Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pretty tired but right where she needs to be...



What in the world would I do without skype?!?!?! I think it is pretty amazing!!! I just talked with Lindsey, and they are in their AMAZING hotel room (THANKS LOU!!!) with their baby girl!!!!! She was released from the hospital this morning, so the facilitator just brought her to the hotel. She will never have to leave them again, which makes me SO thrilled!!! She is sleeping on Lindsey right now while Chris goes to get her medication. From what I saw, she really looked great...not sick at all (which is a relief!). Lindsey said she felt heavier than last time, so she doesn't think she's lost too much weight. Once they can figure out the internet, I'm sure they will post something... but for now, I just wanted y'all to know that Eliana is safe in her mommy and daddy's arms! Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement!!!

Lauren


Also...to answer a question I saw on the comments, Lindsey will be staying in Guatemala until Eliana comes home. It just didn't make sense for her to come home for a week and then go back. Chris will be there until Saturday, and we are trying to figure out a way to get "Kay Kay" (our mom) down there for the second week. Hopefully it will all work out!!!

53 comments:

Ferrick said...

With all my heart, we Praise the Lord,
And with all that we are, we Praise His Holy Name.
With all our heart, we Praise the Lord,
and we will never forget how kind he has been.
His kindness and love are a crown on our heads.
Each day that we live, He provides for our needs
and gives us the strength of a young eagle.
For all who are mistreated, the Lord brings justice.
You oh Lord are merciful, kind and patient,
your love never fails.
How Great is our God!
You are kind to all who worship you,
You keep your promises to those who faithfully obey you
All of you who serve and obey God,
come and Praise your Lord!
With all our hearts,
We PRAISE the Lord!

Big Hugs and Praise, Susie

Miss Wanderlust said...

Praise the Lord!! I just was introduced to your blog and I think you three will make an amazing family! God Bless all of you and your new Guatemalan adventure :)

Andrea said...

I am SO glad they made it, and Eliana is where she needs to be-in her Mama's arms. I have been praying for the entire family. I am SO glad they were able to make it down. Now I pray that God speeds her file through PGN so she can come HOME.

God Bless!

demp5 said...

Oh, I am so thrilled!! This is just the best news, and so comforting for the whole family. Thank you, Jesus! Eliana, I can't wait for you and your mommy to come to Knoxville for a visit.
Blessings~
Meghan

Ashley said...

Lindsey&Chris - I am SO relieved to hear that she is doing okay and that you (L) aren't having to ever leave your baby girl again!!!

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

PRAISE THE LORD. The day they put your child in your arms forever is the best day of your life... I remember it like it was yesterday. It just felt like all was right with the world.

Hannah said...

Praise the Lord. I am so thankful and joyful that Eliana is ok and with her parents. I have tears of JOY in my eyes right now. God is so WONDERFUL. This is one very loved little girl, loved by her family and those of us who have never even met her.

Hannah

The gFamily said...

I am so glad that Eliana is feeling better! SO happy to hear that she is in the arms of her mommy! That truly warms my heart! Praying for continued strength for everyone!

PRAISE THE LORD!!! HE IS SO GOOD!!!

Trish said...

Praise The Lord!!! Thank You for delivering Eliana safely to Momma and Daddy.

Jerry and Stacie said...

PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY!! Thank you Lord!
Sweet Girl is right where she needs to be...in the arms of her Mommy and Daddy!! AMAZING!

Praying you are ALL home safely VERY soon!!
Stacie

Kim & Dave said...

Thank-you, Lord!!

As one of the previous comments stated, there is nothing like the feeling of knowing the kiddos are never going to have to leave your arms again!!!

Do they know yet what made her so sick?

The Huffs said...

Praise God! How awesome! I am thrilled that all is well and thrilled that Lindsey will never be separated from her precious girl again! Isn't God wonderful!!!

Felicia

ManyBlessings said...

I could just cry. :) We've prayed so hard for this baby and her parents (and I was SO hoping Lindsay would be able to just stay). Not exactly the way they would wish things, but it's one week longer with her sweetie pie. SO GLAD to hear they are all tucked in safe and sound.

Now praying God brings them all home very soon.

d

allums family said...

praise the Lord! so glad she is safe in your arms, forever! praying you are all home very soon, safely!!

Anna said...

Praise God!!! SO happy that Eliana is with you now and that you won't have to leave her again. That is just wonderful.
Continuing to pray that Eliana will be ok and get stronger.
Take care,
Anna

julie_joshb said...

