Weinzetl Family Adoption Story

Gina Weinzetl
Gina Weinzetl Hamilton, Georgia

My name is Gina.  My husband Richard and I have been married for 21 years.  Richard served in the U.S. Army for 24 years and since his retirement in January of 2008, he has been working as a D.O.D. Civilian at Ft. Benning, GA and in Hohenfels, Germany from 2011-2016.  Since leaving Germany, he went back to work at Ft. Benning, GA.  We live in Hamilton, GA and enjoy life out in the country.  We all miss Germany terribly and talk about returning to it again one day, if even for just a visit.  We attend Central Baptist Church in Columbus and love serving there.  Together we have five children.  Heather 31, Adam 29, they both live in Virginia Beach, VA and are from Richard’s first marriage.  I call them my bonus children.  Living at home we have Nathan 19, Kaylee 17, and Gabe 5.  Yes, he was a surprise!

In the summer of 2015 we were visiting some friends in Alabama that were hosting two children from an orphanage in Ukraine.  Through these friends we were introduced to the hosting organization Grace To Ukraine.  We were living in Germany at the time and just in the States for vacation to visit family and friends.  When we went back to Germany, I was looking through the pictures of children that were needing host homes and Richard and I decided we would like to host a sibling group.  Unfortunately we were unable to do this because of living in Germany.  The founder of Grace To Ukraine invited me to go with her and her team to Ukraine in early March to meet kids and help with what they were doing there.  So, in March of 2016, I went.  Upon arrival of the orphanage, I saw the three girls and I immediately felt a connection with them, like I had never felt before.  I called my husband that evening and told him about the girls and we started praying about adoption. We felt God has led us to adopt these girls whose names and ages are Regita 15, Rubina 12, and Rita 10.

When we started talking about adoption in 2007, we definitely were not thinking three children, but God had a different plan for us.  We were going to be moving back to the United States in August of 2016, so we decided once we got there and settled into our home we would start the paperwork process and get our home-study completed. Before we moved back to Georgia though, we had the opportunity to travel as a family to visit the girls at their host home in Italy.  We got to spend a day with them and see how they interacted with our biological children.  It was such a great day and Richard and the kids immediately felt a connection with them too.  I wish I had a video camera going when Gabe met Rita and Rubina. They were staying at a separate host home and got there later in the day to Regita’s host home. Gabe was sleeping when they got there. They went in the room where he was with me and I whispered into his ear “Gabe, your sisters are here”, he immediately opened his eyes, stood up on the bed and ran to the other side of the bed where they were and hugged them. It was the most precious moment!!  We had a great day of playing Uno, eating delicious Italian food and a nice walk in the evening.  We all couldn’t wait to get to Georgia to start the process of bringing them home.

Richard and I have recently gotten home from Ukraine after having our first appointment in the adoption process. We have two more visits to make before we can bring the girls home, with our next trip looking to be in mid-August.   As you likely know, adoption is not just a lengthy process, but it is a very expensive one as well.  We are trying raise money for this, so that we do not have to take out any loans and go into debt to get the girls home.  Some of the fees required are three airfare with short notice, embassy fees, medical, facilitator fees, and in country fees. God has shown up and shown out in SO many ways by providing most of the cost.  We have recently been given a matching grant of $6,000 through Jeeah’s Hope & Lifesong For Orphans!!  This is wonderful news for us! That means that every dollar donated to us up to $6,000.00 will be matched!   We are currently $12,000 shy of our goal and with this matching grant that will take us to the finish line!  We said at the beginning of this process that we did not want to go into debt to adopt the girls, and we are definitely seeing God provide in ways we never could’ve imagined!

We have received a lot of support and a lot of prayer during this process and we are very excited to be able to partner together with so many people like you to bring our girls home. Please keep us in prayers. We are so grateful!!

Here are some ways you can be praying for our family:

1.) For God to prepare the hearts of each of us as we wait for the adoption to be final.

2.) That He will continue to provide the funds we need and that we continue to trust Him.

