Saturday, May 30, 2009

Preparations, Provisions, and Praises!

It really has been an absolutely amazing few weeks and I feel super blessed!!

Our last update on Nahom was a few days ago from another adopting mom, HollyW, who is currently there in Ethiopia, going to the care center every day loving on her little one and sharing hugs with all of the other sweet kids waiting, including Nahom!! She said Nahom is amazing and adorable--- and yes, she has lots of pictures of him to share when she returns!! YEA!! Our court date is in a mere 12 days. Wow. Parents to 5 children in only 12 days! In less than a month, we hope to hold him in our arms! It's absolutely amazing what God is doing to prepare our hearts!

In fact-- I have to take a side-bar here and tell you a story about God's work in our family. God's Preparation for even Joel Daniel, who is only 3! His understanding of adoption is beyond what I ever dreamed it would be! Last night I was lying in bed with him and we were reading a book that has pictures of farm animals in it and Joel says, "I want to go to Mama Carr's house and ride a tractor with Papa Carr." I said-- "That will be fun! We will get to go there in a few weeks and then Mom and Dad are going to Ethiopia" He said-- "I want to go to Mama Carr's and you and Daddy go get Joshua. Joshua is my brother. Joshua come back with you."

Big tears just filled my eyes at that precious moment.

We've been praying for Joshua Nahom. We've been praying for the new relationships between our children! We've been talking about Joshua Nahom every day. We have pictures of him all around the house. BUT-- I have not said "Joshua Nahom is your brother!" BUT JOEL DID-- without a prompt! Isn't that cool!! AMAZING!

Just as God knit each one of us together in our mother's womb and knew us before we were even born..........I know that God is also knitting our hearts together before we even meet Joshua Nahom in person!

Just as God adopted each of us into HIS family to be HIS heirs, we are adopting Joshua Nahom into the Newsom family! Can you tell--- I am really ready to bring this bundle of joy home!

Oh---and now speaking of our "HOME"...... after our trip to Ethiopia to pick up Nahom, we will be moving to El Paso Texas. We have been anticipating moving in July into a house on-base there- but we got word this past week that the "only" housing they can offer us at that point will be a 4 bedroom, 1400 square foot house, with no basement, no garage, and very little storage. Hmmmm...... 5 HOMESCHOOLED children into a 1400 square foot house that does not have great storage capacity. We CAN do it-- but it would be really nice to have a little more space! We are PRAYING BIG for better housing options once we move. Our God has shown us that he moves mountains and this is our new mountain! We LOVE living on post and hope that the housing office finds favor with us and can help to accommodate our large family in slightly larger quarters or at least in housing that has better storage capacity--like a basement or a garage. Please PRAY BIG folks! Lord, MOVE THE MOUNTAIN!!

In fact-- as we've been praying BIG over our housing situation we have felt more and more that I need to make a trip to El Paso this next week to visit the housing office in person. Perhaps this will help MOVE THE MOUNTAIN-- and if God says "NO" to the other/larger housing on post, and He has other plans for us- then I'll be able to determine what area of El Paso we need to live in, if we do have to rent a home there. We know it is IMPORTANT that we do our research and planning NOW-- we don't want Joshua Nahom to be uprooted and unsettled for very long at all after he becomes a part of our family (we want to be able to come home from Ethiopia and move quickly to Texas and offer him stability and routine and structure as soon as possible)! So, I'm going to El Paso on Tuesday morning to see what God has planned for us there!

I'm not really excited about travelling to El Paso alone but God has been so faithful to show me AGAIN that He is with me ALWAYS! This time in a totally random way! Last week I got a forwarded email from a friend here at Ft. Leavenworth that was from her friend that now lives in El Paso. Now this El Paso friend is part of a Christian Homeschool Ministry there based out of a Baptist Church. I sent out an email introducing myself to this group and was overwhelmed with tons of great emails that showed a VERY active homeschool group!! (YEA!) Last night, Joel and I were planning my trip and since we are in the middle of our adoption and funds are TIGHT--we were discussing ways we could make this trip less expensive! He asked "Do we know ANYONE there that you could stay with?"


