Friday, February 19, 2010

Wow...Our Video Went Over 20,000...Let's Celebrate!!

Wow...I can't believe that our VIDEO has had over 20,000 hits now on youtube!! That blows my mind!! I give all Glory to God because we never would have been on this journey if HE HADN'T LAID IT ON OUR HEARTS in the first place!!! Secondly, I give a HUGE special thanks to my local bff Karen!!! My girl Karen (who I've been friends with since our FIRSTS were born) made this video for us!! It seemed like such a simple thing when she offered such a gift when we arrived home!! She knew I was suppose to share "our journey of faith" with our Sunday School Class and she got the video ready for me to share that day!! I had NO IDEA the way God would use this sucker!! I mean, seriously, every day someone emails me and blows my mind with their incredible HEARTS, FAITH, and LOVE for the orphan and adoption!! And, how do these people usually find me?? From "THE VIDEO"!!! I certainly NEVER want to take any of the credit for it...GOD USED MY FRIEND KAREN THAT NIGHT to create something that would stir the hearts of people (or wreck people's hearts as I've heard it put) FOR THE ORPHAN!!! Karen created EVERY SINGLE bit of that video WITH NO HELP FROM ME AT ALL!!! I'm VERY computer and tech challenged...just ask anyone that knows me!!! :) The coolest part: Karen is adopted herself!!! She has a heart for this since she too was born and WAITED for someone to come along and PICK HER!!! And, man, did she ever win the award on GREAT PARENTS!!! She has the sweetest momma and daddy you've ever seen!! Her momma even came to our Gold Party Fundraiser with her jewelry box in hand and sold some of her most prized possessions JUST FOR OUR ADOPTION!!! So, you see...God knew Karen's heart..and used her to capture a MIRACLE and put it to MUSIC!!! So, that's the story of THE VIDEO...AND.....to THANK the LORD for continuing to use it, AND to thank Karen for all her hard work on it....I thought I'd post it again...and have a CONTEST!!!!!

The Contest/Celebration is EASY!!! Just leave me a comment and I'll put all the names in a hat and draw a name out to win a 147millionorphan Tshirt!!!! I thought this prize was fitting since I pray God will continue to use our adoption, our video our lives UNTIL ALL 147 Million Orphans have a home to call their own!!!! :)

So, leave me a comment and I'll draw a name on Sunday night!!! Maybe I'll even draw two names if i'm feeling happy!!! :)

Thanks to you all for spreading the word, sharing our video and being advocates for the orphans yourself!!! There is just a PEACE you have when you have found YOUR CALLING and your PASSION!!! Happy Friday to you all, kj

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  1. comment! comment! I want a shirt. :) :)

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  2. YEAH for reaching 20,000 and spreading your story to bring home more angels who are in need of a home.

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  3. That is too funny! I just re-watched it the other day!!! I 've seen it a couple of times now. I am having one done for our sweet Harrison here in the next month by a friend at church too!! We look to get our home study updated at the same time we do our 6 month post-placement for Harrison and we'll be hopping back on the adoption train...headed again for Ethiopia. Remeber we started there and then AGCI sent out an email that changed our lives forever titled, The One Who Waits - Taiwan. From that day, we've been blessed with an amazing son!! :o)

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  4. exciting stuff!! We plan to have our homestudy updated to start the next adoption at Harrison's 6 month post placement next month!! We're headed to Ethiopia :o) Who knows where we'll end up. Remember we applied with AGCI for the Ethiopia program and shortly after we got an email with the subject~ The One Who Waits -TAIWAN...that was the day that we saw our sons face for the 1st time and the Lord directed our paths to Taiwan instead :o)

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  5. I LOVE LL's video! I sobbed the first time I saw it! So Awesome! Thanks for sharing! (:
    Blessings!
    Jen

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  6. Kristi,
    We too are burdened for the orphan. My husband and I are adopting from Peru. My youngest sis is adopting from Ethiopia and showed me your video months and months ago. Thanks for sharing your heart and making this crazy journey a little easier for those of us coming behind you!
    Paige

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  7. So Thankful that God has used that video!!!! Praying that more and more and more people see it until there are NO MORE ORPHANS!!!!!!!! That would be such a wonderful post- Hey guess what? the last few orphans in the world have found a home today!!!!! That would be HEAVEN on earth :) REALLY!!!

