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And OFF WE GO!
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Hubby and I have spent our whole year planning, dreaming, and waiting for this day! We're headed to #Bogotá to meet our sweet son and take him home! #FINALLY!
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We have waited ten years from our wedding to begin a family together. We prayed and discussed quite a bit together before coming to this day. We always knew #adoption was the way we wanted to go, inspired by James 1:27. We weren't in a hurry, but when we were ready- boy were we ready!
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It took us less than a week from beginning our search to finding our son's smiling face on an adoption website. We were in love, and our adventure began. .
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Now here we are! Today is the day! I'm so ready to be a happy and healthy momma, to advocate for my boy and keep him healthy, too... And to watch my hubby and I grow through this new and wonderful phase of life!! .
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I'll share plenty on my stories and here on my Insta, so follow along!
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Let me tell ya... I really do think that older child adoption is going to become a passion of mine. These kiddos have such a tough time finding their forever families when they hit a certain age, and it breaks my heart. We cannot wait to welcome our little #ColombiSconnie into our hearts and homes!!
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Do you have a special place in your heart for #orphans or #adoption? Tell me about it! I love this journey and am so happy to share it!
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#adoptioninprogress #adoptionrocks #adoption #nationaladoptionmonth #adopt #theFluxeLife #sixtythousandminusone #james127 #momanddad #fitmomma #fitmom #healthymom #momgoals #elniñoiscoming #practicingspanish #herewego! #olderchildadoption


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Our son got to shop for a thanksgiving meal for a family in need! We talked about giving and helping those in need! Love his heart! ❤️ #helpingothers #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #seasonofgiving #pnw #pnwlove #adoption #adoptionstory #adoptionjourney #olderchildadoption


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We are starting to decorate as we have a lot going on this next month so we bought our son a mini tree for his room. He decorated it last night and was so proud of it!
#earlychristmasdecorating #adoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #fostercare #fostertoadopt #olderchildadoption #ourfirstson #fosterlove #oursecondchristmas


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He lost another tooth last night! He was so happy! On a side note, thankfully the tooth fairy has cash on hand 😉

#losttooth #adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #fostercare #fostertoadopt #olderchildadoption #pnw


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Eloquence and articulation are escaping me as I try to convey exactly what last night meant to me....but let me try...Bella has had a very different path to success then other kids her age. And nothing about her journey was particularly easy. Some obstacles she overcame with grace and ease, some she put there herself, other obstacles came as a surprise & some she stumbled her way over fighting every step of the way. BUT she has overcome them all. She is a fighter, kind and compassionate, an overcomer, a grace giver & a beauty. She has learned to be a daughter, a sister & a mother & now we can add to that list a medical career professional. Bella, our love for you knows no bounds & thank you so much for allowing your dad & I on your incredible journey! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did it! You GRADUATED!!!!!!!!! #graduation #nci #lovemakesafamily #nationaladoptionawarenessmonth #fostercare #olderchildadoption #teenadoptionrocks #momlife #proudmom #medicalassistant #shebelievedshecouldsoshedid


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With our kids hopefully coming home soon, Lord willing, I wanted to share this.
ALL adoption is born out of loss, whether or not the child is an hour old, or 9 years old. It is a great grief for a person to be separated from biological family, no matter their age.
Our children will have two great losses as part of their life story. That of their biological family, which happened 5.5 years ago, and the loss of their foster mom, who has been their caregiver for that entire time. All of their early childhood memories are from their time in their foster family.
Currently, our kids (one in particular) do not see this move as a good thing. They will be grieving, confused, hurt, lonely, frustrated, and overwhelmed. They have no control over this situation. They will likely act out, not bond with us quickly, lie, manipulate, scream.
Of course, by God's great grace, we believe that we are the best placement for them because they cannot stay with their foster mom. We already love them, fight for them, sacrifice for them, wait for them. We have prepared our home, educated ourselves, educated our children. But this isn't because we're wonderful and they should be grateful, it's because they're human children, made in the image of God, and they deserve to be loved unconditionally by a forever family.
Thank you for loving on our family and continuing to support us as we wait for them. We would not have made it this far without our community. If you are interested in helping us purchase the last few items on our list as we prepare, our wish list link is in my bio.
We also still have a financial need, particularly as we travel to get them and have post placement visits. ♥️♥️ #thisisprolife #adoption #adoptuskids #olderchildadoption


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19 million children will go to sleep tonight with no family of their own. If that breaks your heart, consider adoption. If you can’t adopt, support someone who is currently in the process. We can all do something to make a difference.
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#WorldAdoptionDay #adoption
#makeaway #wearecalled #wecouldhavemissedthis #infantadoption #domesticadoption #chinaadoption #olderchildadoption #specialneedsadoption #teenageadoption


