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, May 15, 2006

May 15th

Alivia is currently sitting in her excer-saucer, wiggling to Super Tramp (thanks Uncle Aaron!) and playing with markers (with their lids on...I'm not totally crazy). She and I are both recovering from the super busy weekend we had. And I'm trying not to freak out about tomorrow. (reading the Bible and "Beside Still Waters" when I start freaking...so every five minutes).

We got the call from the hospital and we have to be there at 6 am! I guess we are the first ones on the schedule at 7:30am. She can't eat anything but clear liquids after 1:30 so I plan on waking her up around 1:15 and giving her a bottle so that she is not completely starving on top of everything else.

I can say I am scared and nervous and would rather do just about anything than hand my perfect, sweet, little girl over to the surgeons tomorrow. But I know its for her own good. I just can't imagine her little body with scars. She has this perfect skin and the idea of scars is so sad to me. Even little ones. But if it gets closer to a diagnosis then good..right?!

Please pray that it all goes smoothly, no extra bleeding (her plateletts are low still so they will be giving her some after surgery). That she isn't in too much pain afterwards. That she isn't scared too much. That there are no complications and they get good samples. That we get some sleep tonight. That God heals my baby.

27 Comments:

Anonymous tina said...

i'll be praying emily! love you guys!

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never stop asking God to heal our (and HIS) beautiful Alivia!!!! MOM

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never stop asking God to heal our (and HIS) beautiful Alivia!!!! MOM

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily-
Wow! Early morning. I'll be praying that all of you are able to get good rest tonight & that livi's 1:15 bottle will miraculously keep her liitle stomach full until she's aloud to eat again.

Not only do you get the #1 mom award, but also the #1 friend award! seriously thanks so much for EVERYTHING this weekend. I only hope that I can be as much of a support to you as you have been/are to me. I'm trying to take lessons from you! As things are difficult for me- the one thing that usually comforts me the most is songs/verses that remind me "how great our God is!" When I meditate on His Power & Greatness, peace floods my soul. I pray that God will fill you with a new portion of His grace for today & again for tomorrow & Wed. He will sustain you this week as you are up in Hershey again. How Great Is Our God. I love you so much my friend--Ang

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Maryann Plesnicher said...

Emily,
When Krissy had her last surgery, she was not quite two and a half. When she came out the anesthetic, she whispered, "Mommy, he was there with me." I wasn't sure what she meant so questioned her, "Who was with you honey?" She simply said, "Jesus. He was in there with me."
I truly, beleive that the Lord had his hand directly upon her. He took care of her and comforted her even when her mommy couldn't. Emily,I believe with all of my heart, that Jesus will be in there with Alivia too, taking care of her as only He can.
God bless...I'm praying,
Maryann Plesnicher

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily, I continue to pray for Alivia and you and James. I know tomorrow will be a difficult time but I also know a God who is more than able to help you through it. I will pray often tomorrow! Joni Cairns

2:53 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hi, I'll be praying a ton. Will she be under anethesia for this? I hope.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,
I'm going to send out a prayer request to the West Point prayer vine. We will be praying for Alivia tomorrow and for you and James. You do your part and God will do His. He loves Alivia. I just read that woman's comment who said her daughter said Jesus was with her in the surgery. Cool! (It's like in Daniel---the fiery furnace when there were first three men in there and then they saw four.)

My goodness is Alivia ever cute! We loved seeing you all this weekend. (Love your "Jonathan-type" haircut!) Love, Aunt Cheryl

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will pray for you guys! i have been praying every day! hope the doctors apointment goes well! i pray livi does heal soon!
get lots of sleep!

Lots of love and prayers,
moriah

4:16 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

Even though it's an early morning, it's a good thing she'll be first on the schedule: surgeon is fresh, anesthesiology team is fresh and Alivia won't have to wait all day!

Judah has had several early morning surgeries and I've never woken him during the night to feed him; although I have thought about it. My little guy has always done just fine eating the night before and then going to bed. He's also got a little bit extra body weight, so I don't know if that contributes to it or not. I'm just too selfish to get up in the middle of the night to give him that last little drink, and he's always done just fine.

So, consider what you might need most: Livi to not feel hunger or you to get some sleep tonight. You know best, but just wanted to tell you that my little guy has done fine.

We'll be praying for ya'll tomorrow!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LORD is Livi's shepherd...she shall not want!!! I will be praying that for her tonite..that she would sleep well and that tomorrow would go smoothly. He will be right there with her, just as Maryann beautifully described in her post. I am crying right now...well, when am I not???? I am also praying for you. That you continue to stay so strong and normal...how??? I am confident that it is by God's precious GRACE!
Hang in there!
Love, Les

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will continue to pray for all of you. Since I am large pregnant I don't sleep very much anymore, so I will be praying all night too. May you feel God's peace tomorrow and the sugery would be a "success". God Bless!!!
Alicia Hess<><

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,
Praying for everything you requested in your blog...including minimal scarring. (The Perfect One has scars, too.)
Praying for even more than your requests as our God is able to do more than we can think or imagine.
Have a restful night.

Mary Ann K.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will be praying for you tonight. i hope the bottle will hold alivia's stomach until she can eat again. i pray that you and james and alivia get a great night sleep.i am always thinking of your family. you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.
i respect the way you have held your eyes on the Lord, and how you care for your family. you are a great example to me.

God bless you,
Christi Boronow

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our family will be praying for your little girl tomorrow..
ashley

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,

I will pray very hard for you tonight, and for alivia tomorrow. My prayer for her is a successful surgery, and that she will have sweet peaceful dreams while she is under anesthesia. Love, Leslie Malito

12:04 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I hope tomorrow at this time you'll feel peace in knowing Livi is well taken care of and they are one step closer to knowing what is happening in her body.
She'll be strong - much stronger than us adults - and you'll be amazed at how we all learn from her.
Love you guys.
Rach

12:50 AM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Asking God that he would continue to pur out HIS grace today on you and your family! i am praying they will be able to identify what is going on with her body. may you find rest, comfort and peace in knowing God's ways are His ways and His ways are good. may you see His hand at work today as you wait. look to see Him in all the details. praying~jamie

7:41 AM  
Blogger All the Millens said...

May God's presence be real and thick right there with you all at the hospital! May the Holy Spirit remind you of truth and bring you peace - as only Jesus can give. We are praying in faith! "To Him Who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!" Jude 24

Katherine

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just sitting here...waiting for an update...praying and praying and praying. I have people from all over emailing and calling to see how she is doing!!! You are all covered in prayer!
Lots of love,
Les

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Lori Randolph said...

Emily,

Thanks for sharing your Mother's Day pics. Alivia sure is precious. I'm thankful your family had a wonderful, even though it was busy, past couple days "party-hopping" to different family events. I'm sure it was really nice to be around family (and Eden Yoder for Alivia!). I can't believe John graduated...whoa!

Please know that I will be praying for you, James and most importantly Alivia.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Sara Rankin said...

James, Emily and Alivia,

So good to see you all this weekend! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

When I read this from Morning and Evening (5-14 entry)I thought of you guys and prayed for you all.

“He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom.”

Isaiah 40:11
Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd . Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of his flock draw forth his compassion. It is his office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, he purchased them with blood, they are his property: he must and will care for that which cost him so dear. Then he is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of his glory and reward.

But how may we understand the expression, “He will carry them”? Sometimes he carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are “carried” by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great sweetness in what they do know. Frequently he “carries” them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.

“He carries the lambs in his bosom.” Here is boundless affection. Would he put them in his bosom if he did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love-passages between Christ and his weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in his bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!

~Sara Rankin

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Sara's post certainly was profoundly appropriate for you all. What a precious picture of the Good Shepherd holding you all safely in his arms! Tears...again...no surprise!
Keep that picture in your minds today as you hand over your baby to doctors and nurses....she is never out of the grip of her Savior!
Love you,
Les

11:52 AM  
Blogger beth said...

i will not stop praying. i love you all so much...
beth

12:20 PM  
Anonymous corey & kathy said...

Unto Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that you ask or think, according to the power that works within you, and beside you, and above you, and beneath you, and all around you, to Him be the glory in your life, in Livi's life...praying for all of you now!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You, James and Alivia are in our prayers, Shelby & girls

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Margot Cole said...

I pray Jesus holds Alivia, James, and you very close and that the Holy Spirit carries you today.

I am meeting my "Team In Training for Leukemia & Lymphoma half-marathon" this Saturday to begin training for October. Even though the doctors have ruled out leukemia, I still want to do this in honor of Alivia and raise funds for research.

Jesus, please heal Alivia- we know you can.

Love,
Cousin
Margaret(Margot)Haughery Cole

2:39 PM  

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