Wednesday, January 25, 2012

birthday boy

My heart longs to meet our son, to hold him in my arms, and cover him in love. We're fully trusting in God's perfect timing...but, this momma can't help but pray our court date will fall on the week of his birthday {which is February 19}.  Oh my, I can't even begin to wrap my mind around the idea of celebrating M's second birthday with him in Ethiopia!  

We're praying and are HOPEFUL that God will hear our plea.  Will you join us praying that if it's God's will, we will be in Ethiopia on February 19?!  

oh friends, my heart aches to have him home.  if God's plans are different than ours, will you pray we will continue find peace, for we know His plans are far greater than ours....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


loving this song...
clinging to the words...


what a powerful reminder and jolt to reality.

 and then... last week I was
at the mall and spotted an adorable pillow that read,
"Home is where your Mom is"

that's heaven, friends. 

 I chuckled to myself as I left the store...
it's so true.

praying that we'll hear about our court date soon.
but, finding peace that this is God's story--
and it's not over yet.  


Thursday, January 19, 2012

choosing joy


The emotional rollercoaster in this journey never ceases to amaze me.
The frustrations are many and the virtue of patience is not my strong suite.
BUT, today....I'm choosing joy.

I'm choosing to find delight in the Lord and His perfect timing.
I am casting my cares on Him and surrendering it all.

It's been over eight weeks since we officially accepted Moses' referral.
We thought we would hear about our court date by now (or miraculously be in Ethiopia).
But, we're not.  We're still here and still praying that day comes soon.
However, today my heart is at peace and it's a beautiful place to be.

While we wait we're staying busy by....

1) trying to learn Amharic (it's so hard!) I've mastered "hi" ...and that's it.

2) reading and trying to prepare our hearts and minds for when M comes home.  we're currently reading: The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis (I'm reading it for the second time and I love it!)  and Orphanology by Tony Merida and Rick Morton

3) preparing M's room oh.so.slowly

4) learning to cook Ethiopian food (& going out with friends to enjoy Ethiopian cuisine!).  We spent Friday night at a local Ethiopian restaurant and spent time talking with the owner, a sweet older Ethiopian woman.  We shared pictures of Moses and she shared stories of her life back in Ethiopia.  It was a beautiful conversation and we promised to bring M back to see her someday.

5) finding amazing deals on clothing! last night we went to the largest consignment sale ever. it was overwhelming and wonderful and sweet M will now have clothes to wear once he comes home.

Thanks for checking in!  We'll keep you posted...
with love,
em


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

mountains moved.

Thank you isn't enough and words cannot describe the depth of our gratitude.

How do we begin to thank those we don't even know---those who have given and given much?
To those who have prayed and supported us in ways we are not even aware...and to those who have helped share our story?  THANK YOU. Thank you for believing in God's calling in our lives and investing in something far bigger than us.  God is truly at work. 

You have moved us to tears---we are so undeserving. We are so humbled and beyond grateful.  In TWO DAYS--thanks to you and so many others---the remaining funds for our adoption were provided!!!

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. 

But, we have more exciting news!!!  Our week is only half over on Give1Save1 and more work is to be done---so click HERE  and see why I'm ecstatic about what God is going to do in the next FOUR days!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

one dollar.




It seems like a lifetime ago that we wrote and announced our crazy and completely wonderful news of adoption.  So much has happened in the past fifteen months...The joys and sorrows have been great---and you all have supported us through it all.
You rallied behind us, uplifted us in prayer, shared in our times of great joy and indescribable sorrow.  
You have supported us financially and sacrificed on our behalf.  
You have been our rock.
We can never thank you enough for the support you have shown.  We can never adequately express the depth of our gratitude. 
We are so humbled and forever grateful.  
We are so honored to be featured on Give1Save1 this week.  Our video is up and running! {click HERE to view}.  They are doing incredible things in the lives of many.  It truly is a beautiful picture of the body of Christ.  
Will you help us share our story--the one God is orchestrating?  Will you pray that through our video--God's love, mercy and faithfulness will be made known?  Will you join us in praying for the rest of our journey--the hardest and most trying days are in in our midst.  Will you join us in praying that God will protect Moses and bring us together, soon.  
...and if you have one extra dollar this week and feel led to give, would you consider supporting us financially?  Thank you will never be enough for all you have done.
To Him be the glory,
James & Emily



Friday, January 6, 2012

give1save1 DATE.





