Sunday, June 22, 2008

Daddy's Girl.....

We haven't seen sweet girl smile a lot yet....she has been pretty serious! I think it is hard being one....she has to be feeling so confused. We think she's worried we are going to leave her. Literally, when I say she won't let us put her down....that is no joke. She loves to snuggle non-stop.

But, do you know what she loves more than anything right now?? HER DADDY!! These pics of her smiling is when he started singing and dancing, "Turn on the lights, it is daytime" (in a broadway style). She LOVES it when he sings and dances!! So, all of Chris's craziness is coming in very handy. He loves her so much. She is definitely a daddy's girl already.

Love you all,

P.S. Her lungs sound really raspy again today...if it sounds like this tomorrow, we will hopefully get her to a doctor. It really kind of sounds like asthma (not sure though). Keep praying! Thanks for your continued comments....I read every single one and can't wait to respond to each of them soon. I love you all.

Oh, and she slept great last night....I didn't, but that's okay. I checked on her about a thousand times. :-)


Anonymous said...

Aw im so glad she's doing well:D what a cutie:D

The Heinrichs said...

Look at that SMILE!!! She is so darn cute! And her little hand around her daddy's sweet!!!

Love you guys! Deanna (& Brent)

Ashley said...


I am literally stalking your blog for the next big update.

I also just wanted to let you know that her being clingy/not wanting to be put down is totally normal! She IS afraid you guys are leaving her again, so I think it's good that you both are indulging her in this very important need.


Kim & Dave said...

So good to see the pics of her w/ her mommy & daddy & she is, indeed, beautiful!!!

Continuing to pray for her full recovery!!!!

Psalm 34

"1 [a] I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3 Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

9 Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,

13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.

14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry;

16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;

20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22 The LORD redeems his servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him."

Sorry for the long comment, but it all seemed too good, if you know what I mean!

Teresa B. said...

She looks wonderful Lindsey.
Such a beautiful gift from God & I am so glad her Mommy never has to leave her again. God is so good!

Holli said...

Lindsay and Chris,
Eliana is beautiful! I prayed hard Friday night when I saw your blog. I am so in awe of God's mercy in all of this. The story God is weaving in your family is going to be a powerful testimony, reaching much farther than you can imagine right now. May His grace, strength, peace and joy fill all three of you now and in the coming days, weeks and months.

Kristi said...

SO glad she's doing well and in your arms FOREVER!!! We're still praying!!! Great pics! I can't believe how big she's getting.

Much love -

Momma Hen said...

Praising GOD with you for your precious miracle baby...

Courtney said...

Lindsey, So happy everything is going well and she is feeling better. What great news. I love the new pictures. Keep us updated. Hey, I saw you got the Ergo....Hope you love it. Keep a good eye on baby girl. Love to you guys.......(((HUGS)))

Tricia said...

Hey Lindsey!

Just a thought:

Sofia was NEVER exposed to air conditioning and also had asthma-like symptoms in the hotel room. (Not sure if Eliana has the same thing....)

We didn't run the AC very much and she cleared right up. We also spent lots of time OUTSIDE by the pool, etc

Hope she sounds better soon!

Anna Lee said...
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e.haynes said...

i'm beyond encouraged by your story.
my prayers are with you.
the Lord is so faithful.

Kim said...

I'm so glad you guys are there loving on her! (and that you don't have to give her back!!!)

Jennifer & Filipe said...

I hope she is feeling better soon!!! I am praying for you guys!

Shiloh was the exact same way when we got her, not letting us put her down for a second. It is such a nice bonding time early on because all you want to do is cuddle with them anyways. Believe me she will be on the go soon enough!

Amy said...

I was referred to your blog by a friend...I'm praying for you and your little one! We're perfect strangers, but I'm excited for you to be able to take her home!! Blessings...

Kelly said...

I am so happy she is safe in both your arms. What an incredibly scary thing to have to go through. My prayers are still with all of you especially that beautiful little girl for a speedy recovery. I hope the raspiness goes away and its just some weird fluke. So glad she is in your arms forever!

Anonymous said...


Jason and Lindsay Swain said...

praise God from whom all blessings flow. So happy you are both there to be with Eliana. We love you.


Ferrick said...

Lindsey, definitely take her to the Doctor. However, dont worry too much. Its very common for children to sound "raspy" when having colds or coughs. If she's sleeping, than she's not grasping for air. It's never easy when your little one is sick. Our DD was also sick when we picked her up and was also very snuggly that first week. In the days to come, you will see a completely different child come to life. Calumniation of being sick and having her environment and care takers change. It's evident though that God has already placed you in her heart and mind and this "snuggle" time is so great for bonding. Live it up and know that all will be well. Hugs, Susie

Betsy said...