3.) For our court date and that all paperwork will be finished in a timely manner.

4.) For the girls as they prepare to leave what has been home to them for the last seven years.  The caregivers mean a lot to them and the other children in the orphanage are like family to them.

5.) That we see any spiritual attacks on our family as just that, and stand firm in our faith continually.

Blessings,

Gina


 

STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Weinzetl 7088”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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My Story

My name is Gina.  My husband Richard and I have been married for 21 years.  Richard served in the U.S. Army for 24 years and since his retirement in January of 2008, he has been working as a D.O.D. Civilian at Ft. Benning, GA and in Hohenfels, Germany from 2011-2016.  Since leaving Germany, he went back to work at Ft. Benning, GA.  We live in Hamilton, GA and enjoy life out in the country.  We all miss Germany terribly and talk about returning to it again one day, if even for just a visit.  We attend Central Baptist Church in Columbus and love serving there.  Together we have five children.  Heather 31, Adam 29, they both live in Virginia Beach, VA and are from Richard’s first marriage.  I call them my bonus children.  Living at home we have Nathan 19, Kaylee 17, and Gabe 5.  Yes, he was a surprise!

In the summer of 2015 we were visiting some friends in Alabama that were hosting two children from an orphanage in Ukraine.  Through these friends we were introduced to the hosting organization Grace To Ukraine.  We were living in Germany at the time and just in the States for vacation to visit family and friends.  When we went back to Germany, I was looking through the pictures of children that were needing host homes and Richard and I decided we would like to host a sibling group.  Unfortunately we were unable to do this because of living in Germany.  The founder of Grace To Ukraine invited me to go with her and her team to Ukraine in early March to meet kids and help with what they were doing there.  So, in March of 2016, I went.  Upon arrival of the orphanage, I saw the three girls and I immediately felt a connection with them, like I had never felt before.  I called my husband that evening and told him about the girls and we started praying about adoption. We felt God has led us to adopt these girls whose names and ages are Regita 15, Rubina 12, and Rita 10.

When we started talking about adoption in 2007, we definitely were not thinking three children, but God had a different plan for us.  We were going to be moving back to the United States in August of 2016, so we decided once we got there and settled into our home we would start the paperwork process and get our home-study completed. Before we moved back to Georgia though, we had the opportunity to travel as a family to visit the girls at their host home in Italy.  We got to spend a day with them and see how they interacted with our biological children.  It was such a great day and Richard and the kids immediately felt a connection with them too.  I wish I had a video camera going when Gabe met Rita and Rubina. They were staying at a separate host home and got there later in the day to Regita’s host home. Gabe was sleeping when they got there. They went in the room where he was with me and I whispered into his ear “Gabe, your sisters are here”, he immediately opened his eyes, stood up on the bed and ran to the other side of the bed where they were and hugged them. It was the most precious moment!!  We had a great day of playing Uno, eating delicious Italian food and a nice walk in the evening.  We all couldn’t wait to get to Georgia to start the process of bringing them home.

Richard and I have recently gotten home from Ukraine after having our first appointment in the adoption process. We have two more visits to make before we can bring the girls home, with our next trip looking to be in mid-August.   As you likely know, adoption is not just a lengthy process, but it is a very expensive one as well.  We are trying raise money for this, so that we do not have to take out any loans and go into debt to get the girls home.  Some of the fees required are three airfare with short notice, embassy fees, medical, facilitator fees, and in country fees. God has shown up and shown out in SO many ways by providing most of the cost.  We have recently been given a matching grant of $6,000 through Jeeah’s Hope & Lifesong For Orphans!!  This is wonderful news for us! That means that every dollar donated to us up to $6,000.00 will be matched!   We are currently $12,000 shy of our goal and with this matching grant that will take us to the finish line!  We said at the beginning of this process that we did not want to go into debt to adopt the girls, and we are definitely seeing God provide in ways we never could’ve imagined!

We have received a lot of support and a lot of prayer during this process and we are very excited to be able to partner together with so many people like you to bring our girls home. Please keep us in prayers. We are so grateful!!

