Friday, January 29, 2010

Lance Armstrong: A Little Like Emma

I once read where Lance Armstrong could maintain his high performance with as little as 88% oxygen concentration in his blood. Also, on the hard days of pumping his bike up the mountains of France he has lost as much as 11 pounds in a single day. Not too shabby, Lance. Stick with it and you'll be as tough as Emma. I'm a big fan of Armstrong for his determination after fighting cancer. One in a Yellow Jersey, the other a Yellow Rose; Coincidence? I think not.

So, where are we now? Our hearts are heavy. Our minds are confused and frustrated. We are prone to get upset on Emma's behalf. We are weak and weary. Our emotions are going numb. Our tears still flow...and they fall onto God's lap. Whatever strength we do have is enough and comes from a gracious God. We are buoyed by an army of Believers in prayer and person. Our home has been blessed by hundreds of loving hearts and prayer warriors in addition to the thousands in blog-land.

Emma's legacy will begin soon, and it will be celebration worthy.

She had a very peaceful night. Things have slowed more, although we are not sure how. She reminds me of a tube of tooth paste; regardless how empty it seems, you can always squeeze just a little more out.

Kelvin

38 comments:

  1. She is a warior,angel,a beautiful child and she is Emma. She would rather be in pain and be with all of you then go with God and have no more pain. I cintinue to pray for Emma to be at peace. Trent is over the moon that Emma made it through another night. God bless. Ms. Suzie

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  2. Prayers --- tears --- MORE prayers and MORE tears. We love you more than we can express. May today be Emma's REMARKABLE day.

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  3. There is no way to put into words what I feel for you and your family. Emma has touched so many lives, including my own. I am constantly praying for you and your family! Just keep in mind God has a plan, and it's about His timming not ours...

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  4. Praying for you and your family still...

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  5. She is simply amazing!

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  6. Sweet sweet little Emma...she loves you so much she doesnt want to leave. You are always remaining in my mind and my prayers. God bless you.

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  7. Precious Emma... what a special little angel. Continually praying for peace for you all.
    Love and hugs ♥
    Ms Becky

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  8. Dear Little Emma,

    You have constantly been on my heart and in my thoughts. Your sheer will power to hang in there little angel has been such a testimony to me that I will long hold dear to my heart.

    All the wonderful things your momma mentioned about wanting to remember of you display a love for life and such tenacity!

    I've look up this word and was amazed at its definition... "The quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force; cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; – as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc. The quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness; viscosity. The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder."

    Sweet Emma you have given us all "cohesiveness", you have brought us all together to rest at the Throne of God to pray in union for you and your family, you are the effect of our attraction!

    You have given us all a gift, sweet little Yellow Rose and that is the privilege to pray for you, to show love to your family in only a way that the Lord could do through you!

    Emma you are TENACIOUS! Thank you, Emma... thank you for teaching me not to give up in the toughest of times, thank you for displaying the true example of what it is to be tenacious here on earth!

    I love you so little one, I love you so and I so look forward to meeting you in the presence of our Savior on the streets of gold... I will recognize you for sure, spunky and full of LIFE!

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  9. Still praying for your family.

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  10. Get up every morning to read your thoughts. Still praying for Emma to fill that bucket list. Armstrong, he is an amazing man...Just like Emma. Yellow is a great color.
    Praying here,
    Sharon & Ken

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  11. Lance Armstrong has nothing on Emma! Your sweet girl is AMAZING!!!

    If you ask me, Emma is the definition of INSPIRATION! She has left a strong mark on this world and is showing others the meaning of not giving up! Thank you Emma for this lesson and inspiration!

    Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!!!

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  12. Praying for peace for Emma and her loving family. Emma is showing battens disease who the boss is. That disease has stolen so much, but it can not take her spirit or her determination. Emma is a hero. Thank you for sharing her with me, a total stranger. Thanks for giving me that privilege. When you dear Emma, enter those pearly gates, they are gonna rock. you will be the most beautiful heavenly angel (you are already the must beautiful earthly angel)

    Hugs,
    Lisa
    Atlantic Canada

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  13. Oh, sweet little Em. Your mommy, dada, sisters, brother, and thousands more are in such awe of your strength. In your short time here, you have shown us all such a pure love that is straight from God. What an amazing miracle you are. Please know that our cup is overflowing with love for you and those you care for most. Jesus, Pa-Ta, Aunt Lori, Grandpa, and many others are waiting to greet you at the Glorious gates where you will be healed! My promise to you is that we will continue to comfort, love, and look after those you will be leaving here on Earth. Please Lord, bring her peace and ease her pain. Let this beautiful butterfly be free. Amen
    All my love- Jami

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  14. I want to be emmaSTRONG!!
    She has a strength and a drive that is unmatched.
    We love you guys and are constantly praying.

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  15. Just wanted to let you know we are praying for you in Cypress, Texas. We found you through a link Jamie Lamson posted on FB. I have 4 children ages 9-15, each whom have been so touched, and, they have been praying for you throughout the day while we school....Emma's story has, and will, touch so many of so many ages. May you continue to find the strength and peace you have been able to sustain through it all. She is such a precious and beautiful girl! I know Christ is proud of you all!

