We made the exciting but scary first step of contacting Reece’s Rainbow and were told that there was a family that might already be committing to Domenic. I was so sure that he was our son but also relieved that this precious baby boy would have a family coming for him either way.
Several days went by and we could not get Nic out of our minds. I delayed calling Reece’s Rainbow because I “KNEW” that Domenic was our son and that would mean taking the leap of faith into adoption. When my emotions could not handle waiting another second, we made the call and were told that the other family had not committed and he was available to us.
I cannot describe the level of nervous excitement that we felt at that moment. We made a verbal commitment and began the crazy adoption process the first week of July 2016.
At that point the only thing that we knew about Nic was what Reece's Rainbow listed on the web site "Baby Boy, Born 2016, Down syndrome" and we had just found out that he was in an orphanage in Ukraine.
This is all we knew about him until we arrived at his orphanage 5 months later and we already loved him.
Receiving those first emails from Reece’s Rainbow about what country Nic’s orphanage was in and what the cost and process was to bring him home was somewhat terrifying.
I called my sister anxious with concerns over the immediate need for funds that we did not have. Her response was, “I will fundraise that first amount for you! We can do this!” My parents responded with excitement and assuring us that they will do anything we need to help and watch our other children when we needed to travel.
This encouragement was so needed and pushed us forward during the time that we were fighting doubts.
We just had to keep reminding ourselves that God “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20