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Currently Matched with a Child

OUR REASONS FOR ADOPTING

Scripture tells us that as believers we’re supposed to care for widows and orphans (James 1:27). Our family’s desire is to do this for at least one child who does not know that love that a family environment can offer.

OUR ADOPTION JOURNEY

November 16, 2012 - We’ve been given our appointment with the US Embassy in Barbados. We will travel to SVG on December 3 to take custody of Raheim & Tia on December 6. On December 11, 2012 we will meet with Embassy officials to complete the immigration process for the children. We now know that we will be able to bring them home (on a red eye flight) on December 15, 2012.

God has been incredibly faithful during this entire process and we are fully trusting that he will continue to handle the rest of the journey. There are a few loose ends relating to our travel to and returning from SVG & Barbados, but we are sure everything will fall into place!

Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us: “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”

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November 14, 2012 - We were blessed yesterday by a VERY generous benefactor that catapulted us closer to our financial goal. We have seen God’s hand on this process every step of the way. Just after we heard this great news, one of my favorite Christmas hymns - O Holy Night - began to play on the radio. The lyrics of the third verse are so appropriate to our experience this year:

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

We are and forever will be proclaiming God’s power and glory!!

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November 12, 2012 - We are SO excited!!! On Friday, Tia’s adoption was finalized and today, the judge in SVG signed off on Raheim’s adoption. So, Raheim and Tia are now officially Reardon children! The process this past week was not without it’s share of twists and turns, mind you. Today, the lawyer discovered that an additional form was required to be filed including a hefty filing fee - our lawyer filed the paperwork on our behalf without charging us. Then, it was thought that we would need to undergo an addition waiting period, but that was waived by the judge. God was indeed at work in the details of this adoption.

Now, it looks as though we’ll be able to take custody of Raheim and Tia on or around December 6, 2012. For this to happen, we need to raise the remainder of the funds. We remain confident in God’s provision as he hasn’t let us down on any portion of this adventure yet. Thanks be to God!

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November 8, 2012 - The file that immigration lost has been FOUND. They are sending it on to the next office. I don’t think it is going to slow down our visa hearing request….hopefully.

Also, the actual St. Vicentian court date is tomorrow. That is when the adoption will be FINALIZED. Visa hearings must be 4 weeks after the finalization, so we wait until Dec. 6 to get the children, and hope to have our visa hearing on Dec. 11. The hearings (which are in Barbados) are only done on Tuesdays. So, if the lost file causes a problem, the delay will probably be one more week, until Tuesday the 18th.

This is probably like Greek to you all - it was to us. But things are looking good. Prayers requested for the court date tomorrow.

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November 5, 2012 - A slight hiccup today - when we were speaking with our agency, it was discovered that USCIS never sent our approved paperwork to the US Embassy in Barbados. We cannot set up our appointments with the embassy until our approvals are received by the embassy. We’re praying for a quick process so that the finalization of the adoption isn’t delayed by red tape.

We covet your prayers and support. As you can see by the sidebar, we still have a ways to go to reach our financial goal for the adoption. We’re trusting God will provide!

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November 1, 2012 - Our hearing with the High Court in SVG has been scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012. That afternoon, we should know for certain that the adoption has been finalized and we will then be making plans to bring Raheim & Tia home as early as the first week of December. There’s still quite a bit to do in the meantime and we’re trusting God and working hard to make sure everything is in place so there is no delay on our end.

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October 26, 2012 - So today we received the final installment of an adoption grant we’ve been blessed to receive. Now the real hard work begins…the dollar amount on this page is the amount we need to come up with to cover the remainder of the costs. Your prayers & support are very much appreciated!

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October 25, 2012 - We’re so blessed to have talented people who have offered their talent to help us raise the necessary funds to make this adoption happen. If one or more of these opportunities are appealing, we encourage you to support us in this way:

Kyle Reardon - Kyle will draw a cartoon of anything you want for a donation to our adoption fund.

