Happy, happy Tuesday! Today is an amazing, wonderful day! EMMA is 15! Holy cow! Where has the time gone! I can not believe she is 15! Today I want to share a little about sweet, kind, wonderful Emma!
Emma is our oldest, she is the sweet little baby that made Mike and I parents, There is something pretty wonderful about your first child. At this time 15 yrs ago, I did not even know I was in labor, I just thought I was having a really bad stomachache. My sister Joani had to tell me to call Mike home from work, that no I was in labor! She was right! We got to the hospital at 12:30 and she was born at 2:30! Emma was 10 days early and every baby since has been late! What a tease, I thought for sure all my babies would be early and with tiny labors! Nope, just Emma! It was also Mike’s Mom’s birthday!! I think it is so neat that they share today!
After she was born, we always wondered why we did not name her after Marsha…. well now we know because we have a little Marsha! We had just picked out a girl name just in case… Emma Elaine, Emma because it was not popular and it was older, Elaine after my dads sister that died at birth. We did not know if she was going to be a boy or girl. I was secretly so hoping for a girl! AND IT WAS! Little sweet tiny Emma.
Emma was a very, very well behaved little girl. We would just have to tell her once, no thanks and she never did that again! We thought we were amazing parents! Now, 7 kids later, we know Emma is the amazing one!
Emma is kind, and gentle. Always helpful to her brothers and sisters. Always kind to the underdogs at school. She will befriend those who don’t really have other friends or seem to fit in. Many times, she has come home from school with sweet stories of kids who said thank you for being her friend. One of my favorite stories is when she was in 6th grade and there was a little girl that not many people talked to. Her face was semi-paralyzed on one side, Emma befriended her and sat with her in science and lunch. A few days later, the little girl, said thank you to Emma for being her friend, she then told her that some kids don’t talk to her because of her face, but her face is like that from cancer that she had beat when she was younger. Emma was crying when she told me that, she felt bad that others weren’t kind to this little girl. I reminded Emma, that she was kind and that made all the difference. That is how and who Emma is. An example to so many, including me.
Emma is a great big sister, always playing with the little girls, reading with Mikey or playing with the boys. Emma will take them on walks, or do the girls nails, or sleep in the boys room and stay up all night telling jokes. I am so grateful for her being that wonderful big sister! She is kinda on her own, she and Mikey are 3 years apart, so for her to make sure to include them, I know means so much.
Emma is super athletic! She plays soccer, volleyball, basketball and track! HOLY COW!! She takes after her dad in that respect! I love watching her in any sport, her determination and desire to do well, has made her into a super well rounded player.
Beyond all that, the one that I am most grateful for more than sports ability is that Emma has a wonderful testimony. She knows she is a daughter of God. She has unwavering desire to choose the right. She will be one of the first to say lets have a prayer, the first to share her testimony with others, I still remember her in 4th grade giving her janitor at school a book of Mormon. She attends Early morning seminary every day before school… it is at 6am! Emma does it without any complaint!
I am so grateful to be her mom, before she was even born I loved her, after she was born I loved her even more. Even as I write this, I well up with tears. Emma made my dreams come true of being a mom. I think being first is tough, she gets the trial and error of how things work and how things don’t….. poor thing! I look at her and I am still in awe that I get to be her mom. When she just comes and hugs me for no reason, I feel so blessed and so grateful that is she is in our lives.
Two separate times, Emma could have died, once when she was 2 she swallowed a nickel and had to have emergency surgery to remove it, it was teetering over her windpipe. And, when she was a baby, I was cleaning upstairs, she was downstairs in her little bouncy seat. I was going to vacuum and the Holy Ghost told me to not vacuum, I didn’t. I decided to clean windows and I heard this little tiny sound…. I knew something was wrong and I ran downstairs, Emma was purple faced and not breathing. I quickly grabbed her out, did the Heimlich and her little barrette popped out of her mouth. I burst into tears and said a prayer of thanks. I know that if I had been vacuuming I never would have heard her and she most likely would have choked to death. I am so grateful that she survived both those scary times!
I again am so grateful for her! Grateful for the fun we have, grateful for the example she is and grateful to see her grow up. Our family would not be complete without her, and I love that families are forever.
I know this is a long post about Emma! Sorry! I just had to share a little of her with you!
I hope you have a great day!! Great stuff still coming this week!! So check back in!!
Emma is 15!!
Mike got all the kids up so I could sleep an extra 20 min!!
Marsha (mikes mom) has her birthday today too!
The kids loved the lasagna rolls! ( on blog next week!)
The baby is moving tons and I am grateful!