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Poop, pads, panties, parties and A GIVE AWAY! (what a blog title, huh?!)

FIRST…I updated my blog a little with new colors and new headers:). AND after being with WordPress for almost a YEAR now (oh I miss blogger’s ease!) I finally figured out how to add the “follow me” thing that is so easy to use in blogger!!! SO…my computer illiteracy keeps me from knowing how to have a side-bar…BUT it’s in the footer (that big ole space at the bottom of the page)! SO…even if you already keep up with our blog–if you want to just make me smile knowing that you are out there reading (bloggin’ can feel one sided so often!) just click on the members tab–I’m not sure if it even works–but try it and see if it does.

AND by the way–I’m not sure how you like to read your blogs–but if you sign up to follow all the blogs you DO read–then did you know you can go into and read ALL of the blogs you follow in ALL at once in ONE convenient location! It updates it daily and you can just go login to your google reader and you don’t have to keep opening and closing all the blogs you like to keep up with!

OK…a few more pictures from our weekend that some of our AGCI family sent our way…is our baby not the CUTEST on the planet?! (Ok…maybe a close tie with yours of course;)

NOW…those were to just make me smile–because my day started off with poop. Seriously. I had to collect MORE poop samples from BOTH babies—and send them off once again. Now we are crossing our fingers they are negative and there are no extra living organisms in our babies poop. This is something that just comes with international adoption. SO…if you are getting ready to adopt and bring home your baby–get ready to dig through poop and collect samples. Just sayin’…trying to give you real life people.

After delivering poop to the lab, we journeyed to Wally World—a very diverse Wally world…where ITY decided to scream…and Frankie joined him–and I looked like I had kidnapped both babies as I ran through Walmart throwing in formula and baby food. THEN…got to the checkout and realized I didn’t have my wallet–because I had taken it out at the lab to give them our insurance cards so our poop is covered. SO…I proceeded to run out of Wally World with everyone looking at me and my screaming babies–and BACK in Wally World with my wallet…and then back out to the car once again. Are you tired yet? And THIS my friends is why there is no need for me to go to a gym.

After carpool, lunch and the babies went down for a nap–me and the older kiddos played outside. Parker built a ship out of sticks……this is what you get when you don’t have a playset in your backyard and your kids have to use their imaginations. It may or may not be a good thing. Just sayin’. SO…that’s a ship JUST in case you couldn’t tell;).

Parker and Laney both wanted to play with my camera–and Parker (6) took these of me and Loo-bear in my NEW tshirt that Jenny Wallace surprised me with!!!I LOOOOVE the message on it! It says: Live Simply – so others can simply live This tshirt is JUST $15 and the proceeds go towards their adoption!!! You can buy yours here on their blog!

THANK YOU Jenny for sending me this t-shirt! Jenny and I are kindred spirits…and I just love her family–and I may have to buy a few more!! NOW…just for fun—here is a fun give away!!! If you would like to win one of Jenny’s t-shirts—just leave a comment on my blog today!!! To be entered TWICE…sign up below on the “follow me” thing and see if it works! I’ll draw a winner for the RED or TAN…your choice!!! OR if you buy her t-shirt and don’t need another…you can choose the Wiphan Cookbook instead! (Both of these would make GREAT Christmas gifts!!!) Here is ONE more pictures of the tshirt…

UPDATE ON KORAH AND WIPHAN “IT’S A GIRL THING” PROJECT! The bags, pads and panties are pouring in!!!


From this amazing batch of contributions…many thanks to Deborah Kemp, Tara Quinn, Ginger Marrs, Lisa Cole, Mackenzie Bratcher, Bobi Bobbitt and her panty party crew, Tiffani Hanagan and the girls, and Kristin Banker and team (the ladies of Grace Lutheran Church in Destin)!!! (AND…someone brought me a bag at T4A and gave them to Rico Suave…I need to know who you are so we can thank you!!! ALL OF YOU LADIES ROCK!!!

