Nora – 15 Days Old

The discouragement and hopelessness that I experienced during Nora’s recent hospitalization is still fresh in my mind, but not as active emotions. In my sleep deprived, intensely fragile condition I found myself engaged in a full fledged meltdown. My flood of tears camouflaged with the hot water from the shower nozzle while I silently screamed at God. In my state of misery my eyes were drawn to an emergency pull cord.


“Yes! I sure could use some help, God,” I thought to myself. I began wishing for emergency pull cords dangling down from heaven that were strategically placed in perilous spots. When we felt ourselves falling, or even if we’d already crashed to the floor we could just instinctively grab onto one and God would come running. After a few minutes it dawned on me. Isn’t that what faith is? But of course! How much easier it would be if faith were something tangible like an emergency pull cord. And how much easier it would be to have faith if we could actually SEE God with our human eyes, if we could physically be hugged in his arms. These were my thoughts as I managed to pull myself together enough to turn the shower off and finish getting ready.

The waterworks started right back up again a few minutes later as I was laying down on the fold-out guest bed. My dear sweet husband, knowing I was upset tenderly laid down beside me and kissed my cheeks and forehead. “Those kisses are from God,” he whispered to me. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

There’s no way he could have possibly heard the theme of my meltdown just minutes before, yet there he was showing me VERY TANGIBLE EVIDENCE of God.

God has BOLDLY revealed Himself so many times throughout this journey and continues to do so every day. He speaks to me through my husband, my family, my friends and even complete strangers through messages on this blog. Complete strangers who have recognized us and took the time to let us know they’re following along on our blog and praying for us. I had another one of those moments this morning at my doctor visit. (Thank you, Jenny!!!) Through these instances, God reminds me just how far Nora’s story has reached, how many people she’s touched and how truly MEANT TO BE she really is.




It was a beautiful Wednesday. Thank you, God for today and for this precious gift you’ve entrusted me with! πŸ™‚

77 thoughts on “Nora – 15 Days Old

  1. I love reading about your “God-nods”. We prayed for Nora as a church tonight, and I hope you feel grace and strength as well. Love the photos, and I love those sweet little baby legs too πŸ™‚

  2. Getting your posts in my email is the highlight of my day. You and this little one have touched me sooooooooooooo much.

  3. Angels are all around you and William—as you love Nora and your beautiful family. Still very emotional for having met you–in my heart always

  4. Nora, you seriously inspire me every day. This afternoon I was a bit down in the dumps over some things and feeling a bit overwhelmed….again. Then I remembered you and it quickly put everything right back into perspective and God said, “Are you living for this world, or Mine – the everlasting one?” Thinking about you and your family seriously gave me the strength to pick myself back up and continue on with a right heart. I pray for you every day as many times as you come to mind. Thank you for bringing so much love and hope into this world. You are loved πŸ™‚

  5. I can’t think of anything more precious than that sweet, little face. My family(my 2 year old son included) lifts Nora and her family up in prayer every day. May God’s peace surround you<3

  6. Thank you for your honesty, Aleisa. I pray God continues to reveal Himself to you and yours in all the ways you need as He keeps each of you, especially sweet little Nora, in His tender, steadfast, care.

  7. Your words are so beautiful and I find them pulling me through my day at times. I can’t imagine being faced with the challenge God has given you but after having miscarried my two babies last month, I find your words so healing. I’ve been following for quite some time and as the days leading up to Noras birth grew smaller, your faith seemed to grow bigger. You’re an inspiration and Nora is so lucky to be born unto such a generous, loving family. Your words may be your way to heal but they are so very healing for me to hear. Thank you, again!

  8. I love the faith you have in our Heavenly Father! He will carry you along with sweet little Nora. What a blessing she is because she is life. She is so beautiful! Remember to stand tall as a daughter of God for he intrusted you with one of his special spirits. You are a wonderful mother πŸ™‚

  9. Your faith and endurance through this is so amazing! I started reading your blog 4 days ago and couldn’t stop reading till I had finished. You truly are an inspiration to me and I’m so blessed to have read all about your amazing family! I pray Gods strength over you and your family. I pray God continues to have his hand over that sweet little baby! You are in my thoughts and prayers daily!

