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The moment I met my son…

We have lots of pictures from previous travelers of smilers, but I haven’t gotten one quite yet. He is sleeping well, and I’m off to join him. But wanted the family to see pictures of big brother and Richard—your new son before I did:). I will be soaking up this time to connect and bond with him. BUT…I can’t wait for Friday for our entire family to be together finally…and for our chill-out-cocooning and family time to begin!

Monica - June 27, 2010 - 4:42 pm

My heart is happy seeing you with your son! I seriously started jumping with excitement when I saw this post.

So very thrilled – now I can’t wait to see images of the ENTIRE family together!

Safe travels as you bring that BEAUTIFUL boy home !

Xoxo. Monica

Jenn - June 27, 2010 - 4:46 pm

I came back to re-read and soak in Isaac’s adorableness and already have found another post…WHAT FUN! He is so beautiful Andrea (so are you) and I am so longing to get to this place! So happy for you!


mitzi - June 27, 2010 - 5:11 pm

OH.MY.WORD…. AMazing….YOu all are beautiful!

THAT was E’s special mother in the picture too!!! SHE IS AMAZING and a wonderful woman who loved him like her own!!!!

Shannon - June 27, 2010 - 5:27 pm


Elizabeth Olson - June 27, 2010 - 5:28 pm

I am crying and Kylie is blowing kisses at the computer screen!! Words cannot express how happy we are for you!!! Praying for your safe homecoming!

Shannon - June 27, 2010 - 5:40 pm

One more… From the pictures alone- it doesn’t look like poor nutrition has been an issue for him for some time. You’d notice in his hair and there doesn’t seem to be even a lingering of color loss. My son’s is still lighter in color even though he was in care for 7 months and home almost 6. It’s growing in darker but I’m still triming off the lighter bits as he’s getting healthier and he’s got enough vit, mins etc to supply all areas including hair. Long way of saying— HE LOOKS GREAT!

Gini - June 27, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Oh, wow–so, so cool! Tears of happiness for you! Have a great night–Gini ๐Ÿ™‚

natali - June 27, 2010 - 5:47 pm

little Isaac is so gorgeous!! i’m so happy for you guys! i know you’ll give him plenty of hugs and kisses. :))

Tricia - June 27, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Oh Andrea – I’m just so happy for you! I’m in tears looking at this meeting I’ve prayed about you for so long. I am praying for peace and good health for Isaac and for very special bonding. Enjoy every moment of this sweet time together!

Christina - June 27, 2010 - 5:54 pm

I’m so excited for you and your family!!!! God has blessed you and your new baby boy so much! I have followed your journey on your blog for some time now and was SO ridiculously excited to read your earlier post about finally meeting him! We are on the adoption journey from Ethiopia as well and as my heart longs to meet my sweet baby girl…….I enjoy watching the journey of others. Thank you for sharing. May God give you each good rest and great bonding time with your new sweet baby boy!

Tiffany - June 27, 2010 - 5:57 pm

Andrea – I know we’ve never even met and I have just recently met your sister…but in following your story on this blog…I feel so blessed to able to see this unfold from afar. Adoptions stories are precious and adoption is such a gift…for everyone involved. I will be praying for your strength, wisdom and stamina in the next few weeks and also for health, healing and peace for Isaac. He is so handsome and he really looks great! Praise God!

maegan - June 27, 2010 - 6:00 pm

“living by faith” directed me to your blog . . . looking around and reading your recent posts, seeing you meeting your baby boy for the first time, i have tears in my eyes. he is beautiful!!!! i don’t know you, but i am so moved by you, my heart is full today and i am so happy for you and Isaac. what a special baby boy. God bless you.

julie@Flitterbugs - June 27, 2010 - 6:01 pm

HE IS PRECIOUS!!!!! I did not expect to see such cute, chubby little legs:) SOOO happy for you…and looking forward to meeting you both on Friday!

Jenny - June 27, 2010 - 6:02 pm

oh, i’m crying! andrea, i’m just so very happy for you all!

