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We are finally here!!! We had probably the smoothest international flights I’ve ever had before–however, I was sick for most of it! Praise the Lord I’m feeling better!!! I made lots of new friends through my walking around with a barf bag though—the captain and I are tight;). Thankfully, I never really had to use […]

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Katie Dunlap - June 26, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Oh, Andrea! I’ve been checking on and off all afternoon to see if you guys made it. I’m so sorry you felt sick, and I’m glad you’re feeling better now. I’m SO excited that you’ll get to meet Isaac’s birth mom!!! I was just praying this afternoon that it might work out for you to meet her. Thanks so much for the update, and I hope you (miraculously) get some good rest tonight!

natali - June 26, 2010 - 5:16 pm

oh my goodness, andrea! i know GOD has orchestrated you being able to meet with Isaac’s birth mom for a reason!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Alison - June 26, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Yay!!! So excited that you are there…and that you’re going to be able to meet Isaac’s birth mom! How precious!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!! Can’t wait to see pics of precious Isaac!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - June 26, 2010 - 5:29 pm

YAHOO! So glad you made it safely. I hate that you were sick, but you will forget all about that very soon.
Lots of love and prayers coming your way!

Rebecca Harley - June 26, 2010 - 5:34 pm

so happy that your feet are on the ground again:) and that you all are safe. Cannot believe that when I get up tomorrow – you will be holding your BOY!!!! And so excited about your meeting with his mom – we will be praying for an incredible time!

Sarah - June 26, 2010 - 6:22 pm

So glad to hear you made it there safely and I’m so excited that you are going to get to meet Isaac’s birthmother! What a precious gift and a super surprise!!! Praise the Lord! We will pray that the meeting goes well and that neither you or she, who love this little boy so very, very much will be too nervous. You share such an incredible bond!

Love, hugs, and prayers,


julie@Flitterbugs - June 26, 2010 - 6:30 pm

SOOOOO glad you are there! Please give Isaac’s birthmomma a BIG HUG from all of us in the States who love her and have been praying for her!!!!

KT Pierce - June 26, 2010 - 6:36 pm

I miss Mom. That’s all I wanted to say right now, but your blog told me my comment was too short. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you got & read the email I sent you last night.

Your little sister.

Helen Carlock - June 26, 2010 - 7:58 pm

I just found something with your blog address on it. I can’t wait to see what is going on every day. How wonderful you will be able to meet Isaac’s Mom! Give my love to your Mom and April for me also. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

Dawn - June 26, 2010 - 9:21 pm


Liv - June 26, 2010 - 9:24 pm

So excited for you!! Hope you’re able to get some sleep!

Jenn - June 26, 2010 - 10:15 pm

Ugh…poor thing! I’m glad you are feeling better! See if you can get some Dramamine before the flight back! Or even better…see if you Dr. here can somehow get you a prescription of Zofran!!!

Can’t wait to hear that Isaac is in your arms!

sallee - June 26, 2010 - 10:32 pm

YAY!! YAY!! in beautiful Ethiopia!!
praise God for good flights! even tho your belly didn’t think so!
Can’t wait for you to hold your baby boy!!
blessings upon blessings!!

Tiffany - June 26, 2010 - 10:43 pm

I cannot believe you are going to meet Isaac’s birth mother?!? What a precious gift from God! I have a letter from Caleb’s birth mother and I pray faithfully that God will some day bring us together. Oh…what a precious time it will be for both of Isaac’s moms. Congratulations…I’ll continue to pray for all of you and for your families waiting at home.

Vanessa - June 26, 2010 - 10:48 pm

YEAH!!!! I’m getting all teary-eyed just reading this. I’m sorry you had a rough flight. I can’t wait to read more!!! Covering you in prayers! I’ll be sitting in my pew tomorrow just praising God for all the miracles He has done and all of the miracles He has yet to reveal! Hugs to you!!