IF you find you need a Dr. this week, you might try to find Dr. Sydney Hagen at the US Embassy. HE IS WONDERFUL!! He was US trained and speaks perfect English.

Last year when my Florida placing agency refused a medical evaluation on Emily Belle, I had to fly to Guatemala and find a Dr. to see her myself! He was such a nice man, and did a great job for us. I am sure you can locate him through the embassy, or I will try to help you get a number if you need it.

I am so glad things are going better for her now. Our family has not stopped praying and we will continue until she is safe and sound at HOME with you both...we pray that is soon, soon!

take care,

Lee Anne and John said...

Now that is a beautiful smile!! I am just thrilled to see it beyond words to see it! I am sure that you all must be exhausted, it is so difficult to sleep when your child is ill. Make sure that you follow your mommy/daddy instincts and get help from a doctor if you feel she needs it. Your intuition will always be right. We brought Joey home at 14 mo. and I can remember that it took him alittle while to smile; I guess he had to sort things out alittle bit first. Now he is the biggest ball of giggles!
Biggest virtual hugs,
Lee Anne

Amanda said...

Lindsey and Chris, I am THRILLED to hear (and see) that Eliana is doing so well! I think she just needed her mommy and daddy!! I'm still praying! Love you guys!!

Carrie said...

Yay! It is great to see her with her daddy--and mommy--and looking so relaxed! What a blessing to have both of you with her while she recovers. We are praying for total healing!

demp5 said...

I am so glad that she is happy with her daddy! She looks so beautiful in the pictures. I'm sorry for the circumstances, but I am SO glad that you are BOTH down there. Enjoy being a family :)

Hannah said...

I am so glad that she is WITH HER PARENTS FOREVER!!! Can you believe those words?? God is so amazing, he gives us gifts that we could never deserve. I don't know either of you and maybe it's only because you are from my home away from home (Franklin) but I feel as though you are my friends and neighbors and I am so thankful that your family is whole. I pray that Eliana will get stronger and stronger each day.

I can sympathize with checking on her a thousand times. After Dmitry's heart surgery he slept in my room for a month just so I could hear him breathe.

Love and Prayers to the three of you.

Greg, Hannah, Dmitry and Sophia

allums family said...

so glad she is doing well. praying that her lungs improve. she is precious!!

Kristy said...

Glad Eliana is doing good!! Have fun enjoying her to the fullest...these are sweet times!! :) Praise God for answered prayers!

~Laura~ said...

oh, how precious! That smile melts my heart. I'm praying for you guys and your sweet girl.

kerri said...

Beautiful Daddy's girl.
Glad to hear Eliana is doing better, enjoy all that snuggling. ;)

Madelyn's Mommy said...

All little girls have their Daddy's hearts and I don't think anything could be any sweeter! I am so glad you won't be leaving her again. I think that is wonderful!

My family will be praying for you. I hope you get that OUT very SOON.


Natalie said...

What a beautiful, precious little girl! Praying for you all!

Romans 12:12

jane condo said...

How precious and beautiful she is and you can see how much she LOVES her mommy and daddy. I can hardly wait to meet little Eliana. May God bless you all with good health and safe travel. God is so good. May He continue to bless you abundantly. Much love and many prayers, jc

Kerri said...

Love that sweet smile. Combining the change and being sick has to have thrown Eliana for a complete loop. I'm glad she's finding comfort in you two.
Kerri and Ruby

Holly Zabka said...

Chris and Lindsey,

Just checked my email for the first time since Friday morning and saw the whole story. So glad that you both were able to get to her. Sounds like she already knows and trusts that mommy and daddy will take good care of her. Praying that Eliana's little body will be healed of any illness and that you both will get some much needed rest.

Love to the whole family! - Holly Zabka

Miss Wanderlust said...

Great to hear!!!

Tracey said...

She is so sweet! Her eyes say so much about her:) Precious!

I am so glad that you will be with her from here on out, she needs you guys!!

Tricia has a good point, while were were in Guat city, alot of babies at the hotel had asthma like symptoms, they turned off the air and the babies felt much better.

suzanne mayernick said...

OOOOHHHHH, so glad to hear that she is better!! The whole, BIG mayernick fam is on our knees in her behalf. Make sure that you get some rest, because Lord knows that you're not eating well!! (ha) We don't want you getting sick! love you guys! hang in there!

Jocelyn said...

I am happy to see her big smile!! Daddy must be funny:-) I hope her lungs clear a little by guys are great parents!!

Terry said...

I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that she is out of the hospital and with you forever!

