Friday, April 8, 2011


The God who provides.  That is who we serve.

I could spend hours telling you all about this last week, but I would rather spend that time snuggling my little girl {or sleeping}, so instead I will just share with you all the ways that the Lord has provided for our family to bring this tiny little miracle into our lives.

*At a time of great mourning for our family, God provided a source of rejoicing when we received a phone call on the way to my cousin's funeral telling us that we had been chosen by a birth mom to raise her baby girl.

*My sister {who allowed me to be in the delivery room for the arrival of both of her children} was able to come to Utah with us to help us ease into a family of four.

*We prayed for a smooth and easy delivery for our birth mom, and God provided exactly that.

*Brooke specifically prayed for a little baby {to decrease the chances of a c-section, which would have cost us more money}, and God provided a teeny, tiny, vaginally-delivered 5 pound, 7 ounce baby.

*When we realized at the wee hour of 6:15am that we were not all going to fit in one car and be able to get our luggage to the airport, one desperate phone call resulted in Brooke's husband Darren pulling into our driveway within minutes.

*Worrying that we would then not be able to fit in our rental car, God provided an unexpected and free upgrade from Enterprise to a brand new Expedition that offered us just enough space for the five of us and all our paraphernalia. 

*We randomly chose to stay at the Residence Inn, which turned out to be a wonderful home away from home, with an amazing staff that even brought us a gift for the baby... an adorable stuffed giraffe that sings lullabies.

*Part way through the week we found out that Darren had found a family in our church that owns a 7,000+ square foot luxury home in Park City that was offering for us to stay there for free, saving us about $600 in hotel fees.

There have been so many moments this week that have confirmed that Penelope is the baby that God has intended for our family... the reason that we have had to wait seven long years to meet her.

In case there was ever a doubt, let me tell you that certainly Jehovah-jirah exists.  Our God has  provided.


  1. What a beautiful testimony - Penelope has quite the legacy already :) Yay God!

  2. love love love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no words......... :)

  3. I've recited these same blessings to myself (and anyone who will listen!) all week long and it still makes me cry to read it!!! I am humbled and honored that I was given the opportunity to share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    You forgot to mention the blessing of the snow - the glorious, beautiful snow!

    Love and continued prayers,
    Aunt Molly

  4. This is such a beautiful accounting of the blessings which can look like small coincidences to those who aren't aware of God's remarkable love... I am so deeply happy for you and your family! :)

  5. What a beautiful story. Amen :)

  6. Thanks for sharing, Emmy! Love it and hope to get to meet her sometime soon. :)

  7. aamazing. i am so glad everything worked out for you, and congratulations on adding penelope into your life. she is adorable.

  8. Tears if joy, and prayers of thanks. I am so happy for you and your family, Emmy!

  9. This is beautiful. God is so good! Enjoy all the snuggles with your new baby girl.