  10. Reading through some of the beautiful comments makes being up at this hour a bit easier. Even as she sleeps here next to me I can read what an impact she’s having on lives across the world. So amazing… Thanks to you all who follow along, share Nora’s story, and keep us lifted in prayer. Even though I wish I could join her in sleep, I need to keep watch over our little one. I’m right where I’m supposed to be. That said, I am accepting applications for night watch volunteers. πŸ™‚

    • I keep begging you guys to let me watch her!!! MEEEE! Pick me. I love her… I will sing to her, rock her, feed her, play with her. Anytime!

    • Seriously William, I’d be glad to sit up with her so you could both get some rest. I do not work tomorrow, so just let me know, and I’ll get the caffeine and story books ready!

    • And look at the time Kate posted her reply. She’s up anyways. Maybe the years doing midnight shift as a nurse did this to her. Because other than that, she’s totally sane. πŸ˜‰

    • If we were closer William I’d be more then happy to watch over her for a few hours so you could both sleep and recuperate… it’s a bittersweet role, but I so enjoyed those moments in the middle of the night where Alexandria would wake up and be wide-eyed. You’re a good man and a wonderful father, enjoy the late nights, even though they are tiring they’ll be a light for you down the road.

  11. What a special gift Nora and your family is and Thank you for sharing it with all of us. She is a beautiful little girl that has a beautiful family! God Bless!

  12. Aleisa, I saw you pull that “emergency cord” a couple of times the day Nora was born. God came and rescued you immediately. XOXO… thank you so much for your words!

  13. You chose to carry her and He continues to carry you. Oh, our God is good and real. Absolutely luv that your husband said the kisses were from God! May you have another beautiful day.

  14. God Bless you Nora….I am thankful for this heartfelt entry from your Mommy. I don’t know your family, but I too have wanted to pull the “Heaven Cord” before too. I was lucky enough to spend 54 days with my micro-preemie Adam before God was ready for him. This is a tough journey for your family and I am praying for strength and your continued health….hang in there precious baby (and Mom and Dad too). Nora, you are surrounded for love, prayers and a huge “fan club”….you are truly an angel among us!

  15. Dear Aleisa, I am so in awe of your strength-your friends and family are there for you, please lean anytime. I, like a post I read earlier, wish there was anything I could do to help you and your family. Nora is a gift-that cookie really showed how tiny she really is. Precious! We’ll see you soon.

  16. Wow Aleisa! I have been following your blog for months…it is truly inspirational and amazing! I have thought so many times to “reply” but I am simply speachless. Your family is on my mind and in my prayers all day every day. Whenever there is a break in the day from the running around, Nora’s sweet face fills my mind…Even during the hectic times…homework, activities, sports, dinner…your strength encompasses me. Thank you for sharing your journey! God Bless-Lori

  17. Your faith is such a beautiful thing and you have such an amazing way with putting your feelings into words. We pray for Nora and for your whole family yet we know you have such amazing strength and trust in God, this will help carry you though. May God continue to bless all of you.

  18. So beautifully written, and the pictures were great too! Those little legs are just precious!!! I’ll be praying circles around you and your family πŸ™‚

  19. Never in my life have complete strangers made a bigger impact on me. I find myself looking foward to hearing how Nora is doing on a daily basis. What amazingly strong parents the two of you are. Not just for Nora, but for your other children. Your family is such a testimony of God’s unfailing love. God bless you all.

  20. Dear Alesisa – you are SO strong, and SO wise. Allow yourself time to be human. Our Saviour was human, and we know that He cried. You, your husband, and this beautiful baby have touched so many lives. Sleep deprivation, new baby hormones, and the overwhelming situation you have found yourself in is more than most people could handle. You are doing a magnificent job! Allow all of us to hold you up with our unceasing prayers for your family. God Bless and Keep you.

  21. Nora is so beautiful. I love her lips in this last picture. My husband and I are on a journey to try and figure oug what it looks like to “up” our trust level in God. Thank you for allowing me to follow you and see trust in action. You have an amazing family and an awesome story!

