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Our theme for the retreat “He Makes All Things Beautiful in His Time”… {Created for Care}

Today was the first and last day of registration for the Created for Care retreat. We had 250 moms and volunteers last year. And today–we made room for every single person we could hold in the resorts fire code. 400 adoption moms and 50 volunteers, speakers, breakout leaders, etc to total 450 of what the […]

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Kim - September 1, 2011 - 11:25 pm

I am SO excited I can hardly stand it!

Brantley - September 2, 2011 - 8:39 am

So glad I signed up when I did! Soooo excited! Andrea… did ya’ll get any of our messages???

birthdays, dress up and stepping out in faith

Sooo…because I knew we’d have birthday cake on Saturday for P-man…I decided to make a cookie cake for his birthday dinner. His b-day just happened to fall on Tuesday night–our regular “Dinner with the Dentons”. This November, we will be going strong with our Dinner with Dentons every Tuesday night…our commitment to community with old […]

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Sonya - August 25, 2011 - 2:26 pm

Andrea, you cannot know how God uses you in my life. Tonight we start foster care classes, and I’m scared out of my gourd! What the heck are we thinking?! WHY are we doing this again? We can’t subject our children (adopted, 9 months and 4 years old) to this!! Fear. And “coincidentally”, God brought me this post and video through you. I’ve followed you for a year, being challenged and changed by your words. Thank you for that, for sharing what the Lord has done with you so that others can be blessed. We’re not called to go overseas (we tried! God said no!) at least not now, but we ARE called to those deprived and abused and lost children of the streets of our city. Who have been hurt by those who were charged to care for them. To get messy and dirty in our perfect American life. Scares the pants off me, but I think I need that. I’m too close to the world and my personal comfort. Thank you, thank you–that video was exactly what God knew I needed!

Sandi - August 26, 2011 - 10:46 am

I love your encouraging words! They just fill my heart up to read them! I learned to cut my boys’ hair to save an extra $600-700 a yr to give. But this week my 7 yr old started fussing because he wanted to go to the “normal” salon “like his friends”, even though his hair looks perfect. SO as I cut his hair I began to talk about how he is sacrificing for God to help feed/clothe his older brother in Africa. We spent the entire time talking about how different his brother’s day was compared to his “privileged day”. He realized that being “different is special”, that even he can help others by making small daily sacrifices! I think it is so amazing that you are teaching your kiddos to have a heart for God. This was better than morning coffee! Thank you!!!

An update on our journey to bring our little girl from China home…

I am learning to surrender to Jesus…and to follow my husband. These are two things–I confess…that I struggle with. I like to be in control. I like to get things done–and I am secretly driven by the motto “if you want it done right–do it yourself.” SO…I stink when it comes to delegating. I rarely […]

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Elle J - August 18, 2011 - 12:35 am

Amen!! This is fantastic, Andrea. I love how you wrote every sentence; it is so positive and uplifting. Well done – letting go, trusting Him and him, and beginning the journey in a new and equally special way.

Sandi - August 18, 2011 - 2:37 am

Okay…wow. I told my hubby tonight that he had a son from another mother-sponsored child. I told him my stories of my day of the man with the torn sock, in the wheelchair who needed help…of the young man who needed a little something extra…of the woman who lost her job who needed help buying her medicine. When I thought he was going to say, “Ok go back to work if you are going to give away my hard earned money”, his response was simply a smile. He said he had a heart to heart with our 7 yr old about what it means to be christian while mommy was gone. I think God gives us laid back husbands because he knows that they will be the calm and the still when our hearts are leading us to go and do. God is so good.

Lara - August 18, 2011 - 9:39 am

I am so glad to know I’m not the only one that’s captain of the Adoption Ship. It’s so hard to give over control, even to my spouse.

Kristin - August 18, 2011 - 11:04 am

Oh wow. I am weeping right now because I know that feeling. I am in awe of what you are doing and I applaud you and your husband. Your family is a beautiful picture of what God can do if we let Him lead. I have been following you for some time now and have been so enlightened by your lives. Thank you for sharing what God has laid on your heart!

Alison - August 18, 2011 - 1:20 pm

I LOVE this, Andrea. I have had to step back SO MANY times and realize that I am the one trying to make the decisions and lead our family…instead of letting Jody do it! I love that you are giving this adoption journey to your husband to lead ya’ll! Way to go! I know it must have been really hard to hand over the 3 ring binder!!!

Dawn - August 18, 2011 - 1:27 pm

WOW!!!! I am such a control freak when it comes to adoption. I am the planner, the checklist person, the person who wants it done yesterday- 3 months ago would have been better!! YOU are amazing for doing this…..can totally see God in it 🙂

Tracy Sheehy - August 18, 2011 - 3:13 pm

I struggle with that same thing. When you said you read the books and gave him the 10 minute cliff notes…I had to laugh because I do that too. Thank you for sharing!

He is faithful…

Turn off the music up top…and listen to this. Close your eyes…thinking of where you are right now–where you have been–where He has brought you…and let this song minister to your heart. I’m so excited about the upcoming

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Kristin - August 11, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Amazing song! Thanks so much for sharing! God is so faithful!

Kelly - August 11, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Can you tell us when registration is for the Created for Care retreat?!

Beth - August 11, 2011 - 5:27 pm

I know! This song just kills me every time I listen to it. I can’t listen without crying. I think of myself and how true it is that He has never left me alone. And then I think of who He has been to my children. I emailed the link to each of them– I am convinced that this song/truth can bring healing to their past as they accept it for themselves. So glad you are sharing it! I’m thinking we need to use it at Hope at Home 2011 and since my husband is one of the worship leaders I’m pretty sure I can make it happen! Thanks for sharing Hope at Home 2011 Andrea! It’s going to a great time and I’m so glad you and Richard will be teaming up with us. God is good!

Rory Cookman - August 11, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Love the song, and the Created for Care retreat sounds amazing. We haven’t brought our baby home yet, just barely on the waitlist. Is the retreat for mamas who already have their children home? No worries if it is, just thought I’d check and start planning early if it was open to us waiting mamas as well.

Rory Cookman - August 11, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Love the song, and the Created for Care retreat sounds amazing. We haven’t brought our baby home yet, just barely on the waitlist. Is the retreat for mamas who already have their children home? No worries if it is, just thought I’d check and start planning early if it was open to us waiting mamas as well.

Sarah McKinney - August 11, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Amazing song…. I have followed your blog for a little while now and love your heart for the orphan… my heart also is being stretched by the Lord more each day. We have adopted 3 children through foster care after the Lord called us to move here from the UK and now He is calling us to Uganda to adopt 2 more… I know I will be forever changed when my feet hit Ugandan soil… I am expecting Him to break my heart and know from what He has shown us so far that these adoptions are just the beginning of something much bigger, we await to see and step out in faith knowing that He goes before us… Thankyou sooo much for this blog and how much it echoes my hearts cry….


The Chappell family…bringing two more home

Every now and again…I run across a family’s blog that has me gobbling up every word of their most-amazing story. (Alright, who am I kidding? We all know the in the adoption network you can stumble upon amazing, God stories every day!) But this family–has a story…that is written just so sacred and beautifully. The […]

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Lauren - August 11, 2011 - 7:00 pm

what an amazing story!!!!!! I am tears… our first pregnancy, first son, first baby to go to heaven is also named Asher! wow