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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our baby is 2!

It is so hard to believe that our baby is 2. How did that happen? It seems like yesterday that he was placed in my arms for the first time. I have been so emotional. Hill was joking around with Abe saying, "how did you get so cute??" and I quickly chirped, "well he gets it from his mama of course"..........enter the floodgates that don't seem to want to quit.
The beautiful woman above is Abey's birthmother. She is young and she LOVES her baby boy. She found herself in an impossible situation and did the most selfless thing imaginable, she placed him up for adoption. She had no idea that he had such a significant brain injury.

I can't quit thinking about her today and the emotions that she must be feeling. Does she see Abenezer in every toddler that she sees? Can she feel in the depth of her being how much this child is loved? That his face lights up when any of his 5 siblings walk into the room? That his 13 and 12 year old brothers talk in funny voices to him (in front of friends even) and have about 20 different nicknames for him? That his 10 year old sister ADORES him and is one of only 3 that he will take a bottle from? That his 8 year old sister thinks he is "the funniest little thing in the world"? That he thinks Eyasu is the funniest person in the world? That he loves his daddy walking in the door from work? That he is thriving in his daily therapy sessions, getting so much stronger in his head and trunk? That he is happy and healthy? That he has so many people praying for him? That he has the best laugh on the planet? That he loves Elmo?....................... I pray so.

Abe is such a blessing to us and we simply can't imagine our lives without him. The honest truth though is that much of Abe is also hard. He can't sit, speak, entertain himself or sleep through the night, but God is so much bigger than any of that! We are often tired, but His mercies are new every morning. He has shown us so much more of Himself in this precious child than we could ever imagine.

We feel humbled that we were chosen to parent him, to love him, to be taught by him......yes, you can be taught much from a delightful little guy that doesn't utter a single word. His smile says it all. You see Jesus in him, and that is a gift.

Happy Birthday Abey! We love you so much baby boy.

39 comments:

Erica said...

Happy Birthday Abey!!! Love you little buddy!! Precious precious boy!!

Jen said...

Happy birthday to sweet Abe! Beautiful post. Bella sends a shared birthday kiss:)

Jess said...

Happy, happy birthday baby Abey! I love you so much!

Kim said...

What a beautiful post Emily.
Happy Birthday to my 1st blog love!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Laura said...

Happy Birthday, Abe! We love you so much!

Laura, Tymm & Meron

Ryane said...

Beautiful post, emily!

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!!

Jill Funkhouser said...

Happy Birthday. Wow that brought tears to my eyes. He is so beautiful. Your post wa so uplifting for me too. We are really struggling financially with this all and your words and scripture are holding us up. Thanks for the beautiful post. I neede to cry today! I will be mailing your shirt this weekend too!

Eric and Tara said...

Sweey baby! I can't believe he's 2 already??!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ABE!!!

Heather said...

What precious words Emily. That Abe has changed peoples lives.... add that to the list!

Happy Birthday sweet boy!

Deena / TEAM MARQUIS said...

What a beautiful post! I have tears in my eyes. I wish you all the best and I wish Abe the best birthday ever! Once again, thanks for your post and inspiration. This post comes at the perfect time in our adoption process...so much to think and pray about right now! I can't wait to tell you all about it Emily!

Kat said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Abe!!! We continue to hold you up in prayer nightly sweetheart!!!

He is just too cute for words!!!!

paige said...

Melkam Lidet,sweet Abe

The B Family said...

What a beautiful post.
Happy birthday Abe!

Beautiful Mess said...

God bless!

Happy Brithday!

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday Abe! This is a beautiful post that brought tears to my eyes...

Callie said...

Cool, now I'm crying in the middle of the library :) Happy Birthday baby Abey! This kid has changed so many lives, God is SO good. I love him like he's my own brother (almost creepy?) Love you all.

J Gutwein said...

:). Love, J

J Gutwein said...

:). Happy Birthday Abe.. Love, J

Julie said...

Beautiful post. Happy Birthday sweet Abe!!!

Holli said...

FLOOD GATES HAVE OPENED HERE.....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABE WE LOVE YOU!!

coffeemom said...

Ah, Happy Happy Bday dear Abe! You make me cry Emily, again and again too. Beautiful beautiful pic....happy bday mom....

da momma said...

u are a beautiful mommy to him!

Bethany said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BOY!!! YA ABE! Loves!

Jennifer said...

So precious! I love seeing his sweet smile!
Happy Birthday, Abe!

Tanya said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Abe! What a beautiful post...i pray his birthmother knows in her heart that he is cared for and cherished. what an awesome family he has!

The Hunters said...

Happy Birthday Abey! I love that I get to walk into your home every morning and see your bright shinning smile. Your momma is right... you do light up a room and you can see Jesus shine through you! Love you little buddy. Thanks for sharing your love with us.

Oatsvall Team said...

i can't even see through my tears ... Abe has changed many of us and given us such a beautiful glimpse of the FATHER's love for us ...

Happy Birthday sweet boy !!! WE LOVE YOU

Danae said...

Happy birthday little man!!!

Jenny said...

WOW... I LOVE the picture of Abe and his birth mother. What a special thing to have!! Happy birthday sweet Abe!

Rahel said...

Oh, Emily! Sweet post about your sweet Abey! Happy Birthday to him!

Guard Wife said...

Happy Birthday, Abe!!!! :) Loved reading this post and seeing the gorgeous photos. He holds a special place in our hearts as the beautiful video of your first meeting set us on the path to an Ethiopian adoption of our own. What a special milestone!

The Albertsons said...

Happy Birthday Abe!!!
You were made in God's image... you reflect light and goodness... you are perfect!

Kari said...

Happy B day sweet boy!! I love the photo of him with his birthmother.. I would give anything to have that for Zoie. We love you!!!
xoxo

Dawn said...

~*~ HAPPYBIRTHDAY ABE ~*~
Our baby was 2 last week and I thought of his birthmom A LOT. Wondering what she was doing and thinking and praying that she knew in her heart that he is loved and just how grateful we are to her. (((HUGS)))

annie said...

So, I'm a few days late, but...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ABE!

HoodMama said...

Happy Birthday Precious Boy!!! We love you!

Sydney said...

It is too early for me to be crying like this! What a beautiful post and lovely words about his incredible impact on many lives...

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday Abe! You are such a sweet boy!

The picture of Abe with his birth mother is sweet. And heartbreaking. Very emotional to see.

Abby said...

Oh Em, loved this post. Man, how we can relate to eachother! God is so good. He gave you Abe, and has blessed you richly. I felt the same way on MJ's birthday, very emotional. Loved the pic, it shows so much. Hope you had a very Happy Birthday Abe!

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