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2 CHILDREN for the Rees family — MI

Timm and Tabatha Rees reside in Bancroft, MI. The 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 this amazing little girl?

11/9/2018 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$1,214.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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SYDNEY and REAGAN for the Eby family — MI

The Eby family has been involved with adoption for more than 11 years. So you would think they’d know that saying they were done growing their family through adoption wasn’t a wise thing to do. After Kaitlyn and Kathryn came home in 2015, they felt ready to settle in and enjoy the family they had been given. Laura was still advocating for children and through those groups saw two little girls. Twins. One an typical two year old, the other her very delayed sister.

But… Laura thought, they were done. She watched as family after family asked to see the girls’ files hoping one of the families would choose them. Curious after a while, Laura asked to see the files. Beautiful little girls. One with significant needs, needs they already had experience with.

But they were done building their family.

Sydney has complex needs. Her file says esotropia and agenesis of the corpus callosum. She had a seizure when she was younger and was put on seizure meds. She has significant delays and feeding issues.

Reagan is healthy and doing well.

Keeping these girls together is very important.  But…

The files were asked for and returned again and again. Laura finally told Ron about these little girls and found him surprisingly open to adding them to their family.

But… they were done building their family.

“If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans”

After careful thought and consideration they decided (what they really already knew) that Sydney and Reagan were their daughters.

The Eby family is happy and excited to announce that WE will be Sydney and Reagan’s family!

And then, we are done building our family……. 😉

10/16/2018 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

$2,680.05 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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GABRIEL for the Kladder family — MI

Ben and Holly are not new to the adoption world, nor to special needs adoption, having adopted all four of their children (now ages 15, 11, 7, and 6), three of whom were once waiting children with special medical needs. Ellie came home from S. Korea in 2006 and Bereket came home from Ethiopia in 2008. Ezra was adopted as an infant domestically in 2011, and XuBin came home from China in 2014. When they arrived home from China in 2014, they both assumed that their family was complete. Holly had been the “pusher” when it came to adding children to the family and she made a vow to God and to Ben that she wasn’t going to push anymore. It wasn’t fair to Ben for Holly to always be leading the charge toward another child and it wasn’t fair to Holly either, as she wasn’t allowing herself to trust God to lead Ben through His spirit, to trust Him with His timing, and ultimately to trust in His plans for their family. She kept her promise.

Holly began advocating for Gabriel, a little boy who had captured her heart back in 2013. She advocated through social media and in person whenever she conversed with someone who she thought might be interested. She told God that she didn’t need to be Gabriel’s mother, she just needed someone to be. Someone needed to love this little boy that she loved. She prayed that his family would find him. She began donating a small monthly amount to his Reeces Rainbow account so that when his adoptive family found him, they would have a grant to use toward their adoption.

Life went on. They were happily raising 4 kids and working full time. Their hearts and hands were full.

Imagine Holly’s shock when Ben told her one day in November that he was 100% positive that they were supposed to adopt Gabriel! The message was clear: they were his family and this little love was waiting for them this whole time. Ben and Holly look forward to welcoming Gabriel into their family in August or September 2018.

8/7/2018 — TRAVEL APPROVAL RECEIVED

$3,597.38 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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TEMPERANCE for the Sims family — MI

Temperance (2)The humanity in all of us is touched by thoughts of the loneliness experienced by any child waiting for adoption. The story is all the more profound if the child has some special medical need that means his/her passage into adulthood without the love and protection of a family will result in an already desperate prospect having a truly hopeless outlook–most especially when the special need secures little sympathy or help from in-country institutional sources.

This is a story about a little girl called Temperance, and the family she was meant to have.

Temperance has just turned 8. Her prospects of adoption are hugely compromised not only by her age but also and more particularly by her very special need—a chronic blood disorder which is not well understood in her country. She does well in school and is respectful to adults. She is pretty and sweet, but she will not survive under the current circumstances.

The Sims married later in life but faced the prospect of a childless marriage because Dean had the exact same medical condition that Temperance has. Consistent care, persistence, intelligent medical management and the advance of science not only enabled him to manage this condition and live an active, healthy life but it allowed Mary and Dean to have two healthy biological children. This story, if we had space to share the details, would itself leave you watery eyed in terms of its improbability.

Mary and Dean want to try to give something back by way of thanks for their good fortune. Their age now puts them just over the line of ineligibility for many adoption programs, but their preparedness to embrace Temperance into their family and their unique ability to offer medical care and personal experience in successfully managing her condition has opened up an opportunity for them to adopt Temperance.  The cost of this adoption (nearly $60,000) is a harrowing obstacle even after making sacrifices and putting aside other wants and needs as all adoptive parents must do. The high cost is due not only to the extensive in-country fees, but also to the requirement for a six-week stay in country for the whole family.

They are resolved to make it happen. They feel they have to. Without this lifeline, Temperance would seem to have little chance at a full and happy life. In fact, now that she is eight, she may be moved to the school for children with mental challenges, which is where many children with miscellaneous conditions seem to end up. This would be a terrifying prospect even for an adult, but imagine yourself looking through the eyes of a smart and aware, but defenseless, little girl! Even without that, she could find herself suffering extreme prejudice and hardship upon aging out, due to her health condition (if she remains healthy long enough to age out) as well as having spent time in a school for mentally challenged children (of which she was not one). In the arms of her family she would be loved and nurtured and have her condition safely managed so that she could have a full, happy and long life of achievement and strong relationships.

We hope you will join us in bringing this precious child home, and saving a soul worth saving. Maybe in the process, we can begin to break down the bureaucratic paradigms that prevent other children in similar circumstances from finding salvation. But for now—Temperance.

1/5/18 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED JUNE 2017

$87.30 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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KURT and SABRINA for the Kroll family — MI

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at a-sparrows-nest.blogspot.com

ALBAN “Nugget” for the Vanchura family — MI

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

LYDIA ROSE and LACEE for the Eby family — MI

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

IVEY and JUSTIN for the Charnesky family — MI

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

JACOB for the Kroll family — MI

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at a-sparrows-nest.blogspot.com

BARBARA & MATTHEW for the Plummer family–MI

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 Follow the adoption journey of the  Plummer family on their blog at  www.TwoLivesOneJourney.blogspot.com

 

VICTORIA for the Jim Family – MI

 

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 Follow the Jim family’s adoption journey on their blog at gracenotes-melanie.blogspot.com