1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eyes have seen, No ear has heard, No mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"

Thursday, January 12, 2012

God is BIGGER than these challenges!

Early on in this adoption process, I had several sweet women (who had gone ahead of me in this process) warn me...Satan will attack you during this process of adoption. I heard them but I can't honestly say that at that magical time of PA (pre approval from China) bliss I let that sink in...

Well, I humbly come before you and say...Satan is bringing a good game on against me. These last 2 weeks have not only been challenging for me emotionally but now I feel the spiritual attack as well. I have questioned my ability to parent the kids I have much less a child who doesn't speak the same language, asked my self and God "Am I praying enough?"...am I good enough??? Things that maybe I should but don't usually question about myself!!!

Let me explain..

I have two children now and a wonderful husband...I adore them all. My husband was gone for the better part of last week, my son adopts the attitude of a little "monster" and my sweet little girl decides to single handily destroy my house!!! As if that fun last week wasn't enough~ THIS week has been even more of a roller coaster. I like to "blame" the Full MOON but now that I am looking back I realize...my family is under a MAJOR spiritual ATTACK. Actions, words , attitudes...WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE I am living with???? LOL!!!! My goodness!!!

As I was reading my devotion this morning, I was struck by these words:

"One of our biggest obstacles in trusting God is our own sense of strength. The truth is we can never be too WEAK for God to use us but we can be too STRONG. When we recognize the limits of our control, however, we are much more likely to embrace our need for God".

I NEED GOD...not only this week or last week but today and forever. I am NOT in control, as much as I would like to be...I AM NOT!!! We are bringing a child to America.. a place where our son will learn about Jesus...that's one less player for the opponents team...Satan isn't happy and he is making some waves in my life...HOWEVER, I am weak enough to let my GOD be strong during these challenges!

This may not resonate with some of you but others of you who have been here know what I mean.
I am thankful I have a God who will step in the gaps,fight my fight for me and help me remember,He is working thought me not the other way around!! I am thankful and blessed...and PS~The battle is WON!!!

Sending prayers and love for all of you where we are or coming along behind us!!!

Much love, Kim

This morning I was reading my devotion I recieve

Friday, December 30, 2011

Trevor's visit from Mrs Angie and Colin Rylands

***As you know, I am a "blogger baby"!!! I am just getting the hang of all the fun things that blogging has to offer me and the world! So first let me give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Angie Rylands and Annie Hamlin...they are clipping my "baby blogging" wings so I can learn to FLY!!!! LOL! They have helped me with my "buttons", my lay out,  taught me, how to upload pictures and all that fun, fancy stuff us newbies have to learn!!! Love you Girls and THANK YOU!!!***

While Angie was in Wuhan going to get her precious new son Cameron, she was able to visit Trevor, as well and take him a Care package from us! His gift included pajamas,a fleece shirt and pants,cars, candy and a photo album of our family, our home, our friends, etc! Here he is taking his first look at what it looks like to be a SCARBROUGH!

We sent a picture of Tripp in a pair of Captain America PJ's holding Trevor's new pair that matched and were in his care package.

Oh~ can he be any CUTER??? Its may sound crazy that you can LOVE & MISS a person you have never met before but let me tell you ...IT IS POSSIBLE!!! I love this sweet child already and can not wait to hold him in my Mommy arms for the first time! (OH the tears!!!).

Also, we learned that not only are he and Cameron Rylands friends, they are BEST friends. Trevor was so excited when the translator shared with him that our families are very close friends and live only 30 minutes apart! They will go to church together every Sunday together too! YAY!!!!

Cameron is on the left and Trevor is on the right! How good is our God that He would care enough about these boys to not only give them FOREVER FAMILIES but that they can maintain their friendship stateside!  Amazing how He cares about us even in the smallest details.

I am so thankful to have a friend like Angie who loved me and my son enough to haggle with the orphanage and have the mandantory Orphanage Fee of $200.00 waived to see Trevor, Jenny (Kim Jackson's daughter) and 3 other precious kids she wanted to advocate for!!! You GO SISTER!!! AND, now 2 of the 3 kiddos have FOREVER FAMILIES!!! We are ALL blessed by you friend! Thank you for loving on my baby boy for me and bringing me back some wonderful pics and videos to keep me hanging on while I plow though the paper work!!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are blessed enough to have friends like I do in 2012 if you dont already!!

Much Love, Kim :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Scarbrough Family: Reflecting on 2011

The Scarbrough Family: Reflecting on 2011: Wow! What a year this has been! This year has brought so much JOY to my heart... watching my baby girl turn a year old, learn how to walk,...

Reflecting on 2011

Wow! What a year this has been!

This year has brought so much JOY to my heart... watching my baby girl turn a year old, learn how to walk, use her sign language and develop quite a sassy little personality! Watching my son turn five, move up to a new belt level in karate, learn to read and have a desire to pray and learn more about Jesus. Watching my husband take an idea and making a successful business out of it, seeing my kids scream "DADDY" everyday when he comes in the door from work, watching him make sometimes hard decisions for our families well being, and mostly watching him grown in Christ as the leader of our home. Truly all amazing things...  And, then when you think your life could not be any better God gives you another child. Another child to love, treasure, share the Gospel with and have under your roof for many years to come. More, laughter, more tears, more hugs, more prayers, more than anything I could have EVER imagine I would have in my life time.

