Monday, February 21, 2011

Giving GOD the Glory

Good morning all.
Remember when I posted about knowing the kind of
God that would send you exactly what you need?
Well today I'm here with the details.
So, grab a cup of coffee, some tissues
and get ready for goosebumps.

It all started several weeks ago when
I visited my sweet friend Lauren.
While we played with Tessa,
we chatted.
She mentioned I should join the yahoo group for
Emily Margaret's orphanage.
That was Friday afternoon
and by that night I was all signed up.

Over the weekend I received numerous emails
from other moms who shared pictures and stories.
It was wonderful to have more pieces to Emily Margaret's puzzle.

The following Wednesday was baby girl's birthday.
I kept my body busy while my heart prayed.
By Thursday I was empty.
I continued moving forward,
but only because I was afraid of
what would happen if I didn't.
No time for hysterical sobbing at this house. :)

Thursday afternoon as I vacuumed,
I received an email.
It was from a lady who said our daughters
were in the orphanage at the same time.
She was certain she had pictures of my Emily Margaret.
I immediately emailed her back
with a quick "I'd love to have them.
They'd be such a blessing."

After hitting send on my blackberry
I began to think about the name listed.
Since joining the yahoo group I'd
been in contact with several women.
I'd replied to all of them...
or so I thought.
I realized this particular mom
had emailed me before.
Although I'd composed a reply,
instead of sending it, I saved it as a draft.

I promptly sent her my original reply
with an explanation of my blunder and a link to our blog.
A little later she sent back saying that she did in fact
of pictures/video of our Emily Margaret.
They were on her camera and she'd get them to me
once her hubby could retrieve them.
She said she'd email me later in the day.
I felt God patting me on the shoulder
saying "We're gonna be ok mama."

The evening was long and I was weary.
Andy made it home early
and came to my rescue.
Knowing I didn't want the boys to sense my broken heart
he took them to play football and eat dinner.

I grabbed a bath,
put on my favorite jammy tales
and pulled out Emily Margaret's life book.
As I googled "how to create a life book for an adopted child"
I saw an email come through.

It was my sweet friend from earlier in the day.
She said she was composing a email
and would send it out in the next few minutes.
I remember thinking,
WOW, what a thoughtful person.
She was so kind I just knew she had to be southern.
I was touched and went back to my life book work.

Shortly thereafter, the boys came home
and we settled into our evening routine.

I was in the bedroom when I heard
the email chime on my blackberry.
I picked it up and opened the email.
I read the first two paragraphs about
our daughters being in the orphanage together,
and smiled.
Then as I began the third paragraph,
my jaws dropped...
the lady emailing me wasn't just any mother,
she was THE mother.
She and her husband were the "European Couple"
who'd traveled to adopt Emily Margaret.
She said she originally wasn't sure whether or not
to reveal her true identity,
until I emailed her the link to my blog and
she saw the post that mentioned them.

I distinctly remember feeling a rush of emotions
only comparable to receiving our Pre-Approval
during James' birthday party.
So I did what I do.
I began reading this email at the top of my lungs,
while running to the front of the house.

Once I convinced everyone I was ok,
I explained my enthusiasm.
They all sat staring at me, mouths open.
I read the email, cried, praised God
and then retreated to the bedroom for a well thought out response.

I spent the remainder of the weekend
emailing back and forth with my new "European" friend.
Hours of emails later,
I had more pictures than I ever dreamed possible,
pieces to Emily Margaret's story,
and the ultimate confirmation that
she was designed to be our daughter.

I learned that Emily Margaret wasn't just loved
by her birth mother and her forever mother.
She had in fact been shown the love of a third mother
by a God sent angel.

You see, this "European" mother
thought she was traveling to China to
adopt our Emily Margaret.
But in reality, she was traveling because
she was the answer to my prayer.
The daily prayer we pray for Emily Margaret...
"Lord please keep her belly full,
her bottom dry,
and bless her with arms to care for and love her
until you bring her home to ours."

The flip side of the coin?
The mama who thought she'd be matched
with a daughter who had a cleft lip/palate
was matched with Emily Margaret.
By the ultimate Match Maker, no less.
And that beautiful little girl with a cleft??
She became the daughter to my "European" friend.

As my friend grieved the loss of the daughter she'd
loved for months and held for 12 days,
she also prayed a prayer.
She prayed that the little girl she left behind
would be adopted and not just by any family,
but by the perfect family for her.
That's how I became the answer to
my friend's prayers.

It was amazing at all God did
to leave His fingerprints on this story.
 Like learning that my Emily Margaret's
middle name would have been Marie.
Which is amazing, because my middle name is Marie.

Some other fun facts?
Emily Margaret loves to take baths.
She has really thick beautiful hair.
She enjoyed her first taste of ice cream.
She was a delightful child
who bonded easily.
She has touched the lives of three different countries.
But more than all of this,
I learned that she's in the palm of her Father's hand.

