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When your prayers are answered and your dreams come true…

HAVE YOU MISSED ME?! Okay, you know I love bloggin’…and I’ve been MIA for a bit–which could mean 1) Something is wrong 2) I am extra busy 3) I’m on vacation. Okay…I can assure you that I haven’t been on vacation…that would be nice–but not so much. I am also happy to share–that for once…NOTHING is wrong!!! Which leaves…I AM EXTRA BUSY!!! Now…this is when you are supposed to wonder what I’m up to!!! Well, for those of you who have been praying for Isaac Temesgen for awhile and who have been following his sweet story–this is the blog entry that leaves you grinning from EAR to EAR. This is the blog entry “when your prayers are answered and your dreams come true.”

For those of you who know our story from beginning to now–do you remember what the Lord did to calm my heart the NIGHT we got Isaac’s referral? He was 8 months and unable to lift his head. While most babies at 8 months are crawling–all he was doing was smiling. Yet, we felt the Lord saying, “HE. IS. YOUR. SON!” We said yes–and after we said yes–the Lord gave us a sweet gift. I had a very real dream that night that Isaac was crawling. In my dream–the other children were running around…I was squealing and he was all over the place. We really believed this was a dream from the Lord saying our Isaac was going to be okay. This past Wednesday (when I blogged last), Isaac got on his knees and was able to put pressure on them during physically therapy. The therapist looked at me and said, “Now, I don’t want to get your hopes up—but if I had to guess…I’d say this baby will be crawling in 6-8 weeks–just my guess!” I was SO excited! I left there on cloud 9!!! I called Richard to tell him how well he had done.

On Thursday morning I was getting ready and asking Laney to sit with Isaac for a minute while I brushed my teeth in the bathroom. From the other room, she started screaming, “Momma! He’s crawling! He’s crawling!” Which I replied, “Darlin’ it’s rockin’ baby. He just started doing it yesterday–it’s called rocking…but HE WILL CRAWL one day I promise!” She kept screaming he was crawling…but this momma just kept brushing her teeth…thinking, “Bless her heart–she just wants him to crawl so badly…how sweet–but he is CLOSE!” THEN…we proceded to have one of the craziest mornings–got in traffic, the older two were late because of it and I had to check them in…and then I was late for a playdate at MY house. BUT to my surprise—we sat down to play—and I saw for myself exactly what my daughter had been trying to tell me. He took off–and started crawling!!! And well, I’ve been a little busy, excited, even to far gone on cloud 9 to blog every since;). (We also were out of town all weekend…SO I have some catching up to do!!!)

BUT…SO MANY of you have been a part of our journey. SO MANY of you have prayed for us along the way. SO…I wanted to share this BIG MILESTONE with you–and everything it means to us…with you so you can rejoice with us!!! So…just a week shy of 14 months…our little man is ON THE MOVE!!! Here is a video of him crawling (you’ll have to ignore my crazy mommy squeals–and Frank’s binky…we choose our battles here…) I love that he had ME miss his first crawl and allowed LANEY his sister–someone who has hoped and prayed for this day see it first. Later I had to ask for her forgiveness for not listening and believing—and she just said, “It’s okay mommy. But I TRIED to tell you!!!” God’s timing really is always perfect. And I just have to share!!! Here is a bit of OUR JOY…

Thank you so much for all of you who have prayed for us and continue to pray. God’s timing is SO, SO perfect. We discovered just hours after his crawling that our little man had some internal yuck to get rid of which we’ll be working hard on in the weeks ahead–but everything is curable and we believe…really believe…he is going to be well soon. We really believe his respiratory, GI, even physical delays will soon be gone…and we are even hopeful he has no underlying cause to his hypotonia. I know I am his momma and just have to believe this—and I am thankful for those of you who pray and believe this with me.