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  8. I watched the video just days after you returned home with Lucy Lane and have been following your blog ever since. You are an amazing woman and such and inspiration to me. I look forward to continuing to follow along.

    We brought home our daughter from China in May of 08 and will be bringing our son home in April of 10. We are currently having a fundraiser on our blog if you want to check it out.

    God Bless,
    Mandi

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  9. It is an amazing video. I've been following your story for a while and I love everything you are doing.

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  10. Kristi...I don't think I've ever commented. I wanted to take this moment to tell you how good God is (doesn't hurt I might win a shirt too, right?!:D). I have always wanted to adopt. My grandfather was a missionary in Africa. He started an orphanage and Christian college there. I remember at the tender age of 12 seeing a picture of my tall prominent Grandpa standing among the throngs of little African children...all smiling and hugging my Papa. At that moment God spoke in my heart. 7 mission trips later, getting married and having a biological daughter my husband and I felt God was saying to us "NOW" is the time to adopt. Well fast forward about 14 months and we are in the stage of preparing to travel to get our sweet boy. (praying US Embassy confirms our groups appointments Monday!)
    Although I was inspired long ago, your blog has been an encouragement to me as I see the aftermath of your adoption. It's a joy to me and a reminder of what all the hardships are for and the WAITING...I can't wait to be in that stage of this process. Thank you for your heart passion to help orphans. God bless you and yours. :D

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  11. I LOVE your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. That is truly amazing. It really is a privilege that God will use us to do something with so much impact as a part of his plan. A friend, not knowing what I was feeling today, sent me to this website to look at a video. While I was there, I 'stumbled' upon this today at a moment when I started having doubts about whether God really wanted 'us' to adopt....http://www.newspring.cc/study/one/day/just-do-it/

    What an awesome God we serve. So glad you and your family are able to be a part of this amazing story that is touching so many lives...and who knows but God how He will use little Miss Lucy to impact His kingdom as she grows into a young woman. What a beautiful love story.

    Michelle

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  13. By the way, that's how I found your blog, through the video.

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  14. love your little LL and her gotcha day video - also love that you are an advocate for the orphan. know God is blessing your heart.

    PS So glad I can read your blog again =)

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  15. Yea! I love your video, and I love your blog. I was so sad when you disappeared for awhile, so glad you're back!

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  16. Your video surely touched my heart and I am excited to see how God is using it for His glory!!

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  17. Your passion is inspiring Kristy! Still love the video- there's nothing like meeting your child for the first time- it's incredible!

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  18. Congrats!

    Your video has made such an impact in the adoption world. Seriously, it was just the confirmation we needed to proceed with the adoption process and now here we are #9 on the boys list!

    I hope I win ;)

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  19. Awwww, you are the sweetest friend. You and I both know that God had a lot to say that week as the video was born...he inspired the STEW out of me!!! I was the vessel, girl! And I couldn't be more proud to be part of the adoption "movement" you have created! Love you, love your family and love to see what God is doing! Your passion is certainly infectious!

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  20. Put my name in the hat!!!! You know how that vidoe impacted us...and now we wait to bring home our little one! So thankful for how you have encouraged and poured into our family too! So thankful for you friend!

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  21. I will never forget how emotional I was after seeing your video for the first time. I don't even remember how I ran across it. I was adopted and always fantasized about adopting, but after having 3 of my own, never thought it would come true. But, I will honestly say that something about Lucy Lane's video, it stirred my heart. I thought maybe I was just supposed to help others who were adopting, so I would raise what I could through my boutique sales and give it to adopting families. Then out of the blue, I just felt like I was being led to adopt, so we are in the praying stages.

    I thought Ethiopia was where we were supposed to go, but today I read your sister's post about how agencies are having a hard time finding homes for AA children, and it really spoke to me. I don't know where He will lead us, but I do know that you and your group of adopting families is changing the world and it is such a beautiful thing to witness!

