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Monday, February 1, 2010

My Kid is Tougher than your Kid

Have you ever seen those old men who hang out around the donut shop or the bank? I like watching them discuss their heart surgeries. One guy will talk about the size of his scar and immediately someone else will be unzipping their Dickie's coveralls to show off their scar. Boys are always boys.

That will be me from now on when some proud dad is telling how his kid broke a leg or got 7 stitches on their chin...Oh yea? Well, my daughter Emma...

Emma battled her pneumonia throughout the night. Each heavy and labored breath seemed worthy of a finish line gasp, but wasn't. She is working hard this morning. Don't read my report as any type of forecast, because I have been 100% wrong thus far. Here is a cute picture of Emma from a month ago-



  1. Our kids are all unbelievably tough!
    This brought a smile to my heart today! So much to be proud of them for....

  2. Laurie Brock BlackFebruary 1, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    What a precious daughter you have. We have never met although I live in Baytown and we may have some of the same friends. Your daily posts cause tears to stream from my eyes. My heart us heavy for you. I have a son who a few months younger than Emma and I can only imagine how deep you pain is. What a great Father we serve! I look forward to seeing Emma dance and run, and laugh and sing with her family in Heaven someday. May the Lord sustain and richly bless your family as you cherish these days with Emma.
    In prayer for your family and your sweet Emma....Laurie Brock Black

  3. (((hugs))) Once again, so good to see a picture of Emma!

  4. Lord Jesus, it is not Your will that Your people should suffer. And yet, I remember so well how You took on suffering for us all. Keep me now from losing hope as I face once again my infirmity. I feel the pain and ask of God, "Let this cup pass from me."

    As I kneel with You in the garden, may I welcome another day with a prayer that echoes yours: "Not my will but Thine be done." Let me never forget how to laugh, for laughter is Your gift to me to undo depression and heal the hurt of a sickness I cannot control. Then I will gladly walk Your way, to join in Your sacrifice of love, and I will not dwell upon the pain that leads my thoughts away from You.

    Take me into Your gentle embrace, for I know that whatever this day brings, You have paved my way with Your tears and redeemed me with Your victory. Amen.

  5. "I Am Love"
    Author Unknown

    "Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings.
    Some have found me floating on the open sea, yet I cannot swim.
    Some have felt my warmth on cold nights, yet I have no flame.
    And though you cannot see me,
    I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces.
    I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes.
    I am hidden in the lines of your mother's face.
    I am your father's shield as he guards your home.
    And yet… Some say I am stronger than steel, yet I am as fragile as a tear.
    Some have never searched for me, yet I am around them always.
    Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless.
    And though you cannot hear me, I dance on the laughter of children.
    I am woven into the whispers of passion.
    I am in the blessings of Grandmothers.
    I embrace the cries of newborn babies.
    And yet… Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed.
    Some have little faith in me, yet I will always believe in them.
    Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul.
    And though you cannot touch me, I am the gentle hand of the kind.
    I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night.
    I am the hug of a child.
    I am love.”

    God give me your Grace,
    to go through each day,
    to stay on the path
    in spite clouds of Grey.

    May I not faint,
    in pain or from grief,
    that my heart feels now,
    as in burden it sleeps.

    Renew my faith
    and keep me strong,
    to take on the challenges,
    to fight all the wrong.

    Save me of concerns,
    of what tomorrow might be,
    give me enough light,
    Lord,just today for to see.

  6. I agree! Emma is one tough girl! No one could hold a candle to your story of who is the toughest!

    I come to your blog holding my breath and I always leave feeling uplifted! Crazy how that sounds, since you are the ones going through such an emotional trial! May God continue to lift all of you and show you how important this journey you are on is!

    Lots of Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

  7. My sweet child and family, I don't have the words to say what I feel for all of you and this difficult journey. I wish there was something I could do or that I could bear the burdon for you. Instead I just wait and pray.

