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Some times–my little ones just take my breath away. I turned around and saw my angel sipping on her milkshake tonight and just had to snag the moment…she’ll be grown and gone before I know it. How I love her.

Everyone got a sweet treat tonight. Loo wanted a Sonic shake. But the boys–oh the boys had the right idea:). They wanted cupcakes from a sweet little shop in our historic town. Not sure which looks more delicious. The cupcakes…or my boys…

Definitely…my boys:)

I think everyone in the sweet shop stopped to be entertained by these cuties. I like to THINK they were happily entertained…but we may have disturbed their peace;).

But I’m quite sure they were entertained TOO.

Watching Frankie baby wait patiently for his cupcake in his tie…

And then to watch him eat it…not so patiently;)

Seriously…I could just gobble up my little ones.

And then…the sandlot kid. The one that can knock a black walnut ball over the fence…

They just take me back.

And they make me feel like I was made to live in another time.

A slower one.

Where there isn’t email…or portable phones. Or distractions from the here-and-now.

Where there are few expectations from the world…and really…I let so many of those go a long time ago.

This mom is perfectly content just being with my family. Spending time with them. And just being together. (If you’ve sent me an email or tried to call me…and it’s gone unanswered–please forgive me…I really do live in a different world. I was made for the early days I’m convinced. If I see you on the sidewalk though, at the grocery…or you come by for a visit–now that’s a different story…I’m telling you–I was made for another time. Or either I’m just really bad at returning calls and emails:)

Each morning…is a chance to love them more. To invest into their hearts. To dig deeper into their thoughts. And each day is new…and fresh…and it’s never too late.

I’m so thankful for how the Lord has led us in the last year…

To slow down and really enjoy RIGHT where He has us…RIGHT now…

Blessings to you as you begin a NEW week.

A fresh one.

Where you can slow down…and enjoy the moments. RIGHT where He has you.



P.S. Excited to finally have my rheumatologist appointment tomorrow at 10am!!! More blood work–but hopeful we will know more! Currently I have a diagnosis of Lyme’s disease and with my blood tests–the doctor thinks I’ve had it for over a year which has caused a lot of other problems (vision, arthritis, fatigue…the list goes on) and which also means it’s beyond just a simply antibiotic treatment. Because of some of the problems caused by this–I’m now having to lay off the gluten and sugar (two of my favorite ingredients;). My blood work also showed possible Lupus and Sogren’s–and you can’t adopt from China with Lupus–so I’m praying that one will be ruled out. If it’s not…it will be one door closed. But where one door closes another one opens…and we the momma of the house needs to be 100% healthy (or at least close to it) before growing again. Say a prayer that I’ll be better and back to myself soon!!! Thank you so much for prayers! May you have a blessed day!

Ashley - November 14, 2011 - 8:01 am

Praying for you. One of my best friends adopted from Ethiopia and she has Lyme’s Disease. She, like you, suffered with it a long time before figuring out exactly what it was. She went a very natural healing route and is fairly happy with her results. Obviously, there are still struggles, but she parents 3 beautiful children on her own and does a fantastic job! :0)

karin - November 14, 2011 - 9:04 am

hoping for reassuring news for you today.
a friend just shared this film link with me and i pass it along to you:
wishing you peace and good health:)

Elle J - November 14, 2011 - 9:38 am

Praying for you, Andrea!! Praying that your doctor’s and lab technicians will have wisdom in reading your results correctly. Of course we pray for complete healing, however, no matter the outcome, GOD has THE perfect plan for you ~ He has you right where you need to be. xo

Melissa - November 14, 2011 - 9:43 am

Thank you for that beautiful post reminding me to slow down and enjoy my kids….right where we are! I am sending prayers for great healing for you. Blessings to you and your family.

Briana - November 14, 2011 - 10:37 am

What a wonderful, refreshing post! Prayers your way!

Melanie Strobel - November 14, 2011 - 11:28 am

Prayed for you this morning friend. Glad you are finding ways to slow down… Hugs!

Kristin - November 14, 2011 - 11:47 am

Thank you so much for taking the time to share so much of your life and family with us. The Lord has and is still using you to stir so many hearts with your blog. I’m a better mom because of you. You speak truth into my life and you challenge me with your words. I can’t thank you enough. Know that I’ll be praying for complete healing for you. God is so much bigger then this….He can move the mountains!

Alison - November 14, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Praying for you, sweet Andrea! And I totally hear ya on being made for a slower, earlier time…it’s so hard to slow down and enjoy the little moments! Thanks for reminding us to do just that!

Heidi - November 14, 2011 - 3:14 pm

Long read .. I omit I have been distanced from the blogging world just trying to still adjust to four but I read your words today and they reassured me I needed this break to focus on my family. I wasn’t aware you were feeling sick but I will put you down in my prayer journal to remember to pray for your body to heal and for God’s will on the adoption end. Just like you said he has you right where he wants you! Praying … Heidi

Jeunesse Nageotte - November 14, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Been following your blog for just a bit, and I will pray for you. All I can say about today’s post is…AMEN, I am with you. Have a beautiful week.

Jeunesse Nageotte - November 14, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Been following your blog for just a bit and I will pray for you. All I can say about today’s post is…AMEN I am with you. Have a beautiful week.