Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In our weakness..He is strong

 God has brought us through a miraculous event. Just getting Dima home took over 300 people giving and praying. Sixty people on the USA side helping with documents and countless others on the Russian side. There were four lawyers from three countries and as of last count in my duplicate folder there were more then sixty documents that had to be redone, remade or renewed. Our dossier was rejected three times due to our mixed citizenship and various documents were created that never existed by authorities that agreed to create them.

   In all these after thoughts and an attempt to bring me back to a position of even more thank fullness, I am sure I still do not see the entire picture. Only the Lord of Lords can truly know and see every interwoven thread and loop that He created to bring us together. 

We are in awe of our God and now our son. His kindness and generosity has made our hearts swell with gratitude for a teenager that brings us joy everyday. What a masterpiece God has made when He decided that adoption would be in our legacy. We are humbled by God's grace to choose us. We never feel qualified but know God will equip us indeed. 

  How are we getting along you may wonder? Some days are difficult with many changes and moments of humility and understanding that take up more time than an average everyday conversation. Most days are truly hilarious and full of getting to know one another! God has been very very gracious to Marcos and I as new parents. We are enjoying this time to get to be together! Thank You for your prayers! They are the source of strength we lean upon and the wisdom we soak up when we feel dumbfounded! Your prayers are incredible! We love you and will keep you as updated as time allows! Remember, this is where the healing begins ( I love that song)! Blessings to you all and may this post truly make you God!

  To God Be the Glory!
Barros Family!


Standing on the Promises of God

In an attempt to sum up the month and all God has swept our way, I will simply post some pictures. After a day like today, words fail me! God is so generous and I am in awe of all the miraculous joy and love that saturates this home, new family and life! Thank You...please keep praying!

First hair cut

Thank You Stacey!

First time meeting Grandma

First gifts from Grandma and Grandpa

First Birthday to celebrate in the family! Happy Birthday Dad!

First home repair for Grandma of course!

First gift for Papa!

First IBJJF Open in Chicago!

First time meeting Uncle Beto!

First photo taken of us by our son!

First Gold Medal from his father!

First swim with papa!

First car ride with Moose!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

God's unfailing Love

Thank You for your prayers. The evening sun set with hugs and resounding laughter from the Barros House. Even our love as parents can often never fill the gap of loss, I truly believe that through your prayers, God's unfailing love cured and settled our sweet son last night. Challenges surely come but its a great peace to know that if God is for us than who could ever be against us.

 Thank you very much.

 The Barros Family

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Im not sure if I should write this as a prayer request or an encouragement. Either way i'm sure those of you who know me well will see straight through to the other side of this post. Our son misses his country,friends and the people who did lovingly help with this adoption. Will you pray for him? Will you pray for us too? We have been showered with grace and love by God through each day of transition and today we really need you even more. Can you imagine when you had a newborn and you knew he or she was very sad or upset but the communication was lost. Well, its kind of similar here. Even when you do know what is wrong its difficult to see your child suffer through the loss of so much dear to him. So, with great appreciation, we covet your prayers. We need Wisdom and understanding as well as patience and humility. Please pray Blessings over our son as he learns this whole new life and engages into the moments of letting go of the life he once knew.

  Love and Prayers,
 Marcos, Jamie and Dima

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Spectacular laugh!

Have we told you our son has a spectacular laugh?

 He does!

Thank you Lord

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Beloved

Father and son

This morning God took me for a walk and spoke to my heart and I would like to share it with so many of you. Despite all that God has brought us through, I discovered that I have little confidence in my heavenly Father. As I pondered the early morning heat and walked the very awake puppy around the block I was doing my best to pray over each event of the day. I was so careful not to miss these precious early moments of quiet time with God to seek and speak with Him. Or was I? In the middle of my LIST, I could hear ,
"You have no confidence in me."

 I realized I didn't! What is it about me and maybe many people that we fret and worry while we pray? God says in His word...

Proverbs 16:3-4 Depend on the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed. The Lord makes everything go as He pleases.

 Im so glad, my first Love has a plan for our family despite my fretful and sinful heart! Im so glad that even in His great power and might that He gently reminds me that I need to change! What a loving Father. I have included some photos below of the many times that these prayers have been answered even when my confidence failed. God is so gracious! Enjoy!

Men with great hearts for God and family that will support our son!

Family that prays and loves our new son so much!

A generous attitude towards others!

People who never gave up on bringing him home!

A bond only Jesus Himself could create, Oh how Great is our God!

A sharp mind full of creativity!

My dearest love who really held me up and supported me through and even now of course!

A warm homecoming for Papa

Incredible support and Love form our Friends and Family at 11:30 PM!

Flags and cookies for our newest American!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An intimate portrait

The morning of our court case, Samuel polishes the last pair of shoes he will ever wear as an orphan. 
Tomorrow I will board a plane that will mark the beginning of one journey and the end of another. Samuel will be leaving behind everything he knows, everyone he has ever loved, his language and country. So, we ask for your continued prayers and commitment to Praise God for all He has already brought us through and what awaits us. 

God Bless you.

A waiting room filled with new parents!

Milkshakes and a view!

On the eve of our departure I would like to back up a bit and tell you about the final appointment Samuel and I attended before we could fly home to the beautiful USA! The American Embassy here in Moscow requires parents adopting to obtain a Visa and interview for their newest family members to fly to their home. So, Samuel and I guided by friends visited each window, paid our fees and took a seat to wait for our short interview. Then so did others. Three separate families adopting some sweet babies immediately bonded and began talking about the development and personality of each little one. 

My heart just smiled. I thought to myself, "Wow, my kiddo can do all those things and more!"As they talked about what the kids like to eat and how they played, I felt the glow of a new mom and was content in my conversation to my heavenly Father at how proud I was of my new son! 

  Adopting an older child is incredible! Our son is a Blessing! His future will be one of Blessing!

Some things we have enjoyed together......

taking silly pictures....

shopping for gifts.....

eating out with friends......

finding creative work out space....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Here are a few quick pictures from our days out in Moscow. While we had some really hot weather it was a great day out with two incredible teenagers! My own son and a young lady soon to have her family forever.

Talent and answered prayers

  Our son is great to fix things and often we get a glimpse of just one of the many gifts God has bestowed upon him. Below are photos of the many times I have had the honor to sit, watch and see God reveal these gifts.

The apartment comes with a personal chef

Just thought while everyone was working so hard at  home I could make you smile at the wonderful Blessings of our Moscow vacation/ Fatherless rescue mission! Below is the photographs of  my personal chef. Of course He insists on cooking and surely it makes the time move quicker and I adore his generosity! What a Blessing!

Psalm 121:1-2
I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.