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Old 08-10-2019, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default A year ago today.

August 10th. A day that started just as any other normal day would. Krystal and I were at our respective jobs, eargerly awaiting the time to leave for our check up on baby Emmett. Pulling into the hospital parking lot, I had not the slightest inclination that in just mere hours, I would begin my journey into fatherhood.
The events that transpired next are still difficult to think about. The nurse walked in and informed us Emmett's heart rate had dropped. Much of what happened next was a blur. What I do remember very distinctly was the Dr. delivering what I presumed to be devastating news; they are going to deliver. I suddenly found myself on my knees, clutching Krystal's feet in tears. I had never wanted something more in life than this little guy, and now his well being was in jeopardy. As we quickly rushed to get prepped for surgery, we were forced to fight off the fear and doubt that was attempting to consume our thoughts, and put our faith in the Lord. Two hours post our "happy" checkup, Krystal and I were parents to the most beautiful (and tiny) baby boy.

With the early delivery of Emmett, we began our journey through the most difficult and trying time of our lives. Buckets of tears would be shed over the next 4 months for our little guy. Emmett endured everything from a Pneumothorax, sepsis, UTI, and more PICC lines than we care to remember. We witnessed our son quit breathing and forced to be bagged, turning completely grey in the process. This is something I pray no other parents have to endure. We found ourselves on our knees praying fervently in the chapel at the hospital on many occations. With each arising issue or ailment, Emmett triumphed over it and stayed strong. As hours turned to days, then weeks, and finally months, we finally began to realize there was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. Discharge day finally came, and we were the two happiest parents that could be found. Since discharge, we've combated a tough case of reflux, in addition to weekly doctor visits and an ever decreasing heart rate. But Emmett continues to persevere through it all.

Our journey in the NICU was a difficult one, no question about it; but there was a silver lining in it all. And that was all of you. Friends, family, complete strangers; you all came rushing to our side to offer your suppprt. In the blink of an eye, everyone was wearing Team Emmett shirts about. Funds came in to help offset costs associated . Whereas most people lose weight going though what we did, we gained weight from all the delicious food brought to us. There are so many of you that we never had the opportunity to thank. Folks who never knew what their gift, call, or prayer did for us at that particular time. But please know, we are both so appreciative of what you did.

Emmett, you have no idea how much happiness you've brought your parents. You have taught us more about life in your first year than you'll ever know. You have one more hurdle to cross buddy in your heart surgery, then it's on to a normal life! We love you Emmett, and a big happy birthday to you!

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Old 08-10-2019, 09:06 PM   #2
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Last few pics.

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Old 08-10-2019, 09:10 PM   #3
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Everything is so blurry! God is great!
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing. Remember following along. Good looking young man! So happy for y'all. Thanks for the update.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:18 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CabezaBlanca View Post
Everything is so blurry! God is great!
Yes sir. God is Great.
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:00 PM   #6
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Awesome post, glad to see y’all doing so well
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:06 PM   #7
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Go, Emmett, what a good looking young man! God is great!
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:08 PM   #8
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Hard to believe it's been a year already! Happy birthday, Emmett!!
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:09 PM   #9
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The emotions Iím feeling I canít even imagine what yíall went through. God bless and prayers up.


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Old 08-10-2019, 10:13 PM   #10
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:17 PM   #11
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What a wonderful story of a fighter. Handsome little man you have. Happy birthday!
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:17 PM   #12
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God bless you and yours Sir !

GO EMMETT !!!
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:23 PM   #13
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Glad to see he is doing well.
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:24 PM   #14
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He's growing up quick! Happy Birthday Emmett!
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:43 PM   #15
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Big happy birthday to Emmett. Stay strong young man!


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Old 08-10-2019, 10:45 PM   #16
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Happy Birthday Emmitt.
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:51 PM   #17
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Great story. Thanks for sharing. Happy birthday little man!
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:54 PM   #18
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Happy Birthday to that little miracle.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:06 PM   #19
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Thanks for the update, good looking young man.
Prayers for complete success and healing for Emmett’s heart surgery.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:11 PM   #20
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Wait a minute? Has it been a year already? Happy Birthday Emmett!
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:12 PM   #21
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Thanks for the update. Happy birthday Emmett!
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:13 PM   #22
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Awesome
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:15 PM   #23
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What a beautiful child! Great day for sure
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:46 PM   #24
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Awesome story! Reminds me of my lil bro because he was born so premature and seeing those pics was how he looked in my Dadís hand
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:52 PM   #25
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What a blessing, and handsome cowboy you have there!
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:36 AM   #26
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God bless your family and happy bday Emmett!
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:17 AM   #27
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Happy Birthday young man.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:17 AM   #28
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Tell my little buddy HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:36 AM   #29
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Awesome
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:51 AM   #30
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From someone that became a Dad around the same time you did, the screen gets real blurry, my brother! God is good all the time.

I will pray for y’alls entire family as well as little Emmett. I hope God continues to heal and bless y’alls handsome little boy!

And, Happy birthday!!
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:04 AM   #31
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Great testament to God's glory. Happy birthday little dude!!!!
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:07 AM   #32
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Happy birthday little buddy!!!


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Old 08-11-2019, 09:46 AM   #33
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The lord indeed blessed you guys. Your son is a fighter. Congratulations


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Old 08-11-2019, 10:06 AM   #34
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Happy Birthday, Emmett!
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:14 AM   #35
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Fight on, Emmett...……………
Happy BD…………….
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:27 AM   #36
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Awesome read...what a blessing. Thanks for sharing. Happy birthday little guy.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:49 AM   #37
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Praise the LORD!!!!

Happy Birthday Emmett!

We understand Neonatal Babies very well in our family. My twin grandsons, pictured in my avatar with their baby sister in the middle, were born 2 months early and spent a LONG TIME in the hospital before we could bring them home. They are now 11 yr old rowdy boys. Praying for Emmett’s upcoming surgery and sweet ft recovery. Stay strong in the LORD!

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Old 08-11-2019, 10:58 AM   #38
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Sorry I missed this yesterday, Colton. That was quite a journey from the sidelines, I can't imagine the struggles of actually being there. Looking at the pictures of him now, you'd never know he had such a rough go at first. Happy belated birthday Emmett!

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Old 08-11-2019, 11:13 AM   #39
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Good stuff!
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:18 AM   #40
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Happy birthday to the little man
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:16 PM   #41
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Thanks everyone for the kind words!
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:28 PM   #42
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So awesome God is great and that little guy is tough!
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:53 PM   #43
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Happy birthday little man. Amazing stuff
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:59 PM   #44
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Thanks for sharing the pictures. Happy Belated Birthday and many many more!
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:10 PM   #45
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My 1st granddaughter was born 3 months early. Challenging times for sure. She is 6 now and as healthy as can be. Good looking kid you have there. Happy Birthday
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:30 PM   #46
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Nice job Dad.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:56 PM   #47
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Wow how th year has flown by... Happy belated Birthday Emmit!!!
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:31 PM   #48
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God stories are always off the charts. 22 years ago my first grandchild was born like Emmit at 3lbs. 2 oz and was in NICU for 2 months. This past April I was humbled to officiate her wedding to her high school sweetheart. And last week she began working at Texas Children's Hospital as a NICU nurse. Praises for your family and the God who performs miracles.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:42 PM   #49
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I am glad you posted this to get a chance to see an update to your miracle.
He looks awesome. I am so happy for you.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:58 PM   #50
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Happy birthday little buddy, good looking kiddo you have. Amazing what god has planned for us. He’s got this!!
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