I boldly said to "I don't really feel comfortable about this and it is WAY out of my comfort zone for sure--- but God's really stretching us right now. I wonder if I sent out an email to this homeschool group asking for a place to stay for 2 nights next week if someone might open there home to me!" So-- that's exactly what I did and less than 6 hours later-- I have been personally "adopted" by an elderly couple that are the parents of a homeschooling mom that all go to this certain Baptist Church. I have a private bedroom in their home they are already "conspiring" to find us a house to rent close to them!! LOL!! :)

Now the most amazing part of this story is still to come!!! We've told MANY people over the last few months that we've been talking about and praying for an "Abuela" to be part of our family while we are in El Paso and friends.... "ABUELA" means grandmother in Spanish!!! I want to share just part of the email I got back this morning with you because God amazes me and goes before me!

"......My Mom lives right next to the airport and has a huge house. You would have a room of your own and my mum is the best cook in El Paso. (She's 75 and still cooks breakfast for the entire church at her house Christmas morning - this last Christmas we had 97!) ....My Mom and Dad are the homeschool ministries "counselors" - we ask them before we make a move. And they teach for us a lot. They are also very adoptable as temporary "mom and dad" (because this was the military way - to be family to one another when far from home) and they are also pretty good surrogate Grandma and Grandpa's. The first thing Mom said when I called to ask was "Well, we need to find them a rental on the EAST side." And I laughed and said I would only send you the ones near by our house.... Just kidding! "

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? WHAT A BLESSING!! I am so thankful and blessed by this provision from God and I don't even know these people yet!! God loves me so much and He knows my fears, my weaknesses, my anxieties, and He knows exactly what I need at exactly the right moment! ---Oh ME of little faith! God is so good!

Hope the sharing of MY blessings has blessed you today!!

Please keep PRAYING BIG for our family--- for Nahom, for his transition into our family, for our housing and upcoming move, and also for my trip next week!

With Love and Joy,

Psalm 78:4 "We will not hide these truths from our children but we will tell the next generation about the GLORIOUS deeds of the Lord. We will tell of His power and the mighty miracles He did!"

Psalm 31:21 "Praise the Lord, for He has shown me His unfailing love."

Psalm 106:2 "Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord? Who can ever praise Him half enough?"

Friday, May 22, 2009

Summer plans......

All is well in the Newsom home. We have been blessed beyond measure, every single day. We've had a busy week wrapping up sports activities and finishing up our school work for the year. It's been a fun season of baseball, softball, and swimming. Joel is now in the final few weeks of his Army school and the kids are really excited about being done for the school year also!! I must admit that I'm ready for a summer break too!

It will be nice to be able to fully focus on all the extra projects that need to happen before we bring Nahom home and then before we get moved to Texas. I've honestly felt like I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off these last few days and I'm really longing for some time to get things in order for our summer adventures! 3 more days of school and then we are going to conquer the "TO DO" LIST!!!

Our summer is going to be an exciting adventure for sure! Several months ago we were wanting to go to a family camp in the mountains of Colorado but because we were unsure of our adoption timeline, we couldn't commit. The family camp waiting list filled up and we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we just weren't going to be able to do it this summer. Well-- on Tuesday-- (yes, the exact SAME day we got our court date!) we got a phone call that there was a family that was unable to attend the week long camp and they had a spot for us, AND- they'll give us a 50% discount because it's our first time there!! The next miracle--- it is the week after Joel graduates from this Army school and (*we think) it will also be two weeks before we travel to pick up Nahom in Ethiopia. We are totally AVAILABLE to do the camp that one week and God opened the doors and has given us all the desires of our hearts plus some more! YEA! We've never been to this kind of thing before and know that God will be glorified as we spend time together as a family in a Christian setting, seeking to learn and grow in Him! We'll then come back here to Kansas and get ready to go to Ethiopia for Nahom. After we recover from the jetlag and spend a few days settling in as a family of 7, we'll do the standard Army move to Ft. Bliss, Texas! There is lots of good stuff happening for us this summer! We are super excited to see God's plan unfolding and are so happy that HE is guiding our steps!

