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People tend to think their circumstances determine the quality of their lives.  So they pour their energy into trying to control those situations.  They feel happy when things are going well, and sad or frustrated when things don't turn out as they hoped.  They rarely question this correlation between circumstances and feelings.  Yet it is possible to be content in any and every situation.

Put more energy into trusting Me and enjoying My Presence.  Don't let your well-being depend on your circumstances.  Instead, connect your joy to My precious promises:
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.  I will meet all your needs according to My glorious riches.  Nothing in all creation will be able to separate you from My love.

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things thorough Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:12-13

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land.  For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised to you.  Genesis 28:15

And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor present things nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38:39

This is the Jesus Calling (Sarah Young) devotional that I read moments before the pediatric neurologist called to give us the results to Abe's MRI.  The line about being sad or frustrated when things don't turn out as they hoped was like a whisper from the Lord that the results might not be clear as we had so prayed.

The results were definitely not what we had hoped, but they were exactly as the Lord intended.  He formed Abe's inward parts; you knitted Abe together in his mother's womb.  I praise you, for Abe is fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw Abe's unformed substance; in your book were written, every day of them, the days that were formed for Abe, when as yet there were none of them.

Oh how these words from Psalm 139 make me cry out to the Lord this a.m and then rest in His grace.  It is believed that Abe suffered several strokes in his birthmothers womb and that has resulted in brain injury.  


While I thought this blog was started as just an adoption blog, I invite you join us on this new journey the Lord has called us to.  We are indeed clinging to His truth this morning.  My sister in law, Melissa, said that we all have a front row seat to watch the Lord be glorified through this amazing little gift named Abe!



95 comments:

Jocelyn said...

I am so sorry the news was not as you hoped but once again you amaze me with your strength. Abe is one special little boy with one special family.

love you guys,
jocelyn and pacey

Kate said...

Praying for your family. Abe is a gift from God. Your family has certainly touch our lives and inspired us to adopt. Stay strong.

Gretchen Magruder said...

I'm so sorry for what you're going through...yet hopeful about how God will reveal himself to your family and those around you. My husband suffered a brain injury while having a tumor removed, and our lives have never been the same...yet...it's allowed us to see God in bigger and better ways than I could have imagined!

Laura Story's album, "Great God Who Saves" has been our life sound-track - - she's lived it and I highly recommend it...

I'm praying for your family today!

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Lori said...

This post is absolutely beautiful and so utterly true. He is in just the perfect spot on this planet right now and so are you to guide him!

I'm here if you need me - I love you so much. You are a teacher to all of who have been blessed to know you Em.

Lor xo

Amy B. said...

We pray that you feel the peace of God this day and in the days to come. Abe is such a beautiful child and you are such a graceful family.

Peace be with you~
Amy and family

Natalie Fournet said...

We are on the front row with you...praying for you all.

I have been praying for you this morning while working on the twins room....just in awe at these journeys the Lord is leading us on with His precious children.

Steve & Danae said...

Emily you are an amazing woman of God...you inspire me in so many ways....we have been and will continue to pray for Abe and all of you.

Danae

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jill said...

I found you through Heather Whittaker's blog. (I initially clicked the link just because I was so excited to see someone else whose son was named Abe!) Reading your family's adoption story brought me to tears yesterday as I read and I came back today to check in on the little guy. I am praying right now for your family as you face the new challenges and joys to come.

the Steiger's said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. We are here with you in the front row watching God's love. We are praying with you and for your strenght.
love, LEnka

Abby said...

Sweet Alexanders- We will front and center watching God's work thru little Abe as well. You've been on our hearts and in our prayers the last several days. God is good...ALL the time.

Susan said...

Thank you Em for graciously keeping the window of your life open so we can all watch and feel God work. My family is so changed already by the Lord's gift of sweet Abe and will continue to be. We treasure our Tuesday mornings with Abe. Let's add PT to Alexander Academy. We love you ALL!

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Oh Emily, I am so overwhelmed by this post....how beautiful!! I am praying for your sweet little Abe. I am praying for a miracle...and believing today that God has HUGE things for his life!!!

Love,
Lindsey

emily said...

