVIDE.!  They ask all who are not indifferent to this girl, to take a part in the financial assistance of our journey towards becoming Dolly’s parents. Let us stop her orphan life and make her dream true. God Bless you all!

3/7/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$15,413.94 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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RUBY for the Rosplochowski family — WI

The Rosplochowski family has their heart set on a little girl in Asia. Mike and Amy live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and have two children, Owen is eleven years old and Brynn is seven years old. This little girl, who they are calling Ruby for now, happened to be advocated by several people looking to find her a family and needed medical care. Amy is involved in the craniofacial community because Brynn has a craniofacial syndrome and craniosynostosis, CFND. Several moms had noted how much Ruby looked like their daughters who also have CFND. Amy, Mike and the kids discussed adopting her right when they saw her photo and heard her story, but then they learned of how much international adoption costs and weren’t sure they could do it.

They discussed adoption on and off for the next year. Ruby was again being advocated for by several people. Amy began discussing international adoption with several people who had adopted before. They explained that raising the money to adopt is possible with a lot of hard work, persistence and faith. So at the beginning of 2018 the family decided to jump right into this crazy international adoption process to bring Ruby into their home.

Amy and Mike are very devoted to their kids and will be just as devoted to Ruby. They will teach her to love herself and her culture and help her stay connected to her cultural roots. They will find her the best medical care to help her grow up healthy and happy. They will advocate for her well-being, always.

Ruby is already very loved by her family and the community around her that is working hard to bring her home. They can’t wait to learn about all of the things she loves and encourage her to follow her dreams. They already know that Ruby loves to play outside from the short profile they have seen. At her new home she will have a large backyard with a playset, swimming pool, sand box and garden. They know she loves mandarin oranges which is also Owen and Brynn’s favorite fruit so they plan to buy oranges in bulk when she arrives! They learned that Ruby loves to play with stuffed animals and Brynn has her set with a room filled with tons of stuffed animals. In the winter, they can’t wait to have her try sledding and ice skating! Owen is a great ice skater and plays hockey so he is ready to teach her everything she needs to know about winter sports. Brynn wants for her to take dance classes and has been saving all of her own tutu’s and dance shoes for Ruby to use when she gets here.

The Rosplochowski’s are so excited to welcome Ruby into their home and family. They are so very thankful for everyone who has supported their family during this journey!

2/27/2019 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

$4,397.66 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Regan family — MD

Shannon and her family live in Maryland. Shannon is mom to her son Alex and her daughter Chelsea. Chelsea was adopted at 11 years old and lived most of her life in an orphanage. Chelsea spent much of her life being considered blind and in a wheelchair. In a short few months home, she is flourishing, wearing glasses, learning, and there is much hope she will soon walk. She has brought so much joy to their family and is a true testament to what love can do for a child. Shannon has always intended to adopt again and is prayerfully hopeful that the child she has seen on Reece’s Rainbow will become her daughter. This family has stated they have always had a heart for adoption and bringing Chelsea home solidified the place adoption has in their life. Chelsea is a low vision child and the family hopes to adopt another low vision girl. Chelsea and Alex are both excited about the idea of a new sister. Reece’s Rainbow helped bring Chelsea home. The family is so grateful to work with Reece’s Rainbow again as they begin their journey to adopt their second daughter. Shannon and her children thank you for your kindness, support, and generosity in helping bring an child home to a loving forever family.

2/3/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$785.70 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Regan family has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant. The child they are hoping to adopt will be added to their FSP later in the process.

DASHA for the Fry family — CA

Matt and Sherry Fry fell in love in high school in 1988. They lost contact and were reunited in 2010, 22 years later through Facebook. They married in 2013 with Matt having two small sons and Sherry having two grown daughters. They have 5 grandchildren and one due in December. The latest addition to the family is Miss Nastiia, a Reece’s Rainbow sweetheart adopted in 2016. Nastiia is a true princess with a whole lot of sass!

After Nastiia came home, Sherry found a video of a darling older girl with cerebral palsy and was instantly drawn to her. Sherry would soon realize why: Sherry had lost twins in 2004. That same year, the child she saw in the video was born across the world, also as a twin!

Matt and Sherry knew that she was meant to be their daughter; this was God’s plan, not their own. They had a full house and honestly thought they were finished having children! After watching this same video over and over and leaving this decision in God’s hands, they quickly realized there would always be enough love for one more small Fry. They would love your prayers and support as they work to raise the money needed to bring their new daughter home to her forever family.

