The Young Family Farm »

Masthead header

Category Archives: Adoption Milestone

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZEKE!!! {we can book flights!}

Look what message I just got from our agency!!!… “Congratulations! The American Consulate has confirmed your appointment for June 10, 2013 @ 8:30 am! Now you may go ahead and book your international flights. Your departure date should be May 30th arriving in Beijing on May 31 no later than 8/9pm. Gotcha day will be […]

View full post »

Kim - May 10, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Tears of joy for you and your family!!! Praise the Lord…. He is always right on time 🙂 Go God!

LaKasha - May 11, 2013 - 12:55 am

I sent you cupcake pic tonight, hope they weren’t to late to count today!! We with right after work and got the tree most yummiest and largest we could find for Zeke’s birthday!
We also bought our tickets today and ill always remember it being on his second birthday! good night

we’ve been cabled!

yay!! ONE step closer to our Zeke!!! We were cabled to yesterday and received our NVC (National Visa Center) letter! Noooow we wait for our Article 5 drop off. Our agency is overnighting all of our documents to Guangzhou to the U.S. Consulate–but it will not arrive in China until Monday morning. SO–we SHOULD have […]

View full post »

Karen Twombly - April 4, 2013 - 6:22 am

I’m so very happy for you and your family! And I am thrilled to get to see the excitement through your blog!
In Christ, Karen

Julie - April 4, 2013 - 5:55 pm

To give you hope, we traveled just 8 or 10 days after we got our TA. I am praying with you for a May 10th Gotcha Day!!

Julie Agee - April 4, 2013 - 7:07 pm

We missed Hannah’s birthday by 10 days. At the time I was heart broken. I still don’t know why God allowed us to miss the actual day, but on the day we met our 8 year old Hannah–those missed days just melted away. We have since learned that Hannah never celebrated with cake for her birthday. This year she got 2!! A little redeeming. LOL!

I know from reading your blog that you have faith in God and will have peace as His will takes place. But I will join you in prayer that you get to arrive in country to celebrate his birthday.

Bless you on the next few weeks as the roller coater ride to travel continues!

Stephanie - April 4, 2013 - 7:11 pm

My sister just got her TA 4 DAYS after Article 5…just to give you hope that the impossible can happen! 🙂

Catherine Besk - April 6, 2013 - 9:20 am

I love this! Praise God for another step. This is how I love to hope and believe too. I accept that our referral could very well be in September, but I hope, pray and believe that it could also be next week! 😉 LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE!!!!

happy easter!

He is alive! And He still performs miracles! Of course. As hoped for. As prayed for… We got our letter TODAY. He never ceases to amaze me! Y’all–it’s so obvious. It’s so amazing. I couldn’t write this stuff myself! He lives!!! And on the most perfect day…we got the letter in hand that makes Zeke […]

View full post »

Ms faulkner - March 31, 2013 - 12:16 am

How is it that you stsy so in tune with God tgat things always work for you’re good? Seems no matter what i do, no ever is in my favor. I struggle to give Him glory and praise. Its hard in those kinds of circumstances. Ive read your blog for quite a while now, and it never ceases to amaze me how you give Him all the glory. You are so inspiring. Im still trying to figure out what im missing.

My Tuesday Baby {God is in the Details}

To say God has been in the details for our most recent adoption–well, although true–that is quite the understatement. Every corner turned…every milestone reached…every prayer asked–He has been there… …in the most perfect timing. We saw Ezekiel’s (Zeke’s) picture just when we were ready to “try” to grow again. It had been four weeks since […]

View full post »

Casey Chappell - March 28, 2013 - 7:24 pm

loved every. single. word. of this post. 🙂 I also love how you’ve brought us on all the highs and lows and ins and out of this journey for quite some time. I long to be consistent and disciplined and vulnerable enough to also do that better. Thanks for being an example for me. Love you friend!!!

Allie - March 28, 2013 - 7:30 pm

God ROCKS! Adoption is always, ALWAYS beautiful and scary and convoluted and filled with moments of God showing Himself to be the author of these stories! Hallelujah!

Melissa - March 28, 2013 - 7:38 pm

My heart just needed to read this. I just needed this reminder of God’s love in the details right now in this terribly busy and stressful season of life. Thank you!

Gini - March 28, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Wow…! What a beautiful story He writes. So excited for your family!

Jennifer Pighini - March 28, 2013 - 8:44 pm

All I can say is WOW. God is so incredibly amazing. I just love how He is there in all of those little tiny details. So very happy for you and your family!

Denise Reynolds - March 28, 2013 - 11:03 pm

Thanks for posting this. I needed the encouragement. When Russia closed the door to adoption in late December, we were banned from completing our adoption of a sibling group of four. We’ve met the three brothers and their little sister, held them, laughed with them, played with them. We long to bring them home. We were so close…just waiting on a court-date call. Thanks for reminding me that God is still active in our story, even if I can’t see it. God is good. God is faithful. He can transform ashes…

Karen Twombly - March 29, 2013 - 7:45 am

Your story has me wiping tears this morning and thinking of my own journeys…
I asked my USCIS officer if she ever spoke to an adoptive parent who WASN’T in a hurry; she said “no” and chuckled. She asked me for a picture of our family once our adoption was complete. She and her daughter keep a scrapbook of the families she has helped to bring together. Isn’t that so sweet and good to know that there are those who understand the gravity of what they are doing in their work. 🙂

Larisa - March 29, 2013 - 11:14 pm

I love it when He allows us to see the beautiful bits that make up our stories! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing God moments….it is a completely AWESOME thing to watch Him meet us where we are and pour our His love on us in such personal ways.

