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We live in the mountains of East Tennessee on a small family farm. We own our own business allowing us both to be home with our 9 going on 11 children. We currently have 4 girls and 5 boys. Our adoption journey started a long time ago before any of our children were even born. We both had worked with orphans on the mission field before we got married and had known we wanted to adopt before we even met. We finally completed our first adoption in March of 2018 when we brought home our son, Joshua, from China and what an adventure that was!

We felt the call to start the process to adopt again this past fall and so we just really started praying about when and where the Lord wanted us to go this time. With many less options being a larger family it was pretty easily narrowed down to about 3 places. After much research and prayer we really felt called to go to Eastern Europe this time around. When we went to pick up Joshua from China all 7 of our children at the time went with us to get him. On that trip their eyes were opened to the enormous need for families for special needs children. When we started the process of matching with children, our children were as broken hearted as we were at the number of waiting children and how long some of them have been waiting. Several of them asked if we could adopt all of them. haha They continue to witness the amazing transformation of their brother Joshua who had come to us deaf with no language at just shy of 5 years old. Needless to say adoption has changed all of our lives and our prospective in big ways.

We have recently matched with two precious little ones and are so ready to get them home! We have been and continue to be so amazed and blessed by the ways the Lord has and is using others to come alongside us in raising the funds needed to bring our little ones home.

8/19/2020 — DOSSIER SUBMITTED

$1,055.36 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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*** Gracelyn has received a $2,000 Grant & a 2,596 Waiting Child Grant! ***
*** Antonio has received a $2,000 Grant! ***

Kayla and Gino Canessa have been married for 9 years and are the parents of 4 kids. They have now been through international adoption before. Their first adoption was a set of two, adopted from Eastern Europe in 2018.

Kayla wanted to adopt a sweet boy she saw online almost 4 years ago, but he kept being unavailable due to being hosted. She kept the feelings for that little guy for a very long time, following him online, wishing him well. Until one day, she saw him available for hosting, it was her chance and she took it immediately! Hosting went wonderfully, they finally met the kid they had fall in love with, he fit effortlessly with the family, he was happy and expressed he wanted them to become his forever family. Everybody was happy!

Gino and Kayla wanted to adopt him as quickly as possible and worked very hard on their side. The process, however, has been painfully slow, with many bumps on the road, due to delays beyond the family’s control.

The latest thing that happened is that they were on their way to K’s country to sign the paperwork at the American Embassy and visit their boy, who was anxiously waiting for them. They arrived in Amsterdam but weren’t allowed to board any connecting flight to reach K’s country. No matter how much they tried, they were denied every time. The American Embassy had somebody calling them and advised them to turn around and go back home immediately, since borders were gonna be closed and airports shut down, due to the Coronavirus. Heartbroken, they returned on the first plane available the next day.
Like all of the other families currently in process, the Canessa’s are distressed, worrying for their boy and his safety. Worried about fundraising during quarantine and how things are gonna be after that. They worry because their boy is running out of time, he is aging out and has medical needs that haven’t been properly addressed in his country and some others that haven’t been addressed at all. K is painfully aware of that and has started losing hope. He’s completely scared, filled with anxiety and sadness. He needs out, the family needs to go get their boy as soon as possible. Their USCIS deadline is dangerously close to expiring.

They are so grateful for the opportunity to be K’s parents and for all those who are willing to join them in helping to bring K home. They know these are hard times due to the pandemic and all its repercussions, but they are also aware of people having big hearts for the kids in need. They would be SO appreciative and grateful for any support!

7/16/2020 — OFFICIAL REFERRAL ACCEPTED

$1,204.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Mollie doesn’t remember the exact moment when adoption was put on her heart and in her mind. But, she does remember it was all consuming. She tried to get away from it. But, she couldn’t. It was there and it wouldn’t go away. It was 2015. By early 2016 she finally worked up the nerve to bring it up to her husband, Bryan. It’s not that they didn’t talk often, or that they kept secrets. It’s that she thought he would think that she was crazy! You see… they had seven biological children and they thought they were done. Their family felt complete.

Earlier that year their youngest, at seven years old, had had open heart surgery. She had recovered and was doing great. Their oldest son was engaged to be married. Life was good. But, that nagging adoption thing wouldn’t go away. So she told him. And, the miracle of it all was that he had been thinking about it, too.

In April 2017, one month after their first grandchild was born, they came home with not one, but two sons from China. They were their pride and joy! But life wasn’t ever going to be the same. It was overwhelming! But, one day at a time, one sleepless night at a time, they got through it.

They went into adoption with their eyes wide open, or so they thought. In the end both boys, their sons, had needs that had been undiscovered. The words deaf and autism, and global delays were added to their family. But guess what? These were their children, the ones they fell in love with before they had ever met them! They held on because God knew what they needed. They needed to depend upon him totally. Three years later their adopted sons are thriving and their biological children have learned so much about love and the privilege to know people with special needs.

In 2020 that call to adopt has become strong in their family again. This time they have felt called to consider adopting a little girl with that beautiful extra chromosome. They want to add a child with Down syndrome to their family. And, once again it’s the same, that all consuming desire is there to give a child a family. Would you please pray God will make a way?

5/11/2020 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$651.40 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PhiliparthurChina

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Preciado

 

Gianna (2)

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

 

 

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Andrew (Bowen) 2014

Andrew (Bowen) 2014

Katerina 2014

Katerina 2014

UKRAINE

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

Henry (Kael) 2013

Henry (Kael) 2013

LITHUANIA

 

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

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2013

Follow the Pardue family’s adoption journey on their blog at pardue-wearethebody.blogspot.com

 

1st day of school 2014

1st day of school 2014

RUSSIA

 

Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at love–conquers–all.blogspot.com

 

 

Thea (Calista) 2015

Thea (Calista) 2015

UKRAINE

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

Ukraine

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

 

Anna Gray (Gracie) 2015

Anna Gray (Gracie) 2015

Ukraine

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

 

 

James (Dillon) 2013

James (Dillon) 2013

RUSSIA

 

Follow the Walters family’s adoption journey on their blog at

 wonderfullymadebyhim.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Samuel (Ivan) 2015

Samuel (Ivan) 2015

Russia

 

 

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thekramerfamilysite.blogspot.com

 Russia

 

Follow the Elliott family's adoption journey on their blog at www.elliottsfamilystory.blogspot.com

 

 

 
 Ukraine
 
 

Follow the Reynolds family's adoption journey on their blog at www.ezraandkelly.blogspot.com

 

Caden (David) 2013

Caden (David) 2013

UKRAINE

 

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

 

 

UKRAINE