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No Hands But Ours…

I’m so thankful and excited to be writing again…and being a new contributor to No Hands But Ours is such a sweet privilege!! Read my most recent post over at No Hands But Ours here: Hope you all are having a sweet week and enjoying this Christmas season!!! Blessings!! Andrea

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His personality {Zeke makes my side hurt!}

Meet my 3 year old. Zeke. My side hurts! If you ever need to laugh your socks off–you need to spend just a few hours alone with Zeke!! He was my side kick in Hobby Lobby tonight and in just 1 hour in that store while Laney was at ballet these things happened… 1. A […]

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happy birthday {5 years of miracle}

And he thanked God for his birthday. And on this day–I always thank God for her…and wish she, too, could hear this sweet prayer “Thank you God for giving me a birth day.” I sat there across from him in Chick-fil-a…his restaurant of choice on his special day. His best friend by his side. (The […]

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The things I missed… {the heart of adoption}

Getting the email from my adoption agency to send them my son’s Certificate of Citizenship meant heading to “the sacred file”. The file, us adoption moms, store in safety boxes, in sacred places–jammed full with millions of papers it took to get our child home–and important papers with shiny stickers saying here is their new…forever. […]

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Stacy - July 11, 2014 - 2:36 am

I fully relate to wishing for those lost moments! Your post made me think of these words I hung on before our adoption was complete… “But I find comfort in the truth that God has known you. He has known when you sit and when you rise. He perceives your thoughts from afar. He discerns your going out and your lying down. He is familiar with all your ways. Before a word is on your tongue He knows it completely. He has hemmed you in – behind and before, and His hand is upon you.” Bless you Andrea!

Kelly - July 11, 2014 - 8:19 am

What a beautiful post! A now absolute favorite of mine. <3

Erin - July 11, 2014 - 8:58 am

A friend just sent me your blog and here I am crying because I literally just wrote about many of these things on my blog. It is so, so different. The love is there but children from hard places require a special type of parenting and love. It has sure stretched me and made me realize that what I did with my first (bio)three can’t be done with my fourth. I, too, grieve all that was missed. It’s hard. Hugs to you momma!

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Billie Hobbs - July 12, 2014 - 10:03 am

Oh, Andrea, my heart aches for your pain – a mother’s pain that only a mother can feel. Just concentrate on the today and tomorrow. How very blessed those boys are to have been given the pleasure of calling you “Mommy” FOREVER. I know I have said it before, but I have no doubt that you are one of God’s special angels here on earth to love and nurture those who need it so badly. I am thankful to call you friend.

Rebecca - July 29, 2014 - 10:52 pm

As a mom that is entering this adoption journey this spoke volumes to me. I ask myself some of these questions every day. Thank you for being so transparent.