Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Guest Blogger!

Updated... I forgot to give an example of the type of daughter Emily is~ she was invited with 2 different friends to go to their beach houses over spring break. Each family was leaving on Good Friday. Emily declined both invitations and told me after the fact. When I asked why, she said, "I knew how important is was to you have us all together on Easter, with Will coming in and all. I asked when they were leaving and when they said on Friday, I told them no. If they had gone on Monday, though, I would have gone!" Emily, I just LOVE how you think of others, and not just yourself. Thank you. You are such a gift.

This is Mom, hacking in to wish my beloved girl a very HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Emily you are a gift from God, a blessing to our family, and a delight to your mom. (and dad) I LOVE your heart, your smile, your very easy going disposition and the joy you bring to your little sisters. You are the best daughter and sissy anyone could ever ask for!!!!! God is going to do great things through you~ I just know it! Happy Birthday Emily!

Love, Mom

PS~ One thing I KNOW about Emily, is that she's a girl who LOVES when you comment on her blog. SO, maybe, just maybe, could you all take the time to leave her a birthday wish????

55 comments:

Sue said...

Happy Birthday Emily, I have been following your blog, your are a amazing women. You will go far in this world and being God's servant

Kristi said...

Emily,
Happy birthday to one of the sweetest, most genuine, "crazy for Christ" teens I know. I feel blessed to have spent time with you and your family in China and I will be watching to see what great plans God has in store for your future!
Love,
Kristi and family

Miss Ashley said...

Happy Birthday, Emily!

Leese Family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!!!!!

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday, Emily!!!! Your mom said it all....you are a very special girl!!!

I hope your day is very special!!

Dawn

Julie said...

Happy birthday Emily! I know I have never met you in real life, but I think you are one of the sweetest people that I "know"! I hope you have the best day EVER!

Lilly's Family said...

Happy Birthday Emily! I hope your day is very special! We are coming to your city next weekend and would love to meet you and your precious family. I'll email your mom again.

Jodee Leader said...

What a sweet post! Happy Birthday!

Mom 2 Joe, LilyRose, Mason said...

Hi Emily,

It's Lisa, LilyRose's mom. I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday. I hope it's a great one. I think of you and your family often. When I tell LilyRose of her time in China waiting for us, your family is ALWAYS a part of the story. I really love you all very much for without you, I wouldn't have the CUTEST pictures of LilyRose while we waited to bring her home.

I am so very happy that you and your family will not only be bringing a sweet little boy home but also another sister. AWESOME!!

So, please tell your mom I was asking for her.

Love to you

Lisa

Katie said...

HAPPY HAPPY Birthday Emily! It has been such a joy to follow along with your blog. Through it I have gotten to see how much of a heart you have to serve the Lord and love people! I hope you have a blessed birthday!

Judi said...

Happy Birthday, Emily! I enjoy reading your posts and seeing pictures about your family. What a sweet spirit and attitude you have!

Sarah said...

What a beautiful girl you are, Emily! Happy Birthday!!

Ginny said...

Emily- I was telling Jenn Gager the other day how I have been following your blog and I have been amazed by your personal and spiritual maturity. Your mom is correct. You are an incredible young lady.

allisyn said...

happy birthday emily!!! :)

Di said...

Happy birthday Emily!! I hope you have a lovely Easter.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Emily!
You are an inspiration and a source of joy to your readers. The grace of God is apparent in your thoughts and the depth of your heart. I feel privileged to be able to come along on the ride for a little bit. The sky is the limit for you, I am sure of it. Many blessings on your birthday!
Nathalie

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Emily! I hope my younger daughters grow up to be just like you! I love your heart for adoption and for the Lord! What a blessing you are to your family!

Have a great day!

joymweaver said...

Happy birthday, Emily. I have been following your blog since you were in China getting your smallest sister. I am so excited for your family and the two new additions that will be going you. I can tell how much you care for your sisters and what a great big sister you are to them.

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday girl, I hope it was GREAT.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY! It is my hubby's birthday today too! I only know you through your blog but your beautiful Christian spirit shines through! You have some very blessed siblings to have a big sis like you! Thanks for showing the world that there are positive Christian teens still out there! :) ENJOY your special day!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Emily! I hope your day was filled with giggles & big kisses.
Love from FL!
Mrs. Debbie

Jenn said...

Happy Birthday Emily!! I agree with your mom!! You totally rock!!!

Enjoy being celebrated today!!

Holly said...

Happy Birthday Emily!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Global Girl said...

Happy Birthday!

Joy said...

Emily-Happy Birthday! It's a blessing to know you and watch your sweet heart for your family! I pray that your day is extra special! It will be wonderful to see all the plans that God has for your life!

Kimberly said...

Happy birthday, Emily!!

Tigger said...

Happy Happy Birthday Emily. I have been following your blog since your trip to China for AC. I love to read about the little ones through your eyes. They are very lucky to have you for a big sister. Thanks for letting us in your family. Have a great day!

Love,

Brooke and family

Amy Murphy said...

Happy Birthday Emily! When I found your blog, I had no idea it was written by a girl in high school. You are so mature and obviously have a sweet spirit!

jeanette said...

I've told your mom (and you I think) before...but I'll say it again...I pray our girls turn out like you. With a love for others and heart on-fire for the Savior.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Lori Lee said...

Happy Birthday, Emily!! You bless and encourage me as you share your family's journey.

