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Created for Care’s First Marriage Retreat!

This past weekend was Created for Care’s FIRST marriage retreat!! We retreated on Berry College’s beautiful campus at the Winshape Retreat center that is mainly used for marriage retreats and intensives. We were thankful to have been led by one of Winshape Marriage’s very own–Matt and Nicole Turvey–who also recently adopted a little princess with […]

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Created for Care 2013 {Love BIG!}

We have just wrapped up the 2nd retreat of the year–and now we will spend the rest of 2013 seeking direction and making plans for the heart of 2014. We just do 2 retreats each year–back to back (in January and in March)–simply so we can serve more moms without spreading out the crazy of […]

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Gretchen - March 13, 2013 - 11:01 am

You are so brave to perform for the ladies like you do! I love hearing your husband giggle as he’s videoing you as Napoleon!

Lauren Casper - March 13, 2013 - 12:32 pm

I had an amazing time (at both retreats!!) and am so thankful for your heart to serve us mamas!!! it was an honor to be able to serve in a small way with you this year!! love you friend!!

Megan Boltes - March 13, 2013 - 2:17 pm

C4C was amazing. Thank you for this ministry!

Amber Prevo - March 13, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Loved the weekends and loved getting to be with you. Your heart to pour out on others is such a blessing and I feel blessed to be even a small part! Thankful for you!

a quick update!

Just wanted to let those of you praying for the host children I recently posted about know some BIG, EXCITING news! Edgars now has a family!!! I’ve been communicating with her–and we are going to help them fundraise as they recently just completed another international adoption and will need support from others to make it […]

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Karen Twombly - January 19, 2013 - 7:09 am

Of course I’ll pray for a May homecoming!! I know God wants us to pray boldly!! With man these things are impossible, but nothing is impossible with GOD!!!
~Karen Twombly

Joli - January 19, 2013 - 11:33 am

Hey Andrea! Joli here (mama to 5, going on 6 – 4 of whom are from China)…I’ve always heard that it is fine to post pictures after you receive PA. ?!?!??

Hannah - January 21, 2013 - 1:02 am

hi andrea, i just LOVE your blog and have actually been following for a couple of years now. 🙂 my husband and i are adopting a little girl from Uganda. right now, we are waiting for a court date to travel. our girl turns two in June. I too want so badly to meet her before her 2nd birthday!! I share your heart, and just wanted to tell you. 🙂 hannah

Birthdays, Created for Care…and THE REST OF THE STORY {it’s coming!}

I can’t believe it’s just the middle of August. Oh my glory. Just in AUGUST…we have seen T off, celebrated Isaac’s birthday (3 times mind you!)–and THIS weekend we celebrate Parker’s birthday. ON TOP of that craziness–we’ve officially started back to homeschool (crazy with 2 preschoolers running around)! LAST weekend’s party was for Isaac turning […]

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April - August 16, 2012 - 12:14 am

Cant wait!!! Genius paper bag piñata idea!! Your garage had nothing on ours 🙂 My spiritual gift is keeping a messy house, car, garage… Helps others feel better about theirs!! 😉

erin - August 16, 2012 - 12:31 am

Been following along (hooked really) and can’t wait to hear more about sweet Tetyana. 🙂

I am listening to c4c sessions from last year (love them) and stayed up late last night registering for this next retreat in jan. The breakout sessions look just amazing, thank you!!

contessa - August 16, 2012 - 1:54 am

I cannot wait to hear the rest of the story!! Strange enough I had never heard the Christy Nockels song before you posted it with pictures. Alaska always gets things late! Anyway, they started playing it on the radio seriously like the day after I read the blog. Everyday almost since then I hear it playing, and it is a wonderful reminder to pray for sweet Tatyana! God is soooo good.

Amy - August 16, 2012 - 7:39 am

Ugh, I missed registration. 🙁 For some reason I thought yesterday was only for the January conference. I was waiting for March. How do you get on a waiting list, just in case?

Naomi - August 16, 2012 - 7:51 am

I am truly excited to hear this story and will certainly have my tissues ready. Thank you for your encouraging part about God always being on time. So much is going on right now and I needed to hear that this morning.

I also cannot wait for the retreat!!! Going in January!!

Ashley - August 16, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Oh how exciting! Your little boy is ADORABLE! My two year old saw me reading this and she kept thinking they were eating cookies…not donuts haha! Have you ever heard the song 4 days late? It’s great! Reminds me of what you have been talking about! I will keep praying for T and your family! God is GOOD ALL THE TIME!

Corinne - August 16, 2012 - 1:22 pm

I’ll be waiting with tissues in hand! Praying for Bailey!

Allison - August 16, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Oh I can’t wait to hear what the story is! Just as I type this I see out of my window a sparrow (I think that’s the kind of bird I’m seeing, anyway, a sparrow comes to mind still) sitting on the top of a post and am reminded how much God cares for each of us. “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, His eye is on the sparrow and I know He’s watching….”—— “T”. I had to add that last part that usually sings “me” to say “T” instead because she sang so much and became so happy while she was here as indicated in her birthday pictures. Praying for this sweet girl!

