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BODEY for the Mendez family — VA

Edgar and Rachael Mendez met and fell in love at work when they both worked for the same Pest Control Company. Rachael was an insect specialist and Edgar was the Branch Service Manager. Their shared love of insects is what bonded them and allowed them to spend a lot of time together on problem accounts. Two years later, in July of 2009, the priest that married them told their friends and family he had never before had anyone fall in love because of bugs! Theirs is a happy marriage filled with similar values and a desire to build a family despite their cultural differences.

It was not until three years later, that Rachael found out she was pregnant. On Valentine’s Day, Rachael went into early labor and delivered a 2- pound baby boy. Although he was tiny and fragile and stayed in the hospital for 105 days, there was a fighting spirit in him, and he soon became the center of the universe for the Mendez Family. Two weeks after his birth, this tiny boy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. So, Edgar and Rachael immediately started reading and preparing for how to bring home a special needs micro-preemie. Now six years old, Nicholas loves Mickey Mouse, horseback riding, swimming and basketball, and with a lot of extra tutoring is very advanced with reading. And what a personality!

But Edgar and Rachael knew in their hearts that their family was not complete. After two miscarriages, one of which almost took Rachael’s life, and giving birth to a stillborn baby girl, the Mendez’s decided to turn to adoption. One night, Rachael stumbled across Reese’s Rainbows and discovered the plight that special needs orphans face abroad. Picturing their own son in this predicament, they suddenly felt called to do something. After clicking on the list of waiting boys, Rachael discovered Bodey and instantly felt the connection. His little baby photo, showed him sitting with his little hand fanned out beside him the same way their own son used to sit as an infant. Abandoned at 3 months old and sitting quietly in an orphanage with no one interested, Bodey needed a family to call his own. Yes, he needed to come home! After requesting his file, the Mendez family found more and more similarities between their two boys, especially with their shared love of basketball. Additionally, a friend of the family is from the same area and has toured the orphanage Bodey is living inside. It is the dream that these two little boys will grow up together in such a loving household, so now the Mendez’s are trying to prepare financially to take the leap and bring their son home. The cost of adoption will stretch them very much, but they could not leave Bodey behind. Please keep Bodey and the Mendez Family in your thoughts and prayers. Any contributions to bring Bodey home faster would be greatly appreciated.

2/8/2019 — HOMESTUDY COMPLETE

$0.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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A CHILD for the Rega-Bretz Family — VA

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear.  The Lord your God is with you…wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

This verse was chosen for our beloved baby, Joshua Eric.  We were very happily surprised to find out we were expecting in the summer of 2017.  We have a beautiful blended family, and were thrilled to welcome our first-born son together.  In the early Fall of 2017, a routine ultrasound showed our baby had a severe congenital heart defect and likely, Down syndrome.  We realized that God had a different plan for our family.  Plans were made for our son to undergo open heart surgery around the age of four months.  During the remainder of Alycia’s pregnancy, medical plans were made and they learned all they could about Down syndrome and the amazing community they were welcomed into locally and throughout social media.  Joshua’s siblings, extended family and friends were so excited and eager to welcome Joshua into our family.

When Joshua was born we knew Down syndrome was nothing to be feared and quite possibly one of our favorite things about him.  He was beautiful and perfect in every way.  He underwent his first heart surgery at one week old and made a steady recovery.  His sweet little soul won the hearts of all who loved him…his nurses, doctors, extended friends and most of all his siblings and parents.  However, as the weeks in the hospital progressed, Joshua went into early heart and lung failure.  He had to undergo several open heart surgeries to repair his heart…much younger than expected.  Very tragically, Joshua passed away from complications post- surgery at the age of 6 weeks and one day old.   As painful as it has been to walk this grief journey and loss of their son, they feel they were given the beautiful gift to have their own hearts and minds opened to the beauty of special needs.