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  22. Thank you so much for your blog and for your inspiring video! We have just started our adoption journey and I love watching your video whenever I have one of those rough days, it always makes me smile :) Thank you so much!!

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  23. I have to be honest... your video was the first one I have seen of a "gotcha" moment in ET!! I have seen so many from China since that is where I adopted from!!! It has been an inspiration to me also!

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  24. Oh Krisit! What a sweet post and NO I am not surprised by the video traffic. It is such an incredible testimony of the blessing of adoption! We serve such an awesome GOD! I did not remember that Karen was adopted herself. That makes it the video all the more special!
    Sending you love & blessings from Hong Kong,
    Kim

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  25. What a wonderful thing to celebrate! Glory be to God. I am so thankful for you Kristi and your heart for orphans. Lucy will be home for 9 months soon... will it be time for another adoption??!! :)

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  26. I love that video. I watched it about 5 times, showing it to friends and family!!

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  27. I love your blog and video! I make sure that I tell people they need to watch your video. If you can't cry and want to do something after watching then you have problems!!!

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  28. I'm overjoyed to comment that you are definitely a part of our journey and as we tell our story to family, friends, and strangers: Lucy Lane plays a part in the story of how God gave us a son. We couldn't be more amazed or thankful... As people check out our blog, they will see your Lucy Lane video on the front page. Praise God for He is good.
    Blessings,
    Kristin

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  29. Thanks so much for sharing your story and those of others who are on this same path. May God bless you.

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  30. Not sure how I first found your blog - but love it! Love the video and I'm sharing the post about fundraising too - great ideas!

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  31. I love the video, so precious! Your blog has been "wrecking" my heart for the orphans...and God has been preparing it for adoption down the road. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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  32. YAY!!! What a great video and wonderful story. Adoption holds a special place in my heart (my little Janie is from Taiwan)! And big things are about to happen with my family..can't wait to announce it to the world!

    Have a happy weekend!!!

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  33. That's so exciting! Your video is beautiful, and I'm sure something LL (and your whole family) will treasure in the years to come.
    ASH
    www.faithdare.blogspot.com

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  34. Kristi, Thanks again for sharing this video! Like I have told you before...this is the first video that I showed our parents when we decided to tell them about our upcoming adoption. I think it really touched them and made them more comfortable with the idea. 20,000 hits...amazing!
    Deena

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  35. I think my kids and I are probably 5ooo of your 20,000 LL video hits:) WE lOvE it! Thank you for sharing your family with us!!

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  36. Thank you for opening hearts. This has always been a dream that seemed unreachable but with your encouragement and helpful tips it doesn't seem so distant. We received our packet from AGCI last week. God is working in our hearts slowly but surely.

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  37. It just amazes me of how God can spread this desire to so many people. I love to see how it starts with someone, and before you know it-there are numerous families adopting. It's only something that our huge and magnificant God could do.

    I hope to be on the adoption train soon!
    Cricket

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  38. I have two children adopted internationally. One wonderful daughter is from Vietnam and the other from Guatemala. I started the journey after my husband died and never thought I'd go for another. You know as well as I do, though, that God's plans don't always match our own. Can't imagine my life without either. I have been following your blog for awhile now and love hearing about your work. Blessings to you and your family.

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  39. I love the video, cry watching it, and have emailed it to many friends. Thank you for sharing Lucy Lane's Gotcha with the world. It is this video and your blog that helped God to stir my heart.

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  40. Your video has given our family a heart for the orphan.
    our 5yr old grandson prays for all orphans to have a mom and dad.
    love your everyday adventures!

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  41. I'm wondering how many of those hits are me...umm yeah i'm a sucker i've watched it a few hundred times and cried every one. Hope to meet you and sweet LL some day in person maybe at the picnic this summer.