Just wanted to comment and let you know that I'm praying for you and for precious Abe. I'm good friends with Kristin Laughlin and I have been following your story since Kristin mentioned you all. I have good friends who are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia and so my heart has been drawn to you and your family. I'm praying!

JourneytoFamily said...

God definitely picked the right family for Abe. I'm sorry the results were not what you hoped for. I'm encouraged by your resolve to start this new journey and I look forward to following in it with you. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Chuck and Kathy said...

I am praying for your family. You have been such an inspiration to me and I hope to adopt from Ethiopia one day. I love the words from Laura Story's song on your blog ...Jesus, he can move a mountain ! Abe is so blessed to be a part of your family.
Love, Kathy

The Albertsons said...

My sister Annie has brain injuries as well, sustained while in an orphanage in Romania.
Sweet Alexanders... this is not what you expected. This will be a different road, but not a worse road. Our Annie is a DELIGHT! She is 15 now and absolutely hilarious. She keeps us all laughing and has such special gifts. So, so much can be done to maintain brain health and even, sometimes, to reverse some damage. Annie has done amazingly well with different therapies and such. Never have I (as a sibling) regretted having Annie in the family... I cannot imagine growing up without her. She is now an amazing aunt to my kids, and her life is just as worthy as any other life. God uses her to encourage others every single day!!! Buckle up and enjoy the ride, because it really is beautiful and you'll be blessed to learn about and see the world from a whole new perspective!!!! We are all better off with Annie... and you are better off with Abe :).
Praise the LORD! Be encouraged!!!
love
becca

Craig and Jaclyn said...

Just know that there are SO many people praying for you....

hauswife said...

You are RICH, sweet friend! I know your heart is hurting, and I wish I were there to hug you in person. We are praying for you throughout each day and agreeing with you in faith that God has great things planned through this challenge. I never would have imagined God would give me a special needs child through adoption, and yet I know that He planned it for GOOD and not evil. I hope we can chat soon, love, and I'm so looking forward to our vacation in December.

Love you, sister.

hauswife said...

You are RICH, sweet friend! I know your heart is hurting, and I wish I were there to hug you in person. We are praying for you throughout each day and agreeing with you in faith that God has great things planned through this challenge. I never would have imagined God would give me a special needs child through adoption, and yet I know that He planned it for GOOD and not evil. I hope we can chat soon, love, and I'm so looking forward to our vacation in December.

Love you, sister.

Carol said...

Hi, sweet Alexanders - We've had some experience with brain scans and the like and it is amazing what miracles can be achieved once doctors get a handle on the situation. God is at work through many brilliant people (we've worked extensively with Cook Children's!) and Abe has a bright road in front of him with such a loving family! Early intervention and other positive therapies can really make a difference. Hope to see you guys soon at a regional event and we'll swap stories! Love to you all!

Jen said...

Emily,
You and our family are wonderful examples of what love is. What beautiful passages you have posted, that I will continue to refer to. I, too, will be in the front row watching a beautiful story unfold.
Jen

Kate said...

sweet precious boy! We love Abe (and you all) so much and will of course continue praying!

Janell said...

Praise God for little Abe. What a beautiful miracle that you have been entrusted with. You have served the Lord well and He knows you will only grow more from this opportunity to raise Abe. He is working all things for good in your life. What an example you are. Praying still.

Diane said...

God knows the plans He has for you...

I continue to lift little Abe's name up and just know, more than ever, Abe is home with his forever family, just as God planned:)

Praying, praying!!

Tracy Howard said...

We continue to pray for your family. Watching this journey with your family has enriched our lives. I have such hope for Abe and know God has a wonderful plan for all of you. Your post is so true and there will be much joy to come. Thinking of you all, Tracy

Anonymous said...

We will pray for you and your family as you walk through this. God meant for Abe to be with your family! You all are an inspiration and model for all of us. Thank you!

Kristi Paul
Texas

kristen said...

Praying for you as you navigate this new road with your precious son... for the glory of God.

The Roberts Family said...

Thanking God today for His faithfulness in sweet Abe's life. I look forward to seeing all that God is going to do through this journey, dear sister. He knows every single thing in your heart and on your mind and He longs to help carry you through. Continuing to pray for you all. Much love, Shelly

msl said...

