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If you haven’t heard from me…and it seems like I’m MIA…it probably just means I’m up to something. And it’s true;). I’m. up. to. something. Hee, hee. Soooo…this heart of mine has literally been aching for a court date—to get one step closer to bringing Isaac home. I’m border-line middle school girl staring at his […]

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Megan - April 22, 2010 - 1:37 am

Ok that’s EXTRA mean to do to someone who ALREADY has to go through the adoption wait. Meanie…

Kim - April 22, 2010 - 5:00 am

You are incredible. I want your creativity!
Looks like you’ve also updated your website (which I didn’t think could be improve)! Seriously, it is gorgeous … to match your beautiful family!
Can hardly wait til Friday’s surprise!
Oh how I love a surprise!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Jenn - April 22, 2010 - 9:03 am

I’m guessing that you’re doing the nursery? Am I right…am I right?? Probably way off base…

Have fun with whatever the project!!


Betsy - April 22, 2010 - 2:58 pm

Hey Andrea! I sent you an email about possibly meeting up TOMORROW! I know you are super super busy, so it is totally fine either way, but I will be in Atlanta for a few hours tom., so email me if you want to to try to meet up ( I’m dying to see a picture of Isaac! )
Betsy (:

Our Referral Story – We have a son!

Our referral story…written on 2 different days…to document one of the most precious times in our entire lives—Our Journey to our precious Isaac… Written on April 7, 2010 (Wednesday)… We just walked in the door from Traverse City Michegan. Suitcases finally down. All are sleeping in our home. As this momma does NOT like to […]

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Rachel Bell - April 8, 2010 - 4:01 pm

That’s GREAT news Andrea! So happy for you guys and can’t wait to see a picture of the little guy!

Becca Harley - April 8, 2010 - 4:13 pm

oh my friend – I have tears of joy running down my cheeks for you. What a blessing Isaac is already to your precious family. and what a blessing you all will be to him. We are fervently praying that your FDL comes now and that your Isaac is home in your arms soon. Oh, how I wish that I could be at the airport when you arrive! Praise God for His perfect Plan, perfect Timing, and His perfect son that He has given too you.
Huge hugs (and tears) from NY,

JonesEthiopia - April 8, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Beautiful. Like I told you a long time ago, the timing is always perfect, as is the child for your family.

Amy Kirk - April 8, 2010 - 4:18 pm

Praise The Most High God!

Amy Kirk

Melissa Lazzara - April 8, 2010 - 4:19 pm

AAHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you & your precious family!!!

Tracy - April 8, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Congratulations! What a wonderful (and unique)referral day story!

Heidi - April 8, 2010 - 4:25 pm

CONGRATS!!!! YEAH God he always has the perfect timing! Praying for you and your next steps! I just love reading your story! We leave next Wednesday for Ethiopia to get our little Jonas. Just so excited for you!

Christina - April 8, 2010 - 4:32 pm

Thrilled for your family! Prayers for smooth sailing (and flying!) as you complete the journey to bring your precious boy HOME!

Gini - April 8, 2010 - 4:36 pm

Wow–what an awesome, awesome story! An even more awesome God. Love it!!!! Thank you for sharing your story–can’t wait to watch it all unfold. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jenny - April 8, 2010 - 4:42 pm

what a GOD story! i love it! i’m so so happy for you guys!!! praying for everything to go quickly and smoothly from here on!

Lauren - April 8, 2010 - 4:46 pm

That’s the most beautiful story! I can’t wait until we get to see pictures of your little guy! I’m praying for everything to come together smoothly so that you can get him home ASAP!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Katy - April 8, 2010 - 4:50 pm

Horray! Rejoicing with you today!

cris - April 8, 2010 - 4:51 pm

My heart felt congrats to you. Love your story how God is writing it.



Janelle Rychener - April 8, 2010 - 4:57 pm

Wow!!! God is so amazing! What a great story!! Can’t wait to hear the rest. :O)

Sarah - April 8, 2010 - 5:07 pm

Andrea, I am new to your blog and new to adoption. The experience you have described here is what is in my heart. We just started down this road, but the sense of urgency to get started RIGHT NOW is an outstanding feature. My daily prayer it that we would stay on God’s timetable, whether we get our baby sooner OR later. We just want the child He has chosen.

I will be praying for you in these next months. May the Lord Jesus continue to grace you each step until you bring your Isaac home.

PS. I love the story of Isaac in the bible. What an appropriate name!

