She is THREE – and she is Fierce!

"And though she be but little -- she is fierce."   William Shakespeare

“And though she be but little — she is fierce.”
William Shakespeare

God’s little miracle, Emily, turned three this past Wednesday, on May 1st – and this time, she didn’t spend her birthday in the hospital! She spent most of the day at a Children’s Miracle Network function, charming executives and managers from Costco while Chrissie spoke. Chrissie said that Emily spent the whole time while she was talking, twirling around Chrissie’s legs and singing! That would be Emily!

Sophie helped decorate with streamers!

Sophie helped decorate with streamers!

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Her three-year birthday party was held the Sunday prior to her birthday. She had two sets of grandparents, several aunts and uncles, along with cousins and friends, all there to not only honor her third birthday but to rejoice in the fact that she had made it through a year of chemo and surgeries and multiple hospital stays. Her brand new, wavy hair is getting longer and she is starting to get some of her little girl plumpness back. She plays and goes about life head first – then puts her arms up for someone to pick her up so she can snuggle – then gets down and starts again! How can you not love that fierce, little spirit —

The kids temporarily disappeared and we found several of them sitting on Sophie's bed, talking and giggling!

The kids temporarily disappeared and we found several of them sitting on Sophie’s bed, talking and giggling!

One of the games involved tossing gum drops into cups and when Emily's best friend, Kayla, missed the cup, Emily immediately walked over and put it in for her!

One of the games involved tossing gum drops into cups and when Emily’s best friend, Kayla, missed the cup, Emily immediately walked over and put it in for her!

Medically, her ANC count had dropped recently so she was off of chemo two weeks ago, to allow her system to build up again. Since that was the second time her ANC count had dropped, the doctors restarted her at 50% of her normal chemo dose for a week – increasing to a 75% dose this coming week. It’s a continuing balancing act to keep her ANC high enough that her body can fight infection yet low enough that her body won’t fight the chemo. All we can say is praise God for the doctors who have the knowledge to help this little girl walk this tightrope of treatments.

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You can't say Emily doesn't enjoy a card!

You can’t say Emily doesn’t enjoy a card!

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In the meantime, Emily holds court wherever she is. We were at one of her brother’s Little League games this week and Emily, while sitting on a blanket and playing with her new Minnie Mouse doll, was talking and singing at the top of her lungs – as was said in an earlier post, where IS that mute button?! – and pretty soon, she had six other kids all sitting around her, watching her show! She did the same thing at another brother’s Little League game this afternoon.

She was given a doll who is bald, like she used to be --

She was given a doll who is bald, like she used to be —

She’s still little and you can look at her and tell that she doesn’t have the size or steadiness of a non-sick three-year-old but she lives LOUD and she is Fierce – and she captures the heart of everyone who comes to know her. Thank you, Jesus, for another year with this miracle of Emily.

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6 responses to “She is THREE – and she is Fierce!

  1. Happy Birthday to my little Star, emilyannelove! Even though we have never met, it is wonderful to be included in such a momentous event! I love looking at her photos, such life and sparkle and so different from last year! Our faith is our foundation and ALL of you have certainly blessed me by your constant enduring perseverance through a very bad storm . . . now go get em, Stitch!

    • Thank you, Cyndi – we appreciate your continuing support of our Stitch and I do believe that “go get em” is Emily’s outlook on life! You nailed her! Genie —

  2. Sandy Warner

    So sweet! I loved waking up to this story of Emily. Truly a special little one. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kristin Larsen Gaboury

    I join with all those sending love and prayers Emily’s way. I, too, have never met this darling girl, but I am connected with some who love her tremendously. I wish the best for the entire family & support system.

    • Thank you, Kristin – I think we don’t know many of the people who are following Emily but we love them all for caring enough for her to do that – and we pray for all of you — Genie/Grammie

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