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We’re HOME!

Much too dizzy from no sleep and tired to post anything that will make sense…but just wanted to say–WE ARE HOME! My babies are finally all under ONE roof—and JOY feels my heart. I shall sleep peacefully tonight…until my littlest one wakes me wanting to eat that is. Can’t wait to share our trip to […]

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Nikki - July 3, 2010 - 1:32 am

Been praying… and waiting to hear this! So excited for your family!

Kelly Jo - July 3, 2010 - 1:32 am

So glad you and little man are home safely…can’t wait to hear all about it!!

Shannon - July 3, 2010 - 1:38 am

So happy to hear you’re home and all together under one roof! Praise God!!! He is good….all.the.time! Can’t wait to see more pictures of your sweet baby boy!

Megan - July 3, 2010 - 2:05 am

Great to hear you are home and together at last. Sheesh this has been a long journey! πŸ˜‰ Sleep well friend…and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Becca Harley - July 3, 2010 - 7:20 am

so excited to read this – welcome home!!! Give your buys some snuggles for us – and just enjoy being a family of 6!!!!!

lucinda - July 3, 2010 - 7:51 am

What a precious baby for an amazing family. God is so good. Your faith is truly an inspiration. We are saying prayers for your family during this very exciting and amazing week. I loved seeing Lucy Lane story on your website. I grew up with Will Johnson, Lucy Lane’s father. They are an amazing family! He lived 3 doors down and we went to the same church. My brother’s best friend. I just saw his parents last week. It is such a small world! I love that you are connected with them. Welcome home!!!

Katie Dunlap - July 3, 2010 - 8:34 am

Great news & welcome home!!! I can’t wait to hear more and see lots of pictures!

Kristin - July 3, 2010 - 9:18 am

Many, many congratulations! So glad you all made it safely home! Can’t wait to hear details;)

Katy Southern - July 3, 2010 - 9:39 am

P-T-L! Be still my heart- Your story brings me such joy and I cannot wait to see homecoming pictures!

Karen - July 3, 2010 - 9:42 am

Oh,… so happy for you all. Like everyone else, sure can’t wait to hear the details and see the pictures!

Heather - July 3, 2010 - 9:56 am

Yay! So glad that you are all under one roof. Praying for you all as your cocooning begins! May God bless you & this be such a sweet sweet time!

Melanie Strobel - July 3, 2010 - 10:53 am

It’s an answer t many prayers that you are united all of you as one!

Dawn - July 3, 2010 - 10:54 am

WHAT A MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never stop enjoying a family that is finally together. Seeing God knit us all together into one family. Knowing that our plans seems so feeble in comparison with HIS! All those days of painful waiting…..over. PRAISING GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the journey continue. Can’t wait to hear more…when you are up to it πŸ™‚

Vanessa - July 3, 2010 - 11:46 am

Thanking God for His mercy and compassion!!! Hugs to you!!!

Rory - July 3, 2010 - 11:50 am

Yeah! Prayed for a great flight. Hope your homecoming was precious, and oh to have all your babies under one roof! Can’t wait for the pictures and stories to come. God bless and get some sleep if you can!:)

Tiffany - July 3, 2010 - 12:19 pm

So glad that you guys are all home safely. I’ll pray for stamina and patience this week as you being the process of finding your family’s new “normal.” Congratulations to everyone!

Rebekah - July 3, 2010 - 1:41 pm

Wow! I am praising God for His incredible goodness to your family! Thank you for being so open to share your beautiful story!

Alison - July 3, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Yay!!! So glad to hear that ya’ll are home safe and sound!! Praise God! Can’t wait to see pics!!

Polly - July 3, 2010 - 2:34 pm

I am SO thrilled for your family! Praise God! We have an Isaac too, love that sweet name and can’t wait to see pictures!