WHAT A HUGE RELIEF! I AM SO EXCITED! LINDS THIS IS IT...U ARE WITH HER FOREVER! LOVE YOU!

JuJu - said...

thanks God she was not as sick as they thought!

glad she is with them now:)

tell them I will see them next week:)

Betsy said...

Ohhh, what a blessing to know this... our family has prayed and checked this blog non stop! We are SO thankful for the love of AP's and PAP's for this special family. We are SO thankful for the Hand of our Heavenly Father on Chris and Lindsey and sweet Eliana. We are SO thankful she will never have to be away from them again. Now we pray for her to continue to heal, and her case to finish soon! I know our Lord hears our prayers and knows our hearts.

Thank you for posting this update for us all to rejoice with your family!
Betsy

Maria said...

Praise the Lord! I am so happy Eliana is finally in your arms and that when you touch American soil again, she will be with you. I will continue to raise prayers that Eliana gets better with everyday she is there with you and Chris.

Maria and Greg

Anonymous said...

We serve an awesome God, were praying for you guys!!!!

Chris and Erika

A Team said...

GREAT TO HEAR!!!

Thanks for the updates!

Steph said...

OH, THANK GOD. I am so relieved that sweet girl is in your arms. Praying she continues to improve and Godspeed on her journey home.

Mary Ann said...

praise God for that wonderful news!!!! i am so relieved! God has answered all of our prayers!

Christina said...

Such wonderful news to hear she is doing better and she is in her mommy and daddy's arms.

Scott And Amelia said...

I am so glad you are with her and she is well! I pray that all three of you experience wonderful rest and a blessed time together in Guatemala! BRP!

Kim said...

Glad to hear all is going better. That is so wonderful to hear. Also wonderful news that Lindsey will never have to let Eliana go ever again!

Madelyn's Mommy said...

We are praying and so thankful that God worked it out for ya'll to be there today!!!

Praise God she is doing good!!!


Andrea

Becca said...

Thank God! I am so thrilled that Lindsey will not be leaving her daughter's side ever again. And sending praises for Eliana health!! Thank you, Jesus! This family was definitely due some good news.

Peace and Hugs,
Becca

Jess said...

Wow! Chris and Lindsey, you guys sure showed amazing hearts as parents. In a moment you rushed to your daughter's side. God has blessed her so much!

I am so thankful that you've already planned on staying Lindsey. Incredible, you are now parents (in the physical sense) for the rest of your lives!!

I am praying for her continued recovery and for a short stay in PGN so you can be home together soon!

Thanks Lauren, for the updates!

April said...

So thankful all is well and she is taking her meds to get better..Thank you Lord for answering our prayers!! Tell Lindsey and Chris we are thinking of them..

The M. Herndon Family said...

God is so good. What a praise. I am so happy that you get to stay down with her now.

The Albertsons said...

You all have been on my heart and in my prayers all day... Praise God for His faithfulness...
becca albertson

Andrea said...

PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD! PRAISE GOD!

a huge .... phew .... from our family to yours.

Having gone to foster our daughter last Fall...we know the SWEET and AMAZING relief to KNOW she'll be your arms forever...no more cross country goodbyes...

It's pure HEAVEN.

Lindsey - You'll love fostering...It's kinda like the 'nursing a newborn' stage in some Guat adoptions...

It takes awhile to figure it all out but then it's great....

We were in the Tikal for 32 days (...with our FIVE kids!!) this December ... this was on the tail end of our fostering adventure...

The Tikal is ABSOLUTELY wonderful. Here are some hints:

Giovanni, one of the best bell boys there!, will help you with ANYTHING. Translation, taxi, food, fellowship! So will Benjamin.

The "gnocchi" dinner at in the 2nd floor restaurant ROCKS and baby girl might like it too.

The chicken w/cream sauce is absolutely wonderful too!

The mall to the right of the Tikal (NOT the one underneath it) is wonderful w/a food court, good coffee, etc. "Miraflores" is it's name.

The Zoo, The Children's Museum..the Handicraft Market...ALL great and safe couple hour excursions.

IF your Mom can't come, don't fret.

You are competely safe at the Tikal...truly.

I visited our daughter (before we fostered) and was at the Tikal twice by myself for over a week.

No problems..and with Skype, I could call home as often as I wanted so I didn't feel lonely....

