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Tetiana is now a Martin!

From Andra… Travis and I would like to introduce our daughter, Tetiana Isabelle Martin. Court day was successful and we are ecstatic, relieved, humbled, grateful, and full of joy. To those that set your alarm clocks for this morning, thank you so much! To all our friends that have shared this journey with us, words […]

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Natalie - August 30, 2012 - 8:15 pm

Sobbing with tears of JOY! Congratulations Martin family! God is SO good and His timing is perfect! Hope to run into you at the GT game! Prayers for safe travels! Andrea, thank you so much for sharing their story! So happy to hear such amazing news for Princess T!

Mindy - August 30, 2012 - 8:31 pm

Dancing a jig over here! Such wonderful news! He indeed sets the lonely in a family, and am so happy she has you as a “big sister” right around the corner. I know your littles will enjoy that as well. Blessings to your family, including your Mom and Dad for allowing the Lord to work through you as a conduit to finding a forever family for T! How Great is Our God!

Gretchen - August 30, 2012 - 9:20 pm

Unbelievable! Truly wonderful and amazing! What a story that only He could write! I, too, am in tears. Congratulations T and family!

Jennifer - August 30, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Now, they just need a blog so we can follow along on the rest of the journey. 🙂

Rawne Pierce - August 30, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Amazing!! Just amazing! Here’s a girl who aged out and didn’t have much of a chance…NOW she is one of the first of the summer kids to make it home forever!! God is just amazing!

Ashley - August 30, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Praise God!!! Hallelujah! Amen!

Rachel N - August 30, 2012 - 10:30 pm

Truly, this story is the most amazing “orphan to family” story I’ve ever heard of. Thank you for sharing with the world. It’s God’s Story; to read about all the details and the timing of everything that He so perfectly brought together, is so faith building. T looks so happy in this picture.

Kelley - August 30, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Thank you so much for allowing us all to be blown away by God’s goodness! So encouraged at how perfectly he works out details. What a miracle of his hand!

daniellem02 - August 31, 2012 - 9:57 am

this is so AMAZING. God bless T and her new family. I agree–a blog is in order! : )

Dominique - August 31, 2012 - 10:08 am

PRAISE THE LORD. I knew she would find a forever family. PRAISE HIM!!!

Amanda - August 31, 2012 - 11:59 am

Absolutely beautiful story God has written for the this family and T. My heart rejoices for her and praises the Lord for his provision.

Catherine Besk - August 31, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Praise the name of Jesus! Praise His holy name!!!

marci - September 1, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Have goose bumps all over! The Young family is so much a part of this true miracle !

When Things Don’t Make Sense…His Ways are Higher Than Our Ways {part 3}

…all the while–as they were in Ukraine…their little girl from Ukraine…was just up the street from their home…surrounded by many they also know…who were praying for a miracle… When we decided to host in February–and we decided to host a child that was aging out…I had a feeling we’d all fall in love with her […]

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Natalie - August 23, 2012 - 9:52 am

Oh my word… God is SO GOOD! I am in tears for T and her Momma and Poppa! I am in tears for you and your family and all those that had the chance to love her BIG this summer! I am in tears at just how gracious and powerful and merciful and loving our God really and truly is. What a miracle! I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to pray for all of you. Thank you.

Natalie - August 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

And I almost forgot… GO JACKETS!

Katie - August 23, 2012 - 11:02 am

I have loved walking through this with your family via the blog!! Praying for smooth transitions and sweet moments and praising God for how His plans are so perfect!

Candy - August 23, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Do I foresee T’s story in book form to raise funds for your ministry?

contess - August 23, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Amazing…simply amazing. Wish I could share this story with the world!

Alison - August 23, 2012 - 3:03 pm

I can’t read any of your posts anymore without crying!!! God is so good, and His plans for T and her family (and your family) are so perfect! Praising Him for His goodness and faithfulness!!!

Sonya - August 23, 2012 - 3:10 pm

This has been an AMAZING blog to follow, and the story of Tetianya has been giving me goosebumps all summer. I’m so, so excited to see the work of God through people who are willing to follow Him. It’s always so encouraging, so thank you. Incidentally, I wonder if you would identify closely with the following post from Jen Hatmaker? based on some comments you’ve made throughout your blogging about adopting. I hold on to the truth-telling desperately as we are on the cusp of beginning foster care. Scared out of my ever-loving mind, when I hear the truth and see how God has worked in it, I feel more grounded to see exactly how He faithfully provides in every. single. situation. Thank you so much!

