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Don’t try this at home…

***Turn music off up top before watching…

I’m just saying…that can’t be good for your neck;). Sorry…after my day—I needed a little humor:-).

We made it successfully (depending on how you define success) through my first day home with all 4 kiddos (4 kids 5 and under…with 2 babies who like to be held)! I won’t lie and say it wasn’t a hard day–it wasn’t easy. BUT I know as time goes by it will get easier:). Frank went to the cabinet and pulled out a bottle for himself every time he saw me feeding Isaac. So, much of the day–I had two babies laying in my lap…9 months apart and thankfully—Isaac would giggle through it. He thinks Frank is very funny. When Frank whines, he even giggles—which Frank doesn’t always see the humor in. P and L stepped up to the plate today–and I’m amazed at their hearts. They helped me clean up after the babies and even entertained them some while I fixed lunches. Today I’m most thankful…for Isaac’s sweet giggle, for Frank’s new march (he hits the music to our “Little Drummer Boy” book and marches around the room pulling only one leg up in a march stance…precious!), for Laney’s motherly heart and desire, and for Parker’s leadership and positive attitude. It’s amazing to see how adoption not only changes your heart–but all of your children as well. What a joy and blessing the Lord rains down on your family as you trust Him!

Also…I have had several people ask about the two special ones at Bethzatha. I’m contacting them to get more info on these precious ones, and as soon as I have all the information I hope we can advocate for them. They are precious in His sight!!! Thank you for praying for them!!!

Elle J - July 7, 2010 - 1:02 am

YAY to success! The best part of your blog was reading how you chose to look at all the positives of your day. “Step by Step You’ll lead me…and I will follow You all of my days!” lyrics by Rich Mullins … keep the tunes rollin’ and Praising God. Well done, Andrea and kiddos!!

Megan - July 7, 2010 - 2:19 am

Oh wow! That is incredible! Can’t wait to experience it for myself.
So thrilled to see (or rather hear) your children loving up on one another and you…such sweet little ones you have. I so appreciate you always looking on the bright side – what an amazing example you are to everyone around you! The joy in your heart is so evident in the way you “speak”.
And yes, its bound to get easier as you go.

april - July 7, 2010 - 2:37 am

ouch! my head hurts just from watching that video! :0)

shea Gilbert - July 7, 2010 - 3:01 am

Thank you for your awesome blog. An adoption friend from atlanta sent me a link. We also adopted a little boy with the last name “temesgen” 2 years ago. He was 6 months old and that makes 4 kids now in our family. It IS crazy, but it’s so worth it….Now we live in Oakland, CA and people really think we’re nuts b/c no one has 4 kids out here.
Even 2 years down the road, adopting our son has been the biggest blessing for all of us. The older kids will probably someday adopt as adults….it’s just normal to them. May the Lord bless you and keep you in the next weeks as you all adjust to the new normal!!!

Rachel Campbell - July 7, 2010 - 8:23 am

Wow! Those were some fantastic figure eights with the hair:) HUGS…

Caytie - July 7, 2010 - 10:06 am

Andrea, I am thinking of you during these transition days and praying for His strength to carry you! He goes before us and we can rest in that! So excited to see how precious little Isaac is adjusting and just look at how wonderful this is for your family!!! Truly a gift to each of your children.

kelly apisa - July 7, 2010 - 10:40 am

I have sincerely enjoyed reading your posts from Ethiopia…you are a very good writer and your passion and love for the Lord shine through!! I related with this post b/c our daughters are three months apart. We thought they would be more like a year apart, but our wait time for our daughter got longer and longer and their ages got closer and closer. That first year was hard, but what a HUGE blessing. They are the best of buddies now and I cannot imagine one without the other. The Lord brought our daughter home at the perfect time!! But there were, and still are, days that I have both on my lap or hip and just have to smile (or I would cry !!!) I look forward to following your adventure with your newest son. Please stop by our blog, Be encouraged and know that you have been such a blessing to others in your obedience!

emily - July 7, 2010 - 10:58 am

When my first 4 were all under 5, I measured a successful day by this: they were fed, safe, and loved…………being clean was an added bonus, not me, them. My showers were infrequent! 🙂 Just enjoy the time, I promise I can hardly remember those days now. Now the big kids help so much with the little ones, it is easier!

natali - July 7, 2010 - 11:00 am

oh my goodness! that lady looks like her head should fly off with all that movement! 😀

and that’s so encouraging to hear how P and L are helping you :)) praying for you today as you go through your day with 4 kids 5 and under.

Jenni Smith - July 7, 2010 - 6:01 pm

I have so enjoyed reading your blog. We are in the adoption process as well. We will be going to Hannahs Hope hopefully next summer. Keep posting!


Helen Carlock - July 7, 2010 - 8:48 pm

You are a such a positive influence on everyone that knows you. Only you could do this. I can’t imagine how hard it is right now but you can find something good in everything and that is so beautiful.

Kristen - July 7, 2010 - 10:16 pm

I have enjoyed reading your blog for the past couple of months! We have just applied to an agency to adopt from Ethiopia. I was glad to see someone else adopting who already has young kids too! We have 3 yr. old twins and a 12 month old. Blessings to your family!

Amy Nabors - July 8, 2010 - 9:12 am

Oh I just want to go to the chiropractor after watching that video. Oww..Praying for you as you and your sweet little ones adjust.