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Over the Top…and a BIG, HUGE prayer request

My sweet friend at “Filled With Praise” nominated my blog for this fun award. Thank you friend! You know I think your blog is over the top too:). The award states you have to use only one word answer the questions, pass along to six favorite bloggers, and tell ’em you did so. I’ll be […]

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Jenny - January 9, 2010 - 10:45 pm

definitely praying!!!
strange b/c we have to have that approved before we can even submit our dossier and be considered a waiting family. we’ve been waiting on the CIS for a few weeks now … hoping they are speedy for us both!!

Amy - January 9, 2010 - 11:57 pm

I will be praying for you! I pray that we both get our approvals before working our way to the top of the wait lists!

Shannon - January 9, 2010 - 11:59 pm

Absolutely!-your family is already in my prayers but I will specifically remember this request when I’m praying.

Kathryn - January 10, 2010 - 11:01 am

Praying… And if the time gets close or referral comes, call your local senators office. We did that and they pushed ours through the next day!

But hoping it will all happen on it’s own!


Amy @ Filled With Praise - January 10, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Love your answers. You know I am praying…you have to travel with me…have to!!!

Jenn - January 10, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Andrea…we had our appointment Dec 23rd to be fingerprinted and received our FDL letter back in our mailbox the next WEEK! It was postmarked Dec 28th…I’m not kidding. So don’t freak out…it could happen super quick too!!


Nikki - January 10, 2010 - 3:34 pm

Praying for you!

Marci - January 10, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Puttting the request up on our Prayer Angels…it will be exciting to see the miracles appear…PRAYER CHANGES THINGS ! Psalm 91

Melissa - January 10, 2010 - 6:43 pm

Andrea, Thank you for nominating me. What an honor coming from you. Oh, I will definitely be praying that you would be approved really fast! Looking forward to Thursday!

Kelley - January 10, 2010 - 7:24 pm

I will certainly join you in praying for a miracle and for expediency!!!! We got our USCIS form back in under 3 months, so it can happen! Love you!

Karee - January 11, 2010 - 7:52 am

Hi Andrea! Remember, me? We spoke on the phone and you answered some of my preliminary adoption questions. Although I rarely comment or post, I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you all! We are praying about moving forward in adoption too. Also, thank you for your encouragement…I am reading the bible with you too. 🙂

kellycoury - January 11, 2010 - 11:43 am

I’m praying about the 1600! 🙂 Love you!

Preparing for what is ahead – January 8th Reading…

Look what I got in the mail today! Yes…2010 is my year of organization. It IS going to happen;). Step 1. The pantry…(I even went to Kroger in the snow to buy…NO not milk or bottled water…but AAA batteries so my label maker would work;) It’s the Brother PT-90 version and might I add I […]

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Megan - January 8, 2010 - 12:26 am

Oh my gosh, if you are anything like me (and it seems that you are) you will LOVE your label maker! I am also on an organizing frenzy right now! Although I can’t commit to labeling my cabinets because I change them all the time, lol! =) But one of my goals in 2010 is to find a home for everything…maybe it’s ambitous, I don’t know, but I’m striving for organization! I’ll read the verses in the morning and then post! Oh Happy Day!

Robin Zetterberg Salley - January 8, 2010 - 5:20 am

Beautiful entry (as always) Andrea 🙂 I love your heart. -R

Charisa - January 8, 2010 - 5:45 am

Hear your heart on marriage…and I completely agree…as I very wounded and baggage filled person (and 19 marrying a man ten years older) when I married, I had LOTS of emotions…and if I had went with my emotions all the time…well, let’s say sometimes I did and it WASNT GOOD!

God gave me the person that completed me and who was perfect for me…even though from alot of peoples standpoint’s…we were nuts! (or more specifically they thought he was!)

I love him now more than ever…

LOVE studying the Word with you!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - January 8, 2010 - 7:26 am

Were we separated at birth? My label maker is going in my will as one of my treasured possessions 🙂

Love the post today…keep it up girl.