Rebekah - June 26, 2010 - 11:56 pm

Wow! I am praising God with you that you will be able to meet Isaac’s birth mom! What an incredible experience! Cannot wait to hear more about your journey!

Here we go!!!

We’re loading up…and we are OFF! Next time you hear from me…we’ll be in ETHIOPIA! Please, please keep us in your prayers as we travel—you all KNOW how MUCH I hate to fly! Please pray for safe travels and a calm spirit. I’m just not a good flyer;) Praise the LORD the day is here!!! […]

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Elle J - June 25, 2010 - 12:35 pm

CHILLS and eyes filling with tears … speechless. God Bless you and your travels, your mom and sister, your husband and children. Go Get ISAAC, ANDREA!!! =)

Kristin - June 25, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Wow! Just awesome. Praying for you!

Jenny - June 25, 2010 - 1:11 pm

the day is here, the time is HERE! i’m so excited and cannot wait to hear that you are IN ETHIOPIA!

Gini - June 25, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Happy tears, too! Praying for your flights (REALLY don’t like flying either).
~Gini ๐Ÿ™‚

Rebecca Harley - June 25, 2010 - 2:09 pm

I have been thinking and praying for you all day – and of course tearing up too! Praying for peace with flying and just pure joy as you meet your Isaac! Love you

Lauren - June 25, 2010 - 2:17 pm

Praying my heart out Andrea!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

April - June 25, 2010 - 2:55 pm

we are praying! Jacob remembered that today is the day & was so excited that you will be meeting your little man. Can’t wait to see a pic of you with him in your arms:)

Alex & Michael - June 25, 2010 - 3:02 pm

I remember taking care of Parker & Laney and hearing God preparing for your heart for this child.. and here you are- almost about to hold him! Praying and excited for you guys!

Christina - June 25, 2010 - 4:03 pm

Praying for you, sweet friend!

Heidi - June 25, 2010 - 4:28 pm

I just can’t wait to see him in your arms!!! We are praying for you!

Jennifer - June 25, 2010 - 4:43 pm

Praying for you and oh so excited!

Rory - June 25, 2010 - 5:40 pm

Just wanted to let you know I have been lifting you up in prayer several times today already. I too have a huge struggle with flying (understatement) and I am praying for you as though I were the one flying…that it will be the most enjoyable flight you’ve ever experienced, that your heart would feel so at peace it would not be a breeze, that it would actually be really FUN, that the enemy would not be able to use turbulence as a weapon of warfare to worry you or wear you down, that you would sense angels and know that you are more than a conqueror…and so much more. I pray these next hours will literally “fly” by.:) And though we’ve never met in person, I am so blessed to have come across your blog. I was blown away that you sent my family a cupcake thank you with Isaac’s picture on it. I felt so included, so loved, and it brought me to tears. Gotta love the body of Christ. If you’re ever in Portland, Oregon you’ve gotta swing by for a cup of coffee.:)

Can’t wait to hear how the trip goes. I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty amazing.:)

Rory - June 25, 2010 - 5:41 pm

BTW–I meant that it WOULD be a breeze…sheesh.:)

Alison - June 25, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Oh, Andrea…I am squealing with joy here in Mississippi!! I am just so, so, so excited for ya’ll! And for Issac!! I cannot wait to hear all about him and see pictures! Will be praying!!

Sara - June 25, 2010 - 9:51 pm

WHOO HOO!!! So excited for you!

Angela - June 25, 2010 - 10:24 pm

Oh my goodness…I’m so excited that you are going to get your sweet baby boy! I’ll be praying!

Rebekah - June 25, 2010 - 10:27 pm

So excited for you as you grow your family! Will be praying for you as you travel and get meet your sweet little Isaac! Will also be praying for Mr. Mom and the other precious babes at home! God bless you and your beautiful family!

Megan - June 25, 2010 - 10:32 pm

Chills. Tears. Overflowing with excitment for you!

