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BRYANT for the Koebel family — MO

Darrel and Shonette Koebel have been married for almost 31 years. Darrel, is retired from the Air Force, he served 24.5 years for his country. After retirement Darrel decided to serve his community and became a law enforcement officer. He currently works for the Sheriffs department in his county. Shonette is a stay at home mom, wife and homeschool teacher to her kids. When Darrel and Shonette were dating they talked about having two kids and adopting two. Little did they know the love and joy they would experience through adoption! They had two children, a boy and girl. Then they decided it was time to start their journey with adoption. They got licensed as foster parents and were lucky to get twin infant boys. They were 3 months old when they got them. They had a lot of growing to do. They were born at 27 weeks. Darrel and Shonette fell in love with those two boys. It was a rough journey, but so rewarding. After a year of having the twins, they were able to adopt them. Then Shonette got pregnant a few months after the adoption. Soon their family would become a family of six. However, God had another plan in mind. When the Koebels had five children, the state called and asked if they had room in their hearts for two more kids. The Koebels couldn’t say no. They took a two-year-old little girl and eight month old boy. That would give them three two year olds and two infants, as well as their older two. Five in diapers at one time, the Koebel’s hands were full and their hearts were overflowing with love. After two years with these two little ones, the Koebels adopted them. They thought they were done. Yet again, God had other plans for them. Not even a month after they adopted those two kids, Shonette found out she was pregnant again. They were shocked and wondered what God was doing. They were given shirts that said eight is enough. As they prepared for their eighth child God decided to blow their socks off. The two they had just adopted, their mother had another baby boy. The state asked them if they would take him to keep siblings together. What were they supposed to say? They stepped up and said yes. Darrel and Shonette took in this baby and got him on a good schedule before Shonette had their fourth-biological child five weeks early. The Koebel’s felt content and were happy with their family.

However, again God has His plans not theirs. The Koebels were drawn to Eastern Europe. They felt God telling them to go and adopt from overseas. They jumped and flew across an ocean to bring home another little girl. This would bring their total up to ten kids and they were blessed beyond their wildest dreams. Then, God placed that nagging feeling in their hearts again. They saw a picture and knew this little girl were supposed to be their daughter. The Koebels stepped out on faith again to bring home another little girl from Eastern Europe. Darrel and Shonette, thought they were done. Yet again, God had other plan. They saw a picture of a little boy and knew God was asking them to make him their son. The Koebels are adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe. They feel this is the missing piece to make their family complete. Darrel and Shonette have a fire in their hearts that burns strong and fierce for orphans. They love these kids with all of their hearts. Darrel and Shonette know without a shadow of doubt that God has given them this love and desire to bring orphans into their home to be their forever family. The Koebels are not crazy. They are insanely in love with children that no one wants. They know how hard and difficult adoption can be. However, they believe God will provide and walk along side them on this journey to bring home another child.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

3/21/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$108.64 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Bryant has received a grant of $3,817.96.

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.

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

$4,715.74 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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YASMINE for the Anderson family — MO

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

TALLIE for the Worrell family — MO

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site?pg=747782

 

THEA for the Williams family — MO

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Follow the Williams family adoption on their blog at www.thelittlegirlinstripesandpolkadots.blogspot.com

ELIZABETH for the Fristoe family — MO

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

 

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ALEJANDRO for the Greene family — MO

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

BRANDON for the Swinigan family — MO

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

AMY for the Bouchard family — MO

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CHINA

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.changetheworld147.blogspot.com

JOLIE and SOFIAH for the Anderson family — MO

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

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VICTORIA and LENA for the Nachtmann family — MO

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

LUCILLE for the Dinsmore family — MO

 

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

 

JOANNA for the Loraine family — MO

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

CLARE for the Fristoe family — MO

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

 

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OLIVIA for the Loraine family– MO

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Follow the Loraine family’s adoption journey on their blog at   http://www.lorainefamily.blogspot.com/

DEBORAH, LIAM & ALEXANDRA for The Adams Family–MO

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Follow the Adams family adoption journey on their blog at teasfamilyblog.blogspot.com