Marci - January 8, 2010 - 8:26 am

Andrea, our family is too reading the bible together. Nightly works for us. We are using The Daily Walk. It has it broken down with bites to ponder the Word ! I have made a copy of your One Year Chronological Bible schedule and it is almost the same. Ya’ll have Chronicles added so I am going to do that too….I always get blue after our time together at night doing our Jesse Tree and that is when Doc suggested the daily reading together. Last night we missed but our Lord loves our hearts to be coming back even when we have missed Him only one day or years…doesn’t matter He is waiting and present. Some of the comments and things you write are exactly what we discuss after the readings. It tickles me to no end that we are all defying “the world” by doing something so precious by being in His word daily. Most of us do but it is spiritual exercise daily.
God is working good things in your life and I have been including your journey in my prayer life. Also, sharing and hoping that others join in on your Bible journey.
Sister and I are major labellers…even cabinets for glasses ,plates me it makes it possible for others in my kitchen to help or find things. I started this a long time ago sans machine to hellp my kids learn to read.Words are important. Also, reading the bible together in the past years has been the greatest educational boost to my boys. One time we were in Exodus and by the nice ,warm fire and Doc,Trey had faallen asleep while I was reading…I looked at my little 2 year old whose dear shaped eyes was silently looking at me while sucking his thumb. I put the Bible down and moaned”Lord,why have you put this on my heart for us to read the old testament together..everyone falls asleep except Shockley !” All at once Shockley stood up and said “Pharaoh.Pharaoh,Let MY People Go..umph” WOW, God winked at me and said keep doing this..even thoguh he is 2 1/2…he hears it and gets it !!!!! A memory frozen forever in my mind . Our children absorb more than we can imagine. I know most people are not reading with fam but if someone is this hopefully will encourage. Your thoughts on marriage and relationships are so true . Married since 1981…still loving my man because God put us together…no doubt. SIster and I prayed for exactly the man that God placed in my path.In all my life, I could not have imagined how I would find this man but, God knew ! I was way to busy in Chapel Hill working 3 jobs in grad school and I wanted a christian . Laundrymat is where it happened. I knewand he knew..he had just prayed for God to place his wife in his life. It canbe so much fun to think of our tapestry. I won’t post this long ever again(snow…relaxing day) and terrifically enthusiastic to read your blogs. You are filled with fire for the Lord and you have a team of believers helping you. Mighty and Wonderful He is and He will hear your heart and desires though your adoption process….thank you for sharing. Pax, Marci

Heather - January 8, 2010 - 9:30 am

I also noticed that Abraham took care of his estate. He still gave to every child, although the majority went to the promised seed, Isaac. One other thing I noticed is that when Abraham had another wife & more children, he sent them away as well. Do you think he was lacking a little faith there & trying to protect his “promised seed?” Or what? Not sure. I also loved that Isaac & Ishmael came together to bury their father. We don’t know all that went on there, but there’s no evidence of fightings. They were both mourning for their dad. So that must mean Abraham still reached out to Ishmael even though he sent him away. It says that Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. Then he asked God to open her womb, so she was pregnant with twins. It also says that Isaac was 60 years old when the twins were born. Wow! 20 years of dealing with barreness! I can’t imagine that. My husband & I have been dealing with that for almost 3 & it’s been hard! But back to the twins, them struggle with each other in the womb basically represents their lives in the future. Always a struggle! God told Rebekah that the younger would prevail over the older. Jacob was grasping Esau’s heel, coincidence? I don’t think so. God has perfect plans & He sees them through.

Jenny - January 8, 2010 - 5:29 pm

just wanted to say I hardly get to comment much about the reading but I’m with ya daily! I love your thoughts about the reading. I actually read your thoughts before I read so I know what’s ahead and I LOVE it! My husband and I are actually reading it together every night. If it’s something I think the kids could absorb, I usually read it out loud to them.
I know I only know you through the blog world but I do love reading your blog! I think you and I would be fast friends if we lived closer;0).

Kim J - January 8, 2010 - 7:07 pm

Love the reading! What a great start to what will be a great year. We are bringing home our little girl from ET as well through AGCI. Help me with the lable maker thing. I actually have one but I inherited it. I’m all for organization but I must be a rebel. I have visions of one of my sons future girlfriends coming over and then telling her friends/family…”okay…his Mom actually has her pantry labeled…like I could not see where the hot cocoa goes…” and then she feels she can’t measure up…that expectations are high.( ahhh..insert my own experience here…now we are on to something!) I keep pulling it out and putting it back. On a positive note… I have a label stating the machine in the plasitic storage box is a “label maker”. Does that count?

Megan - January 9, 2010 - 1:42 am

Most of the reading is about Abraham’s descendants. The part that stood out to me was when Rebekah cried out to God asking why she was having difficulties in her pregnancy. She was pregnant with twins and the two boys were fighting with each other even in her womb. God explained to her that her sons would be rival nations.