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  42. if i could only put into words what your video has stirred in my heart...
    i struggled with infertility and began seriously considering adoption. then after 3 1/2 years i got pregnant (my daughter is now 7 months old). funny thing is that i still couldn't get the idea of adoption off my mind. i have been praying to God asking him to show me, to tell me what he wants for our family. then about a month ago, i literally accidently stumbled upon your video. and wept. and prayed. and wept some more. it was the final piece that answered the nagging question. and of course, the answer was a resounding yes! yes, God wants us to adopt! and yes! it must be from ethiopia. since that day a month ago, i have watched your video probably 10 times and i imagine myself in your shoes... i can't wait for the day. i need to get through the baby stage with my daughter (she's still not sleeping and just wants to nurse all day!!), but then our journey will begin. thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing such a crucial role. one of these days, i'll be posting my own video for all the world to see! God bless you for the hope and message that you bring.

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  43. Hi Kristi! OUr family is waiting on bringing our 2 boys home from ethiopia!! We have your video on our blog,you inspired us from the very beginning...Thank You...and Karen!! We love reading your blog..what a precious family you have!! check out our blog @ www.leapoflove.blogspot.com p.s. by the way, my husband contacted you months ago to see if it was ok to put your video on our blog, and you said it was fine!! Just didnt want you to think we were doing that without asking for permission!! Blessings, Kristen

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  44. I love your video and showed it to family while we were in process just to give them a glimpse of what are journey would be like. Now that Dawit is home, we can make our own Gotcha video! YEAH!

    Pull my name out of that hat!! :)

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  45. I can't wait to make our own adoption video soon! Waiting on an emabssy appt. so we can go get our little girl hopefuly March23rd!

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  46. Absolutely love that video! Enjoy hearing your story and seeing pics of your adorable family!

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  47. I have seen the video several times! I even made my 23 year old brother watch it just last night! My family is having a little trouble with understanding why we are adopting! Thanks so much! Much Love! Kristin

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  48. Thanks for sharing your heart and journey with us! Praying His greatest blessings on you and your precious family!

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  49. Kristi,
    It was so good to meet you at Amy's Bunco party this past Tuesday. I was one of many who watched your video at the beginning of our journey. It's amazing how God moves......

    oh yea...I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE a shirt.:)

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  50. the video your sweet friend made definitely has God's hand all over it...you can tell when you watch it...it's different...so thankful karen used her God-given creativity along with your God-story to inspire others to do the same!! love! kp

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  51. It is a pleasure to watch God use you and your family! Who would of thought all you girls would have grown up to be such World Changers :) Can't wait to see what new doors open in all your lives.

    I began reading some blogs of people I knew just to keep up, not because I was on the adoption wagon. God used them to open my eyes and heart to the need and I soon began asking myself what was my part or what did God have for our family. I still wasn't sure if we were suppose to adopt, but was praying for direction. God opened my eyes to the need around me and you know the rest of the story. God is faithful to direct us to what he has if we respond to the tug on our heart and trust Him for the rest. Halle's adoption will be official next month :)

    Love you family,
    Shelley

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  52. Sweet Lucy Lane's video has inspired so many. After watching it once, I knew it had the potentional to stir numerous hearts. And, let me tell ya, I have enjoyed watching it do just that. I am amazed how many people have had their hearts set in motion because of one little girl. Can't wait to see what the future brings!

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  53. You know I love the video!!!!!!!!!

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  54. Lucy's video is awesome and I love following your blog! We cant wait to get a gotcha video together for Zek!

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  55. I tell everyone who is thinking of adoption to check out your video:-) God is good! Count me in please!!!
    Jenny
    www.needhamfamily5.blogspot.com

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  56. Hi Kristi--

    I'm not much of a blog commenter--more of a silent reader and watcher, but your blog sure had been an encouragement to me. We've also shown your video to many people--especially ones who look at us like we're crazy when we share our plans with them (we're in the process of adopting siblings from Ethiopia). We just send them a link to your video knowing that it explains our hearts perfectly. Thanks for all that you're doing for "the least of these". You are a blessing!

    Love,
    Amy

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  57. Yours is one of the BEST gotcha day videos I've ever seen. Thanks for being such a blessing to others.