  22. My friend Jessica posted this beautiful story last week, and immediately my spirit lept into action. God has called me many time to intercede, but never on this level. Although we have never me, your family has deeply impacted my family. During a late night feeding I was drawn to read the majority of your blog, as I did so many of the experiences, emotions, questions, revelations, and growth were so familiar, as if our journeys intertwined that I found myself weeping. Through my personal journey, our Father has shown me who He really is, He has surpassed any religion and perception, He has become more real to me than most people, we have a relationship, He is doing the same miraculous thing with you, and I suspect your husband. I am so excited for you, for what He is doing, I am so proud that you have the ability to be so open to receive this simple relationship that most people
    miss due to preconceived complications. When our minds, our spiritual gates are open, He boldly reveals Himself to us, in ways that we know without a doubt it’s Him. So swing wide you Heavenly gates, prepare the way of the risen Lord. Your Nora Rose is a gate opener, because of your transparency people all across the world are being touched, their gates opened. He is healing and comforting you through your posts, and you are intimately ministering to the world. A morning months after our darkness, a friend was experiencing a dark period in their journey, in the shower I demanded answers, the watered down religious answer of ‘it’s Gods plan’ was not cutting it, the Father I have a relationship with holds this world in His hand, He would not create something just to take it away, and His revelation was this, It’s depth, some of us, those ones who crave more, who know deep down there is more to life, and who are strong enough to handle it, are given opportunities through darkness to achieve a depth of humanity otherwise unattainable. This is your opportunity, and you have embraced it, that beautiful little miracle that you hold close to your chest, and closer in your heart is forever changing you, and us. Thank you so much for following your heart and sharing your experience, one day you will know how many lives your family, especially Nora, has touched. One person wrote that Nora is the last thing they pray about before they go to bed, and the first thing they think about when they wake up, and I believe mist of us feel this way:). When I shared this with my family, in my husbands spirit he felt “until now”, so until now, enjoy every present moment fir that is where He is present, and know Our Father is bigger than any diagnosis and statistic because those were the answers until now<3

  23. With You I can attack a barrier, and with my God I can leap over a wall. Psalm 29

    My prayers have not stopped for Baby Nora and your family. You all have truly touched many hearts and God is definitely working through all of you! He is with you always…during the lows and the highs!

      • Aleisa & William,
        I follow your story everyday and too, am encouraged by your love, strength and faith. Nora is so precious to ALL of us. I hope you know any one of us is here to help in any way. Most of all, many prayers go to you and your family. May Gods wil be done.

  24. I can see God’s anointing on you even as you write. To be as exhausted as you are and still be able to share such an encouraging and timely message that is not only clear but beautifully written, I know HE is right there beside you. No make that, alive within you! πŸ˜‰

    I keep meaning to look up the verse that has come to mind over and over every time I think of Nora so I could share it with you. In essence it says…I will not die but live to declare the goodness of the Lord. I proclaim this over her life every time she comes to mind. I will try to make a point to look it up today. Thank you for continuing to share the news of her life. It means so much, but with that said, please don’t ever feel like you will let your readers down if you don’t post. I understand that pressure. I had to lay a blog down a while when God brought 3 babies to me through adoption and fostering in an 11 month period. It was hard but I knew some days I just couldn’t post. Make sure to take care of you so you can take care of your family. Blessings!

  25. so beautiful aleisa! pull that cord and He will listen! continue to lean on your faith. He won’t let you down, i promise! Even in the lowest of lows He’s your #1 support to lean on. love the beauty and strength that is being built in your marraige and your family. God Bless! ❀ luci

  26. I am a friendof Barb Corey’s. I lost my son and daughter to Anencephaly. I was helped so much by prenatal partners for life. It’s founder, Mary Kellett, has contacts in Cincinnati for doctors who helped her son when he was living with trisomy 18 – for 4 years! I think Barb has her info if you would like it…..praying always

  27. I have been following your blog since a friend posted it on FB. I am so happy to hear that God is lifting you up and you can feel his presence. Just remember, there are tons of us who are doing the same- I hope you can feel our love, too. Big hugs (from a very preggo belly!) from DC!