We have a…

happy baby! We have turned a corner…and today has been an amazing day for Isaac Temesgen! He did great at the embassy appointment, and I cried when I was asked to raise my right hand and answer all the questions. Like a crazy momma when the official asked if we would meet his birth mom, […]

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Christina - June 28, 2010 - 10:16 am

Oh My Word how am I in tears for a family and child I’ve never met……….because I have this same heart! I’m excited for your precious family. I’m excited for my precious family to meet our daughter although we have a wait ahead of us! It’s beautiful. It’s a picture of Christ’s love for us. It’s worship. That’s how I connect…..we serve the same God…..we worship along side on another as sisters in Christ through hearts for adoption! God Bless You and God Bless Isaac in the many days ahead! Praise God for the prayers being answered for a happy baby bonding better with mommy! Again……Congratulations!!!!

marci - June 28, 2010 - 10:24 am

Isaac is BEAUTIFUL and PRECIOUS and he is answered prayer !

Jessica - June 28, 2010 - 10:28 am

Ok you’ve got me tearing up! He is gorgeous and perfect!

Lauren - June 28, 2010 - 10:30 am

I just can’t get over how beautiful he is!!!!!!! Praise God for answered prayers and a happy little boy!!! May that just INCREASE all week long!!

Gini - June 28, 2010 - 10:32 am

Oh–Love it!! Sooo cool to see that cute little outfit that you made last week ON your precious little guy. πŸ™‚ Love watching these moments that in the waiting process we dream for, actually happening. πŸ™‚

Tiffany - June 28, 2010 - 10:39 am

So, so very sweet. He is absolutely scrumptious. So nice to see a sweet smile on that precious little Ethiopian face. Rejoicing for your family!

Kim - June 28, 2010 - 10:42 am

OH MY STARS!!! I am so stinkin excited for you. Doesn’t the name Isaac mean “laughter”? Looking at the precious smile … he is indeed the picture of joy!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Rachel Bell - June 28, 2010 - 10:48 am

He is so precious!! What a beautiful smile he has! So happy for you and your family!

julie@Flitterbugs - June 28, 2010 - 10:55 am

SOOOOo HAPPY for you!!!!! He is beautiful!

darcee - June 28, 2010 - 10:55 am

OMIGOOOOODNESS!!!! He’s a SWEEEETIE! Congratulations! LOVE his little Smile!

Praise God for him!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - June 28, 2010 - 10:57 am

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! An answer to prayers that he is feeling better.

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 11:05 am

yay! and he’s wearing his little onesie you made! so precious!

emily v - June 28, 2010 - 11:21 am

I’m in love with that smile!!! Can we go ahead and arrange a marriage for he and Evyn??
Hugs from Georgia!!

Karen Halbert - June 28, 2010 - 11:27 am

Congratulations, Andrea. He is beautiful! Your gotcha pictures are gorgeous and the emotion we witness each time one of these babies is placed in their new momma’s arms NEVER gets old. It is a miracle and a moment that truly stops time!

So glad Isaac has come to realize so quickly that you are there to care, love and protect him. Surely he senses that…enjoy this time with him! I can’t WAIT to see what Friday brings!!

Amber - June 28, 2010 - 11:34 am

What a cutie!!! Love Isaac in his shirt made proudly by his Mama! =)

Jenn - June 28, 2010 - 11:58 am

I could just smother him in kisses straight through the computer screen. What a gorgeous boy!! So happy that he is feeling better and giving you those sweet smiles…LOVE HIM!!!


Elle J - June 28, 2010 - 11:59 am

I don’t think he could be any more adorable and cute! He is smiling … how beautiful. ENJOY!!

Rebekah - June 28, 2010 - 12:05 pm

He is precious and so handsome! What a true treasure from God!

emily - June 28, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Great news! Beautiful picture. I too got a bit teary at our window. πŸ™‚

Chrystal - June 28, 2010 - 12:44 pm

.. that smile, those eyes. He is just scrumptious, Andrea. I couldn’t wait to check on you guys today, to see if there had been any change- and I’m SO happy to hear there has been. πŸ™‚ God is at work, like He always is.

Katie Dunlap - June 28, 2010 - 1:01 pm

I can’t take it anymore! My heart is about to burst with joy and excitement for you! He is absolutely breathtaking. I’m so thankful that God answered our prayers and that you’ve had a good day. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with all of us. I can’t wait to do the same!

