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Monday, November 10, 2008

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‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 28

We have felt an overwhelming amount of love and support to our family these past weeks!

Thank you to: my sweet friend that brought us dinner on Wed. night because she knew that I would be thinking about MRI results and not food, the friend that brought me a very large, delicious Sonic drink, the friend that brought me a latte from Starbucks, the friends that simply came by to hug, cry and pray, the friend that insisted I get out of the house with her for a least 30 minutes to breath, the friend that brought lunch to all of us one day, neighbors that literally are willing to do ANYTHING, the countless friends and family members that called to leave "I'm praying for you, no need to call me back" messages, the precious emails from perfect strangers offering hope, love and a commitment to pray, to all the friends that have driven my kids to each and every activity, my sister and her prayer warrior friends, my dear mother and sister-in-law and friends that hosted sip-and-sees for our little miracle, my mother in law that paid for and sent me to get a pedicure while she watched the kids, multiple people for taking the time to write and send notes and cards, my mother in law and precious father that have been here for every single one of Abe's physical therapy sessions so they can help in his progress, to friends that faithfully write "just checking on you, I'm thinking about you" emails, thoughtful friends that text scripture at just the right moments, to the incredibly generous friend that offered to do Abe's occupational therapy twice a week- just because, to bloggers that have asked for prayers on Abe's behalf, and the blog friend that came and spent a day with me, it was perfectly appointed and exactly what I needed. Thank you Heather for making the effort and being a great sounding board. She also encouraged me to watch this and the song has blessed my grieving heart many times.

I'm sure that I am forgetting some amazing folks that have literally been standing in the gap for us. It is such encouragement to our souls to know that we are NOT alone!

Abe continues to amaze us with his radiant smile and joy for life! We are blessed and we all wait with anticipation to see the Lord reveal Himself in many ways through Abe.


Diane said...

Hello Abe and precious family:)

I come to your blog regularly to check in on your handsome baby Abe...trying to learn how to pray for him and his precious family, I hope to encourage...and, time and again, I am the one who walks away encouraged...his smile is always enough to refresh my day!!!!

Hug him big for us!!!

Praying, Praying.

These Three Kings said...

What a encouragement to my HEART and FAITH that the LORD really DOES PROVIDED GRACE IN OUR TIME OF NEED.... I am so thankful that the LORD is walking right there beside you.. right there, meeting you in your tears, and joy... I love you...please know that we are filling up many bowls in heaven with prayers for him!

Grace and Peace unto you!

Jen said...

That baby's smile is radiant. There are so many lives he is touching. You are so blessed to have him, and he is blessed to have you. We finally made the wait-list (what was I doing before:). I will keep you posted to any progress.

JourneytoFamily said...

What a blessing to have community around you to help out! You are definitely not alone in this!

the ben show said...

I've just found your blog. My son Ben adopted from Vietnam in 2007 (now age 4) is missing nearly 1/6th of his brain from at least one stroke in his mother's womb. Please feel free to contact me with questions. My little guy is miraculous and smart and funny and has an amazing, loving personality.

God bless you guys. Your family is beautiful.

Melissa said...

I love Abe! and you're ok, too.

Lori said...

I LOVE this picture of you and Abe! He is the most precious little thing on the planet!!! That smile, that gummy little grin, oh pinch him for me, hard too!!!

Today escaped me since now that I think I'm human again I actually had a ton of work to do! Yay!

Isn't is amazing to see the Lord work through people and connect us all in such strange and wondrous ways!? I never doubted that you were very special Em once I came to know you through this process long ago. And you are SO, SO, special. That's WHY you've had the outpouring of love. Because you are loved, because you love so many.

You are loved by all of us and by Him. I'm so glad to know you too!

Just like my little Tessa, to know you is to love you, period!

xoxo Lor

Heather said...

Thank you for being such an incredible example to us all. I am just in awe of your family. It's no wonder you have so many people around you helping and encouraging your sweet family.

I was so touched with Heather's post on her blog about her "appointment". God is so awesome!

It was so great to see you yesterday! Praying for sweet baby Abe and your family!

Heather C.

Henley on the Horn said...

How precious is ABE and his wonderful smile and laugh! May his joy be a great comfort and encouragement to all of you!!!

Hauswife said...

Love you, Em. I'm so glad you're getting the support you need from so many dear friends. That makes my heart happy. xo

The Albertsons said...

LOVE that smile!!! Amazing!!! That boy is full of Jesus love... that's all you need dear friends! What a precious blessing he is!!! Oh man... how I wish I lived closer to you... I'd help with that kiddo in a heartbeat :).
praying :).