ENJOY THIS JOURNEY...This journey is something that has and will transform your family and you'll never be the same!

Jim & Andrea Cockrum
5 kids: 1 Russian boy, 1 Chinese boy, 2 'homemade' boys, and 1 Guatemalan princessa!

www.cockrumfamily.blogspot.com

AbbasChildren said...

AMAZING! So excited that you all will never have to leave her again!!! The moment you've been waiting for! Go get um mommy and daddy wheeler!

B said...

Hallelujah! So thankful that Eliana is safe and in her parents arms. Chris and Lindsey and Eliana... we will keep you in our prayers!
peace,
Beth, with Griffin and Izzie

Lisa & Madeline said...

God Bless. I am so happy she is ok. I have stopped by your blog before and then noticed on others your little girl was sick. I am so happy things are good now and that you will now have her in your arms forever!
Lisa & Madeline

GWEN OATSVALL said...

praise to the Lord ... I am so thankful she is doing so well ... i am thankful that Lindsey is there because mommy does make everything better !!!!

Whitney said...

My heart hit my stomach when I read what happend to Eliana...the Lord woke me up when our oldest was 13 days old with the same thing. I am praising God that she has been released and there were no complications from that scary night. God is so good to have you there with her! Praying for peace and rest for the three of you all the next few days!

Laurie said...

Lindsay thank you for keeping us updated. I have tears in my eyes knowning Eliana is forever with her mommy and daddy! Praise the Lord!

Bobbi said...

Thank God for his miracles. I have been out all day, and rushed in to check the site.

Glad they made it safely and that she is safely in their arms forever. Oh, what a relief. I hope they all get some rest.

Sarah said...

Thank Goodness that your baby girl is doing better and in your arms forever! So happy you are with her where she needs you (and you need her)... God Bless You!!! Enjoy your first days together as a forever family of three!

Kerri said...

I'm so relieved to read the good news. Thanks for keeping us updated.
Kerri and Ruby

Gabriela Marie and Family said...

Lindsey and Chris, Thanking God that your sweet baby girl is okay! So thankful that you can be there with her too. God is amazing. We will continue praying for your sweet family. I have a question for you regarding my mother in law. She has not been well, but would like to strive to get better and strong enough to take a trip to Africa to help aids orphans. Do you or anyone reading this know any ministries in south africa that I could research while she is getting better? She needs this to look forward to.
Thank you so much!
Shari
encounteringella.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I was at a girls of grace conference where Chris spoke and I found your blog cause he gave us the name. I just want you to know I am sincerely praying for yall. God has a perfect plan, I may not know you but we are through Jesus Christ related! May God bless you and keep you safe. Your in my prayers
Lauren M

DJ Holly Rock said...

I'm so glad that your precious baby girl is in your arms tonight...right where she belongs.

Your whole bodies must be smiling.

Lee Anne and John said...

Now that is the best picture I have seen in a long time! So glad to see that Eliana is with her mommy and daddy! Kids are just so resiliant. God bless and enjoy your time in Guatemala!
Lee Anne

Jocelyn said...

I am so happy that you are with Eliana and that she is safe and healthy. Keep us posted!!

The Heinrichs said...

YEAH!!! Once I can figure out my Skype I will be calling! So glad Eliana is doing so well --- guess she just wanted her mommy and daddy to come and see her! Lauren you all have such an amazing family...I hope I get the chance to meet you all!

Mommy said...

Thank you Father for this wonderful gift and answered prayers.

To both of you, I am so happy you are holding your angel in your arms. For Eliana, welcome to forever sweet baby girl. Your Mommy and Daddy love you so much.

Keeping you all in our prayers.
Tammy

Jessica said...

I have been praying for Eliana. Praise the Lord that she is fine. I am so relieved! I am also happy to know that she feels heavier. Praise the Lord for He is Good!
I will be praying for Lindsey and Chris as they will be apart after Saturday. Also for your mom to make it down there. God Bless!

Beth said...

Lots of snuggles and cuddles. You all deserve them.

John & Michelle said...

I have some miles with United that I am willing to give you if you all are in need of them? You can send me an email to conley_mia@yahoo.com
Blessing from our home to yours,
Michelle

Dena said...

Praise MIGHTY GOD! He is wonderful! I think she really just needed her mommy and what a wonderful feeling to know that you will NEVER have to leave her again!!!! AMEN!