august 23. 1996. i brought sweet emi home from the hospital late that afternoon. she was born the evening prior – gregg was actually feeling pretty rough from his chemo, so the nurses gave him fluids & actually checked on him more frequently than on emily & me. that’s ok. we had scheduled her induction so that we could have a little family time on his one week a month off. i guess technically you’re supposed to stay in the hospital for 24 hours after the birth of a baby but we had things to do & i needed to be home. needed to have gregg home. so we headed out and arrived to madison, she was 17 months old & sweet big sissy savannah was 3 1/2 going on 12.
gregg passed away 10 weeks later. the funny thing, emily looks & acts just like him.
emi has never met a stranger. she is as extroverted as they come. the thought of needing time to refuel, alone, is enough to make her break out in hives. she laughs. alot. she’s easy to love as she loves well. she forgives. not only is she a forgiver, i’ve watched her go through some hurtful times and she acts like there’s “nothing to forgive”. she’s loyal. if you’ve been around here for a few of her birthday posts, you’ve even heard me say she’s loyal to a fault. while she’d beg to differ, i’ve watched her this last year and been amazed how quick she forgives & forgets when someone hurts her. especially when it’s clear to her mama, that someone is intentionally hurting her or at least, not being kind and thoughtful.
a couple times i’ve talked with her about this & she’ll say, “mom i can’t be someone i’m not. i’m not mean like that”. while i’m sure this is hard to follow, i think some of you can surely understand trying to teach your kiddos how to love big & wide but yet be a careful too. who wants to scare them with words like boundaries and enabling. but for teenage girl who has a good heart & sees the good in everyone learning discernment is a great quality too.
ok. so back to the birthday love fest.
emily turns 17 today and i’m mighty proud of her, the choices she’s making, the way she wants to spend her time and her sold-out-to-jesus attitude. she’s beautiful to watch when she’s loving on little children ( she’s wanted to be a school teacher since she was old enough to say school teacher). she’s truly in her element.
she spent some time this summer loving on refugee families in tennessee & also here in georgia. not too far from our community is the most diverse square mile in the united states. that’s where emi has been involved in loving on, playing with and leading small group time with these precious kiddos.
these are some priceless images to me, seeing emi in her element. loving well & being loved. when i was thinking about what images to post for her birthday, i knew immediately what truly shows our emi & her heart.
emily i pray you know how much dad & i love you. you were a happy baby and you’re a happy 17 year old and give us much laughter! we are beyond proud of you and the choices you make. we love watching you grow in your relationship with jesus and we love how you walk that out. you live your life as an example –i wish i had an emily in my life when i was 17! i think i would have been a better person. a person who loved jesus & people bigger & better. deep & wide, just like you emi.
He has big things ahead for you sweet emi and i can’t wait to watch & cheer you on!
happy happy birthday angel baby!
you are loved….