I had my days and dates mixed up 
(I think a nap and coffee are in order!)

Our "go-live" date for Give1Save1 is Sunday, January 8!

Check back then and we'll announce when our video is posted.

{head over to Give1Save1  now, and be moved by the story from this week's family}
{and if you feel led, will you consider giving a dollar or two to help them bring home
 their little ones from Ethiopia?}

thank you, friends.

all for Him,
em

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

our story.


A couple of months ago, one of the artists (and complete stranger) who donated a piece of artwork to our auction, emailed me.  She had been following our blog.  She knew we were in the homestretch of our adoption and fundraising.  She suggested we send in our information to Give1Save1, a website that helps raise money for families who are adopting from Africa.

We did and we are beyond excited to announce that beginning on SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 we will be the featured family for the week!!!

We can't wait for you to see the video that was created that sums up our hearts desires, God's plan for our lives, and the emotional rollercoaster that it has been.

Will you help us spread the word and share our story?  Will you consider reposting on your blog, facebook, or twitter?

Will you commit to praying for our adoption, for Moses, and for our hearts as we prepare for the journey ahead?

Thanks, friends.
We're beyond excited to see what God has in store for next week!
Check back on Sunday--we'll let you know when our video is up and running!

with love,
Emily & James


Monday, January 2, 2012

regaining focus.


The last couple of weeks have been increasingly difficult. Knowing Moses was sick, hospitalized, discharged back to the transition home, but still experiencing respiratory issues, made my heart and head ache.  I was stressed and experiencing frustrations like never before.  Communication in Ethiopia was {and continues to be} slow and it left us lacking knowledge about his condition and desperately wanting him home.

With the business of the holidays and returning back from Michigan on Wednesday (always an emotional jolt to reality)...I was exhausted and weary.  I faced three crazy days at work and I was left drained--physically and mentally.

But, I awoke on New Year's day well rested and thinking more clearly than I had in previous days.
With a renewed sense of being, I surrendered everything to God.

I surrendered Moses' health, his history, our adoption journey, and pending court date.

And then we went to church.  After weeks away due to travel and work, it was so good to be back.
{and If I didn't know better, I would have thought our pastor was preaching directly to me that morning.}  A sermon on anxiety {Matthew 6:25-34}.  A reminder to cast my cares on Him.  A reminder that I am far too concerned with MY life, and this life is not about me.  A reminder that God is sovereign and knows what we need. A reminder that I need not to worry--for God is going to accomplish what He has set out to do.  A reminder that He has me {and our son} in His hands....

I needed to hear those words so desperately.
God is good and sovereign and although at moments I feel like I'm going crazy--He is carrying us and Moses in His hands and holding us tight.  He continues to refine us and prepare us for the road ahead.  He is drawing us closer to Him and so I will continue to surrender.

Thank you for the words of encouragement, support and for praying us through.
To Him be the glory.

In Him,
Emily


Sunday, January 1, 2012

a shower!

While back in Michigan for Christmas, I was showered with blessings at my first baby toddler shower!
My dear friend, Sarah, was an incredible host and I am forever grateful for all who were there.  
It was an evening full of laughs, delicious food--complete with sangria :) and games!
It was such a joy to finally share pictures of our sweet boy with those who have supported us from afar. 
Thank you, friends for a night to remember.
I'm so grateful for your friendship & support.
Thanks for the love you have already shown to us...and Moses.
I love y'all (and miss you already!)

Here are a few pictures of the night!

{lifelong friends}
so grateful for these incredible women!

"meeting" Moses for the first time!
{priceless}
The food & alphabet card decorations--adorable. 

She's an incredible aunt already...
my sister and best friend


 thank you, thank you, thank you friends. 
praying next time we're  home--our boy will be in our arms!

{sorry for not getting pictures of everyone, but I'm so grateful for you all--you know who you are!}

Beyond eager for 2012!