Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Another Blessing

We found at that we don't have to have another bone marrow biopsy today. Our doctor decided that he didn't think it would be conclusive and so would just be another thing to put her through (and us). Also each time they do it there is a risk of infection and she doesn't need that. So we took her for a long walk in the little sports car/stroller they have. I will try to post a picture of it soon. I need to get William to help me. We are now going for a bottle...she is starving.

30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

good morning emily!! (and james if you get to read this) i'm continually amazed at the circumstances you are facing...so much has happened just since i read last evening!! like many others, i continue to pray...thanks for the updates that give us specific requests. Praise God for the blessings you are seeing...no biopsy this morning and pink flip flops come to mind :o) this really confirms that God is concerned about the details of your life..both huge and tiny...continue to look to Him for strength and patience as you wait for more results.

praying for a restful day for livi and you - lisa evans

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Amy Nicole said...

Awesome news! I am sure that Livi is enjoying being able to "play" and be a child. Enjoy these moments for they are what will pull you through. Have a wonderful day and keep your head high and your eyes on God.
Love, Amy

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy that she doesn't have to have the test! I check your post at least a couple times a day...hoping for a little more news.

I felt like the Lord wanted me to share this Scripture with you:

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Isa 40:11

I love how the Spirit says that Jesus tends us like a shepherd. He takes care of us. He is taking care of Livvy, Himself. He has gathered her up in His arms and is holding her tightly to His chest. And He is leading you and James. The doctors arent' her help; you and James aren't her help. Jesus is her HELP. He is sustaining her little heart, He knows exactly how many of every kind of cell in her little body. He knows the cells that are sick and the cells that are well. Absolutely nothing is hidden from Him and He adores Livvy and you and James.

kristi

11:24 AM  
Blogger steph said...

Em and James,

Glad to hear the day is going a little better than expected. I can't stop checking for updates. Enjoy your family time this weekend. I am sending up some hugs with Rach. Hope things continue to get better for Miss Alivia. With what seems to be the majority of the east coast praying for her I think nothing but good things can keep coming. Take care!
Love you both!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous TheBueches said...

"He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul."

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,
What a blessing that Alivia doesn't have to have the biopsy. We are praying that the doctors have wisdom and would still be able to give you a diagnosis. How wonderful that she is eating and that you get to hold her and that you were able to take for a walk. Thank you so much for the updates. They are so helpful in knowing how to pray specifically. May you feel the arms of your Saviour wrapped around you.

Love,
Kendra Herr

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Emily and James,
Pete keeps telling us we will see the blessings in the trials, and what a testimony this is of just that! I keep lisenting to a cd by Don Moen - God Will Make a Way. He works in ways we cannot see! Every time I open up the comments, I am amazed at what an awesome God we have taking care of us. He is so faithful.
Reading all these notes is so faith building - His details, His care, His love for all His children. Thank you for taking time to share these important moments.
We are praying for the three of you as well as for Bill and Cynthia and your parents, Emily.
Trusting God for the days ahead,
Love,
Bill & Kay

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,

Just wanted to jump in here and add my name to the Army of people who are praying...day and night. I woke up this morning and 4:30 and immediately you and Livi were in my thoughts and I began to pray.

I check the blog throughout the day at LOLC and pray some more. Hundreds, probably thousands are praying...crying out to our good and faithful Heavenly Father..the One who knit Livi together in your womb. Someone once reminded me how purposeful God is with every word in the Scriptures. He knits us together in our mother's womb. Knitting involves attention to every single stitch. He knows every fiber of Livi, and He loves every fiber of Livi. He is our good and wise and faithful God!

Thanks for all the updates.

Love all you guys,
Kathie K

1:02 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Enjoy the sunshine today. . .the Lord shows himself through the rising and setting each day that he is Creator.

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! Psalm 113:3

that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. isaiah 45:6

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Maryann Plesnicher said...

Dear Emily,

Since I don't know you and barely know your mom and dad, I feel rather guilty reading your blog. I sort of feel like a peeping Tom...looking in to the very window of your heart and soul. You express yourself so well and I stand amazed at all God is doing through you in this most difficult time. Your love for your daughter is so beautiful,it's like I can actually feel it. James must be pretty remarkable too. And though I don't know your mom and dad very well, I do know that they have done an excellent job raising a daughter so committed to the Lord and her family.
It has been a very long time since God has laid a family so heavily on my heart as he has done now with you and yours. He is so in the midst of your situation. I will continue to pray for Alivia, you, James and your family. I hope that one day, I will get to meet you and that precious daughter of yours. May you know even more of Gods blessing during this Easter Season!!
Maryann

1:15 PM  
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1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, we are friends of Amy and Andy's and just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your precious Emily! Phil, Laura, and Morgan Lapp

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, we are friends of Amy and Andy's and just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your precious Emily! Phil, Laura, and Morgan Lapp

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, we are friends of Amy and Andy's and just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your precious Emily! Phil, Laura, and Morgan Lapp

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, we are friends of Amy and Andy's and just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your precious Emily! Phil, Laura, and Morgan Lapp

1:58 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

Obviously the Lapps don't know how to post a comment on blogger! HA!!
Ya gotta laugh, too!
I'm laughing through my tears.
I read your post and then all the comments and I cry, cry, cry. But, I'm sure you're not surprised.

I can't tell you how much I want to be there w/ ya'll, but I am comforted by how well you are being cared for by God Himself and His larger Body.

I, too, was up in the wee hours of the morning w/ Tucker. He woke up w/ a 103 degree temp. and as I gave him some motrin and walked the halls with him, I said a few prayers for you and Alivia.