The ladies at Grace Lutheran went ALL out with their bags…how precious are the embroidered praying hands!


Last but not least—has anyone seen this months Target ads??? I mean SERIOUSLY…who does their new baby model look like??I mean, Frank is already in a movie that is coming out THIS week—we might as well sign ITY up for modeling;). If you look closely you will see this model is a GIRL (she has on teeny little earrings). No wonder I get the comments, “What’s her name??” Richard told me I need to grow ITY’s hair out again like this baby’s.

I’m thinking my little man is perfect JUST the way he is!

Now…sign up to win that t-shirt! And have a great week!

Jennifer - October 4, 2010 - 11:37 pm

WOW…I got to be your “1st Follower”! I am seriously excited about that! 🙂 Does that make me a groupie or maybe just a blog stocker. You decide…LOL! From one “poop digger” to another…Jenny

natali - October 4, 2010 - 11:56 pm

lol. digging through poop…

kristi johnson - October 4, 2010 - 11:56 pm

oh, i want that tshirt…lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve it….what a great one, kj

Khakki - October 4, 2010 - 11:56 pm

Glad to see that Isaac is doing so well! Can’t wait to read more about him in the coming months…Khakki

Amy K - October 4, 2010 - 11:56 pm

Alright, I love the shirt. I may need to order one if I don’t win 🙂 I clicked the follow button too. Hopefully it works 🙂

Sara - October 4, 2010 - 11:58 pm

I DID see that Target ad, and I DID think of your ITY!!!!! So funny!

Kathryn - October 5, 2010 - 12:00 am

I love reading your blog! You and your family are in my prayers daily. God Bless all of you! =}

Elle J - October 5, 2010 - 12:03 am

I love seeing photos of YOU and your family!! And Praise God for all those donations of the bags, pads, and panties. They look very professional and something that any girl/woman would be happy to receive. Way to go!!!

MindyM - October 5, 2010 - 12:06 am

Whew, the whole wally world story tired me out reading it 🙂 Love keeping up with you guys through the blog! Keep up the great work.

Kelly Jo - October 5, 2010 - 12:07 am

Love the shirt…I definately want one! I am faithfully following too! 🙂

Kristy Filbrun - October 5, 2010 - 12:08 am

Ok since I have to comment to maybe win a t-shirt I LOL at the cricket in your last post. I get those in my house and I put a jar on top of them and we tip toe around it all day until my husband gets home. Definitely do NOT want to squish them cause they have alot of guts! Blessings on your sweet family!

Susie Sanders - October 5, 2010 - 12:19 am

If I when the shirt, will my life become more simple? smile!

Janet Anglin - October 5, 2010 - 12:32 am

How fun to see all of the pad kits. My friends and I made 33 more kits that we will be sending soon!

Ashley - October 5, 2010 - 12:57 am

loving all the bags! I can’t wait to add mine to the pile! ps- I also love the shirt!!!

Kellie - October 5, 2010 - 1:25 am

I LOVE the shirt! Thanks for doing all these giveaways to support other families’ adoptions. Oh, and as a sidenote, check out netvibes as another blog-reading spot. You can customize your page and gather all the blog updates in one spot (like google)!

Sara - October 5, 2010 - 1:34 am

I LOVE this tee and the message on it. It has become our family mantra.

I would love to win!

I also clicked the follow button!

Shannon - October 5, 2010 - 2:35 am

Love the shirt and the pictures of your sweeties!

Megan - October 5, 2010 - 2:51 am

Thanks for adding the following thing….just added myself…this will make my life SO much easier! So funny, as I was scrolling to get to the bottom to follow you, I saw the Target add and TOTALLY that that was your little Isaac! CRAZY!

Meredith - October 5, 2010 - 6:27 am

I love the shirt!

tara moore - October 5, 2010 - 6:36 am

Andrea- I faithfully follow your blog. I love your honesty and the hope you give for adoption. I love that shirt and the meaning is so true. Blessings to your family.

Faith - October 5, 2010 - 6:44 am

I love the message on the shirt!