I pray God will keep you in that special place as you walk with him.

IN Jesus,
Lori (D and L and Family)

Dad said...

Happy Birthday Emily,

You are an amazing young woman. "Guest Blogger" said it so well. You are truly a gift from God and he has done such great things in all our lives in shaping you to be the wonderful person that you are.

You are the best big "sissy", the best little sister, and the most amazing daughter that a father could ever want or pray for.

I love you so much,
Dad

lomelindi said...

Happy Birthday Emily from Keri's Sis.

Laurie said...

Happy birthday, Emily! I hope you had a GREAT day!! Though I've never met you, I can certainly tell from your writing that you are exactly how your mom describes you! :)

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday!! Just think the last to celebrate with only 2 little sisters - soon to be 3 little sisters AND a little brother!!

Hope you have a wonderful birthday that you can enjoy with your friends and family!

Blessings, Ashley

Taylor said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY YOU ARE SIMPILY AMAZING

Anonymous said...

I will gladly leave such a wonderful young woman a special birthday wish! Hope your day is ALL that you wish for it to be! Enjoy..........and many, many blessings, dear child.

:0) Liesl

Kim said...

Happy Birthday from Wisconsin, sweet Emily!! God is ALREADY doing amazing things through you! May he richly bless you during this wonderful next year of your life!
--Kim D.

The Greens said...

Happy Birthday, Emily. If even one of my daughters turn into the kind of beautiful young woman you are, I will feel blessed beyond words.

Christianne

Traci said...

Happy Birthday to You!
You are well on your way to leaving a beautiful, lasting legacy.

Tina said...

Happy Birthday!!

Michelle Grubbs said...

Happy Birthday to the most amazing teenage girl that I have ever seen. Your love brightens my day everyday. Thank you for the example of God's mighty love that you show.

Michelle

Jeanette said...

Emily, after you left the park the other day all the moms were commenting on what a remarkable young woman you are. It is so evident that God has, is and will continue to do a mighty work in your life and I am so proud of you for honoring your mom and dad by staying home for Easter. Nothing brings more joy to a parent then knowing that their child is walking in the truth(3 John 1:4).
I hope you had a fantastic birthday!

Pam, your post brought tears to my eyes and I want you to know that you and Bill have done such an amazing job raising Emily and all of your children for that matter. They are a living testamony to your dedication to the Lord and to your family.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Janet and Kevin said...

Sweet Emily - Happy Birthday! We follow your blog regularly. Your Godly wisdom and love for others always inspires us. Your mom is right! You are a treasure.

Hugs,
Janet and gang

Patty said...

Happy, Happy birthday Emily. You are such a sweet girl and I know your family loves you dearly. Your new brother and sisters are so fortunate to have you lovin' on them. Continue in God's way and you will find true happiness in life.

Wendy S in PA said...

Happy Birthday Emily! I have followed your blog thru Sara Beth's and you are an amazing young woman! All the best to you on your birthday and always!

Jenn said...

Happy Birthday Emily!!!!!
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Jenn and family

Eileen said...

Yes I admit I read (and enjoy!) every blog entry but rarely comment but I certainly will today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!!! What a wonderful woman of God you are becoming, and already are! Have a wonderful day!

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday Emily!

I've been following your blog since you brought home AnnaClaire. It was fun reading your Mom's post because I have often thought how blessed your mother is to have such a special daughter like you!!

I pray my daughter grows up to have such a heart as yours. I always love to check in on your special family and see how you're doing. May the next year of your life hold extra special blessings!!! (I know of at least 2.... :) )

Birthday Blessings!!!

Keri said...

Happy birthday Emily!!! You are just the sweetest girl ever!

Keri

Wife of the Pres. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!!!

I have said it before, but I'll say it again. You are a real JOY, and you have encouraged ME in my walk with Christ. Since I am 20+ years your elder, I'd say that is quite a cool thing to do!!!

I know your Mom is very proud of you b/c she has told me so!

Hope your b-day was very special and sorry I'm a day late!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Emily!! I could not agree with your mom more - the short time we spent with you in China I was so taken by your heart for Christ and the joy and love that spills out of that genuine love. I remember thinking - I hope some day that my daughters display such grace, joy & wisdom. I hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

sandj said...

Happy belated Birthday Emily 17 such a lovely age! and I agree 100% with what your mum says. She has a wonderful daughter and friend in you. Looks like you had a lovely birthday with your family.
I miss my two girls very much-one in Canada and one in Australia plus my three granddaughters so we have no family at home!
LOVE reading your blogs and looking at the lovely photos you post looks like your birthday gift will be put to good use.
Sorry this greeting is a little late,but we had a power cut for three days after a rough winter storm.

dana said...

Oh, I am late in seeing this post, but Happy Birthday Emily from all of us!!! I am glad you had a wonderful day.

Catherine said...

Sorry, A little late posting here but the sentiment is still the same...HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet Emily!! You are a gift from God and such a treasure to your family and friends!

Jocelyn-Chris said...

Hey Emily, I'm a bit late, but wanted to wish you happy birthday anyway. I hope to meet your family some day in person, because I love how you all have God's heart. You are a very mature young lady and I look forward to hearing what God does in your life in the years to come. Many blessings to you!

P.S. I'm looking forward to all the super shots from your new camera...I've already impressed with the shots you've taken with your old camera!