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a sweet welcome home video…

I just can’t stand not sharing this video as it was made by one of my dearest adoption momma friends Jenn Cooper. To say we have just a little bit in common–is an understatement. She is a kindred spirit through and through. Jenn and her husband were led to also adopt after their 3rd biological […]

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jenn - August 3, 2011 - 12:26 am

Thanks for sharing friend! And yes…the feelings are ALL mutual. I’m praying we’ll just continue down this path together for quite some time 😉 And SERIOUSLY. We have GOT to meet in person 😉

Jill - August 4, 2011 - 11:03 am

What a beautiful story of God’s love, grace, and faithfulness. Tears are streaming down my face after watching the journey of this family. Thank you for sharing!

Stacy - August 6, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Loved this! Thanks for sharing!

Praying for Ethiopia…

Parker had his FIRST baseball game of the season–but I can’t blog about it tonight. (Although he did AMAZING!) Frank–oh you should SEE the picture of Frankie Baby helping his daddy coach this morning…they’ll melt you! But can’t blog that either. Laney…she and I went shoppin’ today–found a table and chair set for just $25 […]

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Sandi - March 13, 2011 - 1:10 am

Leviticus 2613 I am the LORD your God…I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high…. Psalm 56:12-13 12 I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. 13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life…. jOB 29:3 his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!… Genesis 48:15-16 15 “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and ISAAC WALKED FAITHFULLY, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and ISAAC, and may they increase greatly on the earth.”…. Isaiah 40:31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint….Proverbs 4:11-1311 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble!!!! AMEN! (Praying for Ethiopia & for the children!)

Bobi Bobbitt - March 13, 2011 - 11:23 pm

LOVE everything you said, Andrea! We must interlock hands and fight for the well being of the Ethiopian children! In a world where there is so much evil, it is heart warming to see so many people banding together and praying that this policy WILL NOT come to pass! I have to be honest, I am very worried, but I am clinging to what I know is true, God loves adoption and I know that He will be glorified through this trial so many of us are facing!

Love - March 14, 2011 - 3:01 pm

i came here after seeing you had a lot of the same friends as me on facebook. your boy is PRECIOUS. your family is precious. =)

our life has been changed by a watching our son grow, learn, love, too. and it’s getting ready to again. my prayer is the same with you…that every orphan have memories like these.

[i have to tell you that when i opened your blog i was so confused at what happened to my music. it sounded like it was double playing. it was! i was listening to Better Together and that’s what came on here.] =)

Ash Wednesday…our journey begins to the cross…today

Today–is Ash Wednesday. I woke up this morning…fixed my coffee…my heart was heavy. I thought about the thousands of little ones in Ethiopia who may be stuck in the middle of a new Ethiopian MOWA policy. I began to ask Him, “What is your purpose and will here Lord? What is Your heart?” Do not […]

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Lara - March 9, 2011 - 9:54 am

Thank you for the encouragement. Just what this weary mama needed this morning.

Jen - March 9, 2011 - 9:57 am

Beautiful! Words I so need to hear today.

Thank you,


Staci - March 9, 2011 - 10:25 am

Thank you, Andrea. I, too, needed to read your words of wisdom this morning. Thank you for making time to encourage me (as well as many others, I’m sure).

Jenn Bachman - March 9, 2011 - 10:38 am

Thank you for listening to God!! We are waiting for our referral and the news about what might happen in Ehtiopia was heart breaking. But I am encouraged by your post today – Do Not Worry. I have over come. I needed to hear those words – and even though God spoke them to you they were meant for our family as well. You are a blessing!!!

Erin - March 9, 2011 - 11:48 am

This morning through a conversation with my friend God showed me this:

For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart,
life is a continual feast.

– Proverbs 15:15

And I love the amplified version:
15All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

sara - March 9, 2011 - 10:27 pm

beautiful, thank you. we accepted our referral last thursday, the day before this latest talk started. i am clinging to the fact that God is protecting my baby and all of the other children that need to come to their forever homes. thanks for your encouragement…

Melkam Yelidet Beaal!

That’s “Merry Christmas” in Ethiopia!!! Yes, TODAY is Christmas day in Ethiopia!!! One of my dear friends who lives in Ethiopia sent me a link explaining how their country celebrates Christmas. As Isaac gets older, we want to celebrate this special day traditionally as they do–but needless to say this morning we didn’t make it […]

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Rachel Campbell - January 7, 2011 - 10:31 am

You are such a wealth of knowledge, I just love you!!

Erin Crenshaw - January 7, 2011 - 2:50 pm

I wish I was there right now celebrating with our little one! This made me feel a little closer to our child today! 🙂

Sandi - January 7, 2011 - 3:21 pm

I think it is so fabulous that you are celebrating Ethiopian traditional holidays! Even though in my heart I feel called to Asia when hubby says yes, I’m gonna get my boys ready for all possibilities! I found some traditional Ethiopian recipes that we are going to try at

Predictable Me - January 8, 2011 - 11:59 pm

I truly enjoy your blog. I just joined today. I myself started a blog today please feel free to stop by my blog and follow. I also wanted to say you have the nicest page I’ve seen. Very professional and beautiful. Its actually peaceful.