Stephanie Orefice - is selling artwork on her Etsy page to help us raise funds.

Jeremy Zeigler - is offering a photo shoot to anyone living in the Northern VA/DC area for a donation to our adoption fund.

Click on their names above to contact these wonderful people for more information!

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October 16, 2012 - We received an email yesterday providing us with an update pertaining to the progress of our case in the SVG system. According to our adoption agency, our case has been approved by the Committee of the Board, signed off by the President of the Family Court and is now with the attorney for the petitioning of the court hearing in the High Courts. The date being requested for our hearing at the High Court is Friday, November 2, 1012.

When the High Court has approved our case, then Amy and I will be able to return to Bequia 3-4 weeks later to bring Raheim & Tia to Barbados for two more hearings - one with a judge to grant the adoption and the other with the US Embassy to finalize their US citizenship. It certainly looks as though they will be home with us before Christmas! Please keep praying for us.

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September 26, 2013 - Amy & I had a wonderful meeting with our Adoption Agency this week to finalize details before our completed dossier is to be sent down to SVG. While we’re excited that we are now seeing just how close we are to bringing Raheim & Tia home, we are also faced with the massive task of raising enough funds to cover all the expenses. We knew going into this that it would be expensive and difficult. What we’re finding out is that there are a lot of hidden costs that pop up unannounced.

We know that God is able to supply our every need and we are confident that we are in the center of God’s will with this adoption. God chose us for Raheim & Tia.

There’s a song written by Matt Redman that has recently become a favorite of ours and it’s been claimed as God’s promise to us:

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger
Your name is great and your heart is kind
For all your goodness, I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Bless the Lord, I my soul, O my soul
Worship his holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I’ll worship your holy name

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September 4, 2012 - Words can barely describe the joy we felt as we met & visited with Raheim & Tia just a couple of weeks ago. After several flights & a ferry trip across the channel, we arrived in Bequia sometime around 10am on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. By lunch time, both Raheim & Tia were calling us mommy & daddy! We laughed together and played and spent all the time we had with them getting to know each other.

Many tears were shed the following afternoon as we had to leave Bequia to catch our flight home. How do you tell these children that we’ll be back soon to bring them home? Since arriving home, we’ve called them twice and the joy we shared in Bequia returns! Although they both think we’re coming to see them again “tomorrow!” Alas, our prayer is that we’ll be able to bring them home by Christmas this year - what a gift that will be to them and us!

We’re eternally grateful for the support & prayers we’ve been receiving so far on this journey. There’s much more to do before that wonderful day when we return to Bequia to bring Raheim & Tia home, but we’re confident that God will see this through! We’re claiming the promise found in Ephesians 3:20 - “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.”

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August 13, 2012 - We’re SO excited! On August 21-22, 2012 Amy and I will be meeting Raheim and Tia for the first time. We’re traveling to the island of Bequia, in SVG to meet them and introduce ourselves. We’re also quite nervous. As expected, the resources required to make this adoption happen are quite extensive, but we’re trusting that God will provide what is needed. We believe with all our hearts that we’re being faithful to God’s leading in all of this.

Thank you to all our friends and family who have supported us in prayer and through your generosity. We truly cannot do this without you!

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BIG NEWS! As of late last week, two (not one) children have become available for adoption by us. Raheim will be 6 years old in October and his sister, Tia will be 4, also in October. Obviously, this blessing has taken us by surprise. We were expecting one child, but we are now going to begin the process of bringing home these two little children.

We’re very thankful for all the support and prayers of our family & friends thus far. We covet your continued support & prayers as be move into this next phase of the adoption process. As always, we’ll keep everyone informed and updated as this journey progresses.

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We feel compelled to open our hearts and home to a child who is not able to experience the safety and security a family can bring.

As you might suspect, the financial responsibility of an adoption is considerable. Should you feel led to help us financially, please use the secure donation box on this page.

We’re grateful to everyone who supports us in every way!

UPDATES

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