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Jim and Katya came from completely different worlds. Jim was born and raised in the Midwest and had rarely traveled. Katya is from Russia and loved to travel. She spent the summer of 1998 working at a bed and breakfast in the U.S. She returned to Russia in the fall of 1998 to complete her degree not sure if she would ever come back. But, in the summer of 2000 she got the chance to return to the U.S. and that’s where things got interesting.

Jim and Katya met while taking a class at a local university in 2001 and have been together ever since. They married in 2003 and have seven wonderful children ranging in age from 5 to 18. Their youngest son, Sammy, came home from Eastern Europe in July of 2020. Sammy is deaf and has cystic fibrosis. He had undergone two surgeries since coming home, doubled his weight, can now hear with the help of cochlear implants, and is learning to communicate both verbally and using ASL. He is energetic, loves dressing up, wrestling with his brothers, going shopping and riding the bus to school. He brings so much love, joy and laughter to the Bukowski household.

A year after Sammy’s adoption was complete, Katya fell in love with Vivian (who has a genetic syndrome and hearing loss) who just happens to be living in the same orphanage as Sammy. After experiencing the amazing transformation born of the love between Sammy and his six siblings, Jim and Katya knew that Vivian was meant to be part of this family.

Jim and Katya ask that you pray for their family’s adoption, and for the health of Vivian during this process and beyond. She desperately needs medical care that is inaccessible in her birth country. There are so many amazing and deserving families on Reece’s Rainbow, and nothing makes this particular family more worthy than any other. However, if you feel moved to help the Bukowski family financially, please know that they will be forever grateful. As in addition to high cost of international adoption, they do anticipate having high ongoing medical costs due to Vivian’s needs.

May God continue to bless the Reece’s Rainbow family!

5/2/2022 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL

$436.50 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Vivian has also received a $2000 country-specific grant from Reece’s Rainbow.

The Hopkins family has been in process for nearly two years to bring Knox home. As travel to his country is still on hold, due to the COVID pandemic, they pray nightly to bring him home. Because of participating in a recent hosting program, and while they are waiting, they have chosen to embark on a second adoption, to an Eastern European country. They are working hard in anticipation of having both of their children home in 2022.

Roderick and Melissa have been happily married for over ten years and reside in a small town in Illinois with their five wonderful children Adeson (14), Emery (13), Jacob (11), Ella Grace (9) and Casey(7). Four of their five children were adopted internationally, two from China and two from Ethiopia. Rod and Melissa have been committed to adoption, and both they and their extended families have been foster parents, adoptive parents, and advocates for humanitarian and children’s rights. They are also parents to Melissa’s seven children from her first marriage of 17 years Brandon (36), Ryan (deceased), Alex (27), Matthew (26), Sara (22), Emily (19) and Antonio (19), Alex, and Antonio were also adopted, one at age eight and one at age four from Russia and Guatemala. They believe their family is their calling and feel blessed to have had the blessing of family and friends throughout their life journey.

The cost and process of international adoption, while intimidating they believe is far worth the journey. Rod and Melissa believe that completing their family through adoption is the right thing for them and are very excited about bringing home their new son from Asia who they found through Reece’s Rainbow, whom they will call Noah, as well as now a second child from Eastern Europe. If you can help them support their adoption journey, their family would be grateful.

You can also follow their journey at https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhopkinsfamily/

11/29/2021 — AWAITING USCIS APPROVAL for EASTERN EUROPE
& AWAITING TRAVEL for KNOX

 

$10,677.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Follow the Ballard family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.tobelongandbeloved.wordpress.com

 

 

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at hiseyeisonthesparrow3.blogspot.com and willpaint4babies.wordpress.com

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

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

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Sara (Charlotte) 2015

Sara (Charlotte) 2015

COLOMBIA

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

 

Joshua (Patrick) 2014

Joshua (Patrick) 2014

Ukraine

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

 

 

 

Elisha (Taylah) 2015

Elisha (Taylah) 2015

Russia

 

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

 

 

 

Lucy (Melanie) 2014

Lucy (Melanie) 2014

Ukraine

Follow the adoption journey of the Sader family on their blog at www.the21stchromosomeablessingindesguise.blogspot.com

 

The Oberhauser Family
Vanya from Ukraine