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Africa T-shirt Fundraiser

With our current financial focus being on our adoption to bring home our sweet baby girl–momma has decided to get creative and do a little fundraising to get me across the ocean to serve the 450 orphans and 150 widows of Wiphan!!! It has been FOUR years since I first went over…when I stepped on […]

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Elle J - May 26, 2011 - 10:24 am

LOVE!!! We have purchased … =)

sarah hurst - May 26, 2011 - 12:51 pm

my grandmother and a small group of other women have gotten together and made some more of the fabric pads and envelopes. could i get those mailed to you for you to take on your trip? also let us know if there is anything else you need for supplies to take also, we’d love to help! thanks, sarah!

Staci - May 26, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Great post! Cool shirt! Has anyone had trouble posting the link to FB? I have tried a couple times using the F button provided and it isn’t going through.

Staci - May 26, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Please disregard my previous comment… FB was “hung up” and it posted 10+ times. I changed it to display one post so I wouldn’t annoy people! Not sure what was happening… technology glitch I guess! 🙂 Excited about wearing the shirt and even more excited about your opportunity to serve!

Taryn Harvey - May 26, 2011 - 6:24 pm

LOVE THIS SHIRT! I ordered one, posted to facebook and am putting on my blog so i think that is three 🙂

Teresa - May 27, 2011 - 10:40 am

Love it! We purchased and shared on FB!

Jennifer - May 27, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Love it! I ordered one and posted to FB. Good luck with the fund raiser and I can’t wait to read all about your trip!

Jaime - May 27, 2011 - 5:00 pm

I love the shirt and love the goal of this trip! Will be praying for you and anyone else going!

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Shelly - May 29, 2011 - 8:00 am

LOVE these!!! I’m purchasing one now — and posting on FB. Love you girl. Happy Memorial Day.

Jenny Moyer - May 29, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Hi sweet Andrea-I bought 2 shirts and am sharing this link on my facebook page. I’m so excited about your trip!

Michelle Wiley - May 30, 2011 - 9:59 pm

Hi Andrea! I just read your blog…thanks to your friend Chrystal Senter. My husband and I have just started the process of adopting from Ethiopia. I LOVED following the story of Isaac…what a cutie!

I purchased a t-shirt and posted on FB. Can’t wait to follow your story!

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shanna - May 31, 2011 - 10:36 am

Hi Andrea,

I.LOVE.YOUR.SHIRT!! I am in the beginging stages of planning a womens missions trip to Mexico to love on some orphans there and I would love to use your shirt as our “team shirt”. Just wondering if you are going to be ordering extras or are you ordering only what you get pre-orders for. As I said we are in the begining stages and really do not even know how many women will be going with us. What do you think? Should I guess as to how many women will be coming? Please let me know.

Shanna Stolte

Christy - May 31, 2011 - 3:32 pm

alright, girl – I did everything I could! 🙂 We are supposed to be coming to ATL and I win this, but more importantly… I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you are doing and will be praying you there and back the whole way! 🙂 I got my tshirt!

Christy - May 31, 2011 - 3:33 pm

I also donated for the purity rings – such an amazing project!

Christy - May 31, 2011 - 3:33 pm

And I posted on FB and my blog! Not sure if we were supposed to make separate comments for each so now I’ve helped raise your comment total! 🙂 Have a great day – praying for you, my friend !:)

Christy - May 31, 2011 - 3:34 pm

oops, almost forgot – so one more comment! 🙂 I definitely subscribe to this blog!!!!

Amber - May 31, 2011 - 11:12 pm

I love these shirts and I’m excited to hear about your trip. I subscribe to your blog and I posted about this on my blog. I am also planning on buying a shirt on Friday (after I get paid) if that’s not too late.