Tiffany - June 25, 2010 - 10:39 pm

So exciting! I totally get the flying thing. I am a terrible flyer…to get on that airplane and travel so far away from my kids here…it was so difficult. God met us though and He will meet you too. I will pray for all of you this weekend…have loved following your blog and getting updates here and there through your sister. Go get your baby!

Kristy Filbrun - June 26, 2010 - 10:33 am

May God give you traveling safety! Looking forward to hearing all about it and I haft to say I am a little jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless you!

Kittye Kelley - June 26, 2010 - 3:10 pm

We feel like we are there with you. It’s surreal, isn’t it? Praying for you and waiting to see pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Kelleys

natali - June 26, 2010 - 4:06 pm


Our Court News…

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Kym - May 24, 2010 - 1:06 pm

This is awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your final journey to Isaac and your next step! I’ll email you later this week about our conversation last week, but I know you have LOTS going on, as we do here. I’ll be praying for Isaac as he waits for you, for your travel plans and for you as you long to hold him in your arms! Praise God!

Becki Schmidt - May 24, 2010 - 1:08 pm

OH Andrea!!! I am so excited for you guys! I have been following every step of the way and have been praying for you guys. Congrats!!!! I can’t wait to follow the next step of your journey with you!!!

Karee Koepp - May 24, 2010 - 1:15 pm

Congratulations!! Praise the Lord!

Jenny - May 24, 2010 - 1:16 pm

OH MY GOODNESS! I am sure you are elated! What amazing news. You had many, many people praying. Can’t wait for you to have that sweet boy in your arms!

Jennifer - May 24, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Thanking God with you for this miracle of passing court despite the things coming against that! God is GOOD!

Chrystal - May 24, 2010 - 1:22 pm

CRYING.. CRYING..CRYING tears of joy right now! Giving praise to our Heavenly Father for His amazing love and perfect perfect timing! Oh Andrea, words can not express how absoutely HAPPY I am for you right now. The video couldn’t have been a better way to share the news…. I am SOOOOO happy for you. Pack those bags… YOU’RE GOING TO GET YOUR SON!!!!!!!!….. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

JonesEthiopia - May 24, 2010 - 1:25 pm

I am so so so happy for you!! Congratulations!

julie@Flitterbugs - May 24, 2010 - 1:32 pm

The kids and I just watched and are SOOOO EXCITED!!! We are ready to see a picture of your little guy, and so ready to attend our first airport homecoming!!!!!! I am praying you will travel SOON!!!

marci - May 24, 2010 - 1:32 pm

God is so GOOD !!! Praises as far as the east meets the west and to the moon and back…God is so Good !

Elle J - May 24, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Beautiful video so perfectly stated with words and pictures that tell of your story. It melts me. Thy Will Be Done – Amen!

Natali - May 24, 2010 - 1:43 pm

GOD is so so SOOOOOOOOOOO awesome! Gosh, I’m rejoicing with you guys, Andrea! AHHH! I can’t wait to see what He does through you in both Isaac’s life and his birthmother’s life :)) I’m giddy with excitement ๐Ÿ˜€

Jenn - May 24, 2010 - 1:47 pm

We’ve been out all morning and I couldn’t WAIT to get home and check on your news. TEARS OF PRAISE for your family!!!!!!!!!!!! God provides in his time the perfect plan…we are just thrilled for you!!!


Sonya - May 24, 2010 - 1:49 pm

Thanks so much for sharing Isaac’s beautiful story with us! Congrats! I thought there might be a picture of his cute little face at the end of the video…that’s ok…i’ll keep waiting! Love the video…such a great way to share how God is moving in your family. Can’t wait to see a picture of that little baby in your arms. Congrats again!

Natali - May 24, 2010 - 1:50 pm

oh, and i just linked your blog in one of my posts :)) Isaac’s adoption story has Him written

GAP - May 24, 2010 - 2:00 pm

I can’t wait to meet him!!!

