Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet our New Gem: Nehemiah

When we received this most exciting phone call - our hearts spilled over..

Much to our surprise and excitement our gem number 15 would be making his debut!

I'm so excited to introduce you to our precious 

"Nehemiah" 




We had the incredible opportunity to give him a name and with much 
prayer chose his name.

His name means "God comforts"...our sweet boy has had so much pain, 
but he is filled with so much joy and love. 

His face lights up and he lovingly calls the nannies "mama"-  
it melts our hearts every single time.





He is a little love bug always clapping, singing, banging on the drums or playing football.

It's been so exciting to see him grow and settle into life here.

Our Nehemiah has epilepsy and cerebral palsy....

But he never lets any of that stop him!





It is our prayer that our Nehemiah will be able to become more independent and

 that he will be ble to learn to communicate with us. He has recently been fit for a 

walker and we are so excited to watch him heal and take his first steps!



If you are interested in helping our Gem

Nehemiah

Donate here 

or

send us an email at:

Office@thegemfoundation.com

Subject :  Nehemiah




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Arthur's Tree


It's been just three weeks since you, our precious Arthur, met Jesus. 
My arms miss the feeling of you in them.   
How I long for you! 

. Not a moment goes by that I don't miss you.

It's the little things that remind me of you. 


Finding your favorite onesie in my room... 
Your footprint in my journal. 


Each time I grieve I rejoice that one day my sweet boy I will hold you again.

I've never known such pain and grief.

Saying goodnight and giving kisses to my precious gems, makes my heart hurt.


When I reach your empty crib - 
I long to just one more time see you sleeping there.

Our hearts ache to hold you just one more time.

You brought so much joy into my life, my sweet boy.



As a staff {joined by a few friends who also loved you so much} 
we held a Memorial service for you.
 We gathered together and we
remembered the precious days and moments we had with you.


We cried and we grieved the loss of you in our lives.

Yet we rejoiced that you our sweet boy breathe heavenly air.

In your memorial service we talked about our favorite moments with you.


Then we shared how your legacy would live on. 

We decided to plant a palm tree in your honor.



We affectionately call it "Arthur's Tree". 

To us palm trees resemble life and His promises.

You sweet Arthur brought so much life to our hearts.


You showed us how to love radically.

Together we planted your tree each taking a turn with the shovel.


Your life left a beautiful legacy of life and love and 
we can't wait to see your tree grow.


We love you our precious Arthur you will never be forgotten. 
Your legacy lives on and we can't wait to see all that God 
does through your life's legacy.


"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted,
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed."
Psalm 34:18

Monday, September 15, 2014

Introducing our 'Gem' Anita



I'm so very excited to introduce you to our 

"Pinkest News Yet!"

When we received the phone call with the news -

we literally jumped up and down with joy!

Our excitement and joy could not be contained with our very own princess 
soon to arrive!

Oh sweet friends it is with great honor

 that I introduce you to our very own 'gem' of  a princess!

Meet our 'Gem':

 Anita


Isn't she absolutely beautiful?!

Our princess loves to smile and has the sweetest laugh you will ever hear!



She fits just perfectly in with her 'brothers' and

she also adores her Nannies!

It's been so precious to see her adjust to life in our home.

She loves to explore the outdoors and has an adventurous heart,

although she loves to be cuddled with every chance she gets!


Anita has developmental delays and epilepsy -

yet our princess never lets that stop her!

She loves music and enjoys being sung to.

She also enjoys playing with her toys!

We are so excited to see her become more independent as 
she continues to learn life skills.

It is our prayer that Anita will begin to communicate with us.

If your interested in sponsoring our sweet princess,

"Anita"

Send us an email at:

Office@thegemfoundation.com

Subject :  Anita'

Friday, September 5, 2014

Arthur





My sweet baby boy.

I never thought I would be writing this post.

I had so many dreams for your future. 

Pictures I wanted to take, stories I wanted to share with you. 

To see you get your first tooth.

To watch you take your first step.

To chase you while you ran. 

So many moments I longed for, yet I will never get to see.

My heart is aching...I've  never known such sorrow and grief.

I'm choosing to remember and cherish every precious moment that I had with you.

I don't know why your life was so short.


For one so small you left an impact the size of the universe on each of our hearts.

Every person you came in contact with fell in love with you.

You are now in the arms of Jesus and I can't think of a better place to be.

You no longer struggle to breathe but now my sweet boy you breathe heavenly air.

I long for the day I will be able to see you face to face.

Although my earthly body hurts without you, 

I rejoice that someday my sweet boy I'll carry you 

again and 

Heaven is so much sweeter knowing you're there.

From the moment I held you in my arms my life was better just because I had you in it.



We shared a special bond - I'd lovingly called you "my best accessory". 

The nannies would tease me when they'd hand me "my baby"...


Never far from my arms or my reach you loved to be carried in my sling 

and 

I loved having you there.




When the day would finish I'd go and bring you in my arms where we'd cuddle 

and I'd feed you your night bottle of milk.


Many nights after an exhausting day we'd fall asleep on the couch only to 

have someone snap a picture to tease me later. 

Now those very pictures bring me to tears.









Together you and I would live stream my home church in Phoenix.


                        It's those little moments that make me miss you the most.



Missing you makes it hard to breathe.

Oh my sweet boy I loved you so very much.

Every fiber of my being hurts without you.
   
  
          You even attended my little brothers wedding as we skyped in the middle of the night.

                                    You, my baby boy, were never far from my side.



Just two weeks ago we painted your foot prints together.

Little did I know it would be the last art project we'd share.

You would make me laugh with your expression when you felt the paint on your sweet baby feet.

Oh my sweet baby boy how I long to hold you just one more time.

To kiss those precious baby cheeks and stare into your most beautiful brown eyes.

You my love were perfect in every way.

I am so humbled that God would allow me to carry you for two precious months.

I will cherish the memories and moments that I held you.

You showed me how to love deeply.

For that I am eternally grateful.

I pray that my heart doesn't grow calloused to love, but instead loves deeply and fiercely.

Because my sweet Arthur you are worth every painful breath, every sob and every tear.

You are worth it all and even more.




My sweet baby boy I will love you forever and always.

I will always carry you in my heart...

Until I hold you again.

all my love.

Xoxo





"As one whom his mother comforts, 
so I will comfort you..."
Isaiah 66:13a

Thank you for all your love and prayers.  
We can feel each and every one.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Heart Aches: Arthur





There are no words.

This morning our precious Arthur passed away,

He was welcomed into the arms of Jesus.

We are aching and we are grieving the loss of our sweet boy.

I will write more when I am able....

We are grieving deeply.

It is incredible how Arthur's life had such a powerful impact.

Please keep us in your prayers as we bear this incredible sorrow.




Oh sweet boy you were so so loved.

xoxo

Monday, September 1, 2014

Emergency - Please Pray!!

This is Linny.

Emma just called.  It's 5:30 am.

She took a boda to the ER just now.  The littlest, Arthur, is not breathing and she has been doing CPR.  The Gem night nurse is with Emma as well.

Would you please pray?

She's sobbing.

Please stop and pray and ask others to pray!!

God is a GOD OF MIRACLES!! NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH OUR GOD!!


Some Very 'Pink' News


Oh. My. Sweet friends,

It is with great joy that I share some most exciting news with you!

Last week I received a phone call that would truly change our lives.

Since we received this most joyful news

we have literally been smiling nonstop in disbelief.

Today we were overjoyed to officially welcome home 'Gem' number 14!!

Our home has indeed just gotten a whole lot sweeter.

*Check back tomorrow to officially meet our first sweet girl!*