Marci - April 8, 2010 - 5:17 pm

He is so GOOD !!! What an Easter story brought into all of our lives….and now you can scream from the top of that mountain…Alleluia…your son Isaac,will soon be in your family surrounded by love ,yummy food and great prayers. what JOY !

Kindra - April 8, 2010 - 5:19 pm

God is in every seemingly tiny detail of our lives. God Bless You as you continue your journey to Isaac. God could not have blessed a more appropriate mom to spread His glory through this story!

Megan - April 8, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Wow! I was SHOCKED to read the title to this post today. I was not expecting it, as I ‘m sure you weren’t either! Such an amazing story of how God truely has a plan for our lives….wow. I don’t know what else to say, but wow. Oh yeah, and CONGRATULATIONS MAMA!!!!! =)

Trudy - April 8, 2010 - 5:27 pm

I’ve been following your journey and are so happy to hear this joyous news. God has watched over Isaac and your family. He will flourish with all your love and care.

Jenn - April 8, 2010 - 5:33 pm

WOW. Wow. WOW! So amazing. So glad to be on this journey together. So thankful for a HUGE GOD who can orchestrate every little detail. Rejoicing with you!!!!!


Elizabeth Smtih - April 8, 2010 - 5:35 pm

This post has me in TEARS! I am remembering the day we got Eliza’s picture. The whole family, including eight month old Shipley, gathered in front of the HUGE television and we opened the e-mail together. We cried at how beautiful and perfect she was. Still to this day, I feel 100% she was meant to be in our family.
Congratulations and love to all of you!

Jenny R - April 8, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Amazing! Wow!!! I am thrilled for you and your family!!! I am totally amazed at how perfectly that worked out for you! Our God is amazing!!!!!

Elle J - April 8, 2010 - 5:59 pm

YES!!!! How exciting and with chills all over I send you a huge cyber hug and congratulations!! Praying for Isaac and praying for the wisdom of God to continue to shine down upon you!! Andrea, how very exciting! I LOVE the vacation-fear-of-flying-perfect-story of hearing your referral WITH your husband. God is so incredibly awesome!!!

julie@Flitterbugs - April 8, 2010 - 6:01 pm

CRYING…SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! I cannot wait to hear more! What a beautiful story….Praise the Lord! My little brothe has special needs (lots, BIG ones!) My mom has openly told the other 4 of us that if she could just coose one child (obiously crazy and she never would!), she would choose him, Stephen. She said you cannot comprehend the love of Christ until you have a special needs child. A beautiful, perhaps at times heartbreaking, journey awaits you all. Guess you are gonna be heading to Africa after all this summer, huh ๐Ÿ™‚ Praising the Lord for you tonight!

Helen - April 8, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Congratulations to the Young Family! Great news and lovely story!

Jenny - April 8, 2010 - 6:03 pm

PRAISE THE LORD!!! Oh my goodness… I can’t imagine how thrilled you guys are!

Ingrid - April 8, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Congratulations- I am so excited for all of you! God is so Good!

Melissa - April 8, 2010 - 6:19 pm

A-MAZ-ING!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing with the world the way God has done an amazing work in your family. Only our AWESOME Father can orhestrate such blessed circumstances…ending of course in your sweet baby boy coming home forever!!!!

Natali - April 8, 2010 - 7:09 pm


Melissa - April 8, 2010 - 7:11 pm

When I saw that you had a referral, I was shocked and so excited. I kind of feel like I have a referral. To have been through this journey with you, it feels so real to me. Wow, people do get a child at the end of this! I will be praying that Issac comes home soon!!!!!

Amber - April 8, 2010 - 7:12 pm

Congratulations, Andrea! I can’t wait to hear more…and see pictures of your amazing family “reunion” soon! Love you, girl!

emily v - April 8, 2010 - 7:31 pm

SO overwhelmed with joy and excitement for you!!!
Come home sweet Issac, come home soon!

Jennifer - April 8, 2010 - 7:37 pm

What a BEAUTIFUL story!!! Thanks for sharing!

Shelley - April 8, 2010 - 7:42 pm

I am so excited for your family. I am praying for your little Issac and everything goes fast to get him home. What an amazing story! The Lord truely does move mountains.

Kelley Brown - April 8, 2010 - 8:51 pm

YAY!!!! Andrea, I am SO thrilled for ya’ll!!! Didn’t you sometimes feel like the Call would never come?? The details, the circumstances of the call, the significance of the dates, just everything makes me in awe of how God worked the details together. Your post brought tears, and I can’t wait until I see your son in your arms!!!! Can’t wait to see pics and hear more…. love you!!!