Lacy - June 28, 2010 - 1:13 pm

I know you already know this by now but he is precious!! Adorable!!! I wish I could snuggle him up! So happy for your family and for this sweet baby boy! He has no idea what he has been blessed with and I know your family feels even more blessed! Praying for safe travels!

natali - June 28, 2010 - 1:23 pm

i could eat both isaac and the story that is unfolding for you guys right up! πŸ˜€ beautiful little guy & unfolding story.

Theresa - June 28, 2010 - 2:06 pm

He is beautiful! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

Shannon - June 28, 2010 - 2:10 pm

What a cutie pie! And the outfits are perfect!!

Rebecca Harley - June 28, 2010 - 2:29 pm

oh – we have been praying for that picture!!!! Praise the Lord!!! So excited for you guys – we will continue to pray you home!!

kristi johnson - June 28, 2010 - 2:35 pm

oh, he’s so cute..this made me cry too..I remember standing before the glass window at the Embassy appt….I love that smile, kj

melissa - June 28, 2010 - 2:42 pm

And the tears keep flowing! Oh my he is beautiful and so well loved! God is using you miss Andrea!

Lara - June 28, 2010 - 3:33 pm

What a sweetie!

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Sooo happy for you! He’s a doll!

Sarah - June 28, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Yeah! We got our first smile on embassy day and even more the next!!! Love the picture! Praising the Lord with you for your precious son! πŸ™‚

Christi - June 28, 2010 - 4:13 pm

look at those eyes.. and that smile! wowzers he’s precious! So excited for you and your family!

Trudy - June 28, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Celine Dion’s song “beautiful boy” keeps playing in my head when i see the pictures. He knows his Momma’s love is mighty.

Liv - June 28, 2010 - 4:38 pm

Praise the Lord!! I’m so happy that things are starting to turn around. And he is absolutely gorgeous!!

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 4:52 pm

What a happy, happy boy! So glad things are going well, and I am just shocked that you have been blessed with so many opportunities for internet connection! Many of my friends have had spotty connection when they were in ET. I LOVE that you’ve been able to keep us all updated!

Tisha Alexander - June 28, 2010 - 5:15 pm

What a beautiful baby boy! Congrats to you and I am so thankful he is having a better day. I will be praying that he starts feeling better soon.

Dawn - June 28, 2010 - 5:36 pm

LOVE this picture!!!! Just so handsome!!! LOVE IT!

Alison - June 28, 2010 - 5:40 pm

He is precious!!! I love that cute SMILE!!!

Megan - June 28, 2010 - 6:55 pm

I’m getting choked up too! He’s so beautiful!

Sallee Couch - June 28, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Glory be to God!! He’s beautiful!

Julie Bennett - June 28, 2010 - 10:35 pm

So wonderful to see his smile! How great to actually see him wearing the t-shirt you made him. Andrea, thank you for sharing your heart on your previous post. May God continue to use you!

Elizabeth Smtih - June 28, 2010 - 10:49 pm

How fabulous to finally see his face. We have been out of internet touch for a week and as soon as we landed back in America… I checked on you! Hugs and love!!!!

tara - June 28, 2010 - 11:16 pm

I have been following your journey for a while and I just wanted to say Congratulations to your family. Baby Issac is absolutely
Beautiful!! God Bless You all as you travel home. Tara

karen - June 29, 2010 - 9:41 am

Yeah! He is a little piece of Heaven! What an inheritance from the Lord. And what a labor of love for all involved. I pray for healing for him and his heart and for the heart of that special mother that gave to him until you could. They are truly a blessing. Many happy hours of getting-to-know-you with Isaac! the Smiths-waiting for our ethiopian in TN

Rachel Tate - June 29, 2010 - 11:11 am

Praise the Lord who is always faithful to bring about all of His promises! Isaac, you are a precious baby boy; my heart is full with rejoicing and thanksgiving for you and your family.

Amy S - June 30, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Isaac is absolutely gorgeous!!! What a special gift he has in you and Richard and your kiddos! I know that his life will be so blessed to be in your family, as well as he will bless you guys! Congratulations!! So happy for you!

Nikki - July 1, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Just catching up on your week, although we’ve been praying for you. I am in tears (of joy!) for you all right now. May God bless your travels home and your new life as a family of six!

