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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Inclusion


in·clu·sion

noun

  1. 1.
    the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

     I was included this week by a very special woman in a very special way. God truly knows my heart. He really really does. He refreshes a thirsty and tired soul. Jesus truly has a love for His children that is immeasurable. I will leave out this lovelies name as I am sure she would rather see the creator we both so dearly love..praised via this post. I will tell you this, she is wise beyond her years and I'm sure her love for Christ also is a reflection of those who introduced her to Him..her parents. 

       We are adopting again. You probably know that. We are adopting two little ones from China. We consider them twins as they are nearly the same age. Adoptions are different in many wonderful ways. I don't beam with a belly but I am really loosing sleep from parenting,working,homeschooling by day and documents by night. I do carry the whole "belly" of documents as my very dear beloved is still only into English as his second language and cannot do documents or understand the steps as quickly or accurately in English. I am reading, taking classes, gleaning wisdom from parents and folding little clothes as I giggle with delight. I do suffer from occasional mind fog trying to organize a dossier and make appointments with doctors to prepare for every possible need of both kiddos. I do squeeze my sweet son and pray with him about the changes that will take place as our family grows. Its still very different though from a growing belly or biological addition. We have chosen this path by the Grace of God, so any and all children however they come into our family is great!

     So, I honestly never expected such a beautiful INCLUSION! 

    I have an expectant mom to be! We are expectant Mother's together! I just love the way she said it and the Blessing of her Joy..a Joy shared by another expectant Mom in the Lord.

    God is so generous.

    To Him be all the Glory!

    MY CUP OVERFLOWS!

    Psalm 139

    O Lord, you have examined my heart
        and know everything about me.
     You know when I sit down or stand up.
        You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
     You see me when I travel
        and when I rest at home.
        You know everything I do.
     You know what I am going to say
        even before I say it, Lord.
     You go before me and follow me.
        You place your hand of blessing on my head.
     Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
        too great for me to understand!
     I can never escape from your Spirit!
        I can never get away from your presence!
     If I go up to heaven, you are there;
        if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
     If I ride the wings of the morning,
        if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
     even there your hand will guide me,
        and your strength will support me.
     I could ask the darkness to hide me
        and the light around me to become night—
         but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
    To you the night shines as bright as day.
        Darkness and light are the same to you.
     You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
        and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
     Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
        Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
     You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
        as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
     You saw me before I was born.
        Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
    Every moment was laid out
        before a single day had passed.
     How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
        They cannot be numbered!
     I can’t even count them;
        they outnumber the grains of sand!
    And when I wake up,
        you are still with me!
     O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
        Get out of my life, you murderers!
     They blaspheme you;
        your enemies misuse your name.
     O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
        Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
     Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
        for your enemies are my enemies.
     Search me, O God, and know my heart;
        test me and know my anxious thoughts.
     Point out anything in me that offends you,
        and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
    Footnotes:

    139:8 Hebrew to Sheol.
    139:17 Or How precious to me are your thoughts


Monday, January 20, 2014

Time to start praying,Time to rejoice, Time spent with a mighty God! The beginning of our Adoptions from China!


Psalm 66:20 

Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love for me!

We have the honor today of introducing our two children from China! Not by photo but by description! God is so good to us! As we introduce them to you, please submit to God in prayer for them and us as we begin our journey.  We are very grateful for your prayers! Thank You!

 In October 2013, Marcos, Samuel and I began praying for a sister. We knew her by name and had information, photos and even video. God clearly began a work in our hearts for her. He also began to move some obstacles in order for us to be eligible to adopt her. Adoption can have many twists and turns that must be surrendered to the Lord or our hearts could grow weary. 

God can handle any heavy burden, He even asks us to Give it to him..Psalm 56:22 Cast all your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.

Our little girl will be about three years old. She has special needs that we are at peace with and diligently studying, preparing and our on knees in prayer for. We have no expectations on any of our children in a worldly sense, so please know we have CHOSEN her. More importantly..God has CHOSEN her for our family and we are honored that she has been knit together in her own special way. She is wonderfully made as His word says and we are in awe! We will refer to her as Lana on our blog here as we update you. As we draw closer to the adoption, pictures will come but for now we must wait. Here is a physical description. She is beautiful with fair skin and a ready smile.

While waiting on the Lord for her file and a confirmation that she indeed was to be adopted by us, God made another surprise move. We were humbled and again amazed to be given a referral of a little boy. 

Our little boy will also be about three years old. He has special needs we are at peace with and diligently studying, preparing and our on knees in prayer for. We have no expectations on any of our children in a worldly sense, so please know he was also CHOSEN.  More importantly..God has CHOSEN him for our family and we are honored that he has been knit together in his own special way. He is wonderfully made as His word says and we are in awe! We will refer to him as Zee on our blog here as we update you! As we draw closer to the adoption, pictures will come but for now we must wait. Here is a physical description. He walks very well, likes to eat fruit and has the prettiest little lips I think we have ever seen! 

My heart sings to God for the changes I have seen in a country I love so much! Twelve years ago, I am sure the very children we will adopt would have been considered unworthy of a family. I am sure of this because I witnessed this myself for almost eight years! 

  As we are ending the home study process, taking classes, reading books, preparing for Physicians visits and compiling the Dossier...we will also start up fundraising in February! As with our previous adoption we have pinched where we could, collected free-cycled clothes, saved as God led and stayed in prayer for resources regarding adoption. We have Faith that with working hands, generous actions and praying hearts, our God will provide as needed for this adoption as well! We will be applying for grants once our homestudy is done and keep you updated on any and all awarded! We have a series of fundraisers including but not limited to the following:

Family Movie night extravaganza at GB!

Raffles for gift cards, GB wear etc...

Both Hands project through Lifesong...

5K Fun Run...

GB Tournament....

Garage sales...

Silent auction and dinner...

Kareoke night....

Parents night out.....

It's going to be a blast!!

We will need to raise 40- 45,000 to cover all adoption expenses. Please begin praying with us and thanking God in advance for the efforts and resources He has already provided to get us this far and eventually bringing the kiddos home!

 Thank you for celebrating with us, praying for us and standing for the fatherless. We are blessed to call you friends and family! 

With Love from a Mighty God,
  The Barros Family
Marcos, Jamie, Samuel, Zee and Lana