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Love. This. Song.


I heard this song on the radio while cruisin’ in the mini-van this week…and just had to put it to pictures. We were playing all day yesterday outside…blowing bubbles…not saying much at all—and I RAN inside to grab my camera to capture the moment.

About 5 years ago, I started my photography business—and I loved it. I would shoot 2 days a week…but soon—I realized that even 2 days…even if it was just for a few hours in the morning…was just too much time away from them. It goes by so quickly—and I don’t want to miss one single moment. I closed my business in November when we got put on our agency’s waitlist…and now–I’m capturing my babies only:). And…I LOVE IT. No, it’s not always easy being a stay-at-home mommy (especially when there are babies who nap in the morning and afternoon and you are literally homebound)…but I feel like I should often pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming…because there is no other place I’d rather be. As we patiently😉 wait for travel dates…I can’t believe some times that I’m this blessed to be a mommy of 4 children 5 and under. One…followed by another and another and another.

We were looking at pictures this week of more and more and more babies in orphanages that need homes. A few hours later I got a list from an orphanage in Uganda with the details of this month’s 20 or so new babies…where they are from…and how they were found. My heart…breaks…because those babies deserve “blowing bubbles experiences” like these…and they deserve a mommy and daddy to help give them wings. I sat there beside my hubby—looked at him and said, “Oh Rich…can we bring home another?” And I catch myself…already dreaming again…but this time–of her. I pray one day we can grow…again. But for now–I’m really, really, really itching for travel dates to get Isaac home. But until my phone rings…I’m relishing the moments…

May your heart be refreshed as you enjoy the moments. May the Lord give you strength to pour into the children He has given you…to love them through HIS love. And you ultimately feel His love as you love them.

Have a blessed weekend.



Kim - June 4, 2010 - 1:10 am

You have NO idea how YOU INSPIRE me.
How do you find the time to do it all? Mom extraordinaire. Gifted photographer. Brilliant writer. Adoption advocate. God glorifier. Craft creator. Home maker. Memory catcher. Wonderful wife. Fabulous friend. Wiphan humanitarian.
Is the house next door for sale by any chance? :o)
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Elle J - June 4, 2010 - 1:15 am

I am married to a photographer and artist ~ I can appreciate all the moments captured on film of your family. Something extra cool when your spouse is the one doing it compared to someone you hire. You truly get the essence of that in which you are looking to preserve. I bet your husband appreciates it greatly too. And that song ~ yes, a definite good one!!

Natali - June 4, 2010 - 1:38 am

i love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love LOVE your heart! And i can’t wait to pour into the children of Mali and show them His love and see what GOD has in store :))

Gini - June 4, 2010 - 8:06 am

That was beautiful! And, oh, I know what you mean about seeing pictures of so many babies and children without mommies and daddies. It just is NOT okay.

julie@Flitterbugs - June 4, 2010 - 8:26 am

SO beautiful. I know what you mean about dreaming of the next, and the next, and the next…..! Last night we were outside in the garden. Samuel was picking blackberries and Kenny was chasing the chickens with Landis and Evangeline, and my heart jsut screamed: “There is room for more! So many more children should/could have this!”

Christina - June 4, 2010 - 10:09 am

Oh, that song puts a lump in my throat. Put pictures to it and the tears start flowing! Love you.

Lauren - June 4, 2010 - 10:18 am

Andrea — I’m already dreaming of “her” too… but we’ve got to get Tucker home first… but I’m not done! No where near it! I love the video… precious!

Tammy - June 4, 2010 - 10:47 am

I appreciate all of your work! The photos, the writing, the inspiration, the crafts, ALL of it! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your life! Amazing!!

Erin Hamilton - June 4, 2010 - 3:13 pm

You really are so talented! I’m similarly reminded each day through my daughter how much fun summertime is.

Received your totally adorable (but not at all necessary) thank you in the mail today. Your newest son is just so cute!! That smile will surely be even bigger (if possible) once he comes home with you.

Deborah - June 4, 2010 - 6:08 pm

Loved, loved, loved this vignette! It captures your family so beautifully! Can’t wait to see more photos of Isaac!!!!!

Melanie Strobel - June 8, 2010 - 8:41 am

This video is stunning! I love all the inspirational stuff you do to encourage others and glorify God. You rock sister! Can you tell us who sings this song. LOVE IT. xox