The countdown has officially begun… 10, 9, 8 months… our adoption paperwork, the dossier, has officially been completed and will soon be headed to Ethiopia; which means that we are officially done with the “paper pregnancy” and are now on the waiting list to be referred our next child(ren).

The wait is anywhere from 5 to 11+ months right now. In case you did not know we have 3 lovely biological kids Ava 5, Gavin 3, and Ashton 2; we are requesting a child 0 -18 months or twins or a sibling group 0 – 24 months. We have raised about half of the $30,000 that we need to complete this adoption, and during this time of waiting we are hoping to complete our fundraising so that we will be prepared to accept our referral and travel to bring home our next child.

Help us add ONE more piece to the puzzle so that there will be ONE less orphan.

Would you consider sponsoring a piece of our puzzle to help change an orphan into a beloved child? Each piece will be $10,and we will write the name of each person who buys a piece (or pieces) on the back of the piece, and eventually frame the puzzle in a double glass frame. It will be a constant reminder, to hang on our wall, of those who came together to help bring our next child home. Below is an image of the puzzle we are putting together:

1500 pieces @ $10 a piece = $15,000 raised

You can contribute towards our adoption in a few different ways:
  • Use the PayPal link on our adoption blog to donate any amount (the direct link to PayPal is here). (A small processing fee is taken out of the donation.)
  • To give a tax-deductible donation, please send a check to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40/202 N. Ford St, Gridley, IL 61744. Please put our last name in the memo section Reich/#1685 adoption. *Note:  In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization.  This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. If you give through Lifesong please let us know, so that we can follow up with you. You can also give online at just put add Reich/#1685 adoption to the comments. (Again, a small processing fee is assessed if you give online.)

For every $10 donated, we will write your name on the back of a puzzle piece, and our next child will forever know the loved ones who helped to bring him/her home.

Our goal is to raise the money for the final piece of the journey by May 31, 2011.

We would be grateful if you would help spread the word by posting on your blogs, facebook or twitter. (If you post, please leave a comment & let us know so that we can thank you!)

If you would like you can cut and paste this message onto Facebook:

Help piece together the Reich’s Adoption! The Reich’s are on the countdown to raise $15,000~ it’s as simple as $10 for a puzzle piece! Be a part of bringing their next child home to his/her forever family! Go to for details and donate today!

There is a huge task ahead to raise the money needed to complete the adoption. But we believe that nothing is impossible with God, and it is His hurdle to jump, His sea to part, His mountain to move. We believe that He has asked us to adopt a child(ren) who need a family, even though we do not have the means, we will trust Him to provide.

Thank you for all of your love, support and prayers! We are truly grateful!