Here are some ways you can be praying for our family:

1.) For God to prepare the hearts of each of us as we wait for the adoption to be final.

2.) That He will continue to provide the funds we need and that we continue to trust Him.

3.) For our court date and that all paperwork will be finished in a timely manner.

4.) For the girls as they prepare to leave what has been home to them for the last seven years.  The caregivers mean a lot to them and the other children in the orphanage are like family to them.

5.) That we see any spiritual attacks on our family as just that, and stand firm in our faith continually.

Blessings,

Gina


 

STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Weinzetl 7088”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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We are FAMILY!!

August 11, 2017

So, we went into the courtroom, everything started out well and then the judge said because one of the jurors didn’t show up, we would NOT be having court today.  I thought it was a joke, but he was totally serious.  🙁 

 

But then…they decided they would go look for him.  They were able to find him, and we were able to have court after all.  Talk about a roller coaster of emotions!  It was like being in full labor, contractions so close together and then a complete stop!   

 

Thankfully they were able to find him!!

 

We are now the parents of these three precious girls!  We pray that we will honor God in raising them to follow after Him and that they will have a bright future full of faith, hope and love!

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When can we bring them home??

August 11, 2017

Good morning from Ukraine!  Wow!!  What a response we got from our news yesterday!!  We are overjoyed with how supportive and how happy everyone is for our family!  

 

Several of you have asked when they will get to come home.  I meant to post that yesterday and I forgot!  There is a mandatory ten day waiting period before we can bring them home.  However, Regita has to have a biometrics ID card because she is 15.  It has to be applied for at the end of the ten days and takes up to ten days to come in.  We cannot apply for passports until that arrives. 

 

So, last night we bought one way tickets to Budapest for our LAST TRIP!!  We leave Saturday September 2, fly to Budapest and then have a driver take us to the girls region.  We won’t get there until late Sunday, so we will spend the night and pick the girls up in the morning on Monday.  I believe we will apply for passports that day and then that evening we leave on the overnight train to Kyiv.  There we will wait for passports to come in, the girls will have medical examinations and once passports come in, we can get their VISAs and then we can fly HOME!!!  ❤️❤️❤️

 

We are hoping to be home with them by the middle of September!  We cannot wait!!! 

 

The girls are VERY excited and cannot wait to meet the rest of the family.  I went through this page with them a little bit last night and showed them how many of you have prayed and supported us through this very long process.  We are so thankful for each of you and we couldn’t have made it this far without your support!!!  

 

Thank you, really just isn’t enough to show our appreciation, but we do thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  

 

Love each of you!!

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We are getting closer!!!

August 2, 2017

 

Just wanted to update y’all on where we stand for fundraising.  We started off in July with a matching grant for $6,000 from Jeeah’s Hope/Lifesong For Orphans.  Through cookie sales/classes and generous donations we have raised $3600!!!  That will be doubled to make it $7200!!  Y’all!!! We only lack $4,800!!!!  

 

Donations up to $2,400 more will continue to be matched, so if you have been waiting to donate, PLEASE, now is a GREAT time to do so!!! 

 

We will find out tomorrow (was supposed to be today) if we leave next week for court.  Our plane tickets as of right now are $1400 each!  Hoping they do not go up between today and tomorrow.  We still have one more trip to make after that one, which is when we bring our girls HOME!!!!  That means three more plane tickets!  If y’all are able to spare any amount, we are so grateful!!! 

 

Also, if you have any clothes or shoes you think may fit our girls, we are in need of three full wardrobes for them!  We would appreciate anything that you have extra or that doesn’t fit anymore, that you would put on your own children.  

They love to wear dresses!  

 

Thank you isn’t enough, but we do thank you all so much!!!

 

 

Sizes are:

 

Rita – size 10-11 girls

Shoe size 4 or 4.5

 

Rubina – size women small or girls 14/16

Shoe size 5 or 5.5

Regitta – size small women or girls 14/16

Shoe size 5 or 5.5

 

 

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