Christy - October 5, 2010 - 6:45 am

Love that shirt! Thanks for the chance to win!

Christy - October 5, 2010 - 6:46 am

Also clicked follow to your blog. Just hoping noone that shouldn’t gets my info since I guess FB shares it that way? You have to agree to share your basic info. Not sure what all that means. 🙂

Makenzie - October 5, 2010 - 7:03 am

I was already following but now I’m officially following 🙂 I would love to win that shirt!! So cute. And Isaac just melts my heart!

jeanne clements - October 5, 2010 - 7:20 am

LOVE that shirt… and I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while…but now I’m a follower!!

Tiffini - October 5, 2010 - 7:32 am

I want that t-shirt!! If I don’t win, I’ll be buying one! Love the Girl Thing stuff pouring in!!!

Sallee Couch - October 5, 2010 - 7:42 am

going to buy a shirt…would love another to give in our basket we’re fixing for an auction for a sweet family raising funds to bring home TWINS!! 3 yr old girls… LOVE the cookbook too!!
blessings to you Andrea!!

julie@Flitterbugs - October 5, 2010 - 7:48 am

What a great shirt! And I love your new blog look! Sweet ITY…..he is soooo precious!

Kelly - October 5, 2010 - 8:13 am

I love the pics of you and the kiddos! 🙂

Deborah L. King - October 5, 2010 - 8:19 am

Thanks for keeping it real. lol

Sarah - October 5, 2010 - 8:24 am

I have been reading your blog for a few weeks. Adoption is something my husband and I are considerng. We playing in a kickball tournament this weekend to help support and raise money for my cousin’s Ethiopian adoption. I would love a shirt! Your family is precious!

Asher Collie - October 5, 2010 - 8:26 am

I love the new blog change. I changed mine yesterday too! It must be in the air. 🙂 And, what a cuuuute shirt! I ordered two cookbooks for wedding presents from Wiphan this past couple weeks and I’m finding I’m a little jealous that I don’t have one of my own. I did get to look through them before giving them away and they are SO wonderful!!! Yes, everyone should go buy one!!!
Holy cow I cannot believe how much that baby looks like Isaac!!!

Alison - October 5, 2010 - 8:35 am

Love the shirt! And I love that I am now an official follower of your blog!! YAY!!! 🙂

Mandy McKnight - October 5, 2010 - 8:44 am

Love the t-shirt!! I’ll be buying one, if I don’t win.

Leigh - October 5, 2010 - 9:12 am

oh my gosh! that baby SOOOO looks like Isaac! That’s crazy!

Melissa Lazzara - October 5, 2010 - 9:13 am

shirt is super cute, i’ll have to get one of those. btw, love the new layout. i’m a wordpresser too, my husband set it up, but i’m over our layout & need to spruce it up! and figure out how to add all the fancy shmancy stuff at the bottom… also make a cool header, geez, now this is going to be a project! happy fall!! it was 64 this morning, i’m stoked!

Melissa Lazzara - October 5, 2010 - 9:14 am

shoot! i forgot to mention, we have sweet little ladies at our church that are going to be making pads for one of our mission teams that goes to uganda each year. they have a ministry called “god is grace” and they support they women in the villages, they were so excited when i told them about the pads!!

Tisha Alexander - October 5, 2010 - 9:25 am

That Tshirt is great!! I also signed up to follow you. I didn’t know about the google reader thing… very cool!

Meg - October 5, 2010 - 9:42 am

I would love that t-shirt!

Brittney - October 5, 2010 - 10:05 am

Cute shirt! Pick me! Pick me!

Brittney - October 5, 2010 - 10:06 am

Cute shirt! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

Kelly Summers - October 5, 2010 - 10:18 am

I am a follower! love the shirt!! and you do have a cutie pie on your hands!

Amber - October 5, 2010 - 10:47 am

I’ve had to dig through poop, and it STINKS!!! *Heart* the shirt. If I don’t win one, I’m buying one. 😉 And, I really like that picture of you and Laney. There’s nothing like a mama and her little girl. Yummy!