Created for Care – March 2012

I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without updating my blog since I first starting blogging. Last week was the week of the C4C retreat–so this mom was slammed with homeschooling and planning a retreat for 450 moms. The weekend was AMAZING. It was so funny even how it had a completely different […]

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Alison - March 26, 2012 - 5:16 pm

So glad that it went so great!!! I really do wish I come have come back for the March one! Haha! Can’t wait to hear what ya’ll are planning for C4C next year!!!

Beth Templeton - March 26, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Andrea, it was a truly wonderful weekend. Your ability to express genuine love to so many mamas is beautiful to see. A real gift from God. What a joy to think of all the ways God will use this retreat in each of the families represented by each woman there. So cool! Rest well this week my friend.

Naomi - March 26, 2012 - 6:32 pm

It was my first C4C conference and I was so blessed! Thank you to you and everyone else for making us ladies feel so special. I had such a sweet time on my date with God and heard His voice! Have a restful week Andrea!

Meredith - March 26, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Andrea…I really can’t thank you enough for all that you give of yourself to do C4C! It is such a tremendous blessing for all of us mommies! Can’t wait to see the plans for next year!

Jennifer - March 26, 2012 - 8:45 pm

what a blessing the entire weekend was! i am so thankful for the tons of work that went into making the retreat a true refreshing, educational, enjoyable break. thank you so very much!

McCall - March 26, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Andrea- This weekend was absolutely AMAZING! Thank you times ten for all of your hardwork and dedication to loving and serving the orphans of this world and those who love them. And please forgive me for bombarding you with ideas…sometimes I get ahead of myself. Be my friend in spite of this? 🙂 -McCall

Deena Marquis - March 26, 2012 - 11:10 pm

Andrea, Thank you so very much for everything you did for us at the retreat! My friends and I had a WONDERFUL time. We learned a lot, were able to relax, and met some amazing friends along the way. The C4C Retreat was definitely worth the trip from Wisconsin! From the first few hours we were in Atlanta (in the spa ;)), to the Sunday morning worship, we enjoyed everything. Thank you for all of your hard work. Please give thanks to the other volunteers on my behalf. I know you work so hard to provide adoptive moms this amazing opportunity…please know that you were appreciated! One of my favorite parts…meeting my “virtual/blog friends” and leaving the retreat with them being my “real” friends! Thanks so much Andrea!

Kim - March 26, 2012 - 11:51 pm

Looks like you’ve done it again. Amazing. Just amazing.
Will be praying for your rest and peace in His perfect plans!
Love & Blessings,

living out His love - March 27, 2012 - 8:29 am

Andrea, words cannot describe the thanks and gratitude that ALL of us mamas have for you and your wonderful C4C team. Seriously, your ministry to adoptive mamas is one that is truly needed and you were made to do it girl! What a blessing you are, God has big things planned for you friend!

I have blogged shots that I took of all the tables, worship, and prayer cross (along with pictures of mamas) if you are interested in having a look when things settle down. I always think it’s nice to see things through other people’s eyes, especially when you are the one running the show! God’s Blessings to you and your family!


Rachel - March 27, 2012 - 8:36 am

Thanks for sharing the video. I am in the time of waiting and it was such an encouragement to see God’s faithfulness to the families that have gone before us. I love the songs that were chosen as well, the words were so powerful!

Meaghan - March 27, 2012 - 9:58 am

Thanks so much for everything you and your team did to make such an awesome retreat possible! It was such a great time!! Ya’ll are a blessing to all the adoptive mommies!

Kara - March 27, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Thanks for a fabulous retreat! It was so good to have time away, worship together, and be with people who “get it.” It was wonderful and so evident that God was present! Must say I loved the band. 🙂

I didn’t turn in my C4C survey sheet. Is there a place on the C4C website where I can still give feedback, is it too late, or would you want me to email it?

Karen Snyder - March 28, 2012 - 12:25 pm


I loved the video you created for your conference! It was inspiring, reassuring….just beautiful! I am working with a coalition of churches in Indiana to put together our first adoption and orphan care conference, Answer the Call. We are trying to reach out to those in the community and to provide a central resource for those who feel called to help children through foster care, adoption, and orphan care ministry in their church. After I watched your video, I was so moved! Right now we have put together a promo video for our conference that involves interviewing a teenage boy that has been stuck in the foster care system his entire life. He is just desperate to find a place called home.

I love the video but I also love what you have done. I sent my team to look at your video to see if we could do something like it for our conference also. 🙂 One member asked if we could use your video, as it is so well done.

I guess that is my question. I know it is on U- Tube but this is something precious that you and your team has crafted. I hesitate to ask you. But I guess I am. Would you mind ? If so, that’s fine. We will create our own. Just asking. 🙂