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Posted (Josh) in All Posts on July-24-2009


What an incredibly fun way to cap off two amazing years of the Bun’s life. We took Ella to the Zoo for the first time and she really enjoyed herself…actually, we all really enjoyed ourselves. Ella didn’t fuss once the entire trip even with the 95+ degree heat! Yes, we chose to go the the zoo on the hottest day we’ve had in awhile, but even with the heat it was still a great time.

Afterward, we headed over to Grandpas house for the birthday festivities including cake, decorations, present opening, and singing of the birthday song (which is included below in video form). It was neat to have family around to celebrate Ella’s special day.




And here are some close up pics of Ella’s first doll. We think she really liked her. =)


These years have flown by so quickly, I just can’t believe that the Bun is two! We have been incredibly blessed by this precious girl and yet these last couple years have been the most challenging times of our lives. Ella Renae is such an amazing kiddo, and it absolutely blows my mind to hear how other lives have been impacted by her journey. Praise God for this sweet child.

Thank you for being here each day, praying for us and with us, and for caring and loving our miracle girl. We look forward sharing Ella’s progress in the coming years.

Thank you Jesus for this amazing gift of a child. Through all the struggles, there has been incredible blessing. Bless Ella Renae and continue to heal her body. May she grow strong physically and mentally and may all that she does in her life be glorifying to you. You are an awesome God, and we praise you for the life you have given us. In your Holy name I pray….amen.



katie mendoza(Australia) on July 24th, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFULL ELLA RENAE
HOPE YOU HAD A FANTASIC TIME AT THE ZOO
XXXOXO

Jen Miller on July 25th, 2009 at 12:42 am #

Happy 2nd Birthday, Ella!!!!

megan on July 25th, 2009 at 1:04 am #

Happy Birthday Doodlebug!!!!

Laura Blackwell on July 25th, 2009 at 1:09 am #

Celebrating with you today!!

Heidi Ham on July 25th, 2009 at 2:44 am #

Happy birthday Ella! It looks like you all enjoyed the special day.

Heidi Ham on July 25th, 2009 at 2:45 am #

Love the new Baby Doll! You did an awesome job and I thought it was such a special idea as a gift.

The Dirirm Family on July 25th, 2009 at 4:56 am #

What a fun day. Happy Birthday Ella. What an amazing testimony you are to how great God is!

Christe Mitchell on July 25th, 2009 at 6:44 am #

Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Ella, Looks like you and family had an awesome time at the zoo and celebrating your special day. God Bless!

Sherl on July 25th, 2009 at 6:44 am #

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA!! You are a beautiful 2 year old. Your cake looked yummy!

Laura Brown (steve's sis) on July 25th, 2009 at 6:53 am #

Happy Birthday! I have enjoyed getting to watch you grow up over the last 2 years, and I will be sad to no longer receive the daily photos (although I can certainly understand mommy and daddy’s point of view as well). Your doll is so cute! Did it come like that?

Jill E G on July 25th, 2009 at 7:39 am #

Happy Birthday Ella! Josh & Tina you guys are awesome parents and good job with the 2 wonderful and challenging years that you guys have made it through. Grandma did an awesome job on Ella’s doll. I know lots of moms would love dolls like that for their little ones.

Anne (CA) on July 25th, 2009 at 7:53 am #

Happy Birthday, Ella! Josh & Tina, thank you for sharing your lives with us… it’s been an awesome ride! Look forward to those “updates”… – Anne

Fran on July 25th, 2009 at 8:14 am #

Happy, Happy birthday Ella Renae. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and your cake……yummy! yummy! I could almost taste it! Grandma, you did a fantastic job on Ella’s doll….she is so lucky to have such a wonderful, talented and loving grandma! Love to you all! Will be watching my email for future updates. Hugs and Kisses,Fran

Liz Nelson on July 25th, 2009 at 9:01 am #

Happy Birthday Ella! You are beautiful

Amber Riley on July 25th, 2009 at 9:36 am #

Happy Birthday Ella! I LOVE the doll. What an awesome job!!

Estela Williams on July 25th, 2009 at 10:18 am #

Feliz Cumpleanos baby GIRL!

Jean on July 25th, 2009 at 10:46 am #

May God continue to bless you because you are his special children. And thank you for making my day more special this past 2 years!

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on July 25th, 2009 at 11:05 am #

Wow! Two years old! What a doll baby,Ella is herself! Praise God!!

Julie on July 25th, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

Happy, happy birthday, Ella. I can’t believe your mom and dad get the terrible twos already! (-:

Cindy on July 25th, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella!!!!

Dawn on July 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

Belated birthday wishes for the birthday bun. Sorry I am a day late but my internet was out yesterday due to thunderstorms and I was in Chicago all day today. I was thinking about you guys all day yesterday and hoping she enjoyed her birthday. Take care,
Dawn

Julie Kirk on July 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

Happy Birthday sweet Ella. What a beautiful girl you are…Tina and Josh thank you so much for sharing your treasure with us.

