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Life is a gift. This is something that we as a family cherish, and through such seek to return to God the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We are a quirky bunch who seek to enjoy the joys of life through a family rooted in Christian beliefs. We are bi-lingual, in that five of our nine children are deaf (we carry a recessive gene which causes Pendred Syndrome- progressive hearing loss). Our second child Ambrose passed at 25 months of age in 2006 from a pulmonary embolism after a surgical procedure.

The gift of his life is what brought Bernadette and I to seek out Foster Care for medically fragile and special needs children. We worked through a local Non-Denominal Agency called House of Samuel. We encountered an amazing group of people, especially the children. It was such a beautiful time that taught us so much, and we experienced God’s love in a whole new form. We stopped doing Foster Care once our family grew, and the needs of our biological children became apparent.

Bernadette and I met while serving as Missionaries for NET Ministries in St. Paul MN, we were on the same team for our year commitment. Both of us were committed to religious life and found fellowship in the support of each other’s calling. Towards the end of the year we both found a love for each other, however, not wanting to stand in each other’s way planned to go our separate ways. I was going to return to Canada, and my now wife to Ohio, however, it was apparent to us something was happening in the life of the other. I returned to Ohio with Bernadette and her family, and we found profound peace in the sense of Marriage and by His grace were marriage on May 31st 2004.

Christ is foremost in each of our lives, with me now working in Healthcare we remain active in ministry at our Parish through teaching: both youth and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes. We have been blessed with a beautiful marriage, and the joy of nine children: Josephina 15, Ambrose (past 2006), Augustine (deaf)11, Sebastian 9, Emilia(deaf) 7, Ignatius 6, Maximus(deaf)5, Juniper 2, Tiberius (deaf) 11mths, they are a lively bunch who continue to add great adventure in this journey.

Dima was brought to our lives by one of the Clinical Managers I work aside. She had heard of Dima and thought of us immediately because of his deafness. Other families had tried to adopt him but had backed out because the language barrier was too great of a hurdle for them. Our hearts were pierced by his story, the fact that he was deaf, our enduring thoughts and prayers led us to foster/adoption again, he is a gift from God. We prayed and know this was the road we had to walk, and time was of the essence. Orphans have until their sixteenth birthday for someone to apply for their adoption and Dima was one week shy of his sixteenth birthday. We answered the call and said yes!

The journey has been tiring at times, but the thought of him being left without a family, it is all that he has experienced in life that calms the awkward times and we press on. The children call him their brother, and he is lifted in our daily prayers, for peace, patience, and trust- we are coming. Dima already seems apart of us in many ways, we facetime and message daily. The remaining hurdles of finance will pass, and one day we will look back and smile at the lessons God taught us in this time.

We humbly ask for your support, to consider our family, and our choice of adoption, the reception of funds will ease some of the process ahead. Thank you for considering your partnership in our journey to bring Dima home.

9/20/2019 — AWAITING COURT DATE

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We began our adoption journey to Joey back in 2004 when we decided we wanted to adopt one or two, up to three children, from Ukraine. Through prayer, we decided we wanted an older girl (age range 10-14) with a younger brother (age range 5-9), preferably for the younger brother to have Down syndrome. We have 5 bio children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome and autism. We felt we could handle another child with Down syndrome, since we knew what we were in for, and figured that probably not many other people were standing in line waiting for them.

We found, through another family who had adopted just a few months previously, a wonderful brother and sister pair who fit our “wish list” perfectly, except the little boy did not have Down syndrome. He had some other correctable medical problems, and in April 2004, James and Catie joined our family. Their adjustment was smooth, and we were enjoying them so much, but still felt that God could possibly be calling us to adopt another child with Down syndrome.

We heard about Daniil, saw a couple of pictures, and I was smitten. Jim was not quite as anxious as I was, since Daniil was much younger than we had originally planned, so we waited and prayed for guidance. Life goes on, but every few months I was drawn back to those pictures, then every few weeks, and soon, I was  studying them daily, and felt sure God was calling us to Daniil. Through the fall and early winter of 2006 we prayed for guidance, and that if it were not God’s will for us to have Daniil, that He provide another family for him. Through a series of events in February 2006, we came to be sure it was us, and we began our paperwork in earnest, finishing it just in time for the NAC to close down, as it was being turned into the SDA!

Updating paperwork as needed, and anxiously awaiting for the SDA to reopen, we finally got paperwork submitted in February, and got a May 2007 appointment. On June 11, 2007, Daniil became Alexander Joseph Stolz, (“Joey”) and came home with us at the end of June. He was 6 years 10 months old, and such a joy. He now has 3 brothers and 4 sisters, and a mom and dad, and lots of extended family who love him.