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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

one more thanks

I realized that I forgot to thank Pete Privatera for coming. he has been here twice and both times was in times of huge movement, upheaval and stress. But it means so much that you came Pete. Thanks for praying with us and directing our eyes to the Father.


Blogger beth said...

God is good. It is really good to hear that you all have had a boost in faith. Your posts have boosted mine. Emily, I know i already said something similar to this... but I have really really been encouraged by your faith. You have been continually speaking truths of God. How honoring that is to Him that even during this incredibly difficult time, you still choose to praise Him.

Reading your recent posts brought the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" to my heart.

I am praying for you continuously.


11:02 PM  
Blogger Zoanna said...

Dear Emily and James,
I found your blog after reading Libby's, where she has posted a request for prayers for you all.(We go to Chesapeake Comm. Church and are friends of her parents.) I don't know what to say. My heart aches with you about this terrible disease your little girl has. I have read all of your posts on this particular page (April, I guess?) and appreciate all the ways you inform and serve your readers and potential visitors with what you really need and how you're feeling. People want to help, you know that by now. Where in PA do you live? I see that Greensburg was a day trip for you. I went to college at Seton Hill (back when horses and buggies were the mode of transportation:). I am a mom of four (3 teens and a 4 year old who was much prayed for after 2 miscarriages) and the hardest part is the times of watching them suffer. I am going to keep reading your blog for updates and requests, and if there's anything you would like to have mailed to you from these parts (around Baltimore) just say so. I have a blog, too, so you can just leave me a comment there or email me at zubs@comcast.net.
Please know that I am praying for you. I may be a total stranger, but I pray to the Lord who knows you intimately! That's good enough for me. Love,
Zoanna Zubrowski
Abingdon, MD

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Hannah Byers said...

Emily & James,
I just wanted to let you know that I was talking to a friend of mine, Barbara Kuhlmann whose husband works at Hershey Medical. Barbara & Chris live one mile from my house but don't know you and I was talking about your situation to ask for prayer. They said that they just recieved an email asking prayer for Alivia from their sisters friend in NY who both parties don't know you. Even in NY people are praying and don't know you! What an amazing GOD! His name is Chris Kuhlmann who works at Hershey and he was hoping to come by on Thursday to pray for the both of you. If we added up all the people praying I believe it would be thousands!!!! God is good, ALL of the time. :) I hope this is encouraging! Get some sleep.
Hannah Byers

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Dan and Julie said...

James and Emily,

We prayed for peace for you tonight...and rest! We love you! Thanks for the updates. We hope to come see you, but in the meantime know that we...like so many...are praying for you and for Alivia. It is clear that God is very near to you during this time and that He is working in this situation. May He be glorified.

Hold on to the faith I hear in your reports. We will hold on along with you!

Dan & Julie (and Baby Jude too!)

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily and James,
Rachel recently contacted me to give me the news about Alivia. It was heart breaking news and you've all been on my mind since. I've read your blog and am so impressed with your strength, Emily. I'm so glad that you are keeping positive. That is so important in times like these and Alivia will benefit so much from feeling that. I will continue to check the blog for updates. In the meantime, know that you are in my thoughts.
Erin Quirk

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Amy Nicole said...

Good Morning Em! Hope that you got some sleep over the night. It was encouraging to me to come visit yesterday and see you guys for myself. Your strength and faith in God is steadfast and true...He will honor your obedience. I loved hearing of all the reports yesterday about the ways He has provided for you guys. Andy and I are continually praying that His will be done and that you will get some clear answers soon. You guys are doing soooo well. Hope today will bring some more sunshine your way! You are a great Mom Em!! Love, Andy and Amy

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily and family - I am a friend of Lori and Lane. My wife Susan and I have been married for 4.5 years and have a 13 month old. Our Cora is the light of our life. Putting ourselves on your position is impossible. We will be praying for you and your little Alivia. Praise GOD that we live in a day, and age and an area where great care is so readily available.

We can't speak highly enough about Hershey Medical Center. My wife's cousin was accidentally shot in the head about 9 months ago. The staff at Hershey was amazing and Tim is now almost fully recovered.

May the Lord keep his physician's hand on your Alivia and his father's hand on each of you. May he cause you to find rest for your souls in Him.

