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April 29, 2014

Meet Emmaline Mercy!!!

She's here!!!!! And we are completely in love!


Emmaline Mercy came into this world on Thursday, April 17th at 10:10 pm weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Holding her in our arms has been such a dream come true!! We feel so blessed by this precious gift the Lord has given us.. I plan to write more soon but have had my arms full of love. In the mean time, enjoy this beautiful videos of our sweet new girl.


Much Love,
Natalie


Just click on the link below.


https://www.dropbox.com/s/twutjwrdc85hrtg/em.wmv

April 16, 2014

A dream is a wish your heart makes....



My heart has been overwhelmed lately as I have had the wonderful opportunity of planning for and putting together a nursery for our sweet Emmaline.


It's still hard at moments to believe we are having another daughter, and I find myself quite emotional so much of the time thanking God for this precious gift.


As a mother of a little girl in Heaven, there are so many "earthly" moments I feel like I've missed out on with Madeline the last three years. And so much of what I dreamed of with her just never was able to come true.


Oh how thankful I am for second chances... =)


So as we have now prepared for baby girl number two, I find myself dreaming again.... a lot.


I can't help but do it, as I have always longed to do so many things with our daughter one day.. Even before I ever had a daughter, I dreamed of so many things...


Having tea parties.. Playing dress up.. Watching Disney movies and playing with baby dolls. Going shopping and getting pedicures and just being "girls"...


After 10 years of marriage and 8, 6 and 2 years of mothering little boys... It still doesn't seem real.


But it is!!!!!!!!!!! And TOMORROW, Thursday April the 17th... we will be meeting our sweet little girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Christmas' ago, my sweet sister in law, Becky bought us a beautiful water globe for Maddie. They remember her every year at Christmas and always give us such sweet special gifts.


It was a Cinderella carriage with Maddie's name on it. It is so very special and I cherish it so much.
Then this year they got us another special snow globe.. It is a beautiful carousel and it plays the special precious song, "A dream is a wish your heart makes" from the movie Cinderella.


Becky pointed out the words to me... "No mater how your heart is grieving, if you keep believing, the dream that you wish will come true"


Whoa. How did I miss these words all those years of growing up watching, listening to and pretending to be Cinderella?


I suppose as a carefree child, grief just didn't relate to me.. but oh how it does now!


We put Madeline's Cinderella globe and carousel globe in my china cabinet with all her other special things and I peek at them from time to time, dreaming of what my little girl in Heaven is like... always with the same little song on my heart.. A dream is a wish your heart makes... I always find myself softly singing or humming it, dreaming and praying.. Thinking of Madeline, praying for Emmaline.


So, as we began preparing her nursery, I knew I wanted one of the little Cinderella quotes to be somewhere in her room.. After all, she is my princess just like her big sister and I feel like this is one way I can keep them both together..


So as I started planning and preparing what I wanted, something so special happened. At the end of the year work party for my Husband we received another VERY special gift... They had bought us a gift for baby Emmaline and presented it to us at Rick's work dinner.
And you won't believe what it was.... =)
The same Cinderella carriage, but this one had Emmaline's name on it!!! <3


I got chills as we opened it and I immediately felt the Lords arms around me.. Oh how he knows our hearts. Oh how many times I wished I could put Maddie Grace's snow globe on her dresser and play it and twirl around with my little girl.. and though I didn't with her, I truly believe I'll get that opportunity with Emma Mercy.. What a blessing!


Two little gifts, for my two little girls who will always be my princess'...
When we left his work party that night I reminded Rick of the same snow globe that had been given to us for Madeline. I just couldn't believe that this was a coincidence. God laid it on those sweet ladies hearts to get this for Emmaline just like he had laid it on Rick's sister's heart to get it for Madeline. It made me smile.. I just love when God does things like this for me to further confirm his plan.. It truly blesses my heart and gives me strength to move forward..


So now a little Cinderella carriage sits on Em's dresser underneath the words, A dream is a wish your heart makes...


Oh how special it is...


Read these precious words...


A Dream is a wish your heart makes, when your fast asleep.
In dreams you lose your heartaches, whatever you wish for, you keep.
Have faith in your dreams and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through.
No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing..
A dream that you wish will come true... ~Cinderella


Oh how I can relate to these words... The dreaming, the wishing, having faith, and the rainbows through the grief...


Emmaline is truly proof of that and I'm so thankful that the Lord is blessing us with her. She truly is a dream come true!


Please pray for us this Thursday as we will be welcoming our little girl into the world. Our arms can hardly wait to hold her, our hearts can hardly wait to meet her. She truly is a dream come true and a beautiful answer to a prayer from a God that is SO full of mercy! We are blessed!


Thank you for walking this journey with us. I feel so very grateful to have so many sweet friends I've met through this blog. We can't wait to share our little blessing with you.


Thank you!!
Much Love,
Natalie


Emma Mercy's room





For some reason the blog isn't letting  me load any more pictures... I'll try again soon. I can't wait to show you each detail to her sweet room and the beautiful snow globe.