Sunday, July 26, 2015

Come and have a cup of tea with us!!!

We are having a steeped tea party to raise money for our newest adoption! Here is all of the info! Please take a look! The party is open until Friday the 31st at 11:00 pm EST! Thank you soooooo much! 

It's wonderful loose leaf teas and many other awesome things! Look for the link for Winslow Gang. Or here is my direct party link: There are many specials going on right now!!! Thank you VERY much! Please take a peek and share this, too! The party goes until 11:00 pm EST on Friday the 31st!! heart emoticon heart emoticon heart emoticon
Amazing International Adoption Fundraiser with Steeped Tea!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"And it's beautiful to witness..."

It's truly beautiful to witness the love and grace abounding here each and every day. 

It's hard to believe that nearly 12 months have gone by since Jerry and JoyAnna came into our family! One year ago this very day we were in Bulgaria for our pick up trip. Glenn, and I, Grace, and our nurse Sylvia. We were filled with anticipation and eagerly awaiting picking up our blessings!

Fast forward 10 months and we just had our one year post placement report. What a blessing that was, and truly a miracle, too! You see our agency changed leadership and so the new leadership is very different in their approach to large families and such. 

I'd like to give you a glimpse of our report. The conclusion reads like this:

"Mr. and Mrs. Winslow have the desire and ability to parent Jerry and JoyAnna. After meeting the Winslow family, it is evident that they are a very spiritual and close-knit family. They have a strong bond and believe in working together to create a happy, healthy, and efficient household. Jerry and JoyAnna appear to be very happy and content in their home and family. They have developed a tremendous bond with Mr. and Mrs. Winslow as well as their siblings AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL TO WITNESS. They are truly a family in every sense of the word."

We stand utterly and completely amazed at how God has orchestrated ALL of this down to the littlest detail! Did you catch that little but oh sooooooo powerful phrase....And it is beautiful to witness?

Yes, oh yes, we agree! We couldn't agree more! This is truly why we do this! This is what God Himself has called us to! This truly is our mission field and we couldn't be more humbled and honored to be serving our Lord in this way!

Thank you Lord for revealing yourself to us through this post placement report! We thank you! 

Thank you ALL, too, for your part you have played in getting us to this point! We could NOT have done it without you! There are soooooo many of you and so we are thankful that God knows who you ALL are!!

We TRULY thank God upon EVERY remembrance of you! Philipians 1:3. 

Now as we stay the course, and run the race God has put before us, we are very excited to welcome our newest little one! 

Thank you in advance for your love and caring!

The entire Winslow Gang:
Glenn, Mary, Madelyn, Grace, Edward, Elisha, Jonathan, Jeremiah, Nicole, JoyAnna, and Rosalinda. 
*and our precious Zoey, rejoicing in heaven! Our littlest angel!! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Giving Thanks!

Glenn gave the most wonderful message on thankfulness at church yesterday. What a blessing it was! One of the best parts was when we went around and got to hear what everyone was thankful for within our church family! ! Such an amazing encouragement!
Today I was thanking the Lord for His guidance and prompting in our lives. I spent time thanking Him for His provision in our adoption going on right now. We were able to mail our I-800A application and $1,060.00 in total fees onFriday! Every dime of that was God's provision! 
Friends and family...we started this process as we have with ALL of our adoptions by stepping out in Faith and trusting Him! He who owns the cattle on 1,000 hills! NOTHING is too hard for Him! 
And so we build monuments along the way to remind us of all that He has done for us! 
Many have asked us, what's next?? What's next is a large fee to our agency of $2,600.00 which is due immediately following our I-800A approval. Then there is the fees for trip one which will be around $7,500.00 all totaled. Yes, sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming at times. It really does. Sometimes it feels like ransom. Yet we remain with our eyes on Him, the author and finisher of our faith! 
Thank you ALL soooooo much for your prayers and encouragement and support! Please continue to pray and share with others!!! You have our full permission!
There are 2 ways right now that you can give!
1. Our You Caring Page. This money gets deposited weekly right into our checking account! It's such a blessing. This is so that we can pay all of the expenses that occur BEFORE the first trip.…/the-winslows-are-stepping…/317996
2. Our Reece's Rainbow Family Support Page. This money is completely tax deductible and will fund our expenses starting with our first trip to meet our precious little girl! 
You can visit our blog to meet our family, too and catch up on what is happening! 
While on our blog PLEASE write to us! We LOVE comments! Also, please check out our Amazon link for all of your shopping needs! You can help us with our adoption AND get your shopping done at the same time!!! 
Again, thank you! May God richly bless you for ALL you have done! We sure do LOVE you! heart emoticon heart emoticon
— feeling thankful.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

10 years ago tonight!!!

Grace and Jonathan came home ten years ago tonight!!
Rejoice with us! What an amazing part of our family they are! We love you sooooooo much!!

Grace was 9 and Jon was 2! They are now 19 and 12!! God is sooooooo good!

Happy Anniversary you two!! 

Friday, July 03, 2015

God is "In it to Win it!" and so is JoyAnna! /Reece's Rainbow

We recently put our You Caring Page on Facebook to bring awareness to our adoption process and our financial need. That day we received 2 anonymous donations. The donation that was for $300.00 had a wonderful message attached to it. It said: If it's God's will it's His bill. He's got this! Blessings to your family." 

This just blessed me BEYOND words! It really is the truth, and God has proven it to be true time and time again as we have followed His lead on our adoption journeys that He's taken us on!

The picture I chose for this blog post is a TRUE picture of a life redeemed! Redeemed from lying in a crib for 7 years. Rescued from 4 unnecessary and damaging surgeries to her body. 

Did you all know that in her country, they cut the tendons at each ankle so that she could NOT walk???

WELL...TAKE THAT ENEMY!!! Look at her now!!!! 

This photo was taken Tuesday of this week at her physical therapy session! She spent 20 minutes in the gait trainer and propelled herself forward a LOT!!! This is our precious JoyAnna Yanka Deneva Winslow! Here she is!!!! She is in it to win it! 

She is a LIVING, breathing testimony to the fact that she was fearfully and wonderfully made, and that DEATH has DIED and LOVE has won!!!!

And now as we get closer to meeting our newest little blessing, we are thanking the Lord for introducing us to her! Our little one that will be named Annabella! She is listed as Claire on Reece's rainbow, if you'd like to see a photo of her. She is precious! We also have our own Family Support Page listed with Reece's rainbow for her.

We sooooooo appreciate ALL of your love and support and encouragement! We could NOT do it without you!  Our next step is applying for our I-800A! We promise to keep you posted!