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Lindsay McNeill - June 3, 2011 - 7:36 am

Hey! SO excited to be a able to help support you and your trip. I will be praying that the Lord supplies you with everything you need.
I bought a shirt, posted to fb, and subscribed to your blog. Please enter me 3 times 🙂

Ashley - June 3, 2011 - 8:16 am

Hi Andrea! I LOVE this shirt and can’t wait to wear it! I just ordered one and posted it on my blog. Hope you raise all the funds you need and I look forward to hearing all about your trip!

Jason McNeill - June 3, 2011 - 9:15 am

Please enter us 2 more times (t-shirt and fb). Thanks, Lindsay and Jason

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Abi - November 30, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Are these shirts still for sale?! I love them and would buy one!!

deborah - February 18, 2012 - 11:01 pm

Are these shirts still available??
I would love to order one.

school days, doctor days, crazy Frank & photography 101

ITY decided at 2:30am he didn’t want to sleep anymore last night…SO–after 2 hours trying to convince him it was a good idea…at 4:30 I gave up:). Now…if you had emailed me and I returned your email at 4:30am…now you know why;). We were on about day 10 of antiobiotics for a really bad double […]

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Shannon - August 19, 2010 - 10:42 pm

Love Miss Laney’s bows!!! Erica came home from school yesterday telling me that she MUST have pigtails for school today because Laney wore pigtails and she wanted to look “just like Laney!!” 🙂

I’m praying for you and sweet Isaac tomorrow!

abby - August 19, 2010 - 10:55 pm

will be praying for isaac! thanks for the photography lesson! hope you get some sleep tonight.

Amy @ Filled With Praise - August 19, 2010 - 11:15 pm

Praying for Isaac and you.

april - August 19, 2010 - 11:24 pm

love the pics and laney is so precious! love the bows! :0)

Kelly - August 19, 2010 - 11:41 pm

I am crying from laughing at Frank! I love that kid! You can’t blame him. Those chocolate covered pretzels are great and diet dr. pepper is oh so yummy! I’m sure Richard loved that, but he can’t talk…..6 doughnuts. I’ll have to watch him extra carefully tomorrow.

Caytie - August 19, 2010 - 11:43 pm

Will be praying for little Isaac and his momma as you go to the doctors! Your children are just beautiful and that Frank is a crack-up reminds of my 4th, she’s hysterical like him! Loved the bows on Laney and the pics of her sleeping are drop dead gorgeous…nothing like a sleeping child!

Jen - August 19, 2010 - 11:48 pm

beautiful pictures. I’m w/ Frank, I have a sweet tooth, too:)

I was wondering if you had any suggestions about airport homecoming. We want our kiddos to get to see our little girl before the crowd. Someone suggested we tell everyone to meet at baggage claim except for our kids. Just curious…

Elle J - August 20, 2010 - 12:03 am

God will be with you and Isaac tomorrow, I know you will find His peace. Stay strong and keep praying throughout your visit; I will be too. Your children are an adorable, cute, handsome, beautiful four! Uh, love your photos (and the numbers on your stairs!!!).

Shannon - August 20, 2010 - 12:03 am

ohhhh so much in that post…where do I start? First..absolutely we’ll be praying for Isaac tomorrow and tonight for some sleep. Poor Punkin’ and poor mama! Love the picture of your sweet kiddos waiting for school and the precious ones of Laney too! I wish we were closer because I know our girls would be BFFS!! And Frank and my Jo would be best buds too…she does the same thing when she’s caught doing something a little naughty:) Sooo glad you offered up the bow tutorial. I was hoping but didn’t want to ask! It’s not like you have anything going…heehee!! Also….thank you for sharing about the Dockery’s! What an amazing family and I’ll be getting my shirt asap!! Love, Shannon

Dawn - August 20, 2010 - 12:09 am

PRAYING!!! for Isaac, and for wisdom and guidance!!