  28. I’ve been following your blog for about 2 weeks now – saw it posted on several of my friends FB pages. I just want to thank you for sharing Nora’s story with all of us. Aleisa….you are helping me more than you will ever know. Without going into all sorts of details I will just say that I’ve been thru some challenging times in the past 6 years (lost my Mom to cancer, my 17 mo old son died suddenly, my Dad has battled cancer, financial struggles, etc). There are times, esp lately, that I can’t help but feel like I am in a constant state of fear as to what will happen next. My faith in God has been shaken and I am honestly not sure where I stand as far as my beliefs. But thru reading your thoughts, prayers, insights, I am really feeling a sense of calm. I think about you every time I start to feel that panic of “when is the next shoe going to fall in my life” and I see Nora’s gorgeous face. The fact that you are truly able to put all of your trust in God is helping me to do the same. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blog.

  29. I love the picture w/ the pink cookie! Nora is so beautiful. I have been thinking about your family daily since learning of your story.

  30. Your daily blogs are truly an inspiration to perfect strangers. A friend of yours told me about your blog and every time I read it, it brings tears to my eyes. Your faith is amazing, thank you for sharing your journey. God is truly shining through your life and blog. I am praying for your little miracle.

  31. i absolutely LOVE this post and everything you discover in this blog about our relationships and our faith!!!! I have made checking/reading your blog a daily part of my life now every day. I enjoying following your faith story and seeing each and every day that is ANOTHER day you get to enjoy your precious daughter! Heres to constant prayers and thoughts being sent your way! xoxo

  32. Nora, you are precious!!! Thank you and thank your mommy for reminding me how much we all need Him every second of every day.


  34. Your blog is so inspiring to me. I came across a link to your birth pictures a couple days ago and have been praying for your family ever since. I know God is pleased with your decision to carry her and has been blessing you greatly. I look forward to hearing your updates. She has definitely been a prophet to the nations through your growing experiences. I look forward to the day when there will be no more tears and no more death. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Your story and your blog have been such an inspiration to me these last few weeks. My family has been going through a lot recently and whenever I read your blog I am inspired and reminded of how good God is even when I can’t see it. Over the last couple of weeks I have read the entire blog from the very beginning to now and it is truly beautiful. Little Miss Nora is truly a prophet of God. It has been incredible to see your blog pop up in my (Facebook) feed amongst so many DIFFERENT groups of friends! I know that it can’t be easy, but thank you for writing this blog, I look forward to seeing how God has moved day to day in your life (even though I don’t really know you.) The other day I was having a really bad day and I went to the chiropractor and “Stronger” by Matthew West came on the radio and I was reminded of you and what you’re going through and how God has been there by you the whole time which reminded me of how he is here with me too!

    Thanks so much for being so open and vulnerable! Praying for you and your family!



  36. That made my heart melt and brought tears to my eyes! Sounds just like my William! You are truly blessed sweetie! Big Hugs!!!

  37. You words and your faith in God are truly remarkable. Your family and precious Nora are in my thoughts and prayers.

  38. I cry every time I read your blog! Sending love, prayer, and hope to your very beautiful family!!! I wish I could physically hug you (not being creepy)!

  39. There are hardly any words that would speak of God’s love for you and your family – and more so for Nora Rose. She is a precious child that God has given you and for the rest of the world to see His love, power and will for all to come unto Him. Thank you for being this messenger of God that you are. I love to see the pictures daily of Nora Rose. She is so precious to you and all of us – but more so to God who has created her and given her to you for a purpose. I love the pat of the blog calling for the emergency cord that leads us to God. Thanks for the blessings you have given to so many of us.

  40. You have left me speechless, once again, with your perfectly chosen words and unflinching faith. I absolutely love Nora’s gorgeous eyes!!

  41. I pray for your family often. Nora is here and she is where she is supposed to be. God has blessed her to you and in return through this story is blessing everyone who is touched by it. Much love to your family.

