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One less orphan…(the faces of children whose lives forever changed in 2010!)

I’m still resting up…but I had to share this. (Please turn off music up top before watching these)

Faces of Adoption from Videos for AGCI on Vimeo.

Much of my being tired and needing to slow down is due to the fact we grew our family this year through adoption and we have added LOTS of extras to our plate. But lemme tell ya this. It. Is. Worth. It. Imagine this. Me and Isaac…we slow-danced today…just me and my little guy to this today…

K-LOVE – Meredith Andrews “What It Means To Love” LIVE from K-LOVE Radio on Vimeo.

As we danced and I looked at him…as he giggled and giggled…and giggled some more…I thought about that plane ride with Richard. How badly I wanted my husband to say YES–but I knew I had to trust my husband and follow his lead…but OH how my heart wanted to say yes—yes to the list of unknowns…yes to our agency saying “he is 8 months and can barely lift his head…but he smiles”…say yes because I knew in my heart that this baby deserved a mommy who would fight for him. Well—we have fought this year…and now we dance. And he giggles…and giggles…and giggles. And–the hard parts…the tired parts…the oh-my-gosh-can-we-do-this-parts…YES–they are all worth it.

May the leaps of faith you take trusting the Lord in the big and in the small result in moments like these…where you sit back, shake your head…wipe away a tear realizing how good God’s plans really are! And then–may you also dance. Off to bed folks…this momma thinks she’s hanging up her hat to the days of being a night owl. Need to be rested for my bunch. Love to you all! And watch that first video again–and praise God for every face you see!!! These are the faces of 2010–children who are NO LONGER orphans…but dearly loved children…children with mommies and daddies who love them, who fight for them, who make them giggle…and of course…dance with them. Oh how good it is to be a mom to one of those! Praying for ALL of you mommas who are bringing home the ONE LESS faces of 2011!!! IT’S WORTH THE RIDE FRIENDS…hang tight…and you’ll be dancing before you know it!

Bobi Bobbitt - December 9, 2010 - 11:05 pm

LOVE this, Andrea! I so needed this encouragement tonight as we begin this journey in 2011! I am trusting that maybe this time next year we will be dancing with our little girl, and she will be ONE LESS! Love you, my sweet friend!

Makenzie - December 9, 2010 - 11:23 pm

Thank you Andrea… this week has been so special to us and this brought tears to my eyes! I can’t wait for the day that I’m dancing with my little one.

Dawn - December 9, 2010 - 11:42 pm

Loved seeing your pic in the video 🙂
Also…..this passed week in Sunday School we talked about Faith being sure of what you believe!!! It is something you are sure of because you have studied God’s Word, you have that relationship, and you KNOW IT TO BE TRUE!!!! Love this 🙂

Meredith - December 10, 2010 - 11:53 am

I have watched that video so many times. I love it and can’t wait until our daughter’s face is among the many adorable ones who are no longer orphans. Thank you for reminding me that it will be worth it. Today was just one of those days, where I needed a reminder.

Alison - December 10, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Thanks for your prayers for all of us mommas of the 2011 children coming home!! Can’t wait to have our baby girl home…and I LOVE the AGCI video!!

Chasity - December 10, 2010 - 6:51 pm

*tears* So excited to (hopefully) be telling our own one less..well hopefully 2 less…story next Christmas!

Rest well Andrea!

Julia - December 11, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Hey! I found your blog through a friend a few weeks ago and I keep coming back. I love your heart for the Lord and your children. I am in tears watching that video and am also that wife who would love for her husband to say yes! Thanks for allowing us all a glimpse into your life.