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Monday, October 20, 2008

calling all prayer warriors



We knew that our precious baby was developmentally delayed by several months when we brought him home.  We have assumed (also talked to several Drs.) that it would all resolve itself and he would catch up quickly.  He has grown so much and we are so proud of the strides that he has made.  He is working so hard.

Tuesday it became apparent that we may need to seek some further medical advice.  We would covet your prayers right now.  We are so privileged to parent him, and rest in that before the foundation of the world, the Lord chose us to be Abe's family. We don't doubt international adoption, our agency, his orphanage- we just are dealing with the possible reality that the road may look different from the one we have thought.  Isn't that true of all of life though?

We are waiting to receive an appointment with a Pediatric Neurologist. I find it interesting that we are once again waiting.  Silly me thought the waiting was only for the adoption process. :)  I know that this is where the Lord wants us, fully dependent on Him and Him alone.  He is in physical therapy and we will continue that for sure.  My heart aches, but I'm filled with the goodness of a Savior that loves Abe more than I can ever imagine!  I know that the power of prayer is a powerful tool. Please pray that Abe will be fully healed, that he will make remarkable gains in his development and nothing is found at the neurologist!  We rest in Him and His grace for all our needs today.....and everyday!

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:8-9

"Oh Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me." Psalm 30:2

But Jesus hearing this answered him, "Do not fear, only believe, and she will be well." Luke 8:50


57 comments:

Corby and Lauren said...

So I think this is called "delurking".... but I've been following your journey ever since my sister (Lindsey Wheeler) told me about your blog. I have loved reading about your family, even though y'all are strangers to me! I believe y'all live in the Dallas area (my husband and I do too), and since I'm unemployed (that can be read about on my blog).... I would love to help if you ever need any babysitting. I would love to meet you and your family and help out in any way that I can!

I will be praying for precious Abe and for his complete healing. I also will pray for wisdom for the doctors as they determine if there are any problems! And naturally....I'll be praying for y'all as you deal with something that's very difficult!

Diane Larson said...

So sorry you are facing this. We will pray that you find answers. How wonderful that Abe has found you for his family!
Diane

Jocelyn said...

I am so sad to hear this and I am praying for you all. Sweet Abe is perfect in every way.

Jen said...

What beautiful pictures! You, my friend, are in my prayers.

shelly said...

praying for baby Abe, your family and that God will, heal, deliver and set free from any hindering things.....remember 3 John 1:2
Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thou soul prospers

Jennifer said...

As I have already told you, I will be thinking of you and praying for you and your precious family. You are all loved.

Kate said...

Lifting your sweet family in prayer. God is the ultimate healer.

Stacy Ann said...

I will be praying very hard for him and all of you!! What a precious boy he is and y'all are so blessed to have each other!!

Amy said...

We are praying for sweet faced Abe! ... Love that smile of his!

Ellen said...

Abe is precious and I know he has the best family to love on and take care of him. We will be in prayer for him, you, and the rest of the gang. He will be fine!

If you ever need me to hang out/do school with the other kids so you can take care of Abe, please, please call me.

Love ya'll!

Shannon and Brett Hilliard said...

praying in hong kong. hoping that neurologist says all is fine, and he only needs continued love and good diet.....keep us posted.

MommytoAJ2 said...

I'm "delurking" myself. I'm not even sure how I came across your blog. I am a minister's wife, I used to live in Fort Worth, and I graduated from Texas Tech. We have dealt with a similar situation in our adopted son, who is now absolutely perfect. If you would like to talk more, please feel free to e-mail me: abailey423@yahoo.com. In the meantime, I'm praying for all of you!

JourneytoFamily said...

I know God won't give us more than we can handle, but I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I'll definitely pray for you guys.

Heather said...

We will be praying for sweet Abe, your family, and the doctors. God put precious Abe in the perfect place to meet all of his needs. Blessings to you all.

Stacie said...

Praying for sweet Abe!

Cheryl said...

We will be lifting your sweet Abe up to the Great Physician, trusting Him to do a mighty work, He is faithful!

"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

With much love

Kim said...

Emily,
We have been down this road with our adopted son Sam and so my heart goes out to you. Thanks to early intervention, hundreds of hours of therapy and the faithfulness of prayer warriors ... our miracle boy is a perfectly healthy on track toddler today.
We will be praying!
Kim

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Lauren said...

I'll be praying for you as you wait, that the Lord will give you His peace. And for Little Abe and his healing:)
Lauren

D said...