  42. I wanted to let you know that your story has been shared with many people here in Georgia. My family and I say a prayer for you and your little Nora every night. She is so tiny but has touched so many. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  43. I’m a critical care nurse at Bethesda North and I have pulled those emergency cords many times! Physically and spiritually! Life is so very fragile. I have been honored to have been there in peoples lives for those ” emergencies” . It is there where God steps in and his Holy Spirit floods! Those moments when we ask “why!”. This is when I compensate, and switch my spirit towards a”lean not” moment! We don’t understand why, but I do know one thing..activating your “faith switch” will help you to trust God with Noras sweet little body. He knows every inch of her. I am proud of you and if you have to activate that switch over and over
    and over … It is worth it! God loves you so much and his Spirit speaks tenderly in the desert place !

  44. I started reading your blog because I am friends with one of your dear friends. My husband has been quite ill and reading about your daughter and your pain is close to my pain and helplessness. And seeing how God is reaching out to you over and over, I see the same in my life too.
    Yesterday was my birthday. I spent most of my day in the ER with my husband, who was in enormous pain. Yet God was loving on me. I woke up that morning to find a birthday cake on my front porch. I went into work for a bit and a co-worker brought in bagels for my birthday. I got an edible arraignment from girlfriends in another town. My neighbors took care of my kids when they got off the bus. Another girlfriend made me brownies. Another got me another birthday cake. When we got home from the ER, there was a gift bag with birthday PJ’s in it on my front porch. I ate a dinner that was made for us by another friend. And Facebook was filled with well wishes from friends knowing that this year has been hard, but they were praying that was going to get better.
    It wasn’t the birthday I would have planned: being in the ER for 6 hours, having a sick husband, feeling scared. But I really think it was my best birthday ever. God really loves me. And I know he really love you too. I will continue to pray for you and your family. That you may continue to shine brightly with his love, so others may be inspired to have the kind of relationship with HIM that you have come to depend on.

  45. I started reading your blog because I am friends with one of your dear friends. My husband has been quite ill and reading about your daughter and your pain is close to my pain and helplessness. And seeing how God is reaching out to you over and over, I see the same in my life too.
    Yesterday was my birthday. I spent most of my day in the ER with my husband, who was in enormous pain. Yet God was loving on me. I woke up that morning to find a birthday cake on my front porch. I went into work for a bit and a co-worker brought in bagels for my birthday. I got an edible arraignment from girlfriends in another town. My neighbors took care of my kids when they got off the bus. Another girlfriend made me brownies. Another friend got me another birthday cake. When we got home from the ER, there was a gift bag with birthday PJ’s in it on my front porch. I ate a dinner that was made for us by another friend. And Facebook was filled with well wishes from friends knowing that this year has been hard, but they were praying that was going to get better.
    It wasn’t the birthday I would have planned: being in the ER for 6 hours, having a sick husband, being scared. But I really think it was my best birthday ever. God really loves me. And I know he really love you too. I will continue to pray for you and your family. That you may continue to shine brightly with his love, so others may be inspired to have the kind of relationship with HIM that you have come to depend on.

  46. The unconditional love you show toward your beautiful daughter is a reflection of God’s love for us. In this world that only wants “perfect” and “designer” it is so life and God affirming to see love for the Designer’s perfect plan! We struggle and hurt because we are human but God has given you a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing.

  47. I am blessed and encouraged by your words!! Thank you for being so courageous and sharing your journey! I am praying for little Nora and for your family- God is using you in so many ways and capacities!!

  48. I pray for you everyday and I thank you for your words and wisdom…I can’t imagine how you feel…but you are truly faithful and that gives me strength….not one day is easy…fear is in your heart and you give it to God……and wait…every precious breath is another moment to love her…I see how you can go on through this….every breath is a gift of love…God Bless You

  49. I found your blog after a friend of mine posted a link to your birth story. I have been following you ever since. I would just like to say that your posts have been so encouraging especially this one. My father passed away a little over two weeks ago and the words that you posted today have lifted my spirits so much. Although are situations may be different i can totally understand your heartache. I have found myself overcome with emotions and just calling out to God. God continues to encourage me through this hard time. Whatever we face and when our hearts are breaking, there is a promise for those who hold on. We must lift u[p our eyes to Him. It is as if God is revealing Himself through you and your blog.
    I am praying for you and your family.

