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To a first time mom…

(Photograph below by AGR Photography) (My sweet Frank…my 3rd little love…now preparing for his 5th birthday…is telling me he wants yet another Knight party:) Today I had the SWEET joy of capturing one of best friend’s little niece. She is under 2 weeks old–and oh what a joy it was to capture this sweet one. […]

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Mary (Owlhaven) - July 24, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Love this, Andrea!

sarah hurst - July 25, 2013 - 1:56 pm

absolutely beautiful post! i have one little girl, hoping to have a second child soon, through adoption and i couldn’t agree more with what you’ve typed out above! i stressed and worried so much about every little thing when my daughter was a baby, and sometimes i still do. having this reminder and something that new mommies can read is such a blessing! thank you for taking the time to share your heart and words with us!

Mother’s Day {when your heart longs on this day}

I’m sitting here…typing tonight–unable to sleep. In this empty nursery. Longing for it to be filled. I am also a mom. But tonight my house is quiet…as the four little ones are split up in two by two tonight–half with Gigi (Rich’s mom) and the other two with Nana (my mom). On Mother’s Day Eve. […]

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Aleah - May 12, 2013 - 6:02 pm

Dear Andrea,
As always, thank you for your beautiful post on this most special day. I have been faithfully following your blog since before Isaac joined your family.

You have been a constant blessing to me through our adoption journey. My husband and I have been in the process of adopting from South Korea for 4 years. That’s right, you heard it correctly…4 years. We have had a referral for a beautiful baby boy since last June…nearly a full year. Laws in South Korea have changed concerning adoption, and as a result, the program has slowed down significantly. These last four years have been difficult for this momma’s heart, but this weekend has been especially difficult.

I celebrate this day already being a mother to two beautiful biological children. I understand the blessing of being a mother, and I long to have our new sweet one home. Thank you for the reminder that God is perfectly writing our story…something I know well as I have seen it at work already. But to be reminded on this day…a very sweet reminder from someone who is walking the difficult journey as well. God is good! I needed this today!

Thank you.

Tricia - May 24, 2013 - 9:26 am

Thank you so much for this encouraging post! I’m reading it a couple weeks after the fact, but God knew when I would most need those verses. I’m holding on tightly to His promises in that passage.

I’m still waiting for my opportunity to be a mom and for some reason God has chosen to make our particular journey a long and at times difficult one. Thankfully, “He gives strength to the weary!” Thank you for this reminder!

Praying for you (and your family) as you journey to China for your little one!

A Wish is a Dream Your Heart Makes…

We are back…from our very first trip to Disney! In our 8 years of parenting, we hadn’t been–Rico Suave went last when he was in the 6th grade and I went for a day when I was 5 with my grandparents…so it had been awhile! For the past 8 years for our time off we’d […]

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Jenny - October 15, 2012 - 11:38 pm

What a sweet post!! I’m so glad y’all had such a wonderful time time together! The pictures are priceless! And sweet Loo is the most beautiful princess!! Oh my- and Frank with that pirate costume. Too much. I love it!!!!

Alison - October 16, 2012 - 2:25 pm

So FUN!!! So glad ya’ll had a great trip! I totally agree with and love all your suggestions! 🙂 We went with grandparents too, and it was so GREAT to have their help!

Maureen - October 16, 2012 - 3:20 pm

So happy that you had a great time in the “Happiest Place in the World”! It is so important to share those sweet memories with your children, whether at Disney or just together in your own home! Can’t wait to hear what news you have!

Jessica - October 21, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Wow, great tips! I believe I found your blog through another adoption blog and I’ve enjoyed reading through your journey! Losing your toddler made my heart jump, I can just imagine that panic! So glad that turned out ok and you all made so many wonderful memories!!

Never once…has He ever let her go…

We’ve had an amazing few days. Amazing. And I’m a little speechless at all He has done. After a year of dealing with Lyme disease–having put our China adoption on hold a year ago–I thought we’d do what we could this summer–and if God wasn’t leading us to pick up our adoption again yet–we could […]

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contessa - July 30, 2012 - 2:42 am

sniff, sniff, sniff…lot’s of prayers coming your way Andrea. LOVE the videos!

tammy - July 30, 2012 - 7:00 am

Your blog is an incredible look into your life. I have followed all summer, wiping away tears on almost every post. I’m so glad you are telling this story, allowing us to see lives changed by the love of God. I will be praying for your family this week.

Jenn Cooper - July 30, 2012 - 10:09 am

Andrea…I’ve been following along on T’s journey the past few weeks. I haven’t been able to comment on every post…but I am reading and praying. I want to tell you ALL how VERY PROUD I am of you. I’m proud of you as a friend. For the constant dying of self and following what you know in your heart is right. I’m proud of your beautiful kids and husband who are making big sacrifices in giving up your attention. I’m proud of T for overcoming her fears and boundaries and allowing you to see the gift of who she is. But I’m most PROUD OF GOD for working a GOOD WORK in the lives of the Youngs. Love and HUGS to you all!

Corinne - July 30, 2012 - 1:51 pm

My tears are dropping…amazing story! Praying for Princess T’s future to bright and stay connected with you and family.

Nicole - July 31, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Well thanks for making me cry like a baby Andrea! My kids now officially think I’m nuts (it was only unofficial before). It has been amazing to experience your host experience with you – I know you have touched so many other people by sharing your experience. I will keep T in my prayers for sure. Gosh I can only imagine what you must be feeling right now – prayers for your mama’s heart as well! God Bless you all!

bobi bobbitt - July 31, 2012 - 9:08 pm

WOW! I have just fallen in love with sweet Tetyana! I cannot imagine what you must be feeling, Andrea! I will be praying for y’all on Thursday and in the days to come! What a blessing to have been given this opportunity to make a difference in the life of this precious girl!

Stephanie - August 2, 2012 - 8:23 am

Thinking and praying for you today. I will continue to hold your princess in prayer! Blessings to you!

Alison - August 3, 2012 - 2:08 pm

I am CRYING!!! Praying for this sweet precious girl! I just know that the Lord is holding her in His arms right now, and He will make a WAY for her!!!!

PML - March 2, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Reading this ex post facto knowing that we were there in Ukraine on July 30 2012 with the people HE was calling to be her parents having dinner at Fridays. Feeling their discouragement and now looking at another desperate situation reminded that Gods got this and how, how, how, can we forget so quickly when He answers so big big big. Thanks Andrea for writing all this out when you had to be exhausted and didn’t know what was gonna happen and it looked so , so bleak.

The Lord delights in you my son… {learning to love big}

While many of my posts the last 4 weeks have been focused on the newest princess in the house…my heart’s weighing must interrupt our regular scheduled post to reflect and rejoice over another one of my loves. We just got home from the beach–and I’m sitting here “letting” Rico Suave put the 5 loves to […]

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KT Pierce - July 23, 2012 - 7:38 am

Thanks for making me cry again, Anj. Parker has always had wisdom in his eyes. He is an old soul, prepared for such great things. And the fact that you are humbled by this precious little boy just affirms what a beautiful mother you are. I love you.

Briana - July 23, 2012 - 11:05 am

So so so sweet!