About Me

My name is Emily and I am 18 years old. The most important aspect of my life is Jesus. I constantly mess up, but I strive to honor him in all that I do. As I've gone through high school, I have become more and more in love with my Savior and although everything about Christianity doesn't make sense to me, I know that he is there and is constantly working in my life. I know this because I look at my window and I see beauty and creation that could've only been designed by a maker. I also know this because I have been blessed with amazing siblings from China... little ones who I am confident that they were made with my family in mind. Only my God could hand pick 5 of 1.3 billion that fit perfectly into our family.

I was born in Texas, but have lived in North Carolina since I was one and a half. I have 7 siblings~ 2 older brothers, Will and Drew, who are 20 and 23. I also have 4 little sisters, Grace (11), AnnaClaire (5), Kate (4), and Ellie (1-- waiting in Hunan, China) and a little brother, Charlie (5). I just graduated from high school, a very bittersweet milestone for me. I was incredibly blessed to attend a small Christian high school for the past 4 years. It was a place where I built incredible friendships, became close with some of the most amazing teachers, and was challenged and strengthened more and more in my walk with Christ. This fall, I am headed to Auburn. This will be a completely new experience for me. I will be 5.5 hours from home and instead of having 63 in my class, there will be closer to 5,000. Auburn already feels like home and I am so excited for the next chapter of my life there. I will be majoring in social work and hope to one day use this to live out my passion for adoption.

I swam competitively for many years, but now I just swim and do track for my high school team. I work at a local jewelry store and love my job! However, my favorite "job" is simply being a big sister. I am a typical teenage girl... I can't wait for college, I love hanging out with friends and my mom is always telling me that I'm not home enough, my music is always a little too loud, and I eat too many meals out. 

I think if I could describe myself in one word, I would use passionate. I try my hardest to put everything into all I do. However, my biggest passion is orphans. I have been blessed to experience firsthand the miracle of adoption and as a result, I am incredibly passionate for these little people. I have been on missions trips to Romania and China and what I have seen there is Jesus. Jesus in the faces of every orphan that I have met... so much hope and love if they could only have the chance at a family. I have seen the least of these serving me, and I will never be the same because of it. I know that God has mighty plans for my life, and I truly feel like one of those things is in serving the least of these... we will see where he leads me!

For now, I know that I am blessed. I have an incredible family and amazing friends who are always encouraging me. And most of all, I have a Savior who has made it obvious over and over again that he loves me despite the fact that I reject him too many times.