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, January 05, 2009

Photo shoot

When Griffin was still with us my friend Tina did a photo shoot with him. The pictures turned out amazing and I am so thankful that we have them now. I wanted to share a few of them.






It hasn't even been 2 months since he left us and each day gets harder instead of easier. I miss him terribly. We keep saying we miss our kids. I know there is a "plan" and that somehow this all works for God's good it's just hard to see sometimes. Wouldn't it be nice to get a letter in the mail that says "here is the plan. this is why this is happening" but that is what faith is. Believing in this you can't see.

30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

love you emily.
cori

2:01 PM  
Blogger Melody Strayer said...

Wow, he's beautiful; I didn't notice before that he has a dimple!

Praying that there would be some peace for your soul.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Oh Emily, he's so beautiful!! What a wonderful, yet bittersweet gift to have. I especially love the last one.

I keep hoping to see a post saying that the mother came to her senses. My heart breaks for you and James.

I am in awe of your faith. You both are so strong. It reminds me of something James posted a while back on the blog when Livi was so sick and I hope he doesn't mind, but I saved it - because it touched me deeply. It was about God granting us grace NOW for what we need right NOW in this moment. Here is a piece of what he wrote - I hope that's not weird - but it was so beautiful and it was a good reminder for me.

"It reminds me that God is good and that even when I can’t understand things or when I don't believe, He is still with me. He is still sustaining me. Even when my unbelief is bigger than my faith. God is still faithful. This gives me hope."

I too wish you could get a copy of God's plan in the mail - because I just don't understand the grief your family has had to endure. You remain in my heart and prayers!! Vicki Moore

2:47 PM  
Blogger Moriah Freeman said...

awww...what cute pictures...faith is a hard thing emily..and u have went through so much...u r one strong lady...thanks for being a WONDERFUL example!

love,
moriah

4:14 PM  
Blogger Briana Almengor said...

Man, he IS adorable. It's easy to see why your heart aches. We ache with you, friend. And, yes, it sure would be nice to get that letter. Yet, grace remains on your life. I am always grateful for you, James, your family and especially when you reach out through blogworld. Love you so much, friend.

5:05 PM  
Blogger forryfive said...

What an adorable little boy! You do have the cutest kids around! We may want to know the plan, but God knows what's best, even though it's so hard at times. I can't even begin to imagine how you feel. Praying - Sue F.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are gorgeous Emily!!!

Hugs ~ Pam

11:08 PM  
Blogger Transitions and Trends said...

he is so cute. i didn't realize how much he looks like Alivia... love you

bekah

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glory - he so resembles you!
Praying on, girl!
-A

11:21 AM  
Blogger Christine Claar said...

You're in my prayers.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, he is so precious.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on here, it means a lot. It really helps by giving me encouragement for any minor trial that I might go through.

Praying always...

Alyssa Driedger

7:21 PM  
Blogger kaycar said...

Been following your blog since Aliva...I just shake my head. We will never understand I guess.Loved what you wrote today though -how nice it would be to get a letter in the mail detailing"why"- these pics of Griffin are over the top adorable!!! I for one am waiting for a miracle for you guys!!!
carla

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my favorite, if their could be one, is of you gently kissing him. love you forever and always, mom

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are amazing...and your faith is amazing!
Love ya!
Neysa

4:17 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

A letter explaining everything... Sigh. I've wished for one of those too.

Praying for you.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily and James,
You do not know me (really). But I used to read your blog everyday. There are circumstances in everyones lives which seems to drive them in different direction/...but your direction is always led by your Lord. I am amazed by the "crap" you have to go through...and even more amazed at your age how well you handle it. My heart aches for you. I hope peace and comfort continue to pour your way.

3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for you, Emily...beautiful pictures; the last one is just so precious, a picture worth more than a thousand words.
Instead of cursing the darkness, you light a candle of faith. May the Flame of Faith continue to grow in you. What an example you are!

Still Praying.

Mary Ann K.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you sister! I truly like the idea of a letter from our Father...simply stating His plan...but it wouldn't be FAITH then would it?
Rebecca :-D

2:15 PM  
Blogger Claire Colvin said...

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6:05 PM  
Blogger Claire Colvin said...

I keep checking back in here to see if Griffin is home yet. I know that God isn't cruel, but this situation seems cruel. Wouldn't it be amazing to crawl up into His lap and hear Him tell us our own story? When we got to the scary parts and the parts that break our heart He'd be able to show us the things we can't see yet, and we'd see His hand moving in the background. We'd hear His breath in our ear when He's standing so close, but we can't see Him.

I know that this is *not* the world the way it was supposed to be, this is the world broken. I know that God promises to put the broken pieces back together, but I do wish He'd let us in on how He plans to do it.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is so precious. Both of your kids have been beautiful.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

miss you today, miss you always....love you, mom

11:59 AM  
Blogger Kara Stoltzfus said...

i am writing this comment way after the fact, but i want you to know me and my husband think of you and pray for you. we have faced some very hard times and have dealt with loss, but i often think of you and can't even begin to imagine what you two have had to handle in your short marriage. i am deeply deeply sorry and continue to pray the god would draw near

8:06 AM  
Blogger Erika said...

I stumbled upon your site actually by accident. I too have an Alivia. I thought we were the only ones :0) I wanted to say how extremely sorry I am for your losses. You so seem so incredibly strong. No one should have to endure what you have. I hope and pray that 2009 brings you wonderful things. Your Alivia is beautiful!!! (((huge hugs)))

9:59 AM  
Blogger Grancie said...

Oh my. I don't know if I've ever wanted a "miracle" quite like this, that little Griffin could be with you and James! Oh dear, it's just so hard to understand and accept! What darling pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
You are still in my thoughts and prayers all the time. Your ongoing faith and grief are a permanent fixture in my heart, James and Emily. Love you both.
Aunt Marcy

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily and James,
I still think of you so often and pray for you. As one person said in another comment, we are just waiting for the redemption of all these things. Your losses hurt for all who know your family, and they challenge us to trust God in ways we've never known. I pray He gives you ongoing strength and grace to handle the things He's ordained in your lives. On that day, when we get to eternity, we will all see with FULLNESS how good He is. Much respect in Christ.
Sara Brode

8:05 PM  
Blogger Capture-beauty Photography said...

Just wanted to drop by and say I was thinking about you and praying for you today! Your faith inspires me!

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woke up thinking about you today. Hope things are going well.

Christi C.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came here after seeing your comment on "Cora's" blog. I'm so very sorry for the losses you have suffered. You Liv was a doll. I hope she and sweet Cora can meet in Heaven and play together. I'm so sorry for the loss of your baby boy. I pray his birth mother is giving him all the love you two would have. I will add you to my prayers.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Kara Stoltzfus said...

Emily,
I want you to know I think of you so often. I continue to be saddened for your loss and the grief you must face on a daily basis. (for alivia and baby griffin) You have been through a lot and are such an encouragement!
As I have faced some hardships in life, I have thought of you many times and pray the Lord would continue to draw near and you would feel the warm sun shine again!

9:23 AM  

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