We’re leaving Hong Kong in a few hours to fly to Kunming, and it will be wild to be just minutes from our little girl and yet not be able to see her yet. I love traveling this journey of adoption together……. much love!


Leigh - April 8, 2010 - 9:02 pm

This is beautiful and wonderful and perfect AND SO OBVIOUSLY FROM GOD! I love it! praying everything goes so smoothly and that your precious Isaac will be in your arms very very soon!

april - April 8, 2010 - 9:07 pm

oh my word Andrea…i am SO EXCITED for you guys! Love the pictures and video and guess what…i did not even realize it that you were naming your song Isaac…guess what…that is our top pick right now if we get matched with a boy! How exciting is that! SO happy for you! Congrats!

Tiffini - April 8, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Amazing! What a special story. I LOVE how God weaves the details together in a way that only HE can do. Each detail, so precious, so perfect, planned by God from the beginning of time. Praising the Lord along with you today. I understand the uncertainty that comes with health issues. God will provide.

Vanessa - April 8, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Praising God with you today friend!!! I’m so excited for you all and your new little boy. I know during the wait, we all feel like – come on already, but then when you get your referral for the perfect child, you realize that the timing was perfect and that you have the perfect child – only God could orchestrate (sp?) it! What a beautiful story!

Hugs to you!!

Troy - April 8, 2010 - 10:18 pm

That’s an amazing God story, Andrea … CONGRATULATIONS!

LORD Jesus, we thank you for baby Isaac and Your provision in his life already. We thank you for bringing him into this family. Lord, I pray for Isaac’s health, Lord, that you would surround his body and protect him … allow his body to process the formula and get the nutrients it so dearly needs. Jesus, I pray for His heart … that you would start the bonding forming in it so that when they meet him SOON, the attachment will be so strong from day 1! Lord, bring him home soon! I know you have amazing things planned for his life.

It’s in Your Name that we pray and believe


Kim - April 8, 2010 - 10:32 pm

On Andrea! I am flooded with tears and praising God for you today precious friend. I am so excited for you and your precious family. God worked the same way with such recognizable timing (in the rear view mirror) with the twins adoption. Every date (despite the seemingly endless delays) ultimately revealed His perfect timing. I love all the details that lead to Isaac’s referral call and how His plans were for you and Richard to enjoy this moment together. Just. The. Two. Of. You.
Thank you sweet friend for allowing us to sit front row and witness His mighty works!
We are all blessed by your testimony!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Kelli Ross - April 8, 2010 - 10:54 pm

What an amazing post. Tears of joy for you and your family.

We are a AGCI family also!
God Bless

missy - April 8, 2010 - 11:09 pm

i’m not sure the chills i have will ever go away! what a beautiful story. how sweet of god to make it clear that this is YOUR boy. i remember when you posted about the wrestling you had over a waiting child. how perfectly it has all been woven. god was the one waiting…waiting to bring you all together. and how sweet it will be to bring your dear isaac HOME.

Sallee Couch - April 8, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Congrats!! Praying for all to be quick to bring your sweet baby home!! God is Good!! Praise HIM!!

Shannon - April 9, 2010 - 1:14 am

Oh Andrea…just opened up your blog and just about fell out of my chair! Tears of joy are running down my face! What an AMAZING story that only He could write. You have been on my heart so much lately…prayers are being sent!

Anne Marie - April 9, 2010 - 2:53 pm

Lots and lots of prayers being said for you and your precious family!!! What a story!! Tears in my eyes!!

Nikki - April 9, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Wow!!!! Amazing what happens when you don’t check a blog for a week! I’m so excited about your news, your sweet new son… God is so, so good! Congratulations!! ๐Ÿ™‚

tara - April 10, 2010 - 8:15 am

I have been following your blog for a while. I am so happy for your family and am praying everything falls in to place so you can get Issac hope quickly. God Bless You! Tara

Jackie - April 10, 2010 - 11:16 am

Andrea- I am sooo thrilled for you!! I love to read how God weaved this story together. Just as you have trusted Him to provide your son in His time… trust Him to take care of all the details. He cares about every one, even down to the smallest piece of paperwork.

I can’t wait to read the rest of your story… about God’s faithfulness, and His provision. I’ll be praying for you and all the details that are to come!