Mimi - March 30, 2013 - 10:14 pm

Once again your post hits home. As I sit here reading tonight I read over your post and my mind flashes back to when our son Mason died and then we buried him….I remember the agonizing tears and screams often not realizing they were coming from my mouth….and too sitting in church with tears streaming down my face unable to lift my hands or open my mouth to praise. But it was in that season that God revealed himself in a huge way that only God can and changed my life. Praying for you and your family as you wait for travel approval. Blessings this Easter! Mimi

lakasha - April 4, 2013 - 5:14 pm

OH YES! He is a God of details!!! We got our letter Monday, April 1st and now you had encouraged me to call and check on our cable date??? and she what “day baby” we will have! LOL “JoY”

lakasha - April 4, 2013 - 5:38 pm

our girl is a “Thursday” babe!!! My prayer for her is that God calls her to be a missionary so well see!

“Congratulations! You are a mommy again!”

Those are the words that I heard this morning on the other end of my phone when our agency called us! We are so excited to share that in just 49 days we received our LOA approval! This means–our sweet boy is officially our sweet boy…a YOUNG…and I am officially a mommy again! China recognizes […]

View full post »

Jessica - March 11, 2013 - 6:07 pm

I’ve been waiting for this post because I knew it would come. We prayed big for a court date before the rainy season last summer for our son waiting in Ethiopia when it looked impossible. To God’s great glory, we passed court just 2 days before closures and our sweet boy, our seventh, came home just before Thanksgiving- we had prayed he’d be home before Christmas-God did one holiday better! His ways are always higher.I was so blessed by c4c this weekend and encouraged to love big and pray big. God is awesome! So happy for you.

Meggan - March 11, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Gods way is so much better than ours…through the pain His glory will be shown!!

Erika - March 11, 2013 - 7:10 pm

OH my goodness – he is adorable!!!! I am SOOOOOOOO happy for you guys! Congratulations, mama!!!


kam - March 11, 2013 - 7:13 pm

I know I just met you this weekend…but I’m just plumb dumb excited for you. The Lord is so faithful. We experienced loss on our journey as well…not in the same way, but devastating too. Our son, Seth, died in China before he could come home. He DID make it HOME though! Home to heaven and Jesus’ presence. We stepped out in faith to bring a very sick little boy into our family and the Lord answered our prayers perfectly…by healing his heart in death rather than in life. I don’t know that I’ll ever fully get over it. But through grief and pain, our Gabe came to us last September. Both of our sons are exactly where they are supposed to be…Seth with the Lord and Gabe with us. He is so faithful.

I’m amazed at how small the world is…Lisa Dykstra is a good friend of ours from church. {My hubby is a staff pastor} We’ve prayed and begged and wept with them this year as they struggled to bring Daniel {Lesha} home! I wondered if you guys knew each other when you mentioned New Horizons and June in your talk {which was incredible btw!}…and when I saw T in the green teeshirt, I knew you must know them! I’m also a friend of Becky Passons…we have several friends in common. God is good.

Anyway, just wanted to pop over and say congrats again. So very happy for your family and for Zeke! Hang on, China mama, it’s about to go sooooo FAST! Much love and many hugs…
For His fame~

Ashley Sanders - March 11, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Oh oh yay yay yay! Jumping with you!

Amber - March 11, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Yippee!!!! So happy for you youngs!!!! Can’t wait to hear all about c4c!

Julie Hand - March 11, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Congratulations! He is a sweetie! Praying with you for May travel.

Kristin - March 11, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Oh yea! We got our LOA today, too! So did a lot of families in our facebook group. Are you a part of that group? It’s called DTC or Travel Spring/Summer 2013. Lots of families there who have adopted from China before so lots of great info! Congratulations to you!

Cara - March 11, 2013 - 9:28 pm

So sweet! I loved seeing this post. 🙂 Congratulations!!!

Jennifer Pighini - March 12, 2013 - 5:35 am

So very happy for you! Praise the Lord! Congratulations.

Megan - March 12, 2013 - 8:07 am

Congratulations, Young family! He is beautiful. God does all things well.

Addie - March 12, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Congratulations – he is gorgeous!

Ashley - March 12, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Praise God! Congratulations! May God use him for his kingdom!!!

hannah - March 12, 2013 - 10:54 pm

oh andrea! my heart is so happy for you, my eyes swelled with tears when i read your joyful news! hallelujah!

Gretchen - March 13, 2013 - 10:55 am

What a cutie! So fun to see your son’s face! Every day is a little bit closer!

Candy - March 14, 2013 - 2:01 pm


This little guy is so very precious. Does he speak or understand any English?

joy - March 21, 2013 - 10:51 am

Oh Andrea! He is beautiful!

LaKasha Strickland - March 24, 2013 - 6:07 pm

I wrote you several months ago after checking in on your family. I watched your gotcha day video when we decided to adopt and then I learned that you were adopting again from China this time. that led me to read your “miscarriage” post and healing began there for me.I shared my heart about the lose of our baby (then two wks ago)in the middle of our adoption process and even though you never may have received that I wanted to try again. you really prepared me for the unexpected triggers that surly DID come. I shared that we sent our adoption off the same day and my hopes that God would cross our paths. I am so excited to tell you that we too received our LOA on March 11th. God is good. Hope to hear from you. Zeke is beautiful!! God bless.

carrie friesenhahn - March 25, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Oh, Andrea! Zeke is precious! Congratulations! I’m catching up & SO thrilled to see your sweet son is officially a YOUNG. Our God will cradle this sweet boy until (and after!) he’s in his Mama’s arms.