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Thursday, November 5, 2009

not being anxious- small update

I told the kids this morning that I really thought the "packing fairies" were going to come in the middle of the night and get us all ready to roll! I have said before that organization is NOT my thing, but as always this will all come together and we will get on that plane Sunday!
It is such a blessing to be able to take so many care packages (that I promise to keep organized!!) and goodies for the kids in the orphanages.
Just can't even wait to get my hands on this cute boy! Seriously, look at that smile. I heard in a recent update that the talk of the toddler room is that Eyasu's "ferengi"(foreign in Amharic) parents are coming. After being there for over 13 months, it IS your turn my son. :)
Our sermon on Sunday was from Matthew 6:25- 34 and not being anxious. It has been so good for me this week to continually speak truth when I begin to get overwhelmed, etc with all that needs to get done as well as keep up with normal, everyday life.

I would greatly appreciate your prayers on that cute bear above. I am most anxious about leaving him. He has my heart and I can't imagine being away from him for a week. I know he will be in great hands and receiving so much love and attention. I just need to lay it all down, trust in the Lord and truly enjoy each moment that Moody and I have getting to know Eyasu. Thank you. Oh, if you could pray that he would sleep-- I'm sure my mom would really appreciate that too. :)

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is it's own trouble. " Matthew 6: 34

**update- after re-reading, I realize it may appear that I'm not going to miss the older 4- hardly the case! :) They can communicate their needs and are much more self sufficient- that's all. They will all be greatly missed.**

38 comments:

Brent Riggs said...

We are so thrilled for you. We hope to be returning to Ethiopia in the next year to take packages, and Lord willing, bring home another child, if God provides.

You are a blessing. Hard to imagine that people criticize us for loving these poor children (while ignoring the "poor" of America).

Keep the faith. We'll have a high time in Heaven, won't we?

Brent
www.riggsfamilyblog.com

Lauren said...

that is so exciting that you're going to get your second little boy from Ethiopia!!! I have been following your blog for about a week now and I love it. My husband and I are in the process of adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia - but we're still in the early stages so it will probably be another year before we get on a plane - I can't wait!!! You're blog gives me much encouragement! :)

missy said...

i will pray for you as you go to your eyasu, but leave your abe. i know it will be hard, but i know god will care for each one of you. happy packing!

calliemorgan said...

Praying for you guys! So excited for you!! Can't wait to meet Seth, and Avery told me about the army of folks that will be hanging out at your house next week, I'll be praying for Abe, but know that he's in tons of good hands :)

Also, I dragged a friend to the We're All in This Together documentary last night! Loved it!

Can't wait to hear all about your trip.

Love,
Callie

Misty said...

sweet niblets look at that first pic! maybe you should hire Avery and pay her for her organizational skills? LOL :) so excited for you all!

Jillienne said...

I am so excited for you! Have a wonderful trip to get your son! I KNOW that your little man will be in good hands at home! ENJOY!

Rebecca said...

this is so exciting but it must be hard, especially to be away from Abe. he has a whole team of people that love him- both near and far!!! you are going to be feeling the greatest joy! and giving great joy!!! we all thank you!!!

Christy. said...

Praying for you as you leave Abe!

Oh I wish I knew you in real life and we lived closer because I LOVE to pack and organize.... :0)

The Albertsons said...

Oh emily!!!! so thrilled for you. I know it will be so hard leaving your abe. praying for you to have a wonderful trip and for your protection and your kids' hearts.
cannot wait to see pics of you together!!! yipppeee!!!
becca

Lori said...

Tons of prayers girl - I can't believe it's finally time!!!

Inhale, exhale, it'll all be fine!

xoxo Lori

Henley on the Horn said...

What an exciting time for you all!! ALL of your precious five at home are in amazing hands, and I know that the Lord will comfort you as you are apart from them. Enjoy the time with Moody and then your little Esayu. What a gift from the Lord! We are praying for traveling mercies.

The Busters said...

I am so excited for your family and can't wait to see photos of you with Seth. Such joy!! Thank you for the reminder on anxiousness. So good for so many of us to hear. :)

Holli said...

