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Celebrating family…

Did ya miss me this weekend?? Well…we got crazy–packed up the family and headed out on a 4 hour trip to see some of our AGCI family AND celebrate a very special little girl’s ONE YEAR being home!!! ONE YEAR AGO…THIS MONTH…Lucy Lane came home from Ethiopia AND 1 year ago this July…I emailed Kristi […]

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april - June 13, 2010 - 11:19 pm

these are BEAUTIFUL pics and I am so glad you were able to go to LL’s one year party! how awesome! Her journey has inspired us too!

Elle J - June 13, 2010 - 11:27 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing Kristi, YOU, and Cris in one photo! Melt. My favorite blogs and friends in one room. =) Sounds like a perfect celebration for Lucy!!

Alison - June 13, 2010 - 11:42 pm

How fun! God also used Lucy Lane to inspire us to adopt from Ethiopia! And I also emailed Kristi with adoption questions…back in March. She was so encouraging! So glad ya’ll got to celebrate together!!

kristi johnson - June 14, 2010 - 12:19 am

oh, too fun…you have the best pics..I love “the hug” pic…adorable…SOOO glad yall came…and we’ll see ya on the 2nd, yayyyyyyy, kj

Lara - June 14, 2010 - 12:35 am

How fun! LL is like the spokesbaby for AGCI – her sweet picture is on the packet they sent us.

julie@Flitterbugs - June 14, 2010 - 7:20 am

Thanks for sharing! I cannot wait for a GA group to get started up!!!!

Gini - June 14, 2010 - 8:08 am

What a fun weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tisha Alexander - June 14, 2010 - 9:15 am

I am glad that you were able to celebrate with the Johnson’s! I love my AGCI family! ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband also chases after the kids whenever we get together with other families. He knows I need that time. Have a great day!

Kim - June 14, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Okay … truth be told … I am totally jealous! :o)

Caytie - June 14, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Wow, what a great weekend! How fun! Lucy Lane’s video got me sooo excited for our adoption process. How special to be able to go and celebrate with them and be encouraged as you are about to go and pick up Isaac in just a few short weeks! Can’t wait!

cris - June 14, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Love that you hauled your family here for our gathering. You know we are here to support you too. Blessings my dear friend. I am praying for you and your journey to your sweet baby boy.

And a HUGE thanks for snapping a family pic of us. Yes we were sweaty but we all had fun. It’s going in our next pp report.


Bobi Bobbitt - June 14, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Andrea! This adoption journey just keeps getting better and better! The Johnson Family and their Lucy Lane video are what have inpired us to pursue adoption! Did not even know that y’all are friends, I just got and email from her this morning and I chatted with you on the phone a couple of weeks ago! God is amazing how he brings people together that would have never had the chance to get to know each other! We are going to Nashville next month and Kristi and I are going to meet for lunch! I am SO excited! AND… several of the moms in the pics are Moms who I keep up with their blogs everyday, funny how all of y’all know each other and are connected. I hope and pray that our family will be at one of these reunions soon! Continue to keep our family in your prayers, alot of change around here. Our house may be sold today and we don’t know where God is going to take us but we are trusting!!! Love, Bobi Bobbitt

Stencils and Sparkles…

Waiting, waiting, waiting and hoping, hoping, hoping for travel dates asap! SOOOO ready to bring our boy home! In the mean time…this momma is stirring up the crazy with the crafty:). I declared the day “stencil day” and we had such fun putting Africa on…literally…ANYTHING and EVERYTHING we could imagine possible. To make your own […]

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Lara - June 2, 2010 - 4:09 pm

I love your Africas everywhere!

Jenny - June 2, 2010 - 4:25 pm

oh i love this! i may have to do some of this myself ๐Ÿ™‚

Rebecca Harley - June 2, 2010 - 4:59 pm

i love the way you turn your waiting into things to do with your kiddos! and I love all the Africas!! My buddy Kim, the one who lives down by you, does the same thing for me – except instead of using paint on the shirts – she uses a clorox bleach pen!!! I love my africa shirts that she does (we all have a bunch!).

Tisha Alexander - June 2, 2010 - 5:03 pm

This post makes me smile! I pray you get your travel dates SOON!!! You are very crafty and I love everything you did.

