Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 to you! Can you believe it?! I saw one of my friend's post on Facebook saying she couldn't believe we weren't driving flying cars yet. Remember the Jetson's? I just looked it up, and we have 51 more years before life here is like it was for them. I wonder how things will shape up for us in 51 more years. I'll only be 89, so hopefully I'll get to check in on the action! I'll get my great-granddaughter or grandson to drive me around in a moon mobile. (Hee Hee)

So, I digress. I hope your Christmas was loverly and your New Year's Eve celebration full of sparkle! The only sparks in our new year's eve came from the camp fire at the deer camp, but it was wonderful to sit by the fire with Kelvin and Carleigh and ring in the new year. Luke and Cora didn't quite make it to midnight! 2010 was a very hard year to say the least, but Kelvin and Carleigh were able to rattle off several wonderful things that happend as well...Cora is growing like a weed and talking up a storm (thank the Lord!), Carleigh and Luke are doing well in gymnastics; we had a very successful Emma's Bayou Bash despite the terrible weather, enabling us to make a sizeable donation to BDSRA for Batten Disease research, as well as support the efforts of Emma's Hugs; we had a fabulouso vacation with our dear friends, the Parkhouses in Bald Head Island, NC; the summer was loaded with fun in the sun; Luke started first grade in public school and is doing wonderfully; Cora started Wee School and loves it; we had a splendid time for our first trip to Garner with our friends; Carleigh shot her first deer...an 8 point buck(WOW!); we received boundless love from so many wonderful people. I am always amazed at how much love, kindness and thoughtfulness is poured out on us! Amazed!

I could go on, but as much as I like to think about the good things that happened in 2010, they are still somewhat overshadowed, unfortunately, by the fact that my sweet Emma is no longer here. I know she is in a better place, not suffering, running and jumping, singing and dancing, but she isn't here. My heart aches for the loss our family forever has. There will always be a missing piece to the puzzle. It will always be hard to hear of miraculous healings for others. Yes, I'm overjoyed with news of miraculous healings, but my heart aches too. While we were at the deer lease this past week, we heard a story on the radio about a child who received a miraculous healing from a disease. Carleigh said, "Wow, that's so good!" and Luke said, with his head tilted and his brow furrowed just a bit, "Why not Emma?" Tears. We believed, we had faith, we prayed, as did so many of you, but God said, "not here." I don't know why, and I don't understand. I never will. I just have to trust Him, and let Him carry me, us, through this season. "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." Psalm 34:18 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

Thank you for checking in on our journey. I hope you will stick around, send a comment or two, and let us know how you're doing as well. I hope 2011 brings blessing beyond measure for you and yours. I'm hoping for a little consistency in my life...to eat a little less, exercise a little more, laugh, cry, love, read more, sit by the fire, drink good wine, listen, and live. Cheers!

You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake. Psalm 65:11 The NET Bible


  1. Here is to a Happy New Year to you...my sweet friend! I love you guys very much!

  2. Happy New Year Christy! I'll be hanging around and checking in often. I feel like I haven't seen anyone in forever.
    Blessings, SAL

  3. Happy New Year, Christy!
    I am still here, checking up on your family often.
    I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    So glad to hear of the growth of Emma's Hugs. She willl never be forgotten and the impact of her love is still touching many.
    My goals for the year are daily Bible reading with the online YouVersion and to exercize and eat less junk foods. I gained about 8 pounds over the holidays too.

    Love and hugs and prayers,

  4. Christy, Emma was foremost in my thoughts when 2010 turned into 2011 .... and oddly I miss her too, even though I never met the little Princess in person. I love reading your memories and thoughts of a very, very special Princess ... because thats who Emma is today, a fairy Princess who will continue to inspire us all through the beautiful and moving words of her Mama....
    thinking of you often Christie!

  5. Having lost a child of my own, many years ago, I know your heartache. Love your blog & God Bless with many many blessing for the New year!

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  7. Laurie Brock BlackJanuary 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    I followed your blog closely in the last months of sweet Emma's life. I haven't read it too much since she went home to be with our Savior. But tonight I decided to check it again and I am again overwhelmed with tears and sadness for the loss of this beautiful daughter. I will continue to pray for you as you persevere though this seemingly unbearable trial. God is mighty!


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