PRAYING FOR YOU ALL!!!
I need to repeat that verse over and over tonight!!! IT IS SO TRUE TODAY HAS HAD ENOUGH TROUBLE!!!! ADOPTING IS ROCKING MY WORLD TODAY....(and not in a good way....)
sorry off on my own tangent! SO EXCITED FOR YOUR LITTLE MAN TO BE IN YOUR ARMS AND THEN WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY AT HOME!!!

The Porter Family said...

You were in great shape Tues and I can see from the picture that you are doing AWESOME!! Remember I'm just a phone call away -- well probably a text away is more accurate!

Shonni said...

How exciting to be holding your son soon. We are praying to leave in three or so weeks!!!!

aroundtheworldand2kids said...

Man, my fairy phone didn't ring. :) I would have loved to help you pack. I get in this organization zone and can tear it up.

I am so thankful that in a few short days you will be meeting your precious boy who just may have the best smile of anyone on this planet--simply amazing.

Beth said...

he is stinkin' cute there is no way around that. have a great trip.

Tracy said...

SO excited you are so close to bringing your sweet boy home. I am praying for your family and rejoicing that there is one less orphan in the world. God is good.

Blessings,
Tracy

Danae said...

you are in our prayers....have a wonderful time!

Tanya said...

Praying for peace and God's Hand of protection over you and your whole family while you are away getting your precious son. Remember that worrying does no good....it just exhausts. Lay it down, sista! (From one worry-wart to another). :)

Sara said...

Feeling you sister! We have most everything packed tonight as Jeff will be taking the bags to the vet (yes, you read that right) tomorrow to weigh them. It has been crazy this week with the everyday like you mention and making sure we have everything ready. Praying for safe travel for all of you! Enjoy your week!

Zoe said...

Prayers for a safe and blessed trip to pick up your new son, and for Ave and all the kids at home. I enjoy checking in on your family's adoption journeys.

Tracy said...

oh, I can feel your heart having to leave sweet Abe---- I'm already dreading leaving Levi and we haven't even passed court yet!---- I'll be praying for you and can't wait to see more of precious Seth! :))

Shawn said...

Have a fantastic trip! I'll be praying for little Abe and your other babies. Safe travels.

Abby said...

Cannot even WAIT for you guys. Praying for all of it- the trip, the kids, the transition...all of it.

Erica said...

Absolutely amazing. Sweet baby Seth (yes he's a baby, they are all babies in my mama world) SO reminds me of Silas, it makes my heart leap to see his beaming smile. Praying for Abey baby at home and for those caring for him. He'll be fine!! Enjoy this time. You need it mama. Praying for you. Anxious to hear about your new little man. In SHOCK that he's been in care for so long!! He's amazing.

coneymama said...

Praying for peace, rest and safe travel for you and Moody. Also praying for Abe to sleep so your mama may also have peace and rest. Have a great time and savor every moment. God's got this!!

Wolfemom said...

Can't wait to see Esayu in your arms! Praying for safe travels.

Guard Wife said...

So excited for you and your family!!! Safe travels to and from and big hugs to your new little son.

:)

solas4me said...

Will be praying for your safe trip and for things to go well on state side. Looking forward to seeing you all united as a family!

Joy Portis said...

Praying for a safe trip and peace for your anxious heart! Can't wait to see that beautiful boy home! He has no idea how the Lord is about to bless him! Hope the packing fairy shows up soon! Have a wonderful trip!!!

Ellen said...

Just a few more hours until you leave to get Seth!!! I'm so, SO excited for ya'll to bring him home...I'll be standing by if Nanny needs some help while you're gone. :-) See all EIGHT of you pretty soon!

Nikki said...

That is so exciting... I can't wait to read about it!

Nikki
www.madebynikki.blogspot.com

Beth said...

so awesome that you guys fly out on orphan Sunday

Julie said...

Thinking of you guys. What an exciting time!

Rebecca said...

thinking of you!!! safe travels!!! give her lots of love for us.

Kristi J said...

ohhhhh, i'm so excited for you guys...I didn't realize you weren't taking everyone this time...I'll be praying HARD...I can't wait to see him in your arms...Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, kristi

FruitfulJenn said...

I am so happy for your family and will be praying for your trip!

We are in the very beginning stages of adopting two children from Ethiopia. A friend of mine linked your blog and I just sat here and read it almost from the beginning. I have literally been laughing and crying as I read through the posts. Thank you so much for your heart of compassion!

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