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  58. when I saw your video for the first time it was right after you got back and I emailed it to EVERYONE I knew! I got so many comments (way more than I ever get on any of MY postings:0) and I had friends that were so touched that actually posted it on their facebook pages for all to see! So YOU are famous! Your story is famous! I just wonder how many of us are adopting because your story (and video) touched our hearts. Love is Amazing!

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  59. i know personally your video of lucy lane's gotcha day was one of the first videos i watched as God was calling my husband and I to adopt and it just reassured even more after watching it! great video!

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  60. I would love to win a shirt!!! We found your blog the day or so after you lost K's referral, and prayed for you and checked your blog every day between then and when you got LL's referral! It has been wonderful to watch your journey!!!!!

    :)

    Sarah

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  61. That amazing video is something I feel the need to watch every month or so! :) It opened my heart (not to adoption...) to Africa. It's the ONLY video I've ever gotten my hubby to watch about adoption. He feels bombarded by my prodding at times. ;) But your video stirred his heart to at least understand my desires. That's a step in the right direction! lol I even posted it to my blog and our adoption advocacy blog to share it with even more people. Lucy's life is going to leave such a legacy. In sooo many ways! What a blessing she is to so many.

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  62. Wow, this is a popular contest. :) I just love your video and every time I watch it my mood instantly improves!! So glad your story is reaching and inspiring so many. Hope I win! Thanks, Emily B.

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  63. Many blessings to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your story with the rest of us.

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  64. You guys are the dream team (You, Lucy Lane & Karen) in the video world. It speaks to everyone who sees it. I suspect I might have an Ethiopian granddaughter some day. The stories God weaves together are amazing!

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  65. We found you through that video as well! Through it and other means God used over the past several months, we're hoping to start the adoption process for our own little one within the next few months. :)

    Nikki (starrchasers.wordpress.com)

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  66. I found your blog through the video too - I thought it was so great! I am in Eastern Europe for the next few months volunteering at an orphanage, and I love to read your posts spreading the word about adoption and sharing God's love for the orphan!

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  67. I love your video and have watched it a few times! God used it to bring me to the kids in Sierra Leone AFrica! May God continue to bless you!
    Is your family thinking of adopting again from Africa?
    Have a great day!

    God BLess, Heidi

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  68. Hello! I first saw your video as we were waiting for our little girl from South Korea. As I sat there with tears running down my face, I knew this was exactly what God was calling us to do. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I LOVE 147 million orphans gear!
    afamilytolove.blogspot.com

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  69. I found your site via Cris Peter's site when your video was first published. Count me in the group that had tears and chills rolling as the video was being played. God Bless you in all of your journeys.

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  70. I found your blog through a friend. I LOVE your video and am so thankful for the impact you're having on people (including us)!

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  71. You are awesome!! We love your blog!

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  72. Love the video, I sent you a message about putting it on my facebook, wanted to make sure it was okay first, didn't hear back, so not sure if I had the right email..anyway, love it, I watch as many homecoming videos as I can, makes me cry everytime..

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  73. I'd love a shirt and of course I love the video. :) Lucy is a doll. Our little
    Ethiopian beauty is such a blessing to our family, much like Lucy. We feel so thankful everyday that God has called us on this journey!

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  74. Your video was among our first to watch when we were thinking/praying about adoption. Someday I hope to meet you at the fellowship in Nashville :-) We live in tiny Henderson (about 2 1/2 hrs west of Nashville), also have 2 girls, 2 boys, and are on the waitlist for a referral from Ethiopia. God bless you in all you do!

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  75. I watched it and it has prompted us to pursue adopting... a toddler. We are praying, learning and waiting a year to step out. :-D But the rest we are fairly certain about.

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  76. Yours was the very first "Gotcha Day" video I'd ever seen. I didn't know what a gotcha day was...until Lucy Lane. Your testimony is one of several (that whole TN crowd you have going on up there :) ) that became the beautiful threads in a tapestry that the Lord has wrapped around my husband and I, letting us know that His plan is to keep growing our family (now 5 strong) through His miracle of adoption. We are waiting to see where hubbie's job lands us, so we CAN ORDER OUR Hstudy!!!! Better learn to smile & trust while waiting, right?? So much love for the Body of Christ especially the part serving Orphans.