Alycia has always considered adoption a very real calling on her heart.  However, it always seemed elusive.  Too far out of reach to be able to.  After Joshua passed, she began bringing the idea of possibly adopting a child with Down syndrome up to Eric.  Their family thought and prayed about this, feeling as time went on, the tugging on their hearts and souls was for such a time as this.  They talked with their older kids and everyone was wholeheartedly supportive.  They experienced true, unconditional selfless love for their special needs infant and their hearts were cracked wide open to the needs of other babies who are orphaned.  They realized that Joshua could have been born in any other country, or at any other time in history and not experienced the amount of care and love he received.

Knowing our family has an immense amount of enduring love to give an orphan, we have committed to the adoption of a baby boy who also has Down syndrome.   We feel incredibly blessed to be entrusted with this calling.   In the midst of much devastation with the loss of our first son, God has been doing something.  In His way and in His timing, new hope has begun to grow.  We know only God knows the full story and He is doing what only He can do.  We believe that God is picking us to personally live out one of His promises… “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18

We ask for your continued prayers as we move forward with paperwork, towards funding our adoption and eagerly awaiting the time we can bring our baby boy home to the safety of our arms.  We know God is right here with us.  We cling to this hope.  Believe this hope.  Live out this hope as He creates beauty from ashes.   Fully.  Completely.  Perfectly.  With Him.

12/27/2018 — HOMESTUDY in PROCESS

$122.00 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Lil Rose Bud for the Snyder family — VA

A little about the Snyder family. The fairy tale began twelve years ago when two hearts came together as one. A leap of faith for love and family. The special part of this was Lonnie wasn’t just taking Michelle as his wife, he was also taking Kaiyla and Kyle as his own. As the family journey continued they shared a desire and passion to grow their family by opening their hearts and home to a special child through the means of adoption.

Little did they know how their very desire for a special little one would forever change their world. Fall 2015 a little face and that fluffy hair caught Michelle’s eye as she read through a Rainbow Kids email and had that feeling. This is to be their son! Fast forward to today as they celebrate 20 months home! Blessed far beyond measure to have the title of Miles parents and share the journey of life with him. He has forever changed their world and they cannot imagine life without him in it.

The current Snyder family status… Growing by adoption of one special ‘lil rose bud! They are blessed to have the opportunity of being on the journey to bringing home a little sister for Miles to grow up with and share the adventures of life. Two little ones with two different starts of life yet so many similarities. Both Miles and ‘lil rose bud are special in the fact that they have an extra chromosome, also known as trisomy 21. They also share the fact they were born half way around the world in Taiwan. The most special similarity… they are their children! Handpicked by God for the Snyder family!

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.

I Samual 1:27
For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.

The Snyders are humbled and blessed far beyond measure that of all the families in the world God handpicked them to treasure ‘lil rose bud as their own. Join them on this journey by sharing their journey with others, lots of prayer and when felt lead the generosity of donation as they take the leap of faith for love and family as their family grows.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Lonnie, Michelle, Kaiyla, Kyle, Miles and ‘lil rose bud

2/11/2019 — USCIS APPROVED & DOSSIER COMPLETE

$1,655.72 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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CADENCE for the Bowles family — VA

ln October of 2007, Ronnie, a single dad of 3 girls, and Vivian, a single mom of 2 girls began a new adventure together as one family. 2 more baby girls were added to the mix; one in 2008 and the other in 2012. Children that were not being raised in a family had been on Vivian’s heart since she was a small child and in 2014 her childhood dream of growing a family through adoption was realized when they brought home their first son and 2 more daughters from Eastern Europe. Then in 2017 God sent them a super sweet baby boy bringing their total to 9 daughters and 2 sons.

While still pregnant with their baby boy Ronnie expressed to Vivian that he was open to adopting again. She was not but was willing to pray. Over the next few weeks God wrecked her heart for children with special needs who were being raised in institutions. That fall she came across a blog post of a family who had met Cadence and were hoping to help find her a family. And slowly over the fall and winter God changed her no to a yes.

Ronnie and Vivian and their children are excited to bring Cadence home and watch God’s plan to give her a hope and a future unfold. They are both humbled and grateful for any who come alongside them in their journey.

