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Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Sun Still Shines

In case you have ever wondered, life does go on after your child dies; babies cry, dogs bark, it rains and bills show up in the mailbox. But also, friends call to check on you and bring you food, it still feels good to lay beside your spouse, you enjoy the fires in the fire pit each night and it warms your heart when your other kids jump in your bed in the morning. New babies have been born into our family and today we will celebrate Luke's birthday. We enjoyed a gorgeous day yesterday while watching the kids on carnival rides. The blessings don't slow down, we just have to remember and realize they are there. It is the world inside your head that tends to slow down or stop.

Our family seems small now; three kids feels like part-time work. Luke wanted to bring Emma home after visitation. We hadn't admitted it until he verbalized it, but so did we.

The funeral was videoed, and we will be posting segments here so that all of you who supported us from your keyboards and mouse pads can have the same closure we were blessed with. A dear friend of ours played a bluesy guitar solo of Mary Had A Little Lamb which transitioned into Amazing Grace. A recording was played of Christy singing A Mother's Prayer. I spoke and reflected on Emma's impact and our pastor delivered a beautiful and inspiring message.

Additionally, we will soon be compiling all e-mails, blog comments and the blog itself into a keep sake. If you would like to leave a message about Emma's impact please leave a comment or e-mail us at Thanks



  1. Happy Birthday Luke.
    Love Ms. Ashley

  2. As a mother with a sick child of my own, I have often found myself wondering how you feel. When I think about how I might when when this time comes for me, I think maybe I will be relieved that it is all over and at the same time dismayed that it is all over. Bless you, you are constantly in my thoughts and you have been constantly in my thoughts since I started reading Emma's blog a year ago. Emma is missed by those that never knew her and she taught me to savor every precious moment with my child, no matter how different those moments are from how I dreamed that they would be.

  3. I have been praying and thinking about you all and your family over these past few days. I will miss hearing about Emma, but I know she is free now to run and play. God be with you all as you continue to live. Happy Birthday, Luke!

  4. You have been on my heart. Glad to read this post, my heart still hurts for you.

  5. Just today, I was pondering how no matter where we are at in life with the trials that the Lord brings, life does go on outside there.

    It is only within the walls of our home and our hearts that the minuet by minuet, hour by hour painful journey of healing and just trusting God continues on.

    We blessed little lambs of God enduring trial stand still while the world, people and life moves past us in wisps of fast motion. Our hearts battling the trial keep us in the moment and Christ draws near, peace floods in and for a moment we draw in breath as it heals our soul.

    I want you both to know, being blessed with Abby and walking with you from afar I can say I truly understand your heart in this post. Please know you two that I do think of you often, pray for you more and wish I could be there to just sit with you.

    My heart is forever yours and I count myself blessed for being privilege to share in the sweet journey of your triumphant angel Emma.

    In His Grip, Tamara

    PS Thank you for soon sharing Emma's Life Celebrations with us, I long to hear the words that so encouraged your hearts.

  6. Emma was such a beautiful and special little angel. Though I never met her, I fell in love with her. Her spunk, her zest for life and that precious grin spoke volumes thru the blog and the pictures you shared with all of us.
    My heart has been so heavy, and yet I am relieved that she is in a much better place and in no more pain. The memory of Emma is burned forever on my heart. I hope to be a better person because of her.
    The service was just beautiful, and paid tribute to such a wonderful role model.
    I selfishly miss the updates, there is an emptiness that must only be a glimmer of what you all must be feeling.
    I pray that God will continue to comfort and carry you thru the days, weeks and years ahead as you adjust to life without Emma.
    Thank you for sharing your precious Emma with all of us.
    On another note, a blogger said on a comment some time back that ya'll should write a book. You both have a way of sharing things in such a way to make it so real and draw you in. You might want to consider it. A book about Emma would be a great place to start...
    God bless you.

  7. Christy and Kelvin,

    At our church today, two different people got up and spoke about Emma and your family and the great example of your faith. Through your diligence, your family has become an example of faith and love that will shine forever.

    Christy, it has been years since we spoke, and Kelvin, I'm not sure you and I ever met, but I have followed your blog and your family's story. I've talked about you with mutual acquaintances and old friends. I have shed tears and hugged my own children tighter after reading about your sweet children. I have admired you, laughed with you, and now I'm crying for you. I am sad for your loss, and so sorry for Emma's pain, but I'm also so inspired by your faith and happy to know she is in the arms of her Savior.

