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.

Monday, April 17, 2006


So we are sitting with my dad and brothers waiting for Alivia to wake up from a nap and my mom was with Alivia...well she comes dashing around the corner and says "we're going home!" You heard me...WE'RE GOING HOME!!!!!!!

I am in shock..but in a good way..yet again. The doctors decided that since they aren't doing anything to help and she is getting better (blood count wise) that they would send us home. We will come in for an outpatient blood count on Wednesday morning. The doc said that this could still develop into leukemia but the best case scenario is that she will continue to get better and we'll never know what it was. I think that would frustrate the doctors but we wouldn't' mind a bit. So we're packing our room and heading home.

I will write more about exactly what they said during discharge once I get home. Thank you for continuing to pray. They still think that this will become full blown leukemia but it hasn't yet. Pray that it never does. And thank you so much for all the prayers that you have said on our behalf. God is blessing us and healing our girl for us. Pray that it continues. God is so merciful


Blogger Geoff & Karla said...

Praise God!!!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Tina Wenger said...

James,Emily,Alivia,and family,
You have been in our thoughts and prayers soooo much! Yeahhh - Home Sweet Home! We will pray for a complete healing work of the Lord and that He would receive much glory!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Sara Rankin said...

James and Emily,

Wow! Great news! Home probably never looked so good! :-) I'll continue to pray along with the cajillion :-) of others praying for God's mercy and complete healing for Alivia.

Soli Deo Gloria

4:07 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

May the Lord continue to give you +James and Alivia grace and may you see His hand in all the details. Jamie

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie Freeman said...

Hey guys-

That's great news!! I forgot to mention this to you when I left you a note, or to Gretchen on the phone...but when my older and much crazier sister was little (and I think about Livi's age), the doctor had her on a medication, or strong antibiotic I think, that made her body go berzerk. They thought that she had leukemia because of what her blood cells did, but it turned out to be just a near life-threatening reaction.
Is Liv on any steady meds? Just a thought...

Also, a cousin of mine DID have Leaukemia (I couldn't tell you what type), but he is now a healthy, strapping young man of the age of 20ish. So, that's just confirmation for lots of hope- and cures, especially when you know the Great Physician.

P.S. Glad she keeps getting better!!


4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...





Unbelievable, truly amazing, stupendously fantastic.

There's no place like home. Settle in and enjoy.

Love, hugs, kisses and whatnot

(Aunt) Lisa

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Denise T. said...

Well, I guess we won't be visiting you in Hershey on Thursday... how awesome is God's kindness. But, if you would want some company on Thursday, let me know.

Lots of love and joy,

4:22 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, 'Where is their God?' Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him."

Psalm 115:1-3

Praising God with you and praying for peace as you journey home.

Recall to mind over the next hours and days, Ps. 139:5 which says, "You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me." God's hand is upon Alivia as much in the car on your way home and at home and wherever you find yourself this week as it has been upon her at the hospital.

Fear not, my friend. God goes with you!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James and Emily,
I am so happy you will find have the comforts of home with your little girl. Praise God. You have all been in our prayers. I'm sorry we haven't been able to get out to Hershey to see you. We wish you all well and I check your blog a few times a day to see how things are going. Thanks for keeping us all updated. You are truly an example to us. You and James have been so strong through all this. We will continue to pray for complete healing. (Please give Alivia a hug from Katie.)

Mike and Leigh Dowgiewicz

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! That's amazing!!! I'm so excited that you get to come home!!! Please continue to update us on Livi's tests, etc. How amazing is our God! How excited are you to sleep in your own bed tonight?!?! I will continue to pray for your precious little one. Have a great night!!

lisa evans

5:15 PM  
Blogger beth said...

Oh praise God!!!
emily i yelled when i read this... my mom and david came running into the room as i yelled "THEY'RE GOING HOME!!!!!!!" :)

i'm still praying and am sooo happy you can go home!

God is soooo kind!

Love you/xxoo,

5:15 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh Em! That's great! I bet you could not wait until you heard those words. I am so happy. There is no better place than being at home. We will keep hoping and praying that this was just some type of bad infection that came and now is gone. Take care!

Love, Heather

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Beth Mellinger said...

James and Emily - We are soooo happy to hear your wonderful news of going home!! Ken and I were going to come and visit you tonight, but I guess we won't be doing that! You and your little girl will remain in our prayers. As we shared your trial with our parents on Easter, we all shared in your pain, your joys and your burdens. May our Mighty God touch little Alivia and heal her totally, and may you both be strengthened in heart and body with each passing day. Your faith and confidence in the Lord is such a testimony and example to the saints (and I'm sure to the many unbelievers that have crossed your path in the past week)- May God be glorified!
Love, The Mellinger family

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so sad that I missed your call...darn showers! Who needs 'em, right?
I am so excited! I was running errands, waiting in extremely long lines at post office....did'nt care! I was floating....on cloud nine! So happy that you get to go home!
Let me know if you need anything! I bought those arrowroot cookies at Target to bring up on my next visit...now i can drop them off at your place!!
Call when/if you get a chance!
I am soo happy!

"Morning by morning new mercies I see...all I have needed thy hand hath provided...great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me!" Song of the day around the Yoder house!!!!


5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such good news! I can't imagine how happy you are to be home! I will continue to pray for your family, and that livi will heal completely. Have a wonderful time back at home with your family!

Moriah Freeman

7:35 PM  
Anonymous tina said...

YIPPEEEE!!! -tina

7:52 PM  
Anonymous mrs. c said...

dear emily,

great is your faithfulness oh Lord.

the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness oh Lord.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.” Lam 3:22-24

rejoicing with you today.
please keep us posted on updates and
prayer requests.

continuing to pray.

love, mrs.c

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so nice that you keep everybody updated on how everything is going. You are such a great example to me in how you are trusting God and keeping your faith through these hard times. I pray you are able to stay home for as long as possible. Have a wonderful day in the Lord! God bless!

Moriah Freeman

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Emily - Well, you have to laugh - I got a couple small things to send to Alivia to distract her while in the hospital, and you all got the word to go home while I was out shopping! Wonderful news!! I'd still like to send the little somethings along, but realized I have no address for you except your hospital address. I sent your dad an email about this via work, but then realized he must still be with you there. (I don't think he is exactly focused on work-related email at the moment!) SO, when you have a chance (NO RUSH - take your time), would you please send an appropriate mailing address? You can send it to my school email if you want to: cschloemer@iasd.cc . You all be kind to yourselves especially during this break. I am sure you need rest. I continue to pray and pray. God bless all of you.
Cathy S.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Briana Almengor is a friend of mine that goes to our church and she asked us to pray for you in our Bible Study today. Words can't express how my heart goes out to you and how the tears just flowed and flowed as I read your blog. I have a 3 year old and an 18 month old and they are so precious to me as your Alivia is so precious to you. I will continue to pray for your strength and for the abounding grace that has poured and will continue to pour into your family's lives. You will be in my prayers every day faithfully and I will continue to read your blog. God is faithful.

10:42 PM  

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