Kim - August 20, 2010 - 2:42 am

Where do I even start after such a packed full post!
Of course you can count on my prayers for ITY and you!
Love, love, love the back to school photo.
And Frank … how he cracks me up. You know, he reminds me of Kristi’s son George. Both are personality PLUS!
Thanks for the photo tips … I’ve got lots to learn.
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Christy - August 20, 2010 - 7:14 am

Yay! Can’t wait to read the bow making tutorial, and how fun you are going to make it into a ladies’ night out. I’m hoping to do the same one of these days when I refresh myself on it all. Got info on doing the twisty gymboree like ones yesterday.

Christy - August 20, 2010 - 7:15 am

and PS – still praying for Isaac!

Heather - August 20, 2010 - 7:34 am

My son had ear infections all the time until I took him to the chiropractor. No ear infections since. I took him 4 times (pretty close together) and *poof* gone. It’s so much more natural than antibiotics. They rub his neck and back and it got the stuff out of his head. Just FYI.

amy bell - August 20, 2010 - 9:07 am

i will be praying for isaac…we went through ENT issues with my boys…such tough days for a mama. i think frank should have his own facebook fan club…that child is HILARIOUS. 🙂

amber - August 20, 2010 - 10:15 am

praying for ITY. and i love the sleeping pics. so angelic and innocent and peaceful.

Sara - August 20, 2010 - 12:30 pm

Thanks for the photography advice! I have a D40 and am wanting to get a new lens. I’ve been looking at the 50mm. I have a 55-200 but I’m finding to get shots of little ones I need to be in close and be able to have that shutter work fast.

Kelly - August 20, 2010 - 12:39 pm

Thanks for the camera info! That wil help a lot. Praying that your son does fine with the kidney reflux issue. Our son was too tested for that around 8 months (found out he has hydronephrosis) so I understand how it feels to have your baby going through that. I think its eaiser on them though when they are younger though because they do just sleep a whole lot more. Praying for your baby and (and mommy!)

Megan - August 20, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Laney is a girl after my own heart! Love the fancy outfit (and her school outfit is adorable too).

Rach@InHisHands - August 20, 2010 - 1:27 pm

Congrats to your beautiful family on your newest {adorable} addition! Sending prayers for you today!

The Sabbath Day… (Leviticus 14:33-16:34)

Today is the Sabbath! A sweet day of rest to spend with the Savior and family. Today we continue another day growing through lent as we do our Lent/Easter tree. Lent Day 5 – Ornament: Farm Tool – Today we will be sharing the story of Abraham and Sarah from Genesis 12. (Can you guess […]

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april - February 21, 2010 - 3:25 pm

oh girl you have SUCH A GIFT at photography..thanks for all the little tips!

Renea - February 21, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Lovin’ the black and white and just to warn you, if I lived closer I’d be stealing your little green chair!!! I have chair envy! Mine are all blue, I want a green terribly bad! lol =)

And I need your address! You won my RAK giveaway! xoxox

Megan - February 27, 2010 - 2:34 am

I can’t thank you enough for all the little photography tips here and there! You know I’m going to have to go back and read through them all once I get my camera! ($250 in the camera account now, yay! Goal is before Africa!) I especially love the pic of Laney in the chair…where do you find locations like that? STUNNING!

Recharged & Job Chapters 32-34

I woke up this morning…to find we were out of coffee filters. Me without coffee. Not good. This momma requires a few things to be recharged. Coffee. The word. And another cup of coffee. One of my kindred spirits, Shawnda, is the same way and I love that the first time she and her family […]

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Megan - January 28, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Thank you for your insight! Specifically that your hardships are often a gift from God to keep you closer to Him. So true…

Megan - January 28, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Oh! And THANKS for the photography tip about doing creative crops…that’s great advice!

april - January 28, 2010 - 5:05 pm

LOVE the pics!

kristi johnson - January 28, 2010 - 10:56 pm

love the pics…too cute 🙂 kj

A refreshing breather! (Reading Job 8 – 11:20)

Chapter 8: Boo to Bildad. It’s a good thing I’m not Job—or Bildad’s friend during my time of great loss. I think his comments in Chapter 8 may have earned him a karate chop or two. Don’t worry, I don’t karate chop my friends, but putting myself in Job’s shoes here–I have a JIE-NOR-MOUS (big;) […]

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Shannon - January 21, 2010 - 1:17 am

Love the pictures! Thanks for the encouragement to keep reading…Job has been tough!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - January 21, 2010 - 6:05 am

Job is killing me. I want to jump in there and give his friends a piece of my mind OR a karate chop or two 🙂

Love the pics. I am not a photographer, but I love great pictures. Your pics are so good.

april - January 21, 2010 - 7:17 am

well let me just say that you have a gift for photography! LOVED the pictures and it made me miss the beach!

