Nine waiting children; six waiting families

December 7th, 2012

Hi everyone!

Did anyone else notice that there is only one day left of the Awesome Adam Hidden Treasures auction?  Amy tells me it’s the largest auction yet, thanks to the wonderful donations many of you have contributed!

Come on over to Hidden Treasures in the next 24 hours and join in the friendly competition!  Help bring tiny 16 pound five year old Adam home so the Mitchell family can shower love and care on him and help him grow!

That’s not all that’s going on!



When we were adopting Katie, I received a lot of helpful advice from more experienced adoptive moms.  One of these moms was Denise Davis.   Last year, not long after she and her husband Gary brought home a little sweetie from Bulgaria, they officially committed to adopt a little boy and a little girl, also from Bulgaria and both of whom have cystic fibrosis.





The Davis family has a court date approaching soon and are currently working hard to raise money for the adoption fees that are coming due at that time.  If these funds do not come in, they will lose their court date, which means their whole adoption process would come to an end.

If you are led to help the Davis family raise their needed funds, please visit their family sponsorship page on Reece’s Rainbow.



 Rich and Lauren Heaston are adopting two little ones with significant special needs from Bulgaria, Sam from Pleven, who has a “proteus-like syndrome” called M-CM, and Sophie from a different orphanage in Bulgaria, who has severe scoliosis and spina bifida.

Sam and Sophie~

Fundraising has been slow for Rich and Lauren, and they currently need help with some upcoming fees.  To read more about their two children and to find their Chip-In, please visit this page on their adoption blog.

There is also a very simple and painless way to help bring Sam and Sophie home!  Do you ever shop on Amazon?

Lauren explains,

“The Amazon link is simple. We will get up to 10% of the total sale for each purchase made through our link. The link is and when it opens on at the very end of the link you can see “heasfami” in the link which lets people know their purchase will credit us up to 10% for Sam’s adoption.

It doesn’t cost anything for them to use our link and they won’t be charged anything to opt to donate, it happens as a “thank you” from Amazon for directing customers to their site. I know a lot of people “bargain” hunt through Amazon so this seemed the perfect time of year to try and go this route with raising money for Sam.”


 Sabrina Musk is another friend of mine who is adopting a sweet girl with special needs from Bulgaria!  Jeff and Sabrina had their hearts opened to adopting a child with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe about the same time we did, but God had them wait another year before proceeding.  I can hardly wait for their family to experience the joy of having a child with Down syndrome!

Their adorable treasure, Ally~


Jeff and Sabrina only have about a month to go before they will be able to bring their little Ally home for good.  One of their friends has helped to set up a giveaway to help raise the final funds they will need to travel.

Please visit this site to participate in the giveaway to bring Ally home!



Scott and Lydia Rosencrants are also adopting two children with significant medical needs, both from the Pleven orphanage.  You’ve seen their two sweet girls on our blog before!

Anna needs to come home and receive a complicated shunt surgery~


Nora’s heart condition is serious~


Scott and Lydia have been fundraising for their final travel expenses,  unsure of how much they’ll need, considering that they may need to make alternate plans for transporting Nora, and that could be very expensive.  Please pray as specialists review Nora’s records and make their recommendations.  Pray that God will show Scott and Lydia the best and safest way for Nora to come home, and that He will show Himself strong by providing for whatever it will cost!

And please consider stopping by their family sponsorship page on Reece’s Rainbow to help them along the last leg of their journey to bring their girls home.



My friend Mandy Sutton and her husband Traver are also adopting from Bulgaria–a precious little boy with developmental delays whom they can hardly wait to bring home to their family just after the New Year!


The Sutton family is on their last fundraising stretch, with less than $500 to go until they are fully funded!  If you’d like to help them cross the finish line, please visit their family sponsorship page on Reece’s Rainbow, or visit their adoption blog and participate in their American Doll giveaway!


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5 Responses to “Nine waiting children; six waiting families”

  1. sabrina says:

    Wow, Susanna! Thank you for adding our family here!

  2. Susanna says:

    I’m just sorry I didn’t know to add it earlier, Sabrina! A mutual friend tipped me off. :) Love ya!

  3. C says:

    I’ve spent the past 2 weeks slowly working my way through reading your incredible story. I’m in my 20’s, and a single mother to a beautiful 2 1/2 year old girl. My mama heart is aching. I just…I didn’t know. Its incredible, in this age of technology and communication, that I somehow didn’t know. Those sweet, precious little HUMANS…I wish I had some beautifully eloquent words to describe my anger, frustration and deep, deep sadness. I don’t have those words, and I’m not sure they exist. I think I recall you calling them “mama claws” — mine are out, and all I want to do is sweep those children up into my arms and teach them about the power of love. 

    I’m a college student, graduating in a few months, and would most certainly not qualify to adopt based on our small apartment and income. However, I plan to when I am able. Until then, I will be giving when and where I can to help, even if it is only in a small way. Your story has lit a fire in my heart.  I simply can’t fathom being aware that this is happening and not acting. 

    PS – My daughter saw the “before” picture of Katie on your sidebar, and emphatically told me “baby sad! Baby need mommy kiss!”  I quickly found a picture of you snuggling Katie to show her, and her response was “ahhh, all better!” 

  4. Lydia says:

    C, your reaction is exactly the reaction we should all have to learning how these children are treated.  You would be shocked by the number of people who don’t seem to care – who just want to go on living their lives as if they didn’t know.  I don’t understand it.  Once you know, how could you not be angry?  How could you not do whatever God placed in your power to do?

  5. Susanna says:

    C, thank you so much for your comment. It gives me so much joy to see another heart opening toward these children. Bless you.

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