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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

So I pulled out the old faithful front door wreath that I made like 4 years ago. Yep…she’s still hanging in there. I like to decorate—but more than that…I like to save a buck. SO, as much as I wanted to copy Southern Living’s design for making fresh magnolia wreaths (after all I have 3 […]

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Jenn - December 2, 2009 - 7:01 am

really beautiful Andrea! wait on God and He will give you the desires of your heart (you just may not know what they are yet). praying and waiting right along side you!!!


JonesEthiopia - December 2, 2009 - 9:37 am

The birth order issue. It was a burden for us, too. We had our hearts set on adopting an older child for our 2nd adoption… for a year that is what we thought we'd do. However, the agency didn't want us to go out of birth order either, and our daughter was just 15 months at the time. Ironically, as we were deciding that our hearts were open to an infant, that was about the same time that our sweet girl was born. So, although I feel your frustration, I am going to tell you to have faith in the process… When I saw my girl for the first time, I knew it was worth giving up what we thought we wanted for what we were really supposed to have for our family. (We're currentlky waiting to hear from our case manager to find out if we passed court last night!)

The Young Family - December 2, 2009 - 9:41 am

LOVE my adoption mommas and their encouragement. Seriously, you all are such a part of my heart. Thank you for your words of encouragement. XOXO.

The Siler Family - December 2, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Your pictures are beautiful! Btw – What do you mean by "birth order?

The Young Family - December 2, 2009 - 12:25 pm

Siler FAmily:) Birth order is just the order your kiddos were born and your adopted child's birthday too. So, if you have a 1 and 4 year old, you couldn't adopt a 3 year old or 6 year old with our agency as it breaks birth order. You can only adopt a child younger than your youngest child.

Kristi J - December 2, 2009 - 12:25 pm

so beautiful…love it…my favorite is the pic of the Zambia kids…beautiful!! kj

Angie Walter - December 2, 2009 - 7:56 pm

My sweet cousin just got me the same ornament…don't you love that the baby is chubby and happy! Me and my husband both just said we didn't really have a image in our mind yet of what our boy looks like, but he sees chubbyness and I see big cheeks! 😀 Oh girl please pray we see him soon! I am strugglin with being so close!!!

Sweetly singing on the plains…GLORIA!

We are loving the most glorious time of the year in the Young household! I can’t wait to share our cute Christmas card, our holiday decorations…still working on our playroom tree:)…and to share Laney’s upcoming birthday. The princess will be 4 on Tuesday! She’s having an Ariel party on Friday night:) I thought I’d share […]

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Kristi J - November 29, 2009 - 7:42 pm

that is so sweet..what a great idea, kj

Kim - November 30, 2009 - 1:38 am

Thank you for spreading the Christmas cheer and sharing such great ideas to ensure we too are embracing the most wonderful time of the year and preparing our hearts for our Saviors birth!

Preparing my family to welcome and receive Christ at Christmas…

UPDATE: A quick update because I originally shared this post 9 years ago;)—I *just* got this SWEET book in the mail that was just published in 2015 called “Our Family’s Jesse Tree”. You can purchase it on Amazon at It’s a GREAT price and it comes with templates for all 25 ornaments, an opening activity, scripture […]

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Kim - November 29, 2009 - 4:25 am

Perfect timing! Love this post!
Thank you,

Beautiful Mess - November 29, 2009 - 5:47 am

That sounds so neat. Will have to look into it.

theheartofachild - November 29, 2009 - 8:17 am

Thanks for the links! I have friends who have made them, but I haven't gotten around to doing it. Buying it all made up sounds much better!
AGCI (waiting on Abby in India)

Are These Kids All Yours? - November 29, 2009 - 11:56 am

What a great idea to add to our traditions.

[…] speaking of crafts and Christmas…it reminds me to remind you of my last year’s post on preparing your children for Christ a Christmas post…with the JESSE TREE!!! Ok…off to take a nap while the kids nap!!! (SOMEBODY has decided to stop sleeping at night […]

This needs to be a bumper sticker…

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Jenn - November 24, 2009 - 7:18 pm

HA HA!!! Man…I got a new phone and I can barely figure out how to dial the dumb thing…let alone text with it 🙂

Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!! Let's touch base next week when we get some new numbers 🙂


Jennifer - November 24, 2009 - 7:46 pm

That is so cute!! I am glad I don't text at all! 🙂

Kristi J - November 24, 2009 - 9:56 pm

hilarious…I still can't text yet…I'm way too slow 🙂 kj

Kelley Brown - November 25, 2009 - 7:14 am

This is hilarious! I saw someone doing that the other day, driving 10 miles an hour, and it drove me nuts! 🙂

Lauren - November 25, 2009 - 7:40 am