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I'm so excited for when we will be all done with our #masterbathreno & I can share all the before/after photos. Right now, however, we are still in the middle of the process (swipe to see the not-so-done pics). We thought we had the faucets/sinks ready to use a few days ago, but discovered some leaking. We got it figured out today, but then needed at least two coats of paint to finish where we took out the previous ceiling & vanity lights, & where the new lights will not cover. We also have drywall, trim & more painting ahead.... Our process with #henshawpartyoffive
is going much the same way. We make great strides some days, then have to go back to address some unresolved issues, halting progress temporarily. We take big steps forward (no more pulling fire alarms or cussing teachers out) but then have some setbacks (two office/principal referrals in the past month with no more than a day or two without classroom discipline/lying at home). These days I am seeing how the setbacks in the past year have really affected our family interactions & relationships; I wonder about how all our boys will look back on this #olderchildadoption journey someday.

But our story isn't over; the process of our remodel is still ongoing & we are still a work in progress: messy, victorious, broken, beautiful. We may have our hard days now, but we're also continuing to move closer to completion, to the glorious story that was designed by Him from the very beginning.
I was recently reminded by some ladies who have experienced years, even decades, of "sweet sorrows" that there is #hope & #strength in the #waiting. God, who is our General Contractor, has everything figured out & working for our good...He orchestrates timing & details to a perfect completion that only He knows fully now, but we will one day realize. I know it will be a grace-filled, glorious story of how He brings death to life, brokenness to hope, weariness to joy. "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing [James 1:2-4]."


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#worldadoptionday Three of our loves came to our family through #adoption. We adopted out of birth order, adopted older children and adopted all 3 of them within 28 months. We did everything you weren’t “supposed” to do but we couldn’t be more thankful for how adoption has blessed our family. #wecouldhavemissedthis #adoptionrocks #olderchildadoption #chinaadoption #specialneedsadoption


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Hey, #worldadoptionday! 🌎♥️ Sometimes in talking about all the hoops and emotions that go into adoption, we forget that this isn’t a mess. This isn’t humans trying to fix something. This was always the plan. Before the foundation of the world, God knew our family. He knew how he would assemble it. He knew all the moving parts and people and needs. This was always the plan. Just as when that fruit was plucked in Eden, adoption was His plan. Sure, it would have been nice to stay in Eden, but we didn’t... and God knew that. And He fixes it. Not with some patched-up, half-hearted solution. No. He fixes it with adoption. Christ was adopted by Joseph into the family of David. He died so we could be adopted by God. Adoption into a perfect family. Adoption is the gospel. And I’m so glad we get to live it out (however imperfectly) as our little family.
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#theallisonsgrowafamily #theallisontribeofsix #adoptionisntplanb #adoption #interracialadoption #olderchildadoption #fostertoadopt #specialneedsadoption #itsallgood #because #godisgood


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Happy Friday! On November 16, moviegoers around the country will get a humorous and touching glimpse into the world of foster care adoption. Instant Family tells the story of a young couple—played by Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne—who suddenly become parents of three children—including a 15-year-old girl.
Barker staff, along with employees from other local adoption and foster care agencies had the privilege of attending a pre-screening. To say that this movie is well done is an understatement. We laughed, we cried and we saw the work that we do come to life on the big screen with this accurate, yet funny depiction of some of the joys and challenges that can come with older child adoption. 📽️ Watch the official trailer here: https://www.instantfamilymovie.com/videos/ and don't forget to stop by our table opening weekend at the Rockville Center 13 theater! *Please note that this movie may contain potential triggers for children who are in care or have been adopted from foster care. It is important that if you decide to watch the movie as a family, to discuss themes/topics that will be talked about with them before and after viewing. This will create a safe space for them to explore their feelings surrounding the movie.

#instantfamily #barkeradoption #olderchildadoption #fostercare #nationaladoptionmonth #barkerinthecommunity


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Don't get me wrong. I love dogs and cats and have several. They are all shelter animals or strays.
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But they are NOT the same as my three kiddos. In any way, shape, or form, @petsmart
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#fostercareadoption #naam #adoptiveparents #fostercare #fosterkids #changetheweek #youcandobetter #adoption #olderchildadoption #dignityandworth


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I’m so thankful God made us family.
And that @meghaleyphotographs caught this photo of me and my girls (and Gideon who never leaves my hip😅) Even when it’s a sassy, Marvel, creepy movie, and silly faces family-its ours.
God is so good 💙


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IT’S HERE!!! 🙌🏻 Oh happy day!!!! 🎉 We’ve waited over 10 months for our son’s wheelchair to be finished being built (patience is not my strong suit when it comes to dealing with insurance 😳). Today was better than Christmas morning!!! A brand spankin’ new, fully customized wheelchair for our little guy was delivered and fitted just perfect! Our son has been home with us for just 15 months (by the way #adoptionrocks if you didn’t know that already!) and it’s his first wheelchair EVER that is his very own. All the praise hands 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Celebrating all God is doing for our boy! .
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#madeformore #differentability #differentnotless #wheelchair #rogue #spinabifida #spinabifidastrong #scoliosis #scoliosisstrong #chinaadoption #olderchildadoption #adoptionjourney


