Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Resurrection Sunday!

Im not sure how we had all eyes open and even our blind little Nakita at age 16 seemed to stare at the blinking camera! Thomas looks like he may have just seen Jesus or someone has taken him by surprise!

Oh man! Moose had his eyes shut!

What in this world would I ever do without my best friend. God, I love this man!

She is still my little baby! Call her otherwise and you will be corrected!

God always has a better plan. Can you imagine them apart? Not me.
Big brother is always a target for a smooch!
I asked them to be serious. 
Faith enjoys the spring!
Thomas was a great artist in picking the flowers and preparing his creation eggs!
Faith asked me when she could eat it! Hilarious!
To God be the Glory! He has Risen!

Oh the adoration of a little girl for her father. I praise God for this relationship!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015!

The reason He came. He took part in the flesh because before He always was and always will be.
 He was born to raise us from the grave.
May the God that truly holds the whole world  in
His hands Bless you this Christmas season with His 
awe and love. 

Moose attempting to participate in family photos. I was the only willing family member!

The most handsome man I have ever seen with a tractor!

The two most powerful pint size worshipers of Jesus Christ I know with their new mini Piano!

Two brothers, two countries and too incredible a bond! God ...did..that!

Samuel gave Thomas the Lego car I gave him in Russia the day after he was adopted. Samuel 
gives with a humbling generosity like I have never seen. God..thank you!
I love him so much! knew it was coming. You see the that little guy being watched over by the big guy? That big guy waited too long to have a Christmas with a family. How I wish we had the chance to pour out the love of Christ in celebration to our big guy when he was so small! 
You want to change the world this Christmas...forever? 
Start with one. 
So many wait. So many just stand still.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Missing China

Hello readers! Yes I am afraid I am here again to squeeze you into my little world that is always focused on the passion Jesus Christ has placed in my heart...orphans. You caught  me at nap time blogging and even when my little ones sleep I miss them.

 I also miss the kids we left behind. Yes, we. We, being the extremely wealthy American family that adopted two kiddos last Christmas. We, being the employed husband and wife, daughter and son to the most high King of Kings. We, being the healthy, capable family with spare rooms, seats at the table and room on the couch. I write from a heart of conviction. Im not yelling at all. Im just heart broken. 
  When the world gets quiet ( nap time ) and the Lord pulls me close in worship, Bible study and thought I just can't help myself. Wealthy eh? Capable eh? Yes. Compared to so many in the world I am sure we are all these things. Maybe not by American comparison but to the the my Jesus...YES!  

So many people have written if they could only afford to adopt...if they only had the time...if they knew all the medical needs...if...if...if.

The sad part is most replies are from Christians.
You see, I think you better remember who created you and what you were created for! God has your back! He loves you and is going to provide! Remember Mary? She gave birth in a stable! It may not have been The White Swan Hotel in China but HE provided!

Stop counting your pennies and lean into him who knows your needs and loves you to DEATH. Even DEATH on a cross. If you want to adopt, money is not going to stand in your way.

Medical needs may be too much for Jesus to help you with though. Wait a minute. Remember Jesus had an incredible ministry of healing! You have the GREATEST physician ever! Im not joking, He can heal and He is so good to heal wonderfully! Let go and let God on this one! He is better at it anyway!

So, that is all I have really been led to blog about today. It just seems those two reasons keep stopping people from introducing Jesus to orphans through the love of a family. I know it is all really scary but God is REALLY BIGGER THAN THOSE REASONS. 

I dare you to move. So many just stand still. So many wait.

Friday, December 4, 2015

What is next? A year approaches...

( photo credit: Samuel Barros )

A sea of Chinese tassels. A thought provoking photo from The Lord to me...a reminder of the remaining orphans that wait for families all over the world.

  Hello readers, friends and family! Please forgive my severe neglect of this blog. As we approach ONE YEAR home with our two youngest from China, I feel inspired to write again. Truth be told there has been so much inspiration around here that as I gave each sweet Praise and thought to the Lord..I just never found the time to write it down! God has done oh so much in our lives and the lives of our three FORMER orphans. To no surprise, but many a grateful moment we have seen him heal, restore and even grow our children in miraculous ways! Wow, on second thought I kinda wish I had burned the midnight oil blogging here but rest is a sweet gift from The Lord right?

Samuel, Thomas and Faith have been in the midst of doing homeschool, learning the love of family and simply about one another. As Christmas comes and we glance over the year our kids are beginning to ask for something and it is not a traditional gift. Yeah, you probably know what I'm going to say right? Our Faith was reciting the scripture...For unto us a child is given...unto us a child is born and asked for a little sister. Thomas quickly followed suit and said another big brother will be good too. Wow, these arrows will pierce the heart of those wanting to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I think already God is moving our family to pray for what is next?

