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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…

  1. Dropped Parker off at school, Laney off at preschool and put Frank down for a nap…sitter here out the door I go.
  2. KINKOS! Color copies:). I wanted all the color pictures in our dossier to have color copies for the full effect:). Man, color copies are expensive! I’m just sayin.
  3. Home study agent emailed to let me know our doc never forwarded her our lab results. Drove to doc office. Doctor was out of town…for the week. EEK.
  4. Picked up Parker at noon–we went to the book fair and bought the SWEETEST book for our new baby. I can’t wait to read it to him. Parker bought a Carebears book for Laney. He bought a Spiderman and Batman book for himself. And we bought 2 insect books to donate to his class.
  5. Took everyone home to join Frank and our sweet sitter.
  6. Drove down town to lab. Got copies of all our lab work.
  7. Drove to put lab work in home study agent’s mailbox.
  8. Came home, got kids—jotted to Publix for birthday cake and balloons. Surprise birthday party for DADDY at the Denton’s house. Good times!
  9. Daddy acted excited when he opened up his birthday gifts. Laney had wrapped two of her Disney princesses. Parker gave him one of his PlayMobil knights. They were so proud!

OK…so it was a full day and probably more than anyone wanted…but I think today was my LAST day of running errands. As I pulled up in the lab for lab work I felt like I was going to a prenatal visit. All of these appointments and errands are part of my “paper pregnancy” and each errand is for a purpose…getting our sweet baby home! I am getting ever excited to hold him, love him and for him to finally be home with us!!!

On a side note–please pray for all the children and babies of Hannah’s Hope—our agench’s orphanage. Many babies have been getting sick. Please ask the Lord to protect these babies and children. Praise God for baby Zek who was in the hospital for pnemonia and got off oxygen yesterday! Many of the babies there have been hospitalized recently—so please join us in praying for wellness and for God’s protection of these tiny, precious, sweet little lives. Please pray for our son—wherever he is…that God will protect him and keep him safe. Our wait will officially begin VERY soon…and I’m getting so excited to be closer to going over and bringing him home!!! (And of course…pictures to follow of the birthday event…I forgot my camera—yes it’s true—but Jett got a few for me so I’ll share those soon:)


P.S. I think I may have some super fun news ahead!!! OK…it’s super fun news for me anyway!!! Better than the recent movie news? Completely:) Don’t you hate it when someone tells you they have some news but don’t share it;). For real—it’s just around the corner and as soon as it’s in place…I’m disclosing…so stay tuned. No, I’m not pregnant. But I’m just as excited!

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,

Family pictures for dossier

I’m patiently waiting for our finished home study to be completed and then approved by AGCI. We’ve got every last item in our dossier completed…but one thing we lacked until today was family pictures. I’ve been SO busy with portrait sessions and not a moment to schedule our own…so today after church and naps…I got out the camera and decided to use the self-timer! Self timer pictures is one thing I had yet to do with the family…and I have to say it was so much fun…such a sweet memory of us all laughing at mommy running back and forth!!! Here are a few from our rigged up tri-pod…too funny of the fam…everyone looks happy in this one except Laney–I think she is confused what we are doing running back and forth here…

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And baby Frank doesn’t know why I’m laughing so hard! I barely made it back in my seat in time for this one!
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Okay…we are obviously having more fun doing pictures this way…
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Frank looks so confused here! “Why are they yelling for us to look at the camera with no one back there?!”
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Ok…maybe this isn’t working so well…still—a GREAT family memory!
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We needed an image of Richard and I together…so I got my 5 year old son to man the camera…
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And another by Parker of mommy and daddy…
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Parker was having so much fun that he wanted to get me and Laney-bug too…
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And one of my little man to end on…
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Frank is going to be one sweet big brother! I could just gobble this kid right up!
I’ve sent all of these to a 1 hour pickup and now we’re just waiting for our homestudy to be reviewed and approved!!! Once that is done…our dossier and check can be shipped asap! YAY!
I can’t WAIT to have a number…very, very, very SOON!
Kim - October 26, 2009 - 2:26 am

Beautiful photos of your beautiful family!
Love the fact that I can feel your anticipation as I read your posts.
So excited to follow your journey!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Beautiful Mess - October 26, 2009 - 7:05 am

Those are some cute photos!

