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Monday, February 14, 2011

i carry your heart in my heart


Woke up this morning all ready to do a cute little Valentines post and kept thinking of her..........I have debated whether or not to share this video for several reasons.  It is raw, it is very emotional, it shares details about Abe.........but ultimately it is a story of love.  A story of two women deeply in love with their boy.

This is from our trip in October to Addis.  We saw Abe's birthmother. Her heart was broken and we pray somehow healed a bit as she knows he is one loved little boy.  It was a rare and precious gift to have shared that moment with so many of my dearest friends and family.


ethiopiasmile 2010: Reunion at KVI Orphanage from Kurt Neale on Vimeo.

54 comments:

Jill Funkhouser said...

Beautiful...So many tears. Thank you for posting this!
Love and prayers!
Jill
www.campfunk.blogspot.com

becca said...

this resonates with me on so many levels... thank you for sharing emily. stunning and beautiful.

Heather said...

Emily, Thank you for sharing this. It's beautiful. In so many ways this shows LOVE... Deep and True.
xo

Cheryl said...

Beautiful... the essence of love being lived out... true Love.

Jen said...

oh Emily!! What can I say between these-huge-happy-not-so pretty-tears? Absolutely raw and real and just beautiful.

The B Family said...

Crying my eyes out--but so thankful you shared these precious moments. So much love. I can see Abe's beautiful birthmom in his sweet face.

Deena said...

oh my...tears are flowing in Wisconsin!!! Thank you SO much for sharing this. Grace and I watched together - she loved seeing Eyob and KVI, and I loved seeing the beautiful connection that you have with Abe's birth mom...oh how I pray that we will one day be able to go back and experience something similar with Grace's Ethiopian family. Abe has inspired so many!!!- pure love!

Susan said...

Still think of Demekech so often and her love for Abey. That day was such a blessing on so many levels for me...love y'all!!

Julie said...

Wow. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

Lyndsay said...

Emily,
That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Abe has such beautiful mothers that love him. What a blessed little boy!

Kristi J said...

oh, that made my ugly cry...but what a beautiful story...they look so much alike...thank you for sharing, kristi

Amy Bottomly said...

Beautiful! Love this story that you are on... :)

Annette said...

Beautiful

scrappingma20 said...

Thank you for sharing it is so beautiful. Abe is loved so much by all.

Heidi said...

So beautiful, Emily. Thank you for sharing this with us. XOXO, Heidi

Adrienne said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Such a precious, amazing testimony. Beautiful.

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Tears are rolling down my cheeks, and I am challenged again by your family and by your sweet son. Thanks for sharing your story and for being vulnerable.

Holli said...

thank you so much for sharing!!!! Abe has blessed us all in so many ways!!!
Love to both mommies of Abe!!!
Happy V-day!!!

Emmy A said...

I have been following your blog anonymously since you saw Abe's first picture in the Texas Tech shirt. God has touched my heart about adoption and although my husband and I have not acted on it yet, it's something that is very much on our hearts. Thank you for sharing this story. It's the most special Valentine's story you could share. The gift Abe's mother gave you is incredible, but the gift you have given her to see her son again is so special. Many tears of joy for this love story.

jenny said...

Wow Emily! That is a beautiful, priceless video! Crying tears of joy over how God has used that precious boy! So powerful to see Abe's two momma's loving on him!

Love to your whole family,
Jenny C.

debra said...

most beautiful love story.
i wish i had the opportunity to meet R's birth mother. i feel connected to her none the less.

Keva said...

Wow! I am overcome with such joy in watching you and your family over the years. Thank you for sharing Abe's story. Today as we celebrate Isaac's adoption day and I am constantly reminded of God's grace in our lives and yours. Love you guys.

ashley said...

As I think about meeting my two little ones in Ethiopia in 11 days, I can only imagine what it was like to have this reunion! Thank you for sharing this precious God moment with us!

ashley said...

One thing I forgot-your Abe journey was one of the first families I knew that had adopted from Ethiopia and it started the adoption that we are currently in!
Thanking God for your family and your example!

Christy. said...

Thank you, thank you for sharing!! I am bawling!! God is at work and it's amazing to watch!

woosterweester said...