The moment I met my son…

We have lots of pictures from previous travelers of smilers, but I haven’t gotten one quite yet. He is sleeping well, and I’m off to join him. But wanted the family to see pictures of big brother and Richard—your new son before I did:). I will be soaking up this time to connect and bond […]

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Monica - June 27, 2010 - 4:42 pm

My heart is happy seeing you with your son! I seriously started jumping with excitement when I saw this post.

So very thrilled – now I can’t wait to see images of the ENTIRE family together!

Safe travels as you bring that BEAUTIFUL boy home !

Xoxo. Monica

Jenn - June 27, 2010 - 4:46 pm

I came back to re-read and soak in Isaac’s adorableness and already have found another post…WHAT FUN! He is so beautiful Andrea (so are you) and I am so longing to get to this place! So happy for you!


mitzi - June 27, 2010 - 5:11 pm

OH.MY.WORD…. AMazing….YOu all are beautiful!

THAT was E’s special mother in the picture too!!! SHE IS AMAZING and a wonderful woman who loved him like her own!!!!

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Elizabeth Olson - June 27, 2010 - 5:28 pm

I am crying and Kylie is blowing kisses at the computer screen!! Words cannot express how happy we are for you!!! Praying for your safe homecoming!

Shannon - June 27, 2010 - 5:40 pm

One more… From the pictures alone- it doesn’t look like poor nutrition has been an issue for him for some time. You’d notice in his hair and there doesn’t seem to be even a lingering of color loss. My son’s is still lighter in color even though he was in care for 7 months and home almost 6. It’s growing in darker but I’m still triming off the lighter bits as he’s getting healthier and he’s got enough vit, mins etc to supply all areas including hair. Long way of saying— HE LOOKS GREAT!

Gini - June 27, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Oh, wow–so, so cool! Tears of happiness for you! Have a great night–Gini πŸ™‚

natali - June 27, 2010 - 5:47 pm

little Isaac is so gorgeous!! i’m so happy for you guys! i know you’ll give him plenty of hugs and kisses. :))

Tricia - June 27, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Oh Andrea – I’m just so happy for you! I’m in tears looking at this meeting I’ve prayed about you for so long. I am praying for peace and good health for Isaac and for very special bonding. Enjoy every moment of this sweet time together!

Christina - June 27, 2010 - 5:54 pm

I’m so excited for you and your family!!!! God has blessed you and your new baby boy so much! I have followed your journey on your blog for some time now and was SO ridiculously excited to read your earlier post about finally meeting him! We are on the adoption journey from Ethiopia as well and as my heart longs to meet my sweet baby girl…….I enjoy watching the journey of others. Thank you for sharing. May God give you each good rest and great bonding time with your new sweet baby boy!

Tiffany - June 27, 2010 - 5:57 pm

Andrea – I know we’ve never even met and I have just recently met your sister…but in following your story on this blog…I feel so blessed to able to see this unfold from afar. Adoptions stories are precious and adoption is such a gift…for everyone involved. I will be praying for your strength, wisdom and stamina in the next few weeks and also for health, healing and peace for Isaac. He is so handsome and he really looks great! Praise God!

maegan - June 27, 2010 - 6:00 pm

“living by faith” directed me to your blog . . . looking around and reading your recent posts, seeing you meeting your baby boy for the first time, i have tears in my eyes. he is beautiful!!!! i don’t know you, but i am so moved by you, my heart is full today and i am so happy for you and Isaac. what a special baby boy. God bless you.

julie@Flitterbugs - June 27, 2010 - 6:01 pm

HE IS PRECIOUS!!!!! I did not expect to see such cute, chubby little legs:) SOOO happy for you…and looking forward to meeting you both on Friday!

Jenny - June 27, 2010 - 6:02 pm

oh, i’m crying! andrea, i’m just so very happy for you all!

Elle J - June 27, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Praise God, Andrea! What a beautiful son you have in Isaac and your sweet beauty radiates these pictures of your first meeting. Chills and tears and praises to God. =)

Becca Harley - June 27, 2010 - 6:21 pm

my heart is over flowing with joy for you and your family – and the tears are flowing too! praying for you all – for healing, and bonding, and peace, and JOY!!!!