Things like this are risks we know of in IA, but it's not where we imagine we end up. What I've found, and I'm sure you have too, though, is when we're standing in the middle of the road...not quite sure how we got there or where we need to go...is when we feel God's presence most.

I will be praying for you as you seek God's wisdom during this time.

Hang in there.

Dustin, Nikki, Madison and Sage said...

Praying for your Sweet Abe and your family.

Erica said...

Oh my friends we're interceding for you. David and I were talking and praying for you all tonight. Abe is absolutely perfect in every. single. way. God knew exactly what family he was to be in and we are believing in Gods almighty plan for Abe's life. Praying for all of you as you seek the best care possible for little Abe.

Drew Carey Show said...

My sweet friend. I just emailed you. What a good and perfect gift Abe is in your life, and what a miracle that God gave you to be his family, to be charged with his care and to love him through all circumstances. We are praying alongside you and so many others who love you. I wish we were closer so I could give you a big hug and have a good cry with you while you walk through this. As always, you are such a light and an encouragement. All our love...

solas4me said...

We will be praying for your family. Knowing all the while that God does all things perfectly, according to his own Will and for his own Glory.

The Darlings
"A Darling Life"

The Albertsons said...

Oh sweet family! Of COURSE we are praying for you... and I'm here for you... please email me at rvzalbertson at gmail dot com if you want too... we dealt with so many things with my sister Annie who was adopted from Romania. Abe is perfect... he is who God created him to be, no matter what that looks like to the world!
LOVE!
becca

The Roberts Family said...

So glad to see you posted this ..... what a blessing it is to see Abe home with her forever family!!! May the Lord pour out His peace to your heart, dear sister, as you walk this journey with your precious son. May it be a time of drawing even closer and deeper as a family, all the while the Lord being glorified. Know that I'm praying for you all. With love, Shelly

Jess said...

You know I'm praying...

Love you!

Oatsvall Team said...

Sister you know we will build a WALL OF PRAYER for your family ... We will shout out Abe's name to the Lord for this journey ... You are a warrior and you will show us all how to have a faith deeper than what we have today by the way you love, parent, accept, and advocate for Abe ... We love you sister and I am never more than a phone call away ...

I am so thankful you have shared this w/ many ... Satan loves to get a stronghold on our minds when we keep things in ... With all of us covering you in prayer and telling Satan TO BACK OFF, it will allow you time w/ the Father w/ out the distraction of the evil one.

I love ya more than words can express ...

Melissa said...

Praying sweet Em. Standing in the gap. Love you.

Tracy Howard said...

Your family is in my prayers. I pray all goes well with the neurologist and know that whatever the outcome - Abe is in the absolute best family environment to flourish and heal. He is so blessed.

Rebecca said...

Emily, We are praying for you over here. I just sent you an e-mail as well.

Kelly, Mom to the Putty's said...

Abe is blessed to have such prayer warrior parents and their friends and blog stalkers. You will get your good report. This kid has so much prayer going on for him the enemy doesn't have a chance. We lifted yall up yesterday at our get together. Wish you didn't live so far away.

Chelsey said...

I was introduced to your story through the people at Teesie's Attic last Christmas when they did a donation drive for you. I have followed your story ever since and I wanted you to know I was praying for your sweet boy as well as your whole family. I too live in Arlington so if there is ANYTHING I can do please please please email me.
-Chelsey Chambers
Blondey14c@yahoo.com

~Laura~ said...

Emily, I'm praying for you and your sweet boy!

missy said...

i've been following your journey and will pray for you all as you continue to trust the lord with more waiting and lots of questions.

Lori said...

I didn't even notice this because it was post dated and I only notice new posts...

Thank you for sharing this with blog world. It takes a lot of strength and courage to open yourself up so much and you are surely going to benefit by being so raw and true.

We love you so much and I haven't stopped thinking about all of you.

I love Gwens comment and have to give a big ditto to it... so true.

Your sweet and precious family will be lifted beyond this and look back on it one day feeling much different than you do now... at peace.

love you sister - Lor & family

Heather said...

Please know that this Momma in Virginia is on her knees for your little family in Texas.

Heather

Erin and Keith Sager said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you..........

Chilling With My Peeps said...

Praise God that he has a family to advocate for him and love him unconditionally. Sounds like a plan from God to me!! Keep fighting the good fight for the love of you new son!!

Melissa said...

I am praying for you and for Abe. How fortunate for Abe that he has found the most perfect parents to provide a complete life. Lifting you up, Melissa

Tracy said...