I'm so very sorry to hear your news. Abe is a beautiful little boy. My son also suffered a brain injury at birth and I know receiving this kind of news is very hard and your picture of what the future holds for Abe is shifting. If it's any comfort to you I've seen how amazingly well children can do - how their brains will work to compensate and heal. My sister is a pediatric OT and people often ask her doesn't she get depressed working with so many disabled children. She tells them no - her job is full of joy because the children are full of joy. And really that's the truth of it. Our son is a wonderful little boy and through a lot of therapy - past and present - is thriving. If you would ever like to talk or if you have any questions I could help answer please feel free to contact me mostan@aol.com.
Maureen

Roxanne Kristina said...

Thank you for letting us share in this journey. I am so glad Heather was able to spend time with you. We are blog o sphere friends. She is a dear, and am now considering myself blessed to have found you. So glad you were able to get some clear information today. Now to prayers for the next step.

Just stopped and asked our Lord to intervene with what's next just as he has done and will continue to do. We have been in our own versions of "front row seats" to what God will do. He never fails. Your heart insisting this to be truth is refreshing.

Thank you and God Bless you,
Roxanne

Heidi K. said...

I am so sorry. Praying.
"...the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Phl 4:7

Paul and DeeDee said...

I am sorry that the news wasn't what you had hoped for. We will continue to pray for Abe and for God to shine on him and his preciousness.

I would just like to share a story about a little boy in my class that had severe brain injury when he was born and the doctors were not sure of how he would turn out. He is four years old and has some mild learning delays but you honestly would not be able to tell which child if you didn't know his story. Our church has prayed for this little one since the day he was born and I know God can do miraculous things.

We will keep little Abe in our prayers and set our hopes high for another miracle:)

Kari said...

Hello. I found your blog via Whittaker Woman. Although I rarely leave comments the first time I visit a blog, today I was moved differently. Your words in this post spoke directly to me as my husband and I experienced a miscarriage last week. I agree, we can find contentment in ANY situation. God is faithful & at times when I feel like I've hit the bottom...I still have hope b/c I do not rely on my own strength.

Your boy is beautiful and I will pray for you & your family and the journey that lies ahead. God will carry you, my friend. Peace to you.

Melodie Monberg said...

What a testimony to live out. I have been praying for your family and will continue to do so. And will see God glorified on this journey he's given your family!

Melodie

Holli said...

Emily (and family) you have touch my life over the last year of reading your blog. Your faith, trust and love ooze from the screen straight to my heart. God with out a doubt has used Abe in ways only he could do and will continue in the years to come.
Our family is praying for you all! Abe we are praying for you - God has big things in store for you. I believe that you have already touched 100's but God will use you to reach 100,000's.
Love you all!

Jen Wade said...

We are adopting our daughter through KVI and Ive been following your journey. I just want to praise God that he placed Abe with your family! I pray for Abes Healing. But most of all, I am learning so much from your complete trust in the Lord!
Blessings to your family
Jen (adopting 9yr old Mekdes through KVI)

Amber said...

As a sister in Christ, lover of Africa and adoptive mother of my own baby with special needs....I'm walking this journey with you. Holding you all in prayer.

Julie said...

Your faith and strength are amazing. All my thoughts are with you and your amazing Abe. I will be following.
Love to you.

S. said...

I am so sorry that this wasn't the news you had hoped and prayed for. Your son is wonderfully made. It is natural to grieve the life you had expected for him, and there will be difficult challenges ahead. But you will have not only contentment but joy ahead. I will hold you all in my prayers.

Blog Shmog said...

Your family is such a testimony. I'm so sorry that the results weren't what your family (and the rest of us)had prayed for. We will continue to pray for you. For peace, for wisdom and for Abe's story to continue to touch the lives of many.

Lana said...

We will be praying for your family. You are so very right. Contentment is found in Jesus, not in our circumstances.
May God richly bestow on your blessing after blessing and show Himself ever faithful.

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

What a testimony to God's love and grace you and your family and your precious Abe are. Many lives will be brought to the lord because of him.