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Our partners in Colombia recently shared information with us about Maria, a resilient, sweet and fun-loving 10 year old girl. Maria was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2010. She is now in remission, according to her doctors, and is doing great! She is currently living in a children's home and is in need of a family who can provide her with all the love, encouragement and affection she deserves. To learn more about Maria, click the link in our bio. .
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#adoption #specialneedsadoption #colombia #colombiaadoption #olderchildadoption #cancerfighter #leukemia #leukemiaawareness #leukemiasurvivor #leukemiawarrior #leukemiafighter #leukemiaandlymphomasociety #childhoodleukemia#adoptionsupport #adoptcolombia #leukemiafighters #leukemiafree #cancerkid #cancerkids #adoptionrocks #adoptionjourney #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionawareness #waitingchild #waitingchildwednesday

http://bit.ly/WCMaria


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Sometimes this is the view from my “office”. Other times it might be at a desk, in a van, or in a waiting room.

The best part of me saying yes to this business is that I can take my work with me anywhere. It fits in my busy schedule. I can still be a mom of 5 & be successful in helping others.


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Today officially marks 5 years since we brought Ivan home to the US.
Days before this photo was taken I called Ryan in tears from a tiny apartment in Kiev, Ukraine. "I know we're strong Ryan and I know we knew this would be hard, but this is going to be so much harder than anything we could have imagined and I'm so scared our family won't survive this." I was at such a low point, guys. I had spent days tirelessly trying to comfort a screaming child who would hit/scratch/bite me as well as harm himself. I sat for hours in the tiny dark bathroom, with him on my lap letting his hands play in the running sink water because it was the ONLY thing that calmed him. As I sat there with him I had "Oceans" by Hillsong on repeat and I sobbed as I sang out the words "spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will bemade stronger in the presence of my Savior." I knew we were walking on water and I'm not going to lie, a part of me was terrified we would drown.
5 years later... Tears... we're still here.

People tell us all the time that we are Saints and I just think to myself... if you only knew. If you only knew how hard this was or how weak I was or how many mistakes we made... we loved so imperfectly... we still do, but somehow God still used every broken offering to bring His healing, restoration, and strength.
Five years later and my heart just cannot contain the gratitude. Glory to God!!! I am so beyond grateful for this little boy who God was knitting in his mothers womb while I was still a junior in high school. The fact that we serve a God so radical and gracious that He would choose two crazy kids to be the imperfect messengers of his perfect LOVE still blows me mind!! Glory!!! Ivan means "Gracious Gift" and truly no name could suit him better.
#thankyoujesus #5yearshome #adoptionrocks #specialneedsadoption #olderchildadoption #internationaladoption #grateful #glorytogod #ivanabraham


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Makes my husband and I so sad that our son has to have so much dental work done due to previous neglect and lack of care. Thankfully we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so he will be like every other kid with normal dentist appointments.
#dental #dentaloffice #fostercare #adopted #adoptionjourney #olderchildadoption #fosterlove #fostertoadopt #healthyliving #healthylife


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Another package from our Amazon registry. @_kvue sure knows how to kick start a library! Thank you so much! Our kiddos are really going to love them. #adoptionrocks #adoptionjourney #adoption #colombianadoption #adoptingfromcolombia #colombia #adopción #family #familia #olderchildadoption #siblingadoption


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“We didn’t know our hearts needed you!”
This was one of our most said phrases to Jonah in 2014. Jonah came into our lives during a very heavy and somber time. Trying to get older kids to attach to us while they struggled to trust us made our hearts heavy, we often questioned our parenting, our decisions and if we were doing what was best. It seemed crazy to take on a newborn in the midst of chaos but God knew. God knew this baby would become one of the biggest bonding helpers for his siblings, he was able to allow them to love him with no strings attached and his sweet newborness allowed for a comfort that only he could give them. Jonah’s adoption would be the starting point of the healing process for our family.


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This is Kirsten's littlest, Lane, and this look is so HER! To learn about her journey to motherhood all the way from a Russian orphanage, please visit my business page at @glass_peacock_photography. It's National Adoption Month, Kirsten's story is an amazing one of God at work. Please check it out!

#nationaladoptionawarenessmonth #adoptionislove #adoptionrocks #lovemakesafamily
#adoptionismypassion #olderchildadoption #adoptivefamily #reynoldsadoptionstory #cultivatingchildren #stunningbabies #b1withbabies


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Come by and see us at the Del Ray farmers market in Alexandria VA until 12pm today! #adoption #olderchildadoption


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