Joy and Pain

Thursday was a great day for Nora at her cardiologist appointment. Nora would have a different story to tell if you were to ask her. She had little or no patience for sitting still. A 7 AM appointment was all very early for a baby girl. She was happy to get her milks and go back to sleep!

(This picture is very deceiving – portraying Nora as a tiny little bundle! In actuality she was spilling out of our arms, reducing our bicep function to wobbly tremors as we traded her back and forth!)


The results of her echocardiogram were reviewed by her doctors who met with us shortly afterward. To hear the news that Nora’s cardiac function is the best that they have ever seen was incredible! The most wonderful tears are the ones that flow over a radiating smile. Thank you, God!!!!!


While we were busy celebrating yesterday evening, I received a message from one of Nora’s biggest prayer warriors, Ethel. I have never had the pleasure of meeting Ethel in person and only know her through this blog. She has followed along with us on our journey since almost the very beginning and is always right there with a kind and encouraging comment. She is so dear to so many of us! Ethel and her husband Richard are in deep need of prayer right now. Richard received a cancer diagnosis two weeks ago, and their youngest son Carl passed away at home Thanksgiving night. I believe he was in his early forties. They still aren’t sure what happened. My heart is so broken for this sweet woman. I pray for God’s peace, comfort and healing to embrace them. For His grace and mercy to carry them through this.


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:6-7)

11 thoughts on “Joy and Pain

  1. I was so happy for Nora’s good news and so sad at the same time to hear of Ethel’s misfortunes. Her comments always make me smile and I cannot help but marvel at her compassion and dedication to Nora’s well being. Thank you, Alesia, for recognizing her especially in her time of need. My heart is heavy for her and her family right now. If there was ever a time to “pay it forward,” to someone who needs it, now is it!

  2. I am SO sorry to hear about this Ethel!! I cannot imagine the pain you are walking through!! I will be praying for you and your whole family! I pray for God’s Unfailing Love to surround you.

  3. Ethel I am so sorry, I miss when you don’t post here. Thank you for the update Aleisa. I will pray for Ether and her famiy.

  4. I am going to miss our visits so much. I know until I can stay healthy it is the best thing for Nora to drop off her team. I will hang onto reading these blogs to see how that little girl continues to blossoms. I will miss our talks and how special you are and how you have Allowed God to use You to reach out to so many. I know that days are difficult but not truly how difficult since I don’t wear your shoes, I just love that little girl so much and your family is so easy to fall in love with. Please know that I will ALWAYS be praying for a SPECIAL FAMILY that came into my life and helped me grow so much not only as a therapist but as a Christian. Thank you Love and prayers and many hugs and kisses to that little girl

  5. My heart is so sad for Ethel! It was a delight to read her cheerful messages of love, encouragement, and hope. May all the love she shared, be returned ten-fold to this loving lady.

    The doctors gave you the best Christmas present early – an improved heart in the Miracle that God gave you, Nora Rose.

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