1/22/2019 — COMPILING DOSSIER

$6,588.83 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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The Fry family has received a $10,000 Older Child Grant. The child they are hoping to adopt will be added to their FSP later in the process.

MONA for The Williamson Family — TX

Tony and Ashley Williamson have always wanted a big family, there just wasn’t a specific plan on how that would happen. Their son Hayden is 20, their daughter Lauren is 18. Along the way, they have had other children in and out of the home based on needs in their community. Friends of their children, kids in desperate need of love after temporary tragedy occurred with their own families, family members in need, you name it, they have done it. After years of a friend who had adopted a special needs child from Russia had sent photos advocating, without any time, raising the family they had in their home at the time, the photos weren’t really given any thought other than donations. The Williamsons felt like all of the kids had grown up and were thriving, and maybe this was it. Maybe they had completed their family.

Then late one night, the same friend who had been advocating for orphans for years, called Ashley in the middle of the night and said, “this baby came out of your womb!!! Check the profile I am about to send you, and tell me she isn’t yours!” Ashley hung up the phone laughing and shaking her head, and then opened the text she was sent. As she clicked on the Reece’s Rainbow link, all of the air in her chest had seem to disappear, her eyes filled with tears, this beautiful baby girl with the sweetest, biggest, almond shaped eyes, with the darkest pigtails, jumped off the screen, slid down the giant lump in her throat, and sat down right inside of her heart. At 1am, she sat with tears in her eyes in her bed, without a single doubt that this is her daughter, Ashley started furiously sending emails and started the process, all before she even woke her husband. The next morning, Tony had received an email being that she gave both parent’s contact information. He was a little confused being Ashley had yet to mention a word to him, so he asked her about it. She was so protective and so sure in that moment, that he was caught off guard. This was a Monday morning. He told her that he felt like their family was complete, and thought she needed to rethink this. Ashley knew this was meant to be. All week every text Tony had sent Ashley, all she replied with was photos of this precious baby girl. Friday after a very busy day at work, she didn’t have time to respond. That evening, when they both arrived home from work, Tony said to her, “you didn’t send any photos of her to me today?” Ashley asked, “Do you want photos of her?” Tony relied, “I think I do!” Tears is joy filled Ashley’s eyes and she exclaimed, “We are having a girl!” Tony and Ashley have never looked back. While they do not discount her having Down syndrome, they are up for any challenge, including her congenital heart defect that will also require immediate surgery but know in their hearts she is a child of God and not only worthy of this family, but fee they are blessed with the addition of her, the little girl that hung the moon.

1/21/2019 — TRAVELING SOON

$15,810.10 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DORABELLE for the Hickey family — IL

Robert and Kelly Hickey are High School sweethearts who started dating at age 16 and have been inseparable ever since! They spent 8 years together prior to their marriage supporting one another as they developed their careers and built a home together. Robert is a hardworking, family man who works as a mechanic, lays concrete, and plows. He also spends much of his time working on their new home in which they will build their family in. Kelly is a passionate special educator who went on to pursue Behavior Analysis and spends her days working hard to advocate for those with disabilities. Although Kelly has her dream job, she knows her true purpose in life is Motherhood. While Robert and Kelly are still newly married, they have been highly anticipating the start of their new family. Since early on in their relationship, the couple had discussed growing their family through adoption, however, they didn’t know when would be the right time. The couple had decided they would start by pursuing foster care but one night as they were preparing to send the application, they had an overwhelming feeling that God was leading them to a specific adoption. Not long after, Kelly came across a photo of a beautiful little boy, and instantly knew that he was the one waiting for them. The couple worked tirelessly to bring their son home from an orphanage to the love and family that he deserved, but unfortunately did not make it in time. While the loss of their son was completely devastating, they knew they had to continue to pursue an adoption.

Robert and Kelly prayed for their son to guide them to another worthy child. After several months they were finally connected to a little girl who completely stole their hearts. The love was instant, just like it was for their little boy!

The Hickeys, along with their families and friends, are beyond excited to bring their daughter home! Their adoption journey has been long and difficult but with everyone’s support they know God will make this possible for their growing family. Robert and Kelly are incredibly appreciative of any financial, emotional, or spiritual support that you can provide.

