The Story of Emmie-Rose

This is the story of a little girl that came into this world way ahead of schedule. Now fighting day by day until she can be home with her family. This is Emmie's story. From 23 weeks old on...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Sept 20th Mine for Awhile

You were Mine for awhile
And Now You are the Lord's
A True Angel since Day One
And now have earned Your Wings
God has a Plan for Everyone
Though We dont know what it is
Just look to Him to Guide You through
And always follow him too
Love Forever,


  • At 9/20/2006 03:19:00 PM, Blogger munkeesmama said…

    Beautiful. *Hugs*

  • At 9/20/2006 03:26:00 PM, Anonymous Susan Farley in Ypsilanti, MI said…

    This poem is lovely. Please take care of yourselves!!

  • At 9/20/2006 03:27:00 PM, Anonymous Chrystal said…

    I am so very sorry for your great loss. Emmie rose touched so very many in her short time here.

    Please take comfort that she is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior! You and your family have been and will continue to be in the hearts and prayers of our family.


  • At 9/20/2006 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Jasmine LeAnne said…

    Hi Chris and Stephanie,

    I know the U of M didn't want her to be treated with dignity while she was alive but I at least hope that they will let you bury her or do whatever you are going to do now that she is with Jesus.

    My mom wants me to also tell you that she is praying for your family.

  • At 9/20/2006 03:45:00 PM, Blogger Khyricat said…


    you write beautifully and at least she will live on in our memories and your poems...



  • At 9/20/2006 03:45:00 PM, Blogger Ann Borders said…

    The day was beautiful, but very sad for so many.
    Dear little Emmie Rose, I wish I could have given you cookies and let you pet my puppy. I thank your wonderful family for sharing you with us.
    Mrs. Borders

  • At 9/20/2006 03:57:00 PM, Anonymous Jennifer and Randy (class) said…

    I have been following your blogs daily since I found out about your wonderful daughter.

    My sincerest sympathies to the both of you, and to your families. Take comfort in one another and in your faith. Let us all know if we can help in some way.

    A little poem I found:

    I want to leave you something.

    Something much better than words or


    Look for me in the people

    I've known and loved or helped

    in some special way.

    Let me live in your heart as well as

    your mind.

    You can love me most

    by letting your love reach out to our

    loved ones. By embracing them

    and living in their love.

    Love does not die, people do.

    So, when all that's left of me is love,

    give me away as best you can.

    - Unknown

  • At 9/20/2006 04:31:00 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    To The Yannella Family

    I wanted to share with you something I put up in Emmie-Rose's name. It is a prematurity band from the March of Dimes. Here is the lin Now people can make a memorial offer in her name if they wish.

    This is in loving memory of your sweet princess. I too have an angel in heaven waiting for me. She died of prematurity complications also. My family has been the Ambassador Family for Walk America in Newaygo County the last 2 yrs. We have 3 preemies in our family.

    God Bless you all

  • At 9/20/2006 04:34:00 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    That first link is not right. I am sorry it didn't paste correctly

  • At 9/20/2006 05:03:00 PM, Anonymous Gramps said…

    We are so very sorry for your loss of sweet Emmie Rose.
    She put up a brave struggle to live, but the Lord had bigger plans for her.
    It may give you a little comfort to know that her Grandma Yannella is already
    There to watch over her until you can get there.
    Love you Guys
    Gramps and Barbara

  • At 9/20/2006 05:12:00 PM, Anonymous Rachel Koopmans said…

    My name is Rachel and I have been following your story from Adelaide, South Australia. My son died from prematurity complications also, and I have been running an infant loss support group on the internet for 5 years. Your daughter was, and remains, a true inspiration. Quantity of life does not determine quality, and I know that she will live on in the lives of others. Perhaps she will even be instrumental in changing palliative laws in your state. The road ahead will be hard, but her blessing will always remain. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - God bless you with His comfort and peace.

  • At 9/20/2006 05:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw Emmie-Rose's stroy on the news today....I am so sorry for your loss. My son Cole was born on October 5th, 2004 at 24 weeks. He only lived for two days. He was in the Holden NICU too. You are so lucky you got to hold your daughter...I never got to hold my son until the moment he died in my arms. Nothing is more heartbreaking than the loss of a child. May you and your family find peace!! --A.S.

  • At 9/20/2006 05:38:00 PM, Blogger The Bag Lady said…

    God Bless Little Emmie-Rose, she fought hard and was so brave, maybe she was here for a reason, to make a path for others in her situation. I hope she did end up making a difference and that hospitals will let the parents make the choice for what kind of life she should have in the end or as she tries to live. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you and your family all the best! Thank you for sharing your wonderful daughter with us for as long as she could hang on. She is an angel now.


  • At 9/20/2006 05:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I made a donation to March of Dimes in your sweet angels name!

    She has inspired an awareness that will bring benefit to future children.

    I pray for the comforting hands of God to be around not only your heart but around the hearts of all involved.

  • At 9/20/2006 05:57:00 PM, Anonymous Father William Ventura said…

    Please know of my prayers for Emmie-Rose. You were given a gift from God, if only for a little while, and you life will never be the same. Entrust her to the mercy of God, and know that she loves you now in her new life without reserve and question. She knows what you did for her, she knows the love you gave her, and she returns it a hundred fold. Please know of my prayers.

  • At 9/20/2006 06:06:00 PM, Anonymous A loving NICU nurse said…

    May god be with you and your family through this painful time. Emmie-Rose is an inspiration and it is never fair for an innocent baby to have to suffer through so many things. My heart goes out to you and your family and I pray that you were able to hold and comfort your beautiful daughter in her last moments.