Natasha - May 24, 2010 - 2:10 pm

Praise God!! What an amazing video, an amazing walk of faith, and an amazing life your sweet Isaac will have ๐Ÿ™‚

a - May 24, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Congratulations! Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty – there’s NOTHING our God can not do!!!

Trudy - May 24, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Heartfelt congratulations. I checked your site this morning when I got up and was really sad to see there wasn’t an announcement. I thought surely it meant bad news. So happy to check back and watch your video. Thanks be to God! Okay, where’s Isaac’s picture ๐Ÿ™‚

Alison - May 24, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Yay! Yay! Yay! Wonderful video…wonderful news!! So excited that Isaac will be coming home soon! Thank you, Jesus!!!

Shelley - May 24, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Well I am in tears of joy for your family. God is so wonderful. I will pray for your travel and that everything goes according to His plan. Can’t wait to see you at the airport.

Shannon - May 24, 2010 - 4:41 pm

There are a whole bunch of joyful tears and some happy dancing going on here in Washington! Praise God!! The video is beautiful!

Rory - May 24, 2010 - 5:21 pm

So excited!! Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration. God bless you and your fam–the WHOLE fam!:)

Lauren - May 24, 2010 - 5:25 pm

I am so overjoyed!!!! I can’t stop tearing up — just so so so thrilled with God’s work in your life and Isaac’s and his birth mom!!!

Monica - May 24, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Praise the Lord! Thy will be done.

Rachel Bell - May 24, 2010 - 7:57 pm

That was a great video Andrea! I can’t wait to see a picture of the little guy! Congrats on passing court!

Heidi - May 24, 2010 - 10:06 pm

YAH!!! Screaming with Joy and goosebumps after your video!! YAH GOD.. he’s just so good all the time .. praise the lord one less orphan in this world. I can’t wait to see him in your arms forever!

Caytie - May 24, 2010 - 10:07 pm

Soooo happy for you!!!! Praising God! So excited to be following you on this journey and look forward to all God has in store for you and your family! Can’t wait to “meet” Isaac!

Kim - May 24, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Cannot wait to see how God uses your story, your testimony and this video to call others to action!
Simply beautiful!
Praising Him from Hong Kong,

Anne Marie - May 24, 2010 - 10:29 pm

Yaaaayyyyyyy!Praise God for such wonderful news!!

missy - May 25, 2010 - 12:34 am

rejoicing in god’s faithfulness, healing, love, and beautiful plan for your family and for isaac!

Sara - May 25, 2010 - 12:56 am

rejoicing with you today!

Kim - May 25, 2010 - 6:07 am

Couldn’t resist posting the link and video on my blog!
I know I have a small readership but praying more hearts will be moved by the story of your obedience!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Jill - May 25, 2010 - 7:30 am

From a Mom who gets it – this is awesome to see!

We love hearing how others hearts are touched by God to do more and answer His call to adopt a child into their family forever!

God bless you for the work you are doing as a family to further the Kingdom of our Savior!

Nice to meet you and look forward to seeing God’s hand upon Isaac’s life now!


Rebekah - May 25, 2010 - 8:32 am

So happy for your family! Isaac is coming home!!! Praise God for His mighty works!

Sherry Gettmann - May 25, 2010 - 8:53 am

Please know that April’s friends at Peachtree Corners Community Bible Study have been praying alongside you and rejoice with you today. God is indeed good!

Angela - May 25, 2010 - 9:32 am

Praise God! So glad to hear your exciting news! Thanks for allowing us all to follow along with God’s beautiful plan for your family!

Kameron Shadrick - May 25, 2010 - 10:54 am

Yeah! I have been following your blog for a couple months and I have been praying you would pass! Praise God! What a great day! I can’t wait to see what God has in store.

Kari Mulder - May 25, 2010 - 12:10 pm

You probably do not know who I am…but we are friends of the Rossi’s who also follow your blog…we are adopting a child actually right now through Bethany Christian Services…I cannot tell you how inspirational that video is…I absolutely love it…congratulations to your family!! God Bless!!