The reason this stood out to me was because I remember feeling like this when I was pregnant with Skyler and throwing up for nine months. I remember crying out to God, “Why is this so hard?” I wish I would have received an immediate answer as Rebekah did. Instead, I received an answer much later. Later when we were planning for our second child, we felt God telling us that adoption was the route. It was very clear to us at that point that if I wouldn’t have had a “difficult” pregnancy, we probably wouldn’t even had considered adoption until much later down the road. From the beginning God was writing our story, and we look forward to His perfect ending!

Merry Christmas in Ethiopia!!!

Oh how I love Christmas…and today we are celebrating it in our hearts knowing that guess what??? It’s CHRISTMAS DAY in Ethiopia! Here’s a fun little informative article excerpt I found this morning to share written by About columnist Tanya Davis: Christmas is a major holiday in Ethiopia. More than half of the population of […]

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Amy @ Filled With Praise - January 7, 2010 - 7:54 am

I love thinking about our sons both celebrating their first Ethiopian Christmas. The only better thought is that next year they will be celebrating the Ethiopian Christmas in our homes 🙂

Amber - January 7, 2010 - 9:10 am

All right stop collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop yo I don’t know
Turn off the lights and I’ll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Dance go rush to the speaker that booms
I’m killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom
Deadly when I play a dope melody
Anything less than the best is a felony…

I won’t continue. But I could. I still *heart* that song. 🙂

Merry Ethiopian Christmas!

Charisa - January 7, 2010 - 1:30 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the quote by Lucy on Aslan! I even used it in worship one Sunday!

No, our God isn’t “safe”….but boy, it sure is wonderful, wild, crazy ride!!! I wouldn’t want any other. You just have to hold on tight when you give your whole life to Him!

Heather - January 7, 2010 - 3:09 pm

Chap. 23- well of course this is all part of God’s plan. I believe that when people would die in the Old Testament, they would bury the body back in their hometown. Abraham stayed where God had promised him his land. He asked for a place to bury his wife, paid them (which I think they would’ve given it to him anyways), and buried & mourned for his wife. She was 127 years old! Can you imagine how long they were together!? That had to break Abraham’s heart!

Chap. 24- I love this chapter too! Abraham sent out his oldest servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. The hand under the thigh oath, I believe is meant to be a personal oath. A study Bible that I read says that Abraham sent his servant back to his country to find Isaac a wife because the people of Canaan were pagans & his son was the “seed” & he wanted a godly woman. So here’s the awesome part! Abraham’s servant prays very specifically! He is waiting at the well & asks God to make it clear to him who he should take back to be Isaac’s wife. So he asks that the girl offer to draw water for him & his camels! WOW! The first girl that came up, Rebekah, did just what he asked! Before he even finished asking God!! He goes to stay with her family & he wants to leave soon. They want more time with her & ask her what she wants. She wanted to go with Abraham’s servant! Wow, don’t know that I could’ve done that. & by the way, Rebekah is Isaac’s cousin!!!!! She seemed to be respectful & submissive to her husband. Rebekah comforted Isaac in his grief for his mother.

Later in the next few chapters we’ll see that one of their sons, Jacob marries his cousins (Leah & Rachel) as well. Their father, Laban, is Rebekah’s brother!

caitlin - January 7, 2010 - 7:39 pm

All right stop, Collaborate and Listen.

Shannon - January 8, 2010 - 12:14 am

So much good stuff I’m not sure where to start! I guess first by saying “Merry Christmas!” I learned so much from your post about Christmas in Ethiopia-thanks for sharing. Second, both my husband and I were born in the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s…and still love the music from that era…especially my husband. I think he believes it part of his mission as a parent to teach our children to love and appreciate music from the 80’s. Even our 3 year old will occasionally give us an “ice, ice baby” tune. Now to the really good stuff! So much to this reading today, I love what both you and Charisa shared. I found myself once again grieving for Hagar and Ishmael-and for Abraham too. It makes me feel better that Abraham was distressed about the situation. It would be so disappointing if he easily let them go. And I can’t help but feel a little upset toward Sarah. Wasn’t she the matchmaker to begin with. I am so thankful that God came to Hagar. Jump to chapter 22…I can’t even imagine the incredible pain that Abraham must have felt when Isaac asked him “where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Ughhh…it almost takes my breath away. Yes, please let me look crazy in the eyes of the world if it means I’m being obedient to my Savior!