Elle J - June 27, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Praise God, Andrea! What a beautiful son you have in Isaac and your sweet beauty radiates these pictures of your first meeting. Chills and tears and praises to God. =)

Becca Harley - June 27, 2010 - 6:21 pm

my heart is over flowing with joy for you and your family – and the tears are flowing too! praying for you all – for healing, and bonding, and peace, and JOY!!!!

Jan Logue - June 27, 2010 - 6:26 pm

Andrea, He is beautiful!!! So happy for you and your family. I know it has been a long journey for you guys but soooo worth it.I will be praying for quick adjustments and safe travels to bring your new son home to meet your precious family!

Melanie Strobel - June 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Wow Andrea! The tears are a flowing. You will be sleeping well tonight with him right beside you!

Amber - June 27, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Just. So. Happy. Enjoy soaking up your special time. Can’t wait to see pictures of the whole family reunion!

marci - June 27, 2010 - 7:14 pm

How powerful and beautiful love is….God and all the angels and saints are filled with JOY!

Dawn - June 27, 2010 - 7:55 pm

What a dream…..he is so squeezable!!! Praying for you all right now!!!! For safety as you all travel home…and reunite ๐Ÿ™‚

Nicole huson - June 27, 2010 - 7:56 pm

Oh, Andrea. You got me! I am balling like a baby looking at your last post. The two of you in the last picture was enough to put the ugly cry on. Wow!! Amazing!! You look so in love!!


Heather - June 27, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Andrea! He is beautiful! I knew that from the little cupcake, but he’s even more beautiful now! He looks like he’s gained weight, which is wonderful! I will be praying for a smooth transition & that the Lord would give little Isaac a peace that only He can give. Congratulations!

JonesEthiopia - June 27, 2010 - 8:31 pm

Don’t worry. He WILL smile. I thought E NEVER would. But 6 months later (to the day) from meeting her, she never stops smiling. This is the hard part. I promise it will get easier and 6 months from today, you will be amazed that it is the same child!!

ari - June 27, 2010 - 8:39 pm

I don’t know you…I followed a link from Katie Dunlap’s blog. But this post brought tears to my eyes. How beautiful and special!

Megan - June 27, 2010 - 8:43 pm

Yay! Yay! YAY!!! What an AMAZING moment and amazing pictures to cherish forever. So thrilled to see him finally in your arms. Seeing your ENTIRE family together at last is going to be one incredible moment! So happy for you Andrea!

melissa - June 27, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Tears, tears and more tears!!! I know you are so in love and so over joyed to be with him. He is so so so beautiful!!!

Liv - June 27, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Beautiful photos!!

Kim - June 27, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Looking at this images is like a dream come true!
How great is our God?!
Praising Him from Hong Kong,

Leigh - June 27, 2010 - 9:27 pm

He is just precious! Praying for your attachment while in ET and praying sweet Isaac starts feeling better soon! (and that he gives you a smile!)

april - June 27, 2010 - 9:36 pm

oh how beautiful! He is so adorable and precious! I am SO happy for you! I totally understand how it is to hold your son for the first time because I just went through it this week! congrats my friend! :0)

Kristin Baugh - June 27, 2010 - 9:42 pm


He is adorable!!!! So precious. I got chills seeing the pictures or your meeting! I hope I can meet him soon and have him play with Sadie.

Jen - June 27, 2010 - 9:44 pm

Awesome!! So excited for you all! Praying for health, joy, and supernatural bonding time.

Amy @ Filled With Praise - June 27, 2010 - 10:11 pm

BEAUTIFUL! I am SO happy for you my friend. Praying for you and Isaac.
Much love,

Alison - June 27, 2010 - 10:15 pm

Oh my goodness….he is so beautiful!!! I absolutely LOVE these pictures!! What a precious moment it captured! Isaac is just adorable! Praise God that you have your precious son in your arms! It must be an amazing feeling! Praying he feels better soon!!

Sallee Couch - June 27, 2010 - 10:16 pm

precious moments!

