Thursday, January 28, 2010

Yellow Rose

We have discussed several aspects of Emma's drive; God, human spirit, etc. There is another thing that plays a part as well...she is a Texas Lady, a Yellow Rose, if you will.

Texas Ladies are a bit different from most regions of the world. They tend to be slightly more determined, sometimes to a fault. They can compliment a man, or tend to things on their own. They all have "grit" as well; that little extra something deep down that they reach for when the going gets tough. Emma has grit.

And without exception, Texas Ladies are beautiful. From 3 to 83 they stand out in a crowd. They are not afraid to wear a hat.

Emma is beautiful and a Yellow Rose, indeed.

She is doing about the same this afternoon...heart rate too fast...breathing too shallow...lungs too full...body too light...will too strong...



  1. love that precious baby girl......

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  3. Praying for your precious Emma and your family!

  4. She is a beautiful Texas lady. Hat and all. What a smile. She enjoyed everything she did in her short little life. We should learn from her and follow her lead. Smile no matter how hard it is, laugh because it feels good, run because its fun and love because its the best feeling in the world. I love you Emma. Love all you Dunnams. Great strength you have. Great love you have. I will pray for peace of Emmas soul and for all of yours. Love, Ms. Suzie

  5. I don't know you and I hope it doesn't put you off that someone you don't know is reading such personal stuff. I got this from a friend, Aleesa, who goes to your church. I just wanted to let you know that you are prayed for. The faith that you are sharing is wonderful and uplifting. Thank you for sharing it all and keep your eyes on Jesus...

  6. Praying for precious Emma and your family!

  7. You are all constantly on my mind and in my prayers. We know that God's plan is perfect and it's so very obvious why he chose you both to be Emma's parents. Please tell Carleigh and Luke that "Cuddles" said hi, that I'm praying for them and that they are my favorite friends to play with.
    Love & Hugs, Cuddles

  8. What a beautiful and precious "Yellow Rose"! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

  9. My prayers are with your precious Emma and all your family. I was made aware of Emma's illness by an old friend of mine from high school, Becky; she asked for her friends on Facebook to pray for Emma, a student of hers and Emma's family.

    My heart goes out to you and I feel my words are so inadequate to express how touched I am by this blog. Tears are running down my face as I type this.

    I speak from personal experience when I say losing a child is the hardest thing I have ever had to bear; BUT I know that GOD had a plan for my precious lamb as he does for your Emma.

    One day, we shall know what that plan was for our life and our loved ones who have gone before us. We experience and see life here on earth as only the underside of the Tapestry of Life that GOD has created. From Heaven, GOD and our loved ones who have gone before us look down and see GOD'S plan revealed in all its beauty and wonder.

    Thank you for opening your heart and sharing as you are doing in this trying, painful time of crisis. Your faith shines through.

    May GOD Bless each of you.

  10. We don't know each other..I came across your blog through Michelle Agnew (Maggie's mom...
    I have been following your family and Emma story since Saturday and to say that you have impacted my life would be an understatment. I can not even imagine what you have and are continuing to go through but your strength is REMARKABLE. I myself have a 18 month old daughter and I dont think I would have the strength to carry myself the way you do. I cry for sweet precious Emma and I cry for your BEAUTIFUL outlook that you have come to. I pray for peace of her soul and for peace for your family.
    sweet sweet Emma...

    praying in
    The Woodlands...
    Jessica and Tyler

  11. Hi,
    I am a friend of the Pantin's and saw your blog on facebook. I have prayed for you. I have been reading your blog for about 4 days and your faith is astounding. I have hugged my kids a little harder and complained a lot less. Your little rose has bloomed in my life and in my families life. Thank you Emma for reminding me to love deeper and be grateful for our life. You are a miracle that you have touched more people in such a short time, many that you do not even know.. than most of us will affect in our entire adulthood.
    Shannon and Doug Holden & Jack & Luke

  12. She takes after her mom...

    Praying with a heavy heart,

  13. What a beautiful Yellow Texas Rose who wear her green hat well! Peace is the only word that comes to mind. Peace for sweet Emma and peace for her loving family.

  14. Beautiful Dunnam Girl. Thank you so much for sharing these happy moments in her life as well as her current struggle. You all are constantly on my mind and in my prayers.

  15. Been praying and thinking about your Yellow Rose constantly. I'll be lifting her up and your family in my prayers.

  16. She is indeed a beautiful rose! You are all in our prayers!

  17. She is beautiful! I'm praying...

  18. I wish I was capable of saying something to help, but I know that's not possible. I just want you to know I'm thinking of you, praying for you. I have such a heavy heart right now. I hope that my little Logan is waiting with open arms to hug Emma. (after Jesus and your family who has gone before of course).

    I know we only reconnected recently, but I send all my love to you and your family and to sweet, beautiful, precious Emma.

  19. What a beautiful yellow rose. I love the hat.
    Praying always for sweet Emma, your family and the growing "blog prayer family". We would have never come together without the love and determination of a precious girl named Emma.
    Praying for grace and peace and love and hope and strength.
    Love and hugs and prayers,

  20. What a beautiful post.....still continuing to pray for you all.

  21. Heard this today and thought of you


    To the one who's dreams are falling all apart
    And all you're left with is a tired and broken heart
    I can tell by your eyes you think you're on your own
    but you're not all alone

    Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
    Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
    With a love so strong and never let you go
    oh you're not alone

    You will be safe in His arms
    You will be safe in His arms
    'Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart
    This is the promise He made
    He will be with You always
    When everything is falling apart
    You will be safe in His arms

    Verse 2:
    Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life
    Is the very same voice that calls you to rise
    So hear Him now He's calling you home
    You will never be alone

    These are the hands that built the mountains
    the hands that calm the seas
    These are the arms that hold the heavens
    they are holding you and me

    These are hands that healed the leper
    Pulled the lame up to their feet
    These are the arms that were nailed to a cross
    to break our chains and set us free

  22. Praying for you and your sweet family. Emma is so blessed to have parents such as you. I know you will always treasure her in your hearts. God chose you as her parents for a reason...what a tremendous honor. I will continue to pray for peace, faith and healing for all of you. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sure it helps to get your feelings out, but i doubt you know how much you are ministering to others in the very midst of your worst trial! Hugs to you. Also, I don't know if it will help at all, but I came across this medical article. about INCL.

  23. Your face was radiant when you delivered Emma.
    Holding you close.


  24. I believe there is a Master plan in all of this. I do have faith that God is in control, but my heart still breaks for you all. I pray that you will feel a tidal wave of God's grace, mercy and peace over you tonight. I pray that little Emma will feel her Heavenly Father's hands cradling her lovingly tonight and holding her so close to His heart. You, Dunnam family are my heroes today. I love each of you and am holding you in my heart and prayers. Love you, Paula Parkinson

  25. What a sweet way to think of this little one! I love yellow roses! Still in my heart and prayers! God is good, bless her heart!

  26. Dear Batten Disease,
    I am writing this letter on behalf of little, beautiful Emma. You have taken so much from her. But now she is showing you who is the boss. She does not want to surrender to you. When Emma decides it is her time. It will be her decision and God's. GOT IT. You will not win this battle. Emma has a lot of people ready to kick your butt. Research.... You better be scared. Because one day, you will be going down. Emma will win, and you will be defeated.
    Atlantic Canada
    PS I see you had to remove a comment, I so hope it was to personal, not a mean a spirted one. There are a lot of good people standing beside you. Your courage and love for Emma is so strong.

  27. I know this was days ago....

    Want to thank you for sharing your beautiful girl here. Thank you for this beautiful post. You have a gift for writing that helps others. Barbara


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