Wednesday, January 19, 2011

70 Days & 70 Nights

This will be Ella's 70th - and final - night at the hospital.  Our exhaustion is outweighed by the joy & anticipation of her first night at home, where she will complete our family.  By tomorrow, Chapter 1 of the life of Ella will be complete.  An amazing beginning to a book that appeared as if it might never be written.  We don't know what future chapters will look like or how it will end, but we believe that God's grace has already made it more beautiful than we could've imagined.  Thank you for being a part of it with us.


Marcia said...

An amazing beginning for an AMAZING little girl! We wish the best to all of you in this new journey! Simply a miracle! God definitely hears our prayers!
Much love!

Rick said...

I am at a loss for words. The evidence of God's grace and love as demonstrated by His healing power upon "Ella Belle" and your family has strengthened me and brought tears of joy and thanksgiving to my eyes at each miraculous step. I want to thank you for sharing your live's with us and allowing us to join you in prayer, faith and thanksgiving to our heavenly father. I will continue to pray for Ella's healing and look forward to your future posting as you begin the next chapter in the life of Ella.
All Praise, Honor and Glory to our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Anonymous said...

It has been a privilege and a joy to read about your 70 day journey. Thank you for taking the time to blog about it!!! May God be glorified!!!

The Liezen Family said...

Wow! What an incredible day for you today as you bring your dear baby Ella home. We give thanks and pray that your new journey at home is filled with blessings.

Dan said...

Amazing! God is so good!

. said...

oh my goodness,

What wonderful news. We are so very happy for you.

Thank you Jesus.

anna and dominik

Jenny Mertes said...

I hope you'll still make time to update your blog. What a blessing and inspiration it has been to me!

Linda said...

Yes indeed! This IS the day the Lord has made! I am rejoycing and WILL be glad in it!!
I can hardly contain my joy for you all and the fact that your family WILL indeed be complete!
I can hardly wait to see Ella unfold from a fragile rose bud into a full bloomed rose!
May God richly bless each of you as you begin a new chapter in your marvelous life story!
We love you!
Linda and Bob

Jennie said...

Thank you so much for sharing the beginning of a wonderful journey. I hope you keep the blog up to keep us all posted on the adventures of your family!

Jen said...

We are so incredibly grateful that you shared Ella's story with us. We will continue to pray for your family and for all the adventures to come! You're so right, chapter 1 of Ella's life is a beautiful miracle! Praise be to God!

Love, The Snider Family

ps. You may already know about this, but there is a site called They take your entire blog and make it into a book. It's pretty cool. Just thought you may want to check it out. Blessings!

Jennifer Howard said...


carilyne said...

Praise God! What a miracle!
Among you praying for this miracle Emma -- would you please add a prayer for another Ema (spelled different) who keeps having spells where she stops breathing. Our God can work miracles. We've seen it here!

carilyne said...

Oops, got my names mixed up -- too similar! Miracle baby Ella!

jonesfamily said...


juile case you have not heard this yet, she is beautiful! i love this picture!

Ren said...

Words cannot express my excitement and anticipation for you and your family. You have been an amazing example of unwavering trust in a God who has continued to hold Ella in the palm of His mighty hand. We will be praying for you in the days ahead.
When we took our little guy home from PICU at Sacred Heart after open heart surgery/2month stay, it was such a victory! Yet there was this fear and trepidation as we took full responsibility for all of his meds and well being. There was definitely a nervous adjustment time, but once we got in a "groove", it was much easier. You will go home and find a new "normal" for your family and it will be good.
Blessing to you!
Enjoy your beautiful baby girl.
Wife to One
Mom to Eight

Marianne said...

Soooo awesome to hear!!!! Glad you will be taking your little one home with you:) Prayers are an amazing thing aren't they;) Your little miracle baby has touched many lives around the world and I'll keep praying that all goes well for your family:)

Coby said...

Truly, what a miracle! I am beyond thrilled for you, and so thankful for your example of trust and rest in the Lord, of holding your daughter with an open hand, and waiting on the Lord to move on her behalf.

What a beautiful little girl with an amazing testimony. Enjoy your first night home with her.

Sweet dreams, sweet Ella.

Linda said...

Precious Jesus, I give thanks to you for this little miracle, Ella, and for her ever "BELIEVING" parents. Father, you are HOLY and AWESOME! Thank you for this precious life. We praise you for this.
Love you guys, Linda (Andi's MOM)

Kristin E said...

Praise Jesus, for He is GOOD! She is just gorgeous!

Reba said...

Back in November, soon after Ella was born, my friend sent me a link to your blog so that I could join others in praying for a miracle. Since then, I have been following your blog and Ella's amazing progress and have been deeply moved. I began reading of Ella's miraculous journey with tears and joys and often have wanted to post my prayers but have refrained. Today, as you mention, Ella's first chapter in her life is ending and I find this time most appropriate to share my gratitude.

Reading of Ella and your family's journey has brought me to my knees more than once. I myself have a young baby and am always moved at what miracles they are. You have reminded me that they are more than JUST miracles but are God's blessings upon us. I cannot imagine the tolls in which this journey had brought but am amazed by the faithfulness and grace in which you have continued to express. Reading Ella's story I have often wondered, if given the same circumstances would I have been as faithful as you all? Would I have been as prayerful, hopeful, and have put ALL my trust in the Lord as you have?

I praise God for working such a miracle in Ella. At the same time, I am grateful for your willingness to share your journey of faith through this trying time. Thank you. Through your journey, I have been reminded of the power of the Lord, of the power of prayer, and of the importance of giving everything up (even our children) into the hands of our Lord and Savior. Thank you for this reminder.

May God continue to bless you and your family as you enter this next "chapter" in your lives. My prayers will continue.

Michael said...

Your precious baby girl is unbelievably beautiful. I have been so touched by her spirit and your faith through this journey! Praise God for the miracle of your GIRL!!! I don't know you, but have been following your journey (and praying for you!) through Crystal Cochran. Praying continued strength, healing and peace - and joy and NORMALCY! for you and your family! Blessings!!

~Amy Paulson

Janet said...

Praise God for His healing work in your sweet little Ella's body. Thank you for sharing her story, to the glory of God!

Aminta said...

Oh my!!! How wonderful are Gods blessings. So glad for you, and the healing that will continue to happen in the comfort of home in mommies and daddies arms. Lovely, simply amazing!

Carole said...

Cool as I'm reading about 70 days and 70 nights Chris August 7X70 song comes on the radio. I am reading about her coming home and the song says"there is healing in this house". How cool is that I got God bumps..Awesome!