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Monday, April 7, 2008

GOTCHA DAY YEAR 3 ... THANK YOU LORD


How do I ever express my feelings for the woman who gave birth to my precious Emily. How do I say that I think of you often when her face smiles, her lips pucker, or she brushes her hair from her eyes. We have never met and probably will never meet, but I love you. I pray for you. I want you to know that your precious child that was laid on the doors steps of a governmental building is treasured. She is adored by her brothers and sister, loved by her mom and dad, and cherished by so many others. Emily brings light to my day and gives me the strength to see the good in everything. Her saucy attitude and outgoing personality are from me and her mesmerizing eyes and fearless nature I am sure come from you. I promise to always pray for you and to tell Emily one day the love I know you have for her. I can’t even imagine my life w/out this fabulous creature … She took my heart to a whole new level and allowed me the courage to change my life. Emily is already a missionary because when she looks into someone’s eyes they have to see God in her.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing life when I know you could have chosen not to give birth …. I admire you for the strength I see in my child … I promise you that she will never be lonely and she will always feel loved. She will have us to cheer for her when life brings the good and the bad. I hope wherever you are that you have peace in your life and that some how God’s love has made it ways into your heart so that one day in heaven Emily and I may see you …

Happy Gotcha Day my precious precious daughter… You will forever be the one that brought the LIGHT to my life …

Gotcha Day 2008 - 3 years Home ... TO MY PINGJIANG FAMILY YOU KNOW HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE TO ME !!! YOU WILL FOREVER BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY !!

Happy Birthday to my very special nieces on this day also … Rayna (love you angel) and Amy (love you sweetie) !!!

26 kind words.:

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

Happy 3 years...
Amazing journey..
Emily is what keeps me going on this amazing journey..
Have a Wonderful Day..
You did a WONDERFUL job yesterday ... and it comes from this Special Day..
Have a Great Week..
HUGS...

Ruth said...

Three years - wow!!
Book/Radio that is so exciting!!
I was so excited when I saw them Monday night in childcare at church. Gave them both big kisses and they acted like they really knew who I was. Emily was so cute being the big protector of Maggie.

~Amy~ said...

Happy 3 years Gwen... I'm so happy that sweet Emily is in your family forever! Hugs and kisses!!

emily said...

No words to adequately explain how great I think our God is and Emily is just an example of that love. We do nothing to deserve His grace or these kiddos that He blesses our life with, but He does and I am in awe.

Enjoy today!

Thomas bunch said...

Funny story...I was in Real Estate school all weekend, my teacher was Polish, and every time anyone said, "Gotcha." He would tell us how gotcha is Polish for underwear. I thought of you:)

LaLa said...

Happy Family Day...what a sweetie that beautiful girl is : )

Leigh Ann said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!! Can't wait to give you hugs and kisses this summer.

Kristi said...

My friend, as I truly believe our daughter's shared a crib those months before they were in our arms, oh how you know that we do share in your Joy and Thankfulness!

Leigh Ann said...

Geez, guess my first message didn't post.

Happy Gotcha Day...can't wait to give you hugs and kisses this summer.

Gwen, you can leave Rayna a b-day message on my blog...

nikki said...

I often think of the mighty women who birthed our sweet angels...they must truly be something!

Enjoy this special day with your family...

Love you and I'm thinking of you even more than normal on this day.
XO

Denise C said...

Only tears here....after reading Steffie's post then Nikki's post and now yours...I am a weeping mess!!! OH what a precious treasure your little Emily is! Oh how blessed you are to be her Mommy....and oh how powerful HIS love is!
Thank you so deeply for sharing your very beautiful heart today! ....Sure did touch mine sweet friend!!!
Love you!!

Kelly said...

Happy Gotcha Day Miss. Emily. Love Ya :o)

redeemedintohope said...

i absolutely love that you celebrate something called gotcha day! that gave me chill bumps!!!! i hope that you and i will one day meet and i will get to have my arms around this sweet little one as well as your others. hope all is well for you guys!

redeemedintohope said...

hey gwen!
this absolutely gave me chill bumps hearing about gotcha day. i just love it. i cant wait to meet you one day i hope and get my arms around her sweet little body as well as your others. i will be there officially in may and cant wait to hang out. hope that your day is great!

Laura Nipper said...

Awe look at your sweet pumpkin. It's amazing that three years have come and gone. I remember hearing about Emily from Chrissie and that you were adopting her from China. What a beautiful Princess she is and so blessed to be in a forever family.

I ran into a lady at church who is adopting a baby girl from China through Bethany.

Anonymous said...

Hoping Emily's Forever Family Day was AWESOME:)

Diane

holly m. said...

Precious Emily,
You have added a missing puzzle piece to your precious family. How wonderful that God has joined you all together forever!! Have a wonderful day, sweet heart! God Bless you!

Auntie Holly

Marla said...

What a beautiful post! Happy family day to all of you!

Steffie B. said...

Beautiful Gwen....I think of Sophia's parents often too....everything you wrote I feel as well.....I just can't always put my thoughts down on paper....you have gift girl...run with it! ;)

KKamholz said...

Gwen, I've been having something on my heart that I've been wanting to tell you for a very long time (since first learning about Crystal and Shane adopting another child), but have been "uneasy" about sharing this until now...

Reading yours and Crystal's journies to your children has COMPLETELY changed my life forever. I"m finding myself to be kinder to people (not that I wasn't before) and having much more of a compassionate heart for children. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, I have a much better relationship with God; and I'm learning that the materialistic things in life are JUST NOT IMPORTANT anymore; so thank you very much for changing my life for the better.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy first time Emily was in her Mama's arms day....
What a beautiful post Gwen.... it mirrored my heart for Hannah's birth mother....
We are so blessed..... I pray our children's birthmothers know Jesus and are filled with His peace.
Enjoy your oh, so precious day.

BudnLeah's Fam said...

That was so sweet. Love to see the pictures of your kids. Can't wait to read the book!

KKamholz said...

Got your message; Love ya too

mommy24treasures said...

oh this is so beautiful Gwen. Love it. Happy forever family day.

The Shocks said...

Very beautiful. I love to talk to Hannah about her China mommy. I have tried to teach her to also pray for her China parents. I too cannot image my life without her.

Amanda said...

wow. i found you through the Schroder's blog. i can't imagine how happy it will be to have my gotcha day celebrations each year!! Congratulations!