Jana said...

sweet Alexander family, your faith is a witness to God's goodness and sovereignty.

we love you guys and are continuing to pray.

soli deo gloria, sweet family.

Oatsvall Team said...

Sister you know I will stay on that front row seat and cheer Abe on for years to come ... You are an amazing daughter of the King, wife, mother, and friend ... You will not be alone on this amazingly God filled journey and you will teach us all many things by the love, encouragement, and bravery that you will show us as you travel ...

ABE ... YOU ROCK AND WE LOVE EVERY OUNCE OF YOU !!!

Jillienne said...

You, your husband, your children are all truly amazing. Abe IS a gift and truly found the family that recognizes that.

Thank you so much for putting yourselves out there so that others can learn from you.

Jillienne

Munchkins said...

I know your blog through Abby K. We are praying for your family and that God will be glorified. I know that He will hold you in His arms. Also, an interesting little fact--I believe we were in Ethiopia at the same time! (along with a few other ties....) Jesse & Ashley Haynes

Anonymous said...

praise God that he brought Abe here to be cared for by your family. he knew EXACTLY what he was doing and who he was sending Abe to live with. He is truly amazing and cares for us all...sweet baby in ethiopia who needed a family and to live in a place where he could get the best health care possible.
praise God!

Wolfemom said...

It is good to see how the Lord has orchestrated the knitting of your family together. It is so perfect that Abe became a member of your team. He is in the perfect place and makes your family that much more beautiful!! I work with special needs children and they are one of the biggest blessings of my week! Our prayers are with you.

Missy said...

Your precious Abe is in my prayers as are you! God created us all in his image and Abe is just as he should be...in God's perfect image. I believe that God brings people into each others lives for a reason... You all will be in my prayers daily! Go kiss that sweet angel boy and let him know he is loved by many from all over. Hugs!

Misty said...

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, I'm sorry to hear about the results. there is no better place Abe could be than in your family!

Single PAP said...

alexander family,

i cried as i read your post. you are such a beautiful family in so many ways (and we've never even met) and i am sure this was all in god's plan. abe was brought to your family for a purpose and a reason...to be surrounded by love and given the opportunity to have a happy life. i pray for you, for strength and hope and joy.

Laura

Anonymous said...

Dear Moody and Em,

So encouraged by your faith and trust.
Psalm 68 vs 5&6
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.

Grateful that Abe will NOT be lonely... but loved,
Shannon

Guard Wife said...

I'm sorry the answers weren't as you'd hoped. Your ability to put your faith forward in light of it, however, is very inspiring and I know Abe is exactly where God intended him to be.

I will continue to follow Abe's journey as long as you continue to write. We will be praying for all of you.

Sarah said...

we will all be with you on this journey, praying for abe and your family. i pray you find comfort in knowing there's so many praying for sweet abe.

S. said...

I can't stop thinking about and praying for Abe and your family. Your faith is inspiring. But in case it feels like the pain of this news will always be with you, I just want to encourage you and assure you that while now God is holding every tear that falls, the tears will stop, and you will truly see God's glory through this precious boy!

Life won't just be good...it will be better than good, and the positive impact that having Abe as their little brother will have on your older kids is impossible to overstate.

Also--drs. are wonderful, but they don't have all the answers. Only God knows what Abe will achieve, but the one thing I can say for sure...it is greater than what we can imagine!

Emily said...

My name is Emily. I'm a pediatric nurse practitioner in Los Angeles and lived in Nashville for 5 years so I stumbled across your adoption blog from a friend of a friend's blog. My husband and I are prayerfully considering adoption in the future and a piece of my heart is definitely in Africa as I have done many medical missions in various African countries.

Anyway, I was at a conference today and just got home. I saw a link to your blog and clicked it. When I read your latest news about your precious son, I immediately thought about a poem that was shared by a parent with a chronically ill child at our conference today and I immediately felt led to send this to you. I hope that it is encouraging. I truly felt like God wanted me to share this with you. Your family will be in my prayers

Welcome to Holland
by Emily Perl Kingsley

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. Michelangelo's David. The gondolas in Venice. You may even 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 have never 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 go away....because the loss of that dream is a 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, they very lovely things.....about Holland.