12/17/2018 — APPT DATE Jan 23

$2,063.19 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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ADDISON and ADELAIDE for the Kimrey family — VA

Laurie and Travis met in High school. They became engaged quickly after they met. They will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary this year. Adoption has always been something they both talked about. That is why at the age of 21 and 22 they built their dream home extra large to accommodate all the children they prayed they would be blessed with. The Kimrey family adoption journey began when they became foster parents after having had their five children. Very quickly they received a call for micro preemie twins, one with extreme special needs and would they be willing to accept the placements? Well they said yes and their journey began. Haylee and Baylee became officially Kimreys in December 2014. Bio Mom and Dad had micro preemie twins again 11 months later. They also joined their family shortly after their birth. They became officially Kimerys in June 2015. Twins times two has been quite the wild ride. But they are darling precious children. Well in Nov 2015 while they were browsing Reeces Rainbow and saw picture come up of a little boy in Bulgaria he suffered the same condition as our first twin Haylee, Hydrocephalus. Only his case was untreated. He had been left in a box locked away for six years, his head had grown so large he could not even hold it up. Yet, in all the orpanage reports it spoke of his wonderful, loving demeanor. It was at that moment that God spoke to Laurie’s heart and said, “There in that broken body, trapped there was a little boy” They knew he would be their son. Nathaniel came home and join their family in December 2015. Laurie and Travis did find out once in Amercia that he suffers from Dandy Walker Syndrome and he is actually missing parts of his brain. So he is like a baby but the sweetest little guy. He has changed their lives and how they see every minute of everyday. To know him is to be changed forever. Now here they find theirselves again, God has called the Kimreys back they feel to two more precious little souls. Both medically fragile and in need of urgent placement. The orphanages they are placed in are neglectful of the children and they need rescuing as soon as possible. The fees are upwards of 30,000. While that is quite a large sum it pales in comparison to the lives that will be saved. Your donations will equip this family with the funds they will need to get these kids out of there forever and into a loving home where they will be orphans no more.  Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

1/15/2019 — PASSED COURT; AWAITING PICK UP DATES

$3,475.78 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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PEPPER and LIAM for the Marshall family — VA

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

SALEENA and POLLY for the Huizinga family — VA

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

 

EBONY for the Sutton family — VA

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Esther ( Ebony) 2015

Esther ( Ebony) 2015

Bulgaria

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

MIKEY and THATCHER for the Powell family — VA

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

ALARIC and CORWYN for the Breakfield family — VA

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

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ESTELLE and GERARD for the Deutsch family — VA

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at adoptingdeutsches.blogspot.comDeutsch

HEATHER for the Daulton family — VA

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

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PENNY and FALLON for the Huizinga family — VA

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Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at www.zingermama.blogspot.comIMG_0261

KENDRA for the Rhodes family — VA

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

MISTY for the Powell family — VA

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

 

KATRIN and DENNY for the Pickett family — VA

BULGARIA

 

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

BERNADETTE and MASON for the Rogers family — VA

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

 

 

 

Jessa (Bernadette) 2013

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Caleb (Mason) 2014

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MIKALE for the Sutton family — VA

Benjamin (Mikale) 2014

Benjamin (Mikale) 2014

BULGARIA

 

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

 

 

MARINA for the Schwenzer family — VA

UKRAINE

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

ALLYSEN & BELLA for the Edwards family — VA

BULGARIA

 

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

MARIO & LINA for the Shupe family — VA

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

 

 

 

 

CHRISTINE and OSCAR for the Rogers family — VA

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

 

 

 

DAWSON & ISAAC for the Rhodes family — VA

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

PAULINE for the Bergman family–VA

 

Polina 2015

Polina 2015

Ukraine

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

SONYA & DUSTY for the Hinz family–VA

  

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 Follow their adoption  journey on their blog: www.godsarrowsinourquiver.blogspot.com 

VIOLET & SOPHIA for the Salem family–VA

 

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Follow the adoption journey of the Salem family on their blog at at http://www.nogreaterjoymom.com/

JULIA & SERGEY for the Schwenzer family‏ – VA

 

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Julia 2014

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