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We’re just an ordinary family living the extraordinary life by stepping out in faith in place of standing frozen in fear.

If you’d have told me last Spring that I would be once again speeding through the adoption paperwork pile I wouldn’t have believed you. So on this very day I stand in awe at just how amazing our journey to one special little girl truly is. The God wink of my advocacy for her, the very day I shared how amazing it would be for Maddie and Magnolia to be close to each other two years ago. And then the very date of our completed packet being sent to Taiwan being the two year to the day of that advocacy post. Only God! God knew on that very day as I shared that post that we were to be her forever family!

Here we are a family of six. And celebrating our journey to precious Magnolia, Snyder #7. We are blessed with our two now young adult children, two little Taiwan treasures that rock their extra chromosome and racing to our newest treasure with Cerebral palsy. Family is everything to us. The very story that is being written as our family grows has us in complete awe at just how precious life is and how unique our family story is. Each and every member of our family uniquely and perfectly created to be exactly who we are meant to be. The journey to becoming a family a true gift. Each and every moment a true blessing…

We are humbled and blessed far beyond measure that of all the families in the world God handpicked us to treasure Magnolia as our daughter. Join us on our journey by sharing our journey with others, lots of prayer and when felt lead the generosity of donation as we take the leap of faith for love and family.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Lonnie, Michelle, Kaiyla, Kyle, Miles, Maddie and Magnolia

9/8/2021 — COURT in SEPTEMBER!

$7,048.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hi! We’re Kristy and Dale, and we’re the Galaleo family!

Dale and I first met in 2008 at the gym in where Dale was a spinning instructor and I was an admiring student. By day, I managed an aquarium and Dale built cool unmanned deep ocean gliders. We didn’t start dating until one Friday the 13th in 2012 and were fittingly married on Friday the 13th in May, 2016 at a beautiful waterfall in Connecticut. Two of our dogs, Trooper and Kopper served as our best men.

The end of 2016 and most of 2017 were rough for us as we lost some of our beloved animals and Dale’s adopted sister passed away unexpectedly. But 2017 also brought us a silver lining — one that redefined our definition of family and may change our lives forever.  After his sister’s passing, Dale’s adopted brother came to live with us. We spent much of 2017 reconnecting with Dana, who was diagnosed with schizophrenic tendencies and other behaviors that would now fall on the spectrum for Autism as well as very poorly managed diabetes, and helping him get situated in an adult rehabilitation program that brought new purpose to his life.

Because he was such a great benefit to the program, they offered him housing in one of their newly built quadraplexes. Watching Dale’s brother grow and finally achieve a fulfilling life at 59 helped us realize that we might be able to help someone else.

As you can see in our photo, we have adopted several “handi-capable” dogs over the years. We’ve poured our love into them, but I’ve always felt like something else was missing. I have previously served as a respite provider for foster parents, and I know the need for caring parents and safe homes.

Dale and I have often thought about adoption, influenced by Dale’s experience as a younger brother to two adopted siblings and my experience fostering. However, I found myself in a job that required too many hours to bring a child home for good. If we were going to adopt, we knew we would both need to make some life changes.

I left the field of marine biology for interior design more than a year ago. Now, I’m able to leave work on time and don’t bring work home with me. We’ve moved to Florida and settled into a less hectic routine. There’s no time like now for us to grow our family, but we need help.

In October, Dale and I committed to adopting a beautiful 5-year-old girl from Asia. One night I was Googling “adopting children with special needs” and came across Reece’s Rainbow. I clicked on their waiting children link and started clicking through the various ages of children with Down syndrome. I remember being saddened by how many children there were and how long some of them have been waiting for a family of their own. As I scrolled through the “girls 3-5” I came across an adorable full face with the most genuine smile. Her name on the site is “Della” (we won’t know her real name until our home study is completed). I watched the videos that were posted and in all her videos she just seems to smile. Now her smile melts our hearts every time we watch the videos. We realize adopting a special needs child may require more work on our part, but there is no denying that our hearts are ready for this journey.

We have been working diligently on all the paperwork. Our home study is near completion, and we’re already researching all the best options to support for our daughter to ensure she blossoms in our care. We appreciate that you’ve read our family’s story and thank you in advance for anything you can give to bring us a step closer to uniting us with our new daughter.

5/20/2021 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,037.90 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

 

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Hamilton & Cadman 2015

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Stori (Elliette) 2014

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Anchor (Henry) 2014

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Kolya (Tucker) 2015

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

 

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Genesis’s blog, letters to Kole – www.dearsunshineboy.blogspot.com

 

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

 

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

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MonierFam5?feature=mhee

 

 

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

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It’s hard to believe that we went from 2 to 4 just a little while ago as everything has adjusted better and smoother than we could have ever imagined!  Emma and Micah are a perfect fit from God for our family and we know the miracles that brought them to us are the first of many to come for our family.  Both children are learning to sit, express their wants, and know that their needs willbe fulfilled.  Kristopher and Brianna love their new “babies” and   have taken to them so well.  A little too well sometimes!  We are absolutely in love and cannot imagine life without all four of our little blessings.   I am in awe of each of their accomplishments and wait expectantly for what God has for our future together.

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