Lauren - August 23, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Just keeps getting more and more wonderfully bizarre! I love this story because watching God pursue T has been such a reminder that He pursues me too. He lavishes love on us for no reason other than He delights in us. Can’t wait to hear more : )

TiffanyF - August 23, 2012 - 10:26 pm

No one writes a better story than God!!! Thank you for documenting this MIRACLE! I’ve read every word about this sweet girl and am jumping for JOY! God is so good! One of my dearest friends is adopting “Dz” and that’s how I found your blog. My husband & I are hoping to host in the future and we have a heart for these older children. Thanks for sharing your life and your little birds!!

Corinne - August 24, 2012 - 5:32 am

Wow. I have followed T’s story and fell in love with this precious daughter of the King. To see His miraculous plan unfold for her life brings me to tears. God is going to use this special girl…His hand is upon her life…no doubt about it!

Christina - August 25, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Oh my glory, Andrea! (I’ve been itching to write that :)) I was looking forward to following your story day by day this summer but we had a bunch of curve balls thrown in our lives and I didn’t end up with much computer time. I’ve seen snippits and hints here and there and was thankful to finally have a chance to catch up. I spent a good part of last night and this morning reading your blog. Andrea, I’ve laughed and I’ve cried and I’m sitting here with goosebumps as I see how God used you and blesssed you and how God’s plan for T and Andra and Travis unfolding. One of y’all needs to write a book! What a testimony of obedience and God’s faithfulness and goodness! Will definitely be praying this week. Love you and your precious family–and have fallen in love with T, too! xoxo

Lisa - August 28, 2012 - 11:13 am

Goosebumps!!! I have so enjoyed following your summer with T and am amazed at what is happening with her adoption!! Yahoo!!!!!!

When Things Don’t Make Sense…His Ways are Higher Than Our Ways {part 2}

If you missed Part 1–you must read it before this one! When do you get to read about the orphan’s story BEFORE the parent’s story? I mean–usually you know the heart of the parents–and then later you meet the child. But with us–you have first fallen in love with our T. You know her heart…you […]

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KT Pierce - August 21, 2012 - 9:45 pm

The very last sentence brought tears to my eyes. This is so beautiful.

Stefanie - August 21, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Wow. Just WOW! When we are obedient, the blessings overflow 🙂
To Him be the glory!!
Such an amazing testimony to His passion for the fatherless.

Stephanie - August 21, 2012 - 11:22 pm

Oh my goodness! This story is simply amazing and I cannot wait to hear the rest! The Lord truly works in mysterious ways. I don’t know that I will be able to sleep tonight, so excited to hear the rest.

Sara - August 21, 2012 - 11:51 pm

Oh, Oh, OOOOH my goodness. I cried my way through both parts. WHERE IS THE REST?? You cannot post it fast enough! What am amazing, miraculous story of God’s faithfulness.

Ashley - August 22, 2012 - 8:25 am

Tears came in my eyes the last sentence to! God just blows me away!

Heidi Macalaster - August 22, 2012 - 8:34 am

I am entrenched with this beautiful story. Like the unfolding of one of God’s precious blooms. I have grown to love you all, although I do not know you. I cannot wait for the next report. In the meantime, I will continue to pray for all of you as the days go by. Blessings.

Naomi - August 22, 2012 - 10:01 am

I have goosebumps!! This needs to be written into a book! What wonderful parents T will have! Beauty for ashes!!!

Alison - August 22, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Chills!!! God is SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laura - August 22, 2012 - 5:36 pm

This is such an amazing story. Who do you want to play you in the movie??? It would be an awesome movie!

Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to keep reading.

Laura in TX

Erica - August 23, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Wow. wow and wow! tears.

Laura - August 23, 2012 - 9:18 pm

I’m in tears and I’m only up to the photo. I am SO HAPPY for you… this is an amazing story. Now, sniff, snort, sniffle, ahm, back to reading the story! Thanks Andrea for capturing Andra and Trav’s story too!

When Things Don’t Make Sense…His Ways Are Not Our Ways—They are Better {part 1}

When you are called to just love big… I’ve been MIA lately sharing my heart–because much of what is going on in my heart and on my mind has to do with our being on our knees and daily updates really with T…that I haven’t been able to share. Much still has to happen, but […]

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Adrienne - August 20, 2012 - 2:28 am

I am wiping away tears!! I hoped this was your great news! I can’t wait to hear more!!! Praise God!!!!

Karen Twombly - August 20, 2012 - 6:46 am

Amazing, just amazing! Only God!

Larisa - August 20, 2012 - 7:23 am

What an amazing start to my week, Andrea….time in the Word and then reading your blog. I have goosebumps and tears and I am so in AWE of our Father and His love! I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.