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so glad you liked it! I have been thinking of you! H

Natalie Fournet said...

He does have the most beautiful, full of life smile! Thanks for allowing all of us to be apart of your journey. We are coninuing to pray for you guys!

Jocelyn said...

I am happy to hear that you have had so much support from everyone. You really are an inspiration to us all...I hope you know that. Love that Abe smile!!

The Redman's said...

Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers daily! I have shared your blog, videos, referral story, etc. with so many people. Your family has touched so many lives already and it will be quite a journey to see how the Lord will continue to use your family and precious Abe to glorify Him. Amazing. You are lifted up in prayer.

grey like snuffie said...

God is so good and He is faithful to complete all that He has begun. Remember that just because man may have spoken about what is to come---God is bigger and may surprise you in so many ways that you can't imagine. He's already in that future that may look overwhelming or unknown. He hand picked you guys to be Abe's family and from the outside looking in---that is an AWESOME gift for the little guy. He will continue to provide, continue to believe. What a blessing to peek into your world.

S. said...

Look at that beautiful gigantic smile! Glad you have been encouraged. And I have followed Ben from VN whose mom commented above since he came home--he is precious and a joy!

babslb said...

I somehow found your blog and have enjoyed it ever since. Our family adopted in 2006 and after returning home discovered that our daughter had much more significant and life long needs. It is hard. THe words of experience that I would share is do let yourself grieve. Don't try to push a fast forward button. You need to go throught the complete grieving process - sadness, anger, frustation, acceptance, ect. Then slowly you will discover that it no longer occcupies your mind 99% of the day and in fact you don't think about it so much. In fact you will no longer cry when you talk about it! Praying for you and your family and beautiful son. I read the post the lady made about the trip to Holland versus Italy - it really resonates and was a great analogy.

Shannon said...

Dear Abe's wonderful Family-- I was reminded of this article as I have been praying for your family. I came across it a few years ago when praying for a family after they found out their daughter would face some challenges that they had not anticipated. I don't know if you have seen it, but I thought I would share it with you. I am praying for miracles for sweet Baby Abe!

A Trip to Holland

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

Stacie said...

I love that sweet smile of his! It's wonderful to see how much support your family has - Abe is blessed to be in the center of so much love and prayer.

Erica said...

What an amazing blessing to see this community of people surrounding you and carrying you through this difficult time. We continue to pray for all of you, Abe is absolutely precious, his smile melts my heart every time.

Praying for you today my friend. Excited to see what God is going to do in and through sweet baby Abe.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jess said...

Clash of worlds!! I couldn't figure out why Heather (Carlos and Heather are at my church in Atlanta) was in your post!! Then I read her blog and I am so very thankful for how God is caring for you and loving on you right now.

Keeping on praying.

Oatsvall Team said...

oh sister you are the one blessing us by sharing your heart and allowing us to walk w/ Abe on this journey ... He is a warrior for the Kingdom already and we are honored to know you all ... i love ya sister and can't wait to see your sweet face in person one day soon !!!

walking along side of you today and everyday !!!

Holli said...

It is great to have our friends, our family and especially God in hard times (and good times too!)
If you haven't already read Mary in a Martha World- Chapter 8!!! Fits perfect for adoption and for things not going the way we thought they would but about Gods plan.
Many prayers and hugs sent your way!
Abe your smile could brighten anyones day! :)

Kristi J said...

beautiful post and hope to get to meet you and Abe if you get to visit TN any time soon...You know I'd host you for lunch or dinner or something (: That's my specialty, kristi

Troy said...

I came across your blog from Mrs. T's TNATeam's blog. Your video on Kristen's site would be one of the first we would show family/friends. Whenever we got discouraged during our process (dossier received yesterday), I would bring up the video on and it gave me peace, hope. There is no doubt the Holy Spirit was present during my every watching of that video.

In my prayers, all I know is this ... this is a God-ordained thing going on right now. I don't know what it's going to look like or what He has in store, but I do know that God has it ... no doubt in my mind.

God has big plans in store for your boy :)

Candy said...

This little guy has my heart, bigtime! He is a love magnet. And, his mom is pretty incredible too.
Love you!

Jana said...

He does indeed have an amazing, radiant smile!!!! We are praying for you. xoxo

Tracy said...

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1Cor. 12:25. What a privilege to suffer and rejoice with you! :) What a beautiful picture of the whole Body you are experiencing! So awesome to see how God is uniting His body around precious Abe!

Stacy Ann said...

He has the best smile ever!!!

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