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  77. Kristi- Congratulations! Your video your heart for adoption is inspiring to so many. Thank you for the difference its made in my life. I am moved to tears every time I watch it. What a story of hope and what is pure and good in this world. Love, Tara

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  78. The video is amazing. I basically can't keep a dry eye every time I see it. I just love it. So so neat what God is doing thru your family and that sweet Lucy Lane.
    Congrats! Elisabeth
    www.lovingourleah.blogspot.com

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  79. I love the video, love little lucy, love you Kristi and would love to have my very own shirt. I also, love Karen for making the video. I love her name becuase it is mine also!!! Sooo much love:)Blogging and adoption have become my life and I LOVE IT!!!!

    God Bless,
    Karen Hernke
    Adopting 2 kiddos from ET.
    www.hernkekid.com

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  80. Kristi,
    Thanks for sharing so much of your life! Your video was the first Ethiopian adoption Gotcha day video I had seen and it moved our hearts so much! We are amazed at how God is providing for our adoption from Ethiopia!

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  81. Well I've seen the video a thousand times at least and can't stop watching it :) You know that is was the catalyst for our own adoption story and I'm SO THANKFUL for you :)

    Jenn

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  82. Praising the Lord with you of how He has used this video, Lucy Lane & your sweet family. I have Jacob (4 1/2 yrs) who asks to watch it & knows that his next sibling will join our family through the miracle of adoption already! Thanks for sharing!

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  83. Kristi- Your video touched our hearts and "pushed us over the edge" to start the adoption process ourselves. Now we are waiting to bring our own sweet little girl home from Ethiopia! Thank you for being such a wonderful advocate for the orphans in the world.
    I was also wanting to comment about your last post. We have done almost all of those fundraising ideas (just got our shirts in this week! yeah!) but I LOVE the Bunco party idea! I could get all kinds of ladies to do that! I need details though! If you get a chance, will you message me back and let me know how it went? How did it work? Just if you get a chance.
    Thanks!
    Amanda_Humphrey@comcast.net

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  84. What a wonderful gift from a friend that has helped to touch so many people and families in searching their own hearts and calling.

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  85. you know me and my love of all 147 gear!!! Love ya.

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  86. I watched your video many times waiting to pick up our little boy. We finally brought him home 2 weeks ago YEAH!!!

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  87. amazing Kristi! I too love the video b/c it will always be a reminder of Silas' "gotcha day" as well. So glad we got to share this experience together:)

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  88. I love seeing this video since the sights and sounds of returning Havi was so similar. I can't wait to do ours!

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  89. Just wanted to thankyou from the bottom of my heart for sharing this video...here is a tiny God story, the day my husband and I officially decided to adopt was last november, we sat in the kitchen at my mothers sharing our plans with her. I got on youtube and typed in gotcha day, and lucy lanes was the first one that came up...the 3 of sat and cried as we watched your video, our hearts were sold. A couple of days later I come home telling my hubby of this amazing agency that I found online, and about their incredible orphanage in Ethiopia Hannahs Hope and he immediately responded with thats All Gods Children, he had found the same agency and was waiting to tell me about it!! Fast forward a couple more days and we are watching LLs gotcha day again and I see those infamous red gates that say All Gods Children...I knew that God had our hearts EXACTLY where they needed to be!
    THANKS SO MUCH!!
    we have to wait until July to apply with AGCI due to the age requirements for the ethiopia program but our hearts are already so involved in the process. cant wait to share our gotcha day as we bring home our first born child!

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  90. I LOVE your video! I have watched it around 5 times. :) Enter me for the t-shirt!

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  91. THANK YOU for sharing your adoption with us! You have inspired me!

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  92. WOW! That is incredible! It's amazing how God can use one little life to change so many. That mean's its no longer 5 million minus 1. It's minus a whole lot more! Talk about a ripple effect! Praise be to God! I wonder if LL's BM had any idea what kind of effect her little girl's life would have! =)

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  93. I'm very inspired by your video- it's so precious!! What a neat story.