Renee said...

I'm sorry for the sad news you received today but I thank God that Abe has been given you as his family to guide and care for him.
God Bless You.

Shannon and Brett Hilliard said...

Mood and Em,

Love you both. Inspired, along with the rest of blogworld. Praying often. Wishing we could morph to your back porch.

Corby and Lauren said...

Your family is in my prayers as you embark on this new journey. I am so sorry that the news wasn't what you wanted to hear... but I know that the Lord has a plan in all of this! Please remember to let me know if I can help in ANY way (dinner, babysit, etc!)- lauren.pardue@gmail.com I'm serious!

Kim said...

Dearest Emily,

What an incredible post. It is so clear why God selected you to be Abe's Mommy.
As you know, our adopted son suffered tramatic brain injuries as an infant. While the doctors left us with little hope, few answers, and no predictable path for devleopment, our Sam defined hope. We blazed our own path, accepted every therapy offered, and watched God's miracles begin as neurological pathways reconnected! Sam has beaten all the medical odds. He is a perfectly healthy, typically developing toddler today!
It is with prayerful and expectant hope that we will be watching from the front row to witness God work miracles in Abe's life too!
What I can promise is that your life will never be the same.
Love & Blessings,
Kim

DrewCareyShow said...

Oh Emily. Tears. We love you guys and precious little Abe. Once again, words escape me, and once again, your faith blesses me. You are in our prayers, and I feel privileged to share in what's clearly a very long first row of seats to witness God's goodness in the life of the Alexanders.

Dawn said...

My heart breaks foryou and your family. Please know that a friend of mine from college has a 6yolike us. He was diagnosed with Leukemis and then it was determined that his baby sister too had a strole in utero. She is making great strides! God never gives us more than we can handle and something he gives us the greatness joy during times of tremendous sadness.

These Three Kings said...

"The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace."

Hey, I am praying, and crying( literally) out to the LORD on your behalf....
I LOVE you and I am so humbled by your heart...

LORD JESUS PLEASE GIVE the Alexanders the gift SHALOM during this time

Kristi J said...

Praying for you and Abe and the rest of the family....I have a friend here whose bio son had the exact same thing happen to him in the womb..he's two now and doing so well....Therapy has worked wonders for him...They have great hope as his brain continues to heal itself...Praying for the healing power of God over Abe, Kristi

Tracy said...

Love your beautiful words!....what a privilege to pray for sweet baby Abe and your precious family! How exciting to watch Him be glorified in you all!

Dad and Linda said...

Referred by kingdombusiness07, we will pray for you!!

Steffie B. said...

Your faith will get you through sweet girl and the prayer warriors that you will have around the world will lift you up in His name....

Stacy Ann said...

That is rough news but I know that God will give you strength! And what a blessing that y'all were brought together!! A special boy for a special family.

Laura P said...

Wow, thank you for letting the Lord be glorified in all things. I pray that you will feel the strength of his love for you lift up your entire family and that you are able to hold on to the hope that is in Christ Jesus.

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

So this morning, as my son grieved over not making the basketball team, in God's kindness, our devotional for today was this awesome truth:

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

These ARE words of truth. I pray that these words bathe you in God's comfort. We don't have to understand (and we CAN'T) but we can trust in the one who does.

Also, I loved Becca's post about her own adopted sister. Abe is and will be such a blessing to your family. He is a gift!

Praise God for your faith.

Jess said...

Oh I hurt for you and for Abe. I am so sorry.

I am so thankful for the perspective God has given you in this tough trying time.

Thank you for sharing with us. I look forward to seeing how God continues to redeem Abe's story.

fivehawks2 said...

His love endures forever...our prayers are with your family.

annie said...

Praise the Lord for Abe! He is such a blessing, and God will be glorified through his life and through your testimony.

Thank you so much for sharing the blessing with us.

I know there will be difficult times, but God is Good. God bless your whole family.

darci said...

I am praying for little Abe, and for your family. What a beautiful little boy he is. God is so big, to place that precious boy in his family-the love you share is so obvious, and it's a gift to read and journey with you. praying.