God has His protective hands around my Emily Margaret.
And when her mamas' hearts break?
He'll be there to answer their prayers too.

I told you God gave me exactly what I needed,
even though I never knew how to ask for it!
I'm giving all the Glory to God
for Emily Margaret's adoption story,
and mine. :)

God's blessings loved ones, Sarah :)
One blessed mama


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Good morning lovies!
Today I bring you one word...
Yep you guessed it,

"And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out His love 
into our hearts by the Holy Spirit..."
Romans 5:5 

God's blessings lovies,
Sarah <3

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birthday Party Video

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!!
We're no singers that's for sure
but our song is from the heart.
God's blessings for a safe & quick trip home!
Daddy & Mama
Joseph & James :D

Emily Margaret's Birthday Party!

Hi all, as you know Wednesday was
Emily Margaret's 3rd birthday.
We celebrated with a small dinner, Hinson style. :)

We were certain if Emily Margaret were here she'd request
our favorite chinese food for dinner.
So Mama drove to Decatur and made it so. 
Because we all know, 
if I could have busted a trip to China to retrieve our birthday girl, 
I would have!

While out and about I picked up a few pink
things to decorate the table.
I've never thrown a pink party before.
I felt like a kid in a candy store, 
as I walked down the birthday aisle at Target.

Here's this years' birthday table baby girl.
 The crown your sporting was a 27cent clearance
find at Hancock Fabrics.
All it needed was some mama diy skills to
make it the perfect crown for our birthday princess.

 Your baby Emily joined us for the celebration.

 As Daddy was late getting home that night,
we were already bathed and in our jammy tales.
Because Hinsons are all about some comfy jammies!

 Once Daddy finished with patients we snapped 
a picture to send to you in China.
Just look at who jumped in the picture
right as I clicked the camera.
Pepper obviously can't wait to meet you!
Joseph hopes you'll be tiny enough to ride her as a horse.
Don't worry baby girl, 
Mama will keep you safe!

As we divided up the donuts,
Daddy grabbed his dinner.
Poor Daddy. :(

 Your birthday called for a special trip 
to Kay-May donuts.
The most delicious donuts in town.
We handpicked a dozen donuts
in your honor.

Next it was times for presents.
Since you weren't here to direct us,
we just took turns opening them for you.
Don't worry sis, next year they're all yours!
Big Brother Jo-Jo 
modeled this snazzy little number.
It's a 4T so we're thinking it'll be perfect 
for your senior portraits! ;)

Next it was time for the b-i-g gift.
Daddy got you a pink plasma car.
Without prompting your brothers ripped it 
out of the package and assembled the entire thing...
They must really love their baby sis.

 The minute Joseph had it finished,
James took it for a test drive.
They noticed it wasn't up to brotherly standards
so they tightened a few bolts.

Now it sits in the foyer,
just waiting for your debut lap. 
Mama took the bow off the package 
and promptly tied it to your car.
I'm hoping to deter those wild boys from breaking it in.

All that's left is the gift mama's working on for you.
Instead of a baby book,
I'm creating you a life book.
I was never good at baby books anyway 
and this one will be way more fun.
Besides, your life is one so amazing
it's gonna require at least one book to tell your story! :)
Here's a peek at the pages in progress.

Emily Margaret,
Your 3rd birthday began with Nana 
calling to sing you Happy Birthday
and ended with a beautiful cross necklace from Gigi. 
As you can see,
the in-between was filled with lots of fun & prayers.
Now hurry home baby girl,
and we'll start planning your 4th birthday party!

Thank you to everyone who participated in 
our Three Days of Prayer for Emily Margaret. 
God is doing the most amazing things for our lil' angel.
God's blessings,
Sarah :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Do You Know?

Good morning all!
I'm here this morning with a question.
I want to know if you know the kind of God 
that gives you exactly what you need,
even when it's not what you've asked for?

Boompa, you wanted to send our girl potato chips.
God sent us a video clip of her kicked 
back and chowing down.

Mama, you wanted to see her beautiful face.
God led you to a blog post where you stumbled upon 
her crystal clear image.

Nana, you saw the picture and wanted a smile.
God heard your heart speak out.
And answered you with this...

So this morning I have this to say,
RUN to Him. 
Serve Him, love Him, cry to Him.
He can take it.
In return He'll give you exactly what you need.

Friends, this story just keeps getting better.
Emily Margaret's is one that continues to blossom.
Praise GOD!

God's blessings on your day,
Sarah :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Emily Margaret!

Good morning all!
Today we're celebrating the most beautiful child,
I've never met.

But here's what I know:
Three years ago today 
a most magical princess came into the world.
It was a cold day, but the sun shone bright.
So bright in fact,
 that this child touched the lives of two mothers.
The first that brought her into the world,
and the second would carry her through it.

