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

Fun fact

I was running a spell check on one of the post (because I am not friends with spelling) and everytime Alivia's name came up it asked if I wanted to replace it with the word alive. And whenever it comes across the word Livi it asks to replace it with live. Both words I love to hear when I think about Alivia. Just another tiny encouragement for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is sweet!!!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

I did not want to go to bed until I read today's wrap up so thanks for doing it. Your parents touch opened the flood gates...I am so greatful they are right by your side at this time. I know that you are being an incredible witness for the Lord so continue to shine as you have been, let your vessels over flow. God will be magnified.

Rebekah and Sam are praying for Alivia. Rebekah said, "you know Lord, the girl you gave the name Live to"...goes with your blog... to cute.

Good night

12:06 AM  
Blogger Jan Marie said...

Hey Emily,
Good news from Indiana, PA! Luke and Kristin are the proud parents of an unnamed baby girl. She has Kristin's nose, brown hair, and she's a peanut! (6#4oz-17in. long) God answered many prayers and it went really well!
Just today I went and read your birth story and laughed at your request for an epidural two months before your due date!!
Thanks for blessing us all with your sweet words of gratefulness and faith. We are all continuing in prayer constantly and are grateful for the good news and blessings He's brought your way. Enjoy your family visit!
Love you, Jan

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read and hung on every word of this blog. Emily, you keep thanking everyone for their comments, calls, visits, etc. May I say what a gift you have given ME because of this blog. I was eagerly waiting for news via emails from Bill for about three days. Then I remembered the blog this m orning. So I pulled it up and printed out 15 pages which covered the entire week of daily reports. I sat and read them all and wept. And smiled too. I don't feel so out of touch this way.

Hearing you describe this ordeal takes me back 22 years ago when our David Wesley (Davy) spent 2 months in NICU (as a newborn). He never left the hospital. I could only hold him once or twice when he wasn't hooked up. I remember the sights and sounds and smells of that hospital (Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery, AL) from the entrance lobby, to the cafeteria to the lounge, to the elevators and halls, the doctor's office, nurses station,the NICU room. It was a cognizant nightmare and I remember every detail. Sometimes I am suprised at how vivid the memory is after so many years. From time to time it washes all over me and the pain is as fresh and raw as if it was yesterday. I remember a constant kind of ringing or buzzing like sound in my ears and it caused a wierd sensation, like everything around me was a little off kilter. I remember the lingering knot in my gut and a constant heartache (and that lump in my throat) that never quite went away even while I slept. Yet the whole time I felt and knew the presence of God so profoundly that I have since not experienced again in that way. I could physically feel him beside me, inside me, I could feel the strong arms supporting my weight. Once I even noticed him crying with me. It was definitely a unique experience that I don't share very often or to too many folks because I don't think just anyone would understand. When your baby's very life is at stake (or seems to be) you are suddenly part of a "select" (and very undesirable) group of people who "know" by experience what others can only imagine.

Emily and James, I am right there with you - my heart, my thoughts. And my prayer is this: "Father be merciful to all of us and heal her little body that you created and that you gave to J & E for your good pleasure and theirs. And also gave her to us, their family, to marvel at the work of Your hands and to delight in this little princess. Would you see fit to give her many more years with us here? We are so acutely aware of our desire for Alivia's well being today than even a week ago because we realize now how fragile and vunerable our earthly lives are. She is yours but we are seeking favor from you. We do not and will not ever take our lives, Alivia's life, our health and our days with each other for granted. Teach us this lesson, but then spare us unnecessary sorrow. If this is selfish, forgive me, but it's an honest cry from a mother's heart to a Father's heart. " Amen.

Love to all,
Marcy (and Jon) Folta

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Amy Nicole said...

What encouraging and great news (referring to the end of the day report on Wed). God is so faithful and big...we sometimes underestimate how fast and huge He can move. We will continue to pray hard. And what fun news to maybe even come home for a bit...we miss our "neighbors"! I love what spell check always comes up with trying to help the helpless spell better...and in your case, that is really cute! Have a great visit with your fam today! Em, James and Livi your in our daily thoughts, prayers and hearts! Love, Andy, Amy (and yes Hannah too)

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Laurie Nicholson said...

Emily, we've never met ...but I'm currently one of Aaron's teachers. Alivia is lucky to have such a devoted uncle. His love and care for her have shown through every conversation. For your whole family, know that Aaron has been managing this as an amazing and conscientious young professional. It's hard to watch one of our students walk through this, but he and I have spoken about it several times and I hope that he knows how much care and support are being poured out for your daughter, your family, and this situation.

