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.

Friday, April 21, 2006


I still love to laugh, I still worry about my hair, I still love make-up (even though I stink at putting it on) I still try on 10 outfits before I decide on the same shirt as yesterday, I still hate to clean, I still love to cook, I am silly, I love spring and wish it would stay just like this forever, I still love James in rugby shorts, I still get annoyed at stupid, insignificant things the only difference is that I now know my baby is sick. So feel free to call me. Treat me like you always have. Livi's illness isn't contagious, it isnt' even obvious if you look at her. I will still turn off my phone if I'm taking a nap or don't want to talk. But I love to hear from people. I always have. I am a social girl. I love my friends deeply and I still need to hear about others lives. I don't want to always talk about leukemia or eosinaphils. I love hearing that Eden drank too much chocolate milk or that Samual can open doors (not sure if thats good) or that Jamie almost won the Newman family Easter Egg hunt (you'll get them next year). I can't stop my life and Alivia's just because she's sick. Instead I want to enjoy every moment and have fun. Especially if we don't have to be in the hospital. So don't feel like you have to walk on eggshells around us. If you want to call do. If I want to answer I will. Thanks for being sensative to us and wanting not to disturb us...but do. Disturb away because it won't be disturbing at all. Oh and when you see us Sunday at church say Hi. Just know that I may be spraying everyone with Anti-Bacterial wash of some sort or handing out HAZMAT suits. (Just kidding)


Blogger beth said...

you're the best big sister ever. and you're awesome. i'll call you soon.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your "ME" entry! It put a smile on my face.
I remember when I was sick and friends would come over to "visit" me. I was too sick to get out of bed, but I loved to just listen to them talk...to each other! And I would love it when one of my friends from work would call and just tell me about the goofy goings-on at work...everyday stuff...gave me a chance to put my illness on the shelf for a while.
Emily, you are doing so very well. I think it is God's own strength that is helping you. Just be your own sweet self; just be the woman that God made you. Rest in all the love towards you and your family and all the prayers reaching heaven for you, James, Alivia and your extended families.
Hope today is a GOOD day!
Mary Ann K.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

Great post, my friend. I felt like this so much after my dad died but was too young to figure out how to express it. God was faithful, though, and gave me special people who knew when to chat away about anything and everything, when to listen to me talk about the hardship of losing my father and when just to sit in silence. I know God's going to send those special people your way, too, and I hope I might be one of them, even at a distance!

Love the "hazmat suit" comment. :) I'm with you sister. I still freak out a little when strangers want to touch my boys. Why do people feel they have the right to touch pregnant women's bellies and babies w/out permission? Things that make you go hmmm?

Love you much.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said!!! You crack me up. I am glad that Eden's experience of being "hopped up" on chocolate milk made it into the blog!!! That day will live in infamy...lesson learned!
Livi looked so stinkin cute at market today. Love the hot pink!
And, I think you handled all the old ladies and crazies that wanted to stop and look and talk to her very well, you aren't even carrying a can of lysol or handing out surgical masks...you are amazing!
Well, you are doing a great job. You just got to keep going on with life even though everything is so uncertain right now. You're doing it...I don't know how I would be if I were in your shoes..you're an inspiration. And, BTW you looked really cute today...so if that was the shirt you wore yesterday, who cares??? It looked fabulous!
Love ya- Les

3:08 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

You do a great job of expressing yourself and putting your thoughts into words. i appreciate that about you! you are doing a great job of enjoying and living each day the fullest. i think i can learn to do more of that and to learn not to respond to insignificant things in anger and frustration. i am thankful that God is molding all of us for his glory! praying for strength and energy for you and restful sleep at night! jamie

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am definately a wear my clothes two days in a row girl. I'm glad to here you are getting out and about. That's commendable. God's grace is very evident in you and your trust in Him is obvious.
Blessings to you, Alivia and James.