Praying for your adoption! God is SO good!

Jenn - October 26, 2009 - 7:21 am

cute photos…GREAT memories!! WAIT FOR US! We are right behind you 🙂


crispy - October 26, 2009 - 7:45 am

Found you from another Ethiopian adoption blog. We are also about ready to turn in our dossier to AGCI. Looking forward to connecting more.


3 Blessings - October 26, 2009 - 9:37 am

Love the photos…they definitely show the love you have for this baby.

Are These Kids All Yours? - October 26, 2009 - 10:54 am

Can't wait to see a number on your page soon!!!

Amy - October 26, 2009 - 5:14 pm

I'm dying right along side you 🙂

I love the last picture of Frank!

It will be really cool if we end up next to each other on the list! I think we will end up very very close to each other! If you're right in front of me then I will know when we're number one and that would be really nice 🙂 I think we're going to be going through this entire agonizing process together and hopefully we will get to celebrate together in Addis Ababa if we get in the same travel group!

Karen & Brad Hernke - October 26, 2009 - 5:56 pm

Great pictures!!! What a very cute family. We are waiting for our change of country form and then we can send our dossier in to Adoption ARK. It's driving me crazy because teh dossier is all ready to go out but we need that one paper!! We were with Russia for a year and all of our paperwork expired and now we are happy to be adopting 2 kiddos from Ethiopia!! Here is our blog:

Keep the posts coming…I love reading them.

God Bless,
Karen, WI

milreb - October 26, 2009 - 6:14 pm

What a beautiful photo of you and your daughter. Your son apparently inherited the photographer gene. You are so close to The List!

Melanie Strobel - October 26, 2009 - 7:28 pm

Wow I love your blog! You are amazing to me- all that you do and I can feel God's energy in all you say on your blog. I know you reached out to me some time ago about photography and I wanted to thank you for that. Your photos are so gorgeous and I cannot wait to see who God has in store for your family. Very soon you will be "ON THE LIST." It is a great feeling as we have only been on the list for a couple of months and our numbers keeping dropping. We cannot wait to know her. Take good care and God bless! Melanie

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 the highlights!!!

We were told to arrive at a building at 6pm with lots and lots of clothes for the costume staff to choose from. When we got there a white van was waiting for our crew, and they zipped us to a ginormous warehouse where you’d never know a complete set was built inside. Ahhh…those LA people—sneaky little boogers. I thought for sure there would be a gazillon families in the extras room that we were escorted in, but no so much. There were just about 8 kids and their parents including us. After we checked in, we had wardrobe come and go through our STACKS and STACKS of clothing and approve what we would wear. Parker was sporting a Janie and Jack outfit, Laney a really cute shirt, high books, a turtle neck and sweater…and baby Frank had on a cute sweater outfit. Next…make up and hair!

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We all got our hair done. This mini-van mom got told that she had her haircut ALL wrong. It should apparently be shaved short in the back and longer in the front. I’m a mini-van mom people—but don’t think I won’t mention this idea at my next haircut;). And make-up. Got dissed again. The makeup artist said coral wasn’t my color. 2 for 2. (OK…I think I’m giving way too many details…I’m really going for the skinny but have to keep my Facebook friends in mind who’ve been beggin for a detailed update too;). Laney LOVED getting her hair done of course and Parker politely said no thanks when I asked if he’d like a little magic spritz in his;). But look who liked the magic spritz! My bestfriend Kelly…looky, looky who I dragged in this with me…yes, I called them a day before and BEGGED to get her in…and Kelly…you look fabulous and very LAish here;)

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And THEN we waited and waited and waited. Sounds like adoption, huh;)?! What I love about this whole deal is the creativity of God. I know He has a purpose for all things–and I’d been penny pinching saving for our adoption and He ups and plants us in the middle of a movie…granted we weren’t getting paid much–but you know when you are saving a little can be a lot. Then—Frank was discovered;). Not sure what baby was supposed to play his role, but the director dude with the headset asked if Frank could play a part and…what did I say, “Hmmmmmm…Uhhhh…YES!” So, off we went…to the set a floor below.

