Letter to Moms

I have now written two letters that I would have NEVER dreamed of picking up a pen to write.

In 2014, I sat at our kitchen table mustering up enough strength to write a letter to the mother of my organ donor, Courtney. A letter to a mom who had lost her daughter in a tragic accident. A letter to a mom whose daughter saved my life. I prayed and prayed and prayed over this letter before dropping it off at the post office. God’s timing was perfect and Courtney’s mom received the letter at a time she desperately needed it. We have since developed a beautiful relationship formed through tragedy and trauma. For her, loosing her daughters and grandson, and for me acute illness that changed my life as I knew it. A mother whose family has given me LIFE!

Now in 2019, I sat at our kitchen table once again writing a letter to a mother. A mother who gave birth to my children, my precious sons. A mother who is so VERY selfless and did what was in the best interest of her boys! A letter letting her know that I will treasure, adore, care for, and provide for her sons all the days of my life.

Two moms. Two letters. A connection that is truly hard for me to explain. Relationships I never could have dreamed of asking for myself.

One mother gave me the gift of life through her daughters organ and another mother half way across the world who has given life to my sons and joy to my world.

Thank you, Lord for these courageous woman who have impacted my life in the MOST profound ways! 


Team Barker has EXCITING NEWS!!!

We had another February 6th that has changed our lives FOREVER!!!

February 6, 2014 my life was saved through organ donation.

February 6, 2019 we found out who are sons are!!!

We have been MATCHED with two precious little boys from Burundi, Africa!!!!!!

Frank is 5 years old 💙

Blaise is 3 years old (turning 4 in March)💙

They are biological brothers and are less than 17 months apart!

Team Barker is soon to be a party of FOUR!!!

We received the email that we were matched with our little boys while we were on the transplant floor at Baylor for my 5 Year Annual Appointments.

The same floor that in 2014 we found out that so much was taken from us.

Feet away from where we got devastating news in February 2014—we found out five years to the date that Redemption came in the form of these two little blessings—our future sons.

Friends— God is so kind. If you are in the midst of suffering. Stay steadfast. God has collected my many, many tears since 2014 and heard my cries and my hearts desire all along. He stored my tears and has redeemed what I felt like I had lost. He didn’t have to but I’m so thankful He did.

The MOST important thing I want you to take from this announcement is that God is still God in the dark and in the light. In the valleys and the mountaintops. He’s always been good regardless of how our journey turned out. He is our steadfast JOY!

Trust us—we cannot wait to show these precious boys to you one day soon! 💙💙

We would love for you to continue praying for us on this adoption journey as there is still much that lies ahead. And if you feel lead—donating to our adoption fund as we continue to save and raise funds for bringing our boys home!! 🇧🇮 ❤️ 🇨🇱


All of our LOVE!