Tuesday, March 29, 2011

paperwork sent to immigrations!

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! our homestudy, copies of birth certificates & marriage certificate, our I-600a application & application fee have been sent to US immigrations! we put it in the mail yesterday! we are quite excited! we will probably be waiting a few weeks to hear from them. in the meantime we'll start working on our dossier. God is so good! we feel more excited everyday!

Russell Moore (author of Adopted for Life) is speaking in Jackson, Tn this Thursday at Fellowship Church. the church's adoption & orphan ministry has offered for families that are adopting to setup a booth to raise money. so cool! we will be selling our hymn cd, car decals, comedy dinner tickets & cupcakes! :) please pray the Lord blesses our efforts.

*we are now selling fair trade organic coffee through - we get $5 for every bag sold
*Uganda car decals $6
*hymn cd (<<click the link to donate & download our cd)
*millie's bake shop is open for business! a dozen cupcakes for $25. like it on facebook!!

love u all,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

home study complete!

our home study is complete! we went to read it over this past friday. there are a few corrections that our casework needs to make & then she'll be sending it to our adoption agency for approval. (our agency has to approve it because they know how Uganda likes the study to be written.) we will then send our home study & the I-600 form to US immigration for approval for international adoption!!! after we are approved by them we will have to go get fingerprinted again. then shortly after all that we will send our information to the babies home in Uganda & wait for a baby referral!!!!!! 
it is so crazy to think that our baby could be in Uganda right now in the babies home, on it's way there or still in it's mother's womb. the Lord could be knitting our sweet baby together EVEN NOW! our God is so so great! His purposes are good! this baby is His! 
our hearts are growing more & more everyday for this sweet life & for orphans all over the world. there are currently 147 million orphans worldwide! Father, thank You that You know everyone of them by name! You see their hurt & fears, You hold them! lead our family in how we are to be more involved in helping orphans. all for Your glory alone. amen.
love you all! thank you for your continued prayers & support!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

one step closer

hello all,
our home study is complete! we are meeting with our social worker this week to read it over & make sure it's all correct before we send it to the adoption agency. we're one step closer. :)

we have made close to $600 from our hymns album! thank you for all your support! please continue to spread the word. (see the link to download our album to the right of the page.)

we are about 2/3 of our way on the funds needed to bring our baby home. God is so gracious! all glory to Him!

more exciting news... we (the barkers, the olingers & the brentons. 3 families in our church that are adopting from Uganda.) are putting on a Comedy Dinner Extravaganza!!!!! April 15, 6-8pm at Centerpoint Church. it will be an evening of food, fellowship & laughs with 100% of proceeds going to adoption from Uganda. tickets are $15 a person, $40 for a family & $5 for children that will be in the nursery. you can email me at to buy tickets. this event is open to ANYONE! please come & support these families' adoptions.