Jan Logue - June 27, 2010 - 6:26 pm

Andrea, He is beautiful!!! So happy for you and your family. I know it has been a long journey for you guys but soooo worth it.I will be praying for quick adjustments and safe travels to bring your new son home to meet your precious family!

Melanie Strobel - June 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Wow Andrea! The tears are a flowing. You will be sleeping well tonight with him right beside you!

Amber - June 27, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Just. So. Happy. Enjoy soaking up your special time. Can’t wait to see pictures of the whole family reunion!

marci - June 27, 2010 - 7:14 pm

How powerful and beautiful love is….God and all the angels and saints are filled with JOY!

Dawn - June 27, 2010 - 7:55 pm

What a dream…..he is so squeezable!!! Praying for you all right now!!!! For safety as you all travel home…and reunite πŸ™‚

Nicole huson - June 27, 2010 - 7:56 pm

Oh, Andrea. You got me! I am balling like a baby looking at your last post. The two of you in the last picture was enough to put the ugly cry on. Wow!! Amazing!! You look so in love!!


Heather - June 27, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Andrea! He is beautiful! I knew that from the little cupcake, but he’s even more beautiful now! He looks like he’s gained weight, which is wonderful! I will be praying for a smooth transition & that the Lord would give little Isaac a peace that only He can give. Congratulations!

JonesEthiopia - June 27, 2010 - 8:31 pm

Don’t worry. He WILL smile. I thought E NEVER would. But 6 months later (to the day) from meeting her, she never stops smiling. This is the hard part. I promise it will get easier and 6 months from today, you will be amazed that it is the same child!!

ari - June 27, 2010 - 8:39 pm

I don’t know you…I followed a link from Katie Dunlap’s blog. But this post brought tears to my eyes. How beautiful and special!

Megan - June 27, 2010 - 8:43 pm

Yay! Yay! YAY!!! What an AMAZING moment and amazing pictures to cherish forever. So thrilled to see him finally in your arms. Seeing your ENTIRE family together at last is going to be one incredible moment! So happy for you Andrea!

melissa - June 27, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Tears, tears and more tears!!! I know you are so in love and so over joyed to be with him. He is so so so beautiful!!!

Liv - June 27, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Beautiful photos!!

Kim - June 27, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Looking at this images is like a dream come true!
How great is our God?!
Praising Him from Hong Kong,

Leigh - June 27, 2010 - 9:27 pm

He is just precious! Praying for your attachment while in ET and praying sweet Isaac starts feeling better soon! (and that he gives you a smile!)

april - June 27, 2010 - 9:36 pm

oh how beautiful! He is so adorable and precious! I am SO happy for you! I totally understand how it is to hold your son for the first time because I just went through it this week! congrats my friend! :0)

Kristin Baugh - June 27, 2010 - 9:42 pm


He is adorable!!!! So precious. I got chills seeing the pictures or your meeting! I hope I can meet him soon and have him play with Sadie.

Jen - June 27, 2010 - 9:44 pm

Awesome!! So excited for you all! Praying for health, joy, and supernatural bonding time.

Amy @ Filled With Praise - June 27, 2010 - 10:11 pm

BEAUTIFUL! I am SO happy for you my friend. Praying for you and Isaac.
Much love,

Alison - June 27, 2010 - 10:15 pm

Oh my goodness….he is so beautiful!!! I absolutely LOVE these pictures!! What a precious moment it captured! Isaac is just adorable! Praise God that you have your precious son in your arms! It must be an amazing feeling! Praying he feels better soon!!

Sallee Couch - June 27, 2010 - 10:16 pm

precious moments!

Pam Rutland - June 27, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us through these amazing pictures. Your daddy talked about Mr. Isaac at Aunt Thelma’s birthday party today with the biggest grin on his face. He was desperately trying to get his computer to work in Clanton (didn’t happen) to see if you had updated anymore. I love you so much and will continue to pray for you all the rest of the week and hope to see you Friday evening!!!!!
Please give that sweet boy a hug and kiss from our family!!!!
Love you!

Cheryl - June 27, 2010 - 11:33 pm

Andrea I am so happy for you. And our pastor preached from Galatians 4 tonight and talked about the name Isaac meaning miracle. I believe you have a miracle in your arms. You are one special lady. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin - June 27, 2010 - 11:40 pm

Just amazing! And you are a beautiful, glowing, proud momma to Isaac!