Andie - August 20, 2012 - 7:58 am

So VERY excited to read this. I have been checking obsessively all weekend 🙂

Kelli Kelly - August 20, 2012 - 8:18 am

YAY! God is so good! (I only know you through this blog and I just fell in love with your family.) My husband and I actually looked into hosting this past summer because of your blog. We were unable to because of a mission trip we already had planned. We were in Mexico on this mission trip when the kiddos would have arrived. So we are hoping and praying that possibly next summer will be the time to do it! 🙂 I just have to say that I’m a teacher and today is my first day of work and your blog post is going to make me late! 🙂 Have a great day! So excited for T, her family, your family (especially your Dad, he’s amazing) and all of her friends! God is LOVE.

daniellem02 - August 20, 2012 - 8:41 am

WOW!!! So happy for all of you!

laura o'neill - August 20, 2012 - 8:55 am

We know T’s new momma! I am overwhelmed by your story….what can I possibly say here? I have a sense of a big hug for all of you…. not in a trivial kind of way but like a huge warm blanket. Much love to you all. Amazing.

Allison - August 20, 2012 - 9:02 am

God is so good! What an amazing story!!!!!

Kim - August 20, 2012 - 9:06 am

Only God! I stand in AWE! Love & Blessings, Kim

Shirley Robertson - August 20, 2012 - 10:08 am

Awesome! I’m thankful that T has a forever family! I wish all children did, and that the families they have will be Christians who love God and will share that love with the children. I heard just yesterday of an adopted child who is punished by being made to stand outside in the horrible weather for bad behavior! Why adopt, then, abuse???

NAOMI - August 20, 2012 - 10:13 am

I too have been waiting to hear this!! I am so thrilled, I really cannot express just how much and how moved to tears I am by this story! Glory to God!!!! It is also such an encouragement to me as I am also being told to Wait and Trust Me!!!

jenny - August 20, 2012 - 10:44 am

Tears streaming as I read!!! GOD IS GOOD! What a beautiful, incredible story that ONLY He could write!! Amazing!! I cannot wait to read more!!! 🙂

Meaghan - August 20, 2012 - 10:57 am

AMAZING! So happy for T, her new family, your family and everyone involved! I’ve loved reading about your hosting all summer, and this is such a glorious ending!

Mindy - August 20, 2012 - 11:40 am

Weeping over here! Such wonderful news and tremendous evidence of the power of God! In the words of Paul Harvery, can’t wait to hear the rest of the story and see the homecoming pics!

Ashley - August 20, 2012 - 1:36 pm

God is AWESOME! This is just wonderful! My heart is beating so hard for all of you involved! My family will keep praying for you all! I pray she makes it back here safely, and adjusts quickly! This is just one of the greatest stories!
God Bless and Much Love,

Marian - August 20, 2012 - 1:46 pm

So wonderful! Crying my eyes out at the Lord’s love & faithfulness! x

Corinne - August 20, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Totally blown away and amazed at the outcome of this story! Wow Princess T has an amazing story of God’s love!

Jessica - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Wow!! Such great and amazing news. I’m so thankful that T will have a family and be so close to you and your family. I love it when God waits until the final hours (well, at least when I’m not the one waiting 🙂 to reveal the plan–that way, there is absolutely no question that it is HIS plan. Thank you so much for sharing.


Alison - August 20, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Amazing!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! T is coming HOME!!!

bebe - August 20, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Ah, Lord God! Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power!
Ah, Lord God! Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy outstretched hand.
Nothing is too difficult for Thee!
Nothing is too difficult for Thee!
Great and Mighty God, Great in Power and Mighty in Deed!
Nothing, nothing absolutely nothing! Nothing is too diffcult for Thee!

Jenna - August 20, 2012 - 7:10 pm

My name is Jenna,
Your kids are all cute, beautiful, and handsome.
I was born with a rare life threatening disease, and have 14 other medical conditions, and developmental delays.
I wrote this poem
Each of us are Special
Each of us different,
No one is the same
Each of are us are unique in our own way,
Those of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.
It doesen’t matter what other’s say
we are special anyway.
What is forty feet and sings? the school chior

Maureen Werner - August 21, 2012 - 9:50 am

I can barely see the screen I have so many tears! Thank you so much for sharing T’s story and your summer with us! I love your blog and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.

Praying hard for T and her forever family!

Amy - August 21, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Beauty out of ashes. He is SO SO good. Cannot wait to hear the rest of this story!

He was lost but now he’s found!

Alright–remember the most precious kiddo I shared about needing a family just a couple of weeks ago??? Do you hear the angels singing??? Because Dzintars life is about to change forever!!! Head on over to my friends blog HERE–the family who hosted him this summer through New Horizons and rejoice! THIS handsome fella… …is orphaned […]

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Stacy - August 17, 2012 - 11:47 am

THANK YOU for sharing his story here!! Forever grateful!

Andie - August 17, 2012 - 3:35 pm

just started waving my hands around and burst into tears when I read this.