God has glorified Himself through sweet baby Abe and your family in so many ways!....this little guy will overcome this challenge!!! Praying for you!

Annette said...

Praise be to God that Abe is made in God's image and he was created for your family. How wonderful that you were able to get Abe while he was still little so that any challenges he may have will be met with the love and care that your family brings.

You are all in our prayers. Love you guys.

Jess said...

Oh Emily, I will pray for you and Abe. I know your family is where God wants him and I am so thankful that he is in the US where he can go to a neurologist. I know that doesn't make it any easier on your or your family though.

Please keep us updated. I'll be on my knees for you.

Blog Shmog said...

So sorry to hear this. I will definitely pray for your sweet Abe and his complete healing.

Guard Wife said...

We're on it.

We have been reading your blog for quite awhile now & it's been a God send to me who wants very much to adopt, but keeps having to climb over all kinds of obstacles. I enjoy very much being able to look at the adoption journey through your family's eyes.

Wolfemom said...

I will pray. Abe is beautiful! Oh, that smile :)

HeidiD in CT said...

We are praying for you and for your sweet, sweet precious Abe. I couldn't imagine a more loving family to help each other through this. Hang in there. Love, the Daileaders

Kristi J said...

Still praying for you, Abe and the entire family to have the strength to get through this. Abe has so many people praying for him and I certainly know God hears those prayers and will see him through this time of many questions. Kristi

Shannon and Brett Hilliard said...

okay....you blog every day almost up until adoption. It was like give crack to the little kid on the playground. We got used to it. And now we can't live without it. So blog already!!!! I gotta have it! I'm praying, and I know you are probably just waiting, but come on....a whole week and no update?? The cold sweats are killing me...Brett

Lainie Byrnes said...

Dear Emily,
I have not posted since you were out of the country, but I have continued to enjoy your journey with you. Ever since I read your post, I have been trying to think of what to say that would be comforting or encouraging. Today I opened my devotional, expecting that it may have words that would speak to you more eloquently than I could - and it does! (Which is not really a surprise because God is good that way -) Today's verse is: All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Psalm 42:7
Can't you already tell that this is going to be applicable to this situation - this concern you have about Abe's development?
Then there is a poem - quite long - so I just want to share a couple of verses :
They are HIS billows, whether they go o'er us,
Hiding His face in smothering spray and foam;
Or smooth and sparkling, spread a path before us,
And to our haven bear us safely home.
They are HIS billows, whether we are toiling
Through tempest-driven waves that never cease,
While deep to deep with clamor loud is calling;
Or at His word they hush themselves in peace.
They are HIS billows, and He brings us through them;
So He has promised, so His love will do.
Keeping and leading, guiding and upholding,
To His sure harbor, He will bring us through.
Annie Johnson
The author of the devotional goes on to say:
Stand up in the place where the dear Lord has put you, and there do your best. God gives us trial tests. ... The grandest character is grown in hardship.
I know that you know that there is a purpose to all of our lives - and no matter what the trial, God is with you and can use the situation for His glory. And, let me just say that though I know your heart is troubled, Abe looks as happy as he could possibly be in his new home with his family. He seems to be right where God intends for him to be. I think of you all daily -
Lainie

Heidi K. said...

Praying!!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Oh, this journey is an amazing road, sometimes incredibly joyful, sometimes massively painful, sometimes just plain fun.

Thanks for sharing this.

Our own newest addition is being transferred to AHOPE while we wait. If you are familiar with AHOPE, you know about our road ahead. If you have any comments about it, please email, though, rather than publicly post, as we are figuring this whole thing out.

God is GOOD.

Heather said...

We are praying for you and your family. I believe with all my heart that Abe has all that he needs, he is safe, loved and surrounded by a strong and nurturing family. Please know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers, today and always.

coffeemom said...

Praying for your comfort and peace and for a great result for this sweet boy.

Neurologists can be a scary thing. However, they can also be a great comfort.

We have many years of experience w/ an awesome pediatric neuro and he has been one of our great resources and helps. Happy to talk if you need, just email. But all will be well. You would be surprised what God can work through and how blessed are these dark and scary roads! Hang in there. Praying for you all! M

S. said...

I will be praying for your family. I don't know if Melissa has mentioned this to you but I think Gini Florer could be a great source of support for you given her experiences!

Robbin said...

May God strengthen you and light the path.

Robbin

Bennett said...
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Roxanne Kristina said...

Came back to your blog this eve to try and learn a little more.

Praying right now. Litterally.

Blessings,
Roxanne
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