Emily Margaret today you'll play with 
your friends in the playroom.
As you glimpse outside know that far away, 
across the sea a family awaits you.
You have a multitude of friends and family 
surrounding you in prayer.
Both your brothers are carrying your angelic face to school with them.
Those brothers sure are proud of their baby sister.
Then tonight, a special dinner is being held in your honor.
You'll be receiving a gift picked out by daddy.
It won't have frills, ruffles or bling
but it is pink. :)
Since it's your special day,
I think you can lay in the floor and 
eat potato chips if you want to! 

So go baby girl.
Enjoy your friends.
Because soon enough those days will be over,
and we will hold you in our arms forever.

God's blessings and love,
The Second Mama ;)

P.S. Thank you to Julie at The McDonald Gangs Journey for these pictures.
There aren't words to express the gratitude I feel.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Guess Who's Daughter's In The Floor?!

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Password is Barrett2

Because God had a friend encourage me
to join a Yahoo Group.
And I did.
I received an email from Isabella's mom.
We exchanged facts and eventually videos.
And now??
Just look who's daughter is on the floor eating chips!
Yep you guessed it,
You have no idea the amount of encouragement this
has provided my needy heart.
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Three Days of Prayer

Good morning all!
I'm here with a quick post.
I've just finished cleaning the bathrooms
and I'm off to work on our dossier.
Here's what's on my mind:
Emily Margaret.
Surprise, I know.
But really, today she's on my mind
for a very special reason.
Emily Margaret's birthday is February 9th,
which is this Wednesday.
If it weren't for constant prayer 
I could need professional therapy!

SO, what's the best gift a paperwork logged mama
can give to the daughter she's longing to hold?
The gift of prayer.
I'm asking everyone to celebrate Emily Margaret's birthday in one of 3 ways:
1. Read this post, pray for Emily Margaret & ask 3 others to pray for her.
2. Read this post, pray for Emily Margaret & repost on your blog.
3. Read this post, pray for Emily Margaret and pray for her the next 3 days.

Either option,
one solution:

God's blessings loved ones,
Sarah :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

I-800A Received

Oh wow,
two posts in one day.
Crazy I know.
But this my friends required immediate action.
I just checked the mail and found a very important
looking letter from the Department of Homeland Security.
It's a letter stating they received our 
I-800A application on January 26th, 2011.
The very day I had my mommy meltdown,
this very letter was being sent out.

They're processing it and will be mailing us 
our biometric fingerprinting appointment. 
Talk about giving God glory.
I'm thinking more along the lines of...
If you're praising God then HOLLA!!!
Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement.
With God's grace we're gonna make it to China,
to give wings to our angel.

God's blessings on your night,
Sarah :D

Play date!

Hi Emily Margaret,
we had a play date today with Tessa.
I showed her your picture on my phone.
It took a few minutes for her to understand
but once she did she carried you around
with her the rest of our visit.
She would sit the phone in the floor,
lean over it and talk to you.
Tessa taught you all kinds of stuff today...
although I only understood about half. :)
So today Ms. Lauren, Tessa and I all agreed
it's time for you to come home,
for us to pick up some donut holes
and then for ya'll to play!

Here's a snippet of the conversation:
Me: "That's Emily Margaret, she's in China.
Do you want me to go get her so ya'll can play?"
Tessa smiled really sweet as she lit up.
Then followed up by pointing at Lauren and saying
"That's MY mommy!"
Me: "Yes Tessa, that's your mommy."
Tessa: Pointing at your picture and then at me
"That's YOUR mommy!"

See, I told you it was time to come home.
Tessa's already figured out the roles in
this game and she can't wait to teach them to you!

God's blessings and hugs & kisses baby girl,
Mama :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Good and The Bad

Hi all,
I talked to our adoption agency this morning.
Our I800-A has been sent off. 
That's awesome, right?!
Praise God for our I800-A going out!!!

I haven't heard back from the care package we sent
so Karla is going to check on it for me.
I'm ready to get another package in the mail 
to Emily Margaret for her upcoming birthday.

My next assignment is assembling our dossier.
I'll begin that this afternoon.

Finally the sad part,
I asked when we might expect to travel.
Karla said we still have about 3 months 
of immigration paperwork left.
Then we'll have another 6 months until we're logged in.
Of course these time frames are approximate. 
She said she would tweak our date 
as we check things off the list. 
My heart was in my throat as she talked.
Then she said the unthinkable.
She said to expect to travel in November.
That's when my heart dropped. 
Seriously, November?!!!!!
True to form I swallowed my heart and said 
"Well, that just gives God plenty of room to show out!"

Please pray that our paperwork flies through the proper channels.
There's a baby girl who's world is quiet 
and a mama who's arms are aching to hold her.

I'm still processing all this so I'll update more later. 
God has some truths He's speaking to my needy heart.

God's blessings on your afternoon sweet friends,
Sarah :)