As I write this tears of joy stream down my cheeks.I am humble that God would love me, the sinner that I am as much as he does. My husband could love a wife who is not perfect in size, shape, her opinions or sometimes in her actions. My children could love a Mommy who fails every day at hitting the marks...I am THANKFUL God would step in those gaps for me and help my husband and children see I am human and that no matter what mistakes I make... my greatest LOVE in life is being a daughter of a King, Wife of a Saint and the Mommy of the most precious Angels I never dreamed I could have.

As this year winds down, I anticipate 2012 to be just as amazing in its own way as we welcome our third child William Trevor. WE pray to have him home from China by Thanksgiving next year IF NOT sooner!!! We are diligently working on applications, home study paperwork, back ground checks and all the fun stuff that comes along with adopting a child!!!

Thank you sweet Lord, for all you sacrificed for me to have this amazing life for you!

See you all next year when the fundraising campaign begins!

Much love, Kim

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Looking back to go forward!!!

This time, two years ago, had to be one of the hardest times of my life...God had a plan though, as He always does and this is about Him and all He gets all the glory!

Julian and I had just learned I was no longer able to have more children. We immediately went to see a fertility specialist to see what our "options" were. We wanted another child so badly and as a wife, I felt broken, unable to give Julian the family we both wanted so badly. We followed the advise of a wonderful fertility specialist in town and started living our life in 2 week cycles. When I look back, I remember all the blood that was drawn, all the shot given to me and the ones I gave to myself...

After three long, emotional, hormonal months with no success, I laid on the couch with my head in Julian's lap on night crying my eyes out and said, "I can't do this anymore". He agreed and sweetly said, "you have always wanted to adopt we will talk about that after the holidays". Little did I know at the same time a beautiful 19 year old girl had just found out she was pregnant and God had plans for that 19 year old girl and her sweet baby that would change all of our lives forever.

In the beginning of 2010, we met with our adoption attorney, Glenn Lister and he basically gave us Adoption 101. We told everyone we knew we wanted to adopt. Four months went by and one day I received a call from a friend, in our church. That 19 year old girl I told you about was her daughter. They wanted Julian and I to come meet with them about possibly adopting a baby GIRL due in 10 weeks!! We could NOT believe it...God was giving us the baby we so longed for. McCarley Marian JeanAnn Scarbrough was born August 2, 2010 and long with her I gained a beautiful 20 year old "daughter" who I love as much as I love Tripp(our son) and Carley. We gained a whole new family...God knew the desires of our heart.

He took the brokenness in the words " you are not capable of having another child" and made those words "I AM THE GREAT I AM...with me ALL things are possible".

I titled this post "looking back to go forward" simply because I never want to forget how "needy" I am for God, His wisdom, His plan for my life and how He has given us far more than we could have EVER imagined.

Now, He has shown us that all the way around the world, in a a place called Wuhan City, I have yet another son.  Mind blowing!

I never want to forget that pain of feeling such a deep loss because God picked me up and held me that night and said as He said in 1Corinthians 2:9~

"No eye has seen,
 No ear has heard,
 No mind has conceived what God has prepared
 for those who love Him"    AMEN!!!!!!

Sweet Trevor...hang on baby God's working out His perfect plan and we will have you home soon!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Where do I begin???

This is my first time blogging so hang on with me as I learn the In's and Out's of this!!!

I wanted to start a blog to tell the story of GOD'S Goodness and how once again He has blown me away with His goodness!

If someone had told me several weeks ago we had a son waiting for us to adopt him...in CHINA, I would have said..."really???" God is the only one who can lead you straight to the eyes of your child!

I was looking at a video on my friend, Angie Ryland's blog. It was a video of her new son Cameron. She said the first boy is ours, the second boy has also been adopted by a family in SC and the third boy is still waiting on his "FOREVER FAMILY".  He was listed as "William"...the name we said we wanted to name our son if we ever had another one...also my Daddy's name!

Here is the most beautiful part...the instant I saw that precious child, I KNEW HE WAS OURS! I started sobbing and randomly my 5 yr old son came out of his room after being a sleep for an hour. He walked over to me and said, "Mommy, why are you crying?" I picked him up and put him in my lap and said, "Mommy is crying because this little boy in China doesn't have a family like we do" with out  flinching Tripp said "why don't we let him come live with us?"...MORE TEARS!!!!!! :) of JOY!

After much prayer, talking with The Ryland family and more prayer we called Lifeline Adoption agency and asked to have "William's" file pulled. We learned so much more about this little boy...abandon at the age of 4 in front of a local resturant,a slight leg deformity and only 2 yrs before he will be put on the streets in China to fend for himself...there was NO QUESTIONS left to ask...
We started filling out the applications to adopt William Trevor Scarbrough!!!!

November 7, 2011~we recieved our PRE APPROVAL from China...He is OURS!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!! Now to start our home study, raise a lot of money and go get him!!!!

We are officially "The Scarbrough Family of 5" and I can't wait to have my sweet boy under the same roof with us! so the journey begins!!!! GO GOD! We are just alongfor the ride!!!!!! Whoooo hooo!