  • At 9/20/2006 06:23:00 PM, Blogger Dawn said…

    Stephanie- I didn't know you could write such beautiful poetray. You have me balling my eyes out tonight. (((Hugs)))

  • At 9/20/2006 07:02:00 PM, Anonymous loreine said…

    oh Stephanie what beautiful poems for your sweet Princess. You keep writing them. My heart and thoughts are with you and the family.

  • At 9/20/2006 07:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We are so sorry for your loss. Emmie-Rose will forever live on in the hearts of so many who never had the privilege of meeting her. Amazing how many hearts that little girl has touched around the world! God has a purpose for all of our lives and He has one for Emmie-Rose. And He gave her the best parents a girl could have!

    We have a daughter who was born premature and lost our son 4 years later. This is a song that really ministered to our hearts during that most difficult time and continues to help me today. "With aching hearts and empty arms we send you with a name..." was how I felt at that time. I didn't know that my arms could ever feel so empty, but God knew my pain and was my true comfort. I hope it helps just a bit.

    "Visitor from Heaven"
    by Twila Paris ("Beyond A Dream" album)

    A visitor from Heaven if for a while
    A gift of love to be returned we think of you and smile
    A visitor from Heaven accompanied by Grace -
    Reminding of a better love and a better place
    With aching hearts and empty arms we send you with a name
    It hurts so much to let you go but we're so glad you came
    A visitor from Heaven if only for a while
    We thank Him for the time He gave and now it's time to say -
    We trust you to the Father's love and to His tender care
    Held in the everlasting arms and we're so glad you're there
    We're so glad you're there
    With breaking hearts and open hands
    We send you with a name
    It hurts so much to let you go -
    But we're so glad you came
    We're so glad you came

  • At 9/20/2006 08:38:00 PM, Anonymous Friend of Emmie-Rose said…

    Baby Emmie-Rose will be missed. She was a beautiful little girl. Emmie was very strong and brave and taught lessons to all who had the pleasure of sharing your blogspot and to those of us who were lucky enough to care for her. I hope and pray you are doing ok, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • At 9/20/2006 09:42:00 PM, Anonymous seaboard said…

    Oh no!

    I am so sorry your sweet daughter lost her battle :(

    Stephanie, keep writing poetry - - I run an online writing workshop and your pieces are beautiful as well as cathartic for you...

    Emmie Rose, RIP. You waged a heroic battle.

    Stephanie and Chris, I am so sorry.

    And Grandma who keeps posting here? YOU take care of you, too, here? You've fought a heroic battle as well, sugar :)

  • At 9/20/2006 09:52:00 PM, Blogger jenny_1974 said…

    Words cannot describe how much I feel for your family. I do hope that when the time comes, you will start a campaign to prevent this from happning again to other little ones. The fight all of you had for Emmie Can continue! Please know my family and I will keep praying, and think of all of you. God Bless lil Emmie and you, her family

  • At 9/20/2006 11:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm thinking of your family, and praying that the Lord holds you close and helps you grieve.

  • At 9/21/2006 04:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your family touched a great many people and we will keep you in our hearts and prayers. God Bless You.

  • At 9/21/2006 04:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Chris and Stephanie and siblings of Emmie Rose,

    You don't know me, however I and my family have been praying for your sweet Emmie Rose and you since we learned of her struggle a few days ago. I am so sorry that she has passed away. I am praising God however that you know that you will meet her again in heaven. For now she rests in our Saviours arms and although I know that your arms feel empty without her here, she is in her Creators care now. Hallejuah! I pray that He gives you all that you need in the days and weeks and months ahead while you grieve and and learn to live again.

    Thinking of you and your family, praying for God's peace and mercy and healing.


  • At 9/21/2006 05:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This poem comforted me during my time of loss. I hope your family is doing well.

    My Talk With God

    I thought of you and closed my eyes and prayed to God today I asked, "What makes a Mother?" And I know I heard him say.

    "A Mother has a baby" This we know is true. "But God can you be a Mother when your baby is not with you?"

    "Yes you can," He replied with confidence in His voice "I give many women babies, When they leave it is not their choice.

    Some I send for a lifetime, and others for the day. And some I send to feel your womb, but there is no need to stay"

    "I just don't understand this, God, I want my baby to be here." He took a deep breath and cleared his throat, and then I saw a tear.

    "I wish I could show you what your child is doing today. If you could see your child's smile, with all the other children and say.

    "We go to Earth to learn our lessons of Love and Life and Fear. My Mommy loved me oh so much; I got to come straight here.

    I feel so lucky to have a Mom who had so much love for me. I learned my lessons very quickly, My Mom set me free.

    I miss my Mommy so much. But I visit her every day. When she goes to sleep, on her pillows where I lay.

    I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek, and whisper in her ear, Mommy don't be sad today, I am your baby and I am here.

    "So you see my dear sweet one's, your children are okay, your babies are born here in my home, and this is where they'll stay.

    They'll wait for you with me until your lesson is through. And on the day that you come home they'll be at the gates for you.

    So now you see what makes a Mother, It's the feeling in your heart, it's the love you had so much of Right from the start.

    Though some on Earth may not realize, you are a Mother. Until your time is done. They'll be up here with me and know that you are the best one.

  • At 9/21/2006 06:05:00 AM, Anonymous Michele said…

    Your story is heartbreaking. I also have an Emmie Rose. Your daughter was strong and you arean incredibly courageous family. God bless you all and give you the strength to get through this difficult time.


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