Monday, August 31, 2015

Meet The Reber Family and Help Bring Joy Home!

This month, I am interviewing several families who are adopting children profiled on Reece's Rainbow and sharing their stories on the blog. 

Have you heard of Reece's Rainbow?

Reece's Rainbow is an amazing foundation that helps to raise funds to bring waiting children home from overseas. There are many families wanting to adopt special needs children, but the overwhelming cost can be a barrier. 

To learn more, click here

The first family I am interviewing is the Reber Family. Read below to learn more about their waiting princess and how you can help! 

I'd love to hear a bit about your family!

Kim teaches children with disabilities in K and 1st grade, and Greg is an elementary school orchestra teacher. We met in 1991 at the elementary school where we were both teaching, and have been married for 22 years.

Do you have any other children?

Kaitlyn Taomei and Jessica Taoli are 19 year-old identical twins, who were adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi, China in October 1996 when they were 11 months old. Ashley Heejung is 14, and was a waiting child in S. Korea due to spina bifida, failure to thrive, and other medical needs. She was 16 months old when she came home.

Kaitlyn and Jessica are both Communication Design (art) majors and music minors at Kutztown University of PA, and Ashley is in 8th Grade. Ashley attends a life skills class, and loves to dance! Joy’s big sisters can’t wait to meet her!

Who are you adopting?

We are adopting Lacy on Reece's Rainbow. We will be naming her Joy. She is 9 years old, and is living at Shepherd's Field Children's Village, an American-run children's care centre for medically fragile orphans. Joy was born with spina bifida (meningocele) and bilateral club feet. She has had multiple surgeries for her legs and feet in China.

Joy is a smart, loving girl, and is very eager to have a family of her own.

What led you to adopt? Did you feel called to Joy?

We believe that adoption was God’s plan for our family. We have been blessed with three beautiful girls through international adoption.

We first saw Joy (Lacy) on Reece's Rainbow after searching for a girl her age in China. We were very drawn to her story from the beginning, and she was the only child we really inquired about. Through some of the advocacy lists, we met Laura Hyatt, a college student who had spent a week with Joy in China as her "Big Sister" at Bring Me Hope Camp. Laura told us all about her, and sent us some wonderful pictures of Joy in China. Her family is adopting a little boy from Reece's Rainbow! Laura and her mom Michelle and I talk online, and although we have never met in person, we have become an extended family :)

What stage of the adoption are you in right now?

We have pre-approval (PA) from China to adopt Joy, and are just about finished with our home study.

Joy has some serious medical concerns in addition her spina bifida and club feet, and needs to get home as soon as possible. In the past year, she has spent 10 months in the hospital in Beijing for a serious bone infection. She also has issues with her kidneys.

When we first started the adoption process, we thought we had much more time to raise the funds we need, but due to her current medical situation, the doctors are recommending we have her adoption expedited. This means we need to raise money very quickly so she can get home to the US as soon as possible to get the medical care she needs.

International Adoption is very expensive. Do you have any current fundraisers going?

So far we have had:

July 4th Toss-a-Ball with the Fightin Phils (minor league version of the Philadelphia Phillies)

July 18th Pony Lover's Day (with pony rides, a yard sale, and fun activities for kids)

August 1st Princess & Pirates Pancake Breakfast

We also have ongoing fundraisers, including:

Puzzle Fundraiser

T Shirts Fundraiser

Mud LOVE Bracelets
and Scentsy, Thirty-One and Origami Owl going on right now.

We are also planning an online auction

Our biggest fundraiser will be:

The Hope 4 Joy Benefit Concert with Christian recording artists Mark Schultz and Jean Watson on September 26th at the Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster, PA. We will also have a basket raffle at this event and information tables set up to share information about adoption.

All of our fundraisers are on our website - Visit for more information!

Donations can also be made via Joy's page on Reece's Rainbow 

How Can people help?

1) Our biggest need right now is prayer. Please pray for Joy, that she not be afraid or lonely in the hospital. Pray for the staff and children at SFCV, and for Joy's doctors in China. Please pray for our fundraising efforts to be successful, for enough people to buy concert tickets, and for us to find enough concert sponsors to offset the costs of bringing in the musicians and renting the venue. With our travel coming sooner than we expected, we really need to make money on this concert.

2) Please help spread the word about our concert for people within driving distance of Lancaster, PA. by 'liking' and sharing our Facebook Page. We have multiple ticket packages available to make this event both affordable & enjoyable for all!

Tickets can be purchased on our web site here

3) Finally, we are looking for businesses interested in becoming concert sponsors, or donating gift cards or items for our basket giveaway the night of the concert. Sponsors do not need to be local. All sponsorship donations are tax exempt, and go to a special account for Joy’s adoption at The Shepherd’s Crook Orphan Ministry, which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Sponsorships help offset the costs of bringing in the musicians and renting the venue.

For more information on sponsorship, check out this poster or e-mail

My prayers are with this beautiful family and I hope that Joy is able to come home very soon!


  1. families definitely come in all shapes, kinds, and sizes - and God loves them all :D

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  2. This is so inspiring. What a gift for Joy and a gift for her new parents. I wasn't aware of special needs adoptions. It is such a shame there is such a cost barrier involved. Blessings to everyone!

  3. Thank you, we can not wait to bring her home!