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By May 24, 2011May 18th, 2020Adoption


Our adoption story was one amazing journey with a lot of difficult times, but in the end we feel so blessed to bring these baby boys into our family!

Here is our first family video!!! I have been waiting for years to experience this moment. All of my dreams lately have been consumed by my boys. Craig and I made the trip to Ethiopia on May 16th. We are back (with the flu!…the boys were sick, but still so sweet!) My favorite parts of the video is when Micah says “Momme-se” which is ‘mommy’ in his native language, and when he is playing with some children and when I walk in the room he starts to cry and hold his arms out to me; once I pick him up he immediately stops crying! What a little ‘mommy’s boy!’

Adoption: first video of our family

Micah is 22 months old.
Kai is 5 months old.

Thank you to all of you who have made this possible. When Craig lost his job, we decided to put together a few of my favorite recipes into a cookbook to help keep the dream of adopting alive. It is all of you who have made this dream a reality for us. I can’t believe the support we have received. You all are amazing! AND it makes us happy that you all have the desire to keep your families healthy too!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Emily says:

    Oh, the sincerest of congratulations to you and your beautiful family!!! Your lovely video brought me to tears this morning…in the best way. 🙂 In your honor (and because it’s awesome) I’m making the eggplant French toast this morning for breakfast. 🙂

  • Christy says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Congratulations…we can feel your love. <3

  • Jennifer says:

    I cried right through the video feeling your joy and gratitude. I honestly could see hope on those little boys’ faces. They are so cute and have such a pretty blue-eyed mommy too! May God continue to bless your family in every way and thank you for giving those precious children a loving, Christian home. (((HUGS))) Jennifer

  • Anonymous says:

    So happy for all 4 of you! And so glad to have found your blog, I am cooking like mad these days and doing SO much better on my low-carb eating program because of the variety. God bless you and your new family!

  • AnneW says:

    God bless you, Maria, and your sweet family. I bought your books and have enjoyed them but seeing the family come together has been the best.

  • Tiffini, Surprise, AZ says:

    Maria, I am so happy for you and your family. Your boys are so beautiful. It is the desire of every righteous husband and wife to be parents and have a family. Sometimes it doesn’t happen when we want, but what a blessing for you. Myself and my sister both have struggled with infertility. It took seven surgeries and multiple medications to get the two children I have. My sister just had her second child in November with the assistance of invetro. I am so happy for you. Also, thank you for your wonderful books and recipes. I love your blog!!!! You too, have been a blessing to so many. Thank you for your time and devotion to the cause of better health. Congratulation!!! Love, Tiffini, Surprise, AZ.

  • Stacy says:

    WELCOME!!!!! Welcome to the club of motherhood Maria! I’m beyond thrilled for you and your husband. This video was so so touching. I watched it with my 11 month old and she loved it too! Big hugs to you sweetie and many blessing!

  • Amy Genge says:

    Congratulations!!! The video is so lovely!! I know you will cherish every minute with your children – they are a blessing from God!!!

  • Tami Treu says:

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing the video. Children are God’s most precious gift to us!! I cried through the entire video, could just feel the love! Enjoy them, they will grow so fast! As they are a blessing to you, you in turn will be a beautiful blessing to them as you raise them in the admonition of the LORD!!

  • Congrats momma! Many blessings to you and your family.

  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations as you begin this new chapter of life, Maria. All the best to you and your family.

  • Jolene says:

    I cried all the way through this video! So happy for you! Your book has completely changed the way I eat and I’m so glad to have been a tiny part of bringing your family together 🙂

  • Thank you SOOOOOO much everyone!!! You made me SO happy today!

  • Myndie says:

    Such a beautiful video and the song is just perfect! Congrats, Maria! My parents adopted two little girls…years ago and I’m so grateful to have them in my life. They completed our family. Your kids are adorable.

  • Aww, beautiful video! Many congratulations and I wish you all the best!!

    PS: What are the songs used in the video?

  • First one is Ben Harper “Picture of Jesus” and the second is by Ray LaMontagne “hold you in my arms”.

  • Carol says:

    Very moving. God Bless you and your new beautiful family.

  • Shannon says:

    Gorgeous family! Congratulations!! The video was so touching I cried! 🙂

  • Mia says:

    They are beautiful! Congratulations on your new family Maria. I wish you the best of luck in parenthood!

  • thewipfs says:

    Maria & Craig,
    We are so excited and happy for you all. What beautiful boys God has blessed you with! May you transition home and to parenthood be sweet and filled with God’s grace and mercy!

  • lig says:

    Maria ~ This is just – so – beatiful!!! THANK YOU for sharing this piece of joy, love and peace. Craig is a gifted videographer, too. Blessings on you as your family comes together.

  • Luke says:

    Thanks for sharing, Maria and Craig! We are still praying for you, and will continue! God bless you in this journey, and may He show you more of Himself through this process! Incredible to think that those who by His grace trust in Jesus Christ alone, who were orphaned by sin, become adopted sons and daughters and the One and Only Almighty God of the Universe – Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

    Luke and Mikaela Hatfield

  • Donna Zenner says:

    Your video brought tears to my eyes as I know it did to many. What a wonderful family. Those are some lucky little boys with this being life changing for all of you. Congrats. We can’t wait to see you all. I can’t imagine how anxious you are to actually “have” them 🙂

    Love and blessings ~ Donna Zenner

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh praise God you got your hearts desire and now have 2 kids you can bless with a better life. They are so lucky to have a mom who cares about health so much and will make them so yummy healthy eats.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow… How beautiful. I love fate, grace and pure love. Congratulations on your new family. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sandy Laurean says:

    So sweet and so beautiful. I wouldn’t want to let go of them once I had them in my arms………What handsome babies they are.

  • Lisa says:

    What a beautiful video—the love is just glowing from you to your boys. This is a wonderful reminder of what’s really important in life.

  • Thanks Lisa! I am anxious about seeing them again. We leave in a day and 1/2 and I hope Micah remembers me…

  • cyndi says:

    Beautiful Babies….Beautiful family….things happen for a reason…we just need to let them happen. So happy for all of you!!

  • Barb says:

    Your video gives me goosebumps and tears to my eyes. You are truly blessed!!

  • Jan Johnson says:

    I needed a tissue! Such a beautiful story of a family being born. Those precious boys! The music was perfect – I am sure that was Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the beginning. My girls used to go to sleep to one of their albums when they were little. So glad your empty arms were filled and two beautiful children have someone to call their own.

    • cemmerich says:

      Thank you! 🙂 The first one is Ben Harper “Picture of Jesus” and the second is by Ray LaMontagne “hold you in my arms”

  • Terry Seed says:

    Beautiful, and you all make a beautiful little family, made me well up with tears, you’ll both certainly have many ‘diamonds in your crowns’, and the joy of your precious little ones too 🙂

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