(If you look through the doors in this image I snuck with my iphone you can see Frankie baby being held in the scene)
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I have one word for indoor sets. WOW. I don’t even want to know the money that goes into that one…this is in a WAREHOUSE…but they did an amazing job making it look like a house…even had the wide plank hardwoods that I have had to handover in my coveting and remember I can’t take them to heaven with me;). Just outside of this set but still inside the wearhouse, there was a huge trailor snack bar. A chef area with about 6 chefs whipping up crepes (must be one of Josh Duhamel’s favorites;) and guys with headsets jetting left and right. TREES and all. We were led inside this house set…through the door…and inside a group of actors were preparing for the next scene. I guess I should have been better prepped because I just walked right in and stood next to this tall guy with a lot of gel in his hair and started running my mouth…”My goodness it’s hot in here…how cute is that birthday table…” and then it hit me–yep…Josh Duhemal. Talk about as down to Earth as they come…and a true baby lover. Instead of hanging with his crew, he just made himself at home with our kids and Laney was so confused by the tray of cookies he was holding (part of the scene props). Laney was flirting alright—but not because he was Josh—she just wanted one of his oatmeal cookies. And for those of you who know Laney and her appetite…did she stop at batting her eyes? Of course not! She of course asked for a cookie:). Poor little thing didn’t get Josh either…

Josh: “UMMM…sweetheart they aren’t real.”
Laney: “They smell good.”
Josh: (mouthed they are real) and then said, “Um, I’m wearing Oatmeal. You know cologne.”
And do you think a 3 year old understands that? Not so much. She made a sad face and started to tear up…and we had to explain that his cookies were just pretend but we’d get some later…I promise. I have to say that Josh was so great with the kids asking them all their names, how old they were—you can tell he’s one of those people who forgets about what everyone is talking about when kids are in the room and just gets on their level and loves time with them. He definitely needs a baby—hmmm…maybe he and Fergie should join Katherine Heigl and adopt too:)

Before I knew it, Frank was wisked away into the scene—lucky me got stuck in the background “talking/mouthing a conversation” to another extra. Parker was put with his bud Luke and another girl playing in the foyer for backgound…and Frank–was being held by every famous person in the room! And the stink part—NO CAMERAS OR VIDEO allowed…of course—and just left with ole momma to tell the story (well…that and a few iPhone images I couldn’t BARE not to snag!) Frank and Director…VBFF…

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This one scene took about an hour—and I’m betting it’s just 10 seconds in the movie. But still…we’re in it! So fun. That is…if it doesn’t get cut. In between cuts Frank did GREAT—and with a 6:30pm bedtime and the film still rollin’ at 11:30—I was shocked at how well he really did. He was being whisked in and out of the room by some strange man he had never met—and the entire time he had the biggest grin on his face. Ahhh…my Frankie baby–I could just gobble him right up! After this particular scene we were taken back up to wait, wait some more…and then they called for Frank again while the rest of my crew had to stay in extra holding.

(Snuck another iphone image of Frank in final scene)
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Another scene–at the end of the movie the family is making a home movie for a little girl and Frank fussed a bit in this one—but the actors were great and did impromptu and it ended up being hysterical. I think it’s going to end up being a really cute movie! I was so proud of little Frank and although there was a no camear rule I politely looked at the crew, smiled…took out my iPhone and shrugged my shoulders trying to say, “I’m his momma…I have to have just ONE of this!” SO, while I wish so badly I could have gotten Josh playing with him in between cuts…this will have to do until our NEXT filming! Next filming???