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  94. Although I have felt called to adopt for a very long time, it was LL's video that convinced my husband that we should. I am so thankful for a Godly husband that loves the Lord and is now totally onboard to adopt!! We will hopefully be traveling to Ethiopia by the fall to go get our baby boy! Thanks again for your inspiring blog!

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  95. Hi Kristi!
    This is so cool... these videos are just awesome for our kids and we never know how they'll stir the hearts of others!!!
    Anyway, congrats, and i hope I win a shirt :). I could use a new one... my self-challenge is feeling long right now... :).
    love
    becca

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  96. I too cried when I watched your video! My husband suggested I watch it. We are adopting two sibs from Ethiopia. We don't know who they are yet...but we are praying everyday for them. And I would love a shirt! :)

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  97. Hi there!! Love the video! We are adopting from China and have a heart for Ethiopia as well. Many blessings!! ***Crossing my fingers for the 147 t-shirt!!***

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  98. Wow. I know you say all the time how the video has impacted so many, and often you share those stories with me, but to see so many in one place? I am moved to tears (of joy and utter humility for our God's power) reading all of these comments. Who knew when I offered to make a 'little video' to compile LL's homecoming and your journey what God had in store? I am humbled and grateful beyond measure for the legacy that LLs story already has! Ever so glad that JL and our firstborns brought us together all those years ago. Love you!

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  99. Such a great video...I cry every time!! I can't wait for the day to meet our first baby!

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  100. I really enjoy your blog and would LOVE a 147millionorphan T-shirt!!

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  101. I loooove this video!!!!! Iv'e watched it at least a hundred times and i still get that happy overwhelming feeling every time i watch it!!!! This was the video that inspired us to adopt so thank you sooo much! and i can't wait for my baby sister to come home!!!

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  102. This is the first time I have commented, even though I've enjoyed your blog for several months. A friend, in the process of adopting from Ethiopia, provided a link to your video on her site. I am blessed every time I view it. May God continue to bless you and your dear family.

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  103. your video led me to Meysis and Letasuna and I am forever blessed! thank you Kristi!

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  104. What a precious video! I can't wait to go get our child and make a video too!!

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  105. Congrats on the 20,000 hits. I am so happy that God placed Lucy Lane's video before us. Because we are now on our way to Elijah and two because we now have your family as our friends.
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  106. your video has changed me in so many ways. I've watched it countless times. You've been a great far away friend to me and I'm blessed by our e-mails :)

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  107. What a blessing Lucy's Gotcha Day video is! Thank you for sharing it with the world, and giving a voice to the orphans. I love your blog and your love for Jesus and the things that are important to Him (and your family is just precious)!!

    Laura

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  108. Each time I watch your connecting with your daughter I well up. It's beautiful!
    June
    Kennlaff@comcast.net

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  109. amazing what God can do. eh?!! Zoes says to tell Lucy hi! :)

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  110. I cry everytime I watch this video! Having adopted before it brings back all of the memories and joys that gotcha day brings.

    Paula

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  111. I love checking in on your blog with my cup of coffee in hand! My daughter loves to read over my shoulder:)
    Our family is in process (top of the list) with Buckner/Dillon to adopt a little girl from Ethiopia. I traveled to Addis Ababa on a mission trip in Nov 08 and we started our paperwork immediately when I arrived home.
    I am always sending people who ask me about adoption to YOUR blog. (I have been a blog-chicken thus far but) I am FINALLY starting my blog (after a little prodding) and some help (I am computer challenged). My hubby is concerned about posting pics of the kids and names on the internet. Could you PLEASE email me with any suggestions or input in this department. I truly believe God does use adoptive families and their adoption stories to bless and lead others. I of course want to be 'safe' and honor my hubby's concerns.
    I prayed often for you guys when you had to go 'private' for a while. I was THRILLED when I finally checked back in and saw your blog again. Praising God for his covering.
    My email is donna.purdy@hotmail.com Thank you so much. I will send you a link when I get it all set up.

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  112. My daughter and I never tire of watching Lucy Lane come home to her forever family!

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Thank you for your kind words!!