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Our weekend in Tennessee…

We took off for Tennessee to see cousin Tom play in his LAST high school football game. It RAINED…they still played…so Rich took the older two while I stayed back with baby. We didn’t want a sick lobster for Halloween. Yes, he was a lobster. Yes, he is a boy. Yes, he’s wearing tights. (All […]

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Kim - November 2, 2009 - 5:20 am

Is it okay to be totally jealous?
Just kidding.
So glad you got to meet and enjoy the friends I miss so dearly!
The Halloween photos are precious too!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Jenn - November 2, 2009 - 11:56 am

So jealous…in a good kind of way…sort of 🙂 WISH we could have been there…it looks like a WONDERFUL weekend!


Peter & Amy - November 2, 2009 - 5:43 pm

Looks like an awesome halloween. I don't think you should worry about the 5-7 business days. That is what they told us and it only took them 2 days to review the home study last week so I bet you should get news very soon! Let us know 🙂

Fall fun…

My only adoption update today is I got a phone call today that went like this: “Have you or Richard ever lived in another county in GA besides Fulton???” “Me, no. Richard…would college count?” “Yep” Awwww man. I knew exactly where she was going. Richard went to UGA in Clarke County. Gotta call Clark County […]

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Kim - October 28, 2009 - 11:05 pm

Precious photos. Longing for a pumpkin patch in Hong Kong!
Love & Blessings,

Beautiful Mess - October 29, 2009 - 6:24 am

I love your attitude. It is teaching me so much.

I am not adopting (yet-oohh…weird to type that :)–sometimes those timelines many of my wonderful adoptive mommies have freak me out–but you have so encouraged me by your attitude. Many of them encourage me too, but…

Just wanted you to know YOU are an encouragement.

3 Blessings - October 29, 2009 - 9:23 am

We are right there with you. Who knew it would take so long to approve a homestudy. Our dossier is just sitting on the table waiting to be shipped with the approved homestudy. I keep telling myself though that this is all in God's timing, so since it is not ready, it must mean our baby is not ready.

Happy birthday Richard!!!

Today’s my hubby’s birthday. He’s in a meeting ALL day–so although he normally gets an email to my blog—he won’t be in the office today so he won’t see this post until tomorrow. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! He’s coming home early so we can hang out a bit—Laney is off to gymnastics at 5pm and he and […]

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April Watson - October 28, 2009 - 11:45 am

Andrea, Ethiopian food is my FAVORITE, but I haven't found any good restaurants around here… where are you going? Happy birthday to Richard! Today is my brother's 21st birthday and our nephew's 1st birthday, too. Big day! Thanks again for working with us on Monday. The little one slept hard and long after that. He wore himself out screaming for you! We continue to pray (and rejoice!) for you as you chase down this new little love. Keep the updates coming!

melissa - October 28, 2009 - 3:44 pm

That is the only problem I have with foreign countries, the food! All I ate in East Asia was peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate ice cream from the man down the street. Oh, I hope Richard likes his wonderful meal! A lot of people like Ethiopian food! I guess I should try it!

So close…but so far away…

Isn’t that an 80’s song??? We are SO stinkin’ close to being able to mail in our dossier that I could almost POP. I had a sitter today—and this is what I did… Dropped Parker off at school, Laney off at preschool and put Frank down for a nap…sitter here out the door I go. […]

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milreb - October 27, 2009 - 8:51 pm

The paperwork is crazy. It's amazing any of us get a homestudy completed and dossier submitted. Now that you have all this experience, you can't let it go to waste after this one. You will have to put it to use on adoption #2!

melissa - October 27, 2009 - 9:18 pm

Now I can make a comment! I do not have a blog up and running, but I am working on it! I have started a profile on google. Thanks for talking to me so much today! I know God is leading me, so I will trust him to guide our steps. Whatever that my mean! I emailed a couple of the people who are adopting from Uganda to ask them what agencies they use. I will keep you updated! I hope Richard had a good birthday! Melissa

The Young Family - October 27, 2009 - 9:40 pm

Ahhh…adoption #2?! Richard just said today that he doesn't think he can handle the paper chase again! hmmm…funny b/c I'm the one who has done the chasin! What's he talkin about?! Hee, hee. Yes, not adopting again will be very hard to do! I just want a number for #1!!!

Karen & Brad Hernke - November 1, 2009 - 6:59 pm

I know all about your crazy running days. Just when you feel you ran your head to get alot done and then….stop…u must take a step back in time to fix something in the line of paperwork. We are currently adopting 2 kiddos from Ethiopia. Here is our blog if you would like to follow.
I love reading you blog!!! Hang in there…we will all get our gifts from God someday:)

God Bless,

My little movie stars:)

I’ve wanted to catch up on my blog all day—but it’s been a wild weekend and tonight is the first moment I’ve had to sit down and catch my breath! And there’s no way to write all our details from our film experience as it was just SO COOL…but I’ll do my best to share […]

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The Rutland Family - October 24, 2009 - 7:46 pm

You are amazing!!!! God is incredible!!!! It is so much fun to hear your stories and to see what God is doing in your life. He truly has plans for you!!! I love you girl!!!

Angie Walter - October 24, 2009 - 7:53 pm

WOW GIRL!!! You are too funny! What a wild experience!! How sweet to see your children in that experience too! But best of all I can't wait to hear what number you are!!! We are unofficially at #3! 😀 Super excited for you guys!!

milreb - October 24, 2009 - 8:08 pm

I can feel how much fun you had through your words. How exciting and a true adventure! It will be good preparation for your next adventure to Ethiopia. 🙂 I will have to see that movie!

The Young Family - October 24, 2009 - 8:27 pm

Isn't that all a hoot?! And don't my eyes look alienish in that last iphone picture!

Are These Kids All Yours? - October 24, 2009 - 8:38 pm

That is just wayyy cool. Man, you are famous!!!! Hey, you could promote adoption in your next film!!!! 🙂

The Young Family - October 24, 2009 - 8:43 pm

YES! We are completely promoting adoption on our next shoot…Gwen of 147 orphans is sending shirts for Katherine and Josh! Fun, huh?!

Allison - October 24, 2009 - 8:53 pm

Wow! Hallelujah—look what the Lord has done! You are on one fun ride my cousin. Keep writing, you just may have a book to write one of these days. Again—-Wow!

Kristi J - October 24, 2009 - 9:24 pm fun!! I'm just now getting caught up on emails..I'm so behind after not checking them while in Florida…So, how about breakfast on the 31st?? are you still up for it?? our house?? kids can run and play?? let me know 🙂 kristi

Stacy Okland - October 25, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Andrea…Had no idea all that was going on with your family. So exciting to hear about your adoption. I enjoyed reading about your journey. Thanks for sharing it with all of us! Also love hearing about how God is transforming your heart to be more like His. I will have to keep checking in to see when you get that little baby!!
Love, Stacy Okland

Beautiful Mess - October 26, 2009 - 5:21 am

How cool! So thankful for the neat miracles our Lord does!

Yeah! God is SO good!

Our drama continued… » Babe of my Heart - April 11, 2010 - 10:56 pm

[…] birthday scene). We filmed once in October (if you missed that post…you can read about it here and our follow up filming was on the 11th. We were asked to arrive around 3pm (meaning we had to […]

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