Nikki - May 25, 2010 - 11:26 pm

Ya hoooo!!!! Praise our great and mighty God — the One who can heal, can make miracles, can move mountains with the power of His Word — for such wonderful news! Congratulations to you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

amy beyer - May 26, 2010 - 10:15 am

hugs hugs hugs to you all andrea!!! this is beyond beautiful. xox

Amy - May 26, 2010 - 7:50 pm

Hooray! Wonderful news! Loved your video!

Keep praying!

We just got word from our agency…who got word from the government orphanage…who got word from the government social worker—that Isaac’s birth mom is IMPROVING IN HEALTH! They said they think she may be well enough to travel this weekend for our court date on Monday. BUT. There is always a “but” in the adoption […]

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Rebecca Harley - May 20, 2010 - 9:01 pm

Praying for a PASS!!!! Lifting you all up – to the One who chose you for each other…..
Isaiah 40:31 – You are going to SOAR!!

Shelley - May 20, 2010 - 9:21 pm

We are praying for you.

julie@Flitterbugs - May 20, 2010 - 9:26 pm

Praying, praying! And so thankful that his Bmomma is improving!!!

Jenny - May 20, 2010 - 9:45 pm

Definitely praying for you guys!!! God’s timing is PERFECT!

Elle J - May 20, 2010 - 9:48 pm

Thank you, Lord, for the continued step by step signs of Your never ending love!!! That is great news that the birth mom is getting stronger and improving. Praying for your settled heart this weekend, and that Isaac continues to be surrounded in love while he is waiting for you.

Julie Bennett - May 20, 2010 - 10:16 pm

We are praying! Andrea, your situation has opened our eyes and hearts even more. Our family has talked about your Isaac and how sometimes a mommy can’t feed her little baby (and can’t run to the store for formula) and therefore the baby needs to be cared for by someone else so he can survive! Your family’s situation has also helped us to pray specifically for the helpless, very ill widow who needs to heal in order to care for her children. Your post are always an inspiration! Julie

Vanessa - May 20, 2010 - 10:38 pm

Covering you all in prayers!!!! You are soooo right about the “buts”. I hope one day I can look back and joke about them ๐Ÿ™‚

Gini - May 20, 2010 - 10:54 pm

Praying!!! ~Gini ๐Ÿ™‚

Natali - May 20, 2010 - 10:59 pm

praying :)) What great news that Isaac’s birth mom is improving!!

kristi johnson - May 20, 2010 - 11:09 pm

praying girlfriend..praying hard, kj

Leigh - May 21, 2010 - 7:48 am

Thinking and praying for all of you!!!

Leanne - May 21, 2010 - 8:59 am

Sending happy thoughts and many prayers for your new little one to join you all soon! God is good and will provide a way! Many hugs for your family and his bio-mom.

Kim - May 21, 2010 - 10:54 am

On my knees for you, for her, and for him from Hong Kong!
Love & Blessings,

Jenn - May 21, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Still praying here!!!


Alison - May 21, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Praying for ya’ll, sweet baby Isaac and his birth mom!!

marci - May 21, 2010 - 5:59 pm

Yeah….God will make the passage safe,restore her health for travels and it will all be happening soon…our prayers are without ceasing ! Our God can not be anything but delighted in your love and obedience…to hear Him and Trust Him! Pax !

Megan - May 23, 2010 - 1:24 am

GREAT NEWS! Praying of course for God’s perfect timing…but for your hearts sake I really hope that this time around IS His timing!! =)

Give thanks to the Lord…

for He is good. His mercies endure forever. In all circumstances…give Him praise. We did not pass court today. BUT…I know my God is in this. If God is for us—then WHO can be against us? Last night, I prayed throughout the watches of the night. From 1am-2:30am, Addie (one of my very bestfriends) and […]

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Asher Collie - May 13, 2010 - 1:52 pm

This takes my breath away. How GREAT is our God. I love watching your story unfold. My prayers are with you all, Isaac and his birth mom…along with all those orphaned in this world. Your story is a living testimony.

