Our sincere thanks!

March 16th, 2012


For praying that Katie’s vein would stay open for her last day of IV infusion.  God said yes!


For the gifts that many of you have shared to help with her extra expenses.  What an enormous and tangible encouragement to us, and a true provision for her needed therapy items, orthotics, vision and dental care, and the costly treatments for her osteoporosis!


For the emails that many of you sent to Shelley Bedford stating the value that you see in the lives of the little ones with special needs in Pleven.  Now that she is actually holding the files of tiny Sarah and Carissa, she asked if we could now limit the emails to those who are seriously inquiring into adopting a child from Pleven:  shele337@gmail.com  

To each of you who took time to write her this week, bless you!


And to everyone, please pray for courage, clarity of vision, and compelling love for the parents God is calling to adopt Sarah and Carissa.  Parents to scoop them up out of their beds and tell them that they are beautiful!  And that they can’t wait to bring them home and love them up and watch them blossom as God intended!  We will let you know as soon as we hear how God answers these prayers!




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6 Responses to “Our sincere thanks!”

  1. Ginny says:

    Praise God for a “yes” answer to prayer!  Every time I see new pictures of Katie, I can’t help but think what a beautiful child she is.  It is amazing how much she’s grown in just three months.  I pray God will continue to provide homes for other orphans from not just Bulgaria, but all around the world.

  2. Rochelle Wilson says:

    I just posted a story on my facebook wall about a 13yr old boy who was found locked in a bathroom, here in the states…he was 40 lbs. His father & father’s girlfriend were arrested. I noted how other countries (didn’t specify particuliar countries) hide special needs kids in orphanages, and they suffer abuse & neglect; without arrests! I sure hope & pray that more and more light will be shed upon this situation. OH, and I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sparkle in Katie’s beautiful eyes, and her fabulous smile!!! :)

  3. Katie says:

    Can I dare to hope that the need to limit emails from now on to seriously interested families is because  of the sheer volume that rolled in before?  :)  

  4. Lauren says:

    With the children in Pleven, are they being listed with a specific agency or is Bulgaria working specifically with Shelley Bedford? Also, do you know around how much the cost of adopting one of these children would be? Thank you for making this terrible situation known so that all of us can be praying and seeking God on how best to help!

  5. Susanna says:

    Lauren, thank you for this question. You can find the answer to your financial question here: http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/international-programs The expenses can be variable, depending on several factors like travel costs. The biggest thing to remember about the finances is that God provides! Thousands of dollars are the same to Him as pennies–no biggie.

    This is also a good page to read: http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/newfamily

    Shelley Bedford is the Bulgaria specialist for the About A Child adoption agency. This means she would walk the adoptive family through the process of adopting from Bulgaria. She is also an amazing advocate for the children! The AAC agency is the one our family would plan to use if God allows us to adopt again, and they are working with at least two Bulgarian attorneys/agencies, one of whom was our beloved attorney for Katie’s adoption. We know that one of the others is equally as good, with perhaps less of a command of the English language than our attorney.

    Depending on which attorney holds a specific child’s file, that is the attorney that child’s adoptive family would be working with for the Bulgarian side of the adoption process.

    Both these attorneys are present, along with representatives from the other Bulgarian agencies, when a limited number of registered children’s files are given out by the MOJ to the agencies once a month. So they are aware of all files that are given out every month. Agency representatives may request a particular child’s file if they have the info they need, including the child’s birth date. The two attorneys I mentioned specialize in special needs adoptions. They request files of children that the other agencies would not ask for. They request files of children from Pleven, no matter how severe the child’s special needs. Some of the children in Pleven have been listed with the other agencies, but only if they are very young and their special needs are very mild.

    Does this make sense? Some of the children in Pleven, the ones considered most adoptable, may have their files requested by and be listed with other agencies. But the children from Pleven who are older, or who for other reasons are in greater need, and are considered less adoptable, have their files requested by these two attorneys. That’s how they end up being listed with the About A Child agency.

    I know that some of this may sound very confusing! Please feel free to ask me more questions if you think I may be able to answer them, at susanna@theblessingofverity.com, or directly to Shelley Bedford at shele337@gmail.com.

    Thank you again so much for your comment, Lauren!

  6. Hi Susanna ~ It’s touching to see Katie growing in the love and care of you and your family and of course, our Healing God! I would like your permission to copy a photo of Katie and Verity to print for my wall in my bedroom. Obviously I could just do that, but I just would not. I have cancer and spend much of my time in my bed and have a wall of RR Angels, all with permission from their parents or ones that have been mailed to me. I asked at Christmas in 2010 and received several photos, along with artwork from the children and their siblings. You can respond here (I’ll check back) or email me at jomoseley57 at gmail dot com. 
    Continuing to lift your family in prayer. With Love, Jo 

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