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Not always easy. And tonight is one of those—not easy…tired of waiting…this was fun but I’m ready for my baby now moments;). Slowly we have been creaping up on on our agency’s waitlist. We are unofficially #12 on the boys list…getting much closer to single digits—and I’m just getting anxious and ready. Bare with me […]

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Kelley Brown - March 23, 2010 - 1:04 am

Oh Andrea, I totally understand the longing and aching heart right now. Sometimes I feel like it will consume me. I know we’ll be holding our children soon enough, but the wait is so hard. Praying that you hit single digits quickly. I can’t believe Ethiopia just added the 2nd trip!
Praying things will move quickly….

Megan - March 23, 2010 - 1:45 am

TEARS!!! But then again you have a habit of doing that to me.

Amy @ Filled With Praise - March 23, 2010 - 8:19 am

I think we are sharing the same heart right now because this is exactly how I feel. I have tried to explain it to others that are not in the process and they look at me like I am silly. However, the only way I can explain it is for them to think of one of their children being in another place on the other side of the world. They would stop at nothing to get to them because they long for them and want that child in their arms. That is how I feel. I know God has placed Elijah in our hearts and I want him in our home. I know you know exactly what I am talking about. Thank you for the verses. I have been focusing on those.

JonesEthiopia - March 23, 2010 - 8:24 am

Your words are definitely how I felt as I waited, too.

Renea - March 23, 2010 - 10:09 am

Still waiting with you! Much love girlfriend! sending virtual hugs ♥ Looking forward to seeing that little face!

Tiffini - March 23, 2010 - 10:38 am

I so understand the ache of waiting. It is harder for me than ever before. During our wait for referral, we didn’t know if it was boys, girls, or ages, so it wasn’t as hard. But, now that I know them, I can hardly stand this waiting. God is using it to refine me and realize that truly “Whom have I in heaven, but you, and besides You, I desire nothing on earth.” Ps. 73 I’m so thankful for His strength during the wait. Praying to hear of a court date today!

I’m praying for you in this wait. God will not be late in keeping His promise!

Katie Dunlap - March 23, 2010 - 10:41 am

Andrea, that was beautifully written. You are not alone in your longing. I’m praying for your family, including your sweet one in Ethiopia today.

Georgia - March 23, 2010 - 2:01 pm

Trying to dry my tears before my break is over at school and the kids come piling in. Andrea, would love for you to add me to your family blog. I read everyday and have missed seeing those beautiful children of yours. Saying a prayer for you & your family in the wait.

Melanie Strobel - March 23, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Andrea, your writing is exquisite and I feel the exact same way each night when I try and close my eyes. I think of HER constantly, believing that she is already born and waiting with an eager heart to know her, hold her and love her. I would love to continue to follow your family blog. I love hearing all about your sweet family. We are richly blessed and getting so close in this adoption journey. Peace to you. 🙂

[…] caring for me. And I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the verse laid on my heart written in a post before I ever knew my son’s name. I LOVE this verse for SO many reasons…and it truly applies to our weekend in more ways than […]

Catchin up…

I’m catching up on reading today and will post both yesterday and today’s later this afternoon. I’m going to TRY to start posting the day before’s reading at night again too. We’ve been doing some serious Spring cleaning at the Young house…much needed—and we’ve also decided to put the posts with our kiddos pictures only […]

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Sallee Couch - March 19, 2010 - 8:29 am

Please include me in your private blog…just love reading 🙂 and seeing your little ones grow up 🙂
blessings, Sallee

Becca Harley - March 19, 2010 - 9:17 am

hey you! Just wanted to say thanks for all the encouragement that you give us on the listserve and here. And for all the neat ideas for the kids crafts! Praying for alot of movement on the lists!

Becca Harley - March 19, 2010 - 9:17 am

oh, and I would love to continue on your journey with you~:) My kids love looking at pics of your kiddos!

Renea - March 19, 2010 - 9:34 am

Hope all is well and getting back to normal with hubby home! 🙂 Have a terrific weekend! ♥

Suzy Q - March 19, 2010 - 10:46 am

I would also love to keep up with your journey to baby #4! I’m glad to see you taking extra measure to protect your fam. May God richly bless your family in all they do.
Soli Deo Gloria

JonesEthiopia - March 19, 2010 - 11:26 am

I would love to be able to keep up with your family and journey… You have my address from this comment, right?

becky - March 19, 2010 - 12:26 pm

I would love to follow along your adoption journey and see the cute photo’s you take!

