Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's Official!

My paperwork went through yesterday, and I am officially committed to adopting "Kami", as she has been named by Reece's Rainbow.

But when she comes home, to her new life, and her new mom, her name will be,

Samantha Love.

Samantha, for a sweet, 13-year-old friend from California, who died too young, but whose life of faith continues to inspire me.

Love, for Love Maidene, the little girl who started it all.

I've heard from a few adoptive families, valid reasons for keeping or changing a child's name. My thought is that God is making"Kami"new.  I don't know how many times her name has been spoken in the last 6 years, or whether its ever been spoken with love; but I do know that she's been imprisoned in a crib, day and night, with very little human interaction. Her name, in a way, represents that old life.  But her new name, Samantha, which means, "God has heard," will carry her into a new life.

Now that my commitment to Samantha has been made official, I am finally able to start raising funds for her adoption grant. This grant will help to pay for agency fees, travel, and other adoption expenses.  Samantha's adoption ransom is estimated at $20,000. That's a lot for my tiny brain to wrap around, but its nothing to God. I can't wait to see Him come through for her!

If you would like to contribute to Samantha's grant, you can use the handy new button in the side bar.  The grant total, as seen here on my blog, will be updated every hour, so if you don't see your donation show up right away, have no fear! You can also check our total on the Reece's Rainbow's website. My profile is currently on the New Commitments page, titled, "A Girl for the Knuth Family."

Thank you friends and family for your support. Lots of love to you. More updates soon.


  1. Grace,
    Congratulations! My class has been praying for you & your journey. We will have to switch out "baby girl" to Samantha Love. Blessings!

  2. Sarah, what a beautiful thing to know that a classroom full of kiddos is praying for Samantha. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued prayers. You are a blessing!

  3. Aww that's wonderful I cant wait to see pictures of your new little family!

  4. Oh Grace! You have to email or call Stacy and let her know about her name! I am sure she will be so touched! Much much love and blessings to you! Love melly

  5. Mel, love you, friend. I do need to get in touch with Stacy! Do you have her email address by any chance?

    Praying for you and your family, by the way. I'm sorry things have been so darn hard for you all lately. Hopefully better days are coming soon!!!

  6. Rejoicing with you, dear friend! I'm looking forward to welcoming Samantha to your - as well as our - life!

  7. Grace I will email you her address!

  8. Kristen, just have to say I love you. Thanks for journeying with me, even from far away! You are the best friend a girl could ask for.