Lisa - April 20, 2010 - 12:13 am

Wow Andrea; it’s so true that God is all-knowing! How he gave you a sudden urgency, the details of your Lent story… he is such a God of details it’s incredible, and so wonderful to hear from another real-life story! Praise God for his kindness to Isaac and your family. Blessed to be a blessing.

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My First Seder…

Tonight I took part in the Jewish custom of Seder…the Passover dinner. And might I just say—it was one of the most symbolic and profound meals I have ever had! It was put on my Light of Messiah Ministries whose founders are also friends of our family. How powerful a Seder is when the Messiah […]

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Kim - March 27, 2010 - 11:34 am

Andrea…so glad you are going to share. I have been particulary drawn to Seder this year for some reason. Can’t wait to hear!

Renea - March 27, 2010 - 7:42 pm

Anxious to hear all about it! Can’t wait. One of our favorite Easter stories is Sorry, I don’t know how to ‘link’ in comments but cut and paste the html. ๐Ÿ™‚

Something you should know about me—I confess…

that my love langage is not normal. Therefore, Gary Chapman chose not to put mine in his book. Shame on him;)! One of my VBFFs just picked me up—took me downtown and ministered to my soul… Seriously. Minister. To. My. Soul. Ikea sweet rolls. I got a pack of 6. There are now 4 left […]

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kristi johnson - March 25, 2010 - 11:34 pm

i’m right there with ya…you’re so speaking my language too…love me some sweet rolls ๐Ÿ™‚ kj

Amy @ Filled With Praise - March 25, 2010 - 11:44 pm

So funny! I am glad you had some fun time tonight. You think you could run some of those to our house? Maybe next time ๐Ÿ™‚


Elle J - March 26, 2010 - 12:50 am

Now I am curious ~ will have to swing into my Ikea and get a box. Got my 147 Million Orphan necklace today. YAY! Can’t wait to sport that around with my Wiphan Tee.

Jenny - March 26, 2010 - 8:18 am

Sounds like my kinda night! Glad you had such a fun time and have been blessed with such a dear friend. Enjoy your sweet rolls and your weekend!

Renea - March 26, 2010 - 9:33 am

Okay, here’s the deal….. I send you e-mail and pretty comments and you send me sweet rolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL I have NEVER been to an Ikea…. don’t even know where I’d find one! But I’m willing to travel for sweet rolls. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kim - March 26, 2010 - 10:00 am

You are so funny. I haven’t seen those at the Ikea in Hong Kong. And for a girl who hasn’t had any sweets during her first lent … they look and sound amazing! My love language could be changing!
Love & Blessings,

emily v - March 26, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Girl, we are such kindred spirits! One can never begin the sure-to-be-exhausting adventure through Ikea without first dropping $1.50 for a drink and sweet roll in the downstairs cafe. Yes, yes, I am quite sure we are going to be dear friends once we finallllllly meet! ๐Ÿ™‚



OK…blog readers—anyone who read my post on St.Patrick’s day and saw the GREEN snacks I was sending in for P’s pre-K class….and didn’t STOP ME from sending in the Wasibi Peas…is in BIG TROUBLE!!! Sooooo…we had a couple over for dinner tonight—and they asked “Who eats wasibi peas??” because there was a full container sitting […]

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Jenny - March 23, 2010 - 10:24 pm

Oh goodness.. hahaha! I have never had them so I had no idea.. I’m guessing they’re pretty hot?? You poor thing but I bet that was a good laugh!

Jenny - March 23, 2010 - 10:45 pm

ha!!!!! yeah, wasabi definitely has quite the kick to it ๐Ÿ™‚

Dawn - March 23, 2010 - 10:57 pm

I wouldn’t have had a clue either….it’s all good- I’m brunette too ๐Ÿ™‚ he he he he oh no…

kristi johnson - March 24, 2010 - 1:50 am

i had no idea either…so funny, kj

April - March 24, 2010 - 7:39 am

that’s funny! I thought it was a little out there (I love wasabi peas and Nate has tried them before) but didn’t catch your post in time. Let’s hope Mrs. K caught it and no one tried them for the first time in class!

Helen - March 24, 2010 - 9:24 am

Long lost photog friend here that *loves* and follows your blog. I knew they’re hot (hot-hot!) and was wondering why you sent them in!

Becca Harley - March 24, 2010 - 1:10 pm

did not even think to tell you – my hubby loves them and my kids tolerate them, so I thought that maybe your fmaily liked them:)

Megan - March 25, 2010 - 1:40 am

Sorry girl! I misunderstood…for some reason I thought you said you WEREN’T bringing them for that reason! LOL…my bad!