One of my BIGGEST encouragements and cheerleaders in this journey has been my friend Kristi Johnson. This sweet friend has been there to listen to me say with confidence that I believe my son is going to be 100% healthy–and she has also been there when we had no idea. This is the family that first inspired us to adopt–and it was so sweet to see them this weekend when we were in their area for a wedding. What PERFECT timing to share this milestone with them and for Isaac to play with his sweet friend Lucy Lane. Words can’t express how much this family means to us—and thankful I am for their constant friendship and love to our family!!! So…we had to grab some footage once again of these two playing together!

The thing that gets me about that video of Lucy Lane and Isaac Temesgen–is how HAPPY and JOYFUL they both are. I think about their stories…both so powerful. I think about how much different their lives would look if God never led their birth moms to ultimately love them so much…to chose life for them. I truly believe that these two–and many others–have such a calling on their lives for the Kingdom. I believe God will use them to do amazing things in this world…and I am just so honored that God would chose me to parent this little guy. I feel like my prayers truly are being answered–in more ways than one. And that the dreams of my heart—aligned with His—really are also coming true. There is SUCH JOY in following Him and trusting Him through this adoption journey. And my oh my…how I understand why families adopt again and again.

I want to thank you for being on this journey with our family…and for encouraging us and rejoicing with us!!! We are SO excited for all that is ahead…and I’ll leave you with some picture fun from these two little ones…(You’ll want to turn down the music up top for this one!) Indeed, these two are happy little babies. And I have to say they have made their mommas even happier!!! Dispite any bumps in the road–I can’t tell you how much JOY my little man brings to my life…and I know Kristi would say the SAME thing of her Lucy Lane.

I have lots more from our weekend to share! I got a few SWEET emails asking if we were okay…and YES we are…thankfully I’ve been on my toes with a new mobile one–and we took Thursday to Sunday to be with our family in Tennessee. More fun to share tomorrow—but HAD to share our great news with ya tonight!

Rejoice in the Lord always…and again I say rejoice…

Jenny - September 26, 2010 - 10:22 pm

SO very exciting!!! I cried watching the videos. We are so happy for you guys!!

JonesEthiopia - September 26, 2010 - 10:31 pm

Andrea, this is truly amazing video!! What a miracle!

Meredith - September 26, 2010 - 10:36 pm

Wonderful news! It brought happy tears to my eyes.

Tiffini - September 26, 2010 - 10:46 pm

What a beautiful sight! Truly a work of God! Praising God along with you.

kristi johnson - September 26, 2010 - 11:10 pm

oh, that is the cutest stinkin stuff ever!!! LOVED IT!! I just posted too…maybe I’ll go add the video now to the bottom of mine…So fun!!! CAnt’ wait for yall to come back! 🙂 it was so great, kristi

missy - September 26, 2010 - 11:22 pm

go isaac go!! i don’t think i’ve ever rejoiced so much over a crawler…including my own kids! so fun to see the video and pix with the johnson’s too. rejoicing with you!

Jen - September 26, 2010 - 11:48 pm

Yeah!!! He is not just crawling, he is crawling like a pro! Wow. That boy is going to be pulling up before you know it! (: SO excited for you!

Dawn - September 27, 2010 - 12:00 am

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZED, SPEECHLESS, IN AWE!!!!!!!!! Praising God with you, and believing that God has such great things in store- even more than we can hope. Because that is how our God Rolls!!!! Crying happy tears of joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

abby - September 27, 2010 - 1:01 am

amazing isaac!! amazing God and amazing family!

Christy - September 27, 2010 - 6:10 am

yaaaaaaay! Praise the Lord!!! That is so exciting! I love how he just follows Frank. They are going to be best buds for life, I can tell! 🙂

Staci - September 27, 2010 - 7:17 am

What an exciting time for all of you! We are blessed to share in your joy over Isaac’s hard work (and yours in supporting him)! Glad you enjoyed a nice getaway with family and special friends… Look forward to another playdate soon!