Shannon - June 27, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Beautiful! Everytime I look at the pictures tears just fill my eyes. You have been so faithful in this journey Andrea and oh what a precious gift you have been given. My nine year old daughter prayed especially for you and Isaac tonight during our family prayer time. We are all praying for your bonding, his health, safe travels and that the time together as a family will be here quickly! Much Love

Angela - June 27, 2010 - 11:49 pm

So so precious! So glad to see you and your baby Isaac together!

kristi johnson - June 28, 2010 - 12:06 am

yayyyyyyy, he’s gorgeous!!! Oh, i’m so happy for you all…what a beautiful little guy!! Congrats and can’t wait to see him in person πŸ™‚ kj

Trudy - June 28, 2010 - 1:42 am

How long you have waited to be united with your love. You were created for this so long before you ever consciously knew you would adopt the plan for you and Isaac was there. How beautiful to see God’s plan unfold.

missy - June 28, 2010 - 1:54 am

what an exhilarating moment!!! he is beautiful! i am rejoicing with you!

Brandi - June 28, 2010 - 8:01 am

What sweet moments! Reminds me of when I met our girls for the first time! Cherish this wonderful time with him…you will never forget it. Bless his heart! Joey and I have had several kids in our home that were not bonded to us. With lots of hugs and kisses, it will happen soon! It takes a little while, but soon you will see a smile and feel that he has been with you forever. Best of luck over the next few days! Soak up every happy moment! Brandi πŸ™‚

Amy - June 28, 2010 - 8:31 am

He is beautiful! So happy for you all!

GAP - June 28, 2010 - 8:34 am

What a classic, “I loved you before I met you” moment! You know, I think he has your eyes.

Britney - June 28, 2010 - 9:06 am

He is so beautiful!! We will continue to pray for bonding. I’m sure it won’t take long for the love and happiness to show on baby Isaac’s face too. It is so amazing to see God’s love in action!

Catherine Besk - June 28, 2010 - 9:16 am

Oh goodness. Can’t believe you are holding your baby. You made it, or rather, God carried you all there. We are overjoyed for you, your family, and your beautiful Isaac. When he does start smiling for you, he’s going to have a hard time stopping.

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 10:22 am

Ok seriously! These pics are amazing and so full of emotion! I cannot believe you HAVE him in you arms FOREVER!!! And it’s too bad he’s not cute at all πŸ™‚ Are ya kidding me, he’s bea.u.ti.ful!!! I am so thrilled for you and your family, Andrea. Love you dear friend and blessings to our gracious GOD!

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 10:26 am

Ok Seriously! These pics are amazing and so full of emotion and love for your new son! I cannot believe you HAVE him in arms FOREVER!!! And it’s just too bad he’s not cute at all πŸ™‚ Are ya kidding me?! He’s bea.u.ti.ful! Love you dear friend and praising our gracious GOD for this precious gift!!!

April Diaz - June 28, 2010 - 12:45 pm

TEARS! Our family is waiting (8 months and counting) for our referral for 2 little ones from Ethiopia. I’ve stayed connected to your journey and it’s so amazing to see Isaac in your arms. Beautiful moment. Thanks for sharing.

amy beyer - June 29, 2010 - 11:52 pm

Tears… Precious…Beautiful Andrea. Sweet sweet hugs from our family to yours. xoxo

Finally in my arms…

This will be short and sweet because he’s sleeping–and my sister, April, will probably be updating you all and documenting this week for our baby book sake from here on out. The day was good—but hard. Isaac is sick–a bad cold we think. He is just having trouble breathing and it makes sleeping and eating […]

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Elle J - June 27, 2010 - 12:59 pm

ANDREA!!! He is beautiful!! Melts my heart, and giving praise and glory to God!

Heather Wamble - June 27, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Oh, Andrea! He’s just beautiful! I’ll be praying for a smooth transition for Isaac, for healing for his sickness, and for him to feel peace and how much he’s loved by his new mommy. And prayers for the other kiddos & you & Richard, too. Hugs to you sweet friend, and take care!