Please take a few moments this weekend to celebrate and remember those soldiers/veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. Freedom that we so often take for granted as citizens of the United States of America. Let us not forget what these men and women have done for us and please pray that God continues to bless us as a nation and sends a great revival to our country!

Our court date is in 19 days! Please remember Nahom in your thoughts and prayers, too. :)

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend-

This scripture spoke to me today as I was thanking God for revealing His plan for our summer and for working out all the details so

Psalms 138:8 "You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am."

and I just love this one......

Joshua 22:5 "Be very careful to obey all the commands and the law that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, be faithful to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Thanks for PRAYING BIG everyone!! I am so excited to tell you all that our God ANSWERED BIG yesterday!! We received a call yesterday that we had a court date!!! Amazing!! Thank you Lord!! He can move the mountains, our God is mighty to save!!!

JUNE 11.

That's the date--- 3 1/2 weeks away. Not very long. We are so super thankful to BFAS for really really working hard to get this court date! God did indeed move mountains on behalf of our family and for sweet Nahom. BFAS has been aware of our pending Army move this summer and I'm not sure how God did it-- but we were given a court date, extremely quickly and will be able to travel to pick up Nahom before our family must move this summer! YEA JESUS! YEA BFAS!

So, I must tell you there was another amazing testimony of God showing Himself to us in getting the phone call yesterday of this court date!! Around 1000 am, I was speaking to a dear friend and neighbor on the telephone and she was being so gracious in letting me vent about my concerns, prayers, frustrations, and weariness in waiting for a court date! All other plans for our move have been hinged on the possible court date and travel of Nahom. We needed to schedule our moving dates with the Army but before we did this we really needed to know whether we needed to move sooner or later in the summer depending on whether we could/could not pick up Nahom before our move. SO--- I asked her to please pray for me and she said, "We are praying and in fact, we already prayed this morning that you would get a court date today so you will know what to do about scheduling your move." We chatted a few more minutes and then hung up.

Only FIVE minutes passed before my cell phone rang. "BFAS" on the caller ID. :) THEY were calling me, not the opposite-as per usual!! :)

The next few minutes are surreal as Haile told me that we had been given a court date of June 11. Wow. IS THAT AN AMAZING GOD OR WHAT????

I am so completely humbled. So completely amazed. So completely thrilled.

If I had picked all the perfect dates and perfect plans--- it would not have worked out more perfectly. GOD IS GOOD!!! His timing and His plan is so much better than our own! I am soooooo thankful that we've waited on the Lord and God has been faithful to us!

We are now praying BIG for a positive court outcome on June 11 and we are tentatively planning and hoping to travel for an Embassy date of July 2. That means we will travel around June 26- 27 and return around July 4-5. We will THEN move to El Paso, Texas the week or two after we return home with Joshua Nahom Newsom!

I am again reminded of this particular scripture today......

Ephesians 3:20 "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

Blessings today,

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nahom's Song: Some Day Soon

Our Bible Study group here in Infantry Barracks has been super amazing and has really ministered to us this year in a huge way, especially concerning our adoption. They have been our prayer warriors and mentors and when the precious time comes, they will have played a huge roll in bringing sweet Nahom home.

Dan and Joanna are members of this group and Dan wrote this song for us and sang it for us last night at Bible Study!! The song is called "Nahom's Song: Some Day Soon" and was written from Nahom's viewpoint and references Nahom's place in the vision (from God) that I had of him standing in my hallway several weeks ago. WE LOVED IT and want to share it with you, our sweet bloggy friends!! Enjoy!

BTW--- thanks Dan and Joanna- you guys are truly great friends and we are so happy our paths have crossed here, at this very moment in time!


Monday, May 11, 2009


Ok--- so we have the referral for Nahom and now we are really PRAYING BIG. We know that God has shown himself to us through this adoption and we are trusting that HE will guide us through to the end.

We would like for you all to PRAY BIG with us. Our specific prayer is that our court date is expedited (since we are moving out of state and lost our earlier referral) and that this happens REALLY SOON!!