--Ed Dart

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily,
Stay strong and have faith. I am so glad your dad and mom are there. Your dad has helped my family through some rough times. I will keep you in my daily prayers.
Laura Irvin
(East Pike teacher)

8:47 AM  
Blogger beth said...

Dear Emily,
We just finished family devotions. After our time of reading and discussion we prayed. And specifically for Alvia, you, james, your parents, james' parents, the doctors... i just want to let you know you are consistently in our thoughts and we are always praying... not just ourselves, but every time our family gathers together (like last night @ dinner). And as Jesus said "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." (matt. 18:20)
also "And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up." (james 5:15) and in verse 16: "The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working"

i am in faith for Alivia. So many people are praying... and our Savior loves to answer our prayers. our beautiful incense before God (rev. 5:8, 8:3-4)

i love you all so much...

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Emily and Alivia-
i am so thankful for the love, support, and prayers that the body of Christ is coming together! it is amazing to see hoe God uses the whole body! you and james are a witness to other as you walk by faith and not by sight through this time! may today be filled with details of grace again! love you and praying for you this morning- jamie and lyndon

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Emily and Alivia-
i am so thankful for the love, support, and prayers that the body of Christ is coming together! it is amazing to see how God uses the whole body! you and james are a witness to other as you walk by faith and not by sight through this time! may today be filled with details of grace again! love you and praying for you this morning- jamie and lyndon

9:07 AM  
Blogger Sara Rankin said...

James and Emily,

Hey! Stephen sent me the blog site and I quickly got up to date reading all the posts. Thanks for posting and keeping us up to date so we can know how to pray and care for you all. You all are so dear to us at Crossway.

I hope this encourages you, but reading your entries reminded me of stories my parents told me when I was born. Doctors didn't know what to make of my hands when I was born. It was rare (still is) and there really wasn't any treatment done before. My parents tell me that I went through alot of different treatments and that they had to make some tough decisions based on something that was really unknown at the time. They spent alot of time praying and asking for God's help. In the end, I believe God led them to a doctor who told them to stop the treatments and let my hands be as they are and see where things end up.

Now I know that a physical disability and leukemia are two totally different things and require different treatments, but I wanted to share about the sovereignty and care of God. He knows exactly what Livi has and will provide for it. When we are weak, he is strong and he will show himself mighty and glorious in this situation. There is grace for every situation both now and in the future. Nothing is outside the wisdom or reach of the Father.

I could go on, but I will close here. I will pray continually for God's grace and mercy to you all. I will pray for strength and faith in God when those tough unknown decisions come around. Love you guys!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Lori Randolph said...

Good morning Emily, Alivia and James,

Just a quick note to say that all of you were in my thoughts, on my heart and in my prayers first thing this morning. God continues to remind me of your trial through out my day causing me to stop and pray. How good of God to place our trials on the hearts of others!

Psalm 27:13-15

I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

Much love, care and affection,
Lori (and Lane)

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to be able to be here with Livi, Emily and James and Dave. One can be strong while the other is weak. James was so strong with Livi in the PICU and just full of faith for her...what a blessing to see him being her strong daddy.
We have become part of a new community here, not one we would ever have chosen, yet we are all in this together. Please pray for Nancy Byler and her son Jonathan, an Amish family, he had open heart surgery (5 months old) and is having complications. Poor Nancy, they don't use phones, her husband is home with the dairy farm and the other children...okay TMI...but her gentle spirit so intrigues me.
The visits are incredible...a blessed distraction. We can talk or think of nothing else so it helps to be able blah, blah, blah with all of you.
The serving of Crossway Church is incredible. The meals have been excellent...such care is shown to us through them.
Your comments are so so precious to us...we are blessed by them.
This hospital is wonderful, despite the Penn State affiliation. Dave and I are doing some thinking about the whole Pitt vs. Penn State. How ironic of God (He has some sense of humor) to put us in a Penn State facility!
On Wednesday while taking my first shower of the duration (true confession) ("taking showers" is our euphenism for having an all out cry!)...anyway I remembered Jese had to set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem. I asked God to help me to set my face to the Jerusalem he had for us through this trial. HE IS GOOD. We cannot possibly ever know what God has for us in this...but we do feel your caring and love...thank you, thank you! Gigi (Gretchen Allen, Emily's Mom, and Livi's grandmom).

10:34 AM  

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