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Saturday, January 14, 2012

siblings and adoption

We get asked frequently what our older kids think of each adoption.  I love the question because it allows me to share the incredible love they all have for each other and how our older crew actually encouraged Moody and I to begin the adoption process from the start.

Each new arrival, just as bringing a baby home from the hospital, brings change to the dynamics of the family.

Abe came home and 6 weeks later we discovered that our world would never be the same.  Abe teaches my kids on a daily basis what it means to work really hard, he teaches them about perspective, what REALLY matters.  They each adore him.  Delight in him and are fiercely protective and proud of him.
Abe with each soon after coming home!  Look at that face. :)

Eyasu came home at 3 and was ready to play.  He immediately gave the older kids a playmate.  They taught him many new things: as evidence.

Now Miss Gigi is home and it has been pure joy to watch each child connect with her and she with them.  The big boys literally fight over her.  Nothing makes my heart swell like watching big teenage boys playing with their baby sister.  Avery and Izzy got to bond with her in country and they are each very motherly towards her.  She loves them.  Eyasu has a little sibling that he can play with and teach her things.  He has enjoyed both.  And Abe.......well it makes me cry.  Somehow she just knows.  She knows he is special.

Gigi will playfully hit and try to knock over the other 6 kids.  She is nothing but tender with Abe.  Strokes his face.  Pats him gently.  Gives big smiles to him!  And Abe thinks she is the most hilarious human on the planet.  He is currently fighting a bad cold and is short on smiles (hard to believe right?).  They were just in their high chairs and she was throwing food off of hers.  He could hardly breath he was laughing so hard.

So I typically answer the question of what they think of adding to our family something along the lines of "it is hands down the best thing we have done!" I love how they all relate to and love one another in their special ways.  I love adoption and the gift it is to Hill, Wick, Avery, Izzy, Eyasu, Abe and Gelila.  LOVE IT.


The Roberts Family said...

AMEN, Alexander fam! I, too, am so grateful that my kids get to experience every day what really matters in light of eternity! Can't wait to see what God does in the next generation!

Jen said...

Priceless gift to each. Happy tears flowing! God is sooo Good

jseevers said...

Word. #lovecampalexander

Sebrina Miller said...

Great thoughts Emily!! I always love your transparency!! It is a great encouragement to read, that obviously there are hard parts, but family is family, and if you have created a loving environment, however children enter your home, they will all love and treat each other well, and Father God will be in it!!
lots of love from England!!

Cindy said...

Love it. The sibling connection is my favorite aspect of adoption. : )

The Stiffs said...

Absolutely beautiful post Emily!

Lari said...

You have a beautiful family! Our older boys are also excited our upcoming's a true blessing.

missy said...

the love jumps off the screen. god is so good!

Kim said...

LOVE this post!!!

Diane Larson said...

Just know how blessed you are. Every adoptive family is not formed so easily. Some decisions to adopt are made because God supports them and not necessarily biological siblings. So happy for your beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

Eyasu... That video NEVER gets old.. I LOVE your family! So glad Gigi is home safe and sound!!


Julie kouri said...

Great post. so sweet about Abe. Love you all! About once a week either Matt or I say --"We need some chicken -- that kind we ate at the Alexanders :)

Rebecca said...

You have a house full of sweet kiddos! Love this.

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