The Army is planning to move our family in late June and this means crunch time for us with bringing Nahom home. If the adoption happens before the move--- it will be GREAT with no extra paperwork--- we'll be focusing on our sweet new little boy and then we'll do the standard Army move! No big deal. If the move happens before the adoption-- well, it'll just be a big headache of setting up the new house quickly, locating a homestudy agency to make an amendment to our existing homestudy and then, submitting that paperwork to USCIS and waiting for the approval. uuuggghhh! We are really optimistic.

We know we have lots of prayer warriors on our TEAM and we know that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf! Thank you Jesus! We also know that Ephesians 3:20 gives us this promise..... "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

We'll keep you all posted!! Please PRAY BIG on behalf on Nahom and our family!

Blessings on this beautiful Monday-


Friday, May 8, 2009


God moved some mountains this week. That was my prayer on Sunday and again, God showed Himself to us!! God is good, faithful and powerful. God is bigger than ANYTHING I can imagine!! God has moved some mountains for this family in a mighty way! We will give you, my LORD, all the praise and glory through Christ Jesus!!!

God revealed our child to us yesterday. We got a referral for an amazing and beautiful 3 1/2 year old little boy. He is cute! He IS the child that I saw standing in my hallway during my vision from God last Monday night. THE SAME CHILD! Isn't it so cool that God loves me enough to listen to me and answer all my prayers? Even my prayers for a vision? Can you believe that really happened to me?? It did my sweet friends! I'm NOT over it-- and hope that I NEVER forget the way that God revealed himself to me. I'm so broken and unworthy, yet HE LOVES ME THAT MUCH! :) Okay, so I'm a JESUS FREAK now and so happy about it!!!

As for our referral......our new little ones' Ethiopian name is NAHOM. It's a Biblical name that means comfort and blessing! SO COOL!!! I love his name! He will be such a blessing to our family and we hope that we can also comfort and bless him as his new family! Our agency thinks he is 3 1/2 but he looks more like a 4 or 4 1/2year old to me--- of course, this is only my mommy guessing attempt and we probably won't know for sure until we take him to a dentist here! His medicals were all great. His blood tests all good. We're SO excited to bring him home!

We have discussed his "American name" at length and have decided that many months ago, God laid it on our hearts to name our adopted children Joshua and Emma and so we're going to stick with those names. So his name after he is adopted will be JOSHUA NAHOM NEWSOM. We may still call him Nahom since he is an older little one---but we will just wait to see how things go. We still believe our EMMA is out there somewhere and we have already begun to pray that God will show us HIS will for another adoption at the right time. That HE will reveal to us HIS plan and we will be obedient to the calling to adopt children just as we have been adopted into God's great family whenever the time is right!

PLEASE PRAY FOR US!!! I believe in the power of prayer! Please pray specifically for God's timing to be perfect for this adoption. That He would remove any documentation barriers before they even exist, that our adoption of Joshua Nahom would happen more swiftly than expected and that He would prepare our hearts to parent this child and prepare Joshua Nahom to receive and accept our love.

We are trusting and have faith that GOD knows all about our Army move coming up. We've been hesitant to set up moving dates with the Army because we have felt that God was going to bring this child to us while were HERE but there are so many unknowns and factors that are out of our control so WE ARE GIVING GOD OUR CALENDAR and asking HIM to fill in the blanks that have to happen for this adoption and for our Army move!!! PLEASE PRAY WITH US FOR THIS!! We need to travel to Ethiopia to pick up Joshua Nahom in mid to late June! For those of you that don't have experience in adoptions--- this is really really quick in adoption time and it will be a miracle if it happens!!! I have said all along that I knew God was going to make this adoption journey a testimony where "ONLY GOD COULD DO THAT" so I'm praying BIG!

James 1:18 "In His goodness he chose to make us all His own children."

Matthew 17:20 "If you have faith as small as a mustard see, you can say to this mountain, MOVE from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Romans 8: 14-17 "because of those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."

Thank you God for Joshua Nahom Newsom.

Blessings today--