Pam Rutland - June 27, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us through these amazing pictures. Your daddy talked about Mr. Isaac at Aunt Thelma’s birthday party today with the biggest grin on his face. He was desperately trying to get his computer to work in Clanton (didn’t happen) to see if you had updated anymore. I love you so much and will continue to pray for you all the rest of the week and hope to see you Friday evening!!!!!
Please give that sweet boy a hug and kiss from our family!!!!
Love you!

Cheryl - June 27, 2010 - 11:33 pm

Andrea I am so happy for you. And our pastor preached from Galatians 4 tonight and talked about the name Isaac meaning miracle. I believe you have a miracle in your arms. You are one special lady. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin - June 27, 2010 - 11:40 pm

Just amazing! And you are a beautiful, glowing, proud momma to Isaac!

Shannon - June 27, 2010 - 11:45 pm

Beautiful! Everytime I look at the pictures tears just fill my eyes. You have been so faithful in this journey Andrea and oh what a precious gift you have been given. My nine year old daughter prayed especially for you and Isaac tonight during our family prayer time. We are all praying for your bonding, his health, safe travels and that the time together as a family will be here quickly! Much Love

Angela - June 27, 2010 - 11:49 pm

So so precious! So glad to see you and your baby Isaac together!

kristi johnson - June 28, 2010 - 12:06 am

yayyyyyyy, he’s gorgeous!!! Oh, i’m so happy for you all…what a beautiful little guy!! Congrats and can’t wait to see him in person ๐Ÿ™‚ kj

Trudy - June 28, 2010 - 1:42 am

How long you have waited to be united with your love. You were created for this so long before you ever consciously knew you would adopt the plan for you and Isaac was there. How beautiful to see God’s plan unfold.

missy - June 28, 2010 - 1:54 am

what an exhilarating moment!!! he is beautiful! i am rejoicing with you!

Brandi - June 28, 2010 - 8:01 am

What sweet moments! Reminds me of when I met our girls for the first time! Cherish this wonderful time with him…you will never forget it. Bless his heart! Joey and I have had several kids in our home that were not bonded to us. With lots of hugs and kisses, it will happen soon! It takes a little while, but soon you will see a smile and feel that he has been with you forever. Best of luck over the next few days! Soak up every happy moment! Brandi ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy - June 28, 2010 - 8:31 am

He is beautiful! So happy for you all!

GAP - June 28, 2010 - 8:34 am

What a classic, “I loved you before I met you” moment! You know, I think he has your eyes.

Britney - June 28, 2010 - 9:06 am

He is so beautiful!! We will continue to pray for bonding. Iโ€™m sure it wonโ€™t take long for the love and happiness to show on baby Isaacโ€™s face too. It is so amazing to see Godโ€™s love in action!

Catherine Besk - June 28, 2010 - 9:16 am

Oh goodness. Can’t believe you are holding your baby. You made it, or rather, God carried you all there. We are overjoyed for you, your family, and your beautiful Isaac. When he does start smiling for you, he’s going to have a hard time stopping.

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 10:22 am

Ok seriously! These pics are amazing and so full of emotion! I cannot believe you HAVE him in you arms FOREVER!!! And it’s too bad he’s not cute at all ๐Ÿ™‚ Are ya kidding me, he’s bea.u.ti.ful!!! I am so thrilled for you and your family, Andrea. Love you dear friend and blessings to our gracious GOD!

Jenny - June 28, 2010 - 10:26 am

Ok Seriously! These pics are amazing and so full of emotion and love for your new son! I cannot believe you HAVE him in arms FOREVER!!! And it’s just too bad he’s not cute at all ๐Ÿ™‚ Are ya kidding me?! He’s bea.u.ti.ful! Love you dear friend and praising our gracious GOD for this precious gift!!!

April Diaz - June 28, 2010 - 12:45 pm

TEARS! Our family is waiting (8 months and counting) for our referral for 2 little ones from Ethiopia. I’ve stayed connected to your journey and it’s so amazing to see Isaac in your arms. Beautiful moment. Thanks for sharing.

amy beyer - June 29, 2010 - 11:52 pm

Tears… Precious…Beautiful Andrea. Sweet sweet hugs from our family to yours. xoxo