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, July 13, 2007

Indiana Memorial

We are currently planning to have a memorial service/reception in Indiana on Saturday, July 28th from 6-9. The location details are not final yet so please check back early next week.

Also the family has requested if you post a comment to please sign your name. Thank you


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Em and James,
It was so nice to see you both and thank you for letting me share your sorrow. Please don't hesitate to ask me if you need anything at all. I know people always say that but I really mean it. Just ask! I feel like a different person after being there w/ you and seeing everyone. Alivia's death has changed my life. I hope that in some small way I will be able to honor her memory by doing something better in my daily life. You two are a great inspiration and I'm so lucky to have you as friends.
Love you both!

Stephie C.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily,

I haven't stopped thinking about you...just wanted you to know that I am praying for guys. Talk to you soon. Love, Leslie M.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Ann Parow said...

Thank you so much for providing the opportunity for those of us here in Indiana to express our sympathies to all of you. I keep thinking about all of you daily and hoping that you are achieving some peace in your heart.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you guys.


2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily and James,
I am so sorry for your loss of
Alivia, your little cutie pie.
I am Danielle's mother (sipe &
danielle), and I just wanted to
let you know that I have prayed
for your family, and that I am
glad that you shared the love
and joy of little Alivia with us.
"The ones we love are never gone,
They (Alivia) live forever within
our hearts and memories". I am
sad at this time, but do know that
you were truly blessed to have
Alivia in your lives. Prayers and
Love, Nancy Taylor

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily & James,

We continue to pray for you and your family at this very difficult time. Thank you for giving us the upcoming opportunity to meet you and personally express our sympathy to you and yours. God will take good care of Alivia and she in turn will watch over you. Look forward to meeting you.

Joann Smith (IASD Family)

3:10 PM  
Blogger Steph B. said...

We continue to keep you ALL in prayer!!!!!

Steph Bowman

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I think about you guys a lot, and I will continue to pray. Your strength and trust in the Lord has inspired me so much, and I thank God for allowing you to remain so strong through all your suffering. Little Alivia has affected so many people and we rejoice she's in Heaven singing, laughing, and living in peace, pain free.

Chesapeake Comm. Church

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for providing a way for us in Indiana to express our sympathies in person and to remember Livi together. I am still thinking of all of you so often and am keeping you in my prayers daily.
Cathy S.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily & James,
Thank you for sharing your journey with us these past months. I remember the day your dad came beaming down the hall of IJHS to share the news of your pregnancy, and then Alivia's birth. We watched her grow (through pictures) and laughed at your dad's stories of your precious Alivia.

Many of us here read your blog (thanks to Elaine Good) and I just want you to know how much you have touched our lives and to say thank you for sharing Alivia's life with us.

At this very sad time in your life, prayer is one of the best gifts we can receive. I will continue to remember you and your families in my prayers.

Love and God's Blessings
Jen Celtnieks (IJHS)

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily & James,
Thinking of you and continuing to pray for you each day.
C.J. Frederick

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you all, and we think of you hourly. Thank you for the service that brought glory to God. Ian, Adam and Lauren had much to share with us when they came home. I regularly think of your sweet daughter rejoicing in the Lord's presence and enjoying Him in a way we are not yet able to do. One day, we'll all be swept up in that worship of Him, and all we suffered here will be a memory.
Nancy Lotinsky

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you from Oklahoma. I am a friend of Kathy B.. In Christ alone, Shawna

12:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa Rader said...

I was just looking back at some archives from last winter and read the post written by Pa about posting comments. I have posted a lot of them, myself, but feel I should again! Just know that a minute does not go by that I don't think of you and offer up a prayer to our Heavenly Father. I can't believe it has been over a week already. As time goes by, you still weigh heavily on my heart, and I pray for peace and comfort.
Lisa Rader

12:04 PM  
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4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to weep & mourn with you.

Clark & Kara Stoltzfus

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry. I didn't leave my name on my first post. My name is Joanie Fugitt and my post mentioned I am weeping with you and praying for you in California. You've touched so many lives of those like myself who never got to meet you or precious Alivia. You're in our thoughts often. I can't imagine how last week has been for you, but you are being lifted up to the Lord regularly.

Love in Christ,

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Still praying for your family and I've shared your story with many of my friends and family and asked them to pray also.

Ottawa, IL

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everywhere you go, our prayers go.
The Coles, Margot, Chuck, Peter, Kat.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous A Canadian Friend said...

I have been away, and the entire time I was thinking about you both. I have been praying for you and hope that you are feeling the love from all over the world. I have thoughts about Livi sitting in the arms of Jesus, being sung too and told all about the amazing parents and family she has. I will continue to pray for you and hope that this journey will be a cleansing one for all of you.

Much Love, Carmen Van Dop

11:42 PM  
Blogger cliff b lewis said...

Emily and James,
You both are with my thoughts and in my prayers every day. After meditating for a while on 1 Cor. 15:35-56, I felt like I should write you a poem about it. I hope it serves:

The Growing Cut to Greener Climb

Bone of Eve and flesh of man, a dying seed—Oh God!
Hold the shell with gentle ease and make a feeble stalk.
Squinting petals piquing to a crayon-color nod:
And flowers toward an early fall in whisp’ring handed talk.
Bring the photos, lay them out, and pine the broken seed—
The incandescent countenance, the towel-wearing walk,
The face of varied providence in teary peering need.
The ironies would weave a door for unbelief to knock.

