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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Abe Day!!!!

It is hard to believe that it has been two years since this precious child was placed in our arms.  Two years since we first stepped foot on Ethiopian soil.

So much has happened in these two years and there is so much more ahead.  Abe had his 6 month check up with the neurologist today.  I left feeling as though a glass of cold water had been thrown in my face. Another MRI to schedule, more talk of future, more tests, new meds, more talk of reality...........and honestly I felt down.  I am so thankful that the Lord was quick to reveal Himself to me, so quick to remind me who the Great Physician is, so quick to remind me of the gift that we have in Abe.  He brings so much joy in the midst of the hard.  It is difficult to explain, it is just the impact of sweet baby Abe though.  Ask those that have met him, his smile is magic.

Do we wish he could walk, talk, play with toys, feed himself? Of course we do. But it doesn't seem to be the Lord's plan for him today. We still pray for a miracle, for him to one day be fully healed and we would covet the continued prayers from you, but I am not so sure that Abe is not the miracle. We know that the Lord has used Abe to break us, to shape us, to humble us and to teach us like nothing I have ever experienced.  How could we not be grateful?

I lose count of the numbers of times his older siblings smother him with kisses each day, call him a number of hilarious nicknames, tell very elaborate tales of Abey adventures, and consider him their greatest joy.  We are so blessed that the Lord saw fit to place Abe on our team.

Enjoy the trip back!! Thank you Kristin for using your gift.


34 comments:

We Are Family said...

That video breaks me every time! Your family is very special. Please keep living out loud!!

Erica said...

Love you friend. Someday we'll meet Mr. Abe. Love the video, love you Alexanders.

the Steiger's said...

May the God bless you and your family!!! I remember it like yesterday when you got Abe. Happy Abe Day!!!

Julie said...

Happy Abe Day!

jody said...

he IS the miracle, the miracle that took your hearts and captured them for an entire nation of people across the ocean, to provide villages with life sustaining water and hope! so, he may not be able to feed himself, but by what he brought to your family, he is making sure that whole VILLAGES of people are being fed-tell that to the neurologist!! :)

The B Family said...

Happy Abe Day! Your beautiful video probably my all-time favorite. Abe's joining your family has changed so many lives--he IS a precious miracle! Your family is such an inspriation and will continue to be in our prayers.

The Wuthrichs said...

Just beautiful. Adoption has changed me more than I ever could have imagined. I was just explaining to our little guy this morning (been home a little over a year) that he doesn't have to "do" anything or "prove" to us that he's worthy of love (there's still some insecurity in those areas.) He's our sweet boy, God placed him in our family, and we love him unconditionally...and I was struck yet again at how adoption is the most beautiful reflection of the gospel that I've ever personally experienced or witnessed. Your video and life story just reinforces that for me. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Abe has changed my life too. And the Lord brings him to mind often. Know that he continues to be covered in my prayers. I cannot wait to meet your Miracle Man Abe someday!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong.
Kim

Kate and Jeff said...

Happy Abe Day! You articulate so well the place that Abe has in your family and how much he has brought to your lives. We continue to be inspired by your family's faith and strength as we navigate our own journey.

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

OK so after hearing about you from Gwen...I searched your page. I just want to say- you have a BEAUTIFUL family. I have only read a few posts, but what I see is wonderful. So glad we never get what we want, but what God wants for us. Otherwise we would have missed out on our many miracles in our lives too.

Sara said...

Thank you for your outlook. You are an inspiration and God is using your family to His glory! What amazing things you are doing and your kids will do as they grow!

Oatsvall Team said...

Gooood Day !!! my precious precious Abe !!! We are all thankful for him in our life ... He is one bright star here on this earth !!

I am loving our kids playing PlayStation together ... Jeremiah loves that you have a speaker there and he can hear everyone !!!!

love ya sister !

Jennie Allen said...

And how much he has shaped all of us, even from afar.:) Praying that God refreshes you Emily.

Candy said...

I lived it and never, never tire of re-living it via this video. We are ALL richly blessed by the love of this child who radiates the love of our Savior.

Can't wait to see everyone soon!

Love,
Nanny

Tymm said...

Abe...

Words can't even sum you up buddy...

we love you and are better people for having watched you from afar. God bless you and your amazing team!

The Porter Family said...

This family sure is grateful for Abe and how he pushed us toward adoption - You are SO amazing Abe!! We love you buddy!!

missy said...

"but I am not so sure that Abe is not the miracle"...tears and chills when i read that line. hoping i will get to experience that miracle in person someday! happy abe day!

Kristi J said...

can't believe another year has passed..wow..i remember it like it was yesterday..Praising God for Abe, kristi

Deena / TEAM MARQUIS said...

Happy Abe Day!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful video again. I can't believe it has been two years since I saw that video, was moved to tears, shared it with my husband, prayed strong for many months and have now traveled to KVI myself!!!! You were, and continue to be, such an inspiration!!!! Please remember that we are praying for you, Abe, and your entire family.
Enjoy Abe Day!!!

Cheryl said...

Oh, Emily! What a precious, beautiful journey. Abe carries the joy of the Lord... what a beautiful boy. I praise God for His faithfulness in placing Abe in your family where he will always be so well loved and taken care of.

Much love to you guys!

Lori S said...

I remember following your trip to bring home Abe...and the year that unfolded. He is such a beautiful boy and I can tell that his smile is infectious!! Such a blessing you have been for one another! May God continue to bless you and your family!

Kat said...

That smile gets me every time. Abe has me wrapped around his finger and I've never even met him (yet) :). Will always pray for this little treasure...

karen said...

Happy Abe Day!! Your family continues to be in my prayers! May God bless you all.

Aaron & Whitney Pratt (A&W) said...

Happy Abe Day!!! I still remember seeing your gotcha day video (sent to be by my friend alison), and was a teary mess. His joyful smile is the best!

Jill Funkhouser said...

That video is so sweet and just breaks my heart. He has such a sweetness about him and I love his hair! Keeping you all in our prayers!

Lyndsay said...

Happy Abe Day to you all! I have seen that video 3 or 4 times now and have not made it through with dry eyes yet! Seeing it through different eyes knowing we are a few months away from picking up our own daughter!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
You have to check my blog and read the conversation I had in the car with my kiddos yesterday. God is changing hearts for the orphans everywhere! www.familyboulton.blogspot.com

Linnet said...

Hi. You're family is beautiful. We recently brought our little girl home from Thailand. Siri is 3 1/2 and has cp, cortical vision impairment (legally blind),and global developmental delays. Your son and her have much in common as she also cannot walk, talk, and needs to be fed. A good friend shared your blog with us and the post about staying in a nursing home. Could you please share more info with us about the grant you're referring to in that post? Any info would be helpful, as we're also paying out of pocket as the therapies begin. I tried to find an email address, but couldn't. Our email is dionandlinnet@hotmail.com Thank you very much. I'm glad our friend shared your blog with us!

da momma said...

sweeet sweeeeeeet boy! love watching your family's hearts grow!

Joe and Melissa said...

He looks like such a sweet happy boy!

Zoe said...

That boys smile and face has touched my heart and I will probably never even meet him. You are a beautiful and inspiring family. Thank you for your example of joy, hope and faith.

Christie said...

That was so beautiful, I'm speechless.

I am so glad I stumbled across your blog...what a blessing.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Oh, Emily. You've blessed me today, just like you bless that baby boy every day.

Courtney Holder said...

Happy Abe Day!! love how God is weaving your family together.

Ted and Lori said...

This is probably my favorite adoption video ever. I love you guys. Sitting here bawling. Yes, Abe IS the miracle.

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