Aug 30, 2008

Welcoming Ema Home

Well the day has come to prepare for Ema. What a life changing ride this has been for us. Have any of you waited 2 years + for something and had to stay excited about it the entire time? That is basically what we just did in a nut shell. Looking back, I can see how God had his hands in it, especially in the end. I pray EVERYDAY that I never forget 2 weeks ago. I want to remember everything that happened! I am still in awe over it all. I know without a doubt that this has brought us closer to God and we cannot wait to tell her about all the many blessings we received while waiting for her. I feel like I should shout it from the mountaintop I am so greatful to GOD. We cannot thank EVERYONE enough for all of the prayers, encouraging emails, cards, text messages, etc. I have them all saved and will be putting them in her baby book. We are blessed to have such a great family and friends. We love you all and hope that you will all gather at the airport when we get home with Ema. Keep checking the blog for our travel date!!

Kirk and Emily

Aug 21, 2008

Our day has finally come....

One of my favorite songs to sing is "To God be the Glory great things he hath done". You know the rest. God has done many great things in our lives but tonight he has blessed us in the most special way. We received our phone call/email tonight. All we can do is glorify God for this blessing. We know that so many of you have been praying for us and Kirk and I would like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We are SO blessed to have such special people surrounding us. I would like to share with everyone how God has blessed me this entire week. Last Friday I had a pretty bad day. I thought about Ema all day and just felt like it was never going to happen. I doubted the adoption and if it was God's will for us, I struggle with the thought that Kirk and I were not meant to have children, I felt that God was punishing us, etc, etc, etc. Sunday, I went to church and was able to LET GO. You know the saying let go and let GOD, well that is what I did. I had peace that I cannot explain come over me. I wrote down scriptures for Kirk and I and we put them on our desk, I put them in my car, and I read them over and over and over again. Throughout the week I would listen to K-Love and the encouraging word on Monday was from Isaiah 41:10 "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." I wrote this down and I repeated it out loud all day. A lady spoke on the radio about praying and how she had prayed for many years about a particular thing and after 14 years her prayer was answered. She said…I know that there is someone out there that is praying for something and I would like to say…. keep praying! Don’t give up, God is faithful. I just smiled, thanked God and called Kirk and shared it with him. Tuesday's encouraging word was from Luke 18:27 "What is impossible for people is possible with God." Call me crazy if you want but I really felt like God was speaking directly to me. I pondered on these verses over and over again just praying out loud and telling God why I believe them. I repeated Mark 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Today as I was praying about this scripture it occurred to me that we had already received Ema. We had been blessed with pictures of her not one time but two times. We had received a video of her and all of these were blessings from God. God had already given us Ema we just had to be patient and wait for him to open those doors and give us that email. Well that day has come and Kirk and I are giving all the credit to the LORD.
”Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1” We can NEVER thank all of you enough. We believe that it was your prayers that God heard and we are truly grateful for each and every one of you. Please continue to pray as we prepare to bring baby Ema home. She is such a blessing to us already we cannot imagine what it will be like once we hold her in our arms!

Kirk and Emily

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James 4:8” (This was today’s encouraging word…how true is this?)

Aug 10, 2008

New Outlook:

As all of you know, we are having a really hard time waiting on the email that needs to be sent before September 1st. It seems like it is never going to happen. Well today, I have had a change of attitude. Kirk and I watched Joel Osteen today and like always he didn't step on my toes he STOMPED on them. The title of his message was "Your closer then you think". Wow, what an eye opener. He spoke about how when times are rough and seem like they are never going to get better, this is when GOD has something big in store for you. As Kirk and I watched this we both could not help but think of the adoption. We know that this is our child. We know that she is the one that GOD has chosen for us. If he chose her for us why would he not allow us to get her. We are expecting the email. We have faith that this troubling time is going to pass and we know that once she is placed in our arms that we will not remember any of this. He spoke of the labor pains of a pregnant lady. Troubling times are the labor pains and you have to push through them. We have to push through, not because we have spent our life savings plus some on this child (just kidding) but because Ema needs us and we need her. I have said since the day I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, giving up is not an option and that applies to this situation as well. Please...everyone who is reading this... CONTINUE to pray with us. We are praying and EXPECTING that whatever obstacles are in the way of us getting her will be wiped away and that we will be united with her SOON. I don't have Philippians 4:13 posted all over my house for nothing. I can do ALL things through CHRIST who GIVES ME STRENGTH! We believe that he is total control and that he will allow us to get the email soon!

Aug 6, 2008

Prayer Request :

I wish I were posting this to tell you that we got our email that we have been waiting for. I am posting asking that everyone PRAY! We have only a few weeks until the dreaded September 1st is here and we are anxiously waiting for that email to come. For all of you who are reading who have a child of your own...please hug them and tell them you love them for me. I would do anything at this moment to be able to hug Ema. My heart is literally tired of loving her so much and not being able to get that feeling you get when a child loves you back. The emotional roller coaster that Kirk and I are riding on is horrible. Some days we are so positive about this and feel that it is going to be any day that we hear something and some days we are at rock bottom and feel that we are doing something wrong and this wait has to be our punishment or something. I thought that running everyday would help a little, and don't get me wrong, it is but I still cannot function some days without thinking of her every moment. Today has been one of those days. Please pray with us and ask that the email will come and that we will be united with Ema soon. Pray that God is preparing her for us and that we will be able to bring her home soon.