The growing cut in greenest climb to unabated GONE.
To what? A colder falling night or higher rising dawn?
Well, tarry for a moment at the tearing jagged loss—
And trace the broken universe to workings of a cross.

See the seed, its glory all relying on the flower
To grow and say “now you can know the colors I contain.
The seed knew all my glory ‘til the breaking blooming hour
When all my petals spiraled out of dirt and sun and rain.
But glory of the seed was rightly dimmer then, before
A shell was shorn and (leaving only pictures in the earth)
A life was lifted rising to the unexpected shore
Of spreading green and sloping blue and heavy-hearted mirth.”

The growing GONE in flow’ring youth—“To what?!,” the earthen plead.
“To glory!,” shout the glorified, “the flower was a seed.”
The hopeful pining voices plead, “What glories will be there
When breakings of the present seed are dim beyond compare?”


“For this
is preparing us for an eternal
of glory
beyond all comparison.”
—The Apostle Paul

“You have died,
and your life is hidden
with Christ
in God.
When Christ who is your life appears,
then you also will appear
with him
in glory.”
—The Apostle Paul

Be blessed,
Cliff Lewis

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Emily and James,
We continue to pray for you, for your parents, brothers, family, and friends who love you. You and Alivia have touched our hearts and brought us closer to the Lord in Whose presence she now rejoices.
Jean R.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jude's Mom said...

Hey, guys! Just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you. Hope you are surrounded by people who love you. If there is anything we can do, we're here for you!

Love ya!

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily - We were so sorry to read about Alivia's passing. We found your website after reading a newspaper article here in Lancaster. Our son passed away nearly 4 years ago after a long battle with JMML and two BMT's. We know that there is nothing that anyone can say right now to ease your pain, but we wanted you to know that you aren't alone. Feel free to email if you need to talk to someone who has been there.

Rachel & Jim
(Connor's mommy and daddy forever)

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Sharon Gingell said...

I am a friend of the Gallo and the Walker families. I have heard them speak of your family for years. I am very sorry for your great loss. I am praying for you and your family. May you know God's peace, comfort, strength and grace.

In Christ,
Sharon Gingell
Fairfax, VA

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Emily and James,
I am a friend of Bre Thompson's who has been praying for Alivia and your family. I am so sorry for all that you have gone through. I can't even begin to imagine how hard this all has been for you. I also don't know any words that could possibly begin to give you comfort. Please know that you and your family are in my heart and always in my prayers.
Katie Lascola

1:55 PM  
Blogger All 8 of Us said...

Dear james and Emily,
Just wanted you to know that I continue to uphold you and your family in prayer. My heart aches for the sorrow you are experiencing right now but I know that the ultimate Comforter is ministering to you as only He can do. Praying that His sustaining grace will continue to carry and uphold you during this very sad time.
Sorrowful yet always rejoicing,
Kathi Baillie (Sovereign Grace Church- Cherry hill)

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily and James,
John and I wanted to tell you both how very, very sorry we are about Alivia. We where out of town at my brothers wedding.Then on sunday I ended up in the hospital until tuesday. We had full intentions on coming to the funeral. We are praying for comfort for you both, that only God can give you. We will be at the memorial in Indiana on July 28.
Much Love,
Kristy and John Scherf

11:14 PM  
Anonymous becca said...

just wanted to let you know that I still think of you often and continue to hold you in my prayers!!!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Emily:

I wanted to double check with you to see if you would like me to send some restaurant gift cards over time (so that you and James can pick up food on the nights you feel too emotionally overwhelmed to cook in the future). I know that in the next couple of weeks that you may have a lot of family there and a lot of people offering to cook meals, so this is more something that you can have to help you out when the crowds thin out over the next few weeks.

You may receive some sympathy cards and gift cards from people in my bible study as well.

I prefer not to post my e-mail address on this site as my husband did that once on another site and got about 10 ten times the junk mail after that than he has ever gotten, but I will send you another quick e-mail to your e-mail address with my e-mail address on it that you can save and reply to regarding when and if you will be in need of restaurant gift cards.

Praying that you are able to feel God's presence and grace each day....


11:39 AM  
Anonymous Monica C. said...

I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and praying for your family. Alivia's memory lives on! God bless you.

12:42 PM  
Blogger allynraye said...

James, Emily and Family,

We continue to think of you and lift your names up in prayer each day. Thank you for sharing Alivia with us and for blessing us through your faith.

May God sustain you and grant you His peace,

Deb and Rick Gilgore
(friends of Dan and Julie Garner)

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Pat Drumm said...

Em and James;

I am friends of Dee and Glen and I heard about your daughter and I want you to know that I will be praying for you. I lost my son 31/2 yrs. ago but you know God has blessed me so much since then that it's awsome. I am so glad that he is in heaven and not suffering anymore and I know he is with your daughter. I will continue to pray for you and God bless you both.

Love Pat Drumm
Chesapeake Community Church

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Alyssa Gallo said...

I sorry for your loss. GOD will help you in this trial of pain and suffering. You will get through this.

10:51 PM  

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