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Monday, April 21, 2008

Elijah Shines ....


One question that has been on my mind since my internet interview was "do the boys feel left in the shadows now that the girls are here?" ... I think whether your child is biological, adopted or you have both as a parent you have to be in tune w/ your child and know their special love languages ... It is effort to be a parent and the blessings just flow ... So I don't feel the boys have ever been in the shadow, because we would never allow them to feel less than the treasures they are to us ... I will have to say that the first few months home w/ Emily and Maggie (especially Maggie) that I do focus a lot of time on the adapting process for the child, but I try to always be available and spend special time w/ each child ... Each one of my children are gifts from the Lord and He gave them each special talents and no talent more important than the other in our eyes ... I am very proud to say that my family and friends are excellent at loving all 4 of my children ... The boys have loved their sisters from the first moment we chose their names ... They even already pray for Abagail and Joseph each night at dinner ... We are family first ... Scott and I try to always have time set aside each week for just the kids to spend time together w/ no other friends or activities ... We want them to be friends, we want them to appreciate each other and we want them always to defend each other ... All that said, My JOY, My Elijah is the most creative, excited, little adventurer in our house ... He was super proud of his zoo he created at school and couldn't wait to put it up in his room ... I love how animated he is ... He makes me smile everyday and his eyes and smile will melt your heart ... Oh to the girls who come knocking at my door for him ... They will get a gem, a pure hearted soul .... I love you sweet angel ...

P.S. We had the most amazing time at GNO on Saturday and raised $180 for an adoptive friend ... It is the coolest way to raise money and so much fun, so stay tuned for details and pictures ...

P.S.S. My SIL will be getting ready for her Visa appointment w/in hours ... Please pray all goes smoothly and she gets to come home this Saturday ...

22 kind words.:

Jeanne said...

ACK!!! Girl, I was just reading this and about fell out of my chair. I wrote down GNO for this coming Saturday! I'm SO SO bummed I missed it! I'm going to send you some money though to add in for your friend!

Jeanne said...

ACK!!! Girl, I was just reading this and about fell out of my chair. I wrote down GNO for this coming Saturday! I'm SO SO bummed I missed it! I'm going to send you some money though to add in for your friend!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

LOVE , LOVE , LOVE ~ Elijah's zoo...
How fun!!!!
He does such a GREAT job...
Sounds like you had a Great Day on Sat...
I will be praying for Visa appt. to go smoothly..
Have a Great Week..
HUGS

Katie Jo said...

thanks for a great GNO!
I hope to get to know Elijah more this summer, you are right, sweet smile!

Kelly said...

Wish I could have been @ GNO. Would have been a lot more fun than sitting around the Atlanta airport for 5 hours :o)

Praying for Crystal.

Love ya.

emily said...

Can hardly wait to see what the surprise is the Thelma and Louise have for me:)

Precious Elijah, what a gem indeed.

Have you read the book by Rick Warren's wife? I haven't but have heard really good things about it and her heart for Africa.

Leigh Ann said...

Great Job, ELijah. Dailen says hi and can't wait to play.

And you know Mackenzie can't wait to see Jeremiah:) She was bummed that we are going straight to our house and won't have to stay with anyone - she was hoping for a sleepover with him on day one:)

Rayna of course, is all about the girls.

Love ya

Bill and Melodie said...

Maybe I missed it somewhere, but what is GNO? You know I NEED to raise money! : )

Our Family Adventure said...

Elijah did such a great job!!! And I really enjoy your blog!

Pray the visa app. went well...Terry

Jewels of My Heart said...

I am so impressed! What a talented young man Elijah is! That is a beautiful zoo!!!!!!!!!
I am praying for your niece and SIL

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Have a Great Week girly..
LOVE ya... thanks for stopping by..

Anita said...

WOW Elijah!! I LOVE your zoo too as well as your beautiful smile!! And Gwen....what is GNO??? Ya lost me girlfriend! :) Praying for your SIL that the Lord just glides her on home now on the wings of angels!

Oh and I saw a friend of yours last Friday night!! Check out the blog! :)

HUGS! ~ Anita

mommy24treasures said...

Elijah's zoo is amazing! Thank you for sharing it! Its so wonderful to see the distinct talent God gives each child.

KKamholz said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't know what GNO is.

Did Elijah draw his zoo? He did a fantastic job.

Tina said...

Gwen,

I am just catching up on the blogs. My heart is always so tendered by what I read. I love you very much, love the passionate heart I see in you and thank God for you!

Praying for your SIL.

Tina

Laura Nipper said...

Wow Elijah that is a great zoo poster. You did an awesome job. I dont know Gwen, I am sure he is all ready taken but he might make a great husand for Morgan in 25 yrs. :)

We would love to make a trip out your way in the future. I don't think I could pull my kids out of your pool. They would have a blast.

Kristi said...

Great job Elijah! You are talented! What a great family !

Thomas bunch said...

Hi Gwen...
What is the sledge hammer reference??

Brenda said...

Beautiful picture :) I liked the part you wrote about taking the time for the siblings to be friends with each other :) (of course I liked all of it but that part really stuck out to me)

Steffie B. said...

What fabulous picture....woo-hoo Elijah....we'll see it in person in just a few short weeks! ;)

Where I can listen to the interview? I tried right after you did it and could not find it...

redmaryjanes said...

That is a beautiful picture that Elijah made. All of your children are a blessing. And they are blessed to have you as their mother.

nikki said...

VERY impressive zoo, Elijah!
And, I love his beaming smile - I can see why he is your JOY.

Is that a flying monkey??

Can't wait to hear about this GNO! Sounds fun!