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Monday, January 26, 2009

memoir of hope

I spent much of Saturday (when I wasn't at the kids basketball games) ignoring all my responsibilities, curled up in my pj's, nursing multiple cups of Gobena coffee and reading the Bottomly's new book From Ashes to Africa.  Oh, how I love to get lost in a good book. :)

Josh and Amy paint a very transparent look into their lives as they struggled with infertility and their early years of marriage, but ultimately it is an incredible story of hope and redemption as the Lord leads their hearts to adoption and Ethiopia.  

We are blessed to share a common passion for Ethiopia and friendship with this family.  Silas is the child that caused Avery to commit to pray for a baby to come to our home.  He is so precious and holds a special place in all of my kids hearts. :)

Avery and Silas last January

One year later in OKC

We had a great visit with the Neals, Winters and Bottomly's in OKC a few weekends ago- and it was such a gift for our family to have a change of scenery.....not to mention getting to see so many cuties from Ethiopia in the same room.

I highly recommend this book to anyone! Click here to order your copy. :)


Bethany said...

I agree Em. Great fun to see all the kiddos together!!!

Heather said...

I just ordered a copy last night. I look forward to curling up in my jammies and reading it this weekend.

Hope you are well!!


Amy said...

Thanks for the shout out Emily! :) Gobena and From Ashes to Africa make a lovely combo. :)

Holli said...

what a fun trip and some BEAUTIFUL kids!
can't wait to read the book!

Anonymous said...

Just ordered a copy! :)

Susan said...

I was reading this with Griffith in my lap and he was looking at the pictures and said, "Look Mommy! Lot's of little Abes!"
He loves little Abe!!

Jen said...

What a nice group of friends you have. By the way, Abe looks great. I will have to order the book. It looks great. I will keep you updated on our progress, my friend:)

whittkaerwoman said...

I have mine to read... :) H

Kim said...

Cannot wait to read the book!

small things matter said...

Abe is looking so good!! Love that you can read a book all weekend as a mom of 5!! You are awesome!

small things matter said...

Abe is looking so good!!! Good for you as a mom of 5 to even be able to read a book all weekend!!! So proud of you!!!!

small things matter said...

Abe is looking so good!!! Good for you as a mom of 5 to even be able to read a book all weekend!!! So proud of you!!!!

small things matter said...

Abe is looking so good!!! Good for you as a mom of 5 to even be able to read a book all weekend!!! So proud of you!!!!

Rebecca said...

It is such a great book, right? I love it! I've already given my copy to a friend...and I plan to buy a few more as gifts.

Those are some cute kids :)

michelle said...

Emily, I enjoy keeping up with you and your family. I ordered a copy of From Ashes to Africa and look forward to it's arrival! One of the comments made about this book is from Jannie Maxwell. Have you read her book, It's not okay with me,?If not that is one I will recommend to you. My kids enjoyed seeing pictures of Pete and Katie's time with your family and they loved watching Abe laugh in the video you posted.
His Blessings,
Michelle Outman

Oatsvall Team said...

Well you know I will get one ... I have another friend who recommended it also ... Suzanne and I are reading CRAZY LOVE right now and it is very eye opening to how we should love and view Christ ...

Love Ya Bunches ...

Kari:) said...

Hi Emily,
We love your blog:) Our dear *mutual* friends...the Neals passed court!!! yipeeee!! Please promise the next time you're in Branson..we'll have a big get together. We'd love to meet you:) We live about a mile down the road from K-Kauai. We'll be there 3rd term:)
We are home now with our ET princess Zoie Senait!!!
Come by & say hi...

Roger & Kari Gibson

Whitney said...

Hi, my name is Whitney, and my husband and I are relatively new to the adoption world. We will also be adopting from Ethiopia! Its a small world... I announced to my friends and family through a follow-up email, with some valuable info about Ethiopia, how we arrived at our decision, and our blog. My friend Alison replied with your slideshow for me to watch. I was incredibly moved by your experience!

Whitney said...

Yes, we are in DFW (Anna, just north of McKinney). I am so glad to hear that there are others in Dallas! How exciting!!

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