  50. i had a very tough and terribly embarrassing night with nori last night while at a friends house. i literally locked myself in my bedroom with the baby just to get away. for a second i felt relief knowing adam had to deal with her and not me…but then as she laid on the floor by my door screaming and crying, “MOMMMMMMY!!!” my heart broke. i thought of sweet nora and how i should be holding my daughter not pushing her away. it was like a switch flipped from “ungrateful” to “grateful” just with the thought of sweet nora. πŸ™‚ xoxo.

  51. Your faith is unbelievable!! God speaks in the most interesting ways! We are praying for baby Nora, your family, and your faith.

  52. Thinking of you and praying for you, each and every day. You are all loved. Hugs and positive thoughts from Tina, an American in Sweden

  53. Hi there,
    You don’t know me but I am a friend of a friend of yours. Anyway, I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and you and your family have been in my prayers ever since she told me your story. Your faith is so amazing. I recently experienced a miracle in my own life and I just wanted to tell you to stay strong and never give up hope. When I was 18 weeks pregnant the doctors found that I had almost no amniotic fluid. I was given my options as it was a condition that is “incompatible with life.” They told us because of the low fluid his lungs would not be able to develop. The options were: termination, still birth, miscarriage…nothing good. Termination would not have been an option in a million years. Everyone I know and what seems like thousands of people I don’t know- began to pray. I saw so many specialists and not one of them had a hopeful thing to say. Complications from the low fluid caused my membranes to rupture at 27 week and after a week of hospitalized bed rest, Ethan Emmanuel was born 2 lbs 11 oz. The little boy who wasn’t supposed to have lung cried. He didn’t even need a ventilator. After 9 weeks in the NICU, he came home and today is a happy healthy 6 month old. He is my constant reminder of God’s power and love and his ability to perform miracles.
    So, stay strong and keep believing. Nora is absolutely beautiful and you and your family are such an inspiration!

  54. Hi,

    I came across your blog one day when I was feeling sorry for myself, asking the “why, God?” questions, and crying. When I came across your blog, God spoke directly to me through your words about worry. It’s so easy to worry and fret and cry and wonder and lose sleep over so many things that we have no control over, yet our God resides with complete control and knows more than we ever possibly could. As I continued to read, I could not even imagine your feelings, but I was so encouraged by your words. I haven’t stopped thinking about you or beautiful, little Nora. I usually don’t post comments on blogs, but I really wanted you to know that your story of trust and hope in God has encouraged me and even changed me. Thank you for having the strength the share. I am praying.

  55. I’ve been following your story for a couple of weeks now. I have to say your faith and trust in God inspires and reenergizes me. I’ve seen his power many times in life. My oldest son was born at 25 weeks and is an incredible almost 5 year old. We were surrounded by miracle babies for 87 days while he was in the hospital. I am also a preschool/kindergarten teacher. But sometimes I forget how truly precious life and children are! Nora’s story has reminded me that every child is someone’s miracle. I feel the last few days I’ve found myself being a little more patient. Not taking our time for granted and allowing myself to be truly in the moment. Thank you for sharing your sweet girl with us. I continue to pray for her and your family!

  56. My prayers continue for baby Nora and her parents β™₯. It brought tears to my eyes how nora’s mum recognized the unfailing love of god. Indeed, A Simple hug and kisses from our family, friends or even strangers is absolutely came from him. He never fail his undying love. I pray Oh God that Nora will be free from any pain and suffering. May your love replace the agony of nora and her parents. Thank u lord thank u jesus.

  57. I love that sweet Nora (and her precious family)! And YES…”how truly MEANT TO BE she really is.”


  59. My daughter’s church school class learned about mind monsters last week which were defined as the negative thoughts which invade your mind. The children’s pastor taught them an acrostic to help them diminish those thoughts.
    F–Focus on the positive
    A–Affirm Yourself
    I–Imagine God doing something good in your life
    T– Trust God
    H–Hope for the best
    What a simple but powerful reminder to let faith take over when we are not in control!

    I am on a journey to connect with God and to find faith and peace in my life. As I open my heart and soul to this, amazing things are happening to me including people like you and your beautiful family. Thank you so much for showing people like me through your strength what true faith is and for being such an incredible vessel for God’s work. My family is praying for yours.

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