Please know that Alivia is in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be there.

Laurie Nicholson

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Melissa Stoltzfus said...

Good morning, Emily:

I wanted to let you know that we are still praying for Alivia. This morning my wonderful but very active children were up at 4:30. After convincing them to go back to sleep I took time to pray for your sweet little girl. God hears.

Melissa Stoltzfus

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning,
Many the Lord's face shine mightily upon all of you today as you gather for a special time with family. He is being glorified in so many ways! Keep up the Faith!!! It was great to read the posts from your parents. We are continuing to pray for you all (especially for a healing!) We know that it is God's will that prevails,and that is encouraging. We have been searching the scriptures for words of encouragement and here are a couple: Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 5:1-3 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Thank you for keeping us posted. We certainly appreciate that.
Have a blessed day.
The Freeman Family

8:00 AM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Morning Emily-
may you remember when trials come and the wind blows we do not stand alone. Christ stands there with us and waits for us to cry out to him for his hand. we cry out to him with you and your family! we all stand because of his work on the cross! may there be grace as you remember that He is standing with you each time you get news from the doctor to the times of waiting; He stands! love you-jamie and lyndon

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again Emily for the updates, They mean a lot to us who are in prayer for you. Yesterday evening there was a brief rainstorm in Lancaster followed by a brillient triple rainbow. This reminded me of God's faithfullness to Noah on the ark. Imagine what it must have been like for them to be cooped up in that boat for over a year not knowing what would become of them with only their faith in God to sustain them through many long and weary days. But God was faithful to bring them out and he blessed them, and he has and will continue to be faithful to you. In my devotions this morning I read from Prov. 14:26-27 " In the fear of the Lord one has STRONG CONFIDENCE, and his children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death." Be encouraged knowing that you can have strong confidence in God and his faithfulness. We are continually praying for you,

8:20 AM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

Very cool!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

Read this verse this morning in my quiet time. I'm holding onto these few words for myself today and prayed on your behalf that you, too, would be able to look to Christ throughout the day.

Christ is speaking w/ his disciples after he rose from the dead; they are doubting that such a miracle happened even while Jesus is standing right there with them. Jesus says to them (and to us today),

"Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? LOOK AT MY HANDS AND MY FEET. It is I myself!"

Praying you see the nail pierced hands and feet of Christ through the eyes of your soul today and remember what a sacrifice He made so that we could know of His infinite love and mercy.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Emily -
"Live" "alive" Alivia! I was not sure how you had chosen her name, but the promise contained in it had struck me also. Blessings to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are continually with you.
Cathy S. (h.s. math)

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Really? That is sooo awesome! Glad to hear that things are going "well". Is that an appropriate word? Your parents entries made me cry - happy tears though. In my thoughts and prayers.

With love,

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcy's blog hit me between the eyes this morning! This is kinda like a family reunion!

After this experience, Emily and James, your spirit man will have a little "stripe" on the arm just like they get in the military after they've served in combat. The devil will see that stripe. I know Aunt Marcy must have some!

When we go to heaven, we will all sit around and talk about how we got this stripe and that stripe and how the Lord was faithful during it all and brought us THROUGH it!

This has gone on long enough. We're praying that you all can go home! (Doesn't that word "home" sound good!)

Still praying in NY ...Aunt Cheryl

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Nancy Lotinsky said...

Hi Emily and James,
There's a contingency of us in Gaithersburg MD who are praying now. We just got the news last night about all you are going through. We love you.
The Lotinskys

"In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on God alone. He must simply and entirely entrust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them, for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Put your full confidence in Him, be strong in faith, giving glory to God."
Charles H. Spurgeon

9:35 AM  
Blogger All the Millens said...

Good Morning! Thinking of you conintually....My faith is encouraged as I see you holding onto the Lord through the ups and downs of the days. May your strength equal your days. It is also encouraged by the outpouring of love you are receiving that I can see in the blogs and comments. It reminds me of when an ant hill is disturbed and the ants run, run, run, and work, work, work until all is repaired. The constant motion you can see on the ant hill is a natural picture of how I see the body of Christ responding to your great need at this time. I am amazed at the work of GOD! With much love from all of us, Katherine

10:14 AM  
Blogger beth said...

i love this little post :) thanks em. i miss you guys so much! i realized that even before any of this started i have about 6 photos of livi up in my room. i love the one of me kissing her beautiful, sweet smelling forehead... and i can't wait to be able to do that again :) i'm glad to hear from your parents... and i am praying and praying and i pray your weekend with the family is lovely. our Savior's love is surrounding you all the time and everywhere...

11:55 AM  

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