    I also encourage you to share your family's story. I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who wish you well. I am happy to count myself among them and hope you know I stand ready to help you in any way, but know that you have my prayers always.

    Deb Silverberg

  8. Your family is never far from my heart and always in my prayers.
    I wish that I could have met sweet Emma in person. Like so many others, God led me to your blog and Emma stole my heart at first glance.
    She taught me to treasure each day, love and appreciate my nephews and neices a little more and to trust God wholeheartedly and press into His will and plan without reservation.
    Your family is teaching me to have an eternal perspective as you have faced quite possibly the hardest calling a family could face, surrendering a much loved child into His hands.
    Know that you are loved and prayed for by God and so many, including your church family and blog prayer family, those who comment and those who simply pray.
    I pray for your strength and God's supernatural peace and hope and joy and grace.
    Love and hugs and prayers,

  9. I have no words really to express how Emma has impacted me. But not just sweet Emma, but the two of you as well. And today's post seals that for me. I wish I knew you personally! You are the kind of people I need more of and wish I had in my life. I look forward to seeing what you post of the celebration service ou had for her! Emma sits on the Father's lap, I have no doubt in my mind, and probably singing all the songs y'all sang and hummed to her over her short but amazing life!!
    Emma and both of you have made an impact for eternity, and you will continue I am sure to have that opportunity in marvelous ways in the future! God bless you and your family, and please know that many are still lifting you up in prayer!!!

  10. Sorry it's so late in the evening but please tell Luke Happy Birthday for me.

    **Let him know that i'll come visit in a couple weeks.

  11. Happy birthday Luke!

    I have thought of your family so many times this week. I will never forget Emma and your family.

  12. Happy Birthday to Luke!!!

    I can only imagine that it just doesn't seem right that the world keeps on moving along, even though Emma is no longer here.

    Your family has been on my heart and mind and in my prayers often! Praying that God continues to give you peace and grace day after day. Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

  13. My name is Suzy Jennings. It is hard to write down the impact your sweet Emma had on me. I guess more than anything it was the way your family handled this event. I was constantly uplifted by your faith esp when you acknowledged how hard it really was. I prayed for your family as if it was mine, and it is nice to come to the Lord. I have held my kids and treasured him even as they cry and throw their fits. I love how this was not a test but proff. How the wagons have come and uplifted you. You have shown me what it means to be in His hands and I am forever greatful for that. It has also shown me how important it is to left up my brothers and sisters. Thank you for sharing something so personal and heart breaking. The impact that your sweet Emma had will not be truly known here... only in Heaven will you know the true impact her short but profound life has had.

  14. Kelvin and Christy, I just wanted to let you both know what a true blessing you have been to me. The faith that both of ya'll have is just mind blowing to me. I wish I had just a portion of it. Both of you are an example of a "True Christian". No matter how difficult things got in your life, neither one of you lost sight of God. Emma was a precious little girl and I am truly blessed beyond words to say that I had a chance to know her. My life will forever be changed.
    Yesterday in church our message was about never loosing focus on God, all I could think about was ya'll. All i can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a great example to me and everyone else. May God continue to bless both of you and your family.
    Much love, Shelly

  15. Kelvin and Chrisry
    It's strange how a person's emotions can be split. I'm sad for your loss, but happy that Emma has stopped suffering and now is at home with our Lord. The outpouring of love that was shown at the service was truly inspiring. As I said, don't ever think that you are not loved and cared for by so many people. So, this is a time for prayers to continue; to continue for the Dunnam family and the upcoming benefit. We still have a lot of work to do and we know that God is with us and our efforts. Happy birthday to Luke, and our our very best to all of you.
    Your's in Christ
    Joe and Shirley

  16. As I have followed your heartwrenching story, I have stood back in awe at the strength, courage, and grace you have shown. The beautiful music chosen for the site often speaks even more than honest words you have shared. One of my favorite songs will forever remind me of your little angel Emma. So I wanted to share it with you in case you weren't familiar with it..."Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" by Beth Rowley. Music has a special way of healing our hearts. Thank you for sharing you story, Emma's story...and know that she has touched yet one more family.


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