The Young Family Farm »

Masthead header


Those of you who have gotten to know us–know that the Young’s are always looking for a reason to celebrate! Life is just too short…SO this weekend we are celebrating the LAST weekend of summer…for US the last weekend before school is officially in season. Laney will start preK on Monday (WAAA!) and Parker will start kindergarten on Monday (super WAAA!)…and although they just go from 8-12 to a Christian school around the corner–I am still grieving that I’ll miss them 4 hours a day! Ok, so I have to turn my mourning to dancing and INSTEAD celebrate the last official weekend of summer for our family!

It started on Friday morning with mommy’s love language…KRISPY CREME! (Yes, IKEA cinnamon buns are my 2nd love language…you can have more than one you know;)

Don’t you think Frank should be Krispy Creme’s billboard mascot?!

On a SIDE note–you must know that I spotted a kindred spirit and my new VBFF sitting in Krispy Creme with her husband. This old lady–probably in her 80’s–was enjoying her Krispy Creme donut Friday morning with her hubby all while WEARING a Krispy Creme hat. Mark my word, if those donuts don’t take me down early, then that will be me in 50 years!

Ok…you just have to see a few more of Frankie-baby…

Can I just say how much I love this kid?!

NEXT…we had some precious church friends over who we know because I literally spotted Angie with Silas in our church halls last summer just after they brought him home from Ethiopia (which I’m thankful she didn’t think I was nuts…or maybe she did;)! We have since become friends and we have children close in age (Her Savannah is in 1st grade so she was at school!) So–Savannha and Parker are close in age, Addie and Laney are the SAME age, Frank and Silas are the the SAME age…and then there is Isaac. No worries about Isaac needing a bud–because the Carleys have been on the waitlist for another little one from Ethiopia since the end of 2009—so it won’t be long before Isaac has a little buddy too!


Oh MY. Is Isaac Temesgen’s belly seriously touching the cushion in that picture?! And Silas Carley has a personality that will CRACK you up!!! He is SO funny! And as you can see Isaac Temesgen is turning into a little butterball! What is so INCREDIBLE about seeing these two boys THRIVE is they were BOTH severely malnourished at before and at referral. They were both nursed back to health…and they now both go to the same church and are doing WELL! SO AMAZING IS GOD’S CARE AND LOVE FOR THEM!!! I have like 18 pictures you just have to see–so instead of overwhelming my blog page and making you scroll down over and over…I thought it would be more fun to show them all in 30 seconds to music;) SO…here goes…(turn off music up top and click on center below to start the slideshow!)

I am so thankful to have another family in our church and close by who have hearts for little ones, big families and adoption. And what a BLESSING to have all of our children so close in age!!!

Last but not least for Friday—a little science lesson for you about spiders. Did you know spiders are not insects but arachnids. They eat insects:). And if you go out on our front porch right now…you’ll see four of these bad boys…

When the Carleys were leaving, Silas decided to check one out a little too close and made him jump. BUT no worries. Because although this spider is BIG–it is harmless to humans. It’s a simple black and yellow garden spider. His favorite food is moths and flies. AND the one pictured above is a MALE. Male garden spiders always make a zigzag formation just below the center of their web. You can usually also find the lady spider close by in her own web which is typically TWICE the size of the male spider. Just a little FYI to get your brains up and ready for school ahead!

Alright folks…THAT was just Friday! I can’t wait to share Saturday where we celebrated the end of summer with our VBFFs the DENTONS! We had water craziness in our backyard and it was so much fun. Now…I have to run–all FOUR are NAPPING at the same time…but today is the OFFICIAL last day for us…and I do believe there are 2 kiddos that need to be stirred in a bit. They are being treated to a movie and ICE CREAM! Then…home again, home again, jiggity jig…where we’ll be laying out school clothes, praying for our first day and reading “The night before kindergarten…”

Hope you all had a GREAT weekend!!! I’ll be sharing our Saturday fun on Monday while I’m crying over coffee at my two older ones being in school. I have a sitter lined up for Frank so Richard and I can both sit with them in morning chapel and wish them well on their first day together!!! Oh my babies are growing up!!! Oh I can’t think about it any longer!!!! Compose yourself Andrea. Okay. More pictures to come:)

angie - August 15, 2010 - 2:41 pm

these pictures are BEAUTIFUL…as usual 🙂 i sat here with tears in my eyes watching the little video. all the kids’ faces are PRICELESS and then there is my little wiggly wild man. LOVE IT!!!

thanks for capturing these moments, andrea!
can’t wait to capture so many more with the littles while the big kids are at school!

Erica - August 15, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Gorgeous pictures. Can’t wait to meet you someday. Love those Carley’s yes we do!!!

april - August 15, 2010 - 3:16 pm

oh i love the pics and love how you celebrate stuff like that! I want to do the same! i just love the way you take pics! Is your room that white and beautiful or is that effects? also i just giggled when I read your comment about Isaac’s belly touching the cushion…that is WAY TOO CUTE! :0)

admin - August 15, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Oh April, this momma doesn’t have time for effects…so that room is really that WHITE! It is the ONE place in my house that stays white! How? I have no idea…but it has so far:). The kids say, “The white room!!! Quick get out of here!” So funny!

Heather Nordstrom - August 15, 2010 - 10:15 pm

Oh, how I wish we had a Krispy Kreme close by! After living in Georgia for almost 9 years we came to LOVE them. Now living in NE, the closest one is 90 mi. away. 🙁 Our kids LOVE your children and like to watch the videos of Isaac over & over (eating green beans, the popsicle..) When I say – come look at the pics of Frank – they immed. know who I mean!
Heather Nordstrom

Julie Bennett - August 15, 2010 - 10:20 pm

Love the pictures! Andrea, I always look forward to seeing your posts. I love how you make the most of each day and truly enjoy these times with your kids. They grow so quickly! My oldest just turned 20! Not sure how that happened so quickly. It’s sad to have her off to school (in CA and we live in OH), but know that she is in God’s will. Continue enjoying and thanking God for the blessing of each day!

Lara - August 15, 2010 - 11:00 pm

Those Ethiopian babes are just about the yummiest thing I’ve ever seen! And Frank with the donut is hilarious. You must save those for his first date. Or wedding slide show. Good luck, Mama! I’m sending one off to preschool soon, so I’ll probably be crying in my coffee too!

Jenni - August 16, 2010 - 12:20 am

Andrea! I just love your blog! The pics are too cute and that sweet little Frank. . . I could eat him up! Hope you are doing well. Jenni (1in17)

Kim - August 16, 2010 - 1:44 am

WOW! What a blessing to have the family of friends from church. I love how God provides.
And your photos make me want to enroll in a photography class NOW!
What gorgeous shots!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Ashley - August 16, 2010 - 11:51 am

loved the spider lesson…see, you are a natural homeschooler! =)

yesterday while out 2 lunch after church i spotted a family that had a couple little adopted loves and i went up to the mom. i told her we are adopting from ethiopia and she invited me to an ethiopian adoption support group here!! i didn’t even know it existed. so glad i ran into her!

Jennifer - August 16, 2010 - 4:21 pm

So sad Krispy Kreme went out of business near us! Probably better for my waistline. So makes me want a KK and a Mild and Mellow coffee (think that is what it was called…it’s been too long)! My mouth is watering!!! Love the pictures!!!!!! Thanks for chatting Sat.!