Natali - June 2, 2010 - 9:34 pm

you’ve gotta love the africa stencils! ๐Ÿ˜€

Bobi Bobbitt - June 2, 2010 - 10:53 pm

Hey Andrea! I love keeping up with your blog everyday! It has become my “treat” to myself at night while everyone is sleeping and the house is quiet, to sit up and read your blog entries! I am so thankful we had the opportunity to chat last week, I look forward to talking to you again soon! Please continue to pray for us as we are considering embarking on this amazing journey as well! bobi

missy - June 3, 2010 - 12:35 am

everything is better with a little africa on it! love the stenciling. i really, really, really want to try it but i don’t do well with things that take precision. or patience. maybe it would be a fun summer activity…as long as lulu is nowhere near the exacto knife! hoping you hear word of your travel dates SOON!

Megan - June 3, 2010 - 2:19 am

Where do you get stencil paper? B/c I LOVE this idea! MUST. SEE. AFRICA. EVERYWHERE! =)

Kim - June 3, 2010 - 5:51 am

You are indeed OOC … in such a beautiful way!
Love it!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Chrystal - June 3, 2010 - 10:48 am

.. I had lunch with a lady from All God’s Children on Tuesday. I was sharing with her your story & she said, “Wow, that sounds exactly like a client of mine. She doesn’t live in OH, by chance, does she?”.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I said no, but.. just wanted you to know that there’s another family out there (Africa bound…) that has shared a similar story around the same timeline… amazing.

Praying for a travel date SOON, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE the stenciled goods… ๐Ÿ™‚

Jennifer - June 3, 2010 - 2:13 pm

Surprised the fish tank didn’t get stenciled…lol! FUN! I know what ya mean about being STINK’IN READY!!! Got an updated Abby passport photo today….the cuteness is killing me:) No passport though! SOON FOR BOTH OF US!!!!

Asher Collie - June 5, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very good job.

Happy Memorial Day!

I love traditions…and I especially love traditions that teach our children what the days we celebrate and remember are all about. A few years ago, I told Rich that I wanted to spend days celebrating their true meaning—and Memorial Day is no different. SO…instead of grilling out…instead of going to the lake…we go hear from […]

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Dawn - May 31, 2010 - 7:29 pm

AMEN!! Love your family pic thinking- soon another will be coming home!!!
Have been praying for the mission team!!
Thanking God for all those willing to fight for our rights!!

Natali - May 31, 2010 - 11:24 pm

amen!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Keep training those kiddos of yours in His ways, Andrea! You’re doing a great job :))

marci - June 1, 2010 - 9:06 am

AMen. Just like I wrote on FB…it is not about grilling,it is not about the day off,or lake…it is to REMEMBER our soldiers who gave their life for our FREEDOM and the ones that are still out their to allow us our Freedom of today. My dad-Marine,2 brothers-Marine…1 is at Walter Reed helping wounded soldiers get up and learn to swim ,jog and live ! You are so great to share your passions of life with others…So much the way we have raised our kids. One is at Emory Med school 1st year and one has completed 10th grade at St Pius. Shockley got the Pope John Paul Award at the school…what an honor…using the gifts God has given is honoring God !

Peanut Butter…African style

If you have never had peanut butter naturually–then you are missing OUT! I had my first batch in Zambia in 2007 when the Wiphan widows made it in their wooden churns for us. I went right to the market and bought our family a wooden churn to bring home—only when I bought it, Kunda informed […]

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Becca Harley - May 19, 2010 - 2:36 pm

oh, I wish that I had brought home a wooden churn from Yemen! Do you know where I can get one here? I love fresh peanut butter – and would love to have the kids entertained and get exercise at the same time!:)

Julie@Flitterbugs - May 19, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Yum! We make our own peanut butter too….only I just stick the nuts in the juicer…and wha-la! I have my great-grandma’s butter churn…gonna have to try it out one day! Your garden looks beautiful!

Trudy - May 19, 2010 - 3:40 pm

I giggled when you said “Frank is a machine!” How adorable. You have a great spirit. You will be in my prayers Sunday evening. Pretty soon you will be commenting on Isaac’s guns ๐Ÿ™‚

Jenny - May 19, 2010 - 4:07 pm

wow! that churn is a lot bigger than i thought from the first picture! YUUUUM! i am a peanut butter addict and this looks delicious!!!!

Kristy Filbrun - May 19, 2010 - 6:45 pm

I loved this whole post!!! Your children are so cute!! And your Frankie reminds me of my youngest with literally no hair!! So cute!!! Your garden looks like quite the garden!!! And the lady I used to clean house for showed me how to make peanut butter one time but it would be so cool to have a churn from Africa!! We will be praying again for your family knowing that Gods will is the best!!!

