Nora – 99 Days Old

Today was cold and rainy, much of it was spent indoors. Although the weather was dismal with a high of only 65 degrees, I have to say I’d rather be here than back home boiling in the 99 degree heat advisory!

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Nora had a visit today from Susan who has been following the blog and then literally had Nora show up practically next door to her house! Nora has certainly shrunk the world down to size of a marble! It was so wonderful to meet you, Susan! Nora thanks you for her adorable Les Cheneaux t-shirt!

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After the soaking rain, and everyone had left for dinner, I took Nora down to the lake. It was just God, Nora and I with a lone gull off in the distance. The vastness of the sky was astonishing, as if I’ve never quite noticed it before. I inhaled deeply, trying to savor and fully appreciate the chilly pine-infused air. Nora, wrapped in a blanket, dozed off to sleep as I bounced her in my arms. I paced the span of the dock, and thanked God for her. A beautiful bird song emerged in response from the woods despite the gloomy gray backdrop. I was reminded of today’s page in my Jesus Calling devotional:

     As you listen to birds calling to one another, hear also My Love-call to you. I speak to you continually: through sights, sounds, thoughts, impressions, scriptures. There is no limit to the variety of ways I can communicate with you. Your part is to be attentive to My messages, in whatever form they come. When you set out to find Me in a day, you discover that the world is vibrantly alive with My Presence. You can find Me not only in beauty and birdcalls, but also in tragedy and faces filled with grief. I can take the depest sorrow and weave it into a pattern for good.

Search for me and My messages, as you go through this day. You will seek me and find Me when you seek Me with your whole being.

What a beautiful truth.

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Huge smiles for Daddy this morning!!


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Nora LOVES cuddling with Nana!

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
(Jeremiah 29:13 NLT)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
(John 10:27 NLT)

14 thoughts on “Nora – 99 Days Old

  1. She’s a celebrity and fans drop by even when on vacation in a remote spot !!. I foresee pilgrimages of fans to your home for a pic and a cuddle with the celebrity, Aleisa. Welcome to the fame, Nora :) Big kiss

    • Oh, forgot to comment: that first smile melts my heart. William must be walking on air !!. She’s Daddy’s girl !!.
      BTW, did you get my email, Aleisa?.

  2. I try and look at this blog every morning. I think if Nora as a little part of our family that we check in on. my little ones who are 2 & 4 live looking at her pictures. They are such a blessing from above as well as Nora. We just want to good ans squeeze her. She’s just so cute. Thank you for sharing her to the world. hugs n kisses sweet Nora ;)

  3. Such a sweet smile little Nora had for Daddy. It is so neat that you were able to meet with another of the prayer warriors for your precious little girl.

  4. Nora’s smile, what a beautiful sight! Lucy’s dad made her smile for the first time last week. These girls love their daddies. Still following and praying for all of you.

  5. Thank you for sharing your life with so many of us Aleisa! Paula Miller sent me to your blog and I read it daily and share it with my two little guys. Each night we pray for sweet baby Nora and her family and they love to look at the pictures of her! We received some scary news about my dad’s health two nights ago and as I was sitting on the back porch teary-eyed I looked up and saw 3 BIRDS flying right above me. I couldn’t help but be calmed by God’s presence. Had I never read your blog I probably would have seen those 3 birds and not given them a second glance, but in that moment I knew that God was near. We will continue to pray for all of you and thank you again for sharing your journey with so many!!!!

  6. The Lord has used her to open our eyes even more to the voice of God. Thank you for sharing such intimate moments. Blessings. And nora- you are so loved! my children love looking in on you daily! you are getting to be such a big girl!

  7. I love this post and the devotional! that is amazing! I can’t handle that adorable picture if miss Nora smiling at her daddy! So thankful you are enjoying you’re vacation!

  8. Nora, you are the cutest girl on the planet! So much joy you have brought to complete strangers! Truly, you are a glimpse of the hand of God at work in huge ways.

  9. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! THAT BIG SMILE NORA THAT YOU GAVE YOUR DADDY THIS MORNING WAS THE BEST!!!!! I BET THAT MADE HIS WHOLE DAY A WHOLE LOT BRIGHTER. YOU ARE GROWING SO BIG, AND YOU JUST KEEP GETTING CUTER AND CUTER. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH LITTLE NORA ROSE. ALEISA I AM SO HAPPY THAT THE VACATION IS GOING SO GOOD. YOU ALL NEEDED THAT SO MUCH, AND GOD SAW THAT. IT WAS REALLY A BLESSING THAT SUSAN SAW YOUR BLOG, AND WAS SO CLOSE TO WHERE YOU ARE. SO GLAD SHE GOT TO VISIT SUCH A REMARKABLE FAMILY. WHEN I SAW HER HOLDING NORA, I SAID I WANT TO DO THAT!!!! I AM GLAD THAT SUSAN WAS ABLE TO VISIT AND HOLD THE LITTLE BLESSING WE ALL CALL NORA. LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE ALL SO MUCH MORE RESTED. I CAN SEE THAT IN ALL YOUR FACES. HAVE A GREAT TIME AND GOD BLESS. LUV U ALL.

  10. Aleisa, I follow your blog and it lifts me daily. Nora truly is a message to all of us how awesome our God is. Today my “baby girl, age 24″ had to have surgery for a severely broken finger. Naturally i was anxious not wanting any of my precious gifts from God to hurt. As we parked and i looked up at the front of the buliding there was etched 3 doves, 3 birds!!! Immediately I thought of you and Nora and smiled. I knew everything would go well for God had left a message, ” I am here!. ” With tears in my eyes and profound love in my heart I thank you and Nora for opening my eyes to God’s messages. Enjoy your vacation!! By the way Andrea is doing well, in some pain but the finger will be fine.

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