Natali - March 19, 2010 - 2:02 pm

I would love to continue to follow you on your journey to your 4th little one :))

missy - March 19, 2010 - 5:01 pm

i’d love to have the link to your private blog, if you are willing. i love hearing about your family, seeing your pictures and following along in your journey to #4.

Shelley - March 19, 2010 - 5:03 pm

I would love to see your private blog. I so enjoy reading your blog and looking at your pictures and crafts.

Sarah - March 22, 2010 - 7:02 pm

I would love to be able to follow the family blog. I enjoy your journey, craft ideas, and beautiful family.

When things don’t make sense… {Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21}

Today’s scripture reading is Deuteronomy chapters 16, 17, 18, 19 & 21. These are what you call historical chapters—so while there are still very applicable points that can be made…for the most part it’s historical and cultural writing and instruction. AND…to be honest–it just didn’t speak to my heart today. Ever have one of those […]

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Elle J - March 18, 2010 - 1:57 am

Your photos are awesome! I will have to copy some of your Green Traditions next year. You make life fun; you know that? Hoping your week picks ~ your message was clear to me. Thanks!

julie@Flitterbugs - March 18, 2010 - 7:16 am

I love brussel sprouts…but my hubby is NOT a fan! I’ll have to tr it out this way!

Heidi - March 18, 2010 - 8:43 am

These words I need to hear so badly this of my dear friends lost her baby at 20weeks yesterday. Please pray for her and today she has to dilver him .. I know this too will pass and good will come out of this .. I just hope she can see that someday! Thanks for your amazing words…
Your reader,

Dawn - March 18, 2010 - 9:29 am

Praying for your family. I can completely associate with the snow globe effect…..actually it hits really close to the mark for me.

Renea - March 18, 2010 - 9:31 am

you had me at hello…. then came brussel sprouts and you lost me! lol 🙂 I’ve been praying for you girlfriend! Hope today looks better for you! Much love ♥

april - March 18, 2010 - 3:01 pm

you are such a great mom for doing all these “green” things with them for st. patricks day!

“THE” flower garden… {Weekend reading: Dueteronomy 1-5}

K–I feel like I had a lot to say…but little time…so I’m all over the place. Once again…bear with me;) I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my hubby’s return from Africa…hence no bloggin’…and just chillin’ with the fam. I’ve also been playing with a video editing program—so hang tight…really fun videos to come all next week about […]

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Kim - March 14, 2010 - 4:06 am

Have I told you yet that your blog is like food for my soul?!
I so love your heart and hope we get to meet someday!
As always, thanks for sharing.
Cannot wait to see all that blooms from your gorgeous garden and your grateful heart!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Leigh - March 14, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Thank you giving me inspiration! It feels so good to do for others. Your husband is a very Blessed man!

kristi johnson - March 14, 2010 - 3:17 pm

awesome garden and beautiful pics…what a great present 🙂 kj

My Surprise! » Babe of my Heart - April 23, 2010 - 1:19 pm

[…] You can check out my last “hubby away let’s surprise him when he gets back” post here. You can trust my surprises with all my kids taggin’ along are never simple. I was made to […]

[…] to his favor. Like–the nervous energy has turned productive…like when I built him that flower garden when he was in Africa in March. But MY how the Lord has even taught me things through that. I would […]

[…] by side mean. The flowers in my garden were planted when Richard was in Africa in March of 2010. You can read about it here. (Most of you also know that I do crazy things every time Richard is gone to […]

I promise…

pictures of the garden are comin’! BUT I also promise…PICTURES of our KIDS in ZAMBIA are coming with video tomorrow too. It’s gonna be rainy tomorrow here…so I’ll be uploading away!!! I’ve been completely MIA enjoying our family being together again!!! Toby is safely unpacked…Richard is rested up…and we’re ready to roll!!! Can’t wait to […]

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Shannon - March 13, 2010 - 3:02 am

So glad you’re getting family time in….enjoy! Can’t wait to see the pictures and video and I’m especially looking forward to hearing what’s in store for the widows program. I wore my shirt to bible study this morning and did a short infomercial about Wiphan:)