Megan - January 8, 2010 - 12:22 am

Merry Ethiopian Christmas!

And wow, I’m looking at Hagar’s story in a whole new way thanks to you!!!

January 3rd Reading – Packing up Christmas

Today’s reading – Genesis 7:1-Genesis 10:31-32 and 1 Chronicles 1:5-1:23 Just some thoughts on today’s reading… v.7:2 – I honestly never knew that Noah was asked to bring 7 of every clean animal and 2 of every unclean animal. Did you know that? All this 2 by 2 stuff—I had it all wrong. It says […]

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Melissa - January 3, 2010 - 8:06 am

I am really impressed you are getting up so early and then getting to your blog! Oh,I remember in East Asia when you were petrified by hiking up that mountain, I think you held onto me the whole time! And I remember when you made that magnetic board for parker, I am impressed that the kids still really like it! It really is a great idea! I think when I finish all my paper work for the adoption, maybe getting to make this would be a reward! I love creating things! You truly are blessed with such great in-laws! Have a great Sunday!

Andrea - January 3, 2010 - 8:39 am

I do remember that Melissa!!! Still as just afraid of heights! And don’t let the post time fool you;)…I wrote that the night before and put it on a scheduled post time:) I am NOT a morning person either!!! But I know some people do their reading in the morning so with our scripture reading I wanted to post early. My brain actually doesn’t begin functioning normally until at least 11am;)

Amy @ Filled With Praise - January 3, 2010 - 10:06 am

My husband and I are reading the bible readings at night when the kids are in bed, so my comments might be a bit delayed in relation to the reading for the day.

I love what you did with the magnet board…so cute. The pics of Frank in the chair are so cute. Ryann thinks she is as big as her siblings too. Guess that’s what happens when you are the baby. It won’t be long though and she will be trying to love on Elijah like Taylor and Cade love on her 🙂

Amber - January 3, 2010 - 10:57 am

Hey! I’m not doing the exact same reading plan, but Scott and I are doing our own together. But, like most reading plans it started out just the same as yours. 🙂 Something that stuck out to me (us) is that when Eve ate the apple from the tree…she wasn’t alone. Adam was right there beside her. So many times women get the bad rap about “causing sin in the world” – but we really can’t take all the credit. 🙂 I’m enjoying reading your blog, and even though we’re not doing the same reading plan, I still feel some accountability.

Oh, my fantasy is to go in a hot air balloon ride. If I ever get to, I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures for you!

Heather - January 3, 2010 - 12:32 pm

The readings were good this morning. Everyday will be though! That would stink to live on the boat for 6 months! There are a couple of questions I thought of. Do you think the animals while on the boat had offspring because it says when Noah got off the boat, he immediately made an animal sacrifice/offering to God. I guess there were 7 of the clean animals, so they may not have had offspring. It would have gotten a little crowded. Also, do you guys think that fish and sea creatures died as well? They were already in water, so……? Just a thought. There may be something I missed in the reading. Thanks for your thoughts! I never would have put the Nimrod name together! That’s cute!

Charisa - January 3, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Hey gal…kids are making a movie (rather loudly I might add) and hubby is watching a game on the tv..and I’m sitting here drinking tea and doing Bible Study with ladies who I really don’t even know where they are…kinda sweet! (Also..I am going to post the readings on my blog too and link back to yours if that’s okay) Kinda neat to see how many people God can move through this!

Alrighty, Here are my thoughts!

I love thinking of all those animals walking up into the ark! I am an animal lover and that just excites me so! Can you imagine..all those animals–BIG ones at that too with the tiny ones…I would have LOVED to have been there for that part..(the everyone dying..not so much)

Neat thing to do is measure that out for your kids..(ark size) I did that for children’s church one time and they were blown so hard to just imagine a size..but seeing it is so more real. I would love to see that one in the Netherlands.

ch. 8 vs 1 . I did a bible study once on the God ‘remembering’. From what I ‘remember’–it’s not that God forgets. But it is when He acts. Like when we do something in remembrance of someone. We never forgot that them but we acted and did something because we have them on our minds. I kinda like that thought of God ‘remembering’ me.

Ch 8 vs.10 Noah waiting 7 days to let the dove back out…I think I would have tried every morning and been frustrated! God is still working on my patience!

Chapter 9 re-iterates to me how precious life is to God. I can’t fathom how bad it must have really been that Noah and his family were the only ones that were able to be in the ark. That ALL the people were that corrupt. I can’t imagine how that must have grieved God and even Noah.