Dawn - May 19, 2010 - 8:47 pm

LOVE home made peanut butter- we usually get the natural stuff!! Your kids are soo cute. Watching Little House on The Prairie and realizing what used to happen all the time- yep- they are capable of sooo much more than we even think of!

Alison - May 19, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Oh my goodness, that looks sooo good! I love, love, love peanut butter! Looks so much better than the reduced-fat Jif that we buy! Ha! Have never even thought about making my own peanut butter…will have to try it sometime!

april - May 19, 2010 - 10:58 pm

oh wow my friend…that looks SO yummy! I have had natural peanut butter from the stores but NEVER made my own! Lord willing, if I get to go to Africa next year I want to buy one of those things!

Natali - May 19, 2010 - 11:25 pm

that peanut butter sure looks yummy! :))

Chrystal - May 20, 2010 - 10:06 am

This whole post just made me smile.. and I simply *must* try making peanut butter with my girls this weekend, looks like fun. I LOVED the picture of little Laney when she had had enough & was just flat out pooped! ๐Ÿ™‚ and little FRANK?…. oh, what a little machine he is. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE it…. TOTALLY made me smile!!!!… Praying for you hard over here & just wanted you to know…. and I won’t stop until that sweet baby is in your arms. ((hugs))…

Living on the front lines…

A wise woman once told me that if I am not experiencing spiritual warfare in my life…then something is wrong. Why? Well, simply because that would mean that I am not a threat to the enemy. OK…I just lost some people. But it’s true. As much as I know that God is real—I also believe […]

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natali - May 11, 2010 - 4:15 pm

i loveloveLOVE this post! thanks for the great encouragement. I’m moving out on the mission field next January [for at least a year, praying about a lifetime]. Thank you sososo much!! :))

Megan - May 11, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Thank you for these encouraging words.

Jenny - May 11, 2010 - 8:11 pm

VERY very good!! The most opposition I’ve ever faced was when I traveled to Rwanda to teach. I also always find opposition at work as a teacher! Ugghhh!! I feel that I constantly battle with others, which I know it’s satan using them, but it’s so draining! Love the post!

Angie Walter - May 11, 2010 - 8:46 pm

OH ANDREA! How I needed this today! I haven’t been able to follow any blogs lately but stumbled upon yours just now and whoa…you have no idea how I needed to read this! – Satan is trying to bog me down with the day to day worries and chores, etc…instead of enjoying my precious, rowdy, messy, silly boys! Thank you for letting God speak through you!

Rebekah - May 11, 2010 - 9:03 pm

Wow! This post is truly fitting! I’ve felt God impressing this on my heart lately but seeing it in words has really opened my eyes! We are at a huge crossroad and I can’t see how God is going to work everything out… but He IS! You truly have a gift for writing! Thank you for sharing!

april - May 11, 2010 - 9:26 pm

amen! amen! amen! We have been touching on that a little in our daniel study by beth moore at church and it’s so true! Thanks for this reminder but most of all thanks for the encouragement and hope found in God’s word that we can cling to through our times and through the journeys God calls us to!

Alison - May 11, 2010 - 10:59 pm

Andrea, thanks so much for these encouraging words! We have just started this journey and already the enemy has started his attacks. It was the same way when we were transitioning into full time ministry. It is hard, but it encourages us b/c we know this means we are truly in God’s will. We know that satan would leave us alone if we were just sitting still doing our own thing. We are truly putting on our armour everyday!

kristi johnson - May 11, 2010 - 11:21 pm

awesome….great post, kj

toni kuguru - May 12, 2010 - 5:24 am

Andrea, I stumbled upon this website via the update in the former 30 something mailing. I’ve been sitting here for almost an hour reading all of your old posts. What an amazing journey you have been on, and this is ONLY the beginning ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for your family of 6!

Kameron Shadrick - May 12, 2010 - 11:13 am

Thanks so much for this post! Ever since we began the adoption, the spiritual battle has intensified. But lately it has gotten worse and more personal. Basically, my BFF won’t support our adoption because of some very, very selfish reasons on her part – I could not believe what she was saying. I am trying to not be bitter and have been praying that God heal us and help me move on. But it is eating me alive and stealing my joy. I feel defeated. Then, just this morning I went to your blog and read this post! It has totally convicted and encouraged me. Although I know that we are in the right, I must call her and reconcile. I must truly forgive her. Thanks for the Spirit led post. It was a blessing.