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i am thankful…

I think I have the most amazing friends and blog readers:).Thank you for the sweet words and prayers that have been sent on our behalf. I am so thankful.

I received some results back I had taken for a 2nd opinion from another doctor…and what they found lines right up with what the first doctor thought. I think we may just be on a journey–a little detour…but I’m ever confident about the Lord’s plans for us to one day adopt again…even if it isn’t now. We want this momma to be completely 100% before growing again–so we will wait on the One who called us…and rest in His perfect plan (often easier said than done;)…it’s day by day over here. I go to the rheumatologist on monday for more tests–yet…I’m 99% sure what we’re dealing with but still want to be sure. Will share soon–thank you for your continued prayers. The Lord is good ALL the time.

Job says it best in Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.”

The Lord has been ever present with me as we seek Him and hold on to Him–walking by faith and NOT by sight. I am reminded in 1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not a God of confusion, but of peace“. And in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind“…so I will not let fear creep in.

I need to catch y’all up on our hilarious adventure home from West Virginia (which started with Frankie baby pulling the fire alarm as we left Embassy Suites Tuesday morning:). We made one too many stops on the way home hitting almost every landmark imaginable (from 1781 live pioneer re-enactment TO Davy Crockett’s birth site TO the original Lollipop shop in Jonesborough, TN…the list goes on…and I’ll grace you guys with those pictures soon). BUT for now…just gonna share some moments that melted my heart with a bit of His word that I hope might also minister to you…

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

…your works are wonderful, I know that full well…

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.

…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” Psalm 139:13-18

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” Psalm 139:13-18

“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths…

You care for people and animals alike, O Lord…

All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

…You feed them from abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your rivers of delight.”Psalm 36:5-8

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

From full hands and a full heart…I am thankful…

Resting and waiting on His plans,


Elle J - November 11, 2011 - 1:39 am

Beautiful verses, beautiful family photos. Only thing missing – was you in the photos!! =) We are praying for you. Unfortunately, the word rheumatologist and auto-immune is all too familiar with my family. And while I don’t know the specifics, I DO know strong women like you (and my mom) are fighters and you will embrace “the new” and keep going. Stay strong as you have been – God is with you every step of the journey.

Christy - November 11, 2011 - 5:50 am

Oh girl, that’s where we have been for over 2 years, waiting on health issues that keep us from things but also grow us like crazy. Am praying for you – I know how hard it is to wait through these things!

Maury - November 11, 2011 - 7:11 am

I love you, Andrea! I am praying for you and hoping for your recovery and renewal. Please keep me posted.

Naomi - November 11, 2011 - 7:18 am

Just beautiful pictures and scriptures. Thank you for ministering to us all in the midst of so much uncertainty for your family at this time.

‘The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those who trust in Him’ Nahum 1:7

Praying for you!


Naomi - November 11, 2011 - 7:22 am

oops looks like an error occurred when posting!!! Ha, ha!! That is the funniest comment I have ever seen! I meant to say:

Just beautiful pictures. Thank you for ministering to us all in the midst of so much uncertainty for your family.

‘The LORD is good. A stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those who trust in HIm’ Nahum 1:7

Praying for you!


Alison - November 11, 2011 - 8:32 am

Simply BEAUTIFUL, Andrea! Love your heart! Praying for you! I know that God has a perfect plan for your family!!!

missy - November 11, 2011 - 9:14 am

i LOVE that your post starts out with thankfulness even though the results may not have been what you hoped. praying isaiah 26:3 for you.

gorgeous photos!!!

Meredith - November 11, 2011 - 9:21 am

Andrea, I am praying for you. I know this must be a difficult time for you. I went through a similar situation when we first started our adoption and I just didn’t understand the Lord’s timing. Of course, you know, that He is always faithful!!! Praying for you, friend!

Becca - November 11, 2011 - 9:51 am

You are in our prayers sweet friend! Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart and beautiful pictures with us!

Leigh - November 11, 2011 - 10:17 am

Praying peace, hope, comfort and faith all over your precious family!

Megan - November 11, 2011 - 10:18 am

Gorgeous photos and perfect words from Him.

Kim Bedzyk - November 11, 2011 - 11:02 am

Lifting you up in prayer Andrea, with much love…

Jennifer Needham - November 11, 2011 - 5:30 pm

You have been on my mind and in my prayers. Thank goodness you are on this journey with Jesus, your healer! Praying for continued peace and complete healing! Blessings, Jenny