albark merry Christmas! now that we are home from travels, have shipped all our @burdees orders & finished up our @thenwewere6 auction it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. now to relax & enjoy my family. 12h

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albark all morning long while I was packaging up a ton of @burdees orders, my sweet husband & 3 crazy boys have been sorting & organizing their lego collection. 1d

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albark detroit. 5d

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albark it's really fun to stay in nice hotels with my honey. & it was super nice that this one only cost us $30 thanks to booking hotels on hotels.com. & fun that the whole detroit lions football team stayed here too. merry Christmas to us. 6d

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albark finally got to see wicked with my favorite guy last night! AH-MAZING! merry Christmas to us! 6d

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albark this boy. he reminds me of my need for Christ. he reminds me of my tendency towards self sufficiency. he reminds me that I cannot love on my own strength. he reminds me that when the lost come to know our Savior it is a glorious thing! we pray for Amos's salvation. 1w

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albark thankful for time with my husband after a very full & busy semester. 1w

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albark it's so fun to be away, but life is best when I have my 4 guys close. I miss home! 2w

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albark I'm selling my @burdees in at @porterflea in nashville today from 10-5. come say "hi"! 2w

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albark friends... if you have littles ones... you must get this advent devotional! so rich & so age appropriate for kiddos! also, please buy "prepare Him room" the Christmas album that our church released (it goes along with the book)! @sovgracemusic 2w

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albark yesterday we celebrated with @babycakesnyc's gluten free/vegan donuts. mmmm! made by mommy, requested by jude. 3w

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albark our sweet jude boy turned 6 today. I cannot believe how fast time is speeding by. we are so grateful for our boy & how he loves his brothers. he cannot wait to love on his baby sister from china. he's so smart & tries to read every word he sees. he thinks about deep things. he loves sharing the gospel. he concerns himself with how other people are feeling. he loves to use his imagination. he adores books. he is such a good helper. he is gentle & so compassionate. ...all by God's good grace in his life. our Father is making jude more like Himself & we are most thankful that jude asked God to forgive him of his sins & become his Lord just a few months ago!! happy birthday to our jude! we think you're great! 3w

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albark waking up trying to recover from lack of sleep, a full house & all that sugar we ate. & jumping into a week without my husband around because of finals. so thankful for this past week we had together with my whole family. thankful for the busy seasons because it reminds us of our dependence on Him! & so thankful we get to worship with our church body this morning! @sgclouisville 3w
  •   heloge Hi! I just saw your comment on my photo about your adoption. I'm an adoption photographer - love to tell the stories of adoptive families on my blog - hannaheloge.com - where do you guys live? Would love to connect! 3w
  •   takethecannoli1 @albark just sent you a DM pretty! 3w
  •   albark @heloge hi! sorry it took me forever to get back to you! the last few weeks have been a little crazy! we live in louisville! I'd love to connect too! 2w

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albark happy thanksgiving! our God has been so good to us. 3w

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albark 34 pies made, 4 more to go. thanks to everyone who bought a pie to help us raise the money we need to bring our sweet one home! I'll be delivering them tomorrow. don't forget to checkout our auction over on @thenwewere6, it'll be happening next week! 4w

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albark we're hosting an ig auction to raise funds for our baby girl adoption from china! we have some amazing donators of the cutest handmade things! so thankful to already have about 16 items to auction off (with more on the way)!!! will you help us spread the word?! the auction will be happening next week on @thenwewere6. you can share this photo on your feed & tag @thenwewere6 or just talk about it under one of your posts & tag us. THANK U for helping us bring our girl home! 4w
  •   thelivingbread I think it's amazing that your family wants to adopt a little girl from China. We sponsor a little girl from the Philippines but I've always wanted to adopt a child from that region. God willing my husband will get on board to the idea. I'll be praying for God’s provision in your adoption journey 3w
  •   candyheilman Hello! I would like to help spread the word about your precious growing family. I have a lot of sweet giving friends on Facebook who I think would probably love to help too. Would you mind if I posted something about your adoption there? And do you have a link or anywhere that someone could just donate money directly to you? xo 3w
  •   albark @candyheilman you're the sweetest! I just sent you a DM a few mins ago! of course you can share! our ig feed is @thenwewere6 our donation link is www.purecharity.com/the-barkers-adoption. THANK YOU!!!! 3w
  •   lindsygriffis We're adopting a girl from China too!! And holding an auction this week too! So funny. Are you matched yet? We were DTC on 11.18. God bless your journey!! 3w
  •   albark @lindsygriffis so cool!!! we aren't matched yet. saw you're friends w @espressie. she's my sister-in-law. 3w
  •   lindsygriffis Ohhh so funny!! Yes, she has talked about you all!! I'm meeting her tonight for coffee actually. Small world! 3w
  •   espressie Yes yes!!! I talk about you both @albark @lindsygriffis beautiful families adopting a Chinese girl!! 3w

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albark "o come, our great High Priest, and intercede
thy sacrifice, our only plea
the judgment we no longer fear
thy precious blood has brought us near
rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel
has vanished every fear of hell"
4w

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albark this one... on his big sister caroline's bday, sept 15, (our caroline passed away 7 years ago) he was quite concerned about death & heaven & hell & asked a lot of questions & cried some. we held him & shared the gospel again. we reminded him how sinful we are & how we desperately need a Savior. we told him of the hope we have because of Christ Jesus that came & took our place so that we would be forgiven & would be in heaven for all eternity with no more tears. we asked him if He wanted to know Jesus & ask Him to forgive him of his sins. we told him he could think about it & ask us any questions he had. he said he wanted to think about it. we prayed with him & we all went to bed. the next morning jude came running to find me & said, "mommy, guess what I did last night!!!!" I asked him what & he said, "I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins." oh how we rejoiced! in the quietness of his bed when everyone else was asleep he prayed to our good & faithful God & God heard him & forgave jude of all the sins he ever has or ever will commit. praise be to God! this boy evangelizes his brothers often! tells them about being a christian & asks God in his prayers to teach him how to love him more. we are thankful! THIS is the goal & great joy of parenting! //thanks for the tag @terrimchugh for #fromthecuttingroomfloor. I tag @kristinrogers @allieroyall & @cloisteredaway.// 4w

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albark "oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" psalm 34:8 1mon

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