YES! Frank and his girl Lexi have us all going back in 2 weeks for more shooting! (I dragged my bestfriend and her kids into this last night and Lex got chosen as a baby of another couple in the movie too too.) This time, I’m going to take my little camera and at the end—we are just going to ask politely for a quick picture for the baby book for little Frank. Frank and Lexi’s parts even landed them a spot in the credits!!! WOOT! How fun is that?! By the time I left the set, every person on set was saying, “Hey Frank…oh–can I hold him?” And he actually went from actor to actor…and just went along with this. Ask his nana–this is SO out of character for him—so I’m now convinced that he can play his role well and is bound for Hollywood;).

And last—the thing that cracked me up the most–while we were leaving another extra…a man in his 40’s stopped me and asked for his picture with FRANK! Too funny! The extras manager did ask me if we’d like to be in more movies–and I just laughed and said…”We’ll see”…or wait—did I say, “OF COURSE”?! Guess you’ll have to wait and see if our little Frank makes another appearance on the big screen;). Seriously, it was a really fun experience and I’m actually looking forward to the next filming date! Thankfully this time we all know what we are supposed to wear as we’ll be filming for the same day in the movie…so we are officially prepared. So, my real question is–do I have to keep my mini-van mommy haircut or can I go ahead for the LA short style I was recommended;)?!

Isn’t God so creative how He leads and guides us…and even answers our prayers? Every time something happens crazy like this I ask God what in the world—and then I remember that I prayed for a life of adventure–and He continues to give us just that! With all the stress of adoption preparation He took our minds off of things and gave us something really fun to do. They uped Frank’s pay..and the other 2 kids got paid—which for the year we’re pinching pennies saving for an adoption this extra $ will be great for Christmas for the kids! My—how Jehovah Jireh provides. How can you not love His creativity and how He places His hand of favor on His children? And on my way my home at midnight do you know what was on my mind most of all after all this craziness??? A baby in Ethiopia. That’s it. Amazing how not even what the world would consider so cool—movies and acting—nothing is greater than walking in the Lord’s plan and purpose and for us…that is bringing home our 4th child.

Me and Kelly (my VBFF/LYLAS girlfriend since 7th grade after our new dus and ready to roll)…man iphone pictures stink…but hey–it’s better than not being documented at all…right?!

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BACKGROUND! SILENCE! SHOOTING! Man, those 3 words sure were fun to hear all night. More movie fun to come in November! See “Life as We Know It” at your local theatre December 2010! But guess what’s even better than ALL of this?! Guess what I think we’ll be ready to mail in by the end of the week when our homestudy is approved?! Our dossier! A number on the waitlist is WAY better than a number in a movie! WOOT! I’m getting excited!!

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!

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More filming fun!

So…tomorrow my crew hits the set to be extras in the film “Life As We Know It” starring Josh Duhemal and Katherine Hiegl. You know the Youngs…we are always up to something off the beaten path and crazy! Another thing to mark off our bucket list: Be in a movie.

So…we’ve gotten our instructions…getting our wardrobes ready…and we’re almost set (no pun intended;).
Our dress is to be “upscale casual, preppy attire–no white and no crazy patterns” (sounds like what I tell my photography clients;). We will be in the birthday scene but we have to also be prepared to be pulled for the Thanksgiving scene…and to bring lots of dress options: skirts, khakis, jeans, blazers, sports coats, dresses…seasons of FALL. Think “Desperate Housewives”…(ummm…I am *so* far from that…so this should be interesting!). “Think J.Crew or Polo Ad”….hmmmm…do I need to go shopping tonight? Nahhh…just had Aunt Reid (Richard’s sister) aka Queen of Style…pay us a visit and I am set…with some very fun skinny jeans I might add!

NOW…the kids! 3 outfits per kid. This is so out of my realm of thinking as we’ve been busy jumping hoops for our Ethiopian adoption…but as my friend Addie said today—this is a much needed break and it will be a lot of FUN!