So now what? Well, in the meantime we will support adoption. We will pray. We will wait on Jesus to speak clearly through His word, worship and prayer as to when? So, if you see us working at Gracie Barra, selling Young Living Essential oils, praying, advocating and well just talking about adoption it is simply because God has broken our hearts...forever. How can we say no to His call to care for the Fatherless and pursue our dream..that our children will hear, believe and follow Jesus Christ forever.......we simply can't and with so many waiting....we won't. So, will you please pray for our family to Glorify Christ, work for His Glory and build on a foundation that will rise up and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Once you have seen what we have seen it is impossible to pursue anything less.

One of the orphanages in China....babies sleeping in the warmer sunshine.

An older orphan also with CP approached me while talking with my Faith. In other photos the young girl has her arms wrapped around my neck and spoke to me saying I love you mama. My heart sank so much that sharing the pictures is too difficult. Her shadow WAS MY DAUGHTER'S likely future. God was showing me that EVERY child is worth HIS love. DO NOT let CP or any other special need make these kids lose the chance of a family and being introduced to the eternal gift of salvation through Jesus Christ! 

Another orphan....Just waiting

   I held her so tight that day as I wanted her to know that her and the ones she had to say goodbye to will not be forgotten.


oh the beauty of older child adoption..I speak from experience.


.....a whole lot more just waiting. 
Perhaps they are waiting for you to say Yes. 

Pray, Give generously, Adopt

I love you. Thank you for all you have done to see our kiddos HOME!

His Love is so Grand.
NOEL- The light of the world given for us.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our Youngest Birthday Boy!

You have the ability to absolutely drive me crazy and melt my heart with that smile! I do believe Thomas that you were meant to be my lil guy! Our son! Im truly thankful on my knees to Jesus that He alone sent you into the arms of our family from so very far away! You were and always will be my surprise! I absolutely adore you and know that Christ adores you too! I am pretty sure that He created you laughing and smiling the whole time! Your Joy is contagious. Your ability to memorize scripture and use it to encourage me is a miracle! You love your sister so much and I am so grateful that you have her and she has you to tumble together through the years! As you chase your big brothers very big footsteps, don’t forget to reach up and ask for a kiss. He likes you just as much as you Love him. I pray God will continue to grant you vision and you will sing it with that incredible voice He gave you. You worship our Creator as if you had a choir to lead and you are only today turning Four! You are the little son that I am sure bounced into my heart and filled a dream I did not even know I had! Life without you falling into my lap and kissing my lips would be so dull. I deeply love you! Always remember that God ALWAYS has a better plan! I am deeply grateful that the Lord put you in our arms forever. 
Thomas, God Bless your first Birthday in your forever family. 

Happy Birthday Thomas

Just Four Years Home, our sweet son!

      I have been so busy at all the happenings around here that I have failed to write so many things! This August our first child and oldest celebrated being in our family for four years. Although he has been in our hearts forever it seems like just yesterday he came home.

    We tucked in our then fourteen year old Samuel for the first time in his life as his forever and very new parents. It took a total of two and a half years to bring him home from Russia. His entire journey to us and ours to him is nothing short of miracle after miracle! God is so very Faithful!

    The reward of parenting him has never ended. Even as his age by our world standards pegs him as a young adult, he is still our treasured son, dearly loved, guided and encouraged by us. We celebrated very simple this year with a pancake breakfast and family time at a nearby lake. His ability to love us and serve as a valued family member has and always will be a joy. We hope as he pursues graduating next year from High school that God will continue to reveal His Glory in Samuel’s life.

     Our family is by God’s good grace closely knit and we have no plans of tossing out our kiddos at any age. Although some may look forward to an empty nest, we value our young adults company, love and contribution to our family until they are called away to take care of their very own.  Learning to be in a family and take care of a family are still very new after just four years. Sometimes we forget that because we have been so blessed by our young man! May God grant him wisdom, purity and grace in his young adult years! Happy Anniversary sweet son and welcome home!


Monday, May 25, 2015

The Daughter of my dreams

I serve a Mighty God. His love is so intimate and faithful. He even gave me a gift so incredible that my heart beat rapidly changes when I am brought to the reality that I am not dreaming. Oh my dear God, I love this little girl! I love her more every day and your unfailing love brought her and I together. Two sinners saved by Grace from your death on the cross! You redeemed me to introduce YOU to her! Thank you! My Birthday wish for her is so simple. May she bow at your feet and dance for Joy in the freedom and fear of you Lord Jesus. May she seek you and be saved to tell the world that you are her King Jesus! May her peace and contentment be found in NOTHING else but her purpose through you, her Joy never ending and her Faith that will move mountains forever….
I love you Faith
Your adopted forever mama