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FIRST and most important…guess who made ANOTHER milestone?! Our little man!!! He has been home 5 months. We arrived back in the U.S. on July 2nd–5 months ago and he was 11 months old. In FIVE (5!) months, Isaac has learned to sit independently, eat babyfoods (he couldn’t do textures or any solids when we brought him home), eat fingerfoods, CRAWL!!!, say: mama, dada, bird (isn’t that funny that those are his words…BIRD of all things…but you all know how I feel about birds!), and LAST week he did this for the FIRST time!! He is a rockstar now at his NEW milestone and we are SO PROUD!!! AT 16 months old…he can…(drum roll please!!!)

Isn’t he getting so strong!! (excuse the diaper…I had been trying to catch this on film for days and I got it…so there ya go!) AND he is making the “s” sound, “t” sounds and “l” sound!!! AND he works on the Vtech computer:). He is a GENIOUS!!!! (On a serious, mommy brag note–our pediatrician really does think he is SUCH a bright little man–and I agree!!! He has this momma ALL figured out too…he knows if he cries out an any hour–he has a momma with a weakness who will come running to his bedside–and usually plop him right beside her at night!) There isn’t a day that I am not SO humbled and thankful that GOD WOULD CHOOSE US to raise yet another one of His precious children.

Please say a prayer on Tuesday at 9am (EST) as Isaac goes under anesthesia for a minor surgery with our urgologist. Please pray for a speedy recovery. He really is doing GREAT–and we are most thankful for an incredible homeopathic doctor we found that helped us learn that Isaac doesn’t have asthma or half of the other things we were unsure about. After finding this new doctor several months ago, our sick visits are no more–and we are finally finding our new grove and just enjoying our sweet family of 6! Yes, we are crazy…things are usually messy…but we are loving life—and mommy even has time and energy for crafts again!!! (Along with planning the adoption retreat and monthly fun meetings for our local African Family Fellowship!!!) ALSO on the prayer list–please pray for one of my bestfriends Melissa who is in Uganda RIGHT NOW going through the court process to bring home her beautiful son who just turned 2 years old. Melissa and Dee were brave and took their 4 year old Henry and 2 year old Mary Taylor WITH THEM to Uganda! Please keep their family, travel, health and safety in your prayers!!! I hope to have some sweet airport home-coming pictures to share with you all in January if everything goes as planned the next few weeks and over the Christmas holidays. Dee will return next week with their son, while Melissa stays in Uganda with both 2 year olds while things are finalized. PLEASE keep this momma in your prayers!!!
Isaac also made his debut on the big screen at church this morning! He waved at the camera and was a HAM while daddy tried to keep him quiet and mommy shared about Wiphan to our church’s congregation. Our church is really helping us spread the word–and we are so thankful. If you would ever like to join us in being a voice–and sharing with others in your church about Wiphan–please let me know and I’ll send you information how you can do this through media, flyers and a short slideshow about Wiphan Care Ministry!

Last but not least—a craft. EVERY now and then…I’ll take on Martha Stewart. Her crafts are usually too intense for me. BUT when I saw this one and realized it’d cost me $3 at most to pull it off—I decided to go for it! I’m still not done. I need to do the top of the stair way and attach ribbons where they touch the top of the rail…but here is my work in progress! (Won’t the ribbons hanging down make a pretty finishing touch!)The only thing I had to pay for was silver spraypaint. Martha used glue and mica–which sounded too messy to me. I opted for a can of silver spray paint. Parker gathered the magnolia leaves from the yard, Rico Suave spraypainted, and I hotglued them to little cardboard arches. You can see how Martha did hers here. Kuddos to Martha for thinking to break down the cardboard stock. And don’t waste your money on cardboard stock–just take apart some boxes as things arrive in the mail. This is really super easy–and super cheap. The way I like my crafts:).

Okay guys I’ll probably be MIA some this week helping my little man recover…hopefully he will have no more UTIs afterwards. My goal this week is to also get my Christmas cards addressed and in the mail! Isn’t it the most fun to get cards in the mail each day!!! Hope you all have a GREAT day!!!



Karly - December 6, 2010 - 12:18 am

Hi Andrea,

That is incredible!! Praising God with you as you and your family celebrate another milestone. I have followed your blog for a long time now, but I’ve never commented before. I’ve been a lurker. 🙂 My husband and I are just beginning the process of adopting our first child from Uganda and I can’t tell you how much of an encouragement your blog has been to me. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Blessings, Karly

Debb - December 6, 2010 - 12:22 am

BLESSINGS to you and Isaac! May the surgery go wonderfully and the post-surgical healing go quickly!…….and may he be spared any more UTIs!!!!! :o) Great garland! Go girl! And WOW!!! Your friend is a brave soul, keeping her two children with her while she stays in Uganda and visits her son! Sending Prayers all around! :o)

Jenny - December 6, 2010 - 8:27 am

just have to say that i am soooo proud of ITY and so proud of you all! God is so good!

SleepyMom - December 6, 2010 - 9:01 am

Praying everything involved with the surgery goes smoothly. My little guy had a urological surgery when he was one too. He did so much better than I ever could have imagined. We were so nervous but he was even a champ about not getting to eat or drink anything before hand (which we honestly thought would lead to one very long meltdown). He was wanting to play and eat within 30min of waking up from the anasthesia and mostly wanting them to take that IV out of his foot!
Good luck and God bless tomorrow.

april - December 6, 2010 - 9:17 am

look at that adorable behind of his…he is scrumptious and such a miracle! so happy to see him hit another milestone!

Kristin - December 6, 2010 - 11:26 am

Sweet baby! Melt my heart why don’t ya!

Sandi - December 6, 2010 - 11:50 am

We will be praying for health for all, skilled hands to do the surgery, & a miraculous recovery. God placed orphans heavily on my heart & even though my hubby is not quite ready to adopt, I have you to thank for making me aware of Wiphan. It feels so good to know that we are supporting such an amazing cause. I would like donate my wedding dress for them to auction off but I’m not sure how to make that happen. I was saving it for my adopted daughter but feel like it would be special to have the proceeds go to Wiphan to help not one child but many. Thank you for sharing your journey. It touches my heart as I wait for my hubby to say yes to adopt!

Rebecca Harley - December 6, 2010 - 1:11 pm

way yo go – ITY!!!!! Praying for you all tomorrow

Dawn - December 6, 2010 - 2:14 pm

OK so seriously when I saw the video I started to tear up!!! Because I still remember his referral….and praying….knowing that it might not have turned out this way- BUT GOD!!!!! BUT GOD said- I have heard all of your cries and am using this AMAZING little boy to do the impossible!!!! Oh I am getting goosebumps 🙂 LOVE IT!!!

missy - December 6, 2010 - 2:41 pm

was that a blog post he was writing on the vtech? love that he continues to have those milestones. hope he has a good recovery.

Amy @ Filled With Praise - December 6, 2010 - 10:39 pm

Yay Isaac!!! So happy for your little man. He continues to do so well. Such an answer to prayers. Love you all!

Megan - December 7, 2010 - 12:45 am

Super cute! The mica would be pretty…but yes, messy (and expensive…we focked 6 giganto trees for our December wedding 7 years ago and the cost was up there…even buying in bulk).
Feel better mr ITY!

molly White - December 10, 2010 - 7:49 am

HUGE tears shot out of my eyes when I watched this video! So awesome!!! I am so proud of this little guy! Merry Christmas!