Wednesday, April 22, 2015

10 Years Old and Just 6 Pounds!!

Just two days before the wedding we welcomed home our newest addition 

and by far our smallest wedding guest!

His name is Samuel and he is beyond precious.

I'm so excited to finally introduce you to this handsome little guy!

We had the Joy of giving him the name Samuel which means:

"God has heard". 

We felt that this meaning was absolutely perfect for our sweet boy.

He came to us suffering from severe malnutrition,
cerebral palsy, neglect and abuse.

His tiny body struggling for survival at 10 years old.

Weighing only 6 pounds...

His legs just the size of my pinky finger...

Please hold up your own pinky...
that's just how big...
see for yourself!!





His body was struggling, his cheeks hollow and his life fading before our eyes.

What an incredible journey and testimony our sweet Samuel has.

God heard his cry and he was rescued him before it was too late..

In just one month of being home with us,

we have found him smiling and he even says "mama"!

Now his little body is weighing 17 pounds!!





It has been such a joy to see him blossom and to see life come into his eyes.

His smile is contagious and he is rarely seen without a smile.


Samuel loves to be held and enjoys spending time outside in the sunshine.

He also loves preschool and his favourite toy is a small car that fits in his hand!



We are so thankful for Samuel and that he is now apart of our Gem family!

If you are interested in being apart of sponsoring

 our sweet Samuel

Send us an email at:

office@thegemfoundation.com

Make the subject "Samuel"

Above all else please be praying that Samuel's body will continue to heal! 



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

4 Years Old & Size 9 Months - Meet Opio



{His tiny legs next to my thumb!}


We are so excited to introduce you to this little guy!

After being admitted in the hospital for several days 

battling a severe infection in his lungs - 

his body so weak and needing oxygen so that he could breath,

we asked many of you to pray for Opio,

and people around the world prayed for healing for our sweet boy!

We are so excited to share with you all,

 that he is now breathing on his own

and it's finally his turn to be officially introduced!

All glory to God!

Introducing our precious,

"Opio"

he is one of our youngest gems at 4 years old,

and his tiny, malnourished body is wearing a size 9 months.

He came to us suffering from severe malnutrition and neglect.

His body was so weak that he couldn't keep any food down.

Such a precious little bundle.





Shortly after coming home to us,

we  had the joy of celebrating his 4th birthday!



Opio has several special needs but he doesn't ever let that stop him!

His body is still so weak and need of healing from the severe

malnourishment.

He also has Hydrocephalus and Cerebral Palsy.

Yet our sweet boy is always smiling!

Opio loves to be cuddled, talked to, held

and he especially loves listening to music!





Opio brings us so much Joy and we are so thankful to have him 

be a part of our 'Gem' family!

Would you consider being a part of  sponsoring

"Opio"?

Please send us an email:

office@thegemfoundation.com

Make the subject 

"Opio"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Elisha


{Taken just after Elisha came home in July - just 8 months ago!}

It has been just two weeks since our precious Elisha met Jesus.

Our hearts still ache and we miss him everyday.

I never would have imagined that just two weeks ago he would leave us so soon.

Several months ago when he was really sick and his body was so weak,

I made him promise he'd fight hard and attend our Wedding.

True to his word he followed it through.

He attended our wedding with a sweet bow tie to match!



Then just a few days later,

while we were on our honeymoon we received the news that 
our sweet boy had passed away.

So much grief and many tears where shed.

The ache coming home has been so hard...

Seeing his empty crib has left such a terrible ache.

There is nothing like the pain you feel losing a child.

So much raw pain and grief.

Our Elisha was such a precious little guy.

He was always looking to be held, cuddled or talked to.



I'd find him and hold him in the evenings as we took milk before bed.

He'd smile really big as I would feed him through his feeding tube.

So full of life and love.

At night when I would go down to check just one more time usually just before midnight,

I'd walk the rooms, check temps, rub foreheads, fix blankets.

Kiss little ones goodnight one more time,

I'd always kiss Elisha and tell the nannies and night nurse to keep an eye on Elisha.

Because every night Macey and I would worry about him.

Now that your gone, sweet Elisha, 
I struggle when I go down to say goodnight at midnight..

The Nannies and Nurses even told me they missed me telling 
them to keep a close eye on you.

Oh my precious boy how we miss you so...



Elisha's smile would always brighten my day without fail!

In the mornings his smile would greet me,
And as I'd kiss our kiddo's goodnight,

He'd be there to say goodnight with a smile.

Even when he would be having high fevers and admitted in the hospital back in 
November his smile wouldn't leave.

Finally after two nights admitted he was released and came home.


In early January Elisha headed to Kenya for a new PEG feeding tube.

We lovingly called him our World traveler!! 

Elisha fought long and he fought hard,
his little body had struggled so long.

Each day was a daily struggle for life, yet he fought on and he was so brave.



{One of my favourite pictures of him with his nanny Eva and my husband holding him
 while we were at the zoo.}

Our Elisha loved life and he loved people so well.


{Taken of my Dad and Elisha at the Zoo day back in January!}

Oh my precious Elisha,

We miss you more then words can say..

Our hearts ache for you and we long to hold you in our arms just one more time.

Now your dancing with Jesus and I can only imagine what it's like,

To see you run like you so longed to do.

I hope you're jumping and leaping on those golden streets.

Hug Arthur and Jason for me okay?!

Oh my sweet boy what a sight it will be to see,
 to have my three boys together again.

I miss you my precious Elisha more then words can say.


I love you my precious boy and  I can't wait to hold you again..

All my love,
Xo