Friday, March 7, 2014

Why haven't we been posting?

Just a quick update...

We deleted a lot of posts (over a year's worth) a while back and haven't posted since. Why? We needed to protect our daughter and the adoption. Unfortunately, we still cannot get into specifics online. We can say that things are moving! PRAISE GOD! 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Do you realize that we have been in the process for four years this May? My "hope" and "prayers" have been faithful, but I have struggled with that little thing called "patience." Why is God taking so long to bring her home? Beatrice has gone from a little girl to a teenager. That's right! She is 14 years old now. I don't know the answer to the above question and maybe never will, but I do believe that God's plan is perfect. I really do!

We love you all, and cannot wait until the day we blog that she is coming home.

Many blessings!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Good Intentions" has a home

Random Act of Kindness (RAOK #2 )

The food that I purchased on Monday has a home (read July 4th's "Good Intentions" post)! My mother shared with me that FreshStart Resources was doing a food drive for single parents. I looked at their list of needs, and knew immediately what I needed to do. God is so good!

FreshStart Resources currently has 46 families on their roster that represent 122 people. They will be receiving donations Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm through July 18th. Please call 615-822-6772 if you are interested in helping.


Taking care of our dog, Gnash, is Austin's reponsibility this month.
Gnash received a bath from Momma!


The GREATEST mom on the planet received flowers this week from her FAVORITE CHILD! Oh! I mean her favorite daughter. Hee! Hee! I just had to put that in there for my brothers to see.

Not only is she my mom, she is one of my closest friends. I can always count on her to be there for our family. It doesn't matter what time it is or where she is, she's there if we need her. AND...she is the PERFECT Grandma. I really believe that our children would live with her if we gave them the opportunity. If our children read this post, the answer is NO! Don't ask! I'm keeping you all.

We love you, Mom, Grandma, Gram, Golden Graham, G-ma and G!

RAOK from Taylor

Taylor made her brother, Austin, his favorite food, BANANA BREAD! She made it ALL BY HERSELF too! She LOVES cooking, and enjoys experimenting with different flavors.

RAOK from Kevin

Kevin enjoys cooking too. He made breakfast for our entire family this morning. He gave his brother, Christian, plenty of water to help him feel better (102.5 temp). Also, Kevin was opening all the doors for the ladies yesterday. He is becoming quite the gentleman!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Good Intentions

Monday was unpredictable, to say the least. I drove to Nashville for a doctor's appointment only to find out that I was a week early. As I was leaving, I saw a woman standing next to the street. She was holding a sign asking for help as her three children were sitting nearby.

I must be totally honest with you. I have never given money to someone standing on the side of the road, because it totally frustrates me. I thought about my Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) goal, but I still couldn't do it. Then something happened. The car in front of me pulled over, rolled down her window and handed the woman a couple bags of groceries. The mother was grateful, and handed the food to the children. They immediately started pulling out food and started eating.

I knew what I needed to do. I drove a few miles down the road to Kroger and filled a grocery cart full of food. When I returned, the family was gone.

At first I thought I had completely failed at my RAOK #2. After several hours of reflection, I realized the important thing is not necessarily the completion of an act of kindness; it's being obedient to God's calling.

Now, onto RAOK #3.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

46 in 46 Days

I've always tried to teach our children the importance of random acts of kindness. When Christian and Austin were little, we had a "Star Chart." They earned stars for chores, reading, and acts of kindness. They would spend their stars on different things, such as bowling, movies, sleepovers, money, etc.

I'll never forget the look on Taylor's face when I suggested she do some random acts of kindness. She picked out five balloons to give to five different children and one beautiful bouquet of flowers to give to an elderly woman. She was excited at first, but then the look came. She was terrified. I asked if she wanted me to help her, and she said yes.

We sat in the car and prayed for God to show us who He wanted us to bless that day. Taylor would see a particular person, and say "that's not the one." We were driving around the shopping center when she spotted her, the perfect child! We stopped the car in the middle of the road, jumped out and walked up to the little girl and her parents. Taylor said "Merry Christmas" as she handed her a balloon. The sweet girl smiled, looked at Taylor and said "Feliz Navidad." It was beautiful moment for both girls.

I will be 46 years old in 46 days. Instead of being sad about getting older, I've decided to CELEBRATE with random acts of kindness. MY GOAL: 46 Random Acts of Kindness over the next 46 days.

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS #1: Clean up all the toilet paper in my neighbor's yard from being rolled last night.

I would like to add that it was over 100 degrees and our 17 year old son, Christian, helped me. We are so proud of the man he is becoming!

It's really weird to ASK for a birthday present, but I am! Please consider joining me with a random act of kindness. Either comment on our blog or shoot me an email at with the details of how you blessed someone. This truly is the greatest gift you can give to a person, to yourself and to me.

Check back often for updates. I'll be including YOUR random acts of kindness too.

Have fun blessing others!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Widow's Project Completed

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, the Emerson family and 38 friends worked on a widow’s home and raised funds to bring home an orphan from Haiti.

Enjoy the below video!

It's not too late to donate!

