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.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

One of those days

I decided to take a few days off from blogging. First of all I decided to see what it would feel like to not talk about Alivia being sick for a few days. It was nice but not reality and I realized how much I get out of the comments that everyone makes. Also we were very busy this weekend and spend all day Sunday either outside or with friends. It was a good weekend. (might be an understatement..we had a blast but those memories are to good to write)

My other reason for taking a few days off was an overwhelming feeling of vulnerability. I realized after talking to people just how many people are reading this. Writing this is a great way for me to get my thoughts out but I realized that it is really easy just to pour out my heart and not think about how many people might read this. Sort of a startling revelation for me. I thought that everyone who was reading had posted a comment and now I realize thats not true. So I am asking that if you are reading this and have never before posted that you would do me the favor of just this once writing your name, where you are from and how you know about Alivia. It only takes a second, you don't have to sign up or anything just click comment and annonymous and say who you are. Thanks a ton.

Alivia is getting tooth. Poor kid. She is going through it right now. She is sleeping a little better. She woke up with a rash this morning (one of the signs the doc told me to look for) so I called and talked to a nurse and she said (after I described it) that it was probably from the medicine. Alivia has gotten rashes before that look like this one. So hopefully that is all it is. Also, the Doc didn't feel like we needed to come in earlier than Thursday....unless a fever starts.

Thanks for today and the last few days...
Cards for the nurses from Nicholas Haughery (Alivia's cousin), The Millen Family, Lisa Allen (my aunt), Dr. and Mrs. Victor Lan, Kelly Tonkin, Sherry Vislosky and Lou Ann Miller (the great people who my mom works with) and Maryann Plesnicher.
Card for Alivia from Andy and Ann Carroll, Kelly Tonkin and The Moore's
And a bag of goodies from Aunt Lisa (she ate the paper airplane as soon as it came out of the bag and did the sign for please as soon as she saw the new signing video. We've watched it a bunch of times already. She sees the case and starts pointing at the TV. Obviously she loves it.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi James, Emily, and Alivia,
We haven't posted anything before, but per your request are signing in so you know that we're reading :) We heard early on about Alivia's health from Neil and Jess and have been praying for you all regularly. So glad that things are going well now for her and will continue to pray!
Luke and Christina Smart

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Christa, I am a mother of 3. I heard about Alivia from a friend of yours asking for prayers. I can't even imagine how you must be feeling. I wish your family all the strength and faith to get through this. She is beautiful...god bless.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Emily
Just wanted to let you know that I read every day and carry you, Alivia, and James on my heart.
Pat Shoff

5:49 PM  
Blogger beth said...

Hey emily... i was eating some M&M's today... and that made me think of you. So I prayed for you all. And especially that God would give you strength. love you,

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

emily, i posted once before...i think i did it correctly. donna mckelvey told me about alivia weeks ago and i have been praying for her healing and for your strength (james, too) ever since. i also have been praying for your mom and dad. it is always a good choice to take a break and evaluate....i'm sure God prompted you to do that. may God richly bless your days and nights. love, marie trunzo watters

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily, James and Alivia,

Just wanted you all to know, I've been praying for little Alivia. I know James and his family from your church ( I attended as a child ). My Grandparent's Clyde and Beverly told me of Alivia's condition and asked for prayer for her. Well I've been praying and will continue too. Please know we care deeply and look forward to hearing all the news of her recovery. God is so Good. May he bless you guys with peace, healing and sleep : )

With Love,
( mother of two, 22mo old daughter, and 2mo old son )

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi emily,
my name is heather and i am a maryland friend of briana's. my husband ed and i go to chesapeake community church- a sister sovreign grace church. We live down the street from Bri and my 16 month old son, Rudy is good buddies with Judah and Tucker. I have had youin my heart and prayers since Bri relayed your situation to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts during such a difficult time.
I am a nurse and appreciate so much your care for the nursing staff even during your trial. Do they know your blog address? i'm sure they would love to keep up with you guys--- if you feel that is appropriate.

anyway, i've written way too much...sorry.

"You... clothed me with joy that my heart may sing to you and not be silent." Psalm 30:11-12

heather griger

8:50 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Hello Emily, I read your blog about everyday. You are on our hearts as well as Bill & Cynthia & of course your parents. I can try to understand this all from being a mother & a grandmother... We love your family!! Clyde & Cheryl Erb

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily, thank you for what you wrote on your blog today. I understand what you are trying to say. As usual, I misunderstand first, are all mothers and daughters like that? Even before you called this AM re: THE RASH, my devotions included PS 86.6 and I wrote it down and took it to work and wrote it on my blotter. I needed that fresh encouragement...and God is SO GOOD to give it to us. Will see and hug you for real tomorrow around 7 PM. Can't wait. Love, Gigi and Pap-Pap-PAp-pap!