JonesEthiopia - June 27, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Oh, Andrea, what beautiful pictures. I will pray that Isaac gets stronger, healthier, and more peaceful. My E was the same way when we were in Ethiopia. I know how hard it can be. With that said, I am so happy to see him finally in your arms.

Kim D. - June 27, 2010 - 1:11 pm

OH MY WORD!! My heart just stopped!! What a precious moment! We will be praying for you and Isaac… Jesus, please wipe away those tears and heal Isaac’s little body! Can’t wait to see Isaac in person!!

Karen - June 27, 2010 - 1:16 pm

He is beautiful. I am sure this is going to be a tough road for Isaac, but you are one of the most loving moms and he is in he best of hands. Thinking of you.

April - June 27, 2010 - 1:22 pm

YEA! I came from church and had to check and see if there was an update! He is such a cutie. I am hoping he feels better soon. Jacob and I talked on the way to church that you may be holding him for the 1st time right then! praying for you & sweet little man!

Jenny - June 27, 2010 - 1:24 pm

andrea he’s PRECIOUS! this is the sweetest thing!!!! he looks like he’s got some CUTE chunky cheeks!!! chunky is what we want for sure πŸ™‚ i hope he feels better sooooon! praying for you and Isaac!

Emily - June 27, 2010 - 1:36 pm

Oh, he’s PERFECT! Praying for you all now.

kristi johnson - June 27, 2010 - 1:40 pm

oh, hurt me…I could just eat him up…He’s way “thicker” than I imagined…he looks VERY healthy..could you start him on a antibiotic incase he has an ear infection or such since he’s having trouble breathing and might clear the thick junk…LL had that too when we picked her up…very snotty!! Oh, he’s too cute…can’t wait for more, kj

Jenn - June 27, 2010 - 1:42 pm

That’s a beautiful picture friend πŸ™‚ Praying that his congestion clears quickly and he trusts you completely. You just worry about soaking him up and we will cover you in prayer!


Kristin - June 27, 2010 - 1:44 pm

OH Andrea. He’s beautiful and looks SO peaceful and content lying on you: perfectly depicts the “BABE of your heart!” Congratulations friend!

Amber - June 27, 2010 - 1:45 pm

What a sweetie! Definitely “chunkier” than I expected, but even more beautiful! Praying for Isaac’s adjustment and that he feels well soon. Looking forward to the next update!

Ashley Fairley - June 27, 2010 - 1:53 pm

He is a little angel… I am relieved to see him with you. We’ve had a crazy weekend… my oldest son had to have an emergency appendectomy Friday night, so my attention has been completely on him. My packing and preparing for the trip has been put on hold for a few more hours and I just sat down to check in on you. Can’t wait to see more pictures of that sweet boy and I will definitely be lifting you all up in my prayers. So happy for you.

Tiffany - June 27, 2010 - 1:58 pm

I’ve been checking your blog like a stalker today. πŸ™‚ I was thrilled to see pictures!!! He is so precious. Those poor babies all seem to have nasty colds – Caleb had one too. I just double-checked your blog because I couldn’t remember how old he was…8 months! I didn’t realize he was just a bit younger than Caleb (who just turned one). Maybe they can be buddies…how precious! πŸ™‚ Congratulations and I will spend some time praying for sweet Isaac today. It is amazing how palpable the fear and sadness is…even for these tiny little ones.

Dawn - June 27, 2010 - 2:01 pm

WOW- WHAT A MOMENT!!! I just can’t say how exciting it is to finally see him in your arms! Praying for healing physically & spiritually. So tough sometimes in the beginning, but we serve a GOD who is REALLY BIG & LOVES TO HEAL!!! Praying!!!!

Amy - June 27, 2010 - 2:04 pm

praying for your sweet baby and for your family.

Vanessa - June 27, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Love to you!!! He is beautiful! Singing praises to our LORD and Savior that little Isaac is finally in your arms! I’ll be praying for his health.

emily v - June 27, 2010 - 2:43 pm

He’s beautiful. So grateful he is in his mama’s arms!! I remember crying as much as Evyn did the first days she was with us (oh how she screamed!). It took her awhile to warm up and trust us. God is the Great Physician and healer…praying Isaac is physically and emotionally healed quickly. Praying for wisdom for you as you navigate these moments and first days of learning your new son. Much love…


Chrystal - June 27, 2010 - 2:57 pm

Oh Andrea, he is absoutely precious as they get. Prayers are coming your way.. for BOTH of you. For ALL of you. It seems like the first few days are always the hardest.. on everyone.. and then that magical thing happens called.. TRUST. ((hugs)).. Hang in there and I am praying for lots & lots of strength during this beautiful transition period. SO SO happy for you & your family.

