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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

10/17/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

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

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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!!

10/13/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$485.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GIANNA and SLOANE for the Hawkins family — ID

The Hawkins family came across Reece’s Rainbow a few years ago, and started doing some research on international special needs adoption. This was the first time the orphan crisis became real to them, this was the first they saw these children being abandoned, starved and neglected. They knew they couldn’t fix this problem but they sure could do something. They adopted two little boys with Down syndrome later that year from Ukraine and then went back a year later for another little boy with Down syndrome who was also in Ukraine. These three boys have changed their lives and changed the way the see the world. Small things are big things and love is unbridled and joy is never ending… They only wish everyone could experience life as they do.

When Nate and Savannah visited the orphanage on their last adoption, they drove away for the final time to orphans calling “mama!” “Papa!” and following the car, waving goodbye. Tears streamed down their faces and they vowed they’d never stop doing something. Whether that means advocating, praying, helping other adoptive families or actually adoption again.

The time has come for them to go back to Eastern Europe, where they feel led to adopt and bring home a sweet little girl(s) who can and will no longer be an orphan.  Will you help the Hawkins family by donating and praying for them to get to Eastern Europe quickly and have the finances quickly as well?

Update: The Hawkins family will be bringing home two beautiful daughters; they have added Sloane to their adoption!

10/1/2018 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

The Hawkins family has a $700 matching grant!  When their FSP reaches $3553, they will receive an additional $700!

$2,950.52 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ANNABETH for the Jackson family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.pngRachael and her daughter Shyna are a family small in size but big in love and heart! Rachael is a nurse and for the past year and a half has worked one on one with children with special needs. From the first day of working with a child with Down Syndrome Rachael immediately understood how uniquely amazing these children are. She thought that day to herself, what a blessing it would be to have a child with Down Syndrome! She never imagined at that time, the plans that were in store. When God placed adoption on her heart, both she and her daughter were overflowing with excitement of meeting the one that God had destined for their family. Through a path of perfect unexpected turns, uncomfortable bumps and hard dead ends, it all strategically led to that destined door which held Annabeth… the one!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Funding for the remainder of Annabeth’s adoption is still needed and any donation amount is very much appreciated. Thank you for supporting this family’s amazing journey!

5/18/2018 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,499.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CLARENCE and ARIA for the Dale family — ID

 photo fwbutton150.png40929163700 (2)As a family, Jonathan and Laura Dale have a unique set of skills. The Dales were blessed with two biological children, the 2nd of which was born with severe medical complications and mental delays. It was a privilege they were able to enjoy for 12 short years before their daughter passed away from these chronic issues. During this time they also were foster parents to several long term placements and eventually adopted two more children. Again, one a typical, thriving child and one medically complex. In their 21 years of marriage they have learned so much about how to be parents of children with severe trauma and medical issues that it has become their families “normal”.

In January 2017 they saw “Clarence” on a You-Tube video, a little boy in Eastern Europe, who has significant medical needs and has been in institutionalized care his entire life. Laura was smitten and soon Jonathan was on board too! Shortly upon actively starting the adoption process for him, they were introduced to “Aria” a little girl in another region in the same country. Jonathan immediately “claimed” her as his. Laura’s heart followed as well. Their family has decided that both of these children are to be a part of their forever family. Their older boys are on board and excited to meet their soon-to-be siblings.

Being patient and handling “red-tape” is not a concern for this family – it is money that is the greater challenge. Jonathan works three jobs (handyman, mechanic, farm hand) and Laura works from home 40-60 hours a week making baby items and selling them online or at farmers markets. They have also started working every weekend selling hard scooped ice cream at local events to add to their adoption funds. This process is long and tedious.

Adopting two children, from two different regions is incredibly expensive. It is a financial hurdle that can be very frightening. The Dales are up for this challenge and are committed to seeing these adoption through.

If you are willing or able to help them with the financial burden of saving this 4 year old boy and 9 year old girl from living the remaining part of their lives in a crib, this family would be forever grateful!

10/16/2018 — TRAVELING NOW; FINAL TRIP

The Dale family has a new matching grant of $500!  When their FSP reaches $30,288, they will receive another $500!

$34,618.44 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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DIMA for the Wallace family — ID

Matt and Andrea live in North Idaho and have 8 biological children. For many years they knew they wanted to expand their family by adoption. They’ve always felt very strongly about helping children, especially those with special needs, and those that have suffered neglect and abuse. They firmly believe that every child deserves a home and family for them to reach their fullest potential. They’ve fostered in the past and have experience with special needs in their family. They weren’t sure how, or where they would adopt from, but waited for the opportunity to begin the process. Then, one day, a friend shared a video of an older boy with Cerebral Palsy living in an institution in a foreign country. Through a series of events they were able to find out more about him and get in contact with the agency that made his video. He’s been waiting in an institution for a long time and is getting close to the age where he won’t be able to be adopted. He is also unable to walk, but he is determined that he will in the future and he works really hard at taking steps and gaining strength. With the proper care and therapies available, he could have his dream of walking fulfilled. He also dreams of being able to drive a car someday! Matt, Andrea and their children hope to be able to welcome Dima into their family quickly before he ages out and becomes ineligible for adoption. Please help them bring Dima home!

8/10/2018 — FINAL TRIP OCTOBER

$5,870.69 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ROGAN for the Hawkins family — ID

rogan-2016-croppedRogan fam

Ukraine


You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: samuelone27.blogspot.com

 

ISAIAH and BENJAMIN for the Hawkins family — ID

Isaiah-168x300-croppedbenjaminhawkins-1-2016 hawkins-2-2016Ukraine

You can follow this amazing journey with the Hawkins family at: www.samuelone27.blogspot.com

DRAKE for the Theisen family — ID

Drake

John-Patrick (Drake) 2015

John-Patrick (Drake) 2015

Lithuania

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

ARNOLD for the Preece family — ID

RUSSIA

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