  8. Continuing to pray for your beautiful Emma and for your entire family. Thank you for sharing your faith with us all.

  9. Emma is definitely an inspiration to us all, and she is one tough Yellow Rose! It makes me think twice before I complain about the program at work that wont work right, or the darn printer still wont print, or one complaining person after another comes into my office...maybe I can listen a little more intently, focus of a little harder on being the hands of feet of Jesus. Even when a co-worker interupts me as I am typing this, let Emma be an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story and I pray we can shoulder some of your heartache. We are still praying for a miracle!
    In Him,

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  11. Your Family is such a testiment of our Heavenly Father's unfailing love. My son Samuel is Carleigh's class and he, as well as our family has been touched by Emma! We pray for her and your whole family everyday! I lost my 30 year old brother in May, and it has been a daily battle with grief and all that goes with that, but GOD!!! Thank the Lord we serve a Saviour that in every minute of every hour and every moment of these painful times that HE gives us the STRENGTH to get through them and that HE SUSTAINS us through it all! We will continue to keep your family covered in prayer as little Emma crosses the finish line in her race HOME!!

  12. So precious. Praying for God's healing if it be HIs plan.

  13. For some reason this song has popped up on my ipod a lot lately and every time I hear it I think of you guys (Kelvin being another Stevie Ray Vaughan enthusiast) and your journey with Emma. We love you so much, and drop on our knees often throughout the day and life you up in prayer.

    "Life by the Drop"
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Hello there, my old friend
    Not so long ago it was til the end
    We played outside in the pouring rain
    On our way up the road we started over again

    You're livin our dream oh you on top
    my mind is achin,' Lord it won't stop
    That's how it happens livin life by the drop

    Up and down the road in our worn down shoes
    Talkin about good things and singin the blues
    you went your way and I stayed behind
    We both knew it was just a matter of time

    You're livin our dream oh you on top
    my mind is achin,' Lord it won't stop
    That's how it happens livin life by the drop

    No wasted time, we're alive today
    Churnin up the past, there's no easier way
    Time's been between us, a means to an end
    God it's good to be here walkin together my friend

    We're livin our dreams
    my mind's stopped achin,'
    That's how it happened livin life by the drop
    That's how it happened livin life by the drop
    That's how it happened livin life by the drop

  14. Emma is a true fighter and such a beautiful little girl! I read a few of the prayers in the comment section and I could not say it better than that. This is heartbreaking and I pray for Emma and your child every day, every hour,and hope that like you said God performs a miracle in the "last hour"
    My heart is heavy and I have so many tears for little Emma.
    I wish I could take your pain away.


  15. I find myself checking every few hours for an update. I think of Emma so often throughout the day and my heart aches for all of you. I feel such sorrow for what you all are going through, but your strength and courage never fails to amaze me.

  16. Heaven sent, God's little miracle, Emma is amazing.

    Your beautiful portrait brings us all so much joy little girl.

    Thinking of you night and day.

    What a tough bonnie wee lass you are Emma. You have generated so much powerful love in so many people.

    Thank you, precious Emma, for the inspiration you bring.


  17. I am a perfect stranger, yet we have mutual friends. Your story is part of my daily life, it is part of my every step. I pray everyday for your continued strength and that Emma's courage isn't wavered. She is the bravest little girl He's ever created. Peace is your strength and your miracle. A million prayers, a million thoughts everyday!

  18. I first heard about Emma early this morning and have spent the last 4 or so hours reading all of your entries. My heart breaks for you, and I am praying for peace for Emma.

    God bless you both.

  19. Praying for your sweet little angel. My heart hurts for Emma and your family...wishing Emma peace!

  20. Precious Family...I have been faithfully following Emma's journey and praying along with so many family and friends...from the ladies in the faith-based dorm at Plane State where I minister on Wed. my high school students who ask about my 91 year old Mother who has prayed for Emma for months and always asks about her...this morning God called my mother home in glorious fashion...I know she's waiting with the multitude to welcome precious Em at God's calling...we love you...Debbie Himsel

  21. I have been praying for your Sweet Emma's earthly healing or heavenly healing for a long time now. I will continue to pray, even after her healing. Your family's strength and courage are an inspiration to so many. Especially Emma's strength and courage. Precious Angel here on Earth.

  22. thinking about precious Emma constantly and praying everyday for her and your whole family... God bless you all

  23. awwww... thats my beautiful Emma! i love that picture she isn't a baby anymore. Her Wee School teachers love and miss her sooo much!!

  24. What a beautiful pic of Emma! Thanks for sharing it. Praying for you all! Love, Laura

  25. Emma is beautiful, plain and simple. She looks like an angel. But she is in deed tough.


  26. Praying for wisdom and peace in this most difficult trial. May the Lord wrap you in His arms and show you His mercy. Praying for little Emma....She has touched so many lives. She is a true testimony of God's strength and courage!


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