1/30/2019 — DOSSIER EN ROUTE

$1,372.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Ethan for the Hornbuckle Family — GA

Larry and Angela met when Angela was still in high school and began dating several years later. Friendship blossomed into love and they married in 1993. Early on in their relationship they discussed their future plans for a family and decided that they would have at least one biological child but would also like to adopt at some point. They talked about the possibility of adopting a child with Down syndrome one day, since as a special education teacher Angela had always felt called to parent a child with special needs. Six years after getting married they had Holton, and for the next 9 years he was an only child. At that point, they realized that it was time to expand their family and they both agreed that it wasn’t important to them whether they brought any more children into the world, because there were plenty of kids who needed families and they would love them just as much whether or not they gave birth to them. In addition, they realized that there were many kids who were considered harder to place due to being older or having special needs. They wanted to provide a family for kids who may not otherwise have one. Their daughter Maili joined the family at the age of 4. She was born in China and was listed as having a congenital heart defect in addition to significant developmental delays due to hypoxia at birth. She brought a joy to their family that they had not even imagined possible, and two years later they returned to China to adopt another daughter. Callie was 6 years old at that time and only 8 months younger than Maili. She had a very rare heart condition but has thrived after having surgery. The girls quickly became inseparable and today these virtual twins are still the very best of friends. Now that the girls are almost teenagers, the Hornbuckles have decided that it is time to add to their joy once more by adopting a little boy with Down syndrome. The kids couldn’t be more excited about having a younger sibling to dote on, and Angela and Larry are ready to complete their family as they envisioned it almost 25 years ago. They feel particularly led to adopt a child with more significant medical and developmental disabilities who may have a harder time finding a family. In addition to Down Syndrome, Ethan has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (TOF) as well as tracheal and subglottic stenosis. He has a g tube and currently receives tube feedings.

Due to Ethan’s extensive medical needs, there will be increased medical expenses once he arrives home and they are trying to make sure that they are allowing for that in the monthly budget. Although they have the resources needed to raise this child, they do not yet have all of the resources they need to bring him home. Therefore they will have to rely on the understanding of grant selection committees and generous donors to help them come up with the final $7,000 or so they will need in order to bring this sweet boy home to his forever family in Georgia. The Hornbuckles believe that every child deserves a family regardless of their disability, and this little guy is no exception. They also believe that where God guides, He provides and they ask that you find it in your hearts to help Ethan come home to his forever family because they can’t wait to meet him!

1/30/2019 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$2,500.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROSE for the Hadsell family — TX

China

Please visit their blog to learn more about their family, and their adoption journey! https://OurRoseInBloom.blogspot.com

 

CLARA for the Tomasetti family — PA

Adam and Emily met in college at Northern Arizona University. They started dating in March and were engaged by August. They got married and moved to Texas after that, where Adam graduated with his doctorate in chiropractic from Parker College of chiropractic. Much to their surprise and excitement they found out Emily was expecting right before they celebrated their first anniversary, Anna was born in March 2002 and Aryn Joy was born in March 2004. The foursome moved to Pennsylvania in May 2000 to start Adam’s chiropractic practice. Over the next five years they added three more children to their family. Alice in July 2006, Owen in February 2008 and Ethan in September 2009. The last three Tomasetti kiddos were very high-risk pregnancies, they decided not to add any more children to their family. For most of their married life they had talked and prayed about adopting. Having five biological kiddos in 7 1/2 years made the idea of adding anybody else to our crew feel overwhelming. Over the years, Emily has often looked through advocacy sites for adoption, praying and seeking the Lord, to see if any of those lovely faces belonged in their family.

On Sunday, March 4, during Elevation Church their prayers and conversations came together into an answer. Right before the service began Emily was prayerfully looking through Reece’s Rainbow’s waiting children page. During the worship set the band played “Break every chain”by Will Reagan. As the music played and they sang along, Adam prayed for Jesus to break the chains of the orphan. At that moment Emily saw the picture of Clara in her mind’s eye and started weeping. After church, Adam, Emily and the kids talked about why she was crying and before they were finished Aryn Joy ran over to the table to sketch the picture that she saw in her mind as they talked about Clara. It was just the confirmation they needed. Aryn had never seen her picture before. They are hoping to bring Clara home in the spring of 2019. It will be a Herculean effort to raise all the funds that are needed, but They know that God who has always been faithful, will continue to be. This is the sketch that Aryn Joy drew, above Clara’s picture from Reece’s Rainbow.

3/5/2019 — TRAVELING LATE MARCH

$7,039.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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