Jenny - September 27, 2010 - 8:06 am

SO AMAZING! I’m crying watching this video!!! Praise the LORD!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - September 27, 2010 - 8:55 am

I AM REJOICING FOR Isaac. I am so filled with joy that he is crawling. So happy for your mama heart too.

I was so sad that we were not able to come hang out with you all this weekend. You have to come back soon. I still have so much to tell you 🙂


Elle J - September 27, 2010 - 9:28 am

So Fabulous, Andrea!! Praising HIM for this week of firsts for Isaac, and the story behind the first with Laney is too sweet. Love your videos.

Lara - September 27, 2010 - 9:45 am

Awesome! Way to go, Isaac!

Tara - September 27, 2010 - 10:08 am

Tearing up at this joyful news! Isaac is just precious.

Sandi - September 27, 2010 - 10:55 am

Thank you! I cannot tell you how powerful your story is in inspiring others to act on God’s behalf. I needed this as a reminder of all of the miracles that God has shown me in my life. I have been praying about adoption hubby is not quite ready (yet). We are helping other families in mean time.
We have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder who we were told would never be “normal”. I researched & did his therapy myself 5 days a week. I believed when no one else did. Now at age 6 my kiddo is making 100’s in school & he is PERFECT just like your little one will be! Your little trooper will be healed & will be a living testimony to God’s faithfulness to those who follow his direction when he calls. I am praying fervently for your little one. IF FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS THEN IT CAN CERTAINLY MOVE LEGS!

Becca - September 27, 2010 - 11:28 am

aw yay!!! I’m so excited – how cool is that?!!

Kim - September 27, 2010 - 12:06 pm

I love how God WOWs us!
Rejoicing with you from Hong Kong,

Becca Harley - September 27, 2010 - 12:53 pm

oh Andrea – Hannah and I are sitting here rejoicing with you! Our God is amazing! We have seen His healing hand in our lives with Jadon and Hannah both, and we are praying with you believing that Isaac is going to be running and talking and praising Him in no time!!! and oh my – love the video with LL – hannah thinks that lucy is her little sister that we are waiting for and she just squeals every time we watch the video:).

SleepyMom - September 27, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Awesome news!
In that last picture, Frank looks like Isaac’s bodygaurd. Too cute.

Tisha Alexander - September 27, 2010 - 3:12 pm

What an wonderful answer to prayer! I just love his chub… it doesn’t get any cuter!!

Britney - September 27, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Yay!!! I am believing with you! Praise God!

Ashley Deaton McMakin - September 27, 2010 - 8:42 pm

After stalking your blog for months and crying EVERY time…I figured I should say Hi and let you know how encouraged I am from reading…I was so excited watching ITY crawl that it was like he was my very own! So very neat to see the Lord’s hand in that precious little life.

karen smith - September 27, 2010 - 9:03 pm

So glad to SEE ITY crawl! I called my husband at work today and he said he was in his office watching this video at lunch and he was crying! That is how much we all celebrate the wonderful things that ITY is accomplishing. We are all so connected through this journey and if we never meet, no worries, we are still praying! Love, Karen Smith

Tara - September 27, 2010 - 10:43 pm

“So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers” acts 16:5

K - September 28, 2010 - 1:32 am

This is truly an amazing blessed by God moment! Through him (and the amazing moms he chooses for His children) all things are indeed possible! Isaac is doing so great!

Lan - September 28, 2010 - 9:30 am

Miracle baby!!!!!

Shannon - September 28, 2010 - 12:47 pm

Oh you go Isaac!! The video has been watched over and over here at our house!! Love, love, love that he is on the move…praise the Lord!!!

Cristie - September 28, 2010 - 3:26 pm

Hey Andrea! WOOHOO! Rejoicing with you guys! I am LOVING following your journey!! Praying and celebrating with y’all!

Jennifer - September 29, 2010 - 2:38 pm

OH this just made me CRY! I am believing with you sister. This little boy will be running marathons! Jenny