Cheryl said...

Although the results were not what we wanted to hear... I am rejoicing in the Lord's goodness and faithfulness as He rescued Abe out of poor circumstances and set him in your family. The chasm between what is life could have been and what it now will be is immeasurable. I am blessed by your faithfulness to answer the call of our Father and bring that precious baby boy into your home and hearts. Where he will be loved unconditionally and provided the best care, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I pray as you and your family begin this journey that you are strengthened by the prayers of His people that are standing with you. I know that we will all see God's amazing grace and sing praises to His name in one curly headed, beautiful Ethiopian Alexander.

Much love to you.

John and Heather said...

Praying for your family! Abe is a beautiful gift and God WILL be glorified through him and your family. Bless you has you move forward; may your days be filled with God's precious grace!

Rene' said...

of course you already know this but not only did God form him in his mother's womb, but he also knew well before you did that you would be his mom and that you would bring him here to this great land with all of the medical advances that our country has. No one knows but God how this will turn out, but I do know that Abe is a blessing to you and you are a blessing to Abe. I know that medical diagnosis can be devistating, but they can also be miracles. Even when bad things happen God uses them for great works, as He did during my mother's illness and ultimately her death. She was so strong in her faith and trusted God to the end, in all of this it taught me to trust God in all things good and bad! Your faith and strength reminds me of my mom and I am sure that HE is using you to encourage and teach others. I know that it has reminded me of the lessons I learned from my mom almost 19 years ago! Hang in there and give Abe a little kiss for everyone in blog land that feels like they know him!

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go on this new journey God has for you!!

Darcy said...

God never makes mistakes. Your family is living proof that our God IS AMAZING! Look at how he has placed perfectly the right child with the right family.
I am humbled by your amazing belief and devotion to your son and our Father.

kenzsethia said...

Amen sister. Praying for continued strength. Praise God for the incredible perspective you have.

Aimee

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Praying for your dear family! This sweet Abe so needed Team Alexander and the Lord made it happen! His ways are not our ways but His ways are perfect. I cannot help but to think back at the beautifully HUGE group of family that traveled all the way to Ethiopia to rescue sweet Abe and give him just what he needs, loads of love and a family. Thank you Lord for the provision of such a strong Christian family with such an amazing support group for sweet Abe. Abe is perfect in every way!
Blessings,
Kristy

Jennifer said...

You are loved and wise beyond measure.
I am so grateful that Abe is part of your family.

Rachel Durban said...

Beautiful Pictures!!

Nikki said...

I'm praying too for your family...

thank you for inspiring the rest of us to trust in our God and His goodness - in ALL situations.

Shawnstribe said...

praying and hugs from across the seas
xxx
s

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

Praying for you and your family- Especially sweet Abe!

Stacie said...

Sweet Abe is in our prayers. You and your family are an inspiration with your faith and love.

Kate said...

Keep on clinging to the only One who is not surprised by this difficult turn in the road...how He loves you all and His sweet child Abe!!!

L & J Gutwein said...

I will continue to pray for you, but I am so thankful that that the Lord has given you little gifts (TT t-shirt on Abe, and verses) to let you know that his perfect will is being done & that he is using your family in that. God Bless, Love, J

L & J Gutwein said...

I will continue to pray for you, but I am so thankful that that the Lord has given you little gifts (TT t-shirt on Abe, and verses) to let you know that his perfect will is being done & that he is using your family in that. God Bless, Love, J

Lisa and Peter said...

We have been following your journey -- and we are so sorry that the results were not what you had hoped. I thank you for sharing your story as your faith and love are truly inspirational!

Rebecca said...

What a pillar of strength and grace! We love you guys and are praying for the whole family.

Maria and Family said...

I will be praying for sweet Abe. I am sorry the results are not what you hoped but I know it will all work out. Your faith is inspiring.

Jill and Doug said...

You all have been heavy in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly amazed at the courage and strength of your sweet family. I pray for you all to have perserverence through this process. I can't wait to hold that sweet baby someday soon. I can't think of a more loving family to help guide and love baby Abe.You will continue to be in our minds.
all love, Jill and Doug Franke

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