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Corey and Julie met in a department store thirty years ago. Julie was the clerk and Corey was shopping with a mutual friend. The story goes that the minute Corey laid eyes on Julie he knew she was the one. For Julie, she thought he was out of her league. He left the counter that day, tormented himself for a few hours of how to ask her out, and returned to courageously face the acceptance or rejection. Their first date was a disaster…Julie had an emergency appendectomy and Corey thought he was stood up. But that was thirty years ago. Before the birth of their five children, the loss of one, and the adoption of their little girl from China. For as long as Julie could remember, she always wanted to adopt; to make one less child an orphan…to be the mother of a child who needed one. Life isn’t about finding comfort for oneself, it’s about serving others, and our calling is to provide a home and loving family to a child in need.

Julie saw the picture of “Betty” on Rainbow Kids one month after returning home from China with their daughter. As you can imagine, Corey was a bit in shock of the timing. But when you see your daughter, it doesn’t matter that you just got off the roller coaster of adoption paperwork, immigration approvals, and a 20-hour flight. Julie wrote the adoption agency and asked if she was still available. Two months after that call their new home study was complete. They met their little girl, Matilda, in August and just as fate took Corey to that department store that day, they knew fate had flown them to her country and introduced themselves as her Mommy and Daddy. They hope to fly back and bring their little girl home in the next three months.

10/17/2019 — AWAITING COURT

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

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*** Becky has received a $2,000 Grant! ***

Greetings from the Wood Family! We are Brian, Kristen, Graysen, Emma Rae, and Blake and coming soon, a new daughter to be named Kate! We have been married for 10 wonderful years, and we have 3 amazing children. Brian is a student pastor at Point Harbor Church and Kristen is a Registered Nurse working in an elementary school.

Shortly after being married, we started talking about adoption and really felt a tug in our hearts early on specifically for China. About 4 years into our marriage, some friends of ours adopted their sweet girl from China and that started a ripple effect and we soon were surrounded with so many friends who said “YES” to their children in China. This only fueled our hearts more for China.

After we moved to VA, we were introduced to another family who has adopted 3 babies with Down Syndrome from China. Down Syndrome had never been on our radar, however, we fell absolutely in love with these amazing children. Although we always had a peace about China, God began to break our hearts specifically for children with Down Syndrome.

We were “introduced” to our daughter on Reece’s Rainbow site.  Kate has Down Syndrome, CHD, and repaired VSD and PFO. She is an absolute doll and we cannot wait to have her in our arms. Kate will be 2 years old in July and we want to have her home as soon as we can. She has 3 siblings who are over the moon for her already and are so ready to have their sister home.

Please help our family to bring our daughter home! We plan to travel with our two oldest children, who are 11 and 9 yrs old. We greatly appreciate all prayers and financial support as we continue our adoption journey to complete our family!

9/20/2019 — I800A APPROVED

$1,837.63 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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Hugh and Janet Berckmueller were college sweethearts and have been married for 26 years. Hugh and Janet always knew they wanted a big family, and they were blessed with six biological children. Their sixth pregnancy was medically complicated, and after his birth, it was determined that little George had Down syndrome. He spent two months in the NICU, but since that time, he has grown to be a healthy and energetic little boy, and a very special addition to the Berckmueller family! George’s diagnosis opened up their view to the plight of children around the world who are abandoned because of Down syndrome. In August 2016, the Berckmuellers brought home sweet little Elsa from Asia, who also has Down syndrome. Watching her bloom and grow with the love of a family over the 2 1/2 years since she has been home has been truly amazing. After seeing firsthand the conditions of children in orphanages, particularly children with special needs, and seeing what the love and care of family can do for a child, it made Hugh and Janet want to pursue adopting again. They decided they had a little more room, a lot of love to share, and the heart to add another child to their family. Jaxon is living in the same orphanage where Elsa grew up, so they already feel a special connection to him. The Berckmueller family is so excited to welcome home this precious little boy!

9/30/2019 — TRAVELING LATE OCT

$1,442.45 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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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.

9/26/2019 — TRAVELING OCT 23

The Mendez family met their RODS Racing matching grant!

$20,384.13 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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“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.

9/27/2019 — COURT on OCT 21

$19,037.24 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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

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

 

 

 

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