Amy - October 5, 2010 - 10:55 am

My first comment on your blog–though I’ve been following for a while. I love the shirt! Thanks for being such a great encourager–you are a blessing!

Mary Hart - October 5, 2010 - 11:10 am

Ooh! We’re adopting from Ethiopia, too! I’d LOVE that shirt!

Dabney - October 5, 2010 - 11:13 am

Love love the adoption shirts and am following you. So two entries!!

We are in process adopting our little man from Ethiopia. Waiting for a court date…


Marcy - October 5, 2010 - 11:22 am

I LOVE the shirt and I LOVE your blog! Thanks for always keeping things real and sharing in so many ways!

Sara - October 5, 2010 - 11:26 am

Would love to win a shirt!

Melanie - October 5, 2010 - 11:37 am

I LOVE that new shirt!! Very cute and feminine!:) I signed up to be a “follower” too. I would love any color….Your Walmart trip made me tired…That sounds like me.;)

Heather Cheatham - October 5, 2010 - 11:40 am

Super cute t-shirt! I’m now a legitimate follower! And thanks for the warning about the poop samples. I had no idea.

Faith - October 5, 2010 - 11:49 am

LOVE that shirt!!! My husband and I have just started an Ethiopian adoption, and have been exploring various fundraisers…excited to discover Simply Love!!!! Your children are just precious!

Angie Donaldson - October 5, 2010 - 11:54 am

I am so excited for our Project Pad party with my daughter and her friends. Still working out logistics. God has shown up already though and that is awesome…I’ll share the details when we finish.
~Angie Donaldson

Holly Pierce - October 5, 2010 - 12:08 pm

Hey! I follow your blog and love reading it! You worked with my mom, Helen Pierce, at South Forsyth Middle!

Britt @ The MamaZine - October 5, 2010 - 12:40 pm

It would be awesome to win one of the shirts! That’s a saying I have always loved. We just got our information packet in the mail from AGCI and are excited for what the future will bring!

Hannah - October 5, 2010 - 12:43 pm

Cute cute t-shirt!

Christina - October 5, 2010 - 1:02 pm

I’m here to testify as well THAT THE SHIRTS ARE AWESOME!!! I have mine on today!!! We know the Wallace family well and they are amazing people! Please don’t put me in the drawing for the shirt — just wanted to share another testimony that the shirts are fabulous!!! 🙂 And of course — what an awesome opportunity to support their adoption!

Amy - October 5, 2010 - 1:16 pm

I would love to win the t-shirt! Thanks for the update on the pad party. We are planning on sending ours in for the December date. Oh, and I became a follower, too!

candra sexton - October 5, 2010 - 1:18 pm

Love the shirts…and all the smiles!

jill - October 5, 2010 - 1:47 pm

I love the shirts!

Kris - October 5, 2010 - 1:53 pm

Ok, I’ll bite. I want a t-shirt too.

Nina - October 5, 2010 - 2:05 pm

Holy Canoli, you get lots of comments! You rock, Andrea! 🙂

Courtney - October 5, 2010 - 2:21 pm

LOVE the shirt! and your new blog look!

Amber Dufries - October 5, 2010 - 2:36 pm

I would love a shirt…my husband and I just started the adoption process to adopt a child from Ethiopia. Check out my blog at

Rachel Bell - October 5, 2010 - 2:37 pm

I’d love a t-shirt! I follow your blog daily! Love watching ITY grow up and develop so well! Thanks!

Kristin - October 5, 2010 - 2:42 pm

So good to see you and give a hug at T4A! Love all that you are doing and for sharing your heart! LOVE the idea of all of us mommas getting together too and sharing our stories, love and our heart for orphans!

admin - October 5, 2010 - 2:53 pm

You guys are going to keep me busy writing down all these names…many TWICE…for a drawing! Hmm…we just might have to have more than one winner! You know how I roll;-). You guys are so much fun!

missy - October 5, 2010 - 2:54 pm

-great shirt.
-“And THIS my friends is why there is no need for me to go to a gym.” LOL
-ity resembles the target baby though WAY cuter
-i remember the poop samples. they needed them quickly so we had to rush to the office with our “fresh” poop.
-love the new blog look

Laura Wesson - October 5, 2010 - 3:02 pm

I think I am an official follower now. . .and I love your new shirt!! Love your blog, too!