I'm always convinced when I am up in the middle of the night that there's someone or several someone's who must need prayer.
(BTW, I took Tucker to the ped. today; he's got an ear infection and is on antibiotic. WE should be doing well very soon, God willing!)

I am so grateful God gave wisdom and understanding to your docs in the decision to not to another biopsy. I was reading through Prov. 8 this morning and praying in that vein for you and James and the docs.

One thing I wanted to share with you in that letter (I promise it's coming!) is to trust your gut about Livi's needs. I will expound a bit more on this in the letter, but remember that only you are her momma. Nobody else can be momma and have a mother's intuition about her child's needs. I doubted that for so long w/ Judah, esp. in the face of VERY smart doctors who studied years and years to treat my son's needs. But, over time I have come to see that God truly does give a special knowledge to mommy's, and daddy's I might add, that He doesn't give to anyone else. When you have a thought or a sense about what is best for Livi, ask God to show you how to meet that need in the specific circumstances you find yourselves.

Well, I guess I expounded here anyway. But, the letter is coming, hopefully with some other goodies, too!

Love you much!!
Have a great day with your family tomorrow. I will be praying it is such a special time for ya'll.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Zoanna said...

So good to hear a report of relief.

Ps. 34:18

3:28 PM  
Blogger Jen Clemmer said...

Awesome news!!! Brad and I are keeping you all in prayer!! Hope you have a restful day and enjoy the sun! Love, Jen

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily, Remember that a great many thoughts and prayers are being said for all of you. Nothing anyone can say will make the time go faster and definite answers be given. Blessings.

Rose

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!

Just wanted you to know that Benjamin and I are praying for Livi throughout the day. He folds his little hands when we ask God to bless her. We are grateful God continues to remind you of His presence and care daily.
Love, amanda kim

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Beth Mellinger said...

James & Emily - Ryan told me about your blog and as I read your entries my heart aches for you and little Alivia. I also rejoice in the blessings the Lord brings your way...no biopsy today, new room, walks outside... You are in our prayers daily, for God's healing, his sustaining grace, his perfect peace, mercies unending and restful nights. Ken is at PC this week, but we will visit you as soon as we can. We have many church folks closeby, and we want to serve you however we can.

With love and prayers - Beth

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey emily,

Leah and I are heading down to Florida tonight to meet the rest of the family, so the Malito clan will all be toghether and praying for you guys. love ya,

Leslie M.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous kb said...

hey em!
i was reading an article and thought of you on the plane...i hope you'll find this little excerpt encouraging since it would take a week to get it from oklahoma (the mail carriers here still ride horses you know).
life comes to women in stiff doses. when it does, and we are crushed or shattered or stretched beyond our limits, we need to surround ourselves with good theologians- husbands, pastors, and steadfast friends - who will encourage and help us. but at the end of the day, it won't be their theology we will lean on, no matter how good it is. we will lean on our own. i'll stop there but i wanted to let you know how grateful i am that you all have surrounded yourselves with people who will recount the character of God and pray for your continued faith and trust in the difficult moments throughout the day. as your beliefs seem to get tested i am praying your theology will testify that He is indeed your merciful and gracious God and Savior! we love you three. kathy

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,James, and Dave and Gretchen too.\

I wish I could be there with the rest of the family tomorrow.We'll just pray harder.It's been raining constantly here but today we were blessed with sunshine and we pray that you will be blessed with the sunshine in the form of good news from Alivia's fine Doctors.

Love Mike and Joanne

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James and Emily,

Grace to you all. We are praying for you. The notes and encouragement on your blog site are overwhelming. I am sitting here reading and praying for you and little Alivia. May God refresh your spirits today, may he reveal more of HIS spirit and HIS kindness to you. We will pray for peace and a restful night.

Love - the Eckman's (tom, lara, ruth, lydia & paul)

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily, I am praying for angels to sing to Alivia tonight, to help her sleep a little better than last. Praying for you and James and your mom and dad and whole family, too. How precious it is that you have each other!
Jill P.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

26 comments!!! this blog MUST hold the comments record. i am so encouraged by the thought of all of the prayers going to our Father on your behalf. and how we're all sharing in your joys & sorrows. the body of Christ really is amazing. indeed, there is nothing like it. xoxo to all, tina

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily. You stated in your bibliography that you don't want to be anything else but a mommy. Well said. You are in the mommy club. I am very proud of you. But you know, that along with the mountains comes the valleys. This has to be the lowest valley to be in right now. I can't imagine it to get any deeper. But you are still in the mommy club and All mommies are supporting you and have been praying. We will continue to uplift you as long as it takes. You are doing a GREAT JOB. again I am very proud of you. Chelly Miller, Becky's mommy

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily. I have been reading your blog for the past few days and am overwhelmed by your strength. I have always said if I ever go through a tremendous trial I want to be able to look to God and trust Him. I clearly see you doing that and it is such a testimony to us all. Your faith has certainly increased mine.
You and your precious little girl have been on my mind and heart continuously.
Know that one more is praying...
Lori Heitland

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Em-
I just got home from market- we were open today because of Easter... i was thinking about you guys all day & it was so hard not being able to check your blog every 10 minutes! You all are CONSTANTLY on my mind & I am understanding even more than ever the phrase "pray without ceasing."

I came across this passage & wanted to pass it on to you!
Lamentations 3:21-25-This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lords lovingkindness indeed never ceases, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is they faithfullness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I have hope in Him." The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to those who seek Him.

I hope you have a restful night. I love you!
-Ang

10:01 PM  

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