Ch 10 vs. 8–Nimrod, mighty warrior and hunter..I loved that too! Made my heart smile when I read it. I always wonder how God would describe me in His Word. Humbling thought!

Also..for question whether fish/sea creatures died. I always understand that they didn’t. Re-reading it, it says the ‘face of the earth’ so I am taking that to mean land. But I haven’t researched it for the root meaning.

Thanks Andrea for starting this!

julie johnston - January 3, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Oh, Heather, that’s a good thought on the animal sacrifice. My husband is in semianry, and I love to pepper him with questions! On an adoption note, some of you have sent me the most ENCOURAGING notes over the past week….. I have printed them all off and am saving them in my “adoption journal”. I received a lot of orders this week, and am so thankful! Also, a fundraising opportunity just “fell out of the sky” (hum, wonder who made it fall?:) I am kindof a coupon nut, and have spent months learning how to regularly walk out the grocery store with $200 or so worth of food for under $50. I love getting “paid” to take things from CVS. I mentioned this on face book a couple weeks ago, and there are masses of ladies wanting a couponing class!!!! I am setting a few up and am going to charge a $10 donation to our fund! I am THRILLED about this! I think we could come up with about half the agencies fees through these classes…a church is even thinking about hosting it with a nursey for a “ladis retreat” type thing!!! Yea!!! Praising the Lord…and so ready to sign that AGCI contract and start with the process!

Nikki - January 3, 2010 - 3:54 pm

3 for 3 so far… whew! Thanks so much for your insight… I, too, was surprised to read about the numbers of “clean” animals brought aboard the ark, and I’ve read Genesis how many times in my life? 🙂

These first few readings especially brought to mind the book “Many Waters” by Madeline L’Engle. So many unanswered questions re the Nephilim, the “Sons of God” intermarrying with humankind, etc. I’ll just add those questions to the long list I already have, all of which I hope will be answered in Eternity… when we will see not just in part but in the whole.

Megan - January 3, 2010 - 4:06 pm

One thing I noticed for the first time was that the waters gushed from underground as well as from the sky. I suppose I just always pictured it as a heavy rainfall. But God is more creative than I am! =) After all…He created my creativeness! But how depressing to see nothing but rain for 40 days!!! Yuck! And I thought Seattle was bad! I am just in awe of how much water it took to cover the earth…and twenty-something feet above even the highest mountain…and for 150 days! 10 and a half months is a LOOONG time to be cooped up on a boat – talk about cabin fever!!! This story really is just incredible.
Now this is really random…maybe…but when did animals live on our planet? My husband’s theory was always that they died during the flood…but God said to take every animal on the boat, so that can’t be it. My theory was that that during the creation…it says a day was as 1000 years. So maybe when God created all of the animals, dinosaurs roamed the earth, but died off before God even created man! Hmmm…that’s a question I want to ask God when I get to heaven!!! Good thing we’ll have tons of time for question and answers!!! =)
Anyway…it saddens me to think of how God felt during the flood. I picture a tortured look on His face as the water levels rose, drowning all those animals and people.
Thanks for being so great about posting early…it gets me all geared up…I’m not a mornign person either but I find I’m a much more positive person if I immerse myself in the word right away!
Also, love the chalkboard/magnet idea! So cute!!! Frank and my boy seem to be about the same age. I wish we could get them together!!!

becky - January 3, 2010 - 4:44 pm

I came across your blog from another blogger friend. I recognized Rebecca in your photo and showed my mom who recognized all the girls! Such a small world…my mom and Rebecca were best childhood friends. We adopted our son from Ethiopia in April and came upon your blog looking through adoption blogs, which i still love to follow!

Love your blog!

admin - January 3, 2010 - 6:01 pm

SUCH great thougths and insights!!! Loving reading these comments throughout the day. It’s so great to read different perspective! Yes—I’m with Charisa–I always understood it as the sea creatures didn’t die. Good stuff girls:) This is going to be a great year!

Lena - January 4, 2010 - 6:05 pm

I always enjoy reading your blog Andrea. I need just an ounce of your creativity. 🙂 So I’m in love with your small chairs that Frank is sitting on in the pictures. Can you share where you found those treasures? I’m searching for some play chairs and nothing has made me happy so far. Way to go on the auction by the way. I can’t get on ebay because I get so determined to win if someone else is bidding. I go nuts!