Marci - May 13, 2010 - 2:01 pm

What a journey for you,Andrea. Although we have never met we are linked with our love of Christ and knowledge of His faithfulness. I just started breathing again after what you have shared. Yes, we will pray for Isaac’s birth mother to get up and get the strength needed to help her youngest Isaac. God is powerful,mighty and He can do all things. Keep your faith soaring .we all will be praying. Pax, m

Katie - May 13, 2010 - 2:12 pm

I will be praying for Isaac’s brithmother and her other children.

Elle J - May 13, 2010 - 2:16 pm

While you did not pass court, you have reached a level of understanding and praise for your King that goes beyond measure. You are an inspiration. You are a true missionary who has the steady love for God and your faithfulness is awesome. I love learning from you. Praises for our King ~ He is with you and all of Isaac’s birth family. Every step. Thy Will Be Done. Continuing to pray right along with you.

julie@Flitterbugs - May 13, 2010 - 2:37 pm

Praying. praying, Andrea. Because you did not pass last night, this precious widow, created and made by the hands of God, has hundrends of families in America loving her…praying for her. I know I will probably never meet her this side of eternity….but one day I will. “Oh, you are Isaac’s birthmother!…”I know I will have that meeting one day! Though your hearts may ache that you are not yet packing backs and buying your tickets,Isaac’s bmom has a host of “strangers” interceeding on her behalf. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to love on this precious lady!

kristi johnson - May 13, 2010 - 3:10 pm

oh, hurt me…I’m so sad you didn’t pass…but I love your heart and mind on all this…praying for that Momma to be healed…kj

Leigh - May 13, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Praying for everyone involved with Isaac! Praying big things! He can do it!
His story for your family is so beautiful.

Jessica - May 13, 2010 - 3:46 pm

How awesome is our God!! Of course so sad that you didn’t pass, but your story has shown how much bigger this all is than just bringing one child home. We as adoptive parents get the biggest benefit of adoption. We are the ones rejoicing with each homecoming and cherishing these little blessings that we are given to raise-which is an amazing gift from our father. Let us not forget that the reason these children-HIS gifts-are coming home to us is because things are not as they should be in the world. It is just not right that 6 more children’s fate are at the mercy of a disease that we have the ability to treat. I will pray with you for this mother and her other children and God’s timing for bringing your sweet boy home. Eyes will be open because of this post. It is so much bigger than just our stories. Praying for God to get all of the glory from this situation.

Defending the Fatherless


tami - May 13, 2010 - 3:53 pm

First, just WOW, Ang! It is a beautiful story He is writing and thanks for a much needed reminder. Praying for both of Isaac’s moms. Love you!!

Karen - May 13, 2010 - 5:41 pm

So beautiful Andrea. You are SO right!! Does our heart break for the people who are in need of God, in need of healing, in need of restoration!? Our prayers are powerful! I will be praying for your son’s BM that she will be healed! you have such great perspective.

Lauren - May 13, 2010 - 6:03 pm

sooo powerful! I love hearing how the Lord is working in all this.. absolutely incredible!

Praying, dear friend, unceasingly for our little boys and their bio mommies… and all who are left behind… my heart just breaks!

natali - May 13, 2010 - 9:27 pm

I love your heart, andrea. praying for you guys& isaac & for isaac’s birth mother to get well, and for her children.

Jenny - May 13, 2010 - 11:21 pm

So disappointed for you today but as someone else commented, what a blessing that so many people are now praying for Isaac’s birthmom! Your post was a beautiful example of God’s peace in the wait. Encouraged my heart! Praying you continue to hold onto HIS peace.

We are THAT family - May 14, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Praying for your adoption journey!