Emi ♥

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A few weeks after Simba arrived, January 2005, Irene saw Emi on the internet and her heart did go out to her. She had such a ‘damaged’ soul, and this while she was still so young… Together with her little brother she was thrown into a deep trench in Spain, where her brother broke his leg. They were found and taking care of and at the age of 3 months Emi traveled to the Netherlands to a foster home.

Maybe you know the feeling that your mind keeps saying it’s not okay to do something? Well, Irene her mind kept telling that it couldn’t be good to adopt Emi so quickly after Simba. But her heart kept telling something different and in the end her heart was stronger. It’s always best to listen to your heart!

So, three months after Simba Emi arrived at her forever home. She was very scared and did keep her distance. She is such a sensitive girl. But on her own time, she found out more and more that she will never be hurt again. The only one she trusts for 100 % is Irene, she still doesn’t like other people so much, she will just watch them from a distance. That’s okay, she can make her own choices.

Even so she has grown a lot, got a lot more confidence and above all, she enjoys life! She can be such a happy girl. Sometimes she plays ‘the three musketeers’ with Simba and Benji, so funny. I like and love Emi a lot, I’m always happy when I feel she’s around me.


Because of kidney failure, on Friday, June 5, 2020, my beautiful girl Emi passed away. In my arms, she went very peacefully to the other side.
This is what I wrote 2 weeks after her passing:

It’s ‘already’ 2 weeks ago that we had to let Emi go… I still see her everywhere, as if my mind and heart still can’t believe she’s not physically here anymore.
Often, I read that grief, and the pain, is the price we pay for love. I think this is partly true, but I also feel it’s ‘just’ a small price we pay compared to the life we shared. Yes, it hurts like …., but if I didn’t experience this, I also wouldn’t have experienced the amazing 15 years Emi and I had together. I would have missed all the days we spent together, all the little big moments, the wonderful adventures, the beautiful joy, the intense happiness, and such a deep and pure love. I wouldn’t have want to miss it for the world.
This is life. This is love.
Knowing that Emi enjoyed life to the full, feeling so deeply loved, is the most precious gift 

~ Irene

“Of all the earthly music, that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart.” (Henry Ward Beecher)


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