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Finally in my arms…

This will be short and sweet because he’s sleeping–and my sister, April, will probably be updating you all and documenting this week for our baby book sake from here on out. The day was good—but hard. Isaac is sick–a bad cold we think. He is just having trouble breathing and it makes sleeping and eating hard for him. He was VERY bonded with his special mother at the orphanage–so he had a really hard time today. He is sleeping now–and when he is not sleeping…quite honestly…he is crying:(. Bless him.

Please pray that we will connect and he would begin to trust me. Pray that he is healed from his congestion and can rest and eat easily. He is beautiful–tinier than I expected and VERY fearful of strangers. Pray he will not be afraid and his heart will be filled with peace that I know only the Lord can do.

Thank you for praying. Many more pictures to come! Here is a closer one for you to munch on–and April will be uploaded some of our GOTCHA moments later too!

Elle J - June 27, 2010 - 12:59 pm

ANDREA!!! He is beautiful!! Melts my heart, and giving praise and glory to God!

Heather Wamble - June 27, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Oh, Andrea! He’s just beautiful! I’ll be praying for a smooth transition for Isaac, for healing for his sickness, and for him to feel peace and how much he’s loved by his new mommy. And prayers for the other kiddos & you & Richard, too. Hugs to you sweet friend, and take care!

JonesEthiopia - June 27, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Oh, Andrea, what beautiful pictures. I will pray that Isaac gets stronger, healthier, and more peaceful. My E was the same way when we were in Ethiopia. I know how hard it can be. With that said, I am so happy to see him finally in your arms.

Kim D. - June 27, 2010 - 1:11 pm

OH MY WORD!! My heart just stopped!! What a precious moment! We will be praying for you and Isaac… Jesus, please wipe away those tears and heal Isaac’s little body! Can’t wait to see Isaac in person!!

Karen - June 27, 2010 - 1:16 pm

He is beautiful. I am sure this is going to be a tough road for Isaac, but you are one of the most loving moms and he is in he best of hands. Thinking of you.

April - June 27, 2010 - 1:22 pm

YEA! I came from church and had to check and see if there was an update! He is such a cutie. I am hoping he feels better soon. Jacob and I talked on the way to church that you may be holding him for the 1st time right then! praying for you & sweet little man!

Jenny - June 27, 2010 - 1:24 pm

andrea he’s PRECIOUS! this is the sweetest thing!!!! he looks like he’s got some CUTE chunky cheeks!!! chunky is what we want for sure 🙂 i hope he feels better sooooon! praying for you and Isaac!

Emily - June 27, 2010 - 1:36 pm

Oh, he’s PERFECT! Praying for you all now.

kristi johnson - June 27, 2010 - 1:40 pm

oh, hurt me…I could just eat him up…He’s way “thicker” than I imagined…he looks VERY healthy..could you start him on a antibiotic incase he has an ear infection or such since he’s having trouble breathing and might clear the thick junk…LL had that too when we picked her up…very snotty!! Oh, he’s too cute…can’t wait for more, kj

Jenn - June 27, 2010 - 1:42 pm

That’s a beautiful picture friend 🙂 Praying that his congestion clears quickly and he trusts you completely. You just worry about soaking him up and we will cover you in prayer!


Kristin - June 27, 2010 - 1:44 pm

OH Andrea. He’s beautiful and looks SO peaceful and content lying on you: perfectly depicts the “BABE of your heart!” Congratulations friend!

Amber - June 27, 2010 - 1:45 pm

What a sweetie! Definitely “chunkier” than I expected, but even more beautiful! Praying for Isaac’s adjustment and that he feels well soon. Looking forward to the next update!

Ashley Fairley - June 27, 2010 - 1:53 pm

He is a little angel… I am relieved to see him with you. We’ve had a crazy weekend… my oldest son had to have an emergency appendectomy Friday night, so my attention has been completely on him. My packing and preparing for the trip has been put on hold for a few more hours and I just sat down to check in on you. Can’t wait to see more pictures of that sweet boy and I will definitely be lifting you all up in my prayers. So happy for you.

