Friday, April 18, 2008

Still critical

Well it's been a long night...mostly sleepless but I did find a little bit of rest...please pray for Jon as he didn't sleep much at all. We take turns for each other...last night he had to be the strong one for me and this morning it's my turn. It's amazing how God gives each of us the strength when we need it. Emmalee is still in very critical condition. We haven't gotten any word this morning yet on her...they made us stay in the hospital waiting room last night just in case so I guess that they didn't have to come and get us gives us some hope. But the next 72 hours are critical and we'll just see. But as I was laying in bed I had just a blank mind (I don't think I've had that this whole time) and I just heard this voice saying, "Ali, we are going to do a mighty work in there. You just have to sit back and watch it happen." I know that was the Holy Spirit talking to me...there is no other explanation in my mind as to where that could have come from. We got to see little Emma last night and early early this morning. She looks so tough...very puffy and hooked to so many machines. They try to prepare you but really can anyone be prepared to see their little girl looking like that. But we keep telling ourselves...she had to go through this surgery to even have a chance at life...it wasn't an elective surgery she needed it. And back at 25 weeks when we found out about her heart problem we felt a peace about it (a peace that surpasses all understanding) and we know God has been with her this whole time. He has plans for her. He has us wrapped in love and has her wrapped in love. He loves us...He doesn't like to see us suffer like this but this is life and He will help us get through it. God is good all the time! Thanks for your prayers and kind words for us...please keep them coming. I'll write more when I know more.
Love
Jon, Ali and sweet baby Emma

18 comments:

Brenda Fischer said...

My heart is aching for you. We will continue to pray for little Emmalee and take comfort in knowing that God is the Ultimate Physician. Praying for strength and peace for you and Jon and the family. Love Brenda

Angie said...

I love your baby girl so much already...just know that i am praying for her and thinking about her all the time. Thanks for being faithful, and for trusting God throughout this entire journey....your story is impacting (and will continue to impact) many many people. Love you guys.
Ang

Anonymous said...

still praying for Emma's strength and your courage! Your new measure of grace this morning will be enough.
Love all of you.
Van Hal family

Lee said...

Ali & Jon, we are sending up prayers for all of you, especially EmmaLee. Get the rest you need and know that we are all thinking of you constantly. Love from Kentucky. Uncle Lee & Aunt Jane

Anonymous said...

Dear Ali and Jon,

God bless and keep the three of you. You are in the best possible place with the most qualified people and also in the best possible place spiritually--your hearts wide open, and feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit.

(You had another spiritual presence in the clinic--I think the entourage you saw was for the Dalai Lama. I'd like to think that his being there was also a good omen.)

Carrie

Lynette said...

Ali and Jon,

You are blessed with wonderful people around you to help support you through this. Just take one moment at a time and you will have the strength you need. I am thinking of you and Emma so much and keeping positive thoughts and prayers. Love, Lynette

Pam & Dick said...

"Let us come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace in our TIME OF NEED" Hebrews 4:16 We love you. We are praying the word of God and claiming His promised for you.

Anonymous said...

We pray everyday for your family. It's heartbeaking and difficult right now, for sure...but LOVE endures, and you have plenty of that.

Emma's in the best hands in every possible way...

Jessica Lideen & boys

Jeanette said...

Just want you to know we are with you in spirit, heart and prayer.
Jeanette

Anonymous said...

Ali and Jon,

All of us next door at Kwik Kopy are holding you and little Emmalee in our prayers. May you find comfort and strength in your love for each other.

Monica, Dawnae, Anne, and Demetrius

Anonymous said...

You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

~Diana

Emily said...

It is so hard to read your blog without tears. But I do know God is faithful and he does bring us grace to face each day.
We are praying he is with you & Jon today, giving you extra strength.
We are constantly lifting up baby Emmalee. God is with her.
-Emily

Anonymous said...

"For surely I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans for your good and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." Jeremiah 29:11.

Sending up prayers for you amazing people and your sweet Emma. She is blessed to have been born to such faithful, loving parents.

Blessings to you!
Tricia (a friend of Connie)

Jonathan, Amanda & Luke said...

God has amazing plans for Emmalee. Won't it be awesome to look back on these hard times and realize how He used them to do awesome things? Praying for you all...

Anonymous said...

Missing you... being strong for you... loving you. Di

Anonymous said...

What a precious little girl Ali! Our prayers for strength and rest are with you, your husband and little Emmalee. We'll hold your new family in our hearts. God bless, The Mucha family

Anonymous said...

Ali, Jon and Baby Emmalee,
We love you and continue to keep you in our prayers. We serve a great God and from your blog I seem him doing great things in your life through this "opportunity." God is faithful and believe it or not, He loves Emmalee more than you do! (and thats a lot!) We are praying you will feel God's peace!
Love,
Kimberly for all of us

Michelle (D'Amico) McCallum said...

Ali, I came to your blog from Jon and Amanda Athearn's.

I just want you to know that we will be praying for you and your beautiful Emmalee! Your story brought tears to my eyes and your strength and faith astounds me. Emmalee is so blessed to have you as parents! We will continue to pray for you all!!