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  16. Emma, prescious Emma! what a beautiful little rose, an angel, a daughter, a sister, a warrior, a light in this world, there just aren't enough words to describe this sweet baby girl. She's amazing. My prayers for her and for yall are without ceasing. God has a plan, He is great. Again Kelvin and Christy, you are #1 on my most admired list
    of all my friends here on this earth! love yall.......

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  17. I'm lost of words... my heart breaks every monrning while I read about sweet Emma. Always thinking of you Emma and praying that you find peace.

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  18. Kelvin & Christy,
    Prayers for your Precious Emma and for your family. God Bless you with peace and comfort. Patti

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  19. I am inspired by your precious toothpaste daughter. How wonderful to think that, through the power of the of the Lord, she will someday have a perfect body and once again be able to give her parents a hug.

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  20. Praying.. My heart is breaking for you.

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  21. Kelvin, Your writings amaze me. I can really feel you love for Emma and your Faith in God. You have pure tallent. Well Both you and Christy do. The way y'all have compared Emma to daily items. Really gives me more insight on things. She she a fighter and is not going to give up just yet. Just like that tube of toothpaste. She is giving all shes got. Many prayers going up for you all and Miss Emma. L

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  22. My family continues to pray for yours. Sweet, beautiful, amazing child...

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  23. I have prayed for you all this morning again. I so hate for you what you are going through, although the daily updates have so touched and ministered to me that selfishly I will miss them when they end. But for now, I praise God for little Emma, your family and the amazing witness you are all being! Glory to God for the way he mysteriously works His wonders, even through the life of a dear sick little princess like Emma!! Truly she is a daughter of the King Most High!!

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  24. I can't even imagine. I pray for you all daily and I admire her strengh.

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  25. "She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew...You can talk about your Clementine or sing of Rosemarie, but the yellow rose of Texas is the only one for me."
    Praying and caring in Tennessee.

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  26. Sweet Emma, I am constantly thinking of you and your beautiful family. You are an amazing little girl who has touched the lives of so many. I am praying for you and your beautiful homecoming, and for strength for your family and friends. You are a true hero.

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  27. I'm so sorry that you all have to go through this. I'm sure you are just in amazement of Emma and how strong she is. What a fighter. She is definitely someone to look up to. We pray everyday for her and are constantly checking to see how she is doing. We will continue to pray for your family.

    Peace for Emma. Peace for you all.

    The Agnew Family

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  28. We are humbled by Emma's determination and strength. What an inspiration! She is such a precious angel! Many tears and prayers are being offered up on her behalf. We pray the Lord Jesus will take away all her pain and give her peace. May He give you all comfort. In Jesus name.

    The Wheelers

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  29. I thought I was strong willed ... until i met you 18 months ago on your blog Emmma. Gordon Bennett, you have the ferocious determination of a tank. WHAT an inspiration to us all you are Emma. Your legacy will be strong; international and powerful. We love you so, so, so very much little girl.
    Fly away now to your well deserved bliss ... we will all miss, yearn and honour you, you perfect little white dove.

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  30. What an amazing child. Lots of prayers going your way.

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  31. When you take into consideration who Emma's parent are it is really no surprise how hard she is fighting, and how strong she has been through all of this. The acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree! She will no doubt be a true and worthy inspiration to her brother and sisters!

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  32. Still here, still praying..
    Praying for God's presence, love, strength, grace and hope to fill each moment of your time with Emma.
    Love and hugs and prayers,
    Debi

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  33. WOW my wife was on this blog, so i thought id check it out.......im always dumbfounded how God teaches us through our kids. We must never take health for granite!!!! This little girl is AMAZING!!!!!! I pray in the powerful name if Jesus that His will be done for this little girls life. And if HE chooses to heal her.......what a great testimony she will have....And if HE chooses to take her home that the Lords arms will just be wrapped around this Amazing family!!!! WOW im speechless. Just remember that God will make something that seems sooooo dark so lovely.

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  34. I just heard of your story from my mom, who goes to church with you, Dale Foster. I have spent the last hour reading over the blogspot and weeping. I have a son, Nathan, who is two. I also have a son, Samuel, who is one month older than Emma.
    I have been blessed to read of your family. Your strength and faith are an encouragement. I pray that God will continue to give your grace for your journey. I pray also that He will continue to use you in a mighty way for His Kingdom. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your Emma with us in this way.
    I will be praying for you in the coming days, weeks, and months. I pray that God will give the peace that only He gives. I pray that Emma will be at peace. May God hold her in His arms as she sees His face and feels no pain!

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  35. I hope this isn't a terrible thing to say but when Emma does go to Heaven, please remember that everyone at Wee School wants to be at the funeral so please don't have it between 9-2 Mon-Thurs. So many people love her so much and want to be there to say goodbye and to support your family.

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