3.26.2012

it's been a year.

one year ago, miss elsa officially joined our family.
one year ago, i officially held her in my arms for the first time. 
though, i held her in my heart for much longer.

so much has happened this last year, but rather than reflecting on that, i wanted to focus on elsa, and her journey to us.
i'm re-posting our video that i made...our journey to her.
{scroll all the way to the bottom of my blog and press pause on my music}


happy gotcha day, elsabeth.

41 comments:

  1. this is so gorgeous! celebrating with you today! xo

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  2. What an incredible video to watch this morning. Thank you for sharing your life on this blog! Amazing!

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  3. Happy family anniversary!!

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  4. Lovely to see your journey again. xx

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  5. Gorgeous video. Inspiring story. You are truly blessed.

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  6. Loved watching this. Sitting here wiping my tears on my shirt. Though it's not the time for such a thing in our lives, I hope and pray to begin our journey toward adopting sometime in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. What a wonderful video Emily. Congrats on this special day. You are inspiring.

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  8. Congrats on one year home to Ms. Elsa! Thanks for sharing your journey so honestly on your blog. It's TRULY refreshing.

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  9. What a year you have. Meeting Elsa for the first time on the day she moves in. Then finding out you are pregnant.....and having a baby ALL in one year. (I know other things as well) What a blessed family. Elsa is blessed but so are you. We adopted our son at about the same age. Love seeing your family pictures. Congratulations on accomplishing all that you did in one year.

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  10. Such a beautiful story!!!! After watching video I checked my email and jcrew just came out today w a beautiful shirt from Ethiopia called Elsa!!!!! Perfect for you special day!!!

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  11. Wow! What a beautiful journey! Happy Gotcha Day!

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  12. this just makes my heart full.
    i know it's been a rough year at some points,
    but seeing God's grace radiate through it all has been so
    wonderful to watch.
    you are so so so blessed!
    xo

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  13. I remember praying for you guys a year ago today!

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  14. Happy Gotcha Day! She is beautiful & that video made me cry! God has truly blessed you with an awesome journey!

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  15. I think I should've done my makeup after I watched this! Beautiful video. Happy Gotcha Day!

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  16. Happy Gotcha Day! That was a beautiful video and I love that she always has a smile on her face.

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  17. Yay! What a beautiful day to celebrate!!

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  18. What a great day to celebrate. She looks so happy and God has blessed her with a wonderful family. Keep up the great work Mom!

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  19. wow! one year :) yay! have a great day celebrating :)

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  20. this is so great. you almost had me tearing up! so happy for ya'll!

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  21. Thank you for sharing! We brought our daughter, Addis, home from Ethiopia in April 2011, so it's especially meaningful to read about your story. I'm hooked on your blog. ~Kate

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  22. So so beautiful! Sitting here in tears as we are just at the tip of the beginning of our journey. I can't wait to hold our sweet Ethiopian baby in my arms! Thanks for sharing your journey :) Happy Gotcha Day!

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  23. so so so so sooo amazing!!!!!!!

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  24. Oh my gosh! Amazing video. You have a beautiful family! However, it was a horrible idea to watch it at work! :)

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  25. Oh my...heart...is...swelling... :) thanks for sharing

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  26. Oh that was amazing, tear jerking, heart warming..all of it! What a blessing you are! I can see that you are really following your call!

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  27. Awww I loved that video! You are such a sweet and adorable family! :D

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  28. OMG! Could you and your family be any more amazing?!! How precious, and touching. It moved me to tears and was something I will continue to look back on as we explore our options!

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  29. Absolutely beautiful! Precious! Priceless! Elsabeth is such a ray of light with her ever beaming smile. Congratulations on 1 year!!

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  30. Congratulations, Emily. God is amazing. His power is amazing. His provision. His grace. He is sufficient, girl. And more. Loved this. Thank you for sharing it. And Happy Gotcha Day to Elsa!!! :)

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  31. Wow!! What a BEAUTIFUL amazing story :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  32. That was an amazing and inspiring video! You have a beautiful family!

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  33. A year already! Were coming up on our gotcha day in May. What a trip it's been. Congrats. Elsa's beautiful!

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  34. So lovely!! I love seeing your beautiful family.

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  35. UGH, what a tear jerker - such a beautiful story. You are beautiful and so is your family. So happy to "know" you. :)

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  36. I am a blubbering mess after watching that. The ugly cry!! Snot, tears, the lot. We are just starting the process..I needed to see this tonight. Thank you x

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  37. This is beautiful. You are beautiful Emily and so is your family. Jesus is so good. Thank you Lord, for not forsaking the orphans and for bringing little Elsa home.

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  38. God is so good. Thanks for the cry lol. Shes so beautiful btw!

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  39. beautiful!!!!! love to your sweet family!!!

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