And sadly…they said NO CAMERAS and NO VIDEO…can we say BUMMER. Man oh man…this should be fun! And what time are we supposed to arrive. EEK. They gave me a number to call after 2am to find out. Nice. What a different lifestyle actors must lead…and a good thing we are only doing it one day of ours!!! Still, it’ll be fun…and I’ll definitely blog tomorrow to give our fun details of our day on the set!

Are These Kids All Yours? - October 22, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Sounds like a fun activity to me!!!

babyvogeltanz - October 22, 2009 - 5:52 pm

I'm so excited to hear how this goes!! So fun!! You'll will steal the limelight i'm sure!
Have fun!!

Oatsvall Team - October 23, 2009 - 9:40 pm

OH MY WORD … so much fun !!!! If I had known I would have sent you a 147MillionOrphans funky baseball tee to wear … it looks great w/ skinny jeans … hee hee ….

i am listening to your playlist now … the song WAITING is on and it has become my theme song !!!

have a blast tomorrow and tell Katherine she rocks in the adoption world ! I would have loved to have sent her shirt also … hee hee

Oatsvall Team - October 23, 2009 - 10:45 pm

done … here is my email …

send me what size you think her hubby wears and what sizes you and your hubby want .. will send you guys a super cool package … how cool would that be for her to actually wear it out in public and have people see a star shouting to the world ORPHANS ARE REAL !!!

so excited …

FILMING *this* Friday!!!

Guess whose family got asked to be extras in a new movie starring Katherine Heigl, Christina Hendricks, and Josh Duhamel?! YOURS TRULY! YAY! On Friday, the Young family will film for 10 hours for the movie “Life as We Know It”. You may remember Katherine (we’ll be on a 1st name basis after Friday;) in 27 Dresses. I can’t give all the movie details;)…but they end up with a 2 year old and my kids will be the kiddos at her 2 year birthday party as the movie ends…the happily ever after scene!

SOOOO FUN! So, we’ve got our dress instructions—10 hours of shooting…and the icing the cake is that we all get paid by the hour…so a little adoption fund moo-la too! YAY! Stay tuned for some really fun pictures on Friday! And Katherine JUST adopted too…so I’m sure we’ll be VBFF by the end of the day;).

Are These Kids All Yours? - October 21, 2009 - 5:54 pm

WOW!!!! That is sooo great!!! Extra money to boot! Yeah!

The Young Family - October 21, 2009 - 6:18 pm

Isn't that the most fun?! I can't wait!

3 Blessings - October 21, 2009 - 7:16 pm

That is SO cool! Can't wait to hear the details.

Renea Lynch - October 21, 2009 - 8:37 pm

How awesome and exciting!!! Looking forward to Friday's post! I just read the people magazine about her adoption. You're going to have an incredible time! Congratulations!

Anonymous - October 22, 2009 - 4:31 am

Hi Young Family- love your blog. Do you happen to know where Mama Judy got the cat mugs? I have a daughter who loves black cats. Looks like the cocoa is from Harry and David, but couldn't find the mugs? Thanks, and good luck with your adoption, we're keeping you in our prayers!

Beautiful Mess - October 22, 2009 - 6:32 am

What an awesome experience all the way around!

Aaron & Whitney Pratt (A&W) - October 22, 2009 - 7:40 am

That is SO fun, cool, and absolutely awesome!! I want YOUR connections!! How amazing, indeed, that God is so creative in providing for our adoptions! Glory to God!!

The Young Family - October 22, 2009 - 11:05 am

Oooo…I wish I knew who Anonymous was so I could email you:). Maybe you'll check! Mama Judy got the mugs at Crate and Barrell!

Can't wait to fill everyone in on Friday! God has a purpose for everything…and very cool that Katherine just adopted. Can't wait to talk about that this Friday with her. Pictures and I'm sure a fun story to come!

milreb - October 22, 2009 - 7:27 pm

How fun and I forgot about the adoption connection! You and Katherine will be best friends forever I am sure. 🙂 Will be a great memory for your kids.