Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fundraising Tshirts

Check out these two tshirts we now have available to help fund our adoption and bring Jeremiah home. Each shirt is made by Tultex and is unisex. They are 90% ringspun cotton and 10% polyester. They  are nice and soft.

We have the shirts available for $20 in sizes XS-3XL for adults. I am working right now to see about youth sizes.

All the proceed will go toward our adoption fundraising account.

There are a couple of ways to order. First you can send us a message on Facbook with the size, which shirt you would like (Ethiopia or I Love Orphans) and your address and we will take care of it. Second you can email us at justinandjessicabarnes@gmail.com and give us the same information.  Last but not least if you see us let us know you want one and we will get you fixed up. After we have confirmed your order with you you can mail us a check or cash to 623 Avalon Drive Hartselle, AL 35640.

Ethiopia Tshirt-Front
$20
Ethipia Tshirt-Back

I Love Orphans-Front
$20
I Love Orphans-Back

Friday, June 22, 2012

Still Waiting....


It has been a couple of months since we have updated everyone on how the adoption process is going. First of all thank you for all your prayers. Please continue to pray for patience, wisdom, and guidance for us as we wait for Jeremiah. In an earlier blog post we talked about going ahead and giving our adopted son the name Jeremiah. We did this so that we could pray for him by name and not just pray for "our son in Ethiopia"

I wanted to share with everyone how the adoption process is going so far. As most of you know our dossier (paperwork) has been in Ethiopia for a couple months now. Basically once that paperwork is in Ethiopia we are placed on a wait list with our adoption agengy. In April we started at #42 on the wait list. That means that there were 41 other families on the wait list in front of us just with our agency. Not all families are adopting an infant, male like we are. Some may be adopting a 12 year old, female or a 8 year old, male..etc.  Nevertheless we are all placed on the same wait list.

In May we moved from #42 on the wait list to #38. This month we moved from #38 to #37.

Initially we thought we would get a referral somewhere between 6 to 9 month after our dossier reached Ethiopia. We have since been told it may be closer to 9 to 12 months. At this time we really do not know how long it will be until we get our referral. We realize this may seem slow to some ( and sometimes it does to us too) but we know God's perfect timing in all things. He is sovereign over all things. He knows exactly who our son will be and the date we will get him so we rest on that.

After we get our referral we will have to wait about 3 months before we travel to Ethiopia to meet Jeremiah for the first time. During that first visit we will have to go to court and take care of a lot of legal issues during that week. After that week is up we will have to come back to the US (without Jeremiah) and wait another 2-3 months before we can go pick him back up. We are not really looking forward to having to leave him for 2-3 months but we know it is something that has to be done.

The family is doing great right now. Eli is getting big. He turns 14 months old in a couple of days. He smiles all the time and lights up our world. It is clear that God has a sense of humor, and knew that we were going to be adopting, as Eli being our biological son looks nothing like us ( see picture below).  We joke that our son from Ethiopia will look more like us than Eli. Jeremiah will at least have same hair color as us.



Lastly we wanted to thank everyone that has come along side us and helped raise funds for our adoption by purchasing merchandise though 147 Million Orphans. We really appreciate each and every person that has helped. We love seeing people in their 147 shirts. You are not only helping us but advocating for orphans all over the world.

Below are a couple of different fundraising shirts that I wanted to get peoples opinions on before we get them printed. Let me know which one of the shirts below that you like the best. You can let me know by leaving a comment on Facebook. Once again our aim here is not to make a ton of money on these shirts but to advocate for all orphans and raise awareness of the great need for all Christians to answer the call to help the fatherless.


Ethiopia Shirt-Front

Ethiopia Shirt-Back

I Love Orphans Shirt-Front
I Love Orphans Shirt-Back










Saturday, April 14, 2012

Waiting....Waiting

Hello Everyone

We are playing the waiting game. Our dossier is now in Ethiopia and we are #42 on the list for a child with our agency. Not really sure what that number means because not everyone on the list is adopting the same age or gender. Our agency has told us we should get a referral in 6-9 months. With the referral we will get a picture of Jeremiah, his age, etc... Once we receive the referral we will travel to Ethiopia three months later for our initial court dates.

We are putting together an exciting fundraiser with the help of some friends that we will be letting everybody know about soon. You can also check out 147 Million Orphans site for some cool new items.

In the meantime please keep us in your prayers. Eli is excited to meet his brother.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Adoption Update

It has been a while since we have updated our blog. We have been busy finishing up all the paperwork for the home study and can now say that we are finished with it (yeaaaaa). We are now finishing up all the paperwork for the dossier. This is the paperwork that has to be sent to Ethiopia along with the home study. Thanks to everyone who has had to do a reference for us and we want to especially thank everyone that has ordered from 147 Million Orphans to support our adoption fundraising. We have raised over $400 by selling 147 merchandise.

We can not wait to bring Jeremiah home. Yes we have a name picked out for our little guy. We have not seen him yet and don't even know if he has been born yet but we know the Lord already has him picked out for us. We are not sure how long the process will take. We are hoping to have him by early 2013 but it could be earlier or later.

Please keep us in your prayers.

147 Million Orphans is adding new shirts and merchandise so check them out below.