I can't begin to describe the holy hush that is present in my room right now. I can only imagine how precious this little boy is. I am sure it was hard to decide whether to share this video or not, wondering if it was okay to share his life...just wanted you to know that you did it right. You did his life story justice. So tender, so honoring. He will be proud to watch this someday and know he was making a difference as a young babe. Know that we are treasuring it with great respect here. I really don't have the words right now...but I am grateful for you sharing this gift with us, perfect strangers yet sisters in the body of Christ. Much love to your family.
Rory Cookman
portland, oregon
woosterweester@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing!! I have never cried so much watching a video of people I don't even know! I can see why BEAUTIFUL Abe has touched so many lives! His mother is truly blessed to have your family in her life! May God continue to Bless your family!!

In our Prayers,
Sherrie xoxo

P.S. Happy Valentines Day!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the video. She's beautiful and so ist Abe.

Tracy said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing this special story! These Ethiopian children are changing hearts all over. Praise God. Praying for your sweet family.

Bonnie Nieuwstraten said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of the tapestry that God is weaving. This is love, on a day when the world is celebrating a counterfeit. Thank you~

We Are Family said...

No words!
Tears and thanksgiving.

The H Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful, touching moment with us. So easy to see that it is--just as you said--a story of love.

coneymama said...

Puddle, I'm a big, stinking puddle right now...and I'm at work! Simply beautiful...you have no idea what it means to me. Abey has changed my life...and so many. Thank you for sharing this journey!

Annie said...

God is good.

*Overflowing* said...

Absolutely wonderful, beautiful gift!! Thank you for sharing this precious video!!! Now that I'm in tears.... :)

courtney rose said...

Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kathleen said...

So very beautiful. Just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this special moment.

Kathleen

Oatsvall Team said...

seriously ... I am puddle right now ... THE JOY in this video ... THE HEALING you brought to Abe's birth mother ... This is a TREASURE for us all to see ...

I love you sister !!!

jody said...

totally loved this. I met my daughter's birthmom this past summer when I went, after having her home for over a year, and I understood the emotions so well that were on your face. Thanks for sharing your video, your family, your heart with the world for the name of the Lord.

Heather said...

That is just beautiful. So many tears. Thank you for sharing sweet sister.

Courtney Holder said...

beautiful. thank you for sharing such a intimate reunion.

Kim said...

WOW! Thru the steady strem of tears ... all I can say is THANK YOU for sharing this intimate and sacred moment with us.
ABE continues to move hearts and change lives!
What a gift!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

The Hidalgo Family said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

missy said...

i have been reduced to a puddle of tears. this may be the most painfully beautiful thing i have ever seen. thank you for being willing to share it with all of us. this redemptive story continues to unfold and it is powerful.

Janet said...

Beautiful - absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this precious story.

Janet said...

Beautiful....just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible story! Isn't it neat how God is using Abe (and your precious family too)?

Julie said...

Oh Emily. So beautiful. Such love, such sacrifice. Thank you for sharing such a moment with all of us.

coffeemom said...

I waited for days and days to view this. I KNEW it would tear me up. It did. OF course. Oh…I don't have the words. But the footage says it all. Thank you for sharing…God's beauty.

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

oh emily. thank you for sharing. it blessed me, and will stick with me. seeing the face of his birthmother is beautiful. you are certainly two moms who love him beyond measure.

HoodMama said...

Em, what a beautiful story the Lord has written. That boy is loved!

Tracy said...

Sweet Emily,

I am SO glad that you shared this video! It is inspiring and beautiful. I'm a puddle of tears. God has used Abe to touch so many of us. His birthmother is so precious, and WOW does Abe ever look like her! I love the necklace pendant you gave her. It's beautiful, and it says so much.

I think about our boys' birthmom so often, and I'd so love for her to see her boys again one day.

Thank you for blessing me by sharing your story.

Teresa said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Dawn said...

Just catching up with blog reading. THANK YOU for sharing this! It was amazing to see. Birthfamily contact is something that we never really considered, but as we approach our 2 years home mark, it is wonderful to see. It was such an honor to meet our son's first mom. It is wonderful to see that connection that you still have with her. I pray that she always remembers just how loved he is!

da momma said...

just now having a moment to watch this...
oh the tears...
joy and thankfulness to God for You guys
for Abe
for This Story!
love you guys!!!
whit
thank you for sharing this beautiautiful video of such HOPE

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