Carol M.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cJames & Emily:
I was out of the loop for a couple of days and only learned last evening (Thurs pm) that Alivia is home! Praise God. Just want you to know that I'm praying for the two of you and for Alivia. May our Savior strengthen you as you care for your daughter! May you exprience rich fellowship with the Lord as you walk through the twists and turns of this path you are on. He will sustain you.
Ray Randolph

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Alivia's Aunt said...

Hi Emily and Livi!
Its Viv. I feel like I've been living in the dark ages without Internet. Matthew and I decided to get it sooner rather than in the fall for school so that we could keep in touch with Livi. So here we are! :)
Thanks for sharing your lives with friends Emily. Livi is such a cute baby and so dear to us. I really enjoyed seeing her Sunday and then Tuesday. Seeing her look and act normal gives me hope. Seeing her and Hannah 'playing together' Tuesday was so sweet.
I've realized these last couple of weeks how precious life is...especially children because they're such treasures from God.
Viv, Matthew, Nicholas and Hannah

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily, Just so you know, Rolland also loves James in rugby shorts!
Prayers & Blessings,
The King Family

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily... I'll take an olive green Hazmat suit please! It is good to see you still have a sense of humor.If you really enjoy spring and being outdoors, come over to the house and enjoy the spring flowers. We love having company and sharing the grounds with friends and family. If Alivia likes flowers, she could even pick a few to brighten her room. Well, it was truly good to read your blog on you. Take care and we'll see you at church.


PS~ I would be concerned about Rolland liking James in rugby shorts!! ;o)

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY! Hazmat suits sounds cool ;) i am glad to see you still have your sense on humor! i cant wait to see you on Sunday!

Love ya,
Christi B.

7:51 PM  
Blogger All the Millens said...

It was great to see you out tonight. Thanks for your post. It makes it easier for people when the one in a tough situation can be open about their feelings. To disturb or not to disturb. That is often the question. I'm sure I'll miss the mark sometimes, but know that my heart is for you. And I am glad you love to cook! I always enjoy your beautiful, delicious desssrts! (Is there really anything else worth cooking?) May you lie down and sleep in peace knowing that the Lord alone makes you dwell in safety. Katherine

10:51 PM  
Blogger Zoanna said...

You are setting a great example not only of transparency, but of joy and gratitude. I think you're also doing a wonderful service to family and friends who need guidance as to when and how to help you. Guessing about when to call is so hard. I hope some of your blogs get published someday as a practical guide to helping caregivers cope with longterm illnesses. I appreciate your honesty, your humor, your thankfulness, your trust, and so much more. ANd I don't even know you. How encouraging to me to read your partial list of verses people sent!

Psalm 100

11:56 PM  
Blogger beth said...

emily... is it just me that finds it entirely scary that your three brothers along with my brother and some other hopeless hooligans are all out in the woods of maryland camping and cooking lots of meat?

2:01 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Emily....You write so well...I find myself tearing up, with a lump in my throat, as I read your entries....Andrew's and your Mom's too....You all are blessed to have such a wonderful support system. I am so impressed with your strength.....
Glad GiGi had a little comic relief with the floor washing incident....not surprised! I would have been there laughing right along with her...

Denny and I think about all of you each day....prayers for Alivia and her health....
Continue to be strong...

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great entry emily.
it was so great seeing you and james last night. thanks for driving back to hershey. and a big thank you for the fun & thoughtful gifts! praying for sweet sleep for everyone tonight. muchas love, kb

8:39 PM  
Anonymous mrs. c said...

dear emily,

been running around here in the rain today - saw your dear friend jessica smart as she hosted a bridal shower for alissa robison.

jessica and nyah have been sick this past week - please keep them in your prayers.

thanks for your ME entry today - ahahahh - hope this "hello" finds it's way to you there.

praying for you.
love ya dear friend, mrs.c

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily and James
Sounds like great news. We continue to stand in prayer with you and will include prayer for your sleep tonight.
Love Bob and Jacqueline and Family

4:31 PM  

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