While Tommy was still in Guat, he sounded very raspy much of the time and seemed to have horrible allergies, too. It always sounded like he had something in his lungs even though the doctor didn't think there was a problem. Two weeks after we got home, the sound went away and he's been fine ever since. I'm not saying that you shouldn't check in to it, but there is certainly a lot of stuff in the air over there that isn't good for our babies lungs.

Amy said...

How precious are those smiles. So good to see that she is doing better! Praying that her lungs will clear completely.

Thank you Lord for caring so much for Eliana!

The gFamily said...

Look at that smile! You guys are great parents!! It is so fun seeing you guys all together, especially when you never have to give her back!

Praying for her lungs to heal quickly!

Mommy said...

So happy to see her sweet smile and how wonderful that she is already and Daddy's girl!!!

You all are on our minds and in our prayers constantly.

Sarah said...

Welcome to sleepless or semi sleepless nights for the rest of your life! It is SO SO worth it though! Your life is forever changed for the better with that baby girl in it!

I agree with Tricia about the possibility of the AC contributing! I hope you are able to get her checked out with a US doctor if she is still raspy tomorrow.

Big hugs!!

April said...

Such a sweetie pie!!! Look at that face!! She is so content right now you can just see it in her face!! I am so happy you both are with her, and pray for her lungs to clear up soon!! Praying for you all...

McMurrays said...

God is good. . you are with your baby girl. We will keep praying for her to completely recover.
Snuggle. . Snuggle. . and snuggle some more!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE upon PLEASE ... Sing Eliana "Sweet Little Old Man". It's Chris' #1 Hit, and she deserves to hear it ASAP. Haha.
I love the three of you so much.
- Erika

Robyn said...

What precious pics!! I am continuing the prayers for Eliana and you!!


emily sutherland said...

chris and lindsey,
we are so thankful for eliana's recovery and the fact that you are with her. both of which are miracles. thank you, Lord! we will continue to pray for all three of you. we love you,
the sutherlands

Todd & Nicole said...

You are cool people living out a mythical story. What God must have planned for Eliana?!

Todd and Nicole


what an amazing little face ... keep her close and you will know what to do to help her get healthy ... i can just picture the Broadway show going on in front of her ... lol ... take care and feel our prayers ...

Mami Sue said...


Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

Praise God for her health and that you all are there with her!! Tonight Maya and I again prayed for a full, quick recovery. She's been looking at Eliana's pictures asking, "Who's dat? She's in Guatemawa?" Hopefully we will see many more of those smiles soon!
Many blessings~
steph and maya

Bobbi said...

AHHHHHHH a true Mommy! Baby sleeps well, and you don't. Constantly checking on her.

Sounds like a good idea to get her checked out. I say better safe than sorry.

She will get adjusted soon. Been a crazy week for that little one. Love her smiles.

Lane Forhetz said...

Thank the Lord, for his great love and mercy!!! I am so thankful that Eliana is okay and that you, Chris and Lindsey, are able to be with her. I will continue to pray for you all.

begutierrez said...

Wonderful moments shared with us, thank you! I'm glad she's doing better and I'm praying that's not asthma and that she'll be her healthy Sweet self again soon.

Cheri (prounounced like the tree, like the fruit, as in Cherry Pie) said...

I know that Eliana has been sick, but wanted you to know Malaena-Sloan was sick on my visit in Feb. and STILL sick when I picked her up in April. Sometimes, she still sounds wheezy but the doc says it's all good. He said as long as she is thriving, don't worry. In their little bodies the noises are much more noticeable. I hope and pray you can just be in the moment. I know you didn't plan on getting her this way, but these first few days are amazing. After 2 months, each day is still amazing with our baby girl! Enjoy! cheri

Anna said...

Those photos today are just SO sweet and I just love the one of Chris and Eliana from behind.

Continuing to pray for Eliana and that her little lungs will heal and she'll be ok.

Can understand why you're both not getting much sleep wanting to watch her every move. Its just wonderful that you are all there together as a family.

She'll feel your love and acceptance for her so much I'm sure, and that has got to be a good thing for her too!!

Take care and thanks for the updates...I have been checking LOTS to see how you're all doing.

God Bless,


Barbie said...

Her smile is beautiful. What a blessing to see her in your arms and doing better. God is so faithful and I am rejoicing with you!!

I will keep praying though that she continues to heal.

Dena said...

I don't think it's going to take much to have him wrapped around her tiny little finger!

Melissa said...

She is precious! Still praying for you.

Alleen said...

She looks so sweet!! I hope she is ok and if she keeps having troubles that the dr can figure it out for you....

I will keep praying for all of you!