Amber - January 21, 2010 - 7:53 am

Shannon Tanner!!! Love the pics! I have some similar ones myself. 🙂

Lena - January 21, 2010 - 8:14 am

keep the photog tips and encouragement comin’! I love it!

Nikki - January 21, 2010 - 8:28 am

Yes, I’m still with you… in case you’re wondering! I keep reading at night, so I don’t often get to be part of the conversation. But I’m still here. 🙂

Although my anger does tend to flare up a bit while reading the supposed “help” Job’s friends offer, lately I’ve been trying to put myself in their position. Who knows the mind of God? They see before them a man they all have looked up to, possibly envied their whole lives… and he is broken beyond imagination. They are desperate for answers, not only for him but for themselves, to somehow save themselves from whatever judgment or trial Job is enduring. They don’t understand… heck, Job doesn’t understand… so his friends are grasping at any and all explanations, ANYTHING that will explain it, give an answer… no matter how unthinkable (or completely WRONG, as we see with the benefit of hindsight, knowing that God is orchestrating this story ultimately for His glory) that answer may be. And Job… even though I know the huge rebuke that’s coming at the end of this book, I still admire his faith in many ways. He rails, he questions, he demands answers, perhaps a bit arrogantly at times… but somehow he does not recant his faith. He is still a model for his friends… whether they see it or not at this point.

I hope that made sense. It’s still early out west, and I wrote most of that with a two-year old sitting on my lap! 🙂

Megan - January 21, 2010 - 12:24 pm

“JIE-NOR-MOUS (big)” –> hehee! =) That made me laugh! Chapter 8: “You’re getting what you deserve” is basically what Bildad is telling Job. Perhaps the most insensitive of all comments you can say to someone suffering. But Bildad doesn’t know the whole story. Only God knows the circumstances behind the suffering. Our main concern when someone is suffering is to offer them comfort and support. Oh Lord, please guide the thoughts in my head and the words of my mouth to be ones of love and comfort, not accusation!
Chapter 9: I just have to quote the commentary on my Bible, because it speaks volumes. “When we feel that God isn’t being fair, we should remember that if he were, we would neer be able to enter his presence. When God is “unfair,” it is always on the side of mercy.”
“Job lamented the absence of a mediator to stand between himself and God. We do have such a mediator – Jesus Christ. We can take our case directly to God because Jesus’ death and resurrection gave us access to God’s presence.”
Wow…doesn’t that make you grateful once again for Christ making the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf?
Chapter 10: Job felt hopeless and couldn’t imagine any sort of a future or happy ending. He was enveloped in darkness. We know better though, because we have Jesus’ promise: “Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know where I am going and how to get there.” John 14:1-4
Chapter 11: Zophar was mistaking Job’s quest for reason for opposition against God. God allows us to meditate on our suffering. Although sometimes we are not meant to know the reason, the important thing is that we learn from our trials and trust God rather than complain. My Bible commentary (so good) ends this chapter by saying, “Zophar was mistaken because his theology could not allow the possibility that Job could suffer and still be righteous.”
Again…these are difficult chapters to read. Stick to it because the reward is great! Look how much we are learning already!
Love the photog tips…I’m still dealing with my simple point and shoot (although hubby promised a good one before Africa)…do you have any tips for me? I have a major hobby with photography, but I don’t even know where to begin with my little Nikon.
Thanks for walking us through this again…difficult chapters, I know.