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Growth at our house…

[FIRST…I have to say THANK YOU sweet friends for REJOICING with us at the AMAZING MIRACULOUS news of Isaac Temesgen’s good doc report! I feel like we need to break out of the cocoon and GO CELEBRATE! Totally think a trip to an Ethiopian restaurant may be in our future!!! Just wanted to tell you all how THANKFUL I am for your prayers as I know MANY of you have been prayer warriors through this…and I am so humbled and THANKFUL. We serve a God who does perfrom miracles still today…and I am still amazed!]

Now…just wanted to show you some of the craziness we are growing at our house…

Laney planted flowers this season in “her” flower bed. They were ALL in those little bags you buy for a buck…and she planted them randomly—and I’m afraid we never watered them. BUT…they GREW!
(See that bag she is holding—they are gummy butterflies! Daddy has been out of town and I took them all out to the candy shop! Lest you think I have it together…I don’t—and while Rich was out of town I used bribery through gummy butterflies (for Laney), a long gummy snake (for Parker) and little gummy frogs (for Frank)…and Isaac was a happy camper with his bottle:) Rich is back now (YAY!)…but you do what you gotta do to maintain peace:)

AND to maintain peace—we also called Aunt Reid who came to babysit Parker, Laney and Frank while I took ITY to the doctor yesterday. She ROCKS. She took the older two to get haircuts (we’ve slacked in that department with all our craziness)…and boy–Parker man returned with some craziness all right!

The FUNNIEST part of all was I caught him making “mean” faces in the bathroom mirror…so I asked him if he’s pretty please make a few for me—which he was happy to:)

Ok…ok…I have to share one more:)

Aren’t those good mean faces?! He begged me to stay up late last night until daddy got home so he could show him his cool hair. I was weak and tired…and Parker, Laney and I cuddled up on the couch and had a movie night until he got home. He totally thought the hair was cool;)

And lastly—growth is also taking form in TUMMY TIME with ITY:). A word from Isaac…

“Hey guys…check this out…I can do tummy time!

“Ok…I don’t always like it…but LOOK how high I can push up now! This is major progress!”

And a happy one to go on…

[And for those of you who love photography and curious about camera settings–the last 3 tummy shots were taken with Canon 5D, 24-70 2.8 lens, natural light with settings: 1/160 shutter speed and 2.8 f.stop…the crazy hair pics are taken w/ same camera, same lens, natural light and 1/250 shutter speed (adjusted b/c the change in natural light) and 2.8 f.stop]

rachel overton - July 14, 2010 - 11:59 pm

oh andrea…he is just precious…and looking so good doing that tummy time:)

Kim - July 15, 2010 - 12:36 am

OH how I love it all.
Gummies as bribery. That amazing sunflower. The rock-star hair. And Isaac showing off his new tricks during tummy time!

Alison - July 15, 2010 - 1:07 am

Love the pics!! Looks like ya’ll are having lots of fun at the Young house these days! 🙂 Precious!

april - July 15, 2010 - 3:49 am

yes andrea, he is scrumptious! I remember as a little girl bringing home sunflower packet or starter from school and planting it with my mom and having her take a picture of me by it when it grew really tall so seeing that pic of your daughter brought back good memories for me! :0) love your boys colorful hair! :0) yay for tummy time isaac! :0)

Tiffany - July 15, 2010 - 7:25 am

Both of those boys are scrumptious!! Thanks for sharing the camera settings.

Tisha Alexander - July 15, 2010 - 7:42 am

Such a beutiful family!!! Look how quickly Isaac is catching up. It won’t be long and he will be crawling! Thanks for the camera settings… great pictures.

Rebecca Harley - July 15, 2010 - 7:45 am

Oh Andrea – I love the hair pictures! My boys would love it:). So excited for you guys – Praise God for His work in Isaac! Continuing to pray for you guys

Jenny - July 15, 2010 - 8:08 am

what great “mean” faces 🙂 and such a strong push up for Isaac!!! yay!

Asher Collie - July 15, 2010 - 9:44 am

Love that Ann Reid! 🙂 I was reading this with Asa laying next to me this morning and he saw Laney and said, “That Quinny?” I said, “No, thats Laney” then he saw a picture or Parker and said, “That Asa!!” I said, “No, thats Parker.” He replied (as if I was joking) “Nooooo, that ASA!” 🙂

Nina - July 15, 2010 - 9:59 am

Now what about ISO? lol
On a side note, I LOVE reading your blog (as do a million other readers, obviously). It just fills my heart with so much joy. I sent yesterday’s on to my husband, it touched me that much. You rock!

Dawn - July 15, 2010 - 12:46 pm

People always ask our secret to having 8 children go shopping, or spend all day hiking, or at a theme park….I have to admit that a bag of gummy bears, twizzlers, or tootsie rolls can work wonders!!!
🙂 Love the flowers!! And the whole tummy time. Yeah, well Joanna is NOT a fan at all…hmmmm…..keep trying, but we will get there. Maybe if I show her the great pics of Isaac she will catch on??

Megan - July 15, 2010 - 4:41 pm

What beautiful pictures. How is Franky doing lately???

Lisa - July 16, 2010 - 9:43 am

I’ve just watched your beautiful dvd about Isaac’s homecoming- tears are still running. Thanks. It is great to watch how God is being glorified with the joy he is giving your family. What an amazing miracle at the Dr’s! He is just beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Jenny - July 16, 2010 - 11:45 am

🙂 adorable!! I love it when Isaac “talks”.

Cool hair and amazing flowers!!! Makes me wanna plant some next year;0)