Sara - June 27, 2010 - 3:04 pm

He is soooooooo adorable! I can’t wait to see more pictures. So heartbreaking that he is having a hard adjustment. I will be praying.

Lauren - June 27, 2010 - 3:06 pm

wow…. he is so gorgeous!!! He has plumped up so much! This is such a peaceful moment and perfect picture!!! I am PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING for his health and his little heart… poor guy has been through so much… breaks my heart just thinking about it. He’s so blessed to have you as his mamma now!!

Jenny - June 27, 2010 - 4:03 pm

I’m So excited for you guys!!! Prayers being lifted up from Arkansas:)

Sarah - June 27, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Andrea!!! It is so wonderful to see him in your arms! Bete had a really hard time too because she was so bonded with her special mothers – praying for Isaac’s little heart as he adjusts to all this change, fights sickness and gets to know his mama. Praying for you as you take care of him! Can’t stop looking at the pictures of your precious little man in your arms….ahh…love it!!!! πŸ™‚


melissa - June 27, 2010 - 4:22 pm

OH Goodness! He is so much bigger than I thought he was going to be, at least from the pictures!! Just precious!! I will pray that he will start bonding with you really soon! Praise Jesus…Your son is in your arms!!! Truly amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Megan - June 27, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Oh Andrea!!! He is SO beautiful…and he has chubbed up A LOT since that sweet referral picture! I’ve been thinking about you ALL morning and in church I couldn’t even contain my tears thinking of how momentous this day was for you. PRAYING for his healing, his health, his adjustment and your bonding. DROOLING over his sweet picture and looking forward to more!

Liv - June 27, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I am so thrilled for you. Will be praying for your little guy’s congestion and that the Lord would calm his little heart and help him to feel comfortable with you.

Kim - June 27, 2010 - 9:20 pm

It is truly priceless to see him in your arms at last.
You know you can count on my prayers for wellness and bonding!
Praising Him from Hong Kong!

Sherry - June 27, 2010 - 9:57 pm

He is perfect and beautiful!!!!! I am so happy for you. God will comfort him, and he will bond to you as much as you have to him. We have thought about you all day and checked all day for pictures. I hope and pray that he is well soon.

Oh be still…

my beating heart. Just read the chapter the Lord has often put on my heart…Psalm 68. Off to meet you Isaac…for the first first time! THIS…is just the beginning!

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Karen - June 27, 2010 - 9:01 am

No words can do this moment justice, but did want you to know I am following your incredible journey with awe and excitement! xoxoxo

Rebecca Harley - June 27, 2010 - 9:43 am

oh, I keep checking for another update:) pictures please:)

Sonya - June 27, 2010 - 9:47 am

I keep checking to see pictures and read that he is in your arms!

Kim - June 27, 2010 - 10:03 am

I wonder if you know the anticipation that is building with Isaac’s fan club. Like proud Aunties, we are waiting in expectant joy to see him in your arms!
Praising Him from Hong Kong,

Gini - June 27, 2010 - 10:42 am

Ohhhh….Sooooo excited for you!!!!!
~Gini πŸ™‚

CARRIE - June 27, 2010 - 11:15 am

Praying for you on this glorious day! I follow your blog but haven’t commented….woke up this morning with your family of SIX on my heart. To God be the glory through beautiful Isaac.

Melanie Strobel - June 27, 2010 - 11:59 am

Praying for you, for Isaac, for the Special Mothers, for Isaac’s birthmother and for the this day to be one of the very best of your whole life! These are the moments that make life so magical! Love you girl!

Laura - June 27, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Thought about you this morning in church as we sang The Power of Your Name (Brewster/Fieldes) So, So happy for you. Can’t wait to see precious pictures. Praying for you all!