Shayneh Starks on July 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

Happy Birthday, Ella from all of your family in Utah! We wish we were with you to celebrate. We’ll eat cake for you here. xoxoxo

Auntie Shayneh, Uncle Jason & Cousins Sophia & Lucia

Phoebe on July 26th, 2009 at 5:17 am #

Happy Birthday, baby! Your story has been such an inspiration, as has Mommy and Daddy’s endless commitment to making sure you are OK.

Joel Snyder on July 26th, 2009 at 6:08 am #

Ella, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! What a great time we all had at the zoo. I am still amazed that you went all day and had such fun and not one problem. I also can’t beleive that it has been two years since we started this wonderful journey of the world with the “BUN”. I want to thank all the people from the fantastic Doctors,Nurses,and health professionals and the folks who have visited the blog and those who read it everyday and don’t respond. You have all helped with your prayers and best wishes for “ELLA THE “BUN” WEST” our “MIRACLE”. Now the new chapter will begin and I am praying that each day will bring new adventures for the West family. As you all can tell I am the proud Grandpa and I am so thankful to all who have helped “ELLA”,”TINA”,&”JOSH”. May God bless all of you. Ella have a good time with Grandma before she goes home. I will be looking for the updates and catch you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merrilee Batchelor on July 26th, 2009 at 9:49 am #

WOW two years old. Happy Birthday
and many , many more blessed ones to come you as you grow stronger in Spirit, soul in his guiding hands of
health, happiness and a wonderful
life. The picture of the three of
you is just too precious.
I have asked your Grandma Mary so
many times about how you were doing.
The other day I said.” How is your
little Ella?, Mary said , she is two
today! and told me about your new
improved once a month blog!!!
What a great idea as you venture
here and there , getting out to the
zoo, and beyond !! Have fun
with your Bun.

Love ,
Merrilee

Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Wootton on July 26th, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

You are such an example of a wonderful Christian family in action. You are an inspiration to us all. Many members of our church pray for you in their family worship and we will never forget precious Ella. Thank you for giving so much of your love for God to us through your blogs daily. We will continue to pray for God’s leading in your lives and that Ella will progress and that God will provide other children in your lives. We pray for the right job to present for Josh as this is necesary for your future. Thank you for sharing your private thoughts, lives, and scripture with us these past two years.
Love in Christ,
Dan and Nancy Wootton

Vicki/CO on July 26th, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

Okey-dokey, then, I am writing this with tears in my eyes as I read the blog, watched the slide show, looked at the still pictures, and viewed the video…what a wonderful, precious little family you are! I absolutely have loved being a part of your journey and being a prayer partner with you. I continue to lift you all up for healing, jobs, strength, courage, blessings, and all the many things God lays on my heart. God bless each one of you, and I will look forward to the posts whenever they come. In the meantime, you will all continue to have a special place in my heart! HUGS are being sent this very minute!

Ani on July 26th, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

What a cute video!!!! Happy Birthday Ella!

Joan and Steve Odell on July 27th, 2009 at 7:18 am #

Happy, Happy Birthday Ella — you are precious – so are you Mom and Dad – Lord Bless and hugs – prayers continue Steve and Joan

Lisa (MS Texas) on July 27th, 2009 at 7:23 am #

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA! Wow what a beautiful BIG girl you are now! Many blessings to you on your special day! Mooches!

Joyce Pineau on July 27th, 2009 at 9:07 am #

HAPPY 2ND. BIRTHDAY DEAR SWEET MIRACLE BABY ELLA:

I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY FILLED WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND MANY SPECIAL MEMORIES. WHAT A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY THIS IS. I AM SURE THAT GOD HAS MANY MORE BLESSINGS IN STORE FOR YOU, YOUR MOM, AND DAD. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. HOORAY ELLA. I WILL MISS ENDING MY DAY WITH YOUR SWEET FACE AND SMILE. IT OFTEN MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT HOW YOU ARE DOING AND PROGRESSING. IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE GETTING TO KNOW YOU, AND YOUR MOM AND DAD. IT FEELS LIKE WE ARE OLD FRIENDS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY I CAN MEET THE LITTLE GIRL THAT PUT A SONG IN MY HEART MANY TIMES OVER. YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART ELLA. I LOVE YOU SWEET ELLA. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN. UNTIL WE MEET SOME DAY I SEND YOU LOVE AND KISSES.
LOVE, JOYCE THE GRANNY NANNY

Katy Swiergosz on July 27th, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

Happy, Happy Birthday Ella. It’s so good to see a photo of the family outside enjoying the zoo. What an incredibly special day.

loren lizotte on July 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella! It looks like you had a fabulous Day. I hope you have many more to come

Laura Marold on July 28th, 2009 at 2:59 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!!! I can’t believe you are two years old. What a journey! I’m so glad you liked your visit to the zoo. Keeping you in my prayers. Love, Laura M.

Eve Johnson on July 30th, 2009 at 7:26 am #

Happy birthday beautiful! You are LOVED!
Praise God for Ella!

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