Monday, August 15, 2011


Six years ago the old familiar hymn, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" permeated my life in a new and tangible way.  Six years ago my mom aquired a rare auto-immune disease that left her organs failing as she lay sedated and vented in the intensive care unit.

Mom spent weeks in the hospital fighting for her life and every morning I would head northbound on 131 to be with her and my dad.  Morning after morning as I approached the "s curve" the sun would be rising--brilliant in color and size--the light so bright it blinded my vision for a fraction of a second.

As I drove thinking and praying for my mom the rising of the sun was a tangible promise of a new day ahead. My heart swelled with the words of the old familiar hymn...

"Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see

The words never so sweeter--the promises never so true.  Now six years later the memory of those mornings have not fled. The power of the hymn continues to bring tears to my eyes and I can't help but raise my hands in gratitude and surrender.  The last few weeks as I've been driving to the hospital in which I work, and I approach the on ramp, the sun appears, brilliant in color and size.  The words of that old beloved hymn flood my heart once again.

What a powerful reminder--a much needed reminder for my life-for our adoption-for my mom's health-and daily stress and struggles.

""All I have needed thy hand hath provided

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me"

Now six years later mom is beginning the evaluation process for a heart transplant.  And today we're one day closer to seeing the picture of the child God has chosen for us.  

What a journey--we've come so far and for this girl who never was a morning person--I've found beauty, joy and a peace that surpasses all human understanding in the rising of the sun.

Friday, August 12, 2011

clean water.

The pictures are haunting.
Reality is cruel
and the need is great.

It's easy {for me} to forget the blessing of clean water and food.

But, for those living and enduring the great famine in the horn of Africa--each breath is a reminder that they are going without life's basic needs.

Together can make a difference in the lives of many.  Organizations like A Glimmer of Hope and World Vision have initiated emergency campaigns to bring food, water and healthcare to those in need in Ethiopia and surrounding countries.

Also, in efforts to bring clean water to Africa, my uncle is running his 7th Chicago Marathon with World Vision.  His goal to to raise $7,000 to help make clean water a reality. If 700 people donated $10--his goal would be met.  Would you consider giving?  Go HERE for more information. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

the last year...

Wednesday marked one year--Aug 3, 2010 we embarked on a journey of a lifetime. We thought we knew what God was calling us to---oh, how we have been stretched and grown!

Over the past 12 months we have experienced: great joy, pure excitement, blessings beyond compare, fear, comfort, support - SO much support, love, contentment ( a true blessing from God), great pain, sorrow, confusion, HOPE, and most of all, GOD - He is truly at work!

We're in awe of how far we've come--how fast the past year has gone--how much we've learned (& how much more we have to learn!). 

We're eager to see what the next chapter in our lives hold. Somedays the wait seems indefinite and weariness sets in--yet, more days than not--we remain hopeful and certain in the Lord's plan and timing.

Here's to the next 12 months....praying little feet are running around here by then!

Thanks for your support, friendship & love this past year.
We are humbled and grateful.
em & jim

PS. I'm putting in another order for the Uganda Bead Necklaces! Interested in purchasing one? Leave a comment below!