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Claudia Curry said...

Hi Emily,
I learned about Alivia's condition in a small group meeting at our church, Grace United Methodist, in Indiana. I have been home from teaching for 3 weeks due to recent surgery, so I have been checking out your blog each day to keep up on Alivia's progress and pray for your family.
I marvel at how well you are dealing with this situation and trusting in the Lord. It is also exciting to see how he continues to answer prayers and bless your family in the midst of adversity. Keep trusitng in the Lord for answers. There are a lot of people out there praying for you.
God Bless your entire family especially your little sweetheart!
Mrs. Curry

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Emily,

Damien and I heard about Alivia's health from Mark Altrogge...Damien was talking with him on the phone the other week...Sara Brode then gave me the blog address and I have been reading and praying for you ever since...What a testimony of His grace you are to me as you seek to trust in the ONE who cares for You, James, and Alivia so VERY MUCH. We will continue to pray for you all-
God Bless- Damien and Audrey Drago

7:28 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hi Emily, we have chatted once through e-mail. I heard about Alivia and your family through Briana who goes to our church. We have been faithfully praying for you and your family.


Beth, Chad, Gabriel (3)and Camryn (18 mo) Young

7:51 AM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

I'm still here, too, friend!
I may try to give you a call today, but feel free to not pick up if you're not up for talking!

Love you much, bri :)

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James and Emily,
I just wanted to let you know that you and Alivia are in our prayers. May God richly bless you guys as you trust in Him.
Devon and Kristine Kauflin

8:19 AM  
Anonymous jamie said...

i read this this morining and thought about you, james, your parents and his his parents as you continue to walk by faith day by day through this situation with Alivia as you wait.
you have not been ashamed of Jesus, but continue to look to Him for grace and strength. each day as you walk is not new or a surprise to God, but has been established by our Creator.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. . . 1 tim 1:8-9

see you tonight- praying for you -

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
It's Shawna from Indiana. This is such a wonderful way to keep in touch and let us know how Alivia is doing. I hope today will be a good one for you and your family. I will keep praying for Alivia and all your family. God Bless you all!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily, I am basically computer illiterate so I never tried to do this before. I have been following your blog and praying for you, James, and Alivia. You are an amazing example of God's grace and His ability to sustain us in all things. Joni Cairns

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James and Emily
Just a note to let you know we have been reading your blog and praying for you since hearing about Alivia. What a great way to keep up with what is going on. We will keep praying for healing and strength in the days ahead. We serve an awesome God!!
Love Ya
The Landis' (Dale,Carol,Jeremy,Carissa,Carson,Cody)

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

James and Emily-
I heard about Alivia through Nora Shank. The Haughery's used to live in our house in Gaithersburg on Beavercreek Lane and I know many of the folks who know you, including Corey and Kathy. I have been praying for the three of you. It's an honor to care for you in this way.
In Christ,
Jean Mays

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Leslie...I don't know if you know or not, but I read your blog religiously.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
I heard about you from a friend asking for prayers. I have a 15 month old son, and I think about little Alivia every day although I don't know any of you. :) I can't wait to read great news on your blog, you have a wonderful and beautiful family.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I haven't posted before, but have been faithfully reading your blog so I can pray specifically for your need, you and your family have been in my prayers, I work with James and go to the same church, however don't think we have ever met but your family and especially Alivia are on my heart! God Bless, Shelby

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily, I heard about your little cutie from a fellow soccer mom named Lynn. I am a pediatric nurse so I feel very familiar with your plight. I am glad that she is doing so well. I love reading your excerpts. You have an amazing way of looking at life. Alivia is sooo lucky to have a Mom like you. I will continue to pray for you and your little girl. Thanks for sharing. Ann

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Nikki Lilly said...

I read everyday

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
My name is Julie and I am a mother of a 3 1/2 year old and a 4 month old. I work with your dad (I'm an elementary teacher in Indiana) and that's how I know about your little angel. I have been reading every day and, like so many others, have been praying for your family. I am amazed at your strength and I love that you are able to maintain a sense of humor during this time! I, along with many, many others will continute to be your silent support system through all of this. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.
With Love,

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi james and emily -
even though i haven't posted any notes recently, please know that i am still reading the blog regularly to keep up with livi. i hope you guys have a great day!! enjoy the beautiful weather!!

lisa evans

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Laura C. said...