Kelli Ross - October 5, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Just ‘followed’ you blog… although I’ve been reading for sometime! I’m a AGCI family also… just switched from the rwanda program to ethiopia.

L-O-V-E the shirt

Erin - October 5, 2010 - 3:28 pm

It was great to see you this weekend! And, I love that shirt! How cute!

Amy - October 5, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Love the t-shirt! What a great message!

Joy - October 5, 2010 - 3:53 pm

That shirt (even before I noticed the part about a give-away) caught my eye – it’s a message I am trying to internalize, but I’ve still have a long way to go…

Julie Bennett - October 5, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Already own the cookbook, but would love the shirt! I still need to give you a call to get some insight with my birthmother letter/meeting. I wanted to wait until you returned from your weekend travels. Thanks again for being so candid with your posts! You’re a blessing to many.

Becca Harley - October 5, 2010 - 4:42 pm

holy cow!!! you have soooo many comments! Love the shirt!
We just got ITY’s adoption announcement – it is on my fridge and every time I am in the kitchen I have the largest grin on my face:).

Tiffany - October 5, 2010 - 5:58 pm

Just catching up on your blog Andrea…we’ve had a few busy weeks and I haven’t found much time for fun blog reading. Oh…did I ever dig through poop when we got home – everyone’s! I think I did four stool samples from four different kids in the span of an hour one day. So gross! Ahhh….the realities of international adoption. I love your heart…so inspiring and on my worst days, I find you to be such an encouragement…to keep my priorities in order, to keep pushing forward, to work hard and not live a life of leisure. Thanks for writing!

Robin - October 5, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Yep…saw the Target ad and instantly thought the baby looked just like Isaac. So neat!!!

Kelly - October 5, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Luke just said, “That’s Isaac!” It was actually the Target baby.

Mindy Hoying - October 5, 2010 - 7:00 pm

I would love a t shirt

martha - October 5, 2010 - 7:09 pm

oooo…love that t-shirt!!

JonesEthiopia - October 5, 2010 - 8:24 pm

Great shirt… would love to win it! And that Target ad– I think you’re right!

Charisa - October 5, 2010 - 8:28 pm

Love the shirt and the new blog style!

Heather Nordstrom - October 5, 2010 - 8:41 pm

I am comment #82 – have fun reading all these!! The Nordstroms are now official followers of your blog after being “unofficial” for several months! I don’t think we’ve missed one post – you are on our blog roll. Now you have to officially follow ours! 🙂

Anne - October 5, 2010 - 8:58 pm

I LOVE the t-shirt!

Anne - October 5, 2010 - 8:59 pm

I’m a follower!

Ashley - October 5, 2010 - 9:05 pm

put me in the drawing…you know i love this blog!!

Lisa Morgan - October 5, 2010 - 9:09 pm

cute shirt!!! I so enjoy keeping up with all your adventures.

Jen - October 5, 2010 - 9:26 pm

Love that shirt! Hope I get to wear it! (:

Ashley Deaton McMakin - October 5, 2010 - 9:57 pm

wow!!! you have quite the blog following!!! I admire you finding time to keep up with this amongst all your kiddo’s! I don’t know how you do it!

Pam Rutland - October 5, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Hey girl!!! I’ve got a date night planned Friday to see my lovely family on the big screen!!!!! I cannot wait!!!!! Love you and miss you bunches.

ashley carrigan - October 5, 2010 - 10:23 pm

love the adoption shirts and poop stories!

Jennifer Morrison - October 5, 2010 - 11:27 pm

LOVE the shirt and the blog…been following for a while:)