Simply click here or mail your tax-deductible check to:

Lifesong for Orphans
P. O. Box 40
202 N. Ford Street
Gridley, IL  61744

IMPORTANT! Please write "Emerson #2388" in the memo line of your check.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Both Hands

Think of it like a charity golf outing; but instead of us golfing
to raise money, we are going to support a widow in need.


In May 2010, Trey and Cindy Emerson obeyed God’s call to be part of a medical mission trip to care for Haitian orphans. The unexpected part of their calling was meeting Beatrice, a beautiful 11 year old orphan that God meant to be the newest “Emerson kid.” We didn’t know how, when or why. We just knew God called and we have no choice but to obey.

Adoption is scary, overwhelming and frustrating. God is steadfast, trustworthy and replenishing of grace daily. We have grown to live Phillipians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Two years later, we still know God is faithful and we love our daughter even more.


Trey and Cindy met 11 year old Beatrice on a medical mission trip in Les Cayes, Haiti in May 2010. One evening after treating almost 600 orphans, Cindy walked into the bunkhouse to find Trey lying in bed looking at his digital camera. Cindy asked him what he was doing. He replied, "I'm looking at an orphan that I've fallen in love with." She replied, "I've fallen in love with one too. Let me see yours.”


They learned that both of Beatrice's parents were murdered in her presence. She then went to live with her grandmother who took her to the orphanage that the Emerson’s church, Long Hollow Baptist, is supporting. This, in itself, was a blessing since many Haitian orphans end up as child slaves, or restaveks.

Today, Beatrice is 13 years old. She is sweet, sassy and full of energy. She loves to sing and dance, and even enjoys a good game of football.


Lisa Hoover lost both her mom and her sister to cancer at a young age. As if that were not traumatic enough, she lost her husband, Scott, to cancer in 2004, her brother, Terry, in 2006 and her father in 2010. Despite these losses, Lisa is full of the true joy of life and is helping to care for her deceased brother’s two children and five grandchildren.

She loves the Lord and attends The Church at Indian Lake in Hendersonville, TN. She has three dogs and one ferret. She always has a smile and hilarious story to tell. She is FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY!

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father,
is this: to visit orphans and widows in their afflications
JAMES 1:27


With your help, we have found a way to assist both Lisa AND the Emersons! On Saturday, June 2, 2012, our team will be doing repairs and a major landscaping project at Lisa’s home. We are asking you to sponsor us while we repair and improve Lisa’s home. Your sponsorship will go to Lifesong for Orphans and be given as a grant for the Emerson’s adoption. Think of it like a charity golf outing; but instead of us golfing to raise money, we are going to support a widow in need.

Watch this video of a past Both Hands project.

You can watch additional videos by going to and clicking on the names underneath PROJECTS. Click here for the direct link.

God desires orphans from all nations to be adopted into Christ-honoring families so they may ultimately be adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ. God calls us to fulfill James 1:27 "visit the fatherless…" but not all are called to adopt. Some are called to pray, some to give financially, some to go on mission trips, and some to adopt.

Trey and Cindy have sensed God's call . . . and have joyfully stepped out in faith and obedience to adopt Beatrice from Haiti.  As you may already know, one adoption can cost between $25,000 and $35,000 and prevents many godly families from adopting. Lifesong for Orphans believes God has raised up the Emerson family "for such a time as this…" We have partnered with Both Hands Foundation to provide an innovative method to help remove the financial barrier to the Emerson family adoption.

Will you sponsor us or one of our
team members as we
work on the widow’s home?

Instead of playing in a golf tournament or running a 5K race to raise money, we will be serving a widow and an orphan at the same time. Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Best of all, 100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs--nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans/Both Hands administrative costs.

There are two easy ways to donate:

1.  Click here or on the “Donate” button on the right-hand side of this page.
2.  Follow the online instructions to pay safely with your credit card or PayPal account.

1.  Please make your tax-deductible donation to Lifesong for Orphans.
2.  To ensure proper credit is given to the Emerson family,

     please write “Emerson #2388” on the memo line.
3.  Mail your check to:    
           Lifesong for Orphans
           PO Box 40 / 202 N Ford St
           Gridley, IL 61744

Every Dollar Helps!
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*100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs—nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans’ administrative costs.

*Please note that in following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the non-profit organization Lifesong for Orphans. They retain full discretion over its use, but intend to honor the donor’s suggestion.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Need More Volunteers

Our Both Hands project is THIS SATURDAY on June 2nd where we will serve the needs of our beautiful widow, Lisa Hoover. Our rain out date is the following Saturday on June 9th. If you have no idea what this amazing project is all about, then click here.


We need people to help us work at Lisa's house on Project Day. We will be doing landscaping, painting, minor home repairs, etc. We would love to have you join us in this opportunity to bless Lisa. We are not asking you to send out support letters. We simply would love it if you could give us your time and muscle for the day.

Breakfast and lunch have been generously donated by Chick-fil-a, so we'll take care of feeding you.

Please let us know if you can help us all day or even a few hours.

Trey and Cindy Emerson

Thank you!
Trey and Cindy