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Monday, March 9, 2009

abe- we love you!

Remember my manna post?  Well the Lord continues to provide in the coolest ways.  I  have followed the Hoffman's journey to Ethiopia for some time. They lost their son, Brighton, before they were able to hold him, traveled to pick up their beautiful daughter, Meron, and are just a special family to Team Alexander.  They have come alongside us, supported us, encouraged us and little Meron has faithfully prayed for her buddy Abe.  

Shortly after we got home, Tymm did a cute post of Meron starting to crawl on a football field. The boys were reading it and holding Abe.  They started saying, "Abe, you can't let some girl beat you.  You are going to be passing Meron so fast"!!  I emailed Tymm and Laura just to let them know game on! :) After Abe's diagnosis it was apparent that he might not be catching up as quickly as the boys had hoped, but I know Tymm, Laura and Meron would be some of the first to cheer him on to do so.

Here is the pic that inspired that friendly competitive jarring:

Here is Abe working hard in therapy last week.  We are so proud!  We know you can do it!! Can you see the determination in his eyes?  He is driven.  Thank you Lord for that gift.

Look what they sent us in the mail- a bunch of pics of precious Meron holding this sign and a very encouraging card!  It once again made me cry at the sweet ways the Lord continues to sustain us on a daily basis.

Thank you Hoffman family!  Come to Texas for the Yankee series and we will take you to the ballpark.  We thank the Lord He allowed us to walk this road to Ethiopia together.

Abe giving Meron a kiss!  :)


Roxanne Kristina said...

This is sweeter than pie! I love how you always give the glory to Him. Bless you! -Roxanne

Danae said...

What a precious story.....dont you just thank God for friends like that. Hope to find a away to meet up before the summit

Guard Wife said...

This is adorable! It's like they are battle buddies--taking on all the challenges of those important milestones and encouraging each other as they go.

What a wonderful connection these two will share as they grow!

Anonymous said...

Go Abe, Go!!!!!!!!! I know you can do it!!!!

Lori said...

This just melts my heart, and he will be chasing her on that field one day! Know it!

Shawn and Jami said...

soooooooo sweeeeeeet!

nancy said...

Abe is looking more precious than ever!

Rebecca said...

This is the cutest post! Abe does look super determined...go Abe!

Laura L. said...

A very precious post.
The friendships made through adoption are such a blessing.
Go Abe!

Bethany said...

Friendships are something to be treasured! What a great treasure you hold with these beautiful people rooting Abe on! Abe has a large team and Fan base...he can't go wrong ;-)

Amy said...

Cheering Abe on to VICTORY!!! Love that boy! What a doll! You are all in our thoughts and prayers often.

Oatsvall Team said...

k, i love this family too ... i followed them to Ethiopia to get sweet Meron ... They are a very kind and faithful family ...

Jeremiah wants to know if that is Texas Tech field ... We still think the team needs to meet him !!

Love You Sister ...

Tymm said...

Awww - you guys... everyone here at Camp Hoffman LOVES us some Team Alexander!

You guys are always so faithful - so loving - so transparent and honest.

It is REFRESHING. The words "Abe" and "Abe's Mom" are just common household terms around here.

We are moved by your strength and we love how your whole family is - your a great model for us. We were brand new at this thing before Brighton and Meron - and it's cool to have someone to model after.

If my family turned out even close to Team Alexander - i would be very happy.

We WILL meet - that's for sure. That Yankee/Rangers series might not be a bad idea!!

Thank you for always being so encouraging and kind - even in the face of your own fears and struggles. And know that we are praying regularly and we believe wholeheartedly that God hears us all.


Diane said...

I come back time and again to check in on Sweet Abe. I come to encourage, I leave encouraged. I come to pray, I leave giving praise and thanks to God our Father who loves Abe so very, very much.

Please hug your precious Son from all of us "unknown" Brothers and Sisters in Christ on this side of the computer screen. Abe continues to amaze and inspire us all to walk hand in hand with the one who formed and created us in His perfect image.

GO ABE!!!!! :)

Jen said...

He is so darn cute! I love how he is so determined. I hope that mom is getting to sleep more :)

Melissa said...

Oh, I love it! You can do it Abe!!!
Can't wait until your birthday party!

Cheryl said...

Such a precious story!

Love you guys!

Amber said...

That is so precious. I am glad Abe is doing well and hanging in there like a champ!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

We too love those Hoffmans. They are good friends of ours. They shared your story and blog with us while you were in Ethiopia and we have been lurking, I am following, ever since. Your family is truly an inspiration. We'll keep little Abe's progress in our prayers.

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