Tiffany - June 27, 2010 - 1:58 pm

I’ve been checking your blog like a stalker today. 🙂 I was thrilled to see pictures!!! He is so precious. Those poor babies all seem to have nasty colds – Caleb had one too. I just double-checked your blog because I couldn’t remember how old he was…8 months! I didn’t realize he was just a bit younger than Caleb (who just turned one). Maybe they can be buddies…how precious! 🙂 Congratulations and I will spend some time praying for sweet Isaac today. It is amazing how palpable the fear and sadness is…even for these tiny little ones.

Dawn - June 27, 2010 - 2:01 pm

WOW- WHAT A MOMENT!!! I just can’t say how exciting it is to finally see him in your arms! Praying for healing physically & spiritually. So tough sometimes in the beginning, but we serve a GOD who is REALLY BIG & LOVES TO HEAL!!! Praying!!!!

Amy - June 27, 2010 - 2:04 pm

praying for your sweet baby and for your family.

Vanessa - June 27, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Love to you!!! He is beautiful! Singing praises to our LORD and Savior that little Isaac is finally in your arms! I’ll be praying for his health.

emily v - June 27, 2010 - 2:43 pm

He’s beautiful. So grateful he is in his mama’s arms!! I remember crying as much as Evyn did the first days she was with us (oh how she screamed!). It took her awhile to warm up and trust us. God is the Great Physician and healer…praying Isaac is physically and emotionally healed quickly. Praying for wisdom for you as you navigate these moments and first days of learning your new son. Much love…


Chrystal - June 27, 2010 - 2:57 pm

Oh Andrea, he is absoutely precious as they get. Prayers are coming your way.. for BOTH of you. For ALL of you. It seems like the first few days are always the hardest.. on everyone.. and then that magical thing happens called.. TRUST. ((hugs)).. Hang in there and I am praying for lots & lots of strength during this beautiful transition period. SO SO happy for you & your family.

Sara - June 27, 2010 - 3:04 pm

He is soooooooo adorable! I can’t wait to see more pictures. So heartbreaking that he is having a hard adjustment. I will be praying.

Lauren - June 27, 2010 - 3:06 pm

wow…. he is so gorgeous!!! He has plumped up so much! This is such a peaceful moment and perfect picture!!! I am PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING for his health and his little heart… poor guy has been through so much… breaks my heart just thinking about it. He’s so blessed to have you as his mamma now!!

Jenny - June 27, 2010 - 4:03 pm

I’m So excited for you guys!!! Prayers being lifted up from Arkansas:)

Sarah - June 27, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Andrea!!! It is so wonderful to see him in your arms! Bete had a really hard time too because she was so bonded with her special mothers – praying for Isaac’s little heart as he adjusts to all this change, fights sickness and gets to know his mama. Praying for you as you take care of him! Can’t stop looking at the pictures of your precious little man in your arms….ahh…love it!!!! 🙂


melissa - June 27, 2010 - 4:22 pm

OH Goodness! He is so much bigger than I thought he was going to be, at least from the pictures!! Just precious!! I will pray that he will start bonding with you really soon! Praise Jesus…Your son is in your arms!!! Truly amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Megan - June 27, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Oh Andrea!!! He is SO beautiful…and he has chubbed up A LOT since that sweet referral picture! I’ve been thinking about you ALL morning and in church I couldn’t even contain my tears thinking of how momentous this day was for you. PRAYING for his healing, his health, his adjustment and your bonding. DROOLING over his sweet picture and looking forward to more!

Liv - June 27, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I am so thrilled for you. Will be praying for your little guy’s congestion and that the Lord would calm his little heart and help him to feel comfortable with you.

Kim - June 27, 2010 - 9:20 pm

It is truly priceless to see him in your arms at last.
You know you can count on my prayers for wellness and bonding!
Praising Him from Hong Kong!

Sherry - June 27, 2010 - 9:57 pm

He is perfect and beautiful!!!!! I am so happy for you. God will comfort him, and he will bond to you as much as you have to him. We have thought about you all day and checked all day for pictures. I hope and pray that he is well soon.