Still reading and praying everyday!
Laura Carroll

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily:
I have been keeping up with how you are all doing via your blog. I work with your father as a counselor at the SH in Indiana. I have a granddaughter who was born 3 days before Alivia so your dad and I have shared discussions and pictures of our beautiful and sweet granddaughters. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

Linda Chirieleison

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Emily...

just letting you know that I read your blog. I think you know that but just in case. Glad to hear that you had a fun weekend! Hope to talk to you soon.

Love Sonya

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Erich and Tonya Walls. We think Granny Gretchen is pretty sweet! My mom is Gigi (gorgeous Granny) too! We have been reading your blog daily and praying for Alivia and we know that God has his hand on every detail of her little life. She is such a precious gift from the Lord!

"For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:13-14

4:27 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hey there! You know who I am, but I just wanted to let you know that I read this everyday. You guys are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Love you, Heather

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,

I haven't ever posted before but I read everyday and pray for Alivia, James, and you.

I do feel like I know you though we may have only said hi at church.

Your strength through all this is inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

I would love to get to know you!

You are amazing.

Kim Cranmer

5:42 PM  
Blogger peg said...

Hi Emily,
I'm a friend of Briana's and heard about you through her blog. I've been praying for your precious little girl and all of you! May the Lord continue to strengthen and sustain you and heal your baby girl soon. His grace is magnified in your trial, and you have many brothers and sisters is Christ lifting you up to Him!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its me rebekah and i am praying everyday. so many ppl are. can you imagine going through this alone? im so glad your not.

love you!

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily, I have been reading your blog ever since you started it because I love keeping up with Alivia. I forwarded your blog site to all the Haughery and White cousins in Alabama and Georgia: Read/Theresa Haughery (Auburn) Matt/Manjit (Montgomery, AL), Mike/Beth (B'ham), Margo/Chuck (Atlanta) Mark Haughery(B'ham)and Barbara and Dick White (Auburn), Sybil Haughery (Opelika) Maribeth Farr (Auburn), Kevin/JosephineWhite (Florida), Eric and Stephany White (Atlanta). Our first cousin (mine and Bill's) Peggy Rudiselle who lives in Calif. has a daughter, Sarah who had leukemia as a baby; she is probably a teenager now and she's fine. Their name is Marzulli. I also visited one of your friend's blog Karen Hevesy and read all her entries because they are so delightfully humorous. Thanks for all your time and words for those of us who are far away, we are greatful.
Love, Marcy

9:51 PM  
Blogger Jan Marie said...

Hey Emily! I'm still reading and waiting and praying. I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your cares on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Love you, Jan

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tina here. i too am a faithful reader, FYI:) also, i've told some of my friends about Livi and they ask periodically about her. so you can know that a few more are thinking & praying. we love you! -t

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Cheryl: still reading and praying for you and Alivia and James. Others here are too. Will see you all soon.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Lori Randolph said...

Hi Emily,
I have posted before, but after reading this post I wanted you to know that I still read your blog daily, and I continue to pray for your family.
Take Care, Lori Randolph

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't posted before. I am Stephanie Bowman, Gabriel Bowman's wife. Gabriel use to live in Pa and attend church there. We now live in WV and attend LFC.
We heard about Alivia from Stephen Smith. Alicia Hess has also spoken to me. You are in our prayers.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've posted before - my husband (Justin) and I go to your parents' church in Indiana...we love and admire them very much and even though we've never met you, we care very much and are praying for you. Your mom always makes me laugh and your dad is one cool dude. (He really helped Justin out when he was trying to get a teaching job here). Those who wait on the LORD shall have their strength renewed...keep looking up...He cares for you. My soul shall declare that God is good. He alone is our salvation and our refuge.
Sara Brode

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Emily, James and Alivia,
I learned of you and your family from Nora (Jansen) Shank's blog. We are friends of her's (and of her family) here in Maryland.
Our family will continue to lift Alivia up in prayer.
Ashley and Chuck

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily, James, and Alivia,
We have been praying for you everyday! Your blog helps us to know exactly what to pray for and we love the updates! We well continue in prayer...
The Freemans

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning,
We've been reading your blog since the first and pray for all of you. We love your dad and mom and attend church with them.
Ed, Susan, and Molly Moore

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily

I have just recently started reading your blog. My husband and I used to go to Lord of Life and were in care group with the Allens. We now live in Nebraska. In fits of homesickness, I read the LOLC church announcements and happened upon your blog. We are praying in the midwest!
Chris and Audra Barrick

1:47 PM  

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