Monday, August 3, 2009

It's A WHAT????

14 years ago today the midwife said, "It's a girl"!!!!

HUH? It's a what?

Sure enough she was a girl alright. Wasn't expecting it. Even the midwife was surprised. I remember shaking my head in disbelief. I really thought I'd be having another boy. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed, just shocked.

It's hard to believe that Ellie turns 14 today. Seems just like a couple months ago I was writing a post that she was becoming a teenager. Where does the time go? It keeps going faster and faster.

Today, I don't take it lightly that Ellie is celebrating her birthday. As most of you know, she was quite sick over the past couple of weeks and spent a night in the hospital. What I didn't tell you (because I didn't want her to read it here before talking with her doctor) is how very serious it really was. Ellie was so severely anemic that it was life threatening. That's why we were not allowed to even go home from the doctor before being admitted to the hospital. Ellie was at risk of having a stroke or heart attack. I could have lost my daughter!

Thank you Jesus for sparing her. There are not words to express my gratitude or my wonder at why you have chosen to bless me.

Ellie loves the Lord. Ellie questions what He is doing in our lives. Ellie wonders why all of these "bad" things have happened in the past couple of years. I'm glad that Ellie is wrestling these things out. I pray that the trials and the blessings will build her faith in her God!!

Ellie...we are so glad that God chose to make you part of our family. Happy Birthday and we sure do love you!!


Jenny said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter Ellie! She's beautiful!

I'm so glad she's doing better, what a frightening thing to go through for all of you.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Ellie, I wish you a special birthday celebrating you today. I am so thankful you are feeling better. I can't imagine how thankful your mother must be today, that you are on the road to recovery. You are a good looking family!!

UL Cards Fan said...

Happy Birthday Ellie !!
You are a beautiful young lady, inside and out!! Glad you were able to S T R E C H out your birthday celebration.
One of your mom's many friends,

He & Me + 3 said...

Happy Birthday to Ellie. I hope that her day is happy and that this year is the best and most blessed year of her life.

Robin said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!!! And a Happy "Labor" Day to you :o) And our sermon yesterday was on Psalm 127...

"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward."

Praising God with you for Ellie :o)

Laura said...


Happy Birthday! May the LORD shine on you today and may you have a wonderful day!
Praying that you continue to recover and have a great day!
Happy Birthday!

Amrita said...

Happy birthday Ellie. May God bless you and prosper you in every way.

My dear baby eat lots of spinach and beet root, its good for your blood levels.Has lots of iron in it.

Love the photo, have a great celebration together

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Ellie!

Love and Blessings, Debbie in Tennessee

-stephanie- said...

Happy 14th Birthday Ellie. You sure sound like a wonderful blessing to your mom.

What a wonderful gift God has given you, in healing Ellie. I love the picture of the 3 of you. Have a fun day. God bless you all.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Happy Birthday Ellie!! What a beautiful daughter you have Sheryl. They are such a blessing from the Lord. So glad she is alright.

Kasey said...

darling girl.

beyond this moment said...

happy birthday to your lovely Ellie and happy birthing-day to you! My oldest is 10 and I have no idea where the time went.

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Happy Birthday to Ellie! What a scare you must have had with her illness. So glad to here she is doing better.

franwood said...

So glad you are feeling better to enjoy your birthday (or days!)
You're a beautiful young lady and such a joy to your mother (I can tell by reading her blog :) )

Tracey said...

Happy birthday to scary for all of you. So glad she is doing better!

:) T

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

How wonderful! Pass on a sweet birthday greeting to your daughter for me!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ellie!!!
Dear God, honor the prayers of a Ellie's heart, she is a beautiful and godly young the end that You alone be lifted up and given the glory.

Sheryl~Delayed Answers to Prayer in Marriage/restored marriage

1 Have you prayed for answers in your marriage that have not arrived yet?
2 Delayed answers can shake and undermine your faith in God.
3 God often responds to our smaller requests but leaves larger ones unanswered.
4 How can we live with peace, hope, and faith waiting for answers to come?
5 Look each day for postcards from God sent to encourage you.
6 God’s ultimate goal is building your faith – not solving your problems.
7 The Bible promises God is always at work – even when we can’t see how.
8 If we knew everything God knows we would agree with the delay in answering.
9 Prayer, praise and trust in God’s loving character will sustain us.
10 “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6

Just me~ Bobbie Jo said...

Happy Birthday to your girl!

Kee said...

You have raised such a beautiful daughter not only in apperance but in spirit.

I can't imagine all the mixed emotions you have gone through today.
You have been on my mind all day.

Enjoy your birthday Ellie, you have a wonderful and beautiful mother who loves you so very much.

Kim in NC said...

Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Happy Birthday Ellie.....Hope your day was GREAT.

Robin's New Song said...

Dear Sheryl, I am praying for you and your family. I know that God knows just how to bring complete healing and peace to your precious daughter Ellie and the rest of your beloved family. Keep listening to His still small voice. and Happy Birthing Day to you and Ellie!
God bless you sister!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Happy birthday Ellie !

WHat a beautiful daughter and family you have.

Many blessings,

Sheryl said...

So neat. My "little one" just turned 20 years old. Too much to believe.


Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Sheryl,
I want to wish Ellie, a most blessed and Happy Belated birthday wish. She is so beautiful, and the picture of you three with all the smiles is so heartwarming.
Sometimes our healing is instant other times it is a progression, I see that taking place for you all.

God is ever so faithful, .....You are one of the strongest Christians I have ever met. What a privilege to know you, you have taught me so much on perseverance!!

nancygrayce said...

Happy Birthday Ellie! You have an incredible mama. Someday you will know all the answers to your questions....maybe not in this life but someday!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Ellie!!! You are so beautiful and I'm wishing you the very best birthday ever. I am very parital to 14-yr-olds. I have one! What a blessing you are getting so much better and that God was